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Freshman Technology

 

CIVIL GOVERNMENT- MARCH, 2024

ESSENTIAL FILES: INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION, SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.

DATE Information/Activities/Projects and Assignments

MON

5/20

No school today for SENIORS! They GRADUATED!

WED

5/15

BELLRINGER: We take our Final Examination.

 

FOR TODAY: We demonstrate our knowledge of the course material. Please pick up your final exam packet when you arrive. Make sure to put your name on it and NUMBER each question as you answer it on the PINK PAGES.

MON

5/13

BELLRINGER: We review the STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL EXAM.

 

FOR TODAY: We review for the test.

FRI

5/10

BELLRINGER: We review the last few parts of THE ART OF FOREIGN POLICY.

 

LEARNING AND DISCUSSION: Please spend time today completing the FOUR FUTURES ASSIGNMENT to a point where you can answer a very detailed question on the Final Exam on the topics therein.

STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL EXAM.

WED

5/8

BELLRINGER: Please meet me at the BIG TV, we have some finishing up to do regarding MONEY!

 

LEARNING AND DISCUSSION: We finish our discussion of A Brief History of Money. Please take some notes and join in with discussions.

ADDITIONAL LEARNING: We discuss THE ART OF FOREIGN POLICY and, given time, complete the FOUR FUTURES ASSIGNMENT.

MON

5/6

BELLRINGER: Please meet me at the BIG TV, we have something VERY IMPORTANT to discuss, then we will take some notes regarding MONEY!

 

LEARNING AND DISCUSSION: We discuss MONEY. What is it? Why is it so important? What is it worth? We do this by reviewing A Brief History of Money. Please take some notes and join in with discussions.

FRI

5/3

BELLRINGER: Please work on completing your CONSPIRACY THEORIES, please note that I have ADDED a question to the last slide! Please include an answer for this in your presentation!

 

DISCUSSION DAY: We finish our "GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY THEORY" PROJECT. Below are the slideshows that I have received so far. Please review these when they are posted and take a few notes on each one.

GOVERNMENT KINDA SUS SLIDES: SAMPLE- BILLIE SITTNER- PROJECT MK-ULTRA.

GOVERNMENT KINDA SUS REFLECTION- We will complete the REFLECTION part of this project by completing THE CONSPIRACY THEORY BOARD as a class. Each student will be expected to make at least FIVE posts regarding the information that you have reviewed in the slideshows above. MAKE POSTS BY CLICKING THE POST-IT STICKER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CANVAS.:

COMING UP- LEARNING AND DISCUSSION: We discuss MONEY. What is it? Why is it so important? What is it worth? We do this by reviewing A Brief History of Money. Please take some notes and join in with discussions.

WED

5/1

BELLRINGER: For today, we review a First Amendment/Freedom of Assembly issue- "Arrests as police clash with students demonstrating at US universities against war in Gaza ." Is this type of protest OK? Is this "Freedom of Assembly?" Should these students be arrested?

FOR TODAY: Please work on the ""Government Programs and the Welfare of Citizens" Project, AKA "THE GOVERNMENT KINDA SUS" PROJECT.

NOTE: There are three students in this class that are days away from not passing the class and not graduating. Please use time today to complete some work that you have not submitted in the past for points. PLEASE MAKE SURE that you are eligible for points for these assignments- you will not receive credit for any work that was due on a day that you have an Unexcused Absence!

ANOTHER NOTE: There were a total of 8 students that did not submit the work from the last two class periods, one of which was a 100 percent work day. That is 75 points lost because... you were too tired to submit the assignment? C'MON PEOPLE! YOU CAN DO BETTER!

MON

4/29

BELLRINGER: We analyze "15 TIMES THE SIMPSON'S PREDICTED THE FUTURE." When we are done, we complete "The Simpsons Predicting the Future as Evidence of a Global Illuminati Conspiracy" Thinking Sheet.

FOR TODAY: Please complete the following by the end of the class period-

UPCOMING: The ""Government Programs and the Welfare of Citizens" Project, AKA "THE GOVERNMENT KINDA SUS" PROJECT.

WED

4/24

BELLRINGER: Meet me at my discussion circle, we have lots to review. Bring your Chromebooks.

