Learning Experience Rocktober 10/11 – Amendments 2-10 (and some 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 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!

Section 1 Section 2 /Section 5 /Section 6 /Section 7 

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!

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Learning Experience Rocktober 8-9 – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (and how they are limited)

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:

Section 1 / Section 2 / Section 5 / Section 6 / Section 7 

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!

Do you know your stuff?  Take the First Amendment quiz!

When you are done, post your most important freedom in the form below:

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The 2000 Presidential Election – what a ride!

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.

NPR’s Election 2000 Coverage

The 2000 Presidential Election – The Authentic History Center

 

 

 

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

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FINISH THE CONSTITUTION (at least the part written in 1787)

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!

You can also use the weekend to get going on assembling some resources for your skeleton 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!

 

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Learning Experience – The Wild and Wacky Electoral College

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 PollEv with your name! We will (try to) make sense of all of this in class on Thursday.

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!?

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IT’S COMING …

GET READY FOR THE BAR EXAM!

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Learning Experience – THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

We will see this joint in April!

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!

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!

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Check out the LAWMAKING PROCESS!

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!

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MORE FUN WITH THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH!

YEAH LEGISLATIVE BRANCH! When you finish Article I, you are halfway done with the Consitition,  Get some ice cream?

If you want to see a little bit of Congress in action, play LawCraft, a fun legislation game from iCivics.org! 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 …

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Want more on FEDERALISM? Take a look …

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Play POWER PLAY from iCivics!

Here’s a video overview of the topic from the Constitution Center in Philly:

How about a crash course on Federalism from the peeps at Crash Course?

 

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