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Bar Exam Review

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.

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Assignment Rocktober 16/17 – THE BAR EXAM

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!

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Assignment Rocktober 14/15 – More Partying

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.

 

Don’t forget your Q1 8th grade SSSS Rubric 2014-2015!

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In class Rocktober 14/15 – Let’s party – political style!

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.

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Assignment Rocktober 9/10 – Closing the Constitution!

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.

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In Class Rocktober 9/10 – Amendments 2-10

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.

 

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Sign up for AHR! Google Classroom to submit files …

Google Classroom

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

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Assignment Rocktober 7/8 – Amendments 2-10 … and a little bit of 14

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!

Section 1 Section 2 /Section 3 /Section 4 /Section 6 

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.

And imagine – what would life be without the Bill of Rights?  And play this  Bill of Rights game!

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In class Rocktober 7/8 – The First Amendment in School

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

The cases:

Like learning about this stuff?  Want more?  Check out …

Banned in School - a personal website, but  a pretty comprehensive overview of First Amendment issues in school today

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