FOR TODAY: We review and discuss One Family's Story Shows How Hard the Cycle of Poverty is to Break.

We also review "A 'Cycle of Support' Helps Families Stay out of Poverty.

Then, we complete "The Cycle of Poverty Thinking Sheet." This will be a graded assignment, so answer the questions thoroughly and with complete sentences and proper grammar!

We begin our discussion of homelessness. Here are some of the media sources that we will be reviewing:


Please complete the HOMELESS VETERAN'S ANALYSIS SHEET.

WED

4/24

BELLRINGER: None today, please meet me in my discussion circle to review important information.

14th Amendment Case Study: BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATIONI:

 

 

 

 

 

MON

4/22

BELLRINGER: None today, please meet me at the big TV for our case study for today.

14th Amendment Case Study: BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATIONI:

 

 

 

 

 

FRI

4/19

BELLRINGER: None today, please meet me in our discussion circle for the beginnings of our case study for today.

14th Amendment Case Studies, MENDEZ v. WESTMINSTER and BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATIONI:

 

 

 

 

 

WED

4/17

BELLRINGER: None today, please meet me at the overhead with your notebooks (both paper and technological), we have lots of issues to discuss, including our recent exam.

14th Amendment Case Studies : We will be reviewing two landmark cases regarding the 14th Amendment, the first being Plessy v. Ferguson, the second being Mendez v. Westminster School District. Review the cases in the links below and answer the questions, using complete sentences and proper grammar.

 

 

 

 

 

FRI

4/12

BELLRINGER: None for today, please pick up your Exam and get to work.

FOR TODAY: We demonstrate our mastery of the Bill of Rights.

When you are done with your EXAM, you can bring me your test and work on your EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY, if you wish. This can be worth as many as 25 extra credit points. YOU CANNOT USE ANY OTHER WEBSITES FOR THIS!

 

 

 

 

 

WED

4/10

BELLRINGER: We REVIEW for our upcoming exam.

FOR TODAY: We review for our exam, including how to remember the Rights of the Bill of Rights. If we decide NOT to review for our exam, we will begin discussing the case studies of the 14th Amendment, below:

14th Amendment Case Studies (PLEASE MAKE COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS AND SHARE THEM BACK WITH MR. B. FOR GRADING): We will be reviewing two landmark cases regarding the 14th Amendment, the first being Plessy v. Ferguson, the second being Mendez v. Westmnster School District. Review the cases in the links below and answer the questions, using complete sentences and proper grammar.

 

 

 

 

 

MON

4/8

BELLRINGER: We discuss TRUANCY. Is it a problem? Is a system racism issue? Please review the article at D.C. has a truancy problem. The solutions have to include the home. We discuss.

THEN, we either spend some time studying for our exam or we begin discussing PLESSY v. FERGUSON.

FOR TODAY: We finish discussing The 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments.

14th Amendment Case Studies (PLEASE MAKE COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS AND SHARE THEM BACK WITH MR. B. FOR GRADING): We will be reviewing two landmark cases regarding the 14th Amendment, the first being Plessy v. Ferguson, the second being Mendez v. Westmnster School District. Review the cases in the links below and answer the questions, using complete sentences and proper grammar.

 

 

 

 

 

FRI

4/5

BELLRINGER: We spend a few minutes at the start of class reviewing the information in the study guide for the upcoming exam next week. There is a LOT of information here that you need to retain. We will talk about how to study and what to study. We can have the exam on WEDNESDAY or FRIDAY of next week, class choice.

IT'S GAME DAY! YAY! We get to play a game! All students should be working on the following in class today. You will need to complete at least one full game by the end of the day to receive credit for this project.:

