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