THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!
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 video below to jot down some notes on each. We will have a fun activity to discuss these amendments in our next class.
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!
MY NEW FAVORITE BILL OF RIGHTS GAME – That’s Your Right! from Annenberg
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.
And imagine – what would life be without the Bill of Rights? And play this Bill of Rights game! And this Bill of Rights game! And this Bill of Rights game!
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 to prepare for our next class – The Bill of Rights Intro and The Bill of Rights Notes. Read “The Story of the Bill of Rights” (on your handout) and then dig into the First Amendment as you take a look at this intro video.
Post any scenarios you come up with on your section bulletin board:
Once you are done with the “Five Freedoms”, browse these First Amendment sites below 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!
- The First Amendment for Dummies: The Basics of the 1st Amendment Explained from Hip Hughes History
- The Five Freedoms from First Amendment Schools – we will use many of these in class!
- Student First Amendment FAQ from The Freedom Forum
- The First Amendment from the Constitution Center
- Crash Course! Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press
- For a great overview of the entire Bill of Rights, check out Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights (Constitution Day 2014) from the Constitution Center
- and if you are really interested in this stuff … First Amendment Court Cases from ALA
When you are done, post your most important freedom in the form below:
Do you know your stuff? Take the First Amendment quiz!
Hey young historians – Ask your parents about the 2000 Presidential Election! Want to learn more? Check out ..
The movie Recount, from HBO – I got it at the library with my powerful library card.
A short overview from CNN
A great overview of that night from NBC – awesome!
And a long overview of the whole “Endless Election” from CNN
It’s been a lot of government so far, my young political scholars – and we aren’t done yet! Here are some things you can do over the next few days to get that Constitution and the federal government cemented in your mind – but only the first two are expected!
- ORGANIZE YOUR AMERICAN STUDIES NOTEBOOK! Make sure everything is in order (first to last), your TOC is updated, and your work is all complete. It may be checked soon …
- Finish the Constitution – You still have the Judicial Branch (and a little more).
- Remember, the Interactive Constitution from Prentice Hall can help!
- Look at the news, the newspaper, Google News, CNN, or any other news service and try to apply what we are learning to our current society. Look for examples of many of the terms that we have discussed (and will discuss).
- Begin The Constitution Today, which is explained on this doc and will be in class
- Teach your parents what we are talking about in class – amaze them with your knowledge.
- Join the We the People Challenge and play some fun games on iCivics – Power Play, LawCraft, Win the White House , Executive Command, and Court Quest. Good times with the big head people.
- Design a super cool Constitution T-shirt. Why? Why not?!!!!
You can also use the weekend to get going on assembling some resources for your NHD bibliography. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Also, get outside! Enjoy the fall, get some fresh air, play in a creek, throw the football around, ride your bike, kick the soccer ball, help out in the yard, get some ice cream … yeah!
You read about the roles of the President and saw all of the benefits the President receives … but how does a person get that job with the cool White House? The Electoral College, of course – one of the most confusing parts of the American political system. The system is set up in Article II of the Constitution (you read it, right?), and we will examine it in detail in our next class.
YOUR TARGET – I can explain and evaluate the presidential election process.
To prepare …
Check out the road to the White House using the Road to the White House in Five Minutes infographic and/or the How to Become President of the United States Poster. These should give you an idea of how someone “throws the hat into the ring” and becomes a candidate for the Presidency. Once you get the idea, move to the next step!
Front load your brain on the Electoral College by taking some notes (Electoral College Notes) about the Electoral College using the sweet video below or at this link.
Watch one, two or more of these videos to get a general idea on the Electoral College (each video has its own bias). As you watch, come up with some questions – and post them in this board with your name! We will (try to) make sense of all of this in class on Thursday.
- How The Electoral College Works
- How the Electoral College Works, and Why We Have One
- What is the U.S. electoral college and how does it work?
- How the Electoral College Works in 6 Minutes
Play Win the White House from iCivics or more Electoral College fun … and you can also use some of the sites below to get a better understanding of the Electoral College.
Want even more!?
- Check out my fave Electoral College site – 270 to Win
- Play VoteStar – an Electoral College game for some political fun.
- Electoral College-Home Page – From the National Archives, this site has a multitude of links, including historic information and an electoral college calculator
- The US Electoral College – from About.com and usgov.info
- US Congressional Documents: Presidential Elections and the Electoral College – from the Library of Congress
We have hit the basics of Congress – so now it’s time to head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! To prepare for our next class, you have some “must dos”, some “can dos”, some “fun dos”, and some “holy smokes I really love this government stuff dos”.
MUST DO – Complete Article II of the Constitution analysis, focusing on the targets – it’s so much shorter than Article I! Also, pay some attention to the news to see what President Trump is doing, not doing, saying, and not saying.
CAN DO – Check out Crash Course – Presidential Powers for some more info!
FUN DO – – Play one four-year term of Executive Command – it will give you an idea of all that the President has to do! If you want a couple of Executive Branch links, you came to the right place … The Executive Branch | The White House / Federal Executive Branch | USA.gov / Presidential Fun Facts
HOLY SMOKES I REALLY LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT STUFF DO – Like trivia? Try out Taft’s Presidential Trivia #1? Good times learning about the Chief Executives … and I am sure there are some Jolly Ranchers in store for the people that get the answers all right!
How does a bill become a law in Congress? The process is established in the Constitution (Article I Section 7), but it has become a bit more detailed since 1787. Read the handout presented in class for the basics, and if you want to dig in deeper, check out the resources below. good times!
- Play the LawCraft game – be a member of the congress, select you house and state, determine your issues that interest you, and try to get the law passed. If you do, print it out!
- The filibuster is always interesting to young historians. You can see what a filibuster is here, read about a recent possible filibuster, and watch a famous dramatic filibuster from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
- End your afternoon / evening with I’m Just a Bill … and the Family Guy version
YEAH LEGISLATIVE BRANCH! When you finish Article I, you are halfway done with the Constitution. You deserve some ice cream!
If you want to see a little bit of Congress in action, sign up for the WE THE PEOPLE CHALLENGE on iCivics and play LawCraft, a fun legislation game! Gotta love government games …
You cab also really see Congress in action on C-SPAN.org How about a live stream of the House and the Senate (and more political stuff from Washington?
Want to find out even more? Of course! Check out …
- The U.S. House of Representatives Official Site – the home of the lower house
- The U.S. Senate Official Site – the upper house online
- Ballotpedia’s coverage of the 115th Congress
- Congress for Kids – really, for kids younger than you
- Federal Legislative Branch – links a’plenty
- The Legislative Branch from the White House site – see what the Executive Branch has to say
- Thomas – The Library of Congress – Mrs. E loves this place