Course Outlines: Second Semester (Quarter 3)

COURSE OUTLINES

Second Semester - Weeks 2.1-2.4

Week 2.1: Establishing a Government Using the Constitution

  1. Readings and Resources:
    1. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution. Pages 367-493.
    2. CNN Student News. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
    3. Landmark Supreme Court Cases. http://landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/home
  2. Discussion Questions and Short Writing Assignments: Short writing answers should include specific observations from the text [evidence] and personal reflection or explanation that demonstrates a grasp of the specific concept. 
    1. What are your reflections on our trip to the Missouri History Museum? (Reverse Quiz)
    2. How did the Constitution Create a Federal System of Government?
    3. How Did Congress Organize the New Government?
    4. How Did Political Parties Develop in the U.S.?
    5. How Does the Supreme Court Use the Power of Judicial Review, and How Does the Court Determine the Meaning of the Words in the Constitution?
  3. Quiz: February 11th, 2016 – “Who’s Who of Early Political Parties”
  4. Portfolio Project: Marbury v. Madison (1803). Supreme Court Case Analysis. See Accompanying packet and resource for additional instructions.  http://landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/cases/marbury_v_madison#Tab=Overview (100 points)

Week 2.2: The Protection of Basic Rights under the Constitution

  1. Readings and Resources:
    1. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution. Unit 5
    2. CNN Student News. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
    3. Landmark Supreme Court Cases. http://landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/home
  2. Discussion Questions and Short Writing Assignments: Short writing answers should include Discussion Questions and Short Writing Assignments: Short writing answers should include specific observations from the text [evidence] and personal reflection or explanation that demonstrates a grasp of the specific concept. 
    1. How Does the Constitution Protect Freedom of Expression
    2. How Does the Constitution Protect Freedom of Religion?
    3. How Does has the Right to Vote Expanded?
    4. How Does the Constitution insure Equal Protection of the Law?
    5. How Does the Constitution Protect the Right to Due Process?
    6. Quiz: Amendments Quiz 11-27
      1. Landmark Supreme Court Cases. http://landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/home. Students will select and examine a case dealing with freedom of expression, freedom of religion, voting, equal protection, or due process. (100 points)

Week 2.3: The American Citizen

  1. Readings and Resources:
    1. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution. Unit 6
    2. CNN Student News. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
    3. Elections & Voting Resource: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections
  2. Discussion Questions and Short Writing Assignments: Short writing answers should include specific observations from the text [evidence] and personal reflection or explanation that demonstrates a grasp of the specific concept. 
    1. What are the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship?
    2. How do Citizens Participate in Civic Affairs?
    3. How does the Electoral Process work at the Federal, State, and Local levels?
  3.  Quiz: Ballot Quiz – February 25th.
  4.  Portfolio Project: Predicting the Election of 2016 – 12 Powerful Words – 5 paragraph essay. (100 points)

Week 2.4: “All Politics is Local” – Missouri History.

  1. Readings and Resources:
    1. CNN Student News. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
    2. Missouri Heritage Project: https://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/
    3. A Crash Course in St. Louis History: http://www.stl250.org/history-overview.aspx
  2. Discussion Questions and Short Writing Assignments: Short writing answers should include specific observations from the text [evidence] and personal reflection or explanation that demonstrates a grasp of the specific concept. 
    1. What is the history of Missouri prior to European settlement?
    2. What is Missouri’s and St. Louis’s experience prior to the Louisiana Purchase?
    3. How did Missouri become a State and explain the Missouri Compromise?
    4. What was Missouri’s experience during the Civil War?
    5. How did Industrialization affect Missouri?
    6. Describe the rise and decline of St. Louis’s population from 1875-1955?
    7. Describe the culture of Missouri today?
  3. Portfolio Project: Missouri Culture A-Z Packet and Portfolio Assignment. Selected Presentations due March 4th. (100 points)