March 8

posted Mar 8, 2012, 5:32 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 8, 2012, 5:40 AM ]
Part One: Let's finish our discussion of Super Tuesday with a quick recap. Take this quiz/survey to wrap up our discussions of the last few days.

Part Two: Finished? Good. It's time to return to our last homework assignment (Chapter 4, Section 1) which introduced you to the concept called 
Division of Powers
and the many types of powers involved in discussing our federal government:

Try out this matching exercise to see how well you understand them. 

How well did you do (the first time?) If you need to review these terms, you'll find them on pages 73-80. There's a nice graphic on page 76 to show how they all work together. Take some time to review that if you need to.

Part Three: We'll want to focus on a few specific details within the assignment. Review/Re-read these sections to prepare for a discussion. Write out the answers if you can't remember them.

A) The "Necessary and Proper" Clause (75) --
  1. Where does it appear in the Constitution?
  2. Why is it also called the Elastic Clause?
  3. Why is it so important today?
B) The 10th Amendment -- 
  1. Where does it appear in the Constitution? 
  2. How does it spell out the concept of Division of Powers (74)?
  3. How does it relate to the concept of Reserved Powers (77)?

C) The Supremacy Clause (78)?
  1. Where does it appear in the Constitution?
  2. How does it help create a "Ladder of Laws" (79) ?
  3. Why does this clause make the Supreme Court "an umpire" in the federal system (79)?

Part Four: If you finish early, get a start on tonight's assignment.
HOMEWORK: READ Chapter 4, Section 2 (80-86) and answer questions 2, 3 & 7.