Historians – The streaming review video should be available here. You will have to log in to ustream – sorry about the ads and the delay. Please make sure you are a good digital citizen and that you aren’t asking basic general questions right from the study guide – use all of your resources. This should be the end of your preparation – not the beginning.
Monday/Tuesday is the day you have been waiting for, young Constitutional scholars – your opportunity to demonstrate how much you love and understand the supreme law of the land. Hopefully you have been studying all along! Was the Constitutional Challenge helpful in class? Did you identify what you know and don’t know? Use the study guide to prepare, and make sure you are working on understanding and applying the content, not just memorizing.
I will have an online review on Sunday evening, probably around 7:00 – check cel.ly for updates – if you haven’t signed up for cel.ly, do it using the instructions on this page.
Your Unit 1 notebooks should be neat and complete as well and ready to submit when you take your test. Make sure you have everything in order, and SELF ASSESS!
We took a look at the political spectrum in class today and examined some of the basic (and generalized) views of the two major political parties. If you want to check out a cool (and biased) infographic, click the image from informationisbeautiful.net. Remember, a lot of what we talk about here will be generalizations, as there are very few absolutes in politics.
Believe it or not … you have read and analyzed the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights – Congratulations! So, it’s time to …TAKE THE BIGGEST TEST OF THE YEAR! Here’s what you will be doing this weekend to prepare …
Complete The Constitution in Action, making sure your follow the directions CAREFULLY and consult the rubric CAREFULLY! Your single Google Doc should be shared in the Google Classroom folder for your class section – please.
Start preparing for THE TAFT BAR EXAM. The test will take place in your regular class on Thursday or Friday. We will play an intensive review game in class on Tuesday or Wednesday – so don’t come without your Constitutional A game.
If you could reorder Amendments 2-10 by significance, how would it go? Let’s find out. Open up RANKING AMENDMENTS 2-10 and work together with your partner to come up with an order of the remaining nine Amendments of the Bill of Rights, including an explanation for each of your placements. When you have finished the rankings, save the document and enter your rankings into the form below.
Hopefully you are still curious about how the First Amendment and the courts both protect and limit your rights … and you want more! Tonight, dive into the remaining parts of the Bill of Rights by using the Voicethread below to complete your notes. For a few of the amendments, try to come up with some more situations or “What ifs?” – and try to make them applicable to you!
Once you are done with Amendments 2-10, post your most and least important Amendments in the form below!
How about a little more Bill of Rights fun, and a great way to test your understanding (and the speed of your mouse clicks)? Give Do I Have a Right? from iCivics a whirl. You will have to login, and take a look at the tutorial. Make sure you improve your waiting area and get the Cafe++ … and move quickly. My high score last night was 4950 points – beat that.
It “can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate” (Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969)
What are your rights … in school? While USM is a private school, and rights are much more limited, it’s important to know how the courts both protect and limit students’ rights. Plus, it’s fun. So, for your assigned case …
Read the basic overview or facts of the case
Try to determine the First Amendment issue involved in the case
Find the actual decision of the Court and summarize it one or two complete sentences.
Determine if this is an example of a student’s rights being protected or limited
Write your opinion of the decision on the paper on your desk
Religion, speech, press, assembly, petition – the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment. Are you read to learn about them? I hope so …
You have two handouts to use for this evening – The Bill of Rights Intro DOC and The Bill of Rights Notes DOC. You will use them as you take a look at this voice thread, jotting down some important terms and ideas about the First Amendment. Follow the instructions as explained on the voice thread!
Once you are done with the “Five Freedoms”, browse these First Amendment sites a little and try to come up with a questionable scenario for the freedoms. It makes it a whole lot more enjoyable if you come up with situations that apply to you and your family! Talk to your parents about it! Post your ideas on your class period chat: