Sem22012


June 4

posted Jun 4, 2013, 5:18 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 81--

Today is your final test. 

It's a regular 50 minute period, and the test is 50 questions long, so get your notes out, open, & ready. 

Here we go!

You may turn in your textbook tomorrow if you don't turn it in today, so bring it back to class with you tomorrow if you've forgotten it. 

June 3

posted Jun 3, 2013, 5:28 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jun 4, 2013, 5:17 AM ]

Day 80--

Tomorrow is your final test. 

Today you may want to take time to:
Complete back assignments that you haven't finished yet, especially from this unit (about 1/2 of the final is from our last unit)
Organize all assignments for the course (it's open-note, but they only help if you can find them quickly)
Finish the last written assessment if you haven't done that yet
Prepare for other finals you might have

Tomorrow is a regular, 50 minute period, and the final is 50 questions long, so be prepared.

You may turn in your textbook tomorrow, so bring it back to class with you. 




May 31

posted May 31, 2013, 5:15 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 79--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain the how I see myself as a future participant in American Government.I will consider key ideas from this unit as they apply to me and my future.   I will complete and turn in a well organized essay that expresses my personal ideas and views about 4 main areas of political involvement.  This is a  summative assessment and will have a major impact on my grade in this class. 

TODAY IN CLASS you have as much time as you need to complete your final essay for this class in which you answer the question:

How will the ideas addressed in this unit make an impact on YOU as you begin your political life?

Write a personal essay explaining how you think the following forces will act on YOU as a participant in our nation's democracy in the years ahead:

q  Political parties: Do you think you'll join one? Do you already consider yourself aligned with one? If so, why? If not, why not? How did –or will—you choose a party?

q  Voter behavior: Do you see yourself fitting into any identifiable categories? Do you think you'll follow the tendencies of others like you? Do you see yourself as becoming an active voter, casual voter, or non-voter? What issues do you think will be most important to you in deciding how to use your vote? Explain your reasoning.

q  Money and elections: Do you consider yourself capable of making donations to a campaign at some time in the future? Under what conditions would you consider giving actual money to a candidate or political cause? If not, why not?

q  Media influence: Do you consider yourself capable of navigating through the many messages about candidates, political issues, and other public policies? What kinds of media do you predict you'll rely on to remain politically informed? Where will you find information to help you make your political decisions?

Be clear and explicit in your predictions. There's no research required, just some thinking about the ideas from the unit and some reflection on what you find important, what your interests and skills are, and how you see yourself in the future.


Coming up next: The course Final, on Tuesday, June 4. You can download a study guide here
Spend some time finding, organizing, reviewing, and adding to your assignments and notes from the course so you can use them quickly during the test session. 

May 30

posted May 30, 2013, 5:40 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 30, 2013, 9:13 AM ]

Day 78--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain the impact of media on how people vote and view politics. I will work with other students and the textbook to review key ideas about the importance of media communications in the political process.  I will complete a worksheet that deals with issues of media and polls in American lifeThis is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Yesterday you should have turned in the last 2 HOMEWORK assignments for the course:
  • assignment 10, Elections (7.2)due Monday, and 
  • assignment 12, The Formation of Public Opinion (8.1), due yesterday
Turn them in today, if you haven't already done so. 

You also should have turned in yesterday's in class assignment on the role of money in the election process. 

Today we'll complete our look at the way people form opinions about elections (and lots of other things, too), using the textbook and a website that shows media usage. 
Open a shared document called "Public Opinion", then make a copy that you can type in. Use the textbook and the linked websites to answer the questions there, then hand it in to the DropBox when done. 

 


Homework: 
Any missing assignments from the unit.
Your essay, due on TOMORROW
Organizing all notes, assignments, etc., to prepare for your course final on Tuesday, June 4. NOTE: Since we didn't have a test on this unit, about 1/2 of the final will focus on key ideas from this unit. The rest will be major ideas from the rest of the course. 

May 29

posted May 29, 2013, 4:44 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 77--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain reasons why some choose to vote in certain ways in US elections. I will work with other students and the textbook to identify ways that different factors help identify how people vote.  I will create a slideshow presentation with a few other students to explain a set of terms and a single factor involved in people's voting behaviorThis is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Let's try this again:

Turn your assignments in to the Dropbox or hand it in if you've done it on paper.
You should have assignment 10, Elections (7.2), due yesterday, and assignment 12, The Formation of Public Opinion (8.1), due today, to turn in. 

Today we look at the impact on money on elections, using the textbook and a website that tracks political fundraising and spending. 
Open the online assignment about the role of money in the election process. Create your own answers in your own assignment, but feel free to ask others (or the teacher, of course) when you have questions or need help finding or understanding something. 


Homework: 
Any missing assignments from the unit.
Your essay, due on Friday
Organizing all notes, assignments, etc., to prepare for your course final on Tuesday, June 4.

May 28

posted May 28, 2013, 5:44 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 76--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain reasons why some choose to vote in certain ways in US elections. I will work with other students and the textbook to identify ways that different factors help identify how people vote.  I will create a slideshow presentation with a few other students to explain a set of terms and a single factor involved in people's voting behaviorThis is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Turn your assignment in to the Dropbox or hand it in if you've done it on paper.

Today we look at the impact on money on elections, using the textbook and a website that tracks political fundraising and spending. 
Open the online assignment about the role of money in the election process. Create your own answers in your own assignment, but feel free to ask others (or the teacher, of course) when you have questions or need help finding or understanding something. 


