"There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live..."

--John Adams

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Week 10: Oct. 15-19, 2k18

Hey #Davis8 -- Your Constitution Test is one week away from Tuesday...Below is a study guide to help you prepare for the test...

  • What does E Pluribus Unum mean?
  • How many branches of government are there?  List them
  • Know the qualifications to be the: Senate, House of Reps, President
  • Know term lengths of: Senate, House of Reps, Supreme Court Justices
  • Know five powers of Congress
  • What does ex post facto mean?
  • Know three powers of the president
  • How many members are in: House of Reps, Senate, Supreme Court
  • What is the main job of the Supreme Court?
  • Which house of Congress is based on population and benefits the larger states? 
  • Which house of Congress benefits the smaller states?
  • How does a bill become a law?
  • How do you pass an amendment?
  • What is the Preamble to the Constitution?
  • Know the following Amendments:  ALL Bill of Rights, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI
  • How many members are in the Electoral College?
  • How many votes does it take to win the Electoral College 
  • Which branch of government is the most powerful? Why is this?

Day 1

In Class: 
Finish Federalism and Bill of Rights --- What is a Democrat?  What is a Republican?

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HW: None!

Day 2
In Class:  Dive into some more Amendments!  Anything but XVI and XVIII!!!
HW: None!


Day 3
In Class:  Finish Federalism -- Dive into some more Amendments!  Anything but XVI and XVIII!!!
HW: None!

Day 4
In Class:  More Amendments...Hopefully finishing them!
HW: None!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Week 9: Oct. 8-12, 2k18

Hey #Davis8, welcome to the 9th week of school and the second week of our Constitution Unit.

Day 1
In Class:  Xtra Credit Supreme Court Justice HW due today! -- BRAINPOP! Checks and Balances System -- Article IV - Relations Among the States -- Article V -- How to Pass an Amendment -- Article VI -- Supreme Law of the Land! Article VII -- How to Ratify the Constitution

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HW: Dear Mr. President due Friday and Donkeys vs Elephants Google Form due Monday, Oct. 15.

Day 2
In Class:  Finish Article VI -- Supreme Law of the Land! Article VII -- How to Ratify the Constitution -- Introduce the the Amendments!  Bill of Rights BRAINPop!
HW:Dear Mr. President and Take a Knee due Friday and Donkeys vs Elephants Google Form due Monday, Oct. 15.

Day 3
In Class:  Bill of Rights Continued!! -- Amendment X = Federalism!


HW: Mr. President and Take a Knee due Friday and Donkeys vs Elephants Google Form due Monday, Oct. 15.


Day 4
In Class:  Finish Federalism -- Dive into some more Amendments!  Anything but XVI and XVIII!!!
HW:  Donkeys vs Elephants Google Form due Monday, Oct. 15.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

5 A for the Days Assignment and Dear Mr. President!

#Davis8, we've got two items here...

Dear Mr. President...  I want you to think of an issue that you feel is important.  If you could write the president one letter about one issue and ask him to help solve it, what would you say?  Your homework is to write the president a letter. There is no minimum and there is no maximum length. I only want this letter to be something you feel the president should know about an issue you want changed/resolved.  I want this letter to be genuine...

Issues you may wish to consider:-Gun regulation -Race relations -Gender equality -National security -War on Terror-Taxes/Economy -Minimum Wage -Immigration -Education -Abortion-Israel/Middle East -Death penalty -Police brutality -Energy/Environment Healthcare -Homeland security -Welfare -Same-Sex Issues -Unemployment -Tariff laws


This letter is due Friday, October 12 and is a HW assignment!
Xtra Credit -- 5 A for the Days!
We are currently experiencing something unique in American history; the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. Just 100 other people in American history have been appointed to the Supreme Court and in President Trump's first years in office he has appointed Neil Gorsuch and is in the process of appointing Robert Kavanaugh. One of the things we discussed in class today was that the job of the Supreme Court is to "interpret the Constitution" or make decisions on court cases based on the way they view the Constitution. This means that Supreme Court Justices sometimes use their own personal opinions to make a decision. Some people believe that a Supreme Court Justice should not use their own personal opinions to make professional decisions. For 5 A for the Days I want you to answer the following question in a minimum one-paragraph explanation: Should the Supreme Court Justices use their personal opinion in any way to help them make a decision when hearing a court case? Explain why/why not.
This is due Monday, October 8 -- 12 Font, Times New Roman, Double-spaced, 1 inch margins MLA Format and is Xtra Credit!

This is a GREAT video that talks a little about how Justices think.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Week 8, October 1-5, 2k18

Hey #Davis8!  It's OCTOBER already!  We are flying through the Civics Unit & having a great time!

Day 1
In Class:  Finish Article I and dive into Article II -- The Executive Branch
HW:  None

Day 2
In Class:  Article II -- The Executive Branch -- Dear Mr. President.
Presidential Power!


President Trump's State of the Union Address

Deconstructing the White House


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HW:  Dear Mr. President due October 12

Day 3
In Class: -- Article III - The Supreme Court - Article IV - The Relations Among the States - Article V - How to Pass an Amendment



HW:  Dear Mr. President due October 12

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Week 7: Sept. 24-28, 2k18

Hey #Delegates we had a terrific Second Cont. Congress last week and now we FINALLY enter one of my favorite units: Civics!  Whoo Hoo!!!  Time to read and learn about the US Constitution!

Day 1 -- No School -- Sukkot

Day 2
In Class:  Begin our Constitution Unit
  1. What is government?  
  2. Why do we have a government?  
  3. What was the failed government before the Constitution?
  4. What is the Constitution?
  5. What is the Preamble
  6. Article I -- Legislative Branch :
HW:  None!

Day 3
In Class:  Begin our Constitution Unit
  1. Legislative Branch -- House of Reps -- Senate
  2. Qualifications -- term lengths -- their purpose
  3. How a Bill becomes a Law!
  4. Powers of Congress

HW:  None!