  1. To begin some preparation for our upcoming exam regarding the Rights of the Citizen, which is coming soon, I would like students to head to icivics.org.
    • Click on SIGN IN in the top right corner of the homepage.
    • Click REGISTER AS A STUDENT.
    • Click REGISTER WITH CLASS CODE.
    • Input your Name and the CLASS CODE= Taney29322.
    • You will receive a USERNAME (or you can use your email address), please note this somewhere.
    • If you are asked for a password, it is PASSWORD= HuskiesCG.
  2. Once you are logged in, you have a GAME ASSIGNMENT, due before the end of this week on the game called "Do I have the Right?- Bill of Rights Edition." MAKE SURE YOU COMPETE IN BILL OF RIGHTS EDITION MODE! You might want to get out your Bill of Rights notes for this game, you might need them! THIS IS DUE ON FRIDAY!
  3. The game will SAVE each day (you play through seven days) and will pick up where you left off when you log back in.
  4. You can find this game from the PLAY home screen or by clicking on MY ICIVICS> CLASSES> ASSIGNMENTS.) This game will get students reviewing Bill of Rights concepts and issues. It is a "play by yourself" game, in which you get a final score at the end of your rounds.
  5. THE HIGHEST SCORE FOR THIS GAME BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE DAY ON SUNDAY WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE UPCOMING RIGHTS OF THE CITIZEN EXAM and will receive an automatic 100 percent on that test. (Hopefully, that will give you some incentive do take the game seriously and do well.)

THE BILL OF RIGHTS EXAM IS COMING. It is long and difficult. Here is a study guide. PLEASE prepare ahead of time!

 

WED

4/3

BELLRINGER: As a look forward to the issues that we will be discussing over the next week or so, please complete the THINKING SHEET- "THE CASE OF JEROME MURDOUGH."

LEARNING FOR TODAY: The 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments.


IT'S GAME DAY! YAY! We get to play a game! All students should be working on the following in class today:

  1. To begin some preparation for our upcoming exam regarding the Rights of the Citizen, which is coming soon, I would like students to head to icivics.org.
    • Click on SIGN IN in the top right corner of the homepage.
    • Click REGISTER AS A STUDENT.
    • Click REGISTER WITH CLASS CODE.
    • Input your Name and the CLASS CODE= Taney29322.
    • You will receive a USERNAME (or you can use your email address), please note this somewhere.
    • If you are asked for a password, it is PASSWORD= HuskiesCG.
  2. Once you are logged in, you have a GAME ASSIGNMENT, due before the end of this week on the game called "Do I have the Right?- Bill of Rights Edition." MAKE SURE YOU COMPETE IN BILL OF RIGHTS EDITION MODE! You might want to get out your Bill of Rights notes for this game, you might need them! THIS IS DUE ON FRIDAY!
  3. The game will SAVE each day (you play through seven days) and will pick up where you left off when you log back in.
  4. You can find this game from the PLAY home screen or by clicking on MY ICIVICS> CLASSES> ASSIGNMENTS.) This game will get students reviewing Bill of Rights concepts and issues. It is a "play by yourself" game, in which you get a final score at the end of your rounds.
  5. THE HIGHEST SCORE FOR THIS GAME BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE DAY ON SUNDAY WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE UPCOMING RIGHTS OF THE CITIZEN EXAM and will receive an automatic 100 percent on that test. (Hopefully, that will give you some incentive do take the game seriously and do well.)

THE BILL OF RIGHTS EXAM IS COMING. It is long and difficult. Here is a study guide. PLEASE prepare ahead of time!

 

 

 

 

 

FRI

4/29

BELLRINGER: Please bring a pencil and pick up a CASE STUDY PACKET and meet me in our discussion circle. Students that are late for class will need to complete this case study by reviewing the case study packet, found outside in the hallway.

FOR TODAY- We discuss a landmark 8th Amendment Case Study in detail. Here are the necessary links-

UPCOMING: The 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments.

 

 

 

 

WED

3/27

BELLRINGER: Please grab a notebook and meet me at the BIG TV, so that we can continue discussing THE DEATH PENALTY.

   

FOR TODAY- LEARNING MATERIALS: The SEVENTH and EIGHTH AMENDMENT.

EIGHTH AMENDMENT RESEARCH PROJECT: PLEASE OPEN THIS DOCUMENT AND MAKE A COPY OF IT IN YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE. THEN, SHARE IT WITH ME FOR SUBMISSION! The Capital Punishment Investigation Sheet. 50 point assignment, due on FRIDAY. You will be using the "Death Penalty Fact Sheet" to complete this assignment.

GRADING TODAY: The Miranda and Teens Case Study

UPCOMING: The 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments.

 

 

 

 

MON

3/25

BELLRINGER: Please grab a notebook and meet me at the BIG TV, so that we can discuss THE DEATH PENALTY.

