State Government lesson for 4/27/20 to 5/8/20

We should now take a look at our Texas State Government in many ways it is very similar to the National government it has three branches Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, and the Legislative branch is bicameral. But it is structured to have less power concentrated with the elected leaders and more power reserved to the people of the state. Take some time to compare the Governor of Texas to the President of the United States. In what was do you see their roles as being similar and in what ways are they different. Present you findings to my by May 8th via e-mail and include your last name and class period in the subject line.

Lesson Plan for 4/6/20

These next Two weeks we will begin to understand the Third Branch of United States Government the Judicial Branch. Article three created the Judicial branch of the United States, in one Supreme Court. Unlike Articles one and two Article three not provide specific information on requirements, qualifications, or terms. It is left to assume that Judges of the Federal Judicial Branch will serve for life. We as a nation have settled on the idea of nine justices of the United States Supreme Court but that number can be changed with an act of congress as any law can be changed. While Article three Creates the Supreme Court the legislative branch is tasked with creating all other inferior courts of the Federal Judiciary. As a result we have a three a tiered Judicial system with lower courts holding petit power or the power to review cases (original jurisdiction). The second level are the Appeals Courts which hold appellate power or the power to hear cases on appeal form the lower or District Courts. And finally the Supreme Court which holds both original power and appellate power and is considered the final arbitrator of all Constitutional issues. Your assignment is to locate the United States District Court which would hear cases from White Oak and trace the path of appeals from that court to the United States Supreme Court.

Economic Recovery Plan

I would like everyone to send me your thoughts on the 2 Trillion dollar economic plan just signed by the President. The idea is to get an idea of what the plan covers and find things you agree with and disagree with please send that to my by Friday. In your subject line include your last name and class period.

Lesson Plan/Assignment for the week of 3/30/20

this is a 2 part assignment.
1. continue the timeline they started last week.
2. take a look at the 2 Trillion economic plan just passed by the senate find 2 or 3 items you agree with and 2 or 3 you do not.
Two or three sentences should be enough to provide a basic explanation. Be prepared to submit this via e-mail or be able to explain why you can’t.

Government assignment 3/16/20 thru 3/27/20

our assignment during this crisis is to build a timeline of the Governments response to the Coronavirus. Lets start this from the first of March take a look at what actions the government take and how the spread of the illness progresses. An example of an entry would be March 12th President Trump restricts air travel from Europe. You will build a time line of events and when we return we will discuss the timeline and how it impacted the spread of the virus.
Everyone please take this serious and keep all the precautions recommended by the CDC and local officials do not treat this time as an extended break, be smart and be safe.

Lesson plan for 2/24 to 3/6 2020

2/24 to 2/28 we will learn about the structure of the Executive branch from is creation in Article 2 of the Constitution to it’s current make up including all the cabinet level departments and their responsibilities. The test for this will be a short classroom presentation due on Friday the 29th.

3/2 to 3/6 we will learn about the Judicial branch of the United States from its creation in Article 3 of the Constitution to the current make up of the federal court system. The test for this will be a presentation of a Supreme Court case and will be the first test grade for the NEXT 9 weeks.

Government first 9 weeks lesson plan

2020 Government Lesson Plan
Week 1 Jan 7-10
Teaching days 4
The student understands how constitutional government, as developed in America and expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution, has been influenced by ideas, people, and historical documents.
(A) Explain major political ideas in history, including the laws of nature and nature’s God, unalienable rights, divine right of kings, social contract theory, and the rights of resistance to illegitimate government;
(B) Identify major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding, including Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law), English common law and constitutionalism, Enlightenment, and republicanism, as they address issues of liberty, rights, and responsibilities of individuals;
Text book C1 S1-3
T S-1, W S-2, T S-3, Review, Test Monday

Weeks 2-3 Jan 13-24
Teaching days 9
The student understands how constitutional government, as developed in America and expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution, has been influenced by ideas, people, and historical documents.
(C) Identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses, William Blackstone, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu;
(D) Identify the contributions of the political philosophies of the Founding Fathers, including John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, George Mason, Roger Sherman, and James Wilson, on the development of the U.S. government;
(E) Examine debates and compromises that impacted the creation of the founding documents; and
(F) Identify significant individuals in the field of government and politics, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan
TB C2S1-4
Students are to choose one person, topic, concept, or document and submit a 1-2 page essay summarizing the importance of their choice on the creation of the United States Government.
M Test, T C2 S1, W C2 S2, T C2 S-3 , F- Work time for essay assignment
M Holiday, T-W Work time and essay submission T-F Movie A More Perfect Union.

Week 4 Jan 27-31
Teaching days 5
United States Constitution
(7) Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution and why these are significant.
(8) Government. The student understands the structure and functions of the government created by the U.S. Constitution.
(A) Explain the importance of a written constitution;
(B) Evaluate how the federal government serves the purposes set forth in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution;
(C) Analyze how the Federalist Papers such as Number 10, Number 39, and Number 51 explain the principles of the American constitutional system of government;
(D) Evaluate constitutional provisions for limiting the role of government, including republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights;
(E) Describe the constitutionally prescribed procedures by which the U.S. Constitution can be changed and analyze the role of the amendment process in a constitutional government;
(F) Identify how the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution contribute to both a national identity and federal identity and are embodied in the United States today; and
(G) Examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and compare and contrast this to the phrase, “separation of church and state.”
M C3-L1, T L2, W L3, T Review F Test.

Week 6 Feb3-7
Teaching days 5
Government in a Box
(8) Government. The student understands the structure and functions of the government created by the U.S. Constitution.
A) Analyze the structure and functions of the legislative branch of government, including the bicameral structure of Congress, the role of committees, and the procedure for enacting laws;
(B) Analyze the structure and functions of the executive branch of government, including the constitutional powers of the president, the growth of presidential power, and the role of the Cabinet and executive departments;
(C) Analyze the structure and functions of the judicial branch of government, including the federal court system, types of jurisdiction, and judicial review;
(D) Identify the purpose of selected independent executive agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and regulatory commissions, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC);
(E) Explain how certain provisions of the U.S. Constitution provide for checks and balances among the three branches of government;
(F) Analyze selected issues raised by judicial activism and judicial restraint;
(G) Explain the major responsibilities of the federal government for domestic and foreign policy such as national defense; and
(H) Compare the structures, functions, and processes of national, state, and local governments in the U.S. federal system
TB C3 S1-3
M Government in a Box assignment, T-Th Students will be divided into groups to discuss debate and write options on relevant current topics concerning the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalism, Separation of powers or other political issue.

Week 7 Feb-10-14
Teaching days 5
Students will understand the powers and role of the president.
How the powers of the president have evolved over time.
The process of nominating and electing a president
How citizens can participate in the electoral process
MC9 L1, T L-2, W L-3, T Review, F Test

Week 9 Feb17-21
Teaching days 5
Students will understand the Role of the judicial system.
The purpose of trials and appeals in our court system.
The organization of the federal court system.
M L1, T L2, W L3, T Review Friday Test

Week 10 Feb 24-March 6th
Review, Makeup, Exam preparation, Exams.