Government is a class designed to inform students of the basic institutions and mechanisms of the United States government. In this class we will discuss the role of Congress and the President, federalism, states' rights, the Constitution, separation of powers, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as analyze various famous cases of the Supreme Court.
Week 17 (12/5 - 12/9)
Wednesday- Begin powerpoints on courts
Tuesday - "Should minorities receive preferential treatment in college entrance". Article on student free speech
Monday- "What should be considered acceptable speech at school?". Tinker v. De Moines reading
Week 16 (11/28 - 12/2)
Thursday - Banking: Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Wednesday - FInish Civil Liberties
Tuesday - "Should US have trade relations or diplomatic ties with Cuba/North Korea or other similar countries"
Monday - Civil Rights/Liberties
Week 15 (11/14 - 11/18)
Friday-Congress committee activity with yarn
Thursday - Spending and Debt
Wednesday - Lobbying
Tuesday - Congressional Leadership
Monday - Congress
Week 14 (11/7 - 11/10)
Friday - Veteran's day no school
Thursday- Go over voting blocs in the U.S./Demographics
Wednesday - Election results. Proposition results
Tuesday- Election day go vote!
Monday - Discuss Propositions
Week 13 (10/31 - 11/4)
Thursday - Finish proposition research
Wednesday- Begin proposition research
Tuesday - Cover government spending. Show debt clock and discuss budgets.
Monday - Halloween. Show spooky government videos
Week 12 (10/24 - 10/28)
Friday - Finish presidential primaries lecture
Thursday - Finish modern presidents ppt
Wednesday - Modern presidents powerpoint
Tuesday - Presidential Primaries powerpoint
Monday - Watch crash course on presidential powers #1 and 2.
Week 11 (10/17 - 10/21)
Friday - Brain Teaser activity. Syrian air strike class debate.
(AP - Woll Reader: Federalist 70 and Presidency- Focus on Leadership)
Thursday - "Should the U.S. enforce a no-fly zone over Syria?" Finish president ppt.
Wednesday- Finish film
Tuesday - Continue watching film
Monday - Begin watching The American President film
Week 10 (10/10 - 10/14)
Friday - Continue presidential powerpoint. Show waterboard Hitchens video, Obama's limo video, and Obama Keynesian video. Current event due.
Thursday - Continue president ppt. Read Federalist 10 summary.
Wednesday - Continue President lecture. The powerpoint is labeled "introduction_to_president". Take notes through slide 20
Tuesday - "Should the president get approval before deploying US troops or nuclear weapons?"
Monday - "Should violent criminals be required to wear a permanent ankle bracelet/GPS tracker after being released from prison?" Begin President powerpoint lecture.
Week 9 (10/3 - 10/7)
Friday - Present Constitution Projects
Thursday - Pep rally. Continue working on creating a Constitution
Wednesday - No warm up. Begin "Create a Constitution Project"
Tuesday - "Under what circumstances should the death penalty be allowed, if at all?" Finish Bill of Rights notes
Monday - "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing" Lecture notes on the Bill of rights/Constitution
Week 8 (9/26 - 9/30)
Friday - "Statute of limitations on rape was raised in California. Why might this be a good or bad thing?" Begin notes on Bill of Rights
AP GOV: Woll Reader "Engel v. Vitale" around page 130
Thursday - "Should government have more or less control of our lives? Show is Mario a communist video
Wednesday - No warm up.
Tuesday - Notebook check
Monday - Test
Week 7 (9/19 - 923)
Friday - "What should the government do about price gouging, if anything?"
In Class Essay describing your favorite political philosopher and your least favorite political philosopher (3 paragraphs)
Thursday - "Should taxes be raised? If so, by how much and on whom?" Philosophers quiz in class
Wednesday - Complete Rousseau, Plato, and Prince reading. The .pdf is located on the right. Be sure to answer the questions and put them in your notebook
Tuesday - "Explain a day in the life of a teenager in the year 2100"
Show video of 1900 imagining 2000
Future Shock ppt
Monday - "If you were running for president, would you ever lie about your stance on certain issues if your stance was unpopular?" Marx ppt
Week 6 (9/13 - 9/16)
Friday - "Should the federal government do about states or cities that violate federal law?" Finish Stossel Video and complete questions
Thursday - "Should the government be legislating morality?" Begin Stossel video
Wednesday - No class required
Tuesday - "Should women have to register for the draft?" Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire ppt
Monday - "Should presidential candidates be required to release medical records and tax returns?"
Week 5 (9/6 - 9/9)
Friday - 9/11 Discussion
Thursday - "Are people good or evil?" Reading on baby experiment on good versus evil
Wednesday - Time of reflection on why you got what test score you did
Tuesday - "How should the government regulate cigarettes and smoking?"
Hobbes and Locke powerpoint
Monday - NO SCHOOL. Thanks Labor.
Week 4 (8/29 - 9/2)
Friday - Test day
Thursday - "What Should the US Do about ISIS"
Wednesday - "Would you support no citizens paying income tax until they are 25 years old? Why or why not?"
Tuesday - "What do you hope to accomplish over the next 5, 10, and 25 years? How do you plan on getting there?"
Monday - "Should Colin Kaepernick be fined for not standing during the national anthem"
Week 3 (8/22 - 8/26)
Monday - Crash course government video
Tuesday - Types of governments
Wednesday - Read Charles Beard "
Thursday - "Does the U.S. have an obligation to free countries in totalitarian/dictator states
Watch Korea video
Friday - Finish Korea Video on your own
Federalism, states rights, Constitution authority
I side with quiz
Introduction to government, what is government?
Unit 2 Powerpoints