   

FOR TODAY- LEARNING MATERIALS: The SEVENTH and EIGHTH AMENDMENT.

EIGHTH AMENDMENT RESEARCH PROJECT: PLEASE OPEN THIS DOCUMENT AND MAKE A COPY OF IT IN YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE. THEN, SHARE IT WITH ME FOR SUBMISSION! The Capital Punishment Investigation Sheet. 50 point assignment, due on FRIDAY. You will be using the "Death Penalty Fact Sheet" to complete this assignment.

 

 

 

 

FRI

3/22

BELLRINGER: We look at two important issues of the day:

  1. We watch a quick warning video regarding a situation in Miami, Florida and react.
  2. Then, what do we know about the Death Penalty? As a class, we will complete the What We Think We Know About the Death Penalty? Survey. Please DO NOT look up the answers!
   

FOR TODAY: We continue our review of The Fifth and Sixth Amendments- The Rights of the Accused. We also review a landmark case of the FIFTH and SIXTH AMENDMENTS- Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona from the Annenburg Classroom.

When we have completed this video: Apply the Miranda v. Arizona case by answering the questions in "Applying Miranda- Miranda and Teens." This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. There are only 4 questions, but there is some reading involved regarding the cases in question. This will be a 50 point assignment.

IF EVERYONE IS DONE WITH THE CASE STUDY, WE CAN START OUR INVESTIGATION OF The SEVENTH and EIGHTH AMENDMENT.

 

 

 

 

WED

3/20

BELLRINGER: Let's consider a 5th Amendment case- please complete the HIGHWAY ROBBERS THINKING SHEET. We discuss.

   

FOR TODAY: We continue our review of The Fifth and Sixth Amendments- The Rights of the Accused. We also review a landmark case of the FIFTH and SIXTH AMENDMENTS- Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona from the Annenburg Classroom.

When we have completed this video: Apply the Miranda v. Arizona case by answering the questions in "Applying Miranda- Miranda and Teens." This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. There are only 4 questions, but there is some reading involved regarding the cases in question. This will be a 50 point assignment.

 

 

 

 

MON

3/18

BELLRINGER: Let's start out your last quarter in Public School with a little quiz. Don't worry, it is an extra credit quiz! Try completing the MIRANDA RIGHTS THINKING SHEET. DO NOT look up the answers and I will give you some extra credit.

   

FOR TODAY: The Fifth and Sixth Amendments- The Rights of the Accused. We also review the landmark case of the FIFTH and SIXTH AMENDMENTS- Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona from the Annenburg Classroom.

When we have completed this video: Apply the Miranda v. Arizona case by answering the questions in "Applying Miranda- Miranda and Teens." This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. There are only 4 questions, but there is some reading involved regarding the cases in question. This will be a 50 point assignment.

 

 

 

 

WED

3/6

BELLRINGER: We pick up where we left off with our SIXTH AMENDMENT CASE STUDY- GIDEON V. WAINWRIGHT.

   

FOR TODAY: SIXTH AMENDMENT CASE STUDY- GIDEON V. WAINWRIGHT.Complete this case study by writing your answers on the sheet and getting it back to me on Friday. This will be a graded 100 point assignment.

FOR THIS CASE STUDY (PLEASE NOTE- The movie that you will be watching, Gideon's Trumpet, contains exact courtroom testimony, as recorded in the courtroom by the court reporter):

  • PART ONE: Analysis of AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT.
  • PART TWO: Case Background Summary and movie review.
  • PART THREE: Review of movie BEFORE Supreme Court decision, Review of movie AFTER Supreme Court decisions,
  • PART FOUR: Analysis of the Supreme Court Ruling in the case.
  • PART FIVE: Analysis of Political Cartoon. Review the cartoon and answer the questions. RESEARCH as needed to answer questions!
  • PART SIX: Reflection regarding the case and the "Rights of the Accused." This should be a critical thinking exercise with a well-thought out response!

VIDEO LINKS FOR GIDEON'S TRUMPET VIDEO:


IF WE HAVE TIME: We work on The Fifth and Sixth Amendments- The Rights of the Accused. We also review the landmark case of the FIFTH and SIXTH AMENDMENTS- Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona from the Annenburg Classroom.

