Bring Govt. Textbooks - we will be returning our textbooks on Wednesday and Thursday.
Good Luck on AP Exams - you all remind me of the quote by Teddy Roosevelt about those who get involved trying to change society for the better: Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic", delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who
points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds
could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is
actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and
again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but
who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at
the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who
at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so
that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
neither know victory nor defeat.
Saturday Review Day: Session 1-- 9:30 to 1:00pm Lunch Session-- 12:00 to 1:00pm Session 2-- 1:00 to 3:30pm You will have to walk, ride, or carpool to get here due to the parade. The gate from Ventana should be open, so you can park/get dropped off there. All WHS lots will be closed by 9am. Also, please bring something to drink, I will have a few soda choices, but water in a reusable bottle would be wise. Bring your notes/text to use for review.
A good review site: http://phs.prs.k12.nj.us/ewood/amergov/USGov5th/contents.htm
Due Fri. April 29th (A-day) and Mon. May 2nd (B-day): We may have started this practice exam in class, but finish this test and bring in your answer sheets. Put a mark of some sort next to the questions that you had difficulties with and we will score them together.Do NOT look up any answers and just do your best - this is a completion grade, you won't be graded on your score. Plus, you don't have to do the essays, we will attack those together. http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/govpracticexam.pdf
Due Thur. April 13th (A-day) and Fri. April 14th (B-day): Bureaucratic Pathologies Parts A and B. For Part C, write a paragraph arguing for privatization of more government functions (with reasons) and a paragraph arguing for the value of the government's role in a variety of functions. Due Tues. April 11th (A-day) and Wed. April 12th (B-day): Complete a clear and explainable set of quick notes for your review topic that you chose in class. You will present these in 5 minutes - so please understand your topic
Due Mon. April 3rd (A-day) and Tues. April 4th (B-day): Please watch the video on the site www.storyofstuff.org Take about a page of notes with her (the author's) main assertions summarizing the main stages of consumption. Make sure you get the historical events that shifted our economy. You don't have to write them down, but think of criticism to her assertions. Also, bring the Frederick Douglass book so we can do some readin' in the sun (unless it rains). JUNIORS - this website was recommended as a great site for SAT prep: www.grockit.com
Due Thur. March 31st (A-day) and Fri. April 1st (B-day): Annotate "Wealth of Nations" - there are about 29 paragraphs on this reading - you should have approx. 15-20 solid, summarizing annotations. In other words, put his assertions in your terms - be able to articulate his vision of a harmonious society. Also, what is the role of govt., according to Smith? -- also, you will need to print your second Stock Printout - if you sold/bought any stocks please deduct 10.00 from your total amount. Please write -$10.00 at the bottom of the sheet
Due Tue. March 29th (A-Day) and Wed. March 30th (B-day): Second part of chapter 18 notes
Due Fri. March 25 (A-day) and Mon. March 28th (B-day): - Sorry, ignore the notes homework - it will be postponed until your next core day - this is so seniors can complete their senior projects
-Finish the notes on Chapter 18 - The Government and the Economy -We will also start with a quick govt. free response on Third Parties in US politics (not a list of the various third parties, but more on why they tend to fail). - Also, all stocks portfolios must be stamped
Due Wed. March 23rd (A-day) and Thur. March 24th (B-day): --Have a final pick of stocks for Wednesday/Thursday to be stamped as your first official stock picks. Every week you can make changes (once) and it costs $10.00 total (so if you make trades every week - the end cost to your profits is $40.00).
--Take notes on chapter 18 in Govt. text. Stop on page 670 (in my book) at the section on Fiscal Policy: Taxing and Spending. I will be testing on this chapter when we finish the rest of the notes.
