Thursday, October 27, 2011

GOVT 10/27/11 - The Electoral College


First, we watched this video from Disney Education.  Yeah, it's Disney, but it was really good!

Then we had a presentation on the Electoral College before doing our simulation.

Then we had our simulation!  You can do the same thing at home by going to  Congratulations to our Presidents of the United States!

Monday, October 24, 2011

MODCIV 10/24/11 - Industrial Revolution intro

MODCIV - "One Slide" Project Description

Your job in this project is to create ONE SLIDE of a presentation that will be given to the class at the end of the Industrial Revolution unit.  Your ONE SLIDE must include the following:

A title on top that clearly states the term(s), person(s), thing(s), or idea(s) you have chosen
One, two, or three pictures that represent the term(s), person(s), thing(s), or idea(s) you have chosen
A description or definition of that term(s), person(s), thing(s), or idea(s) you have chosen in 30 words or less
Complete this sentence using 30 words or less:  "The Industrial Revolution would not have been the same without YOUR TERM because . . ."
Put your name and class period somewhere in the lower-left or lower-right corner.

You may draw your slide on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of blank paper OR create it using PowerPoint, Photoshop, Keynote, Paint, or other graphics software.
Your ONE SLIDE must include at least four colors, be informative, and visually appealing.  It should be helpful in helping your peers to better understand the Industrial Revolution.
If you draw it, you must turn it in by Friday, October 28, to give Mr. Ippolito time to scan it.  If you draw and scan it, or create it digitally, you have until Tuesday, November 1, to send to the Slide Collector.
You MUST save or export as an image file (JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF) with high enough resolution so it can be easily seen on a projector (file size should be at least 400K).  This is EASY in PowerPoint or Keynote.

Put it on paper and turn in to Mr. Ippolito  (by 10/28) OR e-mail your slide (by 11/1) to the Slide Collector, who will then compile each slide into a presentation for the class.

The Slide Collector for Period 2 is Nicky Reynolds and the e-mail address you will send to is  Please include MOD CIV ONE SLIDE in your subject line.

The Slide Collector for Period 4 is Franchesca Picar and the e-mail address you will send to is  Please include MOD CIV ONE SLIDE in your subject line.

Content (10 points)
Formatted Correctly and Submitted On Time (5 points)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

MODCIV - Industrial Revolution videos

General overview on
Industrial Revolution - focus on children and working conditions
BrainPop - 
Beyond Their Years - Photos by Lewis Hine of child laborers 1900-1910
Family Tree Project - British Home Children
Triangle Fire

Friday, October 21, 2011

GOVT 10/21/11 - Last day of the quarter

Today in government we wrapped up our quarter by checking grades and going over the midterm exam.

Journal:  What kind of President do you want?

What qualities do you personally look for in a President of the United States?  What skills, what abilities, and what kind of personality should a person have to make a good President?

HW:  Read and take notes on 13:3 and 13:4 (the Presidency, Presidential nominations, and election).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MODCIV 10/20/11 - Last day of the quarter

We spent our final day of the quarter going over the midterm exam and grading notebooks.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

MOD CIV - Midterm Review Podcast

Click on the link below to listen now.  Right-mouse click to download the audio file to your computer.  Enjoy!

Posted via email from Mr Ippolito's Mod Civ Class

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GOVT Midterm Exam Review

MODCIV AGENDA - October 12, 2011


We took notes on this Latin American Revolutions presentation.

Then we read "Simon Bolivar:  Address to the Congress of Venezuela" on page 161 of the textbook and answered the two questions at the bottom of 161.

I then handed out the Midterm Review.  The Midterm Exam will be next Tuesday, October 18.  Yes, it's a reverse minimum day.  Yes, you can still take a test in that amount of time.  The Review sheet is here:

MODCIV Extra Credit Opportunity!

Have a GREAT multiple-choice question for the midterm?  Add your question (along with four multiple choice answers) as a comment on THIS blog entry.  If your question is chosen for the midterm, you will earn FIVE extra credit points on your midterm.  Make sure to include your name and class period.  For example (this is NOT related to history, but it gives you an idea of the format):

In the movie Toy Story 3, what best explains Lotso's motivation for being so cruel to his fellow toys?
a.  He was programmed by his manufacturer to be mean
b.  He was abused by children at Sunnyside Daycare
c.  He thought he was abandoned by the child who once owned him
d.  He had a fight with Big Baby

To post your question, simply click on the "Comments" link at the bottom of this blog post.  Your deadline to submit questions is Sunday, October 16, at 11:59pm.

Monday, October 10, 2011

MODCIV AGENDA - October 10, 2011


We watched these two videos showing two different sides of the debate over the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.  Then we responded to the journal.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

MODCIV AGENDA - October 6, 2011


We began our day with a journal writing.  Yesterday, Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.  We used this as an opportunity to have a discussion about the impact that Jobs has had on our lives, and the way he tried to live his life.  We watched his 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University and then answered the question (#23):

What was Steve Jobs' message to young people?

We then began sharing our French Revolution Simile Projects.  If you have not yet shared yours, you will do so on Monday after our 4:1 and 4:2 quiz.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

GOVT AGENDA - October 5, 2011

The agenda is a little out-of-order from the things really went down today.  For those classes where we did NOT finish the "Powers of Congress" Presentation, we finished that first.

We then did the assignment "Ask a Criminal Court Judge" as a way to think about questions we would like to ask Judge Ulfig, an LA County Superior Court Judge who will come visit our class as a guest speaker on Friday, October 7.

Later, we watched the Schoolhouse Rock video "I'm Just a Bill" as a prelude to Chapter 12, sections 3 and 4.  This is your reading and the notes you will take as assignment #26.  These sections are both on how a bill becomes a law, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate.

We spent our remaining time giving students two different options:  #1 - continue working on your government how-to project OR start 12:3 and 12:4.

Posted via email from Mr Ippolito's Government Class

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

GRADING RUBRICS - Projects for mod civ and government

MOD CIV PROJECT RUBRIC (French Revolution Simile Project)
Demonstrate a knowledge of the French Revolution using SPECIFIC examples - 15 POINTS
---Each argument is worth up to 5 points and you have to make 3 arguments---

Presentation Quality - 5 POINTS
---communicated in a way that teacher and fellow students understand---

On-time Presentation - 5 POINTS
---your presentation has been shared in Google Docs or YouTube link e-mailed in time---


GOVERNMENT PROJECT RUBRIC (Federal Government How-To Project)
The Basic Information about your chosen topic - 15 POINTS
--you have demonstrated a basic understanding of your chosen topic---

Quality of Research - "Going Beyond "- 15 POINTS
---you demonstrated that your research went BEYOND Wikipedia; as Rafiki said in the Disney movie The Lion King, you have to "look . . . harder . . ."---

Proof of a primary source - 5 POINTS
---you have proof of an interview, conversation, some contact with someone with first-hand experience with this part of the federal government----

Presentation Quality - 10 POINTS
---communicated in a way that teacher and fellow students understand---

On-time Presentation - 5 POINTS
---your presentation has been shared in Google Docs or YouTube link e-mailed in time---