Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Q2 Final Exam today - 12/16/2015


Final Exam today

For tomorrow for "Dress Like a Teacher Day" - I will bring ties before school. Wear your own tie, or come borrow one of mine. I'll teach you how to tie a tie. 

Also for tomorrow - You may eat/drink in class tomorrow. And you may even wear a hat in class.

Your grade - For anyone needing to improve his or her grade, Mr. Ippolito has been and will continue to be available before school, at brunch, at lunch, and after school this week. Mr. Ippolito will also be available on Friday morning by appointment only.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Flex Your Rights, turn in notes, and Final Exam tomorrow - 12/15/2015

HOMEWORK: Decide which Final Exam you wish to take tomorrow.

AGENDA:
1. Turning in notes? Make sure they are all in order, that your name is on the front, that they are NUMBERED, and either paper clip or staple them all together. I will grade them based on how complete and thorough I believe they are. Please note: your Constitution Slide Show presentation notes I do NOT expect to be completely filled out.

2. Final Exam TOMORROW - Your choice of three exams:


3. Unstoppable Trump? - Donald Trump pushes above 40% in a new Monmouth University poll headed into tonight's debate - VIDEO

4. Flex Your Rights - VIDEO on the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments and police encounters

Monday, December 14, 2015

Iowa, Civics Test, and Finishing Your Essay - 12/14/2015


HOMEWORK: Finish your Donald Trump essay (due tonight at 11:59 p.m.).

AGENDA:
1. In the news - Ted Cruz takes the lead in Iowa. Why does Iowa matter?

2. USCIS Civics Exam - hand it back today

3. Final Exam Wednesday - will cover everything we have learned in class

4. Turn in notes tomorrow - OPTIONAL

5. Essay Prompt on GOOGLE CLASSROOM
  • Evidence should be drawn from what Donald Trump has SAID or what Donald Trump has DONE (his words and his actions), not simply what others are saying about him.
  • Everything that people say about Donald Trump is CLAIM, and it wouldn't even be your claim, it's someone else's claim. Be careful when taking someone else's claim as your own. Use your OWN words.
Donald Trump's candidacy is good for our country and good for our Constitution. Assess the validity of this statement.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Civics Exam today - 12/11/2015

1. Take the exam - it's on PAPER today, not on the Chromebook
2. In whatever time you have remaining, you may write your "Donald Trump and the Constitution" essay

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Donald Trump, the Constitution, and the Civics Exam - 12/9-10/2015


HOMEWORK: Study the USCIS Civics Exam (test Friday) and write your Donald Trump essay (due Monday).

AGENDA:
1. USCIS Civics Exam - HANDOUT HERE and all sorts of great study materials from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services HERE


SPECIFIC RESPONSES FOR CIVICS EXAM QUESTIONS:

Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein

Governor Jerry Brown

Representative Steve Knight

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan






2. Essay Prompt on GOOGLE CLASSROOM


  • Evidence should be drawn from what Donald Trump has SAID or what Donald Trump has DONE (his words and his actions), not simply what others are saying about him.
  • Everything that people say about Donald Trump is CLAIM, and it wouldn't even be your claim, it's someone else's claim. Be careful when taking someone else's claim as your own. Mr. Ippolito has Google, too. Use your OWN words.
  • A good place to start your research would be a Google search for things like:
    • Donald Trump constitution
    • Donald Trump good for america
    • Donald Trump bad for america
    • Donald Trump 14th amendment
    • Donald Trump 1st amendment
    • Donald Trump 2nd amendment



Donald Trump's candidacy is good for our country and good for our Constitution. Assess the validity of this statement.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Citizenship, the Constitution, an Essay, and Donald Trump - 12/8/2015


HOMEWORK: Study the USCIS Civics Exam. These are the ACTUAL questions we ask immigrants who are trying to become citizens of the United States. We will take the Civics Exam in class on Friday. For those unhappy with your Constitution Exam score, this can REPLACE that score.

AGENDA:
1. USCIS Civics Exam - HANDOUT HERE and all sorts of great study materials from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services HERE

2. Essay Prompt - Starting tomorrow, we will begin working on this essay prompt:

Donald Trump's candidacy is good for our country and good for our Constitution. Assess the validity of this statement.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Constitution Exam TODAY - 12/7/2015



HOMEWORK: Be prepared for our essay. You will get instructions tomorrow.
    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Welcome/Attendance
    2. Check Infinite Campus this week
    • Check ALL classes
    • Make sure your grade is accurate
    • Teachers are updating grades as we get to the end of Q2
    3. Pearl Harbor Day today - December 7, 1941 - "A day that will live in infamy"

    When Mr. Ippolito says it is time to begin the test:



    If you were absent for today's test, please see Mr. Ippolito as soon as you return to school.

