Thursday December 5th
Activity: It's not all about the robes! Today students will take a look at how our judicial system works. Federal Court? State Court? Criminal v. Civil! Original jurisdiction, and the role of appellate courts. .... Oh boy!
Learning Target: Students will apply their knowledge of the Courts to problem solve by deciding the route "cases" may take as they travel from original jurisdiction through the judicial system.
Homework: By now all students should have had the opportunity to review and take notes on Topic 4 of Unit 3 - The Court Systems. Quia quiz checks should also be complete for Topics 1-4 of this unit.
Tuesday, December 3rd - Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Learning Target: Today students will build upon their understanding of the many jobs the President must fulfill by acting as the President's Chief of Staff to create an agenda/schedule.
Activity: You are to imagine that you are serving as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. As such, you are responsible for planning the President's daily schedule using the events listed. You must determine how much time, if any the President will devote to each of the following events, and you must be prepared to justify your decisions. Each event lasts a minimum of one hour; some events have a minimum time requirement. Also, you must note the role the President is carrying out in each of the events. The President's day must begin at 7:00 a.m., and he must be provided with at least 7 hours of sleep. In some instances you may choose to have the President send someone in his place - such as the Secretary of State or Vice President.
Make sure to complete the provided chart and answer all provided questions. You must have a written rationale for each item you include on your agenda. In addition, review the items you do not include and explain why they did not make your day's agenda.
Presidential Daily Agenda Activity
Monday, December 2nd 2013
Learning Target: Students will categorize the various jobs of the President by examining the many executive roles the President fulfills.
Activity: Today students will use pictures from past and present Presidents to think about the many jobs our nation's leader must be responsible for carrying out. Students will categorize these roles the President must fulfill and examine the importance of each.
Homework: Video notes and quia "quiz check" on Unit 3 Topic 3 - Roles of the President
Tuesday, November 26 - Wednesday, November 27
Target: Students will participate in a mock Congress simulation to experience the lawmaking process.
Activity: Over the course of the next two days students will be divided into members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives. They will then further be divided into committees. Students will experience writing bills and trying to pass their bills through the Congressional system and onto the President to become law.
Homework: At this time, students should have completed their video notes and quia "quiz" checks for Unit 3 Topics 1 and 2 (Federalism and Lawmaking). When we come back from Thanksgiving recess we will spend time looking at Article 2 of the Constitution and the roles and jobs of the executive branch.
I'm Just a Bill - From Schoolhouse Rocks
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Learning Target: Today students will continue to practice their understanding of federalism by working with a partner and applying the Constitution to various situations.
Homework: Make sure you can locate your video notes on Unit 3 Topic 1 - Federalism, and that you have taken the quia "quiz check". Also, please watch the video on Unit 3 Topic 2 - Lawmaking and complete the corresponding quia "quiz check" for tomorrow.
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