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 Principles of Democracy - Theme: How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course.

Topic: Civic Involvement

Students can engage societal problems and participate in opportunities to contribute to the common good through governmental and nongovernmental channels.

Content Statements:

1.      Opportunities for civic engagement with the structures of government are made possible through political and public policy processes

.2.      Political parties, interest groups and the media provide opportunities for civic involvement through various means.

Topic: Civic Participation and Skills

Democratic government is enhanced when individuals exercise the skills to effectively participate in civic affairs.

Content Statements:

3.      Issues can be analyzed through the critical use of information from public records, surveys, research data and policy positions of advocacy groups.

4.      The processes of persuasion, compromise, consensus building and negotiation contribute to the resolution of conflicts and differences.

Topic: Basic Principles of the U.S. Constitution

Principles related to representative democracy are reflected in the articles and amendments of the U.S. Constitution and provide structure for the government of the United States.

Content Statements:

5.      As the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution incorporates basic principles which help define the government of the United States as a federal republic including its structure, powers and relationship with the governed.

6.      The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers framed the national debate over the basic principles of government encompassed by the Constitution of the United States.

7.      Constitutional government in the United States has changed over time as a result of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, legislation and informal practices.

8.      The Bill of Rights was drafted in response to the national debate over the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

9.     The Reconstruction Era prompted Amendments 13 through 15 to address the aftermath of slavery and the Civil War.

10.     Amendments 16 through 19 responded to calls for reform during the Progressive Era.

11.      Four amendments have provided for extensions of suffrage to disenfranchised groups.

12.     Five amendments have altered provisions for presidential election, terms, and succession to address changing historical circumstances.

13.     Amendments 11, 21 and 27 have addressed unique historical circumstances.

Topic: Structure and Functions of the Federal Government

Three branches compose the basic structure of the federal government. Public policy is created through the making of laws, the execution of the laws and the adjudication of disputes under the laws.

Content Statements:

14.      Law and public policy are created and implemented by three branches of government; each functions with its own set of powers and responsibilities.

15.      The political process creates a dynamic interaction among the three branches of government in addressing current issues.

Topic: Role of the People

The government of the United States protects the freedoms of its people and provides opportunities for citizens to participate in the political process.

Content Statements:

16.      In the United States, people have rights which protect them from undue governmental interference. Rights carry responsibilities which help define how people use their rights and which require respect for the rights of others.

17.      Historically, the United States has struggled with majority rule and the extension of minority rights. As a result of this struggle, the government has increasingly extended civil rights to marginalized groups and broadened opportunities for participation.

Topic: Ohio’s State and Local Governments

The State of Ohio acts within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and extends powers and functions to local governments.

Content Statements:

18.      The Ohio Constitution was drafted in 1851 to address difficulties in governing the state of Ohio.

19.      As a framework for the state, the Ohio Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States.

20.     Individuals in Ohio have a responsibility to assist state and local governments as they address relevant and often controversial problems that directly affect their communities.

Topic: Public Policy

Federal, state and local governments address problems and issues by making decisions, creating laws, enforcing regulations and taking action.

Content Statements:

21.      A variety of entities within the three branches of government, at all levels, address public policy issues which arise in domestic and international affairs.

22.     Individuals and organizations play a role within federal, state and local governments in helping to determine public (domestic and foreign) policy.

Topic: Government and the Economy

The actions of government play a major role in the flow of economic activity. Governments consume and produce goods and services. Fiscal and monetary policies, as well as economic regulations, provide the means for government intervention in the economy.

Content Statements:

23.      The federal government uses spending and tax policy to maintain economic stability and foster economic growth. Regulatory actions carry economic costs and benefits.

24.     The Federal Reserve System uses monetary tools to regulate the nation’s money supply and moderate the effects of expansion and contraction in the economy.

