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Tuesday, December 1, 2009. (pg. 238)Which of the following is way a citizen can participate in government? Belonging to an interest group Voting Writing your elected representative All of the above Turn in Outline P Workbook pages 73-76 a. Finish for HW if not done in class.

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tuesday december 1 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
  • (pg. 238)Which of the following is way a citizen can participate in government?
    • Belonging to an interest group
    • Voting
    • Writing your elected representative
    • All of the above
  • Turn in Outline
  • P Workbook pages 73-76

a. Finish for HW if not done in class

wednesday december 2 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
  • ( p. 328) Which one is not an example of a responsibility of a citizen?
    • Reading the newspaper
    • Writing your congresswoman
    • Serving on a jury
    • Volunteering at a soup kitchen
  • Turn in workbook pages
  • P If you were president slide show

a. Record your income & spending

b. Graph income & spending

thursday december 3 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
  • Which one is not a qualified political party in California

a. Green

b. Libertarian

c. Peace and Freedom

d. Reform Party

  • Turn in Pie Charts
  • Political Spectrum
    • Graph where you are for each one
    • Turn in at end of period
friday december 4 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
  • What are the x and y axis labeled on the political compass?
    • Society & Economy
    • Reform and Punishment
    • Civil liberties & Security
    • Morality & Choice
  • P Political Parties Reading
    • Read together as class
    • Answer questions on separate sheet of paper, restating question in answer
monday december 7 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
  • What political party did President Washington belong to?
    • the Federalists
    • the Democratic-Republicans
    • the Antifederalists
    • none of the above
  • P Letter to Elected Representative
    • Pick Topic
    • Begin gathering facts and arguments
    • Due Wednesday!
letter to representative
Possible Topics


Facts & Opinions

Abandoned gas stations are ugly.

Abandoned gas stations lower property value.

There are too many abandoned gas stations.

There was one in Isla Vista all four years I went to college.

It occupied prime real estate.

Letter to Representative
tuesday december 8 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  • What are the three levels of government?
    • National, states and counties
    • Federal, states and local
    • States, counties and towns
    • National, states and counties
  • Who to Write to?
    • Determine who has authority over your issue.
    • How should you address them?
    • P HW: Figure out who to write to and where
who to write to
Who to write to?

Local: issues dealing with your town or county

State: issues across the state

Federal: issues that affect all Americans

Rohnert Park


State Legislators http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/senators/districtmaps.HTP

Federal Representatives


how to address them

The Honorable Arnold SchwarzeneggerGovernor of Californiaaddress

Dear Governor...

U.S. Senator

The Honorable Dianne FeinsteinDear Senator Feinstein:


The Honorable first lastDear Representative last name:

Mayor, Council members

The Honorable first lastDear Mayor last name

The Honorable ..Dear Councilmember last name


President, xxx Community College District Board of TrusteesDear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr. last name


The President of the United Statesaddress

Dear Mr. President:

How to address them?
wednesday december 9 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
  • Who is our state senator?
    • Diane Feinstein
    • Joe Nation
    • Nancy Pelosi
    • Grace Napolitano
  • Write Rough Draft of letter
    • Due tomorrow
    • Include proper heading and closing
sample letter to federal representative
Sample Letter to Federal Representative

Tina Letlow

7165 Burton Ave

Rohnert Park, CA 94928


The Honorable Name

House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Honorable Name:

Paragraph 1: Introduce yourself and the issues that you have chosen to ask yourrepresentative about.

Paragraph 2: Discuss your issue in depth and ask a question for your representative to answer.

Paragraph 3: Close the letter with a polite paragraph.


Your signature

Your name printed or typed

Block: everything lines up on left. Ignore my mistakes here.

thursday december 11 2009
Thursday, December 11, 2009
  • Who is our other state senator?
    • Michael Bloomberg
    • John Kerry
    • Barbara Boxer
    • Sarah Palin
  • Peer Editing Slide show
    • How to peer edit
  • Peer Edit Paper

a. Get one person to peer edit paper (if time)

friday december 12 2009
Friday, December 12, 2009
  • Who is our governor?
    • Diane Feinstein
    • Barbara Boxer
    • Nancy Pelosi
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Peer Edit Paper
    • Get one more person to edit paper
    • Read and discuss comments
    • P HW: Rewrite letter including the suggestions
      • Due Monday
monday december 14 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
  • Who is not a current supreme court justice?
    • Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Clarence Thomas
    • John G. Roberts
    • Sonia Sotomayor
  • P Turn in Rough Draft, edited paper and edited suggestions tomorrow
  • Questions
  • Video on Watergate
    • Brief overview of what Watergate was to students
    • Answer questions
    • Discuss video & questions with their row partners
on a piece of binder paper answer these questions
On a piece of binder paper, answer these questions.
  • What is the job of the press? Are they successful at it?During Video http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june05/deepthroat_6-01.html
  • How did Watergate change America?
  • Was it right for the reporters to print the story?
tuesday december 15 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
  • (Pg 241) What is censorship?
    • An official count of population
    • Banning of materials that are offensive or unpopular
    • A formal agreement between two people
    • To refuse to buy materials that are offensive or unpopular
  • P Circle Map: Why we America went to war in Iraq?
  • Read article for The Week, Searching for Iraq’s
    • Have students highlight words they don’t understand
    • Review vocabulary
    • Highlight on student circle map reasons that they listed and that the article listed as well.
    • Have students add and highlight anyone’s they missed that the article has
wednesday december 16 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
  • What is bias?
    • A note issued by the government
    • Granting of a pardon
    • Easy or possible to obtain
    • An act that always favors one way over another
  • P Critical thinking Questions
  • Read NY Times excerpts of article with class.
    • Have students highlight words they don’t understand
    • Review vocabulary
  • P Create a double bubble map comparing and contrasting the two articles with row partner
  • Warm Up quiz tomorrow
critical thinking questions
Critical Thinking Questions

Do they believe it was right to go to war in Iraq?

If you believe it was right, why?

If you believe it was wrong, why?

Why didn’t we know this information before we entered the war?

thursday december 17 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
  • Turn in Warm Ups
  • Warm Up Quiz
  • P Wartime Freedom of Speech (RB p. 51)
    • Read and answer questions.
friday december 18 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
  • Turn in HW
  • Comparing Media Sources
    • Watch the video clips
    • Answer the following questions
      • Which one was more entertaining? Explain
      • Which one was less entertaining? Explain
      • Which one was easier to understand? Explain
      • Which one was more informative? Explain
      • Which one was less biased? Explain
      • Which one would you prefer to watch? Explain
  • P HW: Complete finial draft of letter to official