Monday, December 19, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of December 19 - December 22

Period 1
Tuesday: Study for Media Exam on Thursday
Thursday: No Homework, but be mindful of your project due date

Period 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 555-563
Tuesday: Study for Media Exam (exam on Thursday)
Wednesday: Study for Media Exam (exam on Thursday)
Thursday: No Homework, but be mindful of your project due date

Period 6
Monday: Study for Media Exam on Wednesday
Wednesday: No Homework, but be mindful of your project due date

Have a great winter break, I'll see you in the new year!

Monday, December 12, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of December 12 - December 16

Period 4
Tuesday: America's History pp. 423-434 (Read and take notes) and Appeal of the Independent Democrats (Page 152-160)
Thursday: America's History pp. 434-444

Period 7
Monday: America's History pp. 423-434 (Read and take notes) and Appeal of the Independent Democrats (Page 152-160)
Wednesday: America's History pp. 434-444 (Read and take notes)
Friday: America's History pp. 444-455 (Read and take notes)


APGov Assignments


Week of December 12 - December 16

Period 1
Monday: Ch. 14 Exam Wednesday (vocab worksheet due), Sabato pp. 530-542 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 542-55 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 551-563 (Read and take notes)

Period 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 530-542 (Read and take notes)
Tuesday: Study for Ch. 14 Exam (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 542-547 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 547-551 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 551-555 (Read and take notes)

Period 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 530-547 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 547-563 (Read and take notes)

APGov - Ch. 14 Vocab

The Chapter 14 Vocab worksheet can be downloaded here.  The worksheet is due the day of the Ch. 14 exam

Monday, December 5, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of December 5 - December 9

Period 1
Tuesday: Campaign Exam will be held next Wednesday
Thursday:

Period 3
Monday: The Father of All Quizzes.  Tomorrow.
Tuesday: No Homework, Ch. 14 Exam will be next Wednesday
Wednesday: No Homework
Thursday:
Friday:

Period 6
Monday: The Father of All Quizzes.  Wednesday.
Wednesday: No Homework, Ch. 14 Exam will be next Tuesday
Friday:

HoA Assignments

Week of December 5th - December 9th

Period 4
Monday: America's History pp. 390-406 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: America's History pp. 406-414 (read and take notes); Quiz on Friday
Friday: America's History pp. 414-421 (read and take notes)

Period 7
Tuesday: America's History pp. 406-414 (read and take notes); Quiz on Thursday
Thursday: America's History pp. 414-421 (read and take notes)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mitt vs. Mitt

Here's the video mentioned by Emily in yesterday's 3rd period APGov class.  (Thanks to Matt Z. for tweeting the link).


Monday, November 28, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of November 28 - December 2

Period 4
Tuesday: America's History pp. 363-378 (read and take notes)
Thursday: America's History pp. 368-389 (read and take notes)

Period 7
Monday: America's History pp. 363-378 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: America's History pp. 378-389 (read and take notes)
Friday: America's History pp. 390-406 (read and take notes)

APGov Assignments

Week of November 28 - December 2

Period 1
Monday: Sabato pp. 508-515 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 515-524 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 525-529 (Read and take notes)

Period 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 515-524 (Read and take notes)
Tuesday: No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 525-529 (Read and take notes)
Thursday:
Friday:

Period 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 525-529 (Read and take notes)
Thursday:

Monday, November 21, 2011

APGov: Interest Group Assignments

Interest group assignments can be checked through GoogleDocs by clicking here.  Students were assigned their first pick for interest group in as many cases as possible.

Friday, November 18, 2011

APGov: Interest Group Project

A description of the second quarter project can be found by clicking here.  The rubric for the project has also been posted, and it can be found by clicking here.

APGov: Examples of Campaign Ads

A classic positive ad:



A really great negative ad:



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of November 14 - November 18

PERIOD 4
Monday: No Homework
Wednesday: America's History pp. 305-318
Friday: America's History pp. 347-361

PERIOD 7
Tuesday: America's History pp. 305-318
Thursday: America's History pp. 347-361

HOA - Topic 1 Questions

Click this link to view a list of HOA Paper 3 questions from the last 10 years that are taken from material you've covered in Topic 1.

Monday, November 14, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of November 14 - November 18

Period 1
Tuesday: No reading assignment; class meets in the auditorium on Thursday
Thursday: Sabato pp. 502 - 508 (read and take notes)

Period 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 498-502 (read and take notes)
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 502-508 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 508-515 (read and take notes)
Friday: No Homework

Period 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 502-508 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 508-515 (read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 515-524 (read and take notes)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of November 7 - November 11

Period 1
Monday: Voting and Elections exam on Thursday, Vocabulary worksheet also due
Thursday: Sabato pp. 492-502 (Read and take notes)

Period 3
Monday: Voting and Elections exam on Wednesday, Vocabulary worksheet also due
Wednesday: Turn in completed fieldtip form tomorrow
Thursday: Sabato pp. 492-502 (Read and take notes)

Period 6
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 492-502 (Read and take notes); turn in fieldtrip form on Monday

HOA Assignments

Week of November 7 - November 11

Period 4
Wednesday: Study for American Revolution quiz on Monday

Period 7
Monday: Study for American Revolution quiz on Thursday
Thursday:

Friday, November 4, 2011

West Wing Week

The White House tries to take its message straight to the public by producing their own videos of the President's week.  This video includes footage from Halloween at the White House, where students from Arlington Public Schools were in attendance.

Is Caucusing Really Easy?

How many details of how caucusing works are really provided in this video?


APGov Ch. 13 Vocab Worksheet

The Vocabulary Worksheet for Chapter 13 can be downloaded by clicking this link.  There was a lot of important vocabulary in this chapter, so it's longer than usual - budget your time accordingly.  The worksheet will be due on the day of your Voting and Elections exam.

Monday, October 31, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of October 31 to November 4

Period 1
Tuesday:
Thursday: Sabato pp. 478-489 ( Read and take notes)

Period 3
Monday: No Homework
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 483-486 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 486-489 (Read and take notes)
Thursday:
Friday: Voting and Elections campaign on Wednesday (Vocab, too!)

