WEEK 9


Weds., 6/1: study time

Tues., 5/31: Look up the five principles of good flag design according to vexillologists. Design and make on paper a new flag for Michigan or a flag for Escanaba. Do not just freestyle -- look up the principles and follow them.



WEEK 8


Fri., 5/27: TEST on S2 and S3. Make up within one week, before or after school.
Get EXAM STUDY GUIDE.

Thurs., 5/26: Get and do last practice (on S2 and S3.1-3).

Weds., 5/25, 4th HOUR do the stuff under Tues., 5/24.
Everyone else, nothing to make up.

Tues., 5/24: NOT 4th HOUR
Get S3.2
about Escanaba (and most cities') structure.

Mon., 5/23: Get STUDY GUIDE for last normal test.
Get S3.1about local govt. basics.

WEEK 7: LAST WEEK OF JRNLS


Fri., 5/20: LAST JOURNAL
Explore, find interesting things,then write about what you found at

escanaba.org if you live in Escanaba;
OR (if you live in the country), deltacountymi.org
OR (if you live specifically in Ford River Twnsp.), fordriver.org

HInt, for fun: try to find an ordinance (local law) you didn't know about, or think is weird.

OR (everybody) eskymos.com (then "departments"; then "board of education")
OR (everybody) escanabalibrary.org

• What do you see/find? Anything interesting? Dull? How do you see democracy in this?
• WRITE the date and time of at least one meeting time and what it is for and how important you think it is.


Thurs., 5/19, last trading day, nothing to make up

Weds., 5/18: nothing to make up
TRADING DAY tomorrow, bring three dif. kinds of items if you want full credit


Tues., 5/17: Get S3.3 (yes, 3.3, we're going out of order because of current events in the school district.

JOURNAL: Read article: Write whatever thoughts you might have about a) the problem; b) the proposed solutions.
• Would you recommend any different cuts to the Board, if you were Superintendent? (But if you eliminate a cut, you have to find the money elsewhere.)


Mon., 5/16:
JOURNAL: Write of the joys and drawbacks of livin' in good ol' Delta Co., MI and your specific location in it (Escanaba or a township).
Joys outweigh drawbacks? Or vicey-versa? Howso? Would you move back as an adult if there were jobs in your field?

WEEK 6


Fri., nothing to make up

Thurs., 5/12: TEST on S1 (state government basics).
Get article on virtual reality, which MIGHT be the "next big thing." JOURNAL: What do you think of the advantages written about in the article? Think of some other advantages/uses VR will have, and how it might affect the economy. Think of also of drawbacks or disadvantages it could have on life in general, or the economy.

Weds., 5/11: Get S1 overall practice. Do and show me or check with a buddy.
JOURNAL (NOT 5th) : From Carl news or the local stories I shared, write about one: 1) Summarize in no more than two sentences. 2) Then tell how this could have bearing on the future. Explain why you think this. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Tues., 5/10: 5th HOUR do yesterday's activity, for points.
EVERYbody, incl. 5th hour,
Get S1.4, Judicial Branch. Do and show me, esp. 5th hour.

Mon., 5/9: NOT 5th HOUR. From the yellow box, get and do activity on MI's executive departments. Give to me the day after you return, for points: up to 7, depending on how you do.


Week 5:


Fri., 5/6: 2nd hour only (3-5th hours, nothing to make up)
Get S1.3, MI executive branch. Do and show me.
and JOURNAL:
Read article. In the '90s Michigan decided to allow 21-year-old, law-abiding citizens to carry concealable weapons unless there's a good reason for someone to be prohibited. Certain places like schools are still not eligible places for weapons to be carried.
• SHOULD the state legislature pass a law to remove schools from the "no-guns" list? Why or why not?
• Should the legislature further specify that teachers (if trained) must be allowed to "carry" if they wish? Why or why not?
• Further thoughts.


3-5th hours, nothing to make up.
_

Thurs., 5/5:
2nd HOUR:
Get S1.2. Do and show me.
JOURNAL: What are some new laws or changes to laws you think Michigan could use? And why would they make life better for most people? (Think restricting behavior of ppl or companies, spending of money, de-criminalizing things, how schools are structure or funded, resources, prisons, etc. etc. . . .)

3-5th HOURS
Get S1.3
and JOURNAL:
Read article. In the '90s Michigan decided to allow 21-year-old, law-abiding citizens to carry concealable weapons unless there's a good reason for someone to be prohibited. Certain places like schools are still not eligible places for weapons to be carried.
• SHOULD the state legislature pass a law to remove schools from the "no-guns" list? Why or why not?
• Should the legislature further specify that teachers (if trained) must be allowed to "carry" if they wish? Why or why not?
• Further thoughts.
_

Weds., 5/4: 2nd hour: JOURNAL:
(If you were absent you'll have to go online and read or watch videos about the state capitol building.)
BE the Capitol building in Lansing. Tell some visiting 3rd graders about yourself (how you were built, your structure and decoration); and what you see/hear going on inside you (what is the legislative doing?).

3-5th hours JOURNAL: What are some new laws or changes to laws you think Michigan could use? And why would they make life better for most people? (Think restricting behavior of ppl or companies, spending of money, de-criminalizing things, how schools are structure or funded, guns, resources, prisons, etc. etc. . . .)

Also,
Get S1.2. Do and show me.

_

Tues., 5/3 2nd hour, nothing to make up.