Due Mon. March 21 (A-day) and Tues. March 22th (B-day):
**AP Registration money is due on March 21st!!!!!
**Final Stock Picks are due on Monday and Tuesday as well
--Please print the following summary of the Broad Social Goals of an economy and follow the directions. To complete the activity, you will first need to attempt to balance the CA budget using the following website: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/budget/
Due Thurs. March 17th (A-day) and Fri. March 18th (B-day): Take notes from the govt. text on pages 623-648. Much of what you will be reading relates to your list of Laws You Should Know. Take notes in notebook, and we will fill out the LYSK later. Your notes can be light, but please read well.
Homework will return next week - get your Senior Projects done and enjoy the weekend.
Due Thurs. March 3rd (A-day) and Fri. March 4th (B-day): NOTE!!! This is only a rough-draft - we will work on these further in class. Sorry that this wasn't made clear yesterday! Write more than bullets, but it can be rough. Pass it on!
Write the essay on the Roberts Court - directions are here (sorry, website isn't letting me upload word docs):
Essay on the
Prompt:Is John Roberts letting his hubris take
the court and the country in a dangerous direction?Or, is he wisely leading the court and country in a
direction that will better assure our future health?
Make sure to use specific cases and elevate your
language using AP government terms and AP English vocabulary
-A sentence or
two on an overview of the Roberts’ court as it is evolving
-A thesis that
gives your opinion as to whether or not you support the
direction it is taking including a reason
for your sentiments
(unless it is blended into your thesis) describing which themes you will be discussing
(e.g., affirmative action)
should have a theme - e.g., freedom of speech, religion, civil liberties in
general, civil rights, privacy, 10th Amendment issues and Congress’s
use of interstate trade, etc.Try
to pick issues that you do have a concern about or fleshed out opinions on.
should include ample evidence - e.g., court cases, quotes from cases,
historical facts, laws passed, etc.
-last thoughts and
Possible Paragraph Topics (but not limited to):
·Limiting the federal government by limiting their use
of the commerce clause
possibly limiting legislation in civil rights, endangered species,
regulations, health care, etc.
·Incorporating the Second Amendment and restricting the
states’ power to limit gun use
·Limiting the use of affirmative action
·Prohibiting busing to reduce de facto segregation
·Weakening of the exclusionary rule and Miranda rights
·Weakening McCain-Feingold by allowing corporations and
unions to spend unlimited amounts to influence politics
·Possible support for Prop. 8 and DOMA
·Increased accommodation for religion in public
Due Friday Feb. 25 (A-day) and Monday Feb.28 (B-day): I would suggest making flashcards of the Supreme Court cases including what precedent was set and possibly part of the Constitution was being used (free exercise clause, 14th Amendment equal protection, interstate commerce, etc.). While there won't be grade given for this, think of how proud you will be of your diligence and hard work??? ;)
Due Wednesday Feb. 23 (A-day) and Thursday Feb. 24 (B-day): Annotate the John Roberts reading (this is worth 2 homework grades): -highlight and define any term that is found in our Judiciary, Civil Liberties, or Civil Rights chapters - but only the first time you come across that term - I found only about 5-7 terms total (e.g., solicitor general = argues cases for federal govt. before the Supreme Court). - annotate for three (3) court cases that are referenced in the story(e.g., the exclusionary rule would be annotated for...) - annotate for how John Roberts will affect or rule on future Supreme Court decisions in specific areas (e.g., seems like he will strike down all affirmative action, etc.) - summarize what he believes or how applies the law - use words such as prior restraint, activism, stare decisis, etc. If you need the article on John Roberts - here it is: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/roberts.doc
Due Friday Feb. 18 (A-day) and Tuesday Feb. 22 (B-day): Annotate the one page reader "Supreme Court: Schools..." Write out two arguments: one in favor of the ruling and one opposed. Include what you think are the best arguments in favor of each. I will get your opinion later, but really try to be persuasive in each position. This can be hand written in your notebooks OR typed. Make sure they are complete paragraphs - they should sound good when read aloud - no bullet points.
