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 – I hope these help!
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
Finish the Constitution – You still have the Judicial Branch (and a little more). If you want to play some Judicial Branch fun, check out Court Quest.
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.
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 PollEv with your name! We will (try to) make sense of all of this in class on Thursday.
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 the 7 Hat Challenge from Scholastic for about five minutes – see how many you get right! You can also watch Crash Course – Presidential Powers for some more info!
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!
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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!