Use this checklist to make sure you have all components for your 100 Project. An incomplete project, or a missed step, could mean that you do not get credit for completing the project. ADVANCE WORK _____ Created the survey OR created the advocacy piece (blog, Instagram account, etc) _____ Checked in with Mr. Ippolito; took suggestions BEFORE going live _____ Proof that you reached out to 100 people(100 views on Blogger, on YouTube, 100 petition signatures, 100 surveys returned)
PRESENTATION - Formatting
_____ You have shared your presentation with Mr. Ippolito using Google Docs (or another web-based tool such as Prezi, Sliderocket, etc.) OR you made advanced arrangements for sharing with Mr. Ippolito. In other words, we are NOT scrambling in class to find or share your presentation. If you use Google Docs, use the following format:
PRESENTATION - Looking at the Data (only needed if you did a SURVEY) _____ Let's see the raw data you collected - 5 points - Screenshots are fine if you're including it in a Google Docs Presentation _____ Analysis of your data - 10 points - Take us through each question and the percentages of each response. What did you expect your results to be? Were your survey results similar to or different from your expectations?
PRESENTATION - Call to Public Action _____ What is your call to action now?
Based on the information you gathered, what should we the people, through the government, do? This is the "so what" piece. Why should we care? This information I have gathered proves that we need to:
Pass a law that . . .
Increase funding for . . .
Provide more public education about . . .
Teach public school students more about . . .
This "call to action" piece should ultimately answer the question(s):
What should voters do now?
What should we as citizens do now?
What should we as Americans do now?
What should ask/demand that our elected officials do now?
1. Warm-Up - Answer these questions. We discussed each of these questions at length. Yesterday wasn't a very exciting Election Day here in Santa Clarita, but in other parts of the country is was very exciting, and for some it portended things to come in the 2016 Presidential election.
2. 100 Project - I explained the project. We will pick topics in our next class.
3. The Supreme Court - We started learning about the Supreme Court. I handed out this packet HERE and then we filled out this worksheet HERE. We began talking SCOTUS in class today, and we will talk more SCOTUS in class next time.
Finish the Supreme Court packet. We will talk about Marbury v. Madison and the concept of judicial review. Want a little sneak preview of a YouTube video we're watching Friday? Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwciUVLdSPk
Get ready for the 100 Project. You will be at a HUGE disadvantage if you didn't fill this out two weeks ago: Controversial Issues. If you didn't do the activity in class (the day I was absent and Ms. Gilpin had you in the computer lab), then make sure you get it done before Friday.
Your last project of the semester is all about involvement. You must go out into the community and SURVEY 100 PEOPLE or ENGAGE 100 PEOPLE about a topic related to government, politics, or public policy. Your goal is to answer this question: "Why should we care?"
Decide with whom you will work. For this project, you may work alone, or with ONE other partner. Groups of 1 or 2.
TAX THE WEALTHY to help pay down the national debt
Let's increase income taxes on the wealthiest one or two percent of Americans.
NO! Any increase of any taxes of any income level hurts the economy.
Use MILITARY FORCE AGAINST NORTH KOREA if we are attacked or provoked
I would support using military force
I would NOT support using military force
WATERBOARDING of terror suspects
It's "enhanced interrogation" and a valuable tool in the war on terror
It's "torture" and counterproductive, illegal and/or immoral
I support increases in the minimum wage.
I oppose increases in the minimum wage.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
I support federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
I oppose federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
I support the pro-choice positions of organizations like NARAL.
I support the pro-life positions of organizations like National Right to Life Committee.
I support the death penalty.
I oppose the death penalty.
I support gun control legislation recommended by groups such as Gabrielle Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions.
I oppose gun control legislation, agreeing with groups such as the NRA.
I not advocate any sort of legalization of marijuana.
I support legalization for medical use of marijuana only.
I support a general decriminalization of marijuana.
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE
We should "repeal and replace" the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
We should support the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
ENVIRONMENT & PROPERTY RIGHTS
I favor positions of environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters.
I support positions of property rights advocating groups like the American Land Rights Association.
I believe we should make it easier for illegal immigrants to find a legal path to citizenship in this country.
I believe that everyone should follow the rules, including immigration rules, and should be punished--not rewarded--if they break those rules.
I oppose marriage for same sex couples.
I support marriage for same sex couples.
NEXT STEPS . . .
Figure out your approach. Are you going to try to INFORM the public about your topic or will you try to SURVEY the public to find out how people feel about the issue?
If you choose to inform, how will you reach 100 people? Will you use Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr, stand out in the quad and talk to people?
If you choose to survey, how will you question 100 people?
Present your findings. On the day of your presentation, you will share with the class your topic and your method of outreach. More details on this in the coming days when I give you your grading rubric. Good luck!
Tips for Creating a Good Survey
Keep it anonymous, especially if you are asking sensitive questions. If you're asking if they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream, most people don't care. However, if you're asking questions about abortion, drug and alcohol use, or other sensitive topics, maintaining anonymity means you are more likely to get honest responses.
Get demographic information. Some of your survey questions can ask about age, gender, religious background, political affiliation, or other demographic information. This information may be important, especially if it pertains to your survey. For example, if you are trying to find out people's views on abortion, it might be helpful to know the gender of your respondents. If you are asking only males about abortion, then you might not get a balanced view on the topic.
Ask objective questions, not leading questions. OBJECTIVE: "Should rape be a capital offense (punishable by the death penalty)?" LEADING: "Next to murder, rape is the worst crime anyone could commit. Should we give rapists the death penalty?"
Don't assume your respondents have background knowledge about your topic. Provide a short paragraph at the beginning of the survey to provide background knowledge, especially on topics that the general public might not be familiar with.
Don't ask double-barreled questions. Split them into two different questions.