3rd - 5th hours: JOURNAL:
(If you were absent you'll have to go online and read or watch videos about the state capitol building.)
BE the Capitol building in Lansing. Tell some visiting 3rd graders about yourself (how you were built, your structure and decoration); and what you see/hear going on inside you (what is the legislative doing?).
_

Mon., 5/2: 2nd hour, today do the final "Jobs" journal (see last week).

3rd and 5th hours (NOT 4th):
JOURNAL: Answer items 1 and 2 from S1.1
Add any thoughts/feelings you might have about living in Michigan (try to think bigger than "UP").

Week FOUR:


Fri., 4/29: (NOT 2nd hour -- we had a speaker)
Jobs, day III: JOURNAL If absent, Google "steve jobs quotes," read some and write your responses.
Choose from the following prompts.
• Instead of rating the film, give Mr. Jobs an overall rating as a human being from one to five stars and explain why.
• Here's a famous quote. Write if you agree or not, and why, and what it makes you think about your future. "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
• Or try this one,
"My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."



Thurs., 4/28: JOURNAL: Jobs, day II: Choose from the following prompts. If absent, journal about a business news story.
• Mr. Jobs created a great business and products, but had some serious flaws as a person. Do the achievements outweigh his failings; or should he have been a "better person," even if it hurt his business success?
• What sort of lessons can you take from what you've seen so far, or gathered from other sources about Mr. J?
• Think about a trade-off Mr. Jobs made. What did he give up? What did he gain? Evaluate the trade.
• Any other germane (on point) thoughts/feelings?


Weds., 4/27: Jobs, day I: Choose from the following prompts.
If absent, journal about a business news story.
JOURNAL
• Mr. Jobs is often thought of as a lone visionary, dreaming up and creating things by himself. How does this movie confirm or contradict that image that many people have?
• "What it represents is as important as what it is." Do you perceive that idea in any Apple products?
• What personal qualities did Mr. Jobs have that would lead to success in creating and producing products?
• Assuming the movie is accurate in its portrayal, what do you find admirable in Mr. Jobs so far; what do you dislike?
• Etc.

Tues., 4/26: TEST on E5.

Mon., 4/25: Get study guide for E5 Test on Tues.
Here are the E5 powerpoints, if you're interested:
E5.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhstTswL8_4
E5.2A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0NCWINQ_zo
E5.2B https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2hgEmzM0j8
E5.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABejoIqOgTk

Week Three


Fri., 4/22 (short day): Write as nicely as you can, five questions based on E5.1-3. Make a separate answer key and staple it. Do not use the questions from the original sheets. Merely done = 5/7 pts. Going above and beyond somehow will increase your grade to a 6 or 7.

Thurs., 4/21, Get College Econ notesheet, 5.3.

Weds., 4/20: JOURNAL on grocery store video. Absent people: find a juicy news story and write about how it could affect real people's lives.

Tues., 4/19 More real life:
Journal:
Remember you can write "personal," but stay on target.
How does handling/managing money work for u in real life?
Does it bring u joy or cause u strife?
U a spender? Saver? Risk-taker? Play-it-safer?
What are your money strengths?
Your weaknesses that cause you to go to great lengths?
In your future what do u see as far as how the $ will be?

Also, get and do E5.2 about banking and investing.
5th HOUR, get the paper sheet of E5.1 from the Monday slot (we got a little behind.)

Mon., 4/18:
JOURNAL:
What do you already know about real life econ?
What would you like to know, or what questions do you have?
What thoughts might you have already about "making it" in the "real world"?
(Think taxes, banking/investing, college financing, personal budgeting, etc., etc.)

Also get and do E5.1 about income taxes, and show me.

Week Two

(STATE TESTING WEEK)
Fri., 4/15:
JOURNAL
(If you are absent write about where you went and a) rules/following/disobeying or b) trades.)
Compare today's trading day to the previous two. Which has been the most satisfactory/rewarding so far, and why? The least, and why? Suggestions for the final one?

Tues. - Thurs., testing, nothing to make up

Mon., 4/10: JOURNAL
Read the paper. Look for stories that could affect people's real life economics or just their real life in some way. Cite (write about) some support (details) that back up your idea that it could affect people's real lives somehow. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

WEEK ONE


Fri., 4/8: 3rd hour: Get and do the practice sheet from Thursday slot of the yellow box.
TEST on E4.

Thurs., 4/7: Get and do practice sheet.

http://www.howthemarketworks.com/
JOURNAL: As of this morning, stocks in general were up about 1.2% compared to the day we began.
• Has your portfolio "beaten the market"? (Done better than 1.2% increase?) Why/not?
• How did you decide to buy or not buy what you did?
• What do you think of buying stocks and/or this exercise in general?
• Etc.
NOT 3rd HOUR

Weds., 4/6: SNOW DAY!

Tues., 4/5:
JOURNAL
• READ David Brooks' essay, "The Creative Monopoly":
Discuss in writing how Mr. Brooks builds an argument to persuade his audience that creativity is the way to go, rather than competing with other people or countries. In your response, analyze how Brooks uses
  • evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.
  • reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.
  • stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.
to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the essay.

• Also get E4.4 about trade policy.

• Also get study guide for FRIDAY's TEST on E4.

Mon., 4/4: JOURNAL: Write about a trade you made over break, involving money, time, or energy. What did you gain? What did you give up (opportunity cost)? Evaluate whether it was a good trade.
Rinse and repeat as necessary.

• Also, get E4.3 about absolute and comparative advantage.


Week Eight


Weds., 3/23: Stock Market Game Day!
Go here, make an account and buy at least one share of any company:
http://www.howthemarketworks.com/register/60048

Tues., 3/22: Get and do E4.2.
JOURNAL: CHOICE: Write about the potential gains and losses of Nat'l Guard service, and whether you entertain it as a choice, and why or why not.
OR: Pros and cons of capitalism. Pros and cons of socialism. Which is better, and WHY?

Mon., 3/21, nothing to make up.


Week Seven


Fri., 3/18: JOURNAL
Pick any story/stories from the main/front section and write
1. a 2-sentence summary
2. why it seems important
3. what implications (effects) it could have on future life (yours or others')
4. any other thoughts/feelings
Rinse and repeat if necessary.
(If you were absent, find some news somewhere!)

Also, get E4.1, do and show me.

Thurs., 3/17 JOURNAL:
We've been talking about the interest rates for borrowing money lately, So . . .
• Borrowing money and being in debt: pros and cons?
• Could it actually ever be a good idea to borrow?
• Do you have any experiences with borrowing money so far in life?
• When do you think you might need/want to borrow money in the future?

Also, TEST on macroeconomics.

Weds., 3/16: JOURNAL: Read article about robots taking jobs. How could more and more jobs becoming automated be a good thing? Bad thing? According to the criteria (standards) discussed in the article, how "safe" is your future job from automation? Other thoughts?

Tues., 3/15: Get study guide on E3 Macroeconomics, for Thurs.'s test.
• Also get a practice sheet on early E3 stuff.
• Also get E3.5 on global factors affecting macroeconomics.

Mon., 3/14: army drones talk, study hall

Week Six


Fri., 3/11: trading day

Thurs. 3/10
Get and do E3.4. Show me. Good luck on this. You missed the hardest econ stuff all year.
Here is a powerpoint that might explain things better. Read things over several times if they do not make sense. Don't just give up.

Weds., 3/9
• Get E3.3, do and show me.

Tues., 3/8:
Get and do E3.2. Show me when done.

JOURNAL
• Write about jobs you would love or businesses you would love to own, and why. What do you know about the job outlook (how many openings there will be in it, when you grow up)?
• Then write about jobs you would hate or businesses you would not want to own, and why.

The govt website that tells about future jobs: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/


Mon., 3/7: JOURNAL: Crunch time.
• For which party should I vote, in the presidential primary? And for whom? For whom should I definitely not vote, aside from those who dropped out? Explain your advice.
• Remember my vote will not decide anything.
• And, people cast votes for many reasons, not necessarily for the person they actually want to win. You can vote to send a message, to block someone, or to pick the lamest candidate of the opposing party, so he/she will eventually lose.

ALSO: Get and do E3.1 about goals of the US economy and how the govt. measures it.


Week Five


Fri., 3/4: nothing to make up

Thurs., 3/3
JOURNAL:
Read article about shaming tax evaders/cheats.
This is a "persuasive essay." 1. What is the authors' main point? 2. How well do they make their case? 3. If you were a legislator in Michigan, would you vote to do what they describe? Explain why/not. . . .

Also: get a copy of the old E2 test and "do" it on a separate piece of paper, using the powerpoint notes you got on E2.1-2 or any other materials. Give to me, for points!

Weds., 3/2: Get paper notes of powerpoint E2.2 and do the back and show me. Here is last year's infosheet, called E2.3, if you like those better.

Tues., 3/1:
JOURNAL:
Read about the Girl Scout who sold many cookies in a certain location. Is this brilliant business? Or inappropriate location?
Are her parents helping her learn business OR contributing to her delinquency?
What broader lessons can we take from this? Etc.

Also read ppt E2.1, Govt. Intervention in the Market; get paper notes of it when you return.
Also get and do E2.1 practice. (This was spread over two infosheets last year
E2.1, and E2.2.)

Mon., 2/29: Pre-test on govt. macroeconomics.
We played a game about the Meijer's location. No game for you.

Week Four


Thurs., 2/25: TEST on microeconomics (the market).

JOURNAL: Read Taco Bell article.
Write what you think of all that went into the development of DLT.
• Has Taco Bell gotten you to try/buy one? How about their new breakfast line? What about other unique products they invent?
• Recently McDon's was in a sales slump. Competition with newer restaurants with newer products was one big reason. What would you advise McD do to increase demand for their food?
• What other fast food "mashups" would tempt you, and possibly make you part with your money?

Weds., 2/24:
JOURNAL:
Read the "Sharing Economy" in Upfront.
• Wow! What do you think? This is in all medium to big cities in America.
• As you see them, which are the most salient (important) pros? Cons? Which are stronger in your humble opinion, the pros or the cons?
• How can you see yourself participating in the sharing economy? Why or why not?
• Which of the apps on p. 9 appeal to you most as either a supplier of a service or as a customer?

- ALSO receive a summary of E1.
- ALSO Get and do an overall practice sheet for E1.

Tues., 2/23:
Get and do E1.4, "The Market." Show me.
Get study guide for THURS.'s TEST on E1 (microeconomics).

Mon., 2/22:
JOURNAL: (NOT 4th) One thing besides price that can affect demand for a good or service is advertising: Write about ads you love or hate or remember. What in advertising do you think really leads people to buy a product or service?

Also, get and do E1.3, Law of Demand.

Week Three


Fri., 2/19: nothing to make up

Thurs., 2/18: JOURNAL: Money: what's good about it? Bad about? Does the good outweigh the bad? How does it affect people/groups/nations, etc.? Your experiences so far with money? Plans/hopes for money? Etc.

Get and do E1.1. Show me when done.

Get and do E1.2 about the Law of Supply. Show me.


Weds., 2/17: JOURNAL
Write about the best purchase or trade you ever made. What was so good?
• Think of what you traded away: what was the next best thing you could have done with that, instead?
• Now do the same for your worst trade or purchase ever.

Tues., 2/16: - make some trades -
JOURNAL: (NOT 5th HOUR) Write about the trade(s) you made or did not: why or why not? Satisfactory? Evaluate some of the trades you saw being made around you. What are the benefits of trading in general?

Mon., 2/15:
JOURNAL:
(Are you "interventionist" or "isolationist" or somewhere in the middle?)
So ISIS is this army/government that has taken over areas of Northern Iraq and Syria. They treat people cruelly and train/encourage terrorists.
Let's say you're the president, in charge of our foreign policy. What do you do?
Some options:
• nothing
• $/support to leaders of Iraq/Syria to fight them
• talk/bribe ISIS into being cool (worked in our war in Iraq)
• send US military to kill them
• other
WHY? do you choose your course of action over other options?
What would be possible drawbacks to your idea?

Get and do 12.2.
HOMEWORK: Bring at least one thing to trade with someone on Tues. More is better.

Week Two

Fri., 2/12:
Get and do 12.1, Foreign Policy Basics; do it and show me.

Thurs., 2/11:
JOURNAL
Read "op/ed" (opinion/editorial) essay by John Stossell.
• Write Mr. Stossel's main point in your own words.
• Write a couple of lines he uses to support his opinion. Feel free to quote directly, but use quotation marks if you do.
• Evaluate how well he makes his case and explain.
• Write whether you agree or not; Support yourself with evidence as best you can.
• Conclude.
• Nice.

Weds., 2/10: TEST on "Other Actors" in the political process.
JOURNAL:
Find a "third party" you might be interested in. If you're liberal, try the Green Party, Socialist Party USA, or Communist Party USA. If you're conservative, try Constitution Party or Libertarian Party.
• Go to its website or other info. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA, use primary sources!
• JOURNAL: Write about what you find out, what you like, dislike. What are big issues for that party? Does it have candidates in 2016? Would you vote for them? ETC. . .


Tues., 2/9:
Receive 11.3, which I instructed on, yesterday.
Get and do practice sheet.

Presidential poll. Please only vote once.

Mon., 2/8: JOURNAL (NOT 5th hour): "Media" means "in the middle." The media are all the things between facts/events and our knowing about them. The media are things like tv, internet sites, blogs, radio, advertising, etc. etc.
• How do you think "the media" affect people's thoughts (not just about politics)? Explain.
• How do you think "the media" affect people's feelings (not just about politics)? Explain.
• Would you make any changes to the media if you could wave a magic wand? Explain.

GET STUDY GUIDE FOR WEDNESDAY'S TEST ON UNIT 11.

WEEK ONE


Fri., 2/5: All hours: get and do 11.2, about "special interest groups."
5th hour: also get and do 11.1 (see below).

JOURNAL 2nd, 3rd, 4th hours only:Of the stories you read, pick the one you think somehow is THE most important one for normal people living around here. Summarize in no more than two sentences. Then write the implications (possible effects on) real people.

Thurs., 2/4: 3rd hour only: JOURNAL: Open Topic

Weds., 2/3: snow

Tues., 2/2:
Go to
https://www.isidewith.com/elections/2016-presidential-quiz
and
http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/results/
and take the quizzes.

JOURNAL:
• What do you think of the questions asked, and the process? What do you think of the results you got: surprising, or not?
• On the president one, If the candidate you got wasn't whom you like best, why do you think there was a discrepancy?
• From the "political type" quiz, does the result sound like you? How so or how not?
• Do you learn anything from doing this?

Mon., 2/1: 2nd-4th HOURS: Get 11.1 and do it. Show me when done.
5th HOUR only: We debated and JOURNALED about it. If you missed, journal about some news: summarize briefly, than write its implications and/or other significance.



WEEK "TEN" (10)


Fri., 1/22: Study with exam study guide or work on old practice sheets.

THURS., 1/21:
Watch an interview with Ted Cruz from among these:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ted+cruz+interview
. Watch CNN student news.
JOURNAL (NOT 5th HOUR) awesome deep thoughts about either thing (Mr. Cruz or news).

GET EXAM STUDY GUIDE!: Here's the deal: it is "be-an-adult" time: It is up to you how much of the study guide you want to do. Write the definitions and answer the questions on the guide itself or on separate sheets of paper. Turn in on exam day at the start of the hour, for up to 10 extra credit points on Quarter Two, based on how much you do.


Weds., 1/20: JOURNALS:
2ND HOUR JOURNAL
What besides "voting" could "citizenship" include?
What is positive about people being "good citizens"?
How good a citizen do you think you are?

3RD, 4TH, 5TH HOURS
Use youtube to find the Democratic Debate from Sun. night. Watch 20 min. or so.
A) If you're of a Democrat-y bent (liberal, newer ways, more govt. involvement), who would you rather have of these three, and why?
B) If you're NOT of a Democrat-y bent, which would be the least bad (the one you could live with best) and why?
C) What, if anything, is this election season teaching you about human nature or democracy in 2016 or anything else?


Tues., 1/19:
JOURNAL 4th and 5th HOURS:
What besides "voting" could "citizenship" include?
What is positive about people being "good citizens"?
How good a citizen do you think you are?

JOURNAL 2nd HOUR ONLY
Use youtube to find the Democratic Debate from Sun. night. Watch 20 min. or so.
A) If you're of a Democrat-y bent (liberal, newer ways, more govt. involvement), who would you rather have of these three, and why?
B) If you're NOT of a Democrat-y bent, which would be the least bad (the one you could live with best) and why?
C) What, if anything, is this election season teaching you about human nature or democracy in 2016 or anything else?


Mon., 1/18: Get handout of the good ol' Core Democratic Values. Create a matching quiz like the partial example hosted HERE. NOTE that is only a partial example; you'll use all the CDV's. Give me your quiz when done and I'll take it as a student.

WEEK NINE


Fri., 1/15: ice, ice, baby, nothin' to make up

Thurs., 1/14: JOURNAL (ONLY 3rd and 5th HOURS)
Watch the Republican response to the State of the Union.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOmjjCBH5Y
• Note some obvious differences in the setting, compared to Mr. Obama's. Does the office setting help Gov. Haley or hinder her, compared to the "big show" setting Mr. Obama had?
• What do you think of Gov. Haley's manner/style of speaking/looking?
• What do you think of the substance of what she said?

Also get and do "8" and show me when done.


Weds., 1/13:
JOURNAL:
After watching a chunk of the State of the Union address
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Qp7DxYWYY

• What do you think of the pomp (ceremony)?
• What do you think of all the applauding/non-applauding?
• What do you think of Mr. Obama's manner/style of speaking/looking?
• What do you think of the substance of what you heard?

Tues., 1/12: TEST on 7.5-8 (Amendments II - X)
JOURNAL: What do you make of all the powerball fever going on?
Things to write about:
• Size of payout?
• Would you buy tickets? (All the research of winners says it would not raise most people's happiness and actually causes much stress.)
• What would you do with a BILLION?
• Is it a good deal? ($2 for a 1/292million chance to be a billionaire)

Mon., 1/11: Get and do 7.8. Show me.
Get and do practice sheet. Show me.


WEEK EIGHT


Friday., 1/8: Read magazine, pp. 6-7.
JOURNAL:
• What led to the tough sentencing described in the article sentencing?
• What are the pros and cons of the tough sentencing?
• How does this tie in with the idea of the 8th amendment's "no cruel and unusual punishment"?
• What do you think of the ideas for reform (change) that have been put forth?
• What else could lawmakers do to reduce the number of Americans who wind up in prison?

ALSO Get study guide for Tues.'s TEST.

Thurs., 1/7: Get and do 7.7 about rights of the accused and punished.

Weds., 1/6: 3-4th hours, do yesterday's JOURNAL, below.

Tues., 1/5 JOURNAL 2nd hour only: Read Supreme Court Case New Jersey v TLO!

• In your own words, summarize what led up to the case and what the two sides in the case wanted, and why (their "arguments").
• Then tell how you would have voted as a Supreme Court justice, based on the Fourth (and 14th) Amendments. Was this an "unreasonable" search the Fourth Amendment protects us from?
• Acknowledge the opposing view and explain why your view is better.

Also, get 7.6, do and show me.

Mon., 1/4: JOURNAL Public mass shootings keep happening and people keep saying we have to do something. Like what? Should Congress or Michigan's legislature write more laws about guns? If so, what? If not, why not? Should laws be enforced differently? Should "WE" the people somehow act differently? What could be a drawback to your idea?
Or is there anything to be done? Seriously, I'm interested in your ideas.

Also get 7.5, do and show me.

WEEK SEVEN

12/21-22: nothing to make up

WEEK SIX

12/18 JOURNAL: You may do this with a partner (one partner) IF you both read the same article. EACH person must still write in his/her own journal.

Pick an article.
• Write a letter to a person in the article.
• Start with a sentence that acknowledges you understand the article and the person's role in the story.
• Then tell what you think about him/her/the issue.
• And/or ask questions.
• And/or write about implications for the future.
• And/or etc.

ALSO: TEST on FIRST AMENDMENT

Thurs., 12/17:
JOURNAL: Last year a case went to the Supreme Court where some people in Greece, New York were suing to stop the town council from opening public meetings with prayer. Past precedent was that SCOTUS had long ago decided public schools cannot do official prayers, but state legislatures could start with prayer. Wow.
• What Constitutional issues (amendments/clauses) would be involved in this case?
• If you were a justice how would you vote? Why? Are town council meetings more like school gatherings or state legislature sessions?
• What could be an unexpected consequence of your decision (what could possibly go wrong from it)?



Weds., 12/16:
JOURNAL
Read the Bill of Rights.
• Write things you notice about it.
• These could be very boring observations; or things you find interesting or odd, like rights you didn't know of, or ways things are worded. Or, how things are grouped. Or something that is not included.
• For some of the things you notice, take a guess as to why it is that way.
• Or think of some questions you still have about the Bill.

Get and do 7.4

Tues., 12/15: Write five questions on 7.2 & 7.3. Make a separate answer key.

Mon, 12/14:

Get and do 7.3 about speech and press rights.

Read "Tinker v. Des Moines" case.
JOURNAL
• In your own words, summarize what led up to the case and what the two sides in the case wanted, and why (their "arguments").
• Then tell how you would have voted as a Supreme Court justice, based on the First and 14th Amendments. (Was the armband "speech"? Should it have been "protected"?)
• Explain why your thinking is wiser than the opposing viewpoint.

WEEK FIVE


Fri., 12/11, nothing to make up

Thurs., 12/10: Also, get and do 7.2 on religion rights.

Weds., 12/9,
Get and do 7.1 about RIGHTS in general. Show me.

Tues., 12/8:
TEST

JOURNAL: Go
https://www.whitehouse.gov/
and find and view Mr. Obama's recent foreign policy speech on ISIS.
Please evaluate (judge) the President's speech regarding ISIS
• the substance of it: WHAT he said about what the US will do
• the "manner" of it: his style, tone of voice, projected leadership
• etc.

Take survey if you want (only once, please).
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jtxDD9oDmdgY5MpNJtSGTxSmuDMkcj80TX_mC8SCia0/edit

Mon., 12/7:
Read article on 4th Amendment cases esp. re. cell phone searches.
JOURNAL: Write about the Supreme Court's decision on cell phones and why they got it right or wrong. Think of the opposing view and say why you have a better case. (This is "refutation," btw.)
• If you need words, you can also write about the sidebar items in the lower left of p. 2: Yelp, Facebook et al.) How do you think the Court should rule on those issues and why?

Also: Get STUDY GUIDE/PRACTICE for TUES.'s TEST on Judicial Branch (6.1-2).

WEEK FOUR


Fri., 12/4
Absent? Go to You Tube and watch the final one-third (40 min. or so) of the film "Gideon's Trumpet."
JOURNAL:
• What is your opinion on the Supreme Court’s "Gideon" decision (poor people get a free lawyer, in order for justice to occur)?
• If Gideon had been guilty, would that affect your opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision?
• What do you suppose "trumpet" in the title "Gideon's Trumpet" refers to?
• Give an overall review of the movie. Give it a letter grade or stars compared to most other school movies and explain.
• Should or shouldn’t I show it next year?

Thurs., 12/3:
Gideon Day Two
Go to YouTube and watch segments 4-7 of "Gideon's Trumpet."
JOURNAL: How is the Supreme Court different from a trial court? What do you think about nine unelected people (the justices) voting to decide what your rights are, and what the government can’t do to you? Good plan? Think of anything better?

Weds., 12/2:
Go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOnsB2S5nJc
and watch the first 36 minutes or so up through Clarence Gideon's sending in his appeal to the Supreme Court.
JOURNAL: Gideon's Trumpet, day one: How would you have decided if you were on the jury, and why? What would be hard about defending yourself in court w/o a lawyer? Should people who can’t afford an attorney be given one by the taxpayers? Why/not? Make some predictions.

Tues., 12/1:
Get and do 6.2 about the Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

JOURNAL: Find some news story you're interested in. Write your thoughts, feelings, and any implications (possible effects on the future).

Mon., 11/30: Get and do 6.1 on the Judicial Branch.

JOURNAL: ECON!
Write about a trade ($, stuff, time, energy, labor, etc.) you made over the Break. What did you gain and lose? Evaluate it for how good a trade it was. Rinse and repeat if you need more words.

WEEK THREE


Mon. and Tues., we did in-class activities, but nothing ti make up for points.

WEEK TWO


Fri., 11/20: TEST on Exec. Branch.
JOURNAL: You may do this with a partner (one partner) IF you both read the same article. EACH person must still write in his/her own journal.
Pick an article.
• Write a letter to a person in the article.
• Start with a sentence that acknowledges you understand the article and the person's role in the story.
• Then tell what you think about him/her/the issue.
• And/or ask questions.
• And/or write about implications for the future.
• And/or etc.

Thurs., 11/19:
JOURNAL (NOT 2nd or 5th HOURs!!!)
Think some thoughts about how much WE the people spend every year, and what we spend it on.
Is it worth adding to the national debt every year? Or would you cut things? What?
Or would you raise taxes? Which ones?
What else can you think of, about this awesome subject?

Also get last practice, do, and show me.

Weds., 11/18: Get and do 5.4 about fiscal (budget, i.e. taxing and spending) matters.
Also, get STUDY GUIDE for Friday's test on executive branch.

Tues., 11/17:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_agencies_in_the_United_States
Follow the written directions in the yellow box for your JOURNAL.

Mon., 11/16: Get and do infosheet 5.3 about the federal bureaucracy. Do and show me when done.

WEEK ONE


Fri., 11/13: no school

Thurs., 11/12: Get and do info sheet 5.2 on the electoral college. Show me when done.

Weds., 11/11, nothing to make up

Tues., 11/10:
JOURNAL: Would you like to be President? Explain, pros/cons of the job, etc.
Get and do 5.1 and show me when done.


Mon., 11/9
JOURNAL: What are the most important personal qualities you think are important for a president to have (for example, intelligence, knowledge, tenacity, humor, honesty, normalcy, etc, etc.)? From what you can tell, give Mr. Obama numerical ratings in the characteristics you considered most important.




WEEK NINE


Fri., 11/6: JOURNAL, "Mr. Smith," final day.
• Give an overall review of "Mr. Smith": what's good; bad; final grade.
• I'm not sure kids really learn anything about how a bill actually becomes a law, from this movie. Did you? Explain.
• Etc.


Thurs., 11/5:
JOURNAL: This movie is set in the '30s. From what you've seen and know, would you rather have been born into that time or now? (If you choose "then" you won't miss anything from "now," since you'll never have had it.)
Explain what would be better about the time you pick.
Think about the styles, cars, music, jobs, families, econ, government, world events, whatever. . . .

II. Make any last predictions about how the film will end.

Weds., 11/4. nothing to make up (Junior Field Trip Day)

Tues., 11/3: "Mr. Smith" Day II:
If absent, go online to YouTube, find "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington": watch from 41:00 to about 85:00 (where he is accused).
JOURNAL: CHOOSE from among these prompts:
• What do you make of the character being named “Jefferson and Smith”?
• Do you think an innocent “newbie” could go off to Lansing or Washington and make a difference?
• Senator Payne says he had to compromise with crookedness to do good things for the people of the state; agree with that or not?
• What's goin' on with Mr. Smith now accused as a crook?
• Make some predictions about how the movie will end.

Mon., 11/2: Test retakes or DO-OVERS are to be done in my room before or after school by end of day, Friday.
We watched the first 40 minutes of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which is on YouTube.

WEEK EIGHT


Fri., 10/30: TEST on Legislative Branch

JOURNAL: Choose a news story that has something to do with government (any level) or econ. (trade/money/business).
• Summarize in one sentence.
• Write in your own words, three of the supporting details the author uses to support him- or herself .
• Write your own thoughts. Tie it in somehow to class learnings so far. Also, try to include at least one implication (how this could affect the future).
• Repeat if necessary.

Thurs., 10/29: Get and do review of 4.1 and 4.2. Show me when done.

Weds., 10/28: Get and do 4.3
NOT JOURNAL, answer on a separate sheet:
Potato article:
1. What did the Senate do?
2. Why would government want children to try new veggies and eat fewer starchy (sugary) ones? Do you agree with that as a function of government?
3. Senators Collins and Udall get involved in this because their states grow a lot of spuds. What are three issues/areas you would expect Michigan's senators and representatives to get involved in?
4. Think up a question you have, after reading this.

Tues., 10/27: JOURNAL: Write about the doing of the project:
• ease/difficulty;
• relative fun/pain compared to other school projects
• any conflicts and compromises like the real Constitution?
• any modifications you would make to the assignment for next year?
• Etc?

Also, go to
https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/videos/99EB649A-5368-4E7A-B4CC-53E18FFAE07E
Watch video.
login is online
password is lynchonline

Mon., 10/26: Get and do 4.2. Show me when done.

JOURNAL: Random ECON journal! Write about any recent purchase or trade (can be a trade-off of time and/or energy, too, not just $ or things). Write about what you traded away; what you received; and whether it was a good trade. Repeat if necessary.


WEEK SEVEN


Fri., 10/23: Get and do
Get 4.1 on the legislative branch basics; do and show me.

Thurs., 10/22: Read article about the Michigan bill to ban powdered alcohol.
• Please write what you believe to be the pros and cons of banning powdered alcohol.
• Which are stronger, the pros or cons of banning it?
• What do you think of State Representative Barrett's logic?
• SB 240 has passed Michigan's Senate and House of Rep's, so is going now to Gov Snyder to sign or veto. Write a sentence or two advising him what to do.

survey

Get and do 4.1 on Legislative Branch basics. Show me when done.

Weds., 10/21: Took a pre-test which it will now be too late for you to do (no penalty); and a group activity.

Tues., 10/20: Get PROJECT instructions. We worked in class.

Mon., 10/19:
TEST on Constitutional Convention and Principles

JOURNAL: Read or watch some news.
• Write the headline of an article or feature you read.
• Summarize in one sentence.
• Write in your own words three of the supporting details the author uses to support him- or herself .
• Write your own thoughts. Try to include at least one implication (how this could affect the future).

WEEK SIX


Fri. 10/16, ACTIVITY! Get instructions and blank paper from yellow box. Show me for points on Tues.

Thurs., JOURNAL: Write about any plan you've had, or currently have. What was it about? Was/is it a good plan in your estimation? Compare it to the Constitution.

Get and do 3.3 about principles in the Constitution.

Weds., 10/14: 2-4th hours, nothing; 5th hour, get study guide for Friday's test.

Tues.,10/13: Get notesheet on the overall structure of the Constitution. Fill it out and show me.
2-4th hours, Get study guide for Friday's TEST.

Mon., 10/12:
Use new front side of a page. Write "Week Six."
JOURNAL: Write about serious disagreements you've been in or seen that did not end in compromise. What were the sides? Was there a winner? How so?
• Compare it to the argument between Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

Also, get 3.2 about ratifying the Constitution. Do and show me.

WEEK FIVE


Fri., no school

Thurs., 10/8: JOURNAL on when you've had to make compromises and compare yours to the ones made at the Constitutional Convention. OR Journal your thoughts after viewing the interview with Donald Trump.

Weds., 10/7:
SURVEY

JOURNAL on 1776, Day 3:
What, if anything, do you think you learn from films in school that you don't get from reading and memorizing facts?
• Do you think this film has expanded your understanding of what went into declaring independence from Britain? If yes, how so? (If not, that's FINE; tell why.)
• Etc.: Other thoughts on this film in particular? Give it a letter grade? Etc. . . .

Also, Get 3.1 on the Constitutional Convention; do it and show me.

Tues., 10/6, we watched the last part of the film 1776. Guess what? The Declaration got approved!

Mon., 10/5:
JOURNAL: John Dickinson says leaving Britain would be leaving all sorts of great tradition and the greatest empire on earth. Franklin says Americans are a new race needing a new nation.
• Which do you think is the better argument?
CHOOSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:
• Was Independence treason or patriotism?
• Knowing yourself and your personality, would you have been a Loyalist (stay with Britain) or a Patriot (break free)?
• Would you have stayed true to your opinion if it meant losing your property and/or life?


WEEK FOUR


Fri., 10/2:
JOURNAL: Film "1776": What do you think so far? How do you like how the writers/actors portray the founding fathers? If you didn't know about "now" would you have liked to be born in the 1700s? Why or why not? Etc.