Due Wednesday Feb. 16 (A-day) and Thursday Feb. 17 (B-day): Finish notes on civil rights Due Monday Feb. 14 (A-day) and Tuesday Feb. 15 (B-day): Take notes on chapter 6 - Civil Rights- stop on page 217 "The Women's Rights Movement"
Due Wednesday Feb. 9 (A-day) and Thursday Feb. 10 (B-day): Annotate 133-135 taking notes on the specifics of the Brown v. Board case Annotate 136 taking notes on how Brown was an activist decision Annotate 137-140 - take notes on specifics, but also YOUR reaction to the argument for affirmative action at Michigan Law school
Due Monday Feb. 7 (A-day) and Tuesday Feb. 8 (B-day): Finish notes on Chapter 5 - Civil Liberties
Due Thursday Feb. 3 (A-day) and Friday Feb. 4 (B-day): Notes on Chapter 5 up to The Rights of Criminal Defendants - you can continue if you want to get ahead.
Due Tuesday Feb. 1 (A-day) and Wednesday Feb. 2 (B-day): Annotate Reader pages 129 to 132 - Start annotating for specific government related vocabulary/terms/ideas. Annotate for campaign finance terms, judiciary term, etc. etc. Come in with questions, assertions, etc.
Due Friday Jan. 28 (A-day) and Monday Jan. 31 (B-day): Finish notes on the Judiciary
Due Wednesday Jan. 26 (A-day) and Thursday Jan. 27 (B-day): Watch the State of the Union. You will be responsible for one page (at least one side filled) of notes on this. Your notes can be reflections to his policy suggestions, questions about procedures, reactions to language and rhetoric used, etc. If you cannot watch this live, please find time to watch a video online. Be prepared to sound informed on tone, specifics, drama in the audience, etc.
Due Monday Jan. 24 (A-day) and Tuesday Jan. 25 (B-day): Take notes on half of chpt. 10 (The Judiciary). If you need help figuring out which page to stop on, please refer to the following website: http://www.webmath.com/divide.html
Due Thursday Jan. 20 (A-day) and Friday Jan. 21 (B-day): Finish the annotations for the bureaucracy reading that was started after the test (Bush Seeks to Rule The Bureaucracy).
You can start notes on chpt. 10 if you want to get ahead.
Due Thursday Jan. 13 (A-day) and Friday Jan. 14 (B-day): Study for Amendment quiz Due Tuesday Jan. 11 (A-day) and Wednesday Jan. 12 (B-day): Annotate the rest of the President reader. There are three different articles, make sure you get the assertions from each. Due Friday Jan. 7 (A-day) and Monday Jan. 10 (B-day): Read and annotate pages 106-116 This reading is about the Paradoxes of the American Presidency - be prepared to explain the history and psychology of our attitudes towards these paradoxes, and also know the nine individual paradoxes. Also, pick the one paradox that you associate with the most and an assertion why. Homework for Winter Break: Notes on Chapter 8 The Presidency, and the beginning of Chapter 9 The Federal Bureaucracy (stop at the section titled Making Agencies Accountable) Also: look-up and define Opportunity Cost and come in with an example from your winter holiday.
Due Monday Dec. 10 (b-day) and Tuesday Dec. 11 (A-day): I have handed out final review sheets in class - see me for questions B-day students please have your speeches/debates ready on Monday. We will be asking for volunteers to go that day. We will allow for some polishing up time as well. A-day speeches should be ready to go Tuesday 8 am. Also, please bring the Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass to class for the next few sessions.
