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April 22

posted Apr 21, 2013, 9:07 PM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 23, 2013, 5:15 AM ]
Day 53--

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 and support a position related to the office of the President.I will write a persuasive essay based on one feature of the current system for electing or retaining the President.  I will complete an essay with a clear thesis, relevant arguments, and documented support . This is one of the summative assessments for this assessment cycle and will have a large impact on my class grade.

Friday it was time for your Unit Test on the Presidency. You'll get that back today. Feel free to make corrections when you get it back to see what you missed. If you plan to retake the test, you'll need to make corrections. Remember if you want to retake a test, you need to correct the original to 100%, then let Mr. Knowles know when you'd like to take the test, outside of class time. Lunches and after school work best, but before school can work, too. Let him know. 

Now it's time to put the finishing touch on those essays.  
Your unit essay is due Monday at midnight tonight. Be sure to use the Summative Assessment DropBox to turn in your work. Make sure the Sharing settings allow Mr. Knowles to View or Edit your work. 

Remember, that although it is a persuasive essay, it needs to be supported by facts and information that you've gathered, and the source of that information must be shown through in-text citations and an accompanying list of references. You are welcome to use either MLA or APA formats. 
Here's an example of part of an essay about the role of the Vice President (not one of your essay topics; it's just an example). 

 Incomplete      MLA Format APA Format
   It's clear that the Founding Fathers never thought that today's vice presidents would be such an important part of a modern presidency. Because they are such an important part of the success or failure of a presidential administration, they should be given much greater duties in the Constitution. A 28th Amendment, increasing the role of the Vice President, should be added to the Constitution.     It is clear that the Founding Fathers never thought that today's vice presidents would play such an important role in a modern presidency. Emphasizing how little the vice president was expected to do, Constitutional Convention representative Roger Sherman remarked that if they didn't provide the vice president the power to preside over the Senate he would be "without employment" (Schlesinger). But since the Clinton administration, the office of the Vice President has become much more active and important. These larger roles are mainly a result of the individual presidents' decisions. First Clinton, then Bush, then Obama have chosen to involve their vice presidents in major policy work or significant decisions (Gross). Not all presidents in the future will likely do so, but because they are such an important part of the success or failure of a presidential administration, they should be given much greater duties in the Constitution. A 28th Amendment, increasing the role of the Vice President, would guarantee that the Vice President would continue to be a valuable part of any future administration.   It is clear that the Founding Fathers never thought that today's vice presidents would play such an important role in a modern presidency. Emphasizing how little the vice president was expected to do, Constitutional Convention representative Roger Sherman remarked that if they didn't provide the vice president the power to preside over the Senate he would be "without employment" (Schlesinger, 1974). But since the Clinton administration, the office of the Vice President has become much more active and important. These larger roles are mainly a result of the individual presidents' decisions. First Clinton, then Bush, then Obama have chosen to involve their vice presidents in major policy work or significant decisions (Gross, 2012). Not all presidents in the future will likely do so, but because they are such an important part of the success or failure of a presidential administration, they should be given much greater duties in the Constitution. A 28th Amendment, increasing the role of the Vice President, would guarantee that the Vice President would continue to be a valuable part of any future administration.
 References Works Cited References
 ???Gross, Kevin. "The Varying Role of the Vice President." DePauliaOnline.com. October, 12, 2012. Web. April 22, 2013.
Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. "Is the Vice President Necessary?" The Atlantic. May 1, 1974. Web. April 22, 2013. 
Gross, K. (2012). The varying role of the vice president. DePauliaOnline.com. Retrieved from http://www.depauliaonline.com/nation-world/the-varying-role-of-the-vice-president-1.2926487#.UXSwQ7XqnDU

Schlesinger, A. (1974). Is the vice president necessary?" The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1974/05/is-the-vice-presidency-necessary/305732/
 

Finished? 
Already? Wow! You're an all-star.

You can help others with their work, or, if you'd like to return to the Bill of Rights Lawyers game we played before Spring Break, you're welcome to do that, too. 
(Tomorrow we'll be playing a game from the same place on the Presidency, so you'll need to remember your login/password by then. Give it a try today if you can.)

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Go to iCivics.org
  2. Choose the Login to iCivics button near the top right corner
  3. Fill out the form with your email address or online name (if you remember it) and your password. 
  4. Once it's accepted your account, click on the MyiCivics button near the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Your profile page will appear. Click on the Classes tab at the top of the message area.
  6. On the Classes screen, click on the Assignment called "Do you have a right?"
  7. On the screen that appears, click on the Start Assignment link.
Remember: Essays are due at Midnight tonight. 
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