Wednesday, November 27, 2013

APGOV WK #'s 17-19 (December 6-19)



Monday, December 2 -  Note Check Day, Living Room Candidate - Campaign Ads - In class, we will be looking at various campaign ads and how media can persuade voters during an election.

Living Room Candidate
Persuasive Media Techniques

HW: Watch videos on Buckley v. Valeo and PACS below:

Tuesday, December 3 -
Campaign Finance Activity

HW: Economic and Domestic Policy Summary

Wednesday, December 4 - Fiscal Policy 

Thursday, December 5 - Monetary Policy

Friday, December 6 - Domestic Policy

Monday, December 9 -Foreign Policy

Tuesday, December 10 - Review Day for Unit 4 Test

Wednesday, December 11 - Unit 4 Essay Test

Thursday, December 12 - Unit 4 M.C. Test

Friday, December 13 - Review for Final

Monday and Tuesday, December 16-17 - Review for Final

Wednesday and Thursday, December 18-19 - Finals

Monday, November 25, 2013

APGOV WK#16 (November 25-29)


Monday, November 25 - Voter Turnout Activity
The Right to Vote
Voter ID Wars
Ballot Design
Voter Turnout by Race and Ethnicity

Tuesday, November 26 - Primaries and Caucuses Activity

Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday December 1 - FALL BREAK

Read Chapter 10 and take notes (whatever method you prefer)

Ch.9 PPT
Ch.10 PPT
Cram for the Exam: Campaigns and Elections (Campaign Finance Review)
Podcasts from Citizen U 
These podcasts are short, sweet and to the point.  Choose any topic to listen and get a quick tutorial on from these teachers.  It is available, so use it.  Scroll to 3.7 or so, for voting and participation.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

APGOV WK #15 (November 18-22)


Monday, November 18 - Interest Group Summary Handout Discussion Groups, Test Return

Tuesday, November 19 - Interest Group I-pad Activity

Wednesday, November 20 - Political Parties - Read and take notes over chapter in book.

Thursday, November 21 - Political Parties Platform Comparison and Political Party Test 
Use the links above to complete the following assignment: Political Party Activity

Friday, November 22 - Political Parties and Interest Groups Objectives and Discussion Day

1. Read Interest Group Summary and Political Party Ch.8
2. Notes over Political Parties due on Thursday, November 21st.

Ch.8 PPT

Hippocampus Videos on Political Parties
Cram for the Exam Videos Below:

Friday, November 8, 2013



Monday, November 11 - Unit 3 Essay Test

Tuesday, November 12 - Unit 3 M.C. Test

Wednesday, November 13 -Discuss end of year plan, read & annotate packet and group discussion over packet topics 

Thursday, November 14 - Political Socialization - Students read the polling data from Gallup in class: We will also be looking at demographics and voter behavior.  How do factors such as education, income, religion, race and ethnicity, and gender impact voting?  Are there trends?

Friday, November 15 - Creating and using surveys and survey data

FYI - For this last unit, we will be using summaries and hippocampus videos instead of reading all of the chapters in our textbook.  This will eliminate an overload of heavy textbook reading assignments.  After the Unit 3 Test is completed, we will have one more unit test this semester.  This test will cover information from the following chapters/topics:

Ch.6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization - Summary and pages 181,182,183, 186 and 189.
Ch.7 Interest Groups - Summary
Ch.8 Political Parties - Read and take notes
Ch.9 Voting and Elections - Summary
Ch.10 Campaigning and Elections - Read and take notes
Ch.16 Economic Policy - Summary
Ch.17 Foreign Policy and National Security - Summary

Thank you for your hard work in APGOV!  Although we are not finished yet, I am pleased with the effort and interest for APGOV this semester.  Finish Strong!

Friday, November 1, 2013

APGOV WEEK #13 (November 4-8)


Monday, November 4 - Watch Thurgood Drama

Tuesday, November 5 - Watch Thurgood Drama

Wednesday, November 6 - Finish Thurgood and Civil Rights Packet Review

Thursday, November 7 - Discussion Day and Common Formative Assessment

Friday, November 8 - Review Day for Unit 3 Test

*TEST Dates: November 11-12


Wednesday, November 6: Watch the Lilly Ledbetter Video Due in class on Thursday, November 7.

Answer the following questions:
1. Why did Lilly Ledbetter go to court in the first place? Trace the path of her case through federal court.
2. Why did the Supreme Court decide to take Lilly Ledbetter’s case?
3. What question was the Supreme Court asked to decide?
4. Explain the difference between a statutory decision and a constitutional decision made by the Supreme Court.
5. Is a Supreme Court decision absolutely final? Explain.
6. Explain the significance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent and the means in which she delivered her remarks. To whom did she address her words?
7. Why didn’t the story end after the Supreme Court made its decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (2007)?

8. Identify the types of workplace discrimination prevented by law. Which law? When was it passed?
9. Describe the wage gap that exists between men and women. Cite statistics used.
10. Why do you think the wage gap started and continues to this day?
11. List the governmental bodies/organizations that got involved because of Lilly Ledbetter.
Estimate the number of public servants whose crucial decisions played a role in the story. Show how you arrived at an answer.
12. Identify the protections and support Ledbetter had for her cause.
13. How did Ledbetter make her cause known?
14. Explain this metaphor as it relates to the story: “Lilly Ledbetter lost the battle but won the war.”
15. What principle was Ledbetter fighting for? Was the fight worth it? Explain.