Due Friday Dec. 9 (A-day) and Monday Dec. 10 (B-day): Open and print the following document - which is a proposed bill on immigration. Please go line by line and annotate for sections you agree with and would like to keep, and change the sections that you disagree with. You can add questions, comments, etc. If there is something missing, please add it. Make sure your legislation is a clear reflection of your ideology and the party you chose when you wrote on your Party Platform assertions (see Nov. 9th below). http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/immigration.doc
Due Monday Dec. 6 (A-day) and Tuesday Dec. 7 (B-day): Homework- annotate 102-109 -- Annotate page 102 for the following: write notes defining key terms from the semester of AP Govt. (e.g., earmarks), write notes summarizing how Congress works, and write your questions and personal reactions. Also, write an assertion at the end that answers the following: Has Murtha crossed the line from smart politician to corrupt politician, and if so, where exactly did he cross that line? --Annotate 104-105: Annotate for why was the War Powers Resolution passed and what was its impact. End with an assertion about your beliefs on who should have the power to go to war. --Annotate 106-109: Annotate how the Senate uses tactics to give the minority power. Why Republicans in the House in 1994 were upset with Republicans in the Senate. Include annotations that show your understanding of the changes this author would like to see in the Senate. Due Thursday Dec. 2 (A-day) and Friday Dec. 3 (B-day): Reader pages 100-101 - annotate for how this issue has changed over the years. Also include notes as to what you think had the largest impact on public opinion on this. Finally, write an assertion stating your position on the estate tax - include THREE separate arguments to support your assertion. Write it out in a coherent paragraph.
Due Tuesday Nov. 30 (A-day) and Wednesday Dec. 1 (B-day): --Good notes on Chapter 7 --Read the following article on Congress and do the following: Write a 250-300 word letter to Congress about what needs to be changed about how they conduct business and/or what you think is working. Make specific references to the article for your evidence (e.g., the Rules Committee, influence of lobbyists, etc.). You can even start your letter with "Upon reading the article Four Amendments and a Funeral it is clear to me that..." ps-You don't have to annotate the article (so you don't have to print it out), but you will be expected to know what happened in the story. http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/taibbi.pdf
Due Wednesday Nov. 17 (A-day) and Thursday Nov. 18 (B-day): TEST - Nov. 17th and 18th - Complete the following sheet concerning Campaign Finance and use my lecture notes to study for the test - if I lectured on in, it is on the test (in other words, I don't have a review sheet for this unit, sorry GC). http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/Campaignfinance.doc Here is some information on Campaign Finance that should help you answer the questions but try to read it on the computer, it is 15 pages and the information is most detailed on pages 1-6: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/Campaignfinanceinformation.doc Chapter 7 Notes will be given next (after the test) if you want to get ahead. Due Tuesday Nov. 9 (A-day) and Wednesday Nov. 10 (B-day): Sorry about the date mix-up, try to have these done! 1. Annotate the article on the Electoral College: - look for proposals to change Electoral College and George Will's response to those changes If you do not have this article, here it is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/11/AR2006101101597.html
2. Party Platform Assertion: - Please type up a three paragraph (long paragraphs) statement about why the Democratic/Republican/Other party is the party that people should support. - The first paragraph should be general in nature about the role of government and how your party's philosophy will best serve the country - The second two paragraphs will each argue for your party's position on a single issue (per paragraph). Some suggestions are: health care, progressive taxation, national security, welfare, Social Security, immigration, environmental policy, capital punishment, etc. - Your grade will be based on the effectiveness of your pathos as well as evidence that you understand your party's position on the preferred size and scope of government
Due Friday Nov. 5 (A-day) and Monday Nov. 8 (B-day): Annotate reader pages 92-99: know what Tom DeLay did, how he did it, and why it set a dangerous precedent. Plus, how gerrymandering works and how it is being called unconstitutional by some.
Also Art Test coming up - Nov. 8th (Bday) and 9th (Aday)
Due Wednesday Nov. 3 (A-day) and Thursday Nov. 4(B-day): Chapter notes 459 - 486
Due Monday Nov. 1 (A-day) and Tuesday Nov. 2 (B-day): Annotate pages 88-91 - know Broder's arguments on why and how we should strengthen political parties Finish chapter 12 notes on the political parties.
Due Thursday Oct. 28 (A-day) and Friday Oct. 29(B-day): Annotate Reader pages 76-78: - What functions do parties play and what has been their importance? - Why have the parties changed in the past? - How has the spoils system and money played a role in these changes? Annotate Reader pages 79-87 - What roles have third parties played in American politics? - What has kept them from growing in strength? - What is their importance in our two-party system? Also, chapter 12 notes need to be finished - these need to be done this week, you choose when.
Due Tuesday Oct. 26 (A-day) and Wednesday Oct. 27 (B-day): Using the form included, or on separate paper, please summarize the main differences (platforms) between the political parties in the U.S.: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/partyplatform.doc All information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_political_parties
Due Friday Oct. 22 (A-day) and Monday Oct. 25 (B-day): Take notes on Chapter 12 but only pages 417-440 stop at The Modern Transformation of Party Organization. There will be an open note quiz on this, so get good ideas down. Also, READ "The Living Constitution" on page 422.
Due Thursday Oct. 14 (A-day) and Friday Oct. 15 (B-day): Read reader page 64 - what is the Fairness Doctrine (it is in chapter 15 or on Wikipedia) and do you think it should be reinstated? Reader pages 65 - 70. Annotate for all of the following: --highlight or underline all of the terms in the article that correspond to terms from chapter 15 (e.g., mainstream media, Fairness Doctrine, etc.) and have brief definitions in margins. -- annotate for the main meaning of the article. Try to summarize a majority of the article's paragraphs.
Due Tuesday Oct. 12 (A-day) and Wednesday Oct. 13 (B-day): Check the due dates for this - --Finish Chpt. 15 on the Media --Print out the following article and annotate for the questions this brings up about the 1st Amendment. Also, quickly assert how you would rule in Phelps v. Snyder. If you cannot print this out, you can jot down notes on a separate piece of paper: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/freespeech.doc
Due Friday Oct. 8 (A-day) and Monday Oct. 11 (B-day): Take notes on Chapter 15 - The Media - But only take notes from 547-568. Please read the opening story on 547 as well. Also, please read the very short article and graphs on the following link. Then please respond in your notebooks with an assertion and a few lines of commentary about the following prompt: Are these politicians being smart working for this station or are they jeopardizing their reputations? http://mediamatters.org/research/201009270021 note: these candidates are not allowed to speak to other stations because of their contract with Fox.
Due Wednesday Oct. 6 (A-day) and Thursday Oct. 7 (B-day): Annotate pages 55-63 For 55-61: margin notes should include summaries of what is being said in the article, but ALSO include arguments for and against relying heavily on polling data. For 61-63: annotate for what the polls show about Obama, how polls have changed his tactics, and what do polls tell us about his future agenda.
Due Thursday Sept. 30 (A-day) and Friday Oct. 1 (B-day): Don't forget Senior Project due dates The two gubernatorial candidates (Brown and Whitman) will be debating tonight at 6pm - check it out if you can. Homework - complete the assignment on the conservative elements of the "Pledge to America" - if you didn't pick one up after the test it is here: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/pledgetoamerica.doc Also, if you didn't finish annotating reader pages 51-54 please do so-- 51-55 annotate for main points and start looking for Laws You Should Know (circle laws that seem important and I will let you know if it is a LYSK aka Law You Should Know). For Page 54 - annotate for the three problems that Madison was keenly aware of and his position on those three issues.
Here is link to a list of review terms for the unit: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5314637/Federalism-Review-Sheet
We will also review for 20+ minutes before the test.