When we have completed this video: Apply the Miranda v. Arizona case by answering the questions in "Applying Miranda- Miranda and Teens." This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. There are only 4 questions, but there is some reading involved regarding the cases in question. This will be a 50 point assignment, due after Spring Break.

 

 

 

 

MON

3/4

BELLRINGER: Pick up a 6th Amendment Extended Case Study Packet. You will start by analyzing AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT, then we will review some movie clips and continue to analyze the case.

   

FOR TODAY: SIXTH AMENDMENT CASE STUDY- GIDEON V. WAINWRIGHT.Complete this case study by writing your answers on the sheet and getting it back to me on Friday. This will be a graded 100 point assignment.

FOR THIS CASE STUDY (PLEASE NOTE- The movie that you will be watching, Gideon's Trumpet, contains exact courtroom testimony, as recorded in the courtroom by the court reporter):

  • PART ONE: Analysis of AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT.
  • PART TWO: Case Background Summary and movie review.
  • PART THREE: Review of movie BEFORE Supreme Court decision, Review of movie AFTER Supreme Court decisions,
  • PART FOUR: Analysis of the Supreme Court Ruling in the case.
  • PART FIVE: Analysis of Political Cartoon. Review the cartoon and answer the questions. RESEARCH as needed to answer questions!
  • PART SIX: Reflection regarding the case and the "Rights of the Accused." This should be a critical thinking exercise with a well-thought out response!

VIDEO LINKS FOR GIDEON'S TRUMPET VIDEO:

 

 

 

 

WED

2/28

BELLRINGER: Not at the START of class, but at the end of class, we will have a quiz.

   

FOR TODAY: THIRD AND FOURTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: We will be reviewing THE FOURTH AMENDMENT and EXCEPTIONS!

THE EXCLUSIONARY RULE QUIZ: This will be a graded quiz, please give THOROUGH answers!

IF WE HAVE TIME:Pick up a 6th Amendment Extended Case Study Packet. You will start by analyzing AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT, then you will review some movie clips and continue to analyze the case.

 

 

 

 

MON

2/26

BELLRINGER: First, we review what we know about your rights to privacy and freedom from search and seizure, then we discuss THE FOURTH AMENDMENT and EXCEPTIONS.

   

FOR TODAY: THIRD AND FOURTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: We will be reviewing THE FOURTH AMENDMENT and EXCEPTIONS!

WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the Mapp v. Ohio case by answering the questions in The "MAPP V. OHIO" Thinking Sheet. This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. This is taking place of a WRITING for this week, so give me something I can feel good about grading!

OUR PAPER, DUE at the end of class today, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue. PLEASE NOTE, THIS SHOULD LOOK LIKE A PAPER, WITH COMPLETE PARAGRAPHS, INTRODUCTIONS, CONCLUSIONS, ETC. THIS IS NOT A BULLET POINT LIST OR SHORT ANSWER QUESTION.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. "TITLE OF ARTICLE," RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should concealed carry be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.
  • Should gun owners be forced to carry liability insurance, in case their gun harms another?
  • Would having armed teachers help put an end to school shootings?
  • Are the rights of the 2nd Amendment "Individual Rights" or "Collective Rights

 

 

 

 

FRI

2/23

BELLRINGER: At the beginning of class, we go back in time a week or so to consider an Establishment Clause case. Please review the article and answer the questions regarding the ALABAMA EMBRYOS THINKING SHEET.

   

WORK DAY: OUR PAPER, DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue. PLEASE NOTE, THIS SHOULD LOOK LIKE A PAPER, WITH COMPLETE PARAGRAPHS, INTRODUCTIONS, CONCLUSIONS, ETC. THIS IS NOT A BULLET POINT LIST OR SHORT ANSWER QUESTION.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. "TITLE OF ARTICLE," RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should concealed carry be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.
  • Should gun owners be forced to carry liability insurance, in case their gun harms another?
  • Would having armed teachers help put an end to school shootings?
  • Are the rights of the 2nd Amendment "Individual Rights" or "Collective Rights?

COMING SOON: THIRD AND FOURTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: We will be reviewing THE FOURTH AMENDMENT and EXCEPTIONS!

 

WED

2/21

BELLRINGER: None at the start of class, please gather to review information regarding THE RIGHT TO CARRY.