Period 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 473-478 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 478-489 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Voting and Elections campaign on Wednesday (Vocab, too!)

HOA Assignments [UPDATED 11/1]

Week of October 31 to November 4

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 177-192
Wednesday: America's History pp. 192-200
Friday:

PERIOD 7
Tuesday: America's History pp. 192-200
Thursday:

You can now create your own account to access America's History online!  Click here to download instructions on how to create a student access account.  This means that I will no longer be posting pdf versions of your assignment.

Friday, October 28, 2011

HoA: Your Quarter Exam

The format of the quarter exam will be "identifications".  You will receive a list of 10-12 terms from the first quarter.  These terms can be people, events, documents, or concepts.  You will be required to choose 5 terms and provide a definition and explanation of the historical significance of each term.  Definitions can generally be provided in 1-2 sentences.  The explanation of its significance will require more space, often 4-6 sentences.  You'll have 45 minutes to complete the exam.

4th period: Since I wasn't in class on Thursday and you guys handled the absence of the substitute so well, I'm holding an exam review in Room 3011 during first lunch on Monday.  I'll be providing pizza!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Period 7 - Unrest Ratings

Click here to register your unrest ratings.

HOA Assignments

Week of October 24 to October 28

Period 4
Tuesday: Quiz on Thursday; America's History pp. 143-166 (read and take notes)
Thursday: America's History pp. 169-177 (read and take notes)

Period 7
Monday: Quiz on Wednesday; America's History pp. 143-166 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: America's History pp. 169-177 (read and take notes)
Friday: America's History pp. 177-192 (read and take notes)

APGov Assignments

Week of October 24 to October 28

Period 1
Monday: Sabato pp. 455-463 (read and take notes); project presentations begin Wednesday
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 464-473 (read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 473-478

Period 3
Monday: No homework; project presentations begin tomorrow
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 455-463 (read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 464-473 (read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 473-478 (read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 478-483 (read and take notes)

Period 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 455-463 (read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 464-473 (read and take notes)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

APGov Assignments [UPDATED 10/20]

Week of October 17 - October 21

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Study for Thursday's Political Parties Exam, Ch. 12 vocab worksheet due Thursday
Thursday: Sabato pp. 444-455 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 433-439 (Read and Take Notes)
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 440-443 (Read and Take Notes)
Wednesday: Study for tomorrow's Political Parties exam, Ch. 12 Vocab worksheet due tomorrow
Thursday: Sabato pp. 444-447 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 447-455 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 433-443 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Study for Friday's Political Parties Exam, Ch. 12 Vocab worksheet due Friday
Friday: Sabato pp. 444-455 (Read and take notes), complete gmail and GoogleDocs assignment as posted below in assignment to period 1

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

APGov: Why Gold?


We had an interesting, but short discussion in 6th period AP Government about U.S. currency and that it used to be backed by gold, but now it's backed by nothing but our faith in the U.S. Government.  About a year ago, the NPR podcast Planet Money (which I cannot recommend enough - it's absolutely brilliant) did a story explaining why gold wound up as the most desirable precious metal for money.  It's a cool story, and contains a lot of chemistry info.

Monday, October 17, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of October 17 to October 21

Period 4
Monday: America's History pp. 116-123
Wednesday: America's History pp. 123-132
Friday: America's History pp. 134-143

Period 7
Tuesday: America's History pp. 123-132
Thursday: America's History pp. 134-143

Additional in-class reading: The Albany Plan of Union

Period 3: Today's Assignment

This activity will require some cooperation with your 1st Quarter Project partners for the later steps, so make sure that you're sitting close to your partners.  Today you'll be completing some basic computing tasks that will get you started on your project (if you haven't started already) and prepare you for other assignments in class.  Ready?  Here we go!


  1. Navigate to gmail.com in a separate browser tab or window.
  2. You will need a gmail account this year for your APGov class.  If you already have a gmail account, you can skip ahead to step 5.
  3. Select the button labeled "Create an Account" in the upper right hand corner of the window.
  4. Complete the form to obtain an email account.  Your email account should be in the format of FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME.2014@gmail.com.  If it is not in this format you will be required to make another new email address.  CHOOSE A PASSWORD YOU WILL REMEMBER - YOU WILL BE USING THIS ACCOUNT ALL YEAR!
  5. Once you've created the account, open your gmail and send an email to both of my email accounts:
    1. mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com
    2. jeffrey.mccarthy@apsva.us
  6. Now send an email to your project partners and have them reply to it.  When you receive their email add them to your contact list by clicking the triangle next to "reply" and selecting "Add 'NAME' to contacts list".  Make sure that you've added all your partners to your contact list.
  7. You've now created an email address, shared it with me, and added your partners to your contact list.  Great!  Moving on...
  8. Now go to docs.google.com
  9. Have one member of your group select "Create" from the left side of the window, and then "presentation".  This should open a new window with a blank slideshow presentation.
  10. Now have that member select "Share" from the top right corner of the screen.  It will open a new window.  At the bottom of that new window, you can choose to "Add people" to your document.  Add your partners by typing in their gmail addresses.  Now add my mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com as well.
  11. Check to make sure that everyone in your group has access to this presentation.  If not, go back to step 8 and try again.
  12. The presentation that you just opened will be the presentation file that you share in class in two weeks.  Every member of your group will be able to edit it at any time.  You will not need a flash drive in order to share it with the class or with me.
  13. Now you can start working on your research.  I'd suggest that you try a few internet searches through Room3011's custom-made search engine.  You can find it by scrolling down the sidebar on the right until you find the link labeled "APGov Internet Search"

Friday, October 14, 2011

Period 1: Today's Assignment

This activity will require some cooperation with your 1st Quarter Project partners for the later steps, so make sure that you're sitting close to your partners.  Today you'll be completing some basic computing tasks that will get you started on your project (if you haven't started already) and prepare you for other assignments in class.  Ready?  Here we go!