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  • Week of 8-28 - 8-31
    Tuesday - Activity Sheet  -  Pre Assessment using News Items
    Wednesday - Books distributed, On line Classroom Website; Grading and Discipline Policies and Attendance Policy.  Activity Sheet "Government"
    Thursday - Selective Service Handout and Voter Registration.  You are the one that has to Sleep at Night Article. Bell Ringer Sheet - Define Government.  Powerpoint. Activity Sheet - List 10 things you do in a day and explain what role government plays in your daily life.
    Friday - Texting and Driving Lesson to help students learn and understand the new Ohio law and the consequences to breaking the law.  Take a survey of who or those they know that text and drive and then show 3 short video clips on texting and driving then show the 2010 ATT video 10 mins.
  • Week of 9-4 to 9-7
    Tuesday- Introduction to the Principles of Government.  Ponder the questions of what is and why do we need government and how large and how small.  Incorporate the Enlightenment Period of the 18th century.  Look at a Republic and a Democracy.  Is there Theory and Reality.  Examine a short 14 min clip of India to help understand the meaning of government in society and how it may differ from one society to another.
    Wednesday - Civic Ed Quiz - 20 point quiz on current events.  Students will read articles then partner up with someone to discuss the article then take a quiz over their comprehension and understanding.
    Thursday- Chapter 1 Section 1 Learning and Understanding concepts.  Intro Activity What is an American? (small groups of 4 to complete).  Activity will help lead into the understanding of the Principles of American Government.  Students will help in a discussion of their previous reading assignment and to help with that they will have a note sheet.  Concepts include the "state" the basic political unit, social contract theory, purpose of government.
    Friday - Chapter 1 Section 2 and 3 Learning and Understanding concepts.   Classifying Governments by who can participate, distribution of power, and branches of government.  Concepts of Democracy will be discussed.  Lincoln Quote Activity.
  • Week of 9-10 to 9-14
    Monday - Quiz over Chapter 1 Section.  Discussion on how to classify governments and basic concepts of democracy and what makes a successful democracy.
    Tuesday - Begin Guidelines for Cross Curricular Project on the Presidential Election 2012.  Pick partner and issue.  Introduce by taking various presidential match quizzes that examine stance on issues.
    Wednesday - Civic Ed Quiz 2
    Thursday - Groups to work on project and to complete assignment on Understanding Gas Prices
    Friday - Partners for issue get with Partners against issue and formulate presentation.  Chapter 1 Section 2 and 3 Review are due today.
  • Week of 9-17 to 9-21
    Monday - Constitution Day, brief history and correlation to Role of Government Theme and Project.  Continue to learn and understand the Political Spectrum of Liberal and Conservative views on the role of government. (Activity)
    Tuesday - Work in Groups for Research Paper/Oral Presentation.  Homework Assignments are due today.
    Wednesday - Mr. Pukanskey to talk to Senior Class about Senior Packet
    Thursday - Civic Ed Quiz 3
    Friday - Project Collaboration with large Issue Team, Questions that will be asked so you can work on your responses and rebuttals.  Homework of Articles is due today.
  • Week of 9-24 to 9-28
    Monday - Exchange of Questions within Group.  Presentation Procedure Handout.
    Tuesday - FINAL DAY TO WORK ON PRESENTATION - Presentation is 10% of your final 9 week grade.
    Wednesday- Civic Ed Quiz 3
    Thursday - Debate Day 1 - Audience forms to be completed for two groups
    Friday - Debate Day 2  - Audience forms to be completed for two groups
    NO ARTICLES THIS WEEK
  • Week of 10-1 to 10-5
    Monday - Finish Debates on Election 2012.  Homwork will be Articles 5-8 and One page Paper on Reflection of Debate experience, both assignments due this Friday.
    Tuesday - Eric Miller from PTI
    Wednesday - Begin Path to Presidency, Articles and Amendments that apply to President and Civic Ed Quiz
    Thursday - Political Parties
    Friday - Political Parties
  • Week of 10-8 to 8-11
    Monday - Lecture and Discussion on the Politicall Party system in the United States
    Tuesday - Continue with political parties, activity from supplemental reading on the early history of the United States and the role political parties played in the American Revolution, Ratification of Constitution, Electoral College, Election of 1800, and the Civil War.  Activity - making a graphic organizer and be prepared to retell the story.
    Wednesday - Use graphic organizer to retell the story of political parties and Civic Ed Quiz
    Thursday - 40 point quiz over material from review sheet.  Begin Party Symbols
    Friday - no school
  • Week of 10-16 to 10-19
    Monday - No School
    Tuesday - Political Party Symbols and Uncle Sam, Identify and Understand the issue or issues of minor parties that operate in the United States.
    Wednesday - Watch parts of the 2nd Presidential Debate and 4th Period will continue to present their debates.
    Thursday - Campaign Finance - Follow the dollars and the votes
    Friday - Campaign Finance - Follow the dollars and the votes
  • Week of 10-22 to 10-26
    Monday - Campaign Finance FEC and Opensecrets.org, Interview with Senator Sanders on his role to overturn Citizens United
    Tuesday - work on Campaign Finance handout - Senior Pictures Today
    Wednesday- Campaign Ads - Activity Ad1 Ad2 Ad3
    Thursday - Fact- checking debate language and campaign ads - Civic Ed Quiz 5 on 1 article and 5 questions
    Friday - Primaries and Caucuses

