2016/17 Government Final Exam Review

Podcasts for Bill of Rights Declaration of Independence and 14th Amendment.

The Final for Government will take place during the regular Exam period – third period on Thursday and sixth period on Friday.  The exam will consist of multiple choice and short essay.  The Multiple choice questions will constitute 50% of the grade and cover the Bill of Rights and 13, 14, 15 amendments and the issues that shape those amendments.  Short essays (five of seven) will focus on the Declaration of Independence, however may draw from a couple of questions on the amendments.  Each of the multiple choice questions will be character limited.  To study for the final review each of the podcasts posted below.

1 – Declaration of Independence (1776)

Below are audio podcasts to help you better understand the Declaration of Independence.  Each is between two and four minutes long.   The Declaration document (and subsequent podcasts) are broken into an Introduction – seven individual stanza’s – and a Conclusion.  The layout corresponds with the required memorization of the Declaration.  Please go here to find the color coded copy of the document.

2 – Bill of Rights (1791)

Below are audio podcasts to help you better understand the each of the civil liberties protected in the Bill of Rights.  Each is between two and four minutes long. Please go here to find a copy of the Bill of Rights.

  1. Religion, Speech, Press, Petititon, Assembly
  2. A Right to Bear Arms
  3. Quartering of Soldiers
  4. Search & Siezure
  5. Due Process Rights
  6. Criminal Procedings
  7. Civil Cases
  8. Bail and Punishment
  9. All Other Rights
  10. States Rights

3  – 14th Amendment to the Constitution (1865)

Below are audio podcasts to help you better understand the 14th Amendment and the historical context in which it was added to the Constitution.  Each is between two and four minutes long.  Please go here to find a copy of Amendment 14.  You are responsible for Section #1 only.


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Podcasts for College Funding and YOU

For all things college – go to our website – building a better world.net.

This college funding thing is critical.  And knowledge is power.  With that in mind – it is vital that you thoroughly understand each of the terms listed below.  We will  take a Common Assessment that will revolve around each of those terms listed below.  However, more important is that you know exactly what this stuff is all about.  These podcasts will help you acheive these ends.

Also, since this whole college thing is dependent on a team effort between you and your parents, a great way to study for any upcoming test, would be for you and mom and dad to sit down together and listen to each of the following podcasts.  In fact, go here if you’d like an extra credit assignment that you and your folks can discuss together.  Talk about each one.  Make sure that everybody is on the same page.  Use this as a way to begin your college search…

The Basics when it comes to “Paying for College”

Podcasts in blue / Websites in red

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SCI Final Exam – Semester 1 – 2017

Each Portion of this Exam counts 100 points.  Your CA counts 20% of your final semester grade.

Twitter – 139 characters.  Facebook – a post and a like and a share.  Fake news blogs that pose aswritingXimgX1 journalism . Snapchat and Instagram – pop, pop, pop; we don’t read; we view; we don’t have time to think?  And if we did, would we even know a site worth landing on?   For this exam you’ll have to make time and you’ll have to use your brain.  Our 2016 Semester One Final Exam will encourage you to reflect on the best of American Journalism.  I have selected stories taken from the The Sidneys,  The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other reputable sources over the past four years.  You are required to read, reflect, and write on two of your choosing.   One if it is an XL story.  

These essays are examples of some of the best journalism in the United States.  Enjoy. Continue reading

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Dates • Lists • Costs • Close Up 2017

  • Dates • Lists • Costs • Changes 
  • As of 1/12/17 – There is a significant alteration with Close Up Participant Guidelines in regard to Academic Standing.  Please read it. If you intend to participate on the Close Up Trip you must download, copy, sign (parent and student) and return before airline tickets are finalized.
  • Go here for Pages Above – and Full Information on Close Up 2017.
  • $50 Airfare deposit due Wednesday January 4.
  • $240 Airfare balance due Wednesday January 25.
  • $400 non refundable deposit due to Close Up –  February 14.
  • Flight – American Airlines / Detroit Metro to Reagan National
  • Flight Out  – 7:45 AM to 9:31 AM – May 6, 2017.
  • Flight Return  – 5:32 PM to 7:10 PM – May 12, 2017.
  • Footloose School Play – Spaghetti Dinner – Friday March 10.
  • Saturday February 4 – Begin Silent Auction 
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  • Mercedes Behnke
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  • Joseph Walker
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  • Viktoria Wolf
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Reflections from Standing Rock

We varied from our original plan in regards to the protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. That’s OK; I’ve learned a lot.  I trust that you have as well.  I appreciate your input and the sincerity of your respect for Shailene Woodley. She is awake and involved and brave.  I will keep her on my radar.  Thank you.

This issue of Standing Rock goes so many places – and leans on so many issues, from global warming, to the soverign rights of native Americans, “… and justice for all.”  And of course the Trump presidency.  At the end of the day we all have to decide where in life we take our stand (s).  Shailene certainly knows where.  How bout you?

Today i want us to read.   Thru SSR I have linked three stories.  Two are from the UK Guardian.  The article “It’s Not Over” written in Slate,  provides several poignent photos.  I’ve also linked a sight from Standing Rock that features six excellent short movies. Please watch them.

For your assignment I want you to reflect on the issues that surround Standing Rock.  I am going to provide you a single essay prompt where you can discuss your position and reflect on the issue within the parameters of defining the issues. I want us as a class to mold the focus of that reflection.  At 8:45 I want your input.  How do we mold this assignment?  What are the parameters of the reflection? How long?  What is the due date?  Where do we go from here?   I’ll post your assighment by 10:00 AM.

Assignment – Reflections on Standing Rock Assignment / 100 points / 600 words

Choose one of our multimedia options (podcast, video, or news article)  that we watched, read, listened to, or linked as a focus for your assignment.  Title and link it at the beginning of your reflection.  You may choose to cover two sources in the single reflection – if that is the case, cite each at the beginning of your essay. 

If you find a source that you want to center your essay on (or use as a secondary source), different from those we looked at in class, that is fine.  Just follow guidelines here. 

 For your reflection please do the following:

  1. Re-watch, re-read, or re-listen to your news source.
  2. Title and link the piece. 
  3. Briefly summarize the focus of the media piece.  What was the situation?  How does it fit with the topic?
  4. Pull a quote from the text or the subject and put it in quotation marks. Identify who said it.
  5. Use that quote as thesis for your reflection.  If you use two sources, use two quotes.
  6. You may talk about why the person said it, why it focuses your thought, or use it as a springboard to take on the entire event.  Your call…go where you are most passionate.
  7. Somewhere in this piece tell me if you are pessimistic or optimistic about the situation at Standing Rock – and why.
  8. Edit.  Edit.  Edit. 

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