  1. Navigate to gmail.com in a separate browser tab or window.
  2. You will need a gmail account this year for your APGov class.  If you already have a gmail account, you can skip ahead to step 5.
  3. Select the button labeled "Create an Account" in the upper right hand corner of the window.
  4. Complete the form to obtain an email account.  Your email account should be in the format of FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME.2014@gmail.com.  If it is not in this format you will be required to make another new email address.  CHOOSE A PASSWORD YOU WILL REMEMBER - YOU WILL BE USING THIS ACCOUNT ALL YEAR!
  5. Once you've created the account, open your gmail and send an email to both of my email accounts:
    1. mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com
    2. jeffrey.mccarthy@apsva.us
  6. Now send an email to your project partners and have them reply to it.  When you receive their email add them to your contact list by clicking the triangle next to "reply" and selecting "Add 'NAME' to contacts list".  Make sure that you've added all your partners to your contact list.
  7. You've now created an email address, shared it with me, and added your partners to your contact list.  Great!  Moving on...
  8. Now go to docs.google.com
  9. Have one member of your group select "Create" from the left side of the window, and then "presentation".  This should open a new window with a blank slideshow presentation.
  10. Now have that member select "Share" from the top right corner of the screen.  It will open a new window.  At the bottom of that new window, you can choose to "Add people" to your document.  Add your partners by typing in their gmail addresses.  Now add my mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com as well.
  11. Check to make sure that everyone in your group has access to this presentation.  If not, go back to step 8 and try again.
  12. The presentation that you just opened will be the presentation file that you share in class in two weeks.  Every member of your group will be able to edit it at any time.  You will not need a flash drive in order to share it with the class or with me.
  13. Now you can start working on your research.  I'd suggest that you try a few internet searches through Room3011's custom-made search engine.  You can find it by scrolling down the sidebar on the right until you find the link labeled "APGov Internet Search"
  14. Any questions?  You can try contacting me through twitter (@Room3011) or by leaving a comment on this blog post, but I'm at a doctor's appointment so I might not be able to reply.
Enjoy the Pep Rally and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

APGov Assignments [UPDATED 10/13]

Week of October 11 - October 14

Period 1
Wednesday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 433-443 (Read and take notes)

Period 3
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 429-433 (Read and take notes); tomorrow's class in Room 2010
Wednesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 433-439 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Political Parties exam on Thursday

Period 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 422-433 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: No Homework

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of October 11 - October 14

Period 4
Tuesday: America's History pp. 93-100
Thursday: America's History pp. 103-115

Period 7
Wednesday: America's History pp. 103-115
Friday: America's History pp. 116-123

Monday, October 10, 2011

APGov: Rare Extra Credit Opportunity

Extra credit opportunities are very rare in APGov, but I've found a great event that's worthy of some extra credit.  From the WL Young Democrats:

The WL Young Dems and YHS Young Dems/ Teenage Republicans are working on sponsoring a debate for several candidates.  

The debate is going to be held at Yorktown High School at 7pm on October 11.  It will be open to the entire community, however, it will be run by student moderators and questions will only come from students.  We are trying to get as many students as possible to be there, and there will also be a voter registration drive taking place outside the auditorium.

We are still waiting on Bob Brink, Barbara Favola, and Caren Merrick to RSVP, however, we have reason to be optimistic that they will join us.

I was hoping that the government teachers at WL could have students submit questions for the debate.  Questions may be directed at a certain race, or just questions in general that we can ask any of the candidates.

Attending:

House of Delegates 48th DistrictJanet Murphy (IG)
Kathy D. Gillette-Mallard (I)
Bob Brink (D) -- Maybe attending

Senate of Virginia 32nd DistrictPatrick Forrest (R)
Janet Howell (D)

Senate of Virginia 31st DistrictCaren Merrick (R)
Barbara Favola (D)

Also, many elected officials who are running unoposed will be there and will be able to mingle and talk to students before/after.



Questions should be submitted to WLYoungDemocrats@gmail.com.  If your question is asked at the candidate debate you will receive extra credit on the Ch. 12 Exam.  Think about submitting questions that would be relevant to students like you.  If you attend the debate, you will also receive extra credit on the Ch. 12 Exam.  You will have to submit proof of attendance to me for the  extra credit.

Friday, October 7, 2011

HOA Assignments [UPDATED 10/7]

Week of October 3 - October 7

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Complete Colonial PERCS assignment for next Tuesday's class
Thursday: America's History pp. 72-74 and pp. 89-93

PERIOD 1
Monday: Complete Colonial PERCS assignment for Wednesday's class
Wednesday: America's History pp. 72-74 and pp. 89-93
Friday: America's History pp. 93-100

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

APGov - First Quarter Project

You can download the project description by clicking here.

You can download the partner assignments by clicking here.

APGov - Chapter 12 Vocab

The vocabulary worksheet for Chapter 12 (political parties) can be downloaded here.  It will be due the day of the Chapter 12 exam.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of October 3 - October 7

PERIOD 1
Monday: Sabato pp. 404-415 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 416-421 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 422-433 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 404-406 (Read and take notes)
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 406-412 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 412-415 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 416-421 (Read and take notes)
Friday: Sabato pp. 422-433 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 404-415 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: Sabato pp. 416-421 (Read and take notes)

Friday, September 30, 2011

HOA Assignments [UPDATED 9/29]

Week of September 26 - September 30

PERIOD 4
Monday: Keen pp. 165-169
Wednesday: Keen pp. 169-175 and the Plan of Iguala; Quiz on Friday
Friday: Keen pp. 178-183

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Keen pp. 169-175 and the Plan of Iguala; Quiz Thursday
Thursday: Keen pp. 178-183

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

APGov Assignments [UPDATED 9/28]

Week of September 26 - September 30

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Quiz Thursday on fiscal and monetary policy
Thursday: Economic Policy Exam on Monday; Ch. 18 Vocab Worksheet due

PERIOD 3
Monday: Quiz tomorrow on fiscal and monetary policy
Tuesday: No Homework!
Wednesday: No Homework - start studying for Economic Policy exam
Thursday: Ch. 18 Vocab Worksheet due Monday
Friday: Economic Policy Exam on Monday; Ch. 18 Vocab Worksheet due

PERIOD 6
Monday: Quiz Wednesday on fiscal and monetary policy
Wednesday: Ch. 18 Vocab Worksheet due Tuesday
Friday: Economic Policy Exam on Tuesday; Ch. 18 Vocab Worksheet due

Monday, September 26, 2011

Back to School Night Syllabi

Just case we run out of copies, you can download a copy of your student's syllabus by clicking on the appropriate link.