Thurs., 10/1:
Hours 2&3: Show me the practice sheet assigned Weds.

TEST on 2.1-2.4 (historical bases).

JOURNAL: Think big. You learned a lot of particulars from Germanic Tribes through John Locke, Jefferson, and the Revolution to Virginia's law of religious freedom.
• What big themes/ideas about history or government can you see, from what you learned?
• Are there any lessons there?
• If you were teaching this to 3rd graders, what would you stress and what would you drop, and why?
(Feel free to use your information sheets.)

Weds., 9/30: Hours 2 & 3: nothing
Hours 4 & 5: Get and do big practice sheet w/ Ben Franklin's picture on it. Show me when done.

Tues., 9/29:
• Get study guide for Thursday's TEST.
NOTE I mis-numbered the study guide: the Declaration stuff is 2.3 now; and the bottom chunk should say 2.4. Sorry.
• Get and do 2.4 and show me when done.
• 2nd and 3rd hours, get big practice sheet w/ Ben Franklin's picture on it. Due on Thursday.

Mon., 9/28:
JOURNAL: After reading the Declaration of Independence:
Make some observations: think some thoughts about its thoughts and writing. Does it make you feel anything? Why or why not? Think about the signatures and the people who signed it. What about the look/layout of the original? Make some observations or write some thoughts about its look/vibe.

WEEK THREE


Fri., 9/25:
JOURNAL: Read or watch some news. Find a story you want to write about.
• Summarize in no more than three sentences.
• Then write your thoughts. Is it good news, bad news, in between?
• Especially see if you can think of how that story could affect the future, or even your life.


Thurs., 9/24:
JOURNAL:
• How would it go for you if you went home today, listed some complaints you have against your parents, and then declared your independence from them?
• If you became independent, what would be your next actions to take?
• What would be some advantages if you declared independence from your parents/guardian and lived on your own?
• Disadvantages?

Also, get and do 2.3 and show me

Weds., 9/23:
JOURNAL: You're a 34-year-old principal of a high school. What you care about most is student learning and achievement.
Your school has never done Homecoming festivities like ours. Your student council describes it to you and asks if they can do Homecoming this year.
• Remembering that your concern is for student learning and achievement, DO you go for it?
• Why or why not?
• And what would be the challenges of governing a high school during such a week?

Also, get and do 2.2 and show me when done.

Tues., 9/22: Get thinksheet on the English Bill of Rights. Read and put answers to questions on a separate sheet, using full sentences.

Mon., 9/21: JOURNAL:
Ok, Locke said government (rules and enforcement) exist to keep you free-er than you would be in a total state of nature (the "dog-eat-dog" type of setting).
• DO you agree that government should be very limited and pretty much just keep us safe and free to do as we want?
• OR should it be more in the business of "doing" things, like roads, schools, NASA rockets, social security, health, etc?
• SUPPORT with examples from life or things you've learned of, to help make your case.
• And, WHY do you think you ended up thinking as you think?




WEEK TWO

Fri., 9/18: JOURNAL:
Write an opinion you have about anything.
State it boldly.
Support it with facts you know, or with good logic.
Something that's good, something dumb, something that should change, etc. School, family, your city/township, the world, anything . . .

• ALSO: Get and do
2.1. Show me when done.

Thurs., 9/17.
Finish N. Korea video (link found below).

JOURNAL: Today is our Constitution's birthday (1787)! It speaks of "promoting the general welfare" and of "securing the blessings of liberty" (individual freedoms).
SO:
• Compared to the US, how does N Korea seem to do at promoting its people's welfare?
• Compared to the US, how does N Korea seem to do at guaranteeing people's liberty?
Please USE SPECIFIC examples from what you saw or already know.

Weds., 9/16:
SHORT TEST on General Concepts
Make up by next Weds. before or after school.

Begin watching North Korea (totalitarian) video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxLBywKrTf4

Tues., 9/15:
JOURNAL: (Write "Week One.")
Winston Churchill said democracy was the worst form of government . . . except for all the others!
So:
Democracy:
• Advantages (as opposed to dictatorships)?
• Disadvantages?
• Which is stronger, the advantages or disadvantages, and why do you think so?

• Also, get and do a hand-made practice sheet on forms of government.
(SHORT TEST coming on WEDNESDAY on 1.1 - 1.2!)


Mon., 9/14: Get and do 1.2, on forms of government. Show me when done.
(SHORT TEST coming on WEDNESDAY on 1.1 - 1.2!)




WEEK ONE


Fri., 9/11:
JOURNAL:
One day at the start of first hour, Mrs. Griebel says, "For a social experiment, today no school rules and procedures are in effect."
• People can’t violate state laws. (So they must attend school, and people can’t hurt each other or steal stuff, etc.) But there are no school rules for a day.
Describe how that day goes, here at EHS.

Thurs., 9/10: Get a journaling instruction sheet. Sign and tear off the bottom and return it to me.
JOURNAL
Do people really need governing (controlling/limiting)?
(Do rules and enforcement make people act better?)
OR: Could people pretty much be counted on to act well and cooperate without rules?
OR: Or is it a bit of both?
• Think of things like speeding, tardies, murder, etc., etc.
! SUPPORT! your point of view with examples you have seen or know of from history or other disciplines.

Weds., Get INFOSHEET 1.1 and do it. Show me when done.
• BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK on THURS.

Tues., 9/8: nothing to make up. BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK on THUR

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