ALSO: Seven students did not complete the Establishment Clause Case Studies at all. I will accept these up until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

   

FOR TODAY:

THE CONTROVERSY REGARDING RIGHT TO CARRY: We review review the following videos regarding the Right to Carry in the United States.

    1. "If I only had a gun, Part 1," from ABC 20/20 Newsmagazine.
    2. "The Truth about Right to Carry," from the National Rifle Association.
    3. "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America." from MSNBC.
    4. "Extreme Open Carry in Texas" from ABC News.
    5. Law student confronts an officer regarding open carry. Youtube.com video.

WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the topic by answering the questions in The "Right to Carry" Thinking Sheet. These will be graded assignments!


OUR PAPER, DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. "TITLE OF ARTICLE," RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should concealed carry be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.
  • Should gun owners be forced to carry liability insurance, in case their gun harms another?
  • Would having armed teachers help put an end to school shootings?
  • Are the rights of the 2nd Amendment "Individual Rights" or "Collective Rights?"

 

FRI

2/16

BELLRINGER: Just as a warmup, please complete the "2ND AMENDMENT POLITICAL CARTOON THINKING SHEET."

   

FOR TODAY: We complete the The Second Amendment- A History, including videos from both sides.

IF WE HAVE TIME- THE CONTROVERSY REGARDING KIDS AND GUNS: We review some videos regarding Kids and guns from both sides of the issue: From 20/20 "Young Guns 2- When Kids Find Guns" and "Young Guns 4- Teaching Kids to Shoot" and from Barcroft TV: "Kids with Guns- A family defends their rights to bear arms."

WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the topic by replying to the "Children and Guns" THINKING SHEET. We will discuss this issue in class afterwards. These will be graded assignments!

THE CONTROVERSY REGARDING RIGHT TO CARRY: We review review the following videos regarding the Right to Carry in the United States.

    1. "If I only had a gun, Part 1," from ABC 20/20 Newsmagazine.
    2. "The Truth about Right to Carry," from the National Rifle Association.
    3. "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America." from MSNBC.
    4. "Extreme Open Carry in Texas" from ABC News.
    5. Law student confronts an officer regarding open carry. Youtube.com video.

WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the topic by answering the questions in The "Right to Carry" Thinking Sheet. These will be graded assignments!


OUR PAPER, DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. "TITLE OF ARTICLE," RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should concealed carry be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.
  • Should gun owners be forced to carry liability insurance, in case their gun harms another?
  • Would having armed teachers help put an end to school shootings?
  • Are the rights of the 2nd Amendment "Individual Rights" or "Collective Rights?"

 

WED

2/14

BELLRINGER: As a sort of an introduction to our coming unit, we complete a short questionnaire about "Guns in America." The only wrong answers are ones in which you are being unsincere.

   

FOR TODAY: The Second Amendment- A History, including videos from both sides.

OUR PAPER, DUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. TITLE OF ARTICLE, RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should carrying be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.

 

 

MON

2/12

BELLRINGER: We discuss President Trump and his battle against the state of Colorado.

Then, by special request- a work day for the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDIES.

   

FOR TODAY: ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDIES: If your BIRTH MONTH is ODD, please complete all of the questions for case studies number 1, 3, 5, 7. If your BIRTH MONTH IS EVEN, please complete all of the questions for case studies number 2, 4, 6, and 8. Please give thorough answers that demonstrate critical thinking and an understanding of the subject. These completed case studies will be due at the end of class on TUESDAY.

FOR TODAY: The Second Amendment- A History, including videos from either side.

OUR PAPER, DUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 5 paragraph paper in which you research a GUN CONTROL/2ND AMENDMENT ISSUE (Please do not use WIKIPEDIA as a source!) You will be locating TWO online articles from published sources that describe BOTH SIDES of the issue (one article for each side). You will summarize each article and position, then write a paragraph in which YOU EXPLAIN your side in the issue.