    Friday, December 4, 2015

    Constitution USA: It's a Free Country - December 4, 2015

    Mr. Ippolito got pretty sick last night, and didn't have an opportunity to finish the exam. Therefore, we will postpone the exam until MONDAY.

    Today, we watched and took notes on Episode II of Constitution USA - It's a Free Country. You can watch it for FREE HERE.
    http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal/watch/its-a-free-country/

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Constitution Exam TOMORROW - 12/3/2015

    HOMEWORK: Read pages 86 to 124 in your textbook. You will be responsible for knowing all this, plus the answers to all the questions in the Three Branches of Government HANDOUT HEREplus the answers to the Constitution Slide Presentations HERE.

    AGENDA:
    1. At the beginning of the period, nominate your favorites for Winter Formal Court on SierraVistaLife.com

    2. Tomorrow's Constitution Exam

    • Your three "study guides" for study tonight: textbook pgs 86-124, Three Branches of Government handout, and Constitution Slide Presentations handout
    • Multiple-choice questions; exam will be taken on the Chromebook

    3. Finish any remaining slide presentations - HANDOUT HERE

    4. Some things to think about
    • Here's an INTERESTING ARTICLE about Donald Trump and the Republican Party
    • And here's THE ARTICLE we discussed on Tuesday about Officer Jason Van Dyke recently being released on bail

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Constitution Exam THIS FRIDAY - 11/30/2015 through 12/2/2015


    HOMEWORK: Read pages 86 to 124 in your textbook. You will be responsible for knowing all this, plus the answers to all the questions in the Three Branches of Government HANDOUT HERE, plus the answers to the Constitution Slide Presentations HERE.

    AGENDA:
    1. Finishing Constitution slide presentations by this Wednesday - HANDOUT HERE

    2. Exam this Friday

    3. Brain Candy

    • Here's an INTERESTING ARTICLE about Donald Trump and the Republican Party
    • And here's THE ARTICLE we discussed on Tuesday about Officer Jason Van Dyke recently being released on bail

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Constitution and Turkey Week - 11/23-25/2015

    HOMEWORK: Bring in canned goods all this week for Turkey Week. Help the homeless and hungry here in our own community. Finally . . . GO GREEN TOMORROW!

    AGENDA:
    1. Our Three Branches of Government from NBC News - Go over the HANDOUT HERE. If you were absent, you can watch the Three Branches VIDEO HERE

    2. Continue Constitution slide presentations 

    3. John Green, Paper Towns, and Why Learning is Awesome


    Friday, November 20, 2015

    Our Three Branches of Government - 11/20/2015


    HOMEWORK: Bring in canned goods all next week for Turkey Week. Help the homeless and hungry here in our own community. Also, figure out this weekend how you are going to improve your presentation so it is READY on Monday. Mr. Ippolito was doing way too much talking yesterday.

    AGENDA:
    1. Update on the Laquan McDonald story in Chicago - VIDEO HERE
    2. Presidential candidates update - they are currently spending time commenting on what to do about the Syrian refugee crisis. Plus, Bobby Jindal dropped out this week.
    3. Our Three Branches of Government from NBC News - HANDOUT HERE
    Three Branches VIDEO HERE

    4. Door Decorating Contest - interested in helping Monday after school? Come join us! Snacks will be available!

    5. Turkey Week is next week! Bring in canned food donations! Participate in activities! Go GREEN on Wednesday!!



    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Constitution Presentations - 11/19/2015

    HOMEWORK: Do good.

    HOW CAN I BEST USE MY TIME TODAY:
    1. Take notes today on our presentations in Google Classroom 
    2. Want to re-take the Three-Week Quiz? I will be offering a re-take opportunity TODAY and TOMORROW before school, at lunch, and after school. A great re-take can boost your grade up to 100%. Re-take questions are HERE.

    Mr. Ippolito, click HERE.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    Turkey Week is coming! - 11/18/2015

    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project.


    It is due to Google Classroom at 4:00 p.m. TODAY.

    Pay particularly close attention to the "So what?" of this project. How does your topic affect Americans today? You need to understand your part of the Constitution and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito when you present your slide. You may need to consult the Internet, your textbook, or ask an adult. This may require you to think.

