Cool Tools for School creative cats -
You should have the idea for your tool nailed down and ready to get going on producing your prototype. Remember that each member of the group should have two topic summaries by the time you present your tool, using THE PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON as guide.
Your third chunk of readings and videos are available, and you should complete the Chunk #3 online quiz (available on MyUSM) for our next class meeting. Remember – those are open web, but should be complete ALONE.
The calendar will look like …
- Chunk #3 due and discussed Friday/Monday, rubric created in class
- Chunk #4 due and discussed next week Tuesday/Wednesday
- Tools presented in class next week Thursday/Friday
Prospective Cool Tools for School innovators -
Hopefully you have developed some good ideas about what kind of learning tool you will develop to teach students about The Growing Nation (and make Taft some Mexican vacation money … or maybe Costa Rica this year). You should have narrowed down your list of focus topics by next class meeting and assigned who will develop the summaries for each. We will continue to have class time to work on those summaries as well as develop the cool tools – I can’t wait to see what you will all come up with!
Your second chunk of readings and videos are available, and you should complete the Chunk #2 online quiz (available on MyUSM) for our next class meeting. Remember – those are open web, but should be complete ALONE.
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!
POLITICAL PARTIES CHAT – POST ANY QUESTIONS HERE!
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.
Want to beef up your notes on the views of the parties on current issues? Want more info on their views? For official positions, check the GOP – Our Party and What We Stand For from the Democratic Party. The CNN Election Center may be your best resource, and you can use On the Issues to find the views of the two major parties - Democratic and Republican. If you want to get the official full story from each side, check out the Republican Party Platform and the Democratic Party Platform, officially adopted at the national conventions last summer. You can alos watch this video of two not very good rappers rapping …
WHAT ABOUT THIRD PARTIES? Recently, many surveyed students supported the development of a third party. How about third parties? Of course, if you really like this stuff and want to learn about some of the other political parties in the United States, check out this comprehensive list from Politics 1 , another list from Project Vote Smart, and the links from DC’s Political Report. They have some interesting choices for your political appetite, including the Objectivist Party, Pirate Party, the Monster Raving Looney Party, and my personal favorite, the Light Party. Think your rent is too high? Talk with Jimmy McMillan.
Enter your responses to the UNSCIENTIFIC political assessment form
Want more political tests? These are also very UNSCIENTIFIC …
PBS News Hour Political Quiz / I Side With / Political Typology Quiz / Political Spectrum Quiz
Looking for the views of the two major political parties on the major issues of today? For official positions, check the GOP – Our Party and What We Stand For from the Democratic Party. The CNN Election Center may be your best resource, and you can use On the Issues to find the views of the two major parties –Democratic and Republican. If you want to get the official full story from each side, check out the Republican Party Platform and the Democratic Party Platform, officially adopted at the national conventions two summers ago.
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.
Create your superhero for The Bill of Rights League. Have fun, be creative, and really analyze your assigned amendment or topic. Need another template? Check the back of my room, or print out ONE of them here.
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.
Section 1 – Go here, click the + button on the top right, enter the code s3ilwr
Section 2 – Go here, click the + button on the top right, enter the code 7pa4w9
Section 3 - Go here, click the + button on the top right, enter the code 2cxvsp
Section 4 - Go here, click the + button on the top right, enter the code 9xw6a8u
Section 5 - Go here, click the + button on the top right, enter the code 6a26ey