Due Friday Sept. 25 (A-day) and Monday Sept. 27 (B-day): Annotate Reader pages 41-45 on the evolution of Federalism. I will be grading on how well your margin notes SUMMARIZE the points made by the author. Also, read the Reader pages 14-16 (Fed. 51), and 48-50 (Fed. 39 and 46) and write a one sentence summary for each. You should highlight language that supports you summary, but I am looking for a comprehensive, one sentence, summary of Madison's assertions (he wrote these three). Due Wednesday Sept. 22 (A-day) and Thursday Sept. 23 (B-day): Take outline notes on Chapter 3--Federalism-- in your Government textbook - we will most likely have a quiz on this, so understand what you read and have questions ready
Due Tuesday Sept. 14 (A-day) and Wednesday Sept. 15 (B-day): Test on Unit 1 - Constitution and Underpinnings of Government. Use the review sheets I have posted below, and try to at least take a look at them soon so you can come to me with any questions BEFORE the test. Also, after the test, we will begin a paper. Please print this assignment out, if you don't have one I will have some extras: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/constitutionessayassign.doc
Due Wednesday Sept. 8 (A-day) and Thursday Sept. 9 (B-day): Annotate pages 4 and 5 in the Government Reader -- annotate for what the first author thinks needs changing in the Constitution (page 4) and the rebuttal points (page 5) Also, start the scavenger hunt but ONLY numbers 1-10
Due Friday Sept. 3 (A-day) and Monday Sept. 7 (B-day): Annotate Government Reader pages 23-35 -- some of the words are cut off but do your best on reading it. -- annotate his main points about the language in the Constitution
Due Wednesday Sept. 1 (A-day) and Thursday Sept. 2 (B-day): Annotate Government Reader pages 10-13 - Federalist #10 --How is the author selling the merits of the Constitution? Annotate the Declaration of Independence - just write what you think is important and questions you have. Here is the Declaration if don't have the copy I gave in class: http://www.windsorhs.com/staff/admin/uploads/Leslie136/declaration.doc
Due Monday Aug. 30 (A-day) and Tuesday Aug. 31 (B-day): Annotate the Government Reader, pages 7-10, but just the Hofstadter essay. For these annotations - I really want to know what the author, Richard Hofstadter, thinks about the Founding Fathers' motivations. In other words, why is the Constitution organized the way it is? Is it a conservative or liberal document? Your margin notes should include: -The author's assertions (i.e., his opinions and main points) -Historical references (e.g., Locke, Hobbes, Articles of Confed., etc.) -class vocab -questions (both clarification and discussion) -notes on evidence used -your thoughts Also - please use the internet to research the modern day Tea Party Movement. I am just looking for a short definition that includes the who, what (key beliefs, where, and why. Include any leaders they may have.
Due Thursday Aug. 26 (A-day) and Friday Aug. 27 (B-day): Notes from Chapter 2 in government book pages 34-60 This is big chunk of reading so allow time. Be sure your notes can answer the following: Why did the colonies separate from Britain? What ideas are in the Declaration of Independence? How did Shay's Rebellion help create the Constitution? What were the powers and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation? What compromises were made to create the Constitution and who benefited? What is in the U.S. Constitution?
Due Tuesday Aug. 24 (A-day) and Wednesday Aug. 25 (B-day):
Using your Government textbooks (American Government Continuity and Change - by Larry Sabato)
- read and take outline notes for chapter one - pages 1-31. Your notes
may end up being pretty short, that is okay, but it is really important
to write down questions or discussion ideas that arise from your
reading. Pages 14-22 you can skim and just list major Changing
Characteristics of the American People.
Due Friday Aug. 20 (A-day) and Monday Aug. 23 (B-day): Reader pages 1, 2, & 3 Annotations- For all articles, always annotate for main ideas of article and key facts, but I will also try to give you some guidance on specific things to look for on each reader: Forpages 1 and 2 - annotate (i.e., take notes in margins) on the differences between civics and history/government and why civics matters. Also, write down the article's, and your own, assertions about why civics matters and the long term implications of civic illiteracy. For page 3 - annotate the opinion piece by David Brooks and take notes on what he sees as the biggest changes in current politics, as well as the cause of these differences. Explain what he means by "demographics is king". Do you see any local connection to this? Again, on annotations quantity and quality both matter.
AP Government Reader money - please bring $7.00 for the AP reader
AP Govt Forms and Papers--
Senior Project Forms and Information: see AP Core Homepage
Left-Right graphic (if you prefer a cleaner copy) - you can print either of these two (the second one, the gif file, is color):