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- Discusses what your issues is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- Review the PRO GUN CONTROL article and the points be made regarding the PRO GUN CONTROL side of the issue.
  • THIRD PARAGRAPH- Review the GUN RIGHTS article and the points be made regarding the GUN RIGHTS side of the issue.
  • FOURTH PARAGRAPH: EXPLAIN your side of this issue, using examples and reasoning to explain why you believe what you believe.
  • FIFTH PARAGRAPH- Summary/Conclusion. Wrap up by reviewing your opinion and your supports for your opinion.
  • SOURCES: YOU MUST include a sources page to your work that includes proper citation of your two articles. The proper format for this is: AUTHOR, DATE. TITLE OF ARTICLE, RETRIEVED FROM "WEBSITE.COM."

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE, IF YOU NEED IDEAS:

  • Red Flag Laws- are they unconstitutional?
  • Should there be limits on the types of Firearms citizens can own?
  • Should carrying be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should people with Mental Health issues be allowed to own guns?
  • Should people on the Government's "No Fly List" be allowed to own guns?
  • Does gun ownership lead to lower crime rates?
  • How should the 2nd Amendment be interpreted? As originally written or as an evolving document?
  • Do Background Checks prevent crime?
  • Comparison of gun control measures in other countries to that of the United States.

 

FRI

2/9

BELLRINGER: Get your Chromebooks and meet Mr. B. in his circle for the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE GROUP CASE STUDY: As a class group, we will be completing analysis of the CHURCH OF THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER Warm-up Case Study .

   

FOR TODAY: ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE GROUP CASE STUDY: As a class group, we will be completing analysis of the CHURCH OF THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER Warm-up Case Study . Please answer the question connected to this case study and submit them before the end of class, this will be a GRADED assignment.

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDIES: If your BIRTH MONTH is ODD, please complete all of the questions for case studies number 1, 3, 5, 7. If your BIRTH MONTH IS EVEN, please complete all of the questions for case studies number 2, 4, 6, and 8. Please give thorough answers that demonstrate critical thinking and an understanding of the subject. These completed case studies will be due at the end of class on TUESDAY.

 

 

 

 

WED

2/7

BELLRINGER: None for today. Do you need time to complete your FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CASE STUDIES or can we talk about THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION?

   

WORK DAY:We work on the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CASE STUDIES. You can do these in groups, but I will not assign them this time. These are due next Wednesday!

UPCOMING: THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

 

 

 

MON

2/5

BELLRINGER: We spent some time reviewing a rights issue. It doesn't have anything to do with the First Amendment, but it is pertinent to the world today. First, we read the article from the Washington Post (a centrist to left-leaning newspaper known for its investigative reporting): "Attacks in the metaverse are booming. Police are starting to pay attention." I am hoping for an adult discussion, without the need for a written bellringer.

   

WORK DAY: If we have any time, we work on the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CASE STUDIES. You can do these in groups, but I will not assign them this time. These are due next Wednesday!

UPCOMING: THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

 

 

 

 

FRI

2/2

BELLRINGER: What about "Freedom of Association?" Please complete the "LOVING v. VIRGINIA THINKING SHEET."

SOOOO... We had LOTS of people not turn in the The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This was worth 50 points. Perhaps you forgot to hit the SUBMIT button? Special offer, this class only: SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED CASE STUDY TODAY FOR GRADING.

   

WORK DAY: If you did not submit The Freedom of Speech Case Studies, you need to get them to me today. These will be worth 50 points.

We also consider the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CASE STUDIES. You can do these in groups, but I will not assign them this time. These are due next Wednesday!

UPCOMING: THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

 

 

 

 

TUE

1/31

BELLRINGER: Can a school district ban bracelets? Complete the "I ♥ BOOBIES BRACELET BAN THINKING SHEET."

 

   

WORK DAY: We complete our work on our first set of Case Studies, The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This will be worth 50 points.

For the other 3 questions, you will be working in groups of 3, as assigned below. Please review the material for each question and discuss with your team mates, then answer each question in your own way. Identical answers from group members will be given proportional credit. We will be discussing these as a class the second half of class next Wednesday.

(The team that first gives me a note that properly explains the connection between all of these team names receives a bonus of 5 extra credit points towards their score on this project.)