  • Week of 10-29 to 11-2
    Monday - America in 1787 and Article II of Constitution...read and describe life in 1787 and why did our delegates decide not to have a direct popular vote?
    Tuesday - Discuss reading and Election of 1800  - HOMEWORK REVIEW SHEET FOR 9 WEEK ASSESSMENT AND TAKE HOME QUIZ OVER POLITICAL PARTIES AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES
    Wednesday - Electoral College Amendment 12  - HOMEWORK IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE READING
    Thursday - The road to win 270
    Friday - How can the popular vote not win?  NO ARTICLES THIS WEEK


  • Week of 11-5 to 11-9
    Monday - 9 Week Assessment 50 Questions over 1st 9 weeks.  Students must complete review sheet in order to take test today.  10% of Final 9 week Grade
    Tuesday - Elections and Voting Lecture
    Wednesday - Look at Election Results in Beacon Journal
    Thursday - Understanding the Electoral College
    Friday - Winner Take All and Proportional Method

  • Week of 11- 12 to 11-16
    Monday - Understanding How Electors Vote - Cspan Video Clip and How Joint Session of Congress conducts the counting of Certificate of Votes.  Review material by making a graphic organizer of the terms and events of The Path to the Presidency
    Tuesday  - Understanding the history of Declaration of Independence.  Homework Chapter 2 Handout and Review Sheet for Elections and Voting
    Wednesday - Quiz over Elections and Voting and Civic Ed Quiz
    Thursday - Guest Speaker PIA
    Friday - Activity - Equality and Amendments to the Constitution as a Preview to Constitution Chapter.
  • Week of 11-19 to 11-21
    Monday - Constitutional Amendments Graphic Organizer
    Tuesday - Principles of Government Activity
    Wednesday - Quiz over the Electoral College
  • Week of 11-27 to 11-30
  • Week of 12-3 to 12-7
    Monday -Formal Amendment Process - Article V How people can change the powers of government through the formal process - Federalism Example.  Homework - Principles Activity column one only and Marbury v Madison reading and terms.
    Tuesday - Understanding the importance of Marbury vs Madison to the nation and Constitution.  Homework - Fiscal Cliff article and Establishment clause reading
    Wednesday - Understanding the importance and the expansion of the 6th amendment through the 14th amendment by the Supreme Court Ruling of Gideon v Wainwright
    Thursday - Understanding your rights to a fair trial. Nevada v Reid
    Friday - Trial for next week and you must decide what court case you will role play.  Homework - Articles are due today.
  • Week of 12-10- to 12-14
    Monday- Read your court cases you selected to perform a mock trial
    Tuesday - Continue to work on your mock trial.  Each group will be given a copy of their court case to be used with Mrs. white Class- Defenders Essay Typed Paper is due today
    Wednesday - Work on your Mock Trial - Non Mrs. White students will be given their English Assignment
    Thursday - Work on your Mock Trial
    Friday - Last day to prepare for Mock Trial to be performed next week - Articles are due today.
  • Week of 12-17 to 12-21
    Monday - Last day to prepare for trials for Tuesday and Wednesday
    Tuesday - Group 1 Trials
    Wednesday - Group 2 Trials
    Thursday - Quiz over Constitution 76 points and review sheet due today
    Friday - Fiscal Cliff Assignment for over Winter Break.  No Articles due.
  • Week of 1-7 to 1-11 2013
    Monday - Federalism - Powers Venn Diagram - Public Services and Addressing problems......look at local roads and ADA
    Tuesday - Specific Powers - Examples and Powers Matching Handout
    Wednesday - "general Welfare" clause and 16th Amendment and the expansion of powers - Fiscal Cliff - Debt
    Thursday - Civic Ed Quiz
    Friday - States want aid but not control - Federal Wolves at the Door, Using Federal Dollars to buy interstae Highway Safety, and When Welfare dependson where you live.  State Dollars coming back to States.
  • Week of 1-22 to 1-25 2013

    Monday - No School...Honoring and Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.and Presidential Inauguration

    Tuesday - Article II and Amendment 20 - Watch parts of the Inauguration and do Inauguration Trivia

    Wednesday - Civic Ed Quiz - Transportation

    Thursday - Crumbling America - Federalism - Infrastructure in America

    Friday - Crumbling America - Federalism - Infrastructure in America and Watch a clip from ODOT with Governor Kasich and how we as Ohioans are going to deal with our 1.6 billion dollar defecit- Articles due today and D.C. Assignment

  • Week of 1-28 to 2-1

    Monday - New Format for Civic Ed Articles and introduction to interest groups

    Tuesday - Interest Groups assignments Chapter 9 Sections 1 and 2 and 3

    Wednesday - Civic Ed Quiz 1

    Thursday - Interest Groups - Opensecrets.org - amounts of money that lobbyists are spending per industry.