Monday, September 19, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of September 19 - September 23

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Keen pp. 151-156 (Read and take notes); Complete Topic 1 Vocab Worksheet
Thursday: Keen pp. 157-165 (Read and take notes) and Simon Bolivar: The Life

PERIOD 7
Monday: Keen pp. 151-156 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Keen pp. 157-165 (Read and take notes) and Simon Bolivar: The Life ; and complete Topic 1 Vocab Worksheet
Friday: Keen pp. 165-169 (Read and take notes)

APGov Assignments

Week of September 19 - September 23

The Chapter 18 Vocabulary worksheet is due on the day of the Chapter 18 exam.  The worksheet can be downloaded here.

PERIOD 1
Monday: Sabato pp. 659-665 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 665-669 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 3
Monday: Read articles on the Obama deficit-reduction plan
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 659-662 (Read and take notes)
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 662-665 (Read and take notes)
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 665-669 (Read and take notes)

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 665-669 (Read and take notes)

Friday, September 16, 2011

APGov - Chapter 18 Vocabulary

The Chapter 18 Vocabulary worksheet is now available for download.  The worksheet is to be completed and turned in on the day of the Chapter 18 exam.

Monday, September 12, 2011

APGov Assignments

Week of September 12 - September 16

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Read Sabato pp. 636-648 and take notes; Political Socialization Exam in class Thursday
Thursday:Read Sabato pp. 648-659 and take notes

PERIOD 3
Monday: Political Socialization Exam in class Wednesday
Tuesday: Study for exam
Wednesday: Read Sabato pp. 636-648 and take notes
Thursday: Read Sabato pp. 648-652 and take notes
Friday: Read Sabato pp. 652-659 and take notes

PERIOD 6
Monday: Political Socialization Exam in class Wednesday; Read Sabato pp. 636-648 and take notes
Wednesday: Read Sabato pp. 648-659 and take notes
Friday: Read Sabato pp. 659-665 and take notes

HOA Assignments

Week of September 12 - September 16

PERIOD 4
Monday: Read Keen pp. 131-143 and take notes
Wednesday: Read Keen pp. 143-149 and take notes
Friday: Read Keen pp. 149-151 and take notes; Read "On Men's Hypocrisy"

PERIOD 7
Tuesday: Read Keen pp. 143-149 and take notes
Thursday: Read Keen pp. 149-151 and take notes; Read "On Men's Hypocrisy"

Friday, September 9, 2011

HOA Assignments

Week of September 6 - September 9 PERIOD 4 Thursday: read the preface to Keen and complete the accompanying worksheet PERIOD 7 Wednesday: read the preface to Keen and complete the accompanying workshee Friday: Keen pp. 131-143 (read and take notes)

APGov Assignments

Week of September 6 - September 9 PERIOD 3 Tuesday - return first day packets by Friday Wednesday - be prepared to discuss tonight's Republican debate Thursday - be prepared to discuss the president's address to Congress Friday - Political Socialization exam will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14 PERIOD 1 Wednesday - be prepared to discuss tonight's Republican debate and the president's address to Congress Friday - Political Socialization exam will be on Thursday, Sept. 15 PERIOD 6 Thursday - Be prepared to discuss the president's address to Congress; Political Socialization exam will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Republican Debate and the President's Speech

APGov students should be prepared to discuss Wednesday's debate between the Republican presidential candidates and Thursday's Presidential Address to Congress.  The NYTimes has a good video previewing the debate.

Friday, June 17, 2011

APGov Period 6 - June 17th

Something has come up at the last minute and I won't be present in class today.  This means that we will not be able to celebrate the end of the year with a small party, as we had planned last class.  It would be unfair of me to expect the substitute to take on the special responsibilities for this party, so please do not give them a hard time about it.  A few of you had already given me money for the party; please stop by Room3011 next week so I can return it to you.

Today, the substitute will ask you to complete several sections of your Mock Congress rubric.  Those sections include information on how your voted on different bills (only count bills that were voted on by the whole house), what happened to the bills you wrote (did they pass committee?  Were they amended?  Did they pass the whole House?), and what information you posted to the class wiki.  In the case of bipartisan bills, you should consider your vote to be 2 votes: one in favor of a bill from your party, one in favor of a bill from the other party.  You'll probably need to use your wikispaces profile to help you in completing the rubric.  Make sure you turn in the rubric before the end of class.

I'm really bummed out that I was forced to miss our last class together.  Congratulations on making it through APGov!  I'll especially remember your class for how supportive you were of each other and how often you would clap for each other's accomplishments - I've always thought that was really cool.

Feel free to stop by Room3011 next week, make sure you stop in and say hi next September, and have a great, great summer!

HoA - June 17th

Something has come up at the last minute, and I will not be present in class today.  I've left your substitute teacher instructions to bring you down to Lab C (Room 2230) to work on your final exam projects.  You'll have the entire period to prepare your projects with your classmates.

Our final exam period is from 8:19-10:19 on Tuesday.  We'll start the period by jumping straight into the presentations, so be sure that you're prepared.

See you Tuesday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

APGov Summer Assignment

The summer assignment for rising sophomores can be downloaded here.  Complete it before the first day of school in September and expect to be assessed on your mastery of the material in the first week of school.

Monday, June 6, 2011

HoA - Homework

Welcome back from SOL Week!

PERIOD 1
Monday: Read Keen pp. 364-376
Wednesday:
Friday:

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Read Keen pp. 364-376
Thursday:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

HoA - Current Events Day

Post a link to your current event in the comments section of this post!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

APGov - Mock Congress on Tuesday

A few notes for Mock Congress on Tuesday:

1.  Committees, make sure that you are adequately marking up your bills.  The point of mark-up is to improve the bill's chances of passing in the whole Congress.

2.  Ms. Beer will be tracking participation in the Congress today and participation will count double!  Make sure to state your name before speaking in the Congress.