    HOW CAN I BEST USE MY TIME TODAY:
    1. "Understanding ISIS" in Google Classroom was due yesterday; better to turn it in late than not at all
    2. Last chance to vote for your favorite Team Pioneers t-shirt (vote here)
    3. Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE
    4. Forgot your topic for the Constitution Project? Check out the list here:
    5. Overcoming adversity in Google Classroom (and in life) - be an independent problem solver

    • Do not click SHARE--click TURN IN
    • If you accidentally delete your slide, not to worry; just create a new slide and attach it to your assignment

    6. Want to re-take the Three-Week Quiz? I will be offering a re-take opportunity tomorrow and Friday before school, at lunch, and after school. A great re-take can boost your grade up to 100%. Re-take questions are HERE.
    7. Turkey Week Door Decorating Contest - Who wants to help?

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Finishing Various Projects (Ippolito absent) - 11/17/2015

    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project. It is due to Google Classroom at 4:00 p.m. tomorrowPay particularly close attention to the "So what?" of this project. How does your topic affect Americans today? You need to understand your part of the Constitution and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito when you present your slide. You may need to consult the Internet, your textbook, or ask an adult. This may require you to think.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. "Understanding ISIS" due TODAY in Google Classroom
    2. Vote for your favorite Team Pioneers t-shirt (scroll down)
    3. Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE
    4. Forgot your topic for the Constitution Project? Check out the list here:
    If, for whatever reason, you still did not get a Constitution Slide Show Project topic, look to see which ones are still available from the list by clicking on your class period (above). Then ask our sub today to WRITE DOWN in today's notes which topic you have chosen so I can add it to the spreadsheet when I return to school tomorrow.

    Monday, November 16, 2015

    The Paris Attacks and Understanding ISIS - November 16, 2015


    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project. You will get some time in class tomorrow and Wednesday. Pay particularly close attention to the "So what?" of this project. How does your topic affect Americans today? You may need to consult the Internet, your textbook, or ask an adult. This may require you to think.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Laquan McDonald and the FOIA is due TODAY in Google Classroom
    1.5 Vote for your favorite Team Pioneers t-shirt (scroll down to bottom)
    2. The Paris Attacks and Understanding ISIS
    3. Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE
    4. Haven't yet picked your topic for the Constitution Project? Check out what's available here:
    Before watching this piece from Vox, please be warned there are two gruesome images. The first is at 0:40, and the next is at 1:20.


    And now, before you watch this video, be aware that this next video is an opinion piece. What is the author's thesis about why ISIS exists today?




    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Choosing Project Topics - 11/13/2015

    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project. Spend some time this weekend researching and working on your project. You will also get some time in class on Monday and Tuesday. Pay particularly close attention to the "So what?" of this project. How does your topic affect Americans today? You may need to consult the Internet, your textbook, or ask an adult. This may require you to think.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Finish Laquan McDonald and the FOIA in Google Classroom
    2. Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE
    3. Choose Project Topics using the form for your class:
    And then finally you can confirm what you signed up for (and see what everyone else signed up for) here:

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Laquan McDonald and the Freedom of Information Act - 11/12/2015

    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project. Spend some time this evening continuing to research which topics may interest you. We will pick topics tomorrow.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. If you were absent on Tuesday, please get your RESTROOM PASSES from Mr. Ippolito
    2. Laquan McDonald and the Freedom of Information Act - a GOOGLE CLASSROOM assignment
    3. Continue research for our Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE. We will pick our topics tomorrow.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Tackling the Constitution - 11/10/2015

    HOMEWORK: Constitution Slide Show project. Spend some time over the Veterans Day holiday researching which topics may interest you.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. FINALLY - restroom passes
    2. Review the rest of National Treasure Study Guide
    3. Open your textbook to page 86
    4. Constitution Unit Slideshow Project - INSTRUCTIONS HERE

    Constitution Unit - Slideshow Project

    Constitution Unit - Slideshow Project
    For this project, you will create ONE slide that will become part of a larger Constitution slideshow presentation. 
    TITLE - Place your title at the top of the slide
    THE FACTS - What historical facts about your topic should Americans know?
    IMAGE - Include at least one image relevant to your topic
    SO WHAT? - How does this impact us today? How is this relevant to us today? Why should we care today?
    YOUR NAME and PERIOD - Put your name and class period on the slide

    Here is an example of what your slide might look like. It's from a later time in history, but you'll notice the various elements are there (title, info, image, name).
    TIMELINE and POINT VALUE - You will get time in class on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday to both research and create your presentation. Because it is only ONE slide, you should spend a good amount of time on research, developing an understanding of what your topic is all about. This will be due on Tuesday, November 17. Because this is part of a presentation, there will be a SIGNIFICANT percentage of the grade based in on-time completion. This project is worth 50 points.

