Sunday, August 30, 2015

Presidential Dossier Presentations - 8/31/2015



THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: Review the notes you take each day on all the Presidential candidates. Make sure you have a good understanding of each of the candidates so you can take a Presidential Candidates Quiz next week.

TODAY'S AGENDA:
1. Welcome/Attendance

2. Dossier Presentations Begin Today

  • How will I be graded? Check out the full run-down from last Friday, HERE
  • You will take notes on each presentation using the Presidential Notes Sheet I handed out in class. Need another copy? DOWNLOAD HERE.
  • Based on everything we learn this week, we will have a Presidential Candidate Quiz next week

Friday, August 28, 2015

Grading the Dossier Project - 8/28/2015


TODAY'S AGENDA:
1. Welcome/Attendance

2. HOMEWORK CHECK - Mr. Ippolito will come around during class today to check one of two things:

  • You have signed up for text message reminders using Remind (scroll down to yesterday's agenda for instructions). If you have T-Mobile or Sprint, you might need to text the 10-digit number (again, see instructions).
  • OR, show Mr. Ippolito that you are writing down your HW on a regular basis in your Binder Reminder
3. Grading the Dossier Project
  • We start presenting on Monday
  • I will start with volunteers, and then go down the list during the week until we complete all our presentations
  • "Mr. Ippolito, what day am I actually presenting?"

Your Dossier Project is worth 50 points total. Here is the point breakdown:

Visual and Auditory Presentation (15 POINTS) - You created a presentation that is clear for students to read, to hear, and to understand. You are sharing information in a way that connects with your audience and keeps their attention.

Understanding of the Issues (15 POINTS) - When you present, you demonstrate that you understand the issues facing our country and how your candidate feels about FIVE of the issues you chose to present. You also show that you actually read and understand the news articles in your presentation.

Included All the Elements (10 POINTS) - You used the checklist on MrIppolito.com to make sure you included all the elements of the presentation.

Use of Multimedia (5 POINTS) - You chose YouTube clips that represent what your candidate is all about (their character, their views on issues, their personality, etc.)

On-Time (5 POINTS) - Timing is everything, especially when we have 20 presentations in each class. If you're ready to present when you are called up, you earn the points. Even if your partner is absent, you're ready.

HW: Finish your Dossier Project

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Connecting to Mr. Ippolito's class with Remind - 8/27/2015

TODAY'S AGENDA:
1. Welcome/Attendance
2. Connecting to Mr. Ippolito's class with Remind - as soon as you read this you may take your cell phone out and do this. Yes, it's OK!
Mr. Ippolito wants to make sure you turn in EVERY assignment on time. To do this, and to get credit for this HW assignment, you may either:
  • Show Mr. Ippolito that you are receiving text messages through Remind
  • OR, show Mr. Ippolito you are writing down HW assignments on a regular basis in your Binder Reminder

3. Which 2016 Presidential candidate are you most closely matched with? Find out with SelectSmart

4. Dossier Project Presentations - will begin Monday, August 31

  • I will take three volunteers to go first on Monday
  • There are benefits to your group going first

5. Dossier Project - Work Day Today

HW: Connect to Mr. Ippolito's class using Remind
AND Continue to work on your Dossier Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Presidential Project Work Day - 8/26/2015

TODAY'S AGENDA:
1. Welcome/Attendance
2. How to Insert an Image and Video into Google Slides


3. Dossier Project - Work Day Today
HW: Continue to work on your Dossier Project

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Researching Your Candidate - 8/25/2015

AGENDA:
1. Good morning and attendance
2. Seating Chart starts today
3. Collect Year-Long Movie Permission Slip HW
4. Dossier Project - Quick Lesson
  • How do I research my candidate?
  • How did the discussion with your parents go about Democrats and Republicans?
HW: Continue to work on your Dossier Project

Monday, August 24, 2015

Presidential Dossier Project Partners and Candidates - August 2015

More Dossier Project - 8/24/2015


AGENDA:
1. Happy Monday! - Tell Me Something Good

2. Seating Chart starts tomorrow - Last chance to fill out the Seating Chart Survey


3. The First Homework Assignment - Parent Survey

4. Dossier Project - Quick Lesson

5. Dossier Project - Let's Pick Candidates Today

HW: Have a parent/guardian read and sign the "Year Long Movie Permission Slip." DUE TOMORROW.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Democrats and Republicans - 8/21/2015

AGENDA:
1. Friday Conversation Starter - Be Careful What You Share Electronically
Questions for Discussion:

2. Seating Chart starts either Monday or Tuesday - Please indicate in the Seating Chart Survey if you have any special seating needs, or if you would like to be one of the three Tech Chair students this quarter


3. Dossier Project - Quick Lesson

4. Dossier Project - Let's Pick Candidates Today (PerD pick partners today)


HW: Have a parent/guardian read and sign the "Year Long Movie Permission Slip." DUE TUESDAY.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our First Project - 8/20/2015

AGENDA:
1. The Social Contract
2. Seating Chart Survey - see bottom of this agenda
3. Course Orientation
4. Dossier Project - pick partners today; pick your candidate TOMORROW

HW: Have a parent/guardian read your Course Orientation and then complete the Electronic Tear-Off. Due TOMORROW.

Presidential Dossier Project - 8/20/2015 (updated 8/26/2015)

THE PROJECT
You and a partner will build a digital dossier on one of the candidates running for the Presidency in 2016.

THE FACTS

Under the 22nd Amendment, no President can serve more than two terms. This means that President Obama is not eligible to run again in 2016.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


A new President of the United States will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017.


SO WHO IS RUNNING? The New York Times maintains an ongoing list of all the candidates currently running.
You can check out the list HERE

WHAT DO I DO?

Your job is to build a digital dossier on one of these candidates. You will create your dossier in the form of an online slide presentation. You are encouraged to use Google Drive (alternately, you may create a YouTube video or use another format, subject to teacher approval).

The dossier should include:
  • First, middle, and last name and photo of candidate (each subsequent slide in your presentation should contain first/last name and photo of candidate as either the header or the footer of the slide--like this . . . )

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
  • Birthdate and current age
  • Spouse and children
  • Birthplace (city and state) and current place of residence (city and state)
  • Educational background and degrees earned
  • Religious affiliation
  • Work history and current occupation or position held
  • Political party
WHERE HE/SHE STANDS ON THE ISSUES
  • Their positions on each of the SelectSmart.com survey issues
    • Visit http://selectsmart.com/president/views16.html to see the positions of all candidates on these issues of national importance
    • Summarize their positions on FIVE ISSUES THAT YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT in your own words (it will be super tempting and easy to just copy-and-paste); be prepared to explain what the positions actually mean
YOUR CANDIDATE ON YOUTUBE
  • At least two embedded videos (approx. 1-2 minutes in length) that show the candidate speaking. Each video should clearly communicate the position the candidate takes on issues, and/or the character of the candidate. You should watch these videos and prepare to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
YOUR CANDIDATE IN THE NEWS
  • Links to at least two recent (within the past six weeks) news stories about the candidate that give us insight into his/her political views or character (Google News search). You should read these articles and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
CRITICISM OF YOUR CANDIDATE
  • A link to at least one article, editorial, YouTube video (if it's YouTube, please embed into your slideshow), or blog entry that criticizes the candidate. In other words, the speaker is providing a view in opposition of the candidate. It should be critical of issues/policy, and not merely a "stupidhead" statement. Make sure to watch the entire video or read the entire article and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
DONE WITH EVERYTHING ABOVE? NOW SHARE WITH AN ADULT.
  • Share this presentation with an adult (your parents' generation or older). Teach him/her all you've learned about this candidate, then share with Mr. Ippolito some sort of proof you have done so. Interview this adult and ask them this question, "Based on what you have learned about this candidate, do you think he/she could be a contender in 2016? In other words, could this person be the next President of the United States? Why or why not?"
FINALLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • Finally, each person in your group must independently answer the same question: "Based on what you have learned about this candidate, do you think he/she could be a contender in 2016? Could this person be the next President of the United States? Why or why not?"
The project will be due Monday, August 31.

Here is a sample featuring former VP candidate Paul Ryan. The project was created by two of my high school seniors from West Ranch High School. I think you can do just as good, OR BETTER, than they did.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chromebooks in the Classroom - 8/19/2015

Agenda:
1. Attendance
2. Course Orientation - Need another copy? Click HERE.
3. Caring for Your Chromebook - We signed off on this agreement HERE.
4. Seating Chart Survey - see below

HW: Have your parent/guardian complete the Electronic Tear-Off for the Course Orientation by completing the survey HERE.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Social Contract - 8/18/2015

1. Attendance
2. The Social Contract - Let's be good to each other!

3. Course Orientation

HW: Get your parent/guardian to read Mr. Ippolito's Course Orientation and then complete the "electronic tear-off" by this Friday