3.  I had difficulty finding a few bills on GoogleDocs.  The following authors should double check that their bill is shared on GoogleDocs with myself and the clerk as editors (you can use the iMacs to correct this in class):

  • Esther U.
  • Monika H.
  • Danielle H.
  • Kyle C.

I'll be back in school tomorrow,

Mr. McCarthy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

APGov - Advise and Consent Worksheets

If you have not turned in one of the two worksheets that accompanied the movie Advise and Consent, you can download the worksheet and turn it in completed to Mr. McCarthy.

HoA - Domestic Policies of U.S. Presidents

Your group will create and present a slideshow presentation in class summarizing the domestic policies of one United States president.  The slideshow should evaluate the relative success or failure of these domestic policies and offer evidence in support of your evaluation.  When creating your presentation, keep in mind the HoA description of Section 10:

"This section focuses on domestic concerns and political developments after 1945. The majority of states in the Americas experienced social, economic and political changes and challenges. ... Areas of study include: conditions for the rise to power of new leaders; economic and social policies; treatment of minorities."

The five presidents you will examine are:
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon

Make sure to publish and share your slideshow with me (mccarthyroom3011[at]gmail[dot]com) and I will publish it on Room3011.  You will present the slidshow in class on Monday, May 18th (Period 4) and Tuesday, May 19th (Period 1).  Your presentation and slideshow will be graded and entered into the gradebook as a quiz grade.

Monday, May 16, 2011

More Mock Congress Info!

Periods 3, 5, and 6
1.  If you did not send me an email in the fall, please send an email to me at my gmail address: mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com.  Make sure that the email is sent from the email address that you use for GoogleDocs.  I'll be using your email for two purposes: to assemble a contact list for Mock Congress, and to invite you to the Mock Congress wiki.

2.  If you'd like to check out the beginnings of the class wiki, here are the links for periods 5 and 7:
3.  Republicans and Democrats will need to select their leaders.  You will be representing the same party as the Member of Congress from the 3rd quarter project.  Start thinking about who you'd like to lead your party.  I'll also be looking for a volunteer to be the Clerk of the Congress.  This volunteer must be a Republican.

4.  We'll be having a class briefing about Mock Congress during our next class.  This year we will be using GoogleDocs to track legislation, mark-up, and the Bill Log.  We're going to use wikispaces.com to track the actual participation and the nature of participation of all the members of the Congress (this will be self-reported and make up the majority of your project grade).  I'm also wondering whether we should use twitter during class itself to record communication.  What are your ideas about what to include?  If we use twitter, what should our hashtags be?  What questions do you have right now about the project that I should address on Friday?

See you next class!

Mock Congress Begins!!!

The folder below contains relevant documents for the Mock Congress.  Each class will be selecting its leadership positions soon!

HoA - Homework

Week of May 16 - 20

PERIOD 1
Monday: Keen pp. 329-338
Wednesday: Friday is Current Events Day, Post your current event in the comments section of this blog post.
Friday: Domestic Policy slideshows will be presented to the class on Tuesday

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Keen pp. 329-338
Thursday: Domestic Policy slideshow will be presented to the class on Monday.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

HoA - Homework

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: America's History pp. 861-872, 896
Thursday: No Homework

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 813-828
Wednesday: America's History pp. 861-872, 896
Friday: Current Events Day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

HoA - Homework

PERIOD 1
Monday: Mexican Revolution quiz on Friday
Wednesday:
Friday: America's History pp. 813-828

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Mexican Revolution Quiz on Monday
Thursday:

APGov Homework

PERIOD 3
Monday: Complete Take-home Quiz; take notes on the following two SCOTUS cases: Lemon v. Kurtzman and Employment Division v. Smith
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

PERIOD 5
Monday: Complete Take-home Quiz; bring 5 AP questions to class on Wednesday (printed on one piece of paper)
Wednesday:
Friday: Good luck on the exam!  Breakfast in Room 3011.

PERIOD 6
Tuesday:
Thursday:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

HoA - Homework

PERIOD 4
Monday: "Cardenas Critique" and "Oil Expropriation"
Wednesday: Internal Assessment is due Friday, First draft should also be submitted to Turnitin.com (Class ID: 3995862, Enrollment Password: USAAOK).

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: "Cardenas Critique" and "Oil Expropriation"
Thursday: Internal Assessment is due Friday, First draft should also be submitted to Turnitin.com (Class ID: 3995862, Enrollment Password: USAAOK).

APGov Homework

Week of April 25 - April 29

Reading assignments this week will be longer than usual.  This is to ensure that we can devote our time next week to reviewing for the AP Exam.  It is very important that you keep up on your reading this week.

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 152-170
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 170-186
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 186-200
Thursday: Sabato pp. 200-216
Friday: Sabato pp. 216-232, Bring 5 AP questions to class on Monday

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 152-186
Thursday: Sabato pp. 186-216

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 152-186
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 186-216
Friday: Sabato pp. 216-232, Bring 5 AP Questions to class on Monday

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Internal Assessment Documents

You can use the documents provided below for tips on how to write the IA in the proper format.  Remember that the first draft is due on Friday, April 29th and that the word count will not be taken into account when formulating your grade.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HoA - Homework

There will be no assigned reading this week.  Beginning on Tuesday, we will be spending our time in the library and computer lab completing research for the Internal Assessment.

The first draft of the Internal Assessment is due on Friday, April 29th for all students.

APGov Homework

Week of April 11 - April 15

ALL CLASSES
There will be no homework assigned this week or over the Spring Break.  You will be expected to turn in you Chapter 10 Vocabulary Worksheet on the day of your Judiciary Exam.
Periods 3 and 5: Wednesday
Period 6: Thursday
The rest of the week will be spent reviewing the Mock AP Exam.

Monday, April 11, 2011

AP Exam Review Sessions!