    TOPICS YOU MAY CHOOSE FROM

    CREATING THE CONSTITUTION (all starts on pg 86 in the textbook)
    • 3/5 Compromise and how slavery was dealt with in the Constitution
    • The Great Compromise (include Virginia Plan and New Jersey Plan)
    • Federalist Papers (what were they, and a focus on 10, 51, 78)
    • Arguments of the Antifederalists
    ARTICLES OF THE CONSTITUTION (starts on pg 100 in the textbook)
    • Article I, Section 1
    • Article I, Section 2
    • Article I, Section 3 
    • Article I, Section 7
    • Article I, Section 8 (3 students, 3 slides)
    • Article I, Section 9
    • Article I, Section 10
    • Article II, Section 1 (2 students, 2 slides)
    • Article II, Section 2 (2 students, 2 slides)
    • Article II, Section 3
    • Article II, Section 4
    • Article III, Section 1
    • Article III, Section 2 (2 students, 2 slides)
    • Article III, Section 3
    • Article IV
    • Article V
    • Article VI
    • Article VII
    THE AMENDMENTS
    • 1st Amendment (freedom of speech)
    • 1st Amendment (freedom of the press)
    • 1st Amendment (freedom of religion)
    • 1st Amendment (right to peaceably assemble)
    • 1st Amendment (right to petition)
    • 2nd Amendment
    • 4th Amendment
    • 5th Amendment
    • 6th Amendment
    • 8th Amendment
    • 9th and 10th Amendments
    • 11th Amendment
    • 12th Amendment
    • 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
    • 16th-19th (except 18th) Amendments
    • 20th Amendment
    • 18th and 21st Amendments
    • 22nd Amendment
    • 23rd Amendment
    • 24th Amendment
    • 25th Amendment
    • 26th Amendment
    • 27th Amendment

    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Intro to the Constitution Unit - 11/9/2015

    HOMEWORK: Offer help to a teacher or other adult on campus today.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Finish National Treasure and go over National Treasure Study Guide
    2. Quiz from Friday - if you were absent or didn't do well, retakes on Thursday and Friday at lunch
    3. Last chance for the Preamble

    Friday, November 6, 2015

    Three-Week Quiz - 11/6/2015


    HOMEWORK: Be kind and helpful this weekend.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Take out your "Problems with the Articles" so we can, at last, answer that last question.
    2. The Preamble to the United States Constitution
    • Who wants to recite it?
    • Who wants to sing it?
    3. Take the Quiz when Mr. Ippolito says it's time---

    When you finish with today's quiz, then YOU MAY:
    • Quietly read a book
    • Put your head down to rest
    • Study for another class
    • Read your RELAX book
    You MAY NOT:
    • Take your phone out at any time
    • Communicate with anyone else until everyone is done with their quiz

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Daylight, Freedom, and Kahoot! - 11/5/2015

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Turkey Bowl tryouts after school today from 2:15 to 3:30 (at the latest) p.m.

    HOMEWORK THIS WEEK: Now that you have read and you understand the Preamble, go back and answer the last question on your "Problems With the Articles" worksheet I gave you two weeks ago PLUS study your notes for the Three-Week Quiz taking place this Friday.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    AS SOON AS THE BELL RINGS--Play "Daylight Saving Time Explained"
    1. Finish "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" section of the Freedom of Speech Discussion Guide
    2. Can you memorize the Preamble? I'll test you TOMORROW
    3. Three-Week Quiz TOMORROW - your study guide are your seven assignments that you have in your notebook
    4. Let's Kahoot!

    Presidential Race update: 
    When is the next debate, and which party is it?



    Monday, November 2, 2015

    The Preamble to the Constitution - 11/2-3/2015

    HOMEWORK THIS WEEK: Now that you have read and you understand the Preamble, go back and answer the last question on your "Problems With the Articles" worksheet I gave you two weeks ago PLUS study your notes for the Three-Week Quiz taking place this Friday.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    AS SOON AS THE BELL RINGS--Play School House Rock
    1. Finish Preamble to the Constitution SOAPSTONE that we started on Monday - HANDOUT HERE
    2. Notebook Self-Check today--make sure you have all assignments so far
    3. Can you memorize the Preamble? I'll test you on Friday
    4. Three-Week Quiz this FRIDAY


    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Imminent Lawless Action - 10/29/2015

    HOMEWORK: Some people say that humans were built with two ears and one mouth so we would listen twice as much as we speak. Today, try to listen twice as much as you speak.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Finish going over Crash Course: Freedom of Speech - On Tuesday we watched the video, then we answered the questions on the HANDOUT HERE

    2. Imminent Lawless Action - HANDOUT HERE

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    The Freedom of Speech Debate in America - 10/28/2015


    HOMEWORK: Be a good listener.

