April 30

posted Apr 30, 2012, 4:21 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 30, 2012, 4:39 AM ]
Questions about last night's homework? Let's start there.

Then, we'll discuss the video from Friday about Edmonson v Leesville Concrete. (Link to video)

Open your document called "Edmonson v Leesville". 
Think about the following questions and see if you can form answers based on what you see:
1) How do different Amendments work together to help define new interpretations of people's rights?
2) Why is due process so important in guaranteeing people's rights?
3) Was the case worth it for Edmonson? Should he have pursued it for so long to end up where he was when it was all over? 

After our discussion, you'll have time to do some research for your upcoming paper. Today spend some time finding out what sort of current events are related to your topic. Here's how:

How to find current information about your topic.
Go to Google News search at  http://news.google.com/ 
Choose the drop-down arrow at the right of the small search window to manage the search you are about to do. 

There are many ways to focus your search. For this assignment, it's probably best if you use a couple of the search boxes. 
*Keep in mind that the more boxes you use and the more words you include, the fewer results you will get.

#1) Use the "all these words" box to narrow your search only to words that you KNOW you'll want to see in a successful search. For a search for First Amendment's Right to Petition, for example, you might want to include:
  • right
  • protest
  • government 
  • and others.
#2) Use the "exact phrase" to name your topic focus, for example:
    • freedom of speech
    • search warrant
    • cruel and unusual
#3) For this search, including the number of your amendment and the word "amendment" would make sense. And, if you're focusing on just a single right within the amendment, it would make sense to name that, too. For example:
  • fifth
  • amendment
  • double
  • jeopardy

#4) If you want to focus your search on a particular news source or publication, you may use the Source box. Typically, you may want to use this only if you get a lot of results that you have trouble sorting through for accuracy, and if you have a trusted source that you like using. It's a nice feature, but keep in mind that you might be eliminating good resources from other publications.

#5) For this project, because your focus is on the United States' Bill of Rights and other rights guaranteed to the people, you'll probably want to put U.S. in the Location box before searching. 

After searching, take a quick look at the top three or four results to see if it looks like you're on the right track. If so, work in more depth on one of the articles to see if it has information that can help you with your research. Take notes as you go, and be sure to keep track of where the information comes from by creating a reference for any sources you use. 

And, if you want to look for information about past court cases, here are a couple good sources:
Or use a direct Google Search using the name of your research focus in quotation marks ("freedom of speech") along with "Supreme Court"

HOMEWORK: It's the last homework assignment for this unit. Read American Citizenship (21.4) pages 561-567 and answer the following questions:
1) jus soli
2) jus sanguini
3) naturalization
4) expatriation
5) deportation
Answer, in your own words please"
6) How did the 14th Amendment attempt to clarify the question of citizenship? (561)
7)  Under what circumstances can a person involuntarily lose his or her citizenship? (564)