Beginning Tuesday, April 12th Ms. Root and I will be holding review sessions from 7am to 8am on L days for the entire months of April and May up to the 9th!  In past years, many of my students have attended these sessions and said they were more prepared for the AP exam as a result (last year more than 30 of my students earned scores of 4 or 5 on the exam).  Please take advantage of these review sessions, which will be held in the Little Theater.  The schedule of reviews is as follows:

Tuesday, April 12th
---The Constitution and Federalism
Thursday, April 14th
---Public Opinion, Political Socialization and the Media
Monday, April 25th
---Participation and Voting, Political Parties
Wednesday, April 27th
---The Campaign Process and Interest Groups
Friday, April 29th
---Congress and the Presidency
Tuesday, May 3rd
---The Bureaucracy and the Judiciary
Thursday, May 5th
---Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Monday, May 9th
---Economic and Foreign Policy

Friday, April 8, 2011

APGov: Predict the Shutdown!

APGov - Shutdown!!


We're less than 24 hours away from a federal government shutdown!  Read the following articles and be prepared to answer their accompanying questions:

No Accord in Budget Talks... by Carl Hulse

  1. How far apart are Democrats and Republicans on the amount of money to cut in the budget?
  2. What else do the Democrats and Republicans disagree on?
  3. What have House Republicans done this week to try to avoid blame for a government shutdown?
Workers Wonder... by Edward Wyatt
  1. How many federal employees are likely to be furloughed?
  2. How might their daily lives be affected?
  3. Can federal employees continue to work voluntarily?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of April 4 - April 8

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Quiz next Monday; 5 sources for Internal Assessment due Monday
Thursday: Quiz Monday; 5 sources for Internal Assessment due Monday

PERIOD 4
Monday: Quiz on Friday; 5 Sources for Internal Assessment due Friday
Wednesday: Quiz on Friday; 5 Sources for Internal Assessment due next class; Friday is Current Events Day: post your article in the comments section!

By Special Request: The Mexico & Díaz PPT



The PPT can also be found by clicking here.

APGov - Chapter 10 Vocab

The Chapter 10 Vocab Worksheet can be downloaded by clicking here.  It is due on the day of the Chapter 10 Exam.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of April 4 - April 8

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 367-370
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 370-374
Wednesday: No Homework
Thursday:
Friday:

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 370-374
Thursday:

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 358-370
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 370-374
Friday:

Ch. 10 Exam will be held on April 13th for Periods 3 and 5, April 14th for Period 6.  The Exam review will be held after school on Tuesday, April 12th.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mock Exam Info

If you're coming to tomorrow's mock exam, be sure to enter the cafeteria by 8:20am.  Bring several #2 pencils, pens, and about 10 sheets of lined paper.

See you there!

The make-up mock exam (for band members only) will be after school on Tuesday in Ms. Root's room.  The exam begins at 3:05.  Latecomers will not be admitted.

HoA - Mexican Revolution Part 2



The PPT can also be viewed by clicking here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Interesting Story on College Admissions

Here's a link to the story if you can't see the embedded player.

HoA - Homework

Week of March 28 - March 31

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Read Keen pp. 300-303 and Zapata's Plan of Ayala
Thursday:  Read "Pancho Villa" by John Reed and The Constitution of 1917: Articles 27 and 123

PERIOD 4
Monday: Complete Foran Reading and Zapata's Plan of Ayala
Wednesday:  Read "Pancho Villa" by John Reed and The Constitution of 1917: Articles 27 and 123

APGov Homework

Week of March 28 - March 31

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 345-348
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 348-350
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 350-357
Thursday: Sabato pp. 358-367

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 348-357
Thursday: Sabato pp. 358-370

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 345-348
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 348-357

Mock AP Exam Details


If you plan to take the Mock AP Exam this Friday, you'll have to be in the cafeteria by 8:30am.  It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to distribute materials and share instructions.  The 45-minute multiple choice section will be followed by a 10-minute break.  The exam will conclude with the 100-minute free response section.  All APGov students should be finished with the exam by 11:30.  Students will receive 4 pts. (out of 100) added on to their 3rd quarter grade for completing the mock exam.

West Wing Week

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tim Pawlenty Ad - A Little Overdramatic?

APGov - The Redistricting Game

Today you'll be playing the Redistricting Game. Try to complete missions 2, 3, and 4 on "Advanced". Missions 2 and 3 are moderately challenging and mission 4 is very challenging. Time yourself and complete the survey below about how long it took to complete the missions. Make sure you complete the survey before you log out of the computer.  By the end of this activity, you should have a new-found appreciation for the demographers and cartographers that create the boundaries of Congressional districts.


Monday, March 21, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of March 21 - March 25

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 265-271
Tuesday: No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 334-345; Class tomorrow in Lab B
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: Study for Exam; 3rd Quarter Project due Monday

PERIOD 5
Monday: No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 334-345
Friday: Sabato pp. 345-348; 3rd Quarter Project due Monday; Congress Exam Tuesday

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 334-345; Congress Exam Monday; 3rd Quarter Project due Monday

HoA - Homework

Week of March 21 - 25

PERIOD 1
Monday: Read Foran pp. 115-122 (online version not available) and Keen pp. 282-290
Wednesday: Read Foran pp. 122-127 and Keen pp. 290-300; Current Events Day on Friday (post your current event in the comment section of this post)
Friday: Quarter Exam Tuesday, Finish Foran article

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Read Foran pp. 115-122 (online version not available) and Keen pp. 282-290; Quarter Exam on Thursday
Thursday:  Read Foran pp. 122-127 and Keen pp. 290-300

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

APGov - Member of Congress Assignments

An up-to-date spreadsheet of assigned Members of Congress can be found by clicking here.  If you have not yet chosen a Member of Congress, you must pick a Republican.

Completing Your Congress Data Sheet [UPDATED 3/15]

Here are the steps you'll need to follow to complete your Congress data sheet:

1. Create your Google Account (if necessary)
2. Download the document titled "Congress_Research_Sheet" from the box.net menu at the right.
3. Open Google Docs in your browser.
4. Upload the "Congress_Research_Sheet" to Google Docs and rename it "LASTNAME_Congress_Research_Sheet".
5. You must footnote all important information in the document by selecting "insert footnote" from the "Insert" menu.
6. Make sure that you share your document with mccarthyroom3011@gmail.com (be sure to add me as a collaborator and not just a viewer).
7.  Instructions for proper footnoting in Turabian format can be downloaded here.  You may find the Turabian Online Style Guide easier to use.

President Obama's Speech at Kenmore M.S.

