April 24

posted Apr 24, 2012, 5:00 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM ]
With last night's homework, we've now had a chance to look at the majority of the Bill of Rights' Amendments:
1st (490-511)
2nd (522)
3rd (522)
4th (523-526)
5th (529-530)
6th (530-533)
8th (536-539)
as well as two other "rights" amendments that came later
13th (521-522)
14th (518-520)

Using your copy of the Bill of Rights and a highlighter, pen, or pencil, identify the words in these amendments that you've heard before, or that have particularly strong meanings or associations in your life. 

After spending some time deciding for yourself what the key words are, we'll be going through them together to talk about how these amendments have an impact on our lives today. 

Key resources:
As we wrap up our discussions of the Bill of Rights, it's time to start thinking about your next assessment. You'll be choosing one amendment from the Bill of Rights as your focus (or, depending on the amendment, just a part of it) that you want to investigate, learn more about, and understand. It will require a bit more research than our past assessments, so you'll need to get a good start on it soon. For more details, take a look at the assessment page. Due May 3rd.

HOMEWORKDiversity & Discrimination (21.1) pgs 545-549
Define these terms:
1a) reservation

1b) refugee

Answer these questions:

2a) How has the ethnic composition of the nation changed since it was created in 1789? (545-546)

2b) Why are women an unusual group among those who have faced discrimination (549)