    Friday - Video Clip on K Street in D.C. and influence of organizations for certain types of legislation - pork and earmarks and students completed a graphic organizer on interest groups and how they influence public policy.

  • Week of 2-4 to 2-8

    State Content Statements Topics:  Constitution, Congress, Presidency, Judicial Branch, Interest Groups, Political Parties, Voting and Elections and Principles(6)

    Monday - Introduction to Congress using image sheets and do post it notes on what we already know about Congress - due Tuesday

    Tuesday - Discuss what do we already know and watch short Congress Video on its History

    Wednesday - Civic Ed Quiz 2

    Thursday - Congress and We the People - Great Compomise - census and apportionment and United States and States

    Friday - Quiz over Interest Groups, ODOT, and D.C.

  • Week of 2-11 to 2-15

    Monday - History of Congress and the difficulties and compromises made and CBS Lincoln segment.

    Tuesday - The State of the Union Address in the Constitution and the History of this event Activity. Congressional Leadership in the News and The Pig Book  HOMEWORK - Lincoln Article Assignment

    Wednesday - State of the Union Address Activity

    Thursday - Congress Basics, Census, Apportionment, Redistrticting and Gerrymandering

    Friday - Gerrymandering Game

  • Week of 2-18 to 2-22 2013

    Monday - President's Day or Washington's Day

    Tuesday - Census-Apportionment- Redistricting -Gerrymandering.....Homework- Federalism Activity on Civil Rights and Individual Rights and Quiz Due Next Tuesday.  Weekly Essay Question on Separation and Checks/Balances and Assigned Article on Gerrymandering in Ohio.  Assign Impeachment Assignment and War Powers Act due Friday.

    Wednesday - Continue with Redistricting-Redistrict Ohio and 3 Court Cases surrounding Redistricting- Look at the Game you will play tomorrow.

    Thursday - Play the redistricting and gerrymandering simulation game

    Friday - "one person, one vote" - annenberg classroom resource- video clip of the history of malapportionment in the states and significant historical court cases that brought about change.

  • Week of 2-25 to 3-1 2013

    Monday - Show Fix It Video Clip and discuss Federal Sequester- How did we get here, show video clip of the failed Super Committee formed in 2011 to deal with debt.  Show some various clips of the CNN series of the new members of Congress done a couple of years ago.

    Tuesday - Go through how a bill goes through the House and Senate - Committees.  Class discussion on reading of a Subcommittee Report from 1999 about Executive Orders - Investigations and Hearings.

    Wednesday-Watch new DVD on D,C,

    Thursday - War Powers Resolution and Impeachment Process Activity Assessment.

    Friday -Quiz over Congressional Leadership - Images.  Show part of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Gun Debate.

  • Week of 3-4 to 3-8 2013

    Monday - Introduction to Editorial/Political Cartoons - Show PowerPoint of how to analyze a cartoon and watch various video clips on Professional Cartoonists.

    Tuesday - Political Cartoons - Examine various cartoons to check understanding of the making and message of cartoons.

    Wednesday - Work on Political Cartoons

    Thursday - No Class - English Field Trip - Our Town

    Friday - Finish Political Cartoons

  • Week of 3-11 to 3-15

    Monday - Mr Smith Goes to Washington - Senate Filibuster and Committee Work and of course America

    Tuesday - Mr Smith Goes to Washington - Chapter 12 How the House and Senate deal with the legislative work.  Article Quiz on Rand Paul Filibuster.  Assignments due Friday

    Wednesday - Mr Smith Goes to Washington

    Thursday - Mr Smith Goes to Washington

    Friday - Mr Smith Goes to Washington

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  • Summer Reading

    Magna Carta and Its American Legacy

    The READING and QUESTIONS are located in the folder labeled Magna Carta to the right.

    Assign On: 6/3/2014
    Due: 8/18/2014
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