Monday, March 14, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of March 14 - March 18

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Keen pp. 217-226; Porfirio Diaz: Hero of the Americas
Thursday

PERIOD 4
Monday: Keen pp. 217-226; Profirio Diaz: Hero of the Americas
Wednesday: Current Events Day on Friday; 2nd draft of I.A. research question due Friday
Friday:

Cool Apportionment Video

At least I think it's cool:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of March 14 - March 18

PERIOD 3
Monday: Study for Bureaucracy Exam
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 249-253
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 253-256
Thursday: Sabato pp. 256-265
Friday: No Homework (no class today due to assembly)

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 249-256
Thursday: Sabato pp. 256-271

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 239-249
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 249-256
Friday: Sabato pp. 256-271

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of February 7 - February 11

PERIOD 1
Monday: Read Turabian pp. 5-11
Wednesday: No class today, SOL Writing Exams
Friday: "Scenes from a Lumber Camp", Read Turabian pp. 12-23; I.A. topic and research question due Tuesday

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: Read Turabian pp. 5-11, and "Scenes from a Lumber Camp"
Thursday: Read Turabian pp. 12-23; I.A. topic and research question due Monday

APGov Homework

Week of February 7 - February 11

PERIOD 3
Monday: No Homework
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 234-236
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 236-239
Thursday: Sabato pp. 239-249
Friday: Sabato pp. 249-253, 3rd Quarter project notecard due Monday

PERIOD 5
Monday: No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 234-239
Friday: Sabato pp. 239-249, Ch. 9 Exam on Tuesday, 3rd Quarter project notecard due Tuesday

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 234-239, 3rd Quarter project notecard due Monday

APGov - Chapter 9 Vocab

The Chapter 9 Vocab worksheet can be downloaded by clicking here.  It is due on the day of the Chapter 9 Exam.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Period 4 - Current Events

Once you have completed your quiz, find a current event and post a link to that event in the comments section.  Special bonus points for the five best stories (stories that I'll find the most interesting).  No Charlie Sheen stories!

Your event will go into the gradebook as a homework grade.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

HoA - Paper 3 Review for Seniors

This is the PPT that I reviewed with seniors in preparation for this weekend's mock exam.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of February 28 - March 4

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 476-485
Wednesday: Review for Friday's Quiz
Friday:

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: America's History pp. 476-485
Thursday: Review for Monday's Quiz

Saturday, February 26, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of February 28 - March 4

PERIOD 3
Monday: No Homework
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 313-321
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 322-325
Thursday: Study for Presidency Exam
Friday: Sabato pp. 325-333

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 322-325, Study for Presidency Exam
Thursday: Sabato pp. 325-333

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 313-321
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 322-325, Study for Presidency Exam
Friday: Sabato pp. 325-333

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of February 22 - February 25

PERIOD 1
Wednesday: America's History pp. 457-466
Friday: America's History pp. 466-476

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: America's History pp. 457-466
Thursday: America's History pp. 466-476

APGov - Presidency Exam Review

The review session for the Presidency Exam will be held after school on Tuesday, March 1st in Room 3011.  See you there!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

APGov - Presidency Exam

The dates of the Presidency Exam have been moved.  The new dates are as follows:
Period 3 - March 4th
Period 5 - March 3rd
Period 6 - March 4th

A review session will be held after school next week.  The date will be announced soon.

APGov Homework

Week of February 22 - February 25

PERIOD 3
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 300-305
Wednesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 306-309
Friday: Sabato pp. 309-313

PERIOD 5
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 306-313
Friday: Sabato pp. 313-321

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 300-305
Thursday: Sabato pp. 306-313

Monday, February 14, 2011

Civil War Generals (Military Leadership)

As you watch the videos on four generals of the Civil War, record the following information in your notebook (about a half page per general):
1.  Name
2.  Date of Birth
3.  Which army did the lead?
4.  What was their military experience before the war?
5.  What important battles did they participate in?
6.  How did their actions affect the course of the Civil War?

When you have completed the videos and recorded the required information, rank the generals from "biggest impact on the war" to "smallest impact on the war" and add explanations for each of your rankings.

Friday, February 11, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of Feb. 14 - Feb. 18

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 280-288
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 288-291
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 291-295
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 295-299

PERIOD 5
Monday: Sabato pp. 280-291
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 291-299
Friday: Sabato pp. 300-305

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 280-291
Thursday: Sabato pp. 291-299

F.Y.I., I will not be in school Friday this week.  Make sure I've initialed your CRF form before Friday.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

APGov Homework [UPDATED 2/10]

Week of February 7 - February 11

THIS WEDNESDAY: Federalism Exam review after school in Room 3011

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 111-115
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 115-120
Wednesday: Review for Exam
Thursday: Review for tomorrow's exam
Friday: Sabato pp. 272-280

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 111-120
Wednesday: Review for Exam
Friday: Sabato pp. 272-280

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Review for Thursday's Exam
Thursday: Sabato pp. 272-280

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of Feb. 7 - Feb. 11

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: America's History pp. 434-444
Thursday: A.H. pp. 444-454

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 434-444
Wednesday: A.H. pp. 444-454, Friday is Current Events Day
Friday: A.H. pp. 444-454

Friday, February 4, 2011

Analyzing Civil War Data

If you did not complete the "Analyzing Civil War Data" worksheet in class, you'll need to complete it over the weekend.  Here are all 15 questions:
1.  How many more people lived in Union states than in Confederate states?
2.  About how many times more square miles of land did Union states have compared to Confederate states?
3.  How many more troops did the Union states have than the Confederate states?
4.  Which side - the Union or the Confederacy - had greater manufacturing and iron production/
5.  About how many times more railroad track did the North have than the South?
6.  Which side - the Union or the Confederacy - had greater financial resources?
7.  Who had more war casualties, the North or the South?  How many more did they have?
8.  About how many total people were killed at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, and Antietam?
9.  Looking at the graphs on population and troops, why do you think Union states were able to raise a much larger army than the Confederacy?
10.  The Union had far greater industrial production than the Confederacy.  In what ways do you think this helped the Union?
11.  The Union had about 13,000 more miles of railroads than the Confederacy.  In what ways do you think this helped the Union?
12.  The Union had far greater financial resources than the Confederacy.  In what ways do you think this helped the Union?
13.  List at least two ways in which the Union's large population gave it an advantage in the Civil War?
14.  How many people died in the Civil War?  More than half of those deaths did not occur on the battlefields.  What do you think caused the majority of soldiers' deaths?
15.  The North won the Civil War, even though it lost over 100,000 more soldiers than the South.  How can you explain this?

