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