Friday, April 13, 2018

Solutions to Gun Violence Legislation

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As a culminating project for the Legislative Branch we will we drafting our own bills that offer solutions to the issue of gun violence in American society. As legislators, you will need to hone your skills in listening, compromise and negotiation. Work to find common ground in your groups and dig deep in your investigations into the causes of gun violence in the United States. We will be particularly focusing on evaluating the reliability of sources and selecting relevant and persuasive evidence to support a bills proposed solution(s). Good luck. I look forward to seeing what you create.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Freedom Riders




As we continue our investigation of the meaning of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities associated with it, we will turn our focus to the idea of citizenship at the national and state levels. The following video of the acclaimed Civil Rights documentary, "Freedom Riders", speaks to American values such as liberty and equality, specifically the notion of non-violent civil disobedience.   As you watch Freedom Riders, consider the kind of citizenship required of those riders...and consider the citizenship of the small actors who stood up for what was just.

Please write a list of ten important facts about either Federalism or Citizenship from the film.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Iron Jawed Angels


As you finish watching this movie - write down 10 important facts, ideas or perspectives you learned about the history of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. Make sure to ALSO note any specific information about the 19th Amendment that is mentioned.

19th Amendment Position Paper Rubric


The Constitution as a Living Document
The Constitution is a living document, meaning, it has changed and adapted over time to meet the needs of the American body politic.  Our Amendments are each examples of specific issues and ideals that have been built into the Constitution over time.  This unit, our special focus is the Nineteenth Amendment.  Ratified in 1920, this amendment specifically addressed the issue of Women’s Suffrage and gave women the right to vote. Through an analysis of the history of the 19th Amendment and an investigation into the overall participation of American women in government, this assignment asks you to analyze the significance of the Nineteenth Amendment and define its modern legacy
ASSIGNMENT:
Write a 5 paragraph, research based essay, responding to the prompt below.  You must use MLA in-text citations and include a Works Cited page to receive credit.  Selected articles that both support or refute the prompt are available on our class blog.http://amgvtmurraydocarmo.blogspot.com
PROMPT: The promise of the 19th Amendment cannot be fulfilled until we have a female president.



Exemplary
Proficient
Developing
Beginning
Idea Development
Creates a strong, well defined thesis with a profound position on the promise of the 19th Amendment.
Creates a clear thesis with a defined position on the promise of the 19th Amendment.
Opening thesis is established with a wavering position on the promise of the 19th Amendment in America.
Opening thesis established no clear position on the promise of the 19th Amendment in America.
Supporting Details
Fully developed analysis of the significance of women’s participation in American politics. Compelling evidence from 3 or more sources.
Careful analysis of the significance of women’s participation in American politics.   Relevant evidence from two sources.
Some analysis of the significance of women’s participation in American politics.  Arguments thinly developed with evidence from one source.
Limited analysis of the significance of women’s participation in American politics. Arguments are generalized and lacking evidence.
 Mechanics
Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes  4 + errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Use of Resources
MLA WORKS CITED AND IN-TEXT CITATIONS REQUIRED to receive above 65%
Highly effective selection and use of resources. Skilled application of MLA formatting.
Careful selection and use of resources. Appropriate application of MLA formatting.
Narrow selection and simplistic use of resources. Sporadic and/or inconsistent application of MLA formatting.
Poor selection and misguided/limited use of resources. Little to no effort in the application of MLA formatting
Preparedness
(Course Specific)

Paper is completed and printed out at the start of class. Fully edited final draft submitted.
Paper is completed (shared) but not printed out at the start of class. Some editing evident.
Paper is one day late. Final draft not edited. 
Paper is more than one day late.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

D Block Quiz Thursday

Your quiz will be a basic review of the content from Chapter 2.
Please review all of your vocabulary from the chapter, as well as the following terms:
State of Nature               Divine Right of Kings     Doctrine of Natural Rights
Social Contract              Right to Revolution         John Locke
Continental Congress    Thomas Paine                 Shays' Rebellion
Declaration of Independence (Key Ideas/Purpose)
Articles of Confederation (Strengths and Weaknesses)   
Constitutional Convention
Compromises (3/5, Great, Slave Trade, President)           

REMEMBER - all chapter homework due at the Quiz