HoA - Homework [UPDATED 2/4]

Week of January 31 - February 4

PERIOD 1
Monday: Study for Wednesday's quiz
Wednesday: "Last Chance for Compromise", "A Short Stay - and a Long Jump", "A Blot on Lincoln Historians", and "Sam Houston, We Have a Problem", Friday is Current Events Day!
Friday: Complete the "Analyzing Civil War Data" worksheet

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: "Last Chance for Compromise", "A Short Stay - and a Long Jump", "A Blot on Lincoln Historians", and "Sam Houston, We Have a Problem"
Thursday: No Homework

Thursday, February 3, 2011

APGov Homework [UPDATED 2/3]

Week of January 31 - February 4

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 94-97
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 97-102
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 103-106
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 106-111

PERIOD 5
Monday: Sabato pp. 94-102
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 103-111
Friday: Sabato pp. 111-120

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 94-102, Constitution Exam Thursday
Thursday: Sabato pp. 103-111

Federalism Exam is currently scheduled for February 10th (Periods 3 and 5) and February 11th (Period 6)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Period 4 - Current Events Day!

Post a link to your current event in the comments section.

HoA - Causes of the Civil War



Look up Ostend Manifesto.

HoA - Homework

Week of January 24  - January 28

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 423-434
Wednesday: Read "Appeal of the Independent Democrats" from The Library of Original Sources: 1833-1865 (pp. 152-160), Quiz Friday!
Friday: Read the A.H.R.'s review of Ken Burns' The Civil War and be prepared to discuss the article on Tuesday. (review will be passed out in class)

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: Read "Appeal of the Independent Democrats" from The Library of Original Sources: 1833-1865 (pp. 152-160)
Thursday: Review for Monday's Quiz!

APGov Homework

Week of January 24 - January 28

PERIOD 3
Monday: No Homework, Study for exam
Tuesday: Study for Exam
Wednesday: Constitution Exam tomorrow!
Thursday:Sabato pp. 94-97
Friday: Sabato pp. 97-102

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: No Homework, Study for Exam Thursday's Exam
Thursday: Sabato pp. 94-102

PERIOD 6
Monday: No Homework, Review for exam
Wednesday: Study for Friday's exam!
Friday: Sabato pp. 94-102

A review for the Constitution Exam will be held in Room 3011 after school on Wednesday this week :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HoA - Special Reading Assignment

Read "Appeal of the Independent Democrats"(pp. 152-160) from The Library of Original Sources: 1833-1865.  This document is considered to be one of the best examples of the beliefs of the founders of the Republican Party.

Friday, January 21, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of January 19 - January 21

PERIOD 1
Wednesday: America's History pp. 423-434
Friday: No Homework

PERIOD 4
Thursday: America's History pp. 423-434

The first quiz of the third quarter will be held on January 27th and 28th.

Period 1 - Current Events Day!

Post your current event in the comments section.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of January 19 - January 21

PERIOD 3
Wednesday: Read Sabato pp. 57-63
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: No Homework

PERIOD 4
Thursday: No Homework

PERIOD 5
Wednesday: Read Sabato pp. 55-63
Friday: No Homework

The Constitution Exam will be held on Thursday, January 27th for periods 3 and 5, and Friday, January 28th for period 6.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Period 4 - Current Events Day!

Post a link to your current event in the comments section of this post.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of January 10 - January 14

PERIOD 3
Monday: No Homework
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 46-52
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 52-53
Thursday: Sabato pp. 53-55
Friday: Sabato pp. 55-57

PERIOD 6
Monday: Sabato pp. 46-52
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 52-55
Friday: Sabato pp. 55-63

PERIOD 5
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 46-52
Thursday: Sabato pp. 52-55

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

HoA - Homework

Week of January 10 - January 14

PERIOD 4
Monday: America's History pp. 308-312, 317-318, 324-329
Wednesday: A.H. pp. 347-361, 380-388
Friday: A.H. pp. 401-421

PERIOD 1
Tuesday: America's History pp. 347-361, 380-388
Thursday: A.H. pp. 401-421

Friday, January 7, 2011

HoA - Quarter Exam Make-up

If you were absent on the day of your quarter exam, the make-up exam will be held in Room 3011 on Wednesday, January 12th.  It will begin promptly at 3:15pm.  This make-up exam is for both 1st and 4th period students.

Monday, January 3, 2011

APGov Homework

Week of January 3 - January 7

PERIOD 3
Monday: Sabato pp. 30-39
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 39-46
Wednesday: Projects due tomorrow
Thursday: No Homework, Presentations in class
Friday: No Home work, Presentations in class

PERIOD 5
Monday: Sabato pp. 30-46
Wednesday: Projects due Friday
Friday: No Homework, Presentations in class

PERIOD 6
Tuesday: Sabato pp. 30-46, Projects due Friday
Thursday: No Homework, Presentations in class

APGov - Extra Credit Opportunity

Arlington Public Schools is holding a student forum this Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm in the W-L cafeteria as part of the development process of the APS Strategic Plan for 2011-2017.  At this forum, APS officials will be soliciting student feedback and advice for how to improve Arlington County Schools.  The Strategic Plan will provide the overall blueprint to guide APS decision-making for the next five years.

Any student that participates in this forum from my APGov classes will receive 2 extra points on their Interest Group Project rubric (it is a 50 point rubric).  Please participate in the forum only if you've already completed your project.

HoA - Homework

Week of January 3 - January 7

PERIOD 1
Monday: America's History pp. 271-287
Wednesday: A.H. pp. 288-299; Quarter Exam on Friday
Friday: A.H. pp. 308-312, 317-318, 324-329

PERIOD 4
Tuesday: America's History pp. 271-287
Thursday: A.H. pp. 288-299; Quarter Exam on Monday