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12TH GRADE GOVERNMENT 12TH GRADE GOVERNMENT

TEXTBOOK:  Magruder's American Government, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-166803-X

INSTRUCTOR:  Ms. Sharon Jones Mince, smince@baica.com

WEBSITE:  http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/SMince/

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Writing utensil--pen or pencil
  • Section of notebook dedicated to U.S. Government notes and assignments
  • Sections within that U.S. Government section for 1. terms + definitions and 2. historical persons + their significance.  This list will be cumulative throughout the year.
  • Textbook

COURSE CONTENT:

This course is designed to give students an understanding of United States Government and government systems. Through the study of government, students will examine fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the political culture, and the policy-making process at each level of government. There is also an emphasis on the personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.

GRADES:  The published BAICA grading scale will be used.  The following percentages will be used to determine the grade earned: 

  • Quizzes/Tests/Final            40%
  • Daily Work/Assignments      30%
  • Projects/Presentations         20%
  • Partnership Points*             10%

*Partnership Points are earned daily by arriving in class on time with necessary materials prepared to take part in daily class activities and by conscientiously completing required tasks--in other words, being an effective partner with me in your own learning!  Disruptions and/or inappropriate behaviors (such as sleeping, talking excessively, failure to treat fellow students and the teacher with courtesy and respect) will result in loss of Partnership Points for that day.

Students are expected to be in class on time daily and to turn in work on time to receive full credit.  Late work will result in reduction of points as stated in the BAICA handbook.  Students absent due to an illness or other excused reason are responsible to see me regarding make-up for work missed.

Please do not hesitate to ask for help!  Helping/serving is a top priority in my classroom!  We are in this together--working together to achieve our goals--I will walk with you all the way through that process of accomplishment.

LESSON PLANS

Week Nineteen--December 6-10

Monday:  The National Government & the 50 States Quiz

Wednesday:  No School

Thursday:   Final Exam Review.

Week Eighteen--November 29-December 3

Monday:  Federalism--Division of Power Quiz.  Homework:  Read pp. 97-103.  Complete Vocabulary, p. 97.  Obligation of the Nation to the States.

Wednesday:  Admitting new States.  Cooperative federalism.  Federal grants-in-aid, revenue sharing.  Types of federal grants.

Thursday:  Other forms of federal aid.  State aid to the national government.

Week Seventeen--November 22-24

Monday:  No School.

Wednesday:  ELECTION PROJECT FINAL PAPERS DUE!!!  Powers denied to the States.  Exclusive and Concurrent Powers.  The Supremacy Clause.  Homework:  Primary Source--More Power to the States, p. 96.

Week Sixteen--November 15-19

Monday:  Informal Amendments Quiz.  Begin Chapter 4:  Federalism.  Why did the framers of the Constitution choose Federalism?  Definition of Federalism.  Homework:  Read pp. 88-95.  Vocabulary, p. 88.

Wednesday:  Powers of the National Government--types of delegated powers=expressed, implied, inherent.  How the Constitution denies certain powers to the national government

Thursday:  The States:  Reserved and denied powers.  Exclusive and Concurrent powers.  Supremacy Clause.  Homework:  Primary Source, p. 96.

Week Fifteen--November 8-12

Monday:  Methods of amending/ratifying amendments to the Constitution.  Bill of Rights.  Later significant amendments. 

Wednesday:  Formal Amendments to the Constitution Quiz.  Begin informal amendment process.  Read pp. 79-82.  Vocabulary, p. 79.

Thursday:  Informal amendments to the Constitution.  By:  Congressional legislation, Presidential action, Supreme Court decision, political party action, custom. 

Week Fourteen--November 1-5

Monday:  Chapter 3:  The Constitution.  Six Basic Principles:  popular sovereignty, limited gov't, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, federalism.   Homework:  read pp. 64-70.  Define vocabulary, p. 64

Wednesday:  QUIZ:  Basic Principles of the Constitution.  Methods of amending/ratifying amendments.  Bill of Rights.  Later significant amendments.  Homework:  Read pp. 72-77.  Define vocabulary, p. 72.

Thursday:  Last Computer Lab Day for Elections Project. 

Week Thirteen--October 25-29

Monday:  CHAPTER TWO TEST.

Wednesday: No School.

Thursday:  No School.

Week Twelve--October 18-22

Monday:  Complete discussion of Constitutional Compromises.  Identify opposing sides in fight to ratify the Constitution and the major arguments for and against it.  Vocabulary, p. 56

Wednesday:  REVIEW FOR CHAPTER TWO TEST

Thursday:  4th of 5 Computer Lab days for Elections Research Project.