Team Members
Team Whirpool Dylan, Hailey, Riley
Team Antennae Xochilt, Juan, Kaylee
Team Sombrero Jacob, Erika, Rissa
Team Messier CJ, Dante, Laine
Team M31 Chloe, Araya, Olivia

This is linked from Google Classroom to make it easier for me to grade. If you do not have access to my Google Classroom, the class code is 4x46p5c

UPCOMING: THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, PETITION AND ASSOCIATION and THE FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

 

 

 

 

MON

1/29

BELLRINGER: We discuss a news story from South Carolina. Then, we answer a single question in the "Burning Cross" Thinking Sheet.

NOTE: Any students that did not take the quiz on Friday, please make arrangements to come in to take the quiz in the next THREE days (I will not be here tomorrow.)

 

   

WORK DAY: We continue work on our first set of Case Studies, The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This will be worth 50 points. We will go over the first case together as a class, hopefully with full class participation. Answer the questions as we go.

For the other 3 questions, you will be working in groups of 3, as assigned below. Please review the material for each question and discuss with your team mates, then answer each question in your own way. Identical answers from group members will be given proportional credit. We will be discussing these as a class the second half of class next Wednesday.

(The team that first gives me a note that properly explains the connection between all of these team names receives a bonus of 5 extra credit points towards their score on this project.)

Team Members
Team Whirpool Dylan, Hailey, Riley
Team Antennae Xochilt, Juan, Kaylee
Team Sombrero Jacob, Erika, Rissa
Team Messier CJ, Dante, Laine
Team M31 Chloe, Araya, Olivia

This is linked from Google Classroom to make it easier for me to grade. If you do not have access to my Google Classroom, the class code is 4x46p5c

 

 

 

 

FRI

1/26

BELLRINGER: At the start of class today, we will be completing the RIGHTS OF THE STUDENT QUIZ. This is worth 50 points, please give a strong answer to question #10.

 

   

WORK DAY: We begin work on our first set of Case Studies, The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This will be worth 50 points. We will go over the first case together as a class, hopefully with full class participation. Answer the questions as we go.

For the other 3 questions, you will be working in groups of 3, as assigned below. Please review the material for each question and discuss with your team mates, then answer each question in your own way. Identical answers from group members will be given proportional credit. We will be discussing these as a class the second half of class next Wednesday.

(The team that first gives me a note that properly explains the connection between all of these team names receives a bonus of 5 extra credit points towards their score on this project.)

Team Members
Team Whirpool Dylan, Chloe, Riley
Team Antennae Xochilt, Juan, Kaylee
Team Sombrero Jacob, Erika, Rissa
Team Messier CJ, Dante, Laine
Team M31 Hailey, Araya, Olivia

This is linked from Google Classroom to make it easier for me to grade. If you do not have access to my Google Classroom, the class code is 4x46p5c

 

 

 

 

WED

1/24

BELLRINGER: No Bellringers for today, we need to complete our "Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

 

   

PRESENTATION DAY: We finish our discussions regarding "The Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

UPCOMING: Our first real case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. Please open it and answer the questions. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due next Wednesday

This is linked from Google Classroom to make it easier for me to grade. If you do not have access to my Google Classroom, the class code is 4x46p5c

 

 

 

 

MON

1/22

BELLRINGER: No Bellringers for today, we need to cover our "Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

 

   

PRESENTATION DAY: We begin our discussions regarding "The Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

 

 

 

 

WED

1/19

BELLRINGER: We consider "Freedom of Expression" by examining the case of "Confederate Flags at School" and completing the "Freedom of Expression- 'Confederate Flags at School' Thinking Sheet.

PRESENTATION DAY: We begin our discussions regarding "The Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

 

 

 

 

WED

1/17

BELLRINGER: Mr. B. needs to discuss an issue. We review and talk about "The Mississippi Jail Thinking Sheet."

We also discuss the recent Iowa Caucus and the upcoming New Hampshire Primary and their role in deciding Presidential candidates.

 

 

 

 

FRI

1/12

BELLRINGER: In preparation for our upcoming "Rights of the Student" Project, we will complete "The Student's Ventilator Thinking Sheet."

FOR TODAY: Mr. B. will complete the lecturing regarding the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

WORK DAY: We review and begin work on "The Rights of the Student Discussion Project."

 

 

 

 

WED

1/10

BELLRINGER: In preparation for our upcoming "Rights of the Student" Project, we will review and discuss"The Searching for Ibuprofen Thinking Sheet." Please bring your Chromebook to our discussion circle and be ready to analyze!

 

 

 

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