Homework: 

12. The Formation of Public Opinion (8.1)

185-188

2-5

5/29

May 23

posted May 23, 2013, 5:23 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 75--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain reasons why some choose to vote in certain ways in US elections. I will work with other students and the textbook to identify ways that different factors help identify how people vote.  I will create a slideshow presentation with a few other students to explain a set of terms and a single factor involved in people's voting behaviorThis is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Yesterday we had a chance to look at why people choose not to vote. 
Today we'll look at factors that help determine how someone does vote once he or she chooses to do so.
  1. Open a copy of a Presentation called "Voter Behavior" and make a copy to share with your group.
  2. Use the instructions in the "Notes" section of each slide to collect, discuss, and present the requested information. 
  3. When you get to slide #4, focus on your assigned factor to try to determine sociological factors that influence voter behavior
  4. When finished, turn your assignment in to the daily work dropbox


Homework: 

10. Elections (7.2)

166-171

2,3,5,6

5/28

May 22

posted May 22, 2013, 5:20 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 74--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain reasons why some people choose not to vote in US elections. I will read an article and work with some data tables and graphs along with 1 or 2 other students.  I will create a slogan, jingle, song, or ad campaign to encourage non-voters to vote. This is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Last night's assignment was to read Chapter 6.4: (Nonvoting: 141-144, Questions 2-5). 
Today you'll have a chance to look at how this issue has played out in the years since your textbook was published, and to try to find solutions to some of the problems people face in choosing to vote.

1) Use at least one of the articles on the left, and at least one of the charts/data tables on the right to understand the issue.
3) Create a plan, slogan, jingle, song, or ad campaign to encourage non-voters in that category to vote. 
4) Be ready to present your solution to the class. 

If you finish before class ends, you might turn your attention to your final written assessment, due May 31st.
Following today's class activities and the assignments / discussions of the last few days, you may find you have enough information to write the next section of your final essay for the class. 

q  Voter behavior: Do you see yourself fitting into any identifiable categories? Do you think you'll follow the tendencies of others like you? Do you see yourself as becoming an active voter, casual voter, or non-voter? What issues do you think will be most important to you in deciding how to use your vote? Explain your reasoning.

No Homework tonight, unless you've fallen behind a bit. 
Get yourself caught up!

May 21

posted May 21, 2013, 7:05 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 21, 2013, 9:43 AM ]

Day 73--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain how the legislation during the 1960s tried to ensure voting rights for all. I will use information from the textbook to learn about acts of Congress that attempted to put voting guarantees into practice.  I will watch a short movie, then complete a series of questions from a worksheet.This is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 


Today we'll look at how the federal government has tried to deal with past issues of discrimination in the way states allowed voting to take place. Before getting into the reading, we'll watch part of a movie about the movement to help register to vote : Voter Registration

Then, as you read the short passage (138-140) find the answers to the questions in the Chapter 6.3 Suffrage and Civil Rights handout. You'll find it as a READ-ONLY copy, so make a copy you can type in, or get a paper copy if you like. 

If you finish before class ends, you might move on to tonight's assignment (Non-Voting: 141-144, Questions 2-5), or work on your final written assessment, due May 31st.
If you want to get a head start on your final written assessment for the class, you could tackle the first part using information we've been talking about in class:

  Political parties: Do you think you'll join one? Do you already consider yourself aligned with one? If so, why? If not, why not? How did –or will—you choose a party?

These links might help you:
With adjustments to due dates, here's what we're looking at for the end of the year --
#8) Non-Voting (6.4)  Was due 5/21; Now due 5/22
#9) Voter Behavior (6.5) Was in class 5/21; Now in class 5/23
#10) Elections (7.2) Was due 5/22; Now due 5/28
#11) Money and the Election Process (7.3) In-class 5/28; no change

May 20

posted May 20, 2013, 5:33 AM by Peter Knowles

Day 72--


Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain how the federal government has acted in the past to make voting in the United States fair for all.I will use information from the textbook to learn about amendments and acts of Congress that have addressed this issue.  I will complete a series of questions from a worksheet, then read about a current case before the Supreme Court that seeks to address the issue.This is a formative assessment; it won't have a direct impact on my course grade, but it will help prepare me for the summative assessment on this unit. 

Last night's homework dealt with voter qualifications in the various states. You learned that each state may have slightly different rules and guidelines for aspects of voting, but for the most part, they are fairly uniform. Citizenship status, residency, and age are the key elements, though registration rules and a few small groups may restrict who may vote in any given election. Literacy tests and poll taxes have been eliminated from voting requirements. 

UPDATE: New rules and state level changes are currently complicating the issue: Read Getting to vote is getting harder to learn about the movement in many states to make voting a little more confusing for many people. An interactive graphic also shows the trends involved. 

Today we'll look at how the federal government has tried to deal with past issues of discrimination in the way states allowed voting to take place. As you read the short passage (138-140) find the answers to the questions in the Chapter 6.3 Suffrage and Civil Rights handout. You'll find it as a READ-ONLY copy, so make a copy you can type in, or get a paper copy if you like. 

If you finish before class ends, you might move on to tonight's assignment, or work on your final written assessment, due May 31st.
If you want to get a head start on your final written assessment for the class, you could tackle the first part using information we've been talking about in class:

Review yesterday's and today's activities and links to think about parties, and your potential role in one. Then write a paragraph that answers these questions:

  Political parties: Do you think you'll join one? Do you already consider yourself aligned with one? If so, why? If not, why not? How did –or will—you choose a party?

These links might help you:

Assignment -- Due tomorrow

Pages

Questions

Due

8. Non-Voting (6.4)

141-144

2-5

5/21


REMINDER: If you want to retake the State & Local Government test, let Mr. Knowles know when you want to take it; Lunch time or afterschool are the most popular times. 




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