There is no substitute for being in class, but in case you do miss, here's a recap of what's going on:
Week of 9/19
- 9/19: Congressional Powers Notes & Quiz
Week of 9/12
- 9/12: Reading Notes on the Senate
- 9/13: Discussion of President Obama's Jobs Bill
- 9/14: More Jobs Bill
- 9/15: West Wing Episode: The Midterms
- 9/16: Constitutional Interpretation Notes & Judicial Ideology
Week of 9/6
- 9/6: House Simulation
- 9/7: House Simulation
- 9/8: Work on House Packet
- 9/9: Discussion Groups
Week of August 29:
- 8/29: Notes and Quiz on 48-58 in CP book (Articles of Confed and the Cons Convention)
- 8/30: Wrap Up from the 29th, House/Senate Comparison, Introduction of House Simulation
- 8/31: Speech Research
- 9/1: Speech Writing
- 9/2: Start of House Simulation
Week of August 24:
- 8/24: Introduce Class
- 8/25: Political/Ideological Survey (see me for handout)
- 8/26: Gov't Overview Chart (3 branches plus Bureaucracy)
Read Federalist #10 and answer these questions:
1. How does Madison define “faction”? What are some examples of factions today?
2. What are two methods of curing the mischiefs caused by factions?
3. What are 2 ways of eliminating the causes of a faction? Why are both unacceptable?
4. According to Madison, what is the primary cause of conflict?
5. What issues divided Americans in 1787? Are those issues similar to the causes of today’s divisions?
6. What are two remedies for controlling the effects of factions?
7. Why are factions more easily controlled in large republics?
8. How does federalism control factions?
9. What portions of Madison’s argument are the most persuasive? What is the least persuasive?
10. Does Madison have an optimistic or pessimistic view of human nature? How did this viewpoint impact the drafting of the Constitution?
11. Was Madison right, or have factions sometimes gained control of our government?
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We watched the movie Dave and took notes on:
We took lecture notes on Incorporation of the Bill of Rights
We researched four topics (these are common FRQ topics) and debated those four topics:
We took lecture notes on Third Parties and Divided Government
We read two articles on the current budget negotiations and answered these questions:
We took a practice 2002 exam online (you can do this from home on datawise) and wrote outlines in response to this FRQ:The power of the federal government relative to the power of the states has increased since the ratification of the Constitution.
a) Describe two of the following provisions of the Constitution and explain how each has been used over time to expand federal power.
b) Explain how one of the following has increased the power of the federal government relative to the power of the state governments.
We took a practice 2002 exam online (you can do this from home on datawise) and wrote outlines in response to FRQ #2 from the 2010 Exam
We watched 20 minutes or so of President Obama's speech on his budget plan.
Then We: Made Our Own Budget Solution