Week Eleven--October 12-15

Monday:  No School

Wednesday:  Compare and Contrast the Virginia and New Jersey plans for a new Constitution.  Summarize the major compromises agreed to by the delegates and the effects of those compromises.

Thursday:  Identify opposing sides in the fight to ratify the Constitution and the major arguments for and against it.

Week Ten--October 4-8

Monday:  Explain why the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to a crisis in government in the 1780's.  How did this crisis lead to the Constitutional Convention?

Wednesday:  Describe how the need for a stronger national government resulted in a new Constitution rather than revised Articles of Confederation.  Identify the framers of the Constitution and discuss how the delegates organized the proceedings of the convention.

Thursday:  Scheduled Computer Lab workday for Mid-Term Elections Project.

Week Nine--September 27-October 1

Monday:  Vocabulary. p. 34.  Compare the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress.  Analyze the ideas in the Declaration of Independence.  Describe the drafting of the 1st State Constitutions.  Summarize their commonalities.

Wednesday: Vocabulary, p. 44.  Describe the structure of the government under the Articles of Confederation.  Explain why the weaknesses of the Articles led to a crisis in government in the 1780's.  How did this crisis lead to plans for a Constitutional Convention.

Thursday:  Potential Computer Lab day for project research.  IF NOT:  Describe how the growing need for a stronger national government led to plans for a Constitutional Convention.  Identify the framers of the constitution and discuss how the delegates organized the proceedings of the Convention.  Begin compare/contrast of Virginia and New Jersey Plans. 

Week Eight—September 20-24

Monday:  Compare outcomes of 1st and 2nd Continental Congress.  Declaration of Independence.  Common features of state constitutions—popular sovereignty, limited government, civil rights and liberties and separation of powers + checks and balances.

Wednesday:  Get Vocabulary, p. 44.  Describe Structure of government under the Articles of Confederation.  Explain weaknesses of the Articles which led to a crisis in government in the 1780’s.  Describe how need for stronger national government led to constitutional convention.

Thursday:  2nd of 5 Computer Lab workdays for Mid-Term Elections Project.

Week Seven--September 13-17

Monday:  Part I project notes due.  Compare the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress.  Analyze the ideas of the Declaration of Independence.  Describe the drafting of the first State constitutions.  Summarize their commonalities.  Vocabulary.

Wednesday:  Describe the structure of government under the Articles of Confederation.  Explain why the weaknesses of the Articles led to a crisis in government.  How did this crisis lead to plans for a Constitutional Convention?  Vocabulary.

Thursday:  Describe how the growing need for a stronger national government led to plans for a Constitutional Convention.  Identify the framers of the Constitution and discuss how the delegates organized the proceedings of the convention.  Begin to compare/contrast the Virginia and New Jersey Plans.

Week Six--September 6-10

Chapter 2, continued

Monday:  Proprietary and Charter colonies--compare/contrast the governments of each with Royal Colonies.  Explain how Britain's colonial policies contributed to the growth of self-government in the colonies.  Describe some of the major steps leading to colonial unity.

Wednesday:  Compare the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress.  Analyze the ideas in the Declaration of Independence.  Describe the drafting of the first State constitutions.  Summarize their commonalities.  Vocabulary.

Thursday:  Describe the structure of the government under the Articles of Confederation.  Explain why the weaknesses of the Articles led to a crisis in government in the 1780's.  How did this crisis lead to plans for a Constitutional Convention?  Vocabulary.

Week Five--August 30-September 3

Chapter 2

Monday:  Identify basic concepts of government that influenced American government:  ordered, limited and representative government.  Explain the significance of the Magna Carta, Petition of Right and English Bill of Rights.  Vocabulary.

Wednesday:  Royal, Proprietary and Charter colonies--compare/contrast the governments of each.  Explain how Britain's colonial policies contributed to the growth of self-government in the colonies.  Vocabulary.

Thursday:  Assign and explain U.S. Mid-Term Election Project.  Discuss steps leading to American colonial unity.  Compare outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress. 

Week Four—August 23-27

Monday:  Analyze connection between democracy and free enterprise system.  Identify role of the internet in a democracy.

Wednesday:  Complete Chapter One discussion and review.

Thursday:  Chapter One test.

Week Three--August 16-20

August 16, Monday:  NO SCHOOL.

August 18, Wednesday:  Turn in homework:  Analyze Primary Source:  John Locke & Critical Thinking:  Recognizing Propaganda.  Complete definition of government systems based on participation.  Identify power distribution within a state geographically.  Introduce how power is distributed between executive and legislative branches of government.

August 19, Thursday:  Understand foundations of democracy.  Analyze connection between democracy and free enterprise system.






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