Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Any of the following questions MAY appear on tomorrow's written exam on totalitarianism. Ultimately you will only have to answer THREE questions, but be prepared to answer any of the following questions. Each of your responses should be at least 4-5 sentences (a good, solid paragraph).
- Tell the story of how Russia transformed from Czarist Russia to Communist Russia. What events and/or people were important in making this transformation happen?
- What problems did Germany face between 1918 and 1933 that caused them to turn to a totalitarian government?
- Discuss the similarities and differences between Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and fascist Italy.
- Describe all the sights and sounds you might hear at a Nazi rally in 1930s Germany.
- Who was more "evil"--Stalin or Hitler? Explain in detail why you think so.
- Go back to the word we discussed in a journal at the very beginning of the semester: "convincing." Discuss the three most convincing people you learned about in this unit and what made them so convincing.
Federal Government at Work (FGAW) Project
In this project, you will teach the class about one function of the federal government. You will present the project in either a video or Google Docs Presentation. This project will be worth 50 points. You will be graded based on the following criteria:
a C project would include information you could find in Wikipedia. Basic stuff.
a B project would include information you could find by digging a little deeper, by visiting that federal department’s website, for example.
an A project would include all of the above, but would take it to the next level. An A project would include a visit to the location, interviews with employees who work there, phone/Skype interviews with those employees, interviews with people who interact with that department (attorneys, lobbyists, etc), and proof of how that first-hand knowledge was obtained.
Topics MAY include, but are not limited to, the following:
- How does the government print paper money?
- How does the government mint coins?
- How does airport security work?
- What do federal air marshals do?
- How does the bankruptcy process work?
- How does someone from outside the US get their green card?
- How does someone from outside the US become a citizen?
- How does the US Postal Service work?
- How can I get a copyright?
- How is copyright law enforced?
- How does eminent domain work?
- What is the process for a President to be impeached?
- How does the government protect our environment?
- How can a building be placed on the registry of historic places?
- How can young people get involved in government?
- How does the government investigate a plane crash?
- How does the federal government respond to a large natural disaster?
- How does the atomic clock work?
- How do we care for our nation’s veterans?
- How does social security work?
- How does Secret Service protect the President?
- What is involved if I decide to join the Army? Navy? Air Force? Marines? Coast Guard?
- What is a typical day like for a US soldier? Sailor? Airman? Marine? Guardian of the Coast?
- What does a National Park ranger do? THERE ARE HUNDREDS MORE POSSIBLE TOPICS!
In our next class, a couple things will happen:
- Pick partners
- Choose topics (by random lottery)
- 20 Questions Assignment
In our next class, you and your group (up to three students per group) will write down a list of 20 questions that are worth asking about your topic. These are questions that you should be curious about, and questions that Mr. Ippolito or other students might ask during your presentation.
Questions should include things like how things are done, who is involved in the process, how many employees are involved, how do citizens interact with this agency or department, how long does the process take, where is this department located, when was this department or agency first created, where does this all happen, how much does it cost, just to name a few.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
On Wednesday, February 15, we will have our first exam in government. It will be a closed-note, closed-book written exam. I will give you a few questions to choose from (about 4 or 5), and you will choose THREE to actually write on. Each response should be at least one solid paragraph (4-5 sentences).
Here are some possible questions I may ask:
1. Explain why the Federalist Papers were written back in 1788. Then, choose one of the Federalist Papers that we learned about (Federalist 10, Federalist 51, or Federalist 78) and explain the message contained within it.
2. Based on what we learned in this class, how did Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Magna Carta, and the English Bill of Rights influence our system of government in the United States?
3. Explain the connection between the fight over Proposition 8 and the 14th Amendment.
4. Which of our Founders made the greatest contribution to the ratification of the Constitution? Explain your answer.
5. As of today, who is still in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination? Tell me a little about each one, and explain who will ultimately win the nomination and why.
6. Name three European Enlightenment thinkers who influenced American government and explain their contribution.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
1. What are your thoughts on war?
2. What is your opinion on elections such as America's Presidential election process?
3. How much freedom should people have, and why?
4. Why do you hate communists so much?
5. What would you say are the three most important words to keep in mind when thinking about fascism? Why those words in particular?
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Hey seniors, a few notes about today...
- We watched video on CNN and discussed Mitt Romney's likelihood of securing the Republican nomination, and then his chances of defeating President Obama in the November election--the "Super Bowl" of Presidential politics.
- We read the first page of the Declaration of Independence (pg 40 in the textbook) and discussed the meaning of Thomas Jefferson's words that helped create our nation. We also watched the first two minutes of the video "Reading the Declaration."
- We did the journal and discussed.
- It's reading homework for tonight...learning all about the Constitutional Convention. Reading quiz in our next class! ---Mr. Ippolito