Assignments and Table of Contents

Each quarter I will post each class's Table of Contents on this page. If you are missing any sheets or notes from your notebook, please find it here or on your class page for your notebook checks.

You can also find any textbook chapters and readings underneath the Table of Contents.

Turnitin Information

Class ID: 22761125

Key: Rochambeau

Table of Contents

Unit One: Citizenship

1) Syllabus

2) Vocabulary

3) What is Civics Notes

4) Photo Journal Project

5) Citizenship Notes

6) How to Write an OpEd

7) Immigration OpEd

8) Paper Submission Guidelines

9) Immigration Timeline (Page 44)

Unit Two: The Road to Revolution

1) Vocabulary

2) Antecedents of Liberty Notes

3) Road to Revolution Notes

4) End of Revolution Notes

5) Constitutional Simulation

6) Constitution Packet 1, 2, 3

7) Constitutional Compromises Chart

8) 99 Problems

Unit Three: The Judicial Branch

1) Vocabulary

2) Supreme Court Oral Arguments

3) Law and Order Notes

4) Criminal Justice System Handout

5) Crime and Trials Notes

6) Death Penalty Op-Ed

7) Supreme Court Notes

8) Marbury v. Madison

9) Fundamental Liberties Notes

Unit Four: Elections

1) Vocabulary

2) Political Parties Notes

3) Elections, Part One

4) Elections, Part Two

5) Horse Race Journalism

Unit Five: The Legislative Branch

1) Congress, Part One

2) Vocabulary

3) How to Write Legislation

4) Census and Gerrymandering

5) How Laws are Made

6) Organization of Congress Notes

7) Mock Congress Handout

Unit Six: The Executive Branch

1) Vocabulary

2) Presidency Notes

3) The Cabinet Notes

4) Filibuster Op-Ed

5) Roles of the President

6) The Cabinet Chart 1 and 2

7) International Institutions Notes

8) Foreign Policy Crises

Unit Seven: Microeconomics

1) Vocabulary

2) Business Plan Project

3) The Dismal Science Notes

4) Economics of Business Notes

5) Capitalism and the American Economy

6) Productivity Notes 

Unit Eight: Supply and Demand

1) Demand and Factors Affecting Demand Notes

2) Supply and Factors Affecting Supply Notes

3) Markets Notes

Immigration Today

If you listen to people's conversations about politics today, then you probably have heard about the issue of immigration, both legal and illegal. Currently, the government is shut down due to a dispute between the president and Congress over the issue of a border wall. The goal of today's class is to learn about the many sides of this issue and help you to determine where you stand. All opinions and thoughts are well, though everyone must be respectful of one another. While I would certainly like everyone to feel comfortable talking about these issue, please be mindful of your speech.

Videos and Explainers: For each video or article that you watch/listen to, please write a five sentence review about what it discusses. Turn this review (and your questions) in to me when I ask for them.

1) What is DACA:

2) What is a Sanctuary City:

3) Types of Immigration Systems:

4) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in their own words:

5 ) Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) on immigration:

6) CNN's 101 on Immigration:​

7) What's currently protecting the border?:

8) Who is actually coming to the United States?

9) Central American children coming to the US:

Answer the following questions based on the information that you have come across:

1)What is the argument surrounding immigration? What does each side say/think?

2) What methods are currently used to protect the border?

3) Why do people come to the United States? Who is coming?

4) What are the economic benefits/drawbacks of immigration?

5) How are people affected by this issue? Who is affected?

6) What are this president's and this congress's postions on how to fix border security? How do they phrase their solutions? What does the other side say about their solutions?

7) What does polling say about the president's response to illegal immigration? What does it say about democrats' responses?

After answering the questions fully, what do you think about the issue of immigration? This should serve as an outline for your Op-Ed.

1) State your opinion.

2) What evidence supports your argument? 

3) What evidence goes against your argument?

4) Why is that evidence different? Is anyone actually right or is there nuance?

5) What would you say to rebut that evidence that conflicts with your opinion?

The Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment states the following:"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."

Seems simple, right? But what does "excessive" mean? How about "cruel and unusual"?

Today you will be reading three articles concerning interpreting the Eighth Amendment. After reading each article, each person should answer the questions that follow the article. While you may read and discuss the articles in groups, each individual MUST turn in their own answers.

For more information on the Eighth Amendment, please go here.

Article One: Timbs v Indiana

1) What is Civil Forfeiture?

2) What happened to Timbs and why did his property undergo Civil Forfeiture? 

3) What is Timbs' case? Why does he think that his 8th Amendment rights were violated (at least three reasons)?

4) What is the state's case? Why do they think that they had the legal authority to do what they did?

5) Who is Clarence Thomas? What has he said about Civil Forfeiture in the past?

6) How did the Indiana Supreme Court rule when it took on this case? Why did it rule that way?

7) Who do you think is right in this case? Why? 

Article Two: The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

1) How might someone who is against the death penalty use the Contitution to show that it is unconstitutional?

2)How might someone who is for the death penalty use the Contitution to show that it is perfectly acceptable?

3) What is the "evolving standards of decency" test?

4) Do you think that we should read the Constitution in the mindset of those who wrote it? Or, do you think that we should read the Constitution so that it keeps in mind our society's changing values?

5) According to this article, what are three reasons why a person might think that the death penalty is wrong or "cruel and unusual"?

Article Three: Solitary Confinement and the Eighth Amendment

(Please note that, as of this summer, Anthony Kennedy is no longer a Supreme Court Justice.)

1) What is solitary confinement?

2) What does Donnie Lowe say happened to him as a result of solitary confinement?

3) Why do you think people might think that solitary confinement is not toruture?

Article Four: Is Solitary Confinement torture?

1) Why does this article claim that solitary confinement is torture?

2) Why does the prison population usually get ignored when talking about mental health?

Article Five: What makes bail "excessive"?

1) Why did Kaleif Browder go to jail?

2) What crime did Browder allegedly commit? Was he ever convicted? Why couldn't he go home sooner?

3) How long was Browder on Rikers Island? What happed to Browder after he left jail?

4) Do you think that Browder's stint in jail was fair? If not, how could it have been made fairer?

Supreme Court Justices

Today we are going to look at the makeup of the current Supreme Court. I will assign nine groups one Chief/Associate Justice that they will research. 

The Justices are: John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh

Please look up the following information about your Justice and compile a brief biography about them.

Where are they from? What was their childhood/young adulthood like? What were their influences?

Where did they go to school (college and graduate/law school)? What did they study? Did they receive any honors while at their school? Are there any stories of perseverance or how they faced discrimination/and uphill battle while at school?

Are they married? Do they have children? What is their religion?

Where did they work? What type of law did they study? Were they a judge? A law professor? How did they get involved and make a name for themselves (i.e. how were they famous/important enough that they were selected to the Supreme Court)?

Who appointed them to the Supreme Court? What year? Do they have a reputation on the court? Do they lean a particular way regarding politics? Have they written any particularly famous opinions or dissents?

Party Platforms

For your projects, you will be expected create your party's platform (which will be turned in to me with a hard copy.) The following are some of the current political party's platforms from recent years.

About Me

My name is Caitlin Cushing and I am teaching Social Studies at River Mill Academy. Please feel free to look around for any information regarding our class.


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