Principles of the Constitution

Thursday September 29, 2011 – Periods 1 & 3
Friday September 30, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

   We signed up for student groups which will present a 3-5 minutes video teaching/reviewing the class about a government topic.  The best video between Mr. Pate and Mr. Tamashiro’s classes for each topic will earn extra credit and be put on the class channel for Youtube.

  Today we learned how the principles of self-government and limited government are embodied in the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is divided into three parts—the Preamble, the articles, and the amendments. The Constitution rests on six major principles of government: popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, and limited government.

For the remainder of class we worked on completing our Principles of the Constitution worksheet. On the worksheet, students identified as many principles as they believe were exemplified by the  article, section, and clause of the Constitution and provide a short explanation of why those principles apply.

Constitution Class Activity

Tuesday September 27, 2011 – Periods 1 & 3
Wednesday September 28, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

Supply videoTwo times during the first semester, student groups will present 3-5 minutes video teaching/reviewing the class about a government topic.  Students will form into groups of two or three that they will use both times when they present a topic. The best video between Mr. Pate and Mr. Tamashiro’s classes for each topic will earn extra credit and be put on the class channel for Youtube.

  Today we completed our activity to help us understand the contents of the Constitution we examined the rules and operations of the U.S. government as enumerated in the Constitution. On our worksheets, students are to find the answer to each of the questions directly in the Constitution. The students were given an outline to guide them to the right article and section. Students worked in teams of two or three to complete this activity.

Declaration of Independence Activity

Friday September 23, 3011 – Periods 1 & 3
Monday September 26, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

 Today we applied our chapter 3 vocabulary by identifying each underlined part of the Declaration and pick what democratic influence on the Constitution was being used.

 To help us understand the contents of the Constitution we will examine the rules and operations of the U.S. government as enumerated in the Constitution. On our worksheets, students are to find the answer to each of the questions directly in the Constitution. The students were given an outline to guide them to the right article and section. Students worked in teams of two or three to complete this activity.

Articles of Confederation to the Constitution

Wednesday September 21, 2011 – Periods 1 & 3
Thursday September 22, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

  Today we learned Thomas Hobbes and John Locke’s Enlightenment ideas introduced a social contract that existed between government and the people it served. By July 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence fromGreat Britain. A union of the states was agreed upon, and in 1777 the Articles of Confederation was passed. Although this form of government achieved the successful completion of the Revolutionary War, it also had many weaknesses. The Articles created an ineffective national government, which was highlighted after Shays’s Rebellion in Massachusetts. In May 1787, the Constitutional Convention began the task of revising the Articles of Confederation. Delegates bitterly debated the question of representation in Congress. Finally, a compromise was reached that formed a bicameral Congress with the House of Representatives based on population, and the Senate with two members from each state. Other compromises allowed counting three-fifths of enslaved persons for purposes of House representation and taxes.

  We also did our first Social Science Analysis (SSA) activity. Students were to read an article and write a summary of the article. The article “Democrats balk at Jobs Bill” looks at some of the issues that the President must overcome to have the bill passed by Congress.

Late Start

Tuesday September 20, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

  Today we took a quiz covering chapters 1 and 2. After the quiz we completed our Nucountry activity. The classes chose the type of government, form of government, and economic system for our country

Chapter 1-2 Quiz

Monday September 19, 2011 – Periods 1 & 3

  Today we took a quiz covering chapters 1 and 2. After the quiz we completed our Nucountry activity. The classes chose the type of government, form of government, and economic system for our country.

  Finally we spent the last part of class finishing The Town That Jobs Forgot. We watched as Millen experienced a small economic revival as a prison and a sewing factory created several hundred jobs.

Nucountry Activity

Thursday September 15, 2011 – Periods 1 & 3
Friday September 16, 2011 – Periods 4 & 6

  Today students take on the role of representatives at a constitutional convention that is charged with creating a stable government and an economic system for a fictitious country that has just achieved independence. Students are divided into one of eight groups. Each group will represent a different interest group within that society. Some groups will have similar interests, while others will have conflicting interests. The groups must work together to establish a new form of government, create a system of organization for that government, and choose an economic system for their newly independent country.