Wednesday, August 31, 2011

GOVT AGENDA - August 31 - September 1, 2011



In some classes, we had the chance to watch this Magna Carta video from the BBC.  It's a quick, fun summary!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MODCIV - Vocab Terms for Vocab Project HW

The following are the vocab terms for your "Origins of Democracy" unit.  Choices for Vocab Projects can be found by clicking on the "Vocab Projects" tab at the top of  This project is due Tuesday, September 6:
  1. rule of law
  2. Plato's Republic
  3. Politics by Aristotle
  4. Judeo-Christian tradition
  5. Solon
  6. Pericles' Funeral Oration
  7. democracy
  8. republic
  9. trial by jury
  10. veto

MODCIV AGENDA - August 30, 2011


Tags: Greek philosophy philosophers vocabulary vocab

Monday, August 29, 2011

GOVT AGENDA - August 29-30, 2011

Note that we did not have time to watch either the Reagan or the Kennedy videos, so we will watch those in a future class.  When we do, I will embed them with that day's agenda post.

Friday, August 26, 2011

MODCIV - Homework on Pericles' Funeral Oration - August 26, 2011

Read Pericles' Funeral Oration and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  In your NOTES, write down three similarities you can find between these speeches that took place over 2,200 years apart and then answer this question:

Did Abraham Lincoln PLAGIARIZE Pericles?  Explain your answer.

You can find Pericles' Funeral Oration here:

And you can find Lincoln's Gettysburg Address here:

MODCIV AGENDA - August 26, 2011

Note:  The Pericles on Democracy assignment was on a paper HANDOUT.  All handouts can be found in the Digital File Cabinet.

Tags: Abraham Lincoln Pericles funeral oration quiz Greece Greek Athens Sparta

PER1 GOVT AGENDA - August 26, 2011

Tags: citizenship test

College and Career Fair - Wednesday, September 7

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West Ranch High School is hosting the College & Career Fair on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
This district-wide event will include over 100 representatives from colleges, universities and career preparation programs. In addition, workshops will be held on financial aid, admission advice, community college programs and transfer opportunities, and the SAT vs ACT.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Twitter in the Classroom Instruction Sheet

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MODCIV AGENDA - August 24, 2011


PER1 GOVT AGENDA - August 23-25, 2011

During these lessons in our Period 1 government class, students were asked to analyze the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.  We were then analyzing the purpose of government by interviewing Americans of three different generations and asking them their thoughts on the purpose of government, and if they feel that the government of the United States has fulfilled that purpose.  We are sharing our findings in class on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Making Tough Digital Choices - August 22-23, 2011

First, here are the notes from the presentation we learned about on responsible technology and social media use.  I encourage you to talk to your parents about the in-class discussion we had, as well as what you feel your role is in making these "Tough Digital Choices."

There is the story of "Kiki Kannibal," which is a worst-case scenario of a teen who went way too far with technology, and parents who, unfortunately, just didn't know how to handle their daughter's out-of-control online presence.  Basically, Kirsten Ostrenga was a teen on the fringe, largely ignored by her peers, seeking love and attention.  She turned to the online world, and got that love and attention (and millions of hits on her MySpace profile) under the name "Kiki Kannibal."  Here's an excerpt:

A year earlier, Kirsten "Kiki" Ostrenga was just another tween nobody living her so-called life in Coral Springs, Florida. Then she got a MySpace account, and everything changed. A stylish wisp of a girl who adored punky "scene kid" fashion, Kiki began filling her MySpace page with pouty photos of herself in heavy makeup and cropped tops, adopting a persona as brash and outrageous as the real Kirsten was awkward and insecure. She named her creation "Kiki Kannibal," and her new and improved online self swiftly became an Internet celebrity. But fame had come with a backlash she could never have anticipated.

The article is both fascinating and horrifying, but definitely an article for teens and parents to read and discuss:

"Kiki Kannibal:  The Girl Who Played With Fire," Rolling Stone magazine, April 15, 2011.

In 2010, MTV partnered with to air a special titled "Sexting in America:  When Privates Go Public."  This is a great special to watch with your parents.  It features the stories of two teens, one a girl who shared a topless photo of herself but never expected how far it would go or how it would affect her life.  The other story is of a young man who--in a fit of anger with his ex-girlfriend--shared a naked photo of her with lots of people, including her parents.  He ended up being tried and convicted as an adult, and because of his actions is now a registered sex offender in the state of Florida.  You can find those video segments here:

"Sexting in America:  When Privates Go Public."  MTV News Special, 2010.

Remember to think before you post.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Infinite Campus Message - Welcome to Mr. Ippolito's Class at West Ranch High School


Dear West Ranch family member,

My name is Mr. Ippolito, and I am currently scheduled to be your social studies teacher this semester at West Ranch High School.  I love technology, and I specifically enjoy using technology to keep both students and parents informed about what's happening in my classroom.  I have a teacher website, and both parents and students can connect to my classroom on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information, visit

If you are a senior enrolled in my Period 1 government class, I look forward to meeting you tomorrow morning, bright and early, at 7:05 a.m.  If you are enrolled in my Period 2, 3, 4, or 5 class, I look forward to meeting you in class either tomorrow or Friday.

Enjoy the last few hours of summer vacation, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

Ron Ippolito
West Ranch High School
"Relationships, Rigor, and Relevance"

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Have a problem with your class schedule?


If you believe you require a change to your class schedule, you must first fill out a "Request for Schedule Change" form (available in the Counseling Offices or from a teacher).  You will then simply turn in the form to one of the Counseling Offices and you will receive a response and/or new schedule via e-mail.  No more waiting in lines!  Here are some additional points to know:

  • Students may only complete one form per semester
  • Schedule change request form should be as specific as possible
  • Counselors will not change teachers or periods
  • Any change could affect your overall schedule
  • Sports changes also need an Athletic Acceptance/Release Rules Form
  • Period One classes and electives are extremely limited
You may only visit the Counseling Offices during non-class time.  Teachers have been asked to NOT release any students during class time. 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Classroom is coming together!


School begins in three days, and I am putting the final touches on preparing my classroom. If you already know that you have Mr. Ippolito on your class schedule, visit or to connect with your new class! See you soon!

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