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Finish going over Crash Course: Freedom of Speech - Yesterday we watched the video, then we answered the questions on the HANDOUT HERE

    2. Freedom of Speech Discussion Guide - HANDOUT HERE




    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Freedom of Speech - 10/27/2015

    HOMEWORK: Speak kindly to someone you've never met before. It's Mix-It-Up Day!

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. Review of Multiple Intelligences - if you were absent yesterday, you can get the questionnaire from Box #16 or get a digital copy HERE

    2. Articles of Confederation Acrostic Poem --Those who were absent yesterday may still turn it in today for full credit. You must turn it in using Google Classroom, even if you submit on paper. See Mr. Ippolito at brunch or lunch today if you need help.


    3. Keeping track of your Q2 History Notebook

    4. Crash Course: Freedom of Speech - Let's watch the video, then we will answer the questions on the HANDOUT HERE

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    Multiple Intelligences and Using Google Classroom - 10/26/2015

    FOUND: A ring. If you're missing one, see Mr. Ippolito

    ABSENT FRIDAY? Grab the National Treasure Study Guide from Box #9 and then watch the first 45 minutes of the movie HERE. You must be logged into your Google account to watch the film.

    HOMEWORK: Articles of Confederation Acrostic Poem (see end of the agenda for assignment description)--DUE TODAY - INSTRUCTIONS HERE

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. How to embed an assignment in Google Classroom
    • You must submit your Articles Acrostic digital assignment via Google Classroom to get full credit. It is not enough to simply Share it with Mr. Ippolito in Google Docs.
    • All done with the Articles Acrostic? Go back to the final question on your Problems With the Articles that we did last week. Answer that last question by reading the Preamble here:
    2. Multiple Intelligences - Take the Questionnaire

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    Secretary Clinton testifies today - 10/22/2015


    HOMEWORK: 
    Articles of Confederation Acrostic Poem (see end of the agenda for assignment description)--DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 - INSTRUCTIONS HERE

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. In current events today: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies to the House Select Committee investigating the tragedy at Benghazi. Hearings began at 10:00 a.m. ET and will likely continue for 7-8 hours.

    Here's a summary of what happened leading up to today's hearings:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/benghazi-101-what-you-need-know-ahead-clintons-testimony-n447996



    Many political experts say that Secretary Clinton's testimony today will have a significant impact on her Presidential campaign.

    2. How to embed an assignment in Google Classroom

    • You must submit your digital assignment via Google Classroom to get full credit

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Articles Acrostic - 10/21/2015


    HOMEWORK: Articles of Confederation Acrostic Poem (see end of the agenda for assignment description)--DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

    TODAY'S AGENDA:
    1. New seating chart happens today

    2. Presidential Race update - Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is out of the Democratic race--so far out that the NY Times doesn't even mention him in their 2016 Presidential Interactive
    2. Finish "Problems With the Articles of Confederation" - HANDOUT HERE
    Our discussion is based on the information from the INFO SHEETS HERE

    4. Shays' Rebellion

    5. Articles of Confederation Acrostic Poem

    So you are going to place the letters in the word "Articles" down the page in Google Docs or Google Drawings, like this:

    A

    R

    T

    I

    C

    L

    E

    S

    Then you think of a sentence or two that describes the United States under the Articles of Confederation. You will be graded based on your ability to incorporate what you have learned about the Articles over the last three days, particularly the problems our new nation faced under the Articles of Confederation (including our problems with Shays' Rebellion).

    For example, if I were doing an acrostic poem for ice cream, it might look something like this:

    In my mouth, all those flavors are yummy!
    Cold is the temperature of ice cream.
    Every flavor is great, but my favorite is raspberry cheesecake

    Chocolate is also a great flavor of ice cream
    Rocky Road, I love the texture with almonds and marshmallows
    Everyone loves a cold ice cream treat on a hot day
    Actually, I'm thinking about getting some ice cream right now
    Mmmmmmmm! Ice cream!


    Google Images has some good (and some not so good) examples of what I'm talking about.

    Finally, if you're still looking for more inspiration, you can check out our friend, Mr. Hughes, as he explains The Articles of Confederation.