Chapter 12 House Vote

Wednesday December 15, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                  Thursday December 16, 2010 – Period 2

Don’t forget to post on our new wiki site for this 4-week cycle. This wiki cycle will end on Friday January 7, 2011. We will use the new Barlow class website’s blog to post articles and comments. Log in using your BarlowX login and password.

For our chapter 12 activity we created a mock House of Representatives to experience the steps of the legislative process. This activity has three phases: organizing the House, working in committees, and debating and voting. In this activity, each student will play the role of the congressperson described on their role card. Today, we concluded our activity with a House floor vote on each of our bills.

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Chapter 12 Congressional Committees

Monday December 13, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                           Tuesday December 14, 2010 – Period 2

Don’t forget to post on our new wiki site for this 4-week cycle. We will use the new Barlow class website’s blog to post articles and comments. Log in using your BarlowX login and password.

For our chapter 12 activity we created a mock House of Representatives to experience the steps of the legislative process. This activity has three phases: organizing the House, working in committees, and debating and voting. In this activity, each student will play the role of the congressperson described on their role card. Today, we continued our activity by working on three bills in three committees. Each committee had to come up with a final draft of the bill that both parties would agree and pass when the bill is put up for vote on the House floor.

Chapter 12 Organizing the House

Thursday December 9, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                 Friday December 10, 2010 – Period 2

Today we had a quiz over chapters 9 and 10. Don’t forget to post on our new wiki site for this 4-week cycle. We will use the new Barlow class website’s wikis and blog. Log in using your BarlowX login and password.

For our chapter 12 activity we will create a mock House of Representatives to experience the steps of the legislative process. This activity has three phases: organizing the House, working in committees, and debating and voting. In this activity, each student will play the role of the congressperson described on their role card. Today, we began by learning our roles and helping to organize the new session of Congress.

Chapter 12 Bill Becomes Law

Tuesday December 7, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                   Wednesday December 8, 2010 – Period 2

New wiki site for this 4-week cycle. We will use the new Barlow class website’s wikis and blog. Log in using your BarlowX login and password.

The first step of the lawmaking process is to transform an idea into a specific proposal for a law. The proposal may be for a new law, for changing current law or for repealing a law. The proposal may originate from a variety of sources: individuals, public interest groups, state agencies or businesses. For an idea to become law, though, it must be introduced as a bill by a member of the Legislature. After it is introduced, the bill is sent to the relevant committee or subcommittee, where the work begins.

Chapter 10 Voter Behavior

Thursday December 2, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                    Monday December 6, 2010 – Period 2

SSA paper assignment final draft is due on Friday December 3rd. We will return to our class wiki beginning Monday December 6th.

Some Americans do not vote because they think that policy will not change greatly. Civic duty, age, education, socioeconomic status, and other important factors affect voter turnout and participation.

Chapter 10 Voter Participation

Tuesday November 29, 2010 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                      Wednesday December 1, 2010 – Period 2

SSA paper assignment final draft is due on Friday December 3rd. We will return to our class wiki beginning Monday December 6th.

Today we covered voter participation. Voting is the most widespread form of  political participation among Americans. However, voter turnout is significantly lower in the United States than in other democratic nations. The voter requirement that Americans must personally register in order to vote is one reason for lower turnout among Americans. Other democracies place the burden of registration on government rather than on the individual citizen. Frequency of American elections also discourages citizens from voting regularly. Finally, the major American political parties, unlike many of those in Europe, do not clearly represent the interests of opposing economic classes.