American Government [Section A]
Period B
(Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

 

Day
#
Date
Topic
Assignment Due
Wednesday
1
9/5
First Day of the Course  -- Welcome!
Thursday
2
9/6 Democracy 101
Key Issues Facing the Nation
Read 1;3 / Complete Worksheet 1;3 Worksheet
Monday
3
9/10
Elements of Democracy Review Notes
Wednesday
4
9/12 Citizenship and You Read 2;1
Answer #1, #2, #3, and #4 on page 32
Thursday
5
9/13 Road to the Constitution Project  Honors Contract Due
Monday

6

9/17
Road to the Constitution Project  Work on Project
Wednesday
7
9/19
Finalize Newscast Work on Project
Thursday
8
9/20
Newscasts:  French & Indian War... Prepare for Newscast
Read 3;1 / Complete Worksheet 3;1 Principles of the Constitution
Monday
9
9/24
Newscasts: ...Constitutional Convention Review Notes
Wednesday
10 9/26 Brief History of the Constitution Syllabus Confirmation Form Completed
Read Chapter 4;1 
Answer 1, 2, 3, and 5 on page 95
Thursday
11 9/27 We the People...
Constitutional Scavenger Hunt
Work on Scavenger Hunt
Monday 12
10/1
Constitutional Scavenger Hunt
Intro. Gun Control v. Gun Rights
Review Notes
Wednesday
13
10/3
Federalism 101
Gun Control v. Gun Rights Debate Prep.
Read Montana Bill and Write Paragraph Supporting or Against the Bill
Honors:  Research Paper Topic Due
Thursday
14
10/4
Wrap-up Constitutional Scavenger Hunt
Gun Control v. Gun Rights
Debate Prep.
Complete 1/2 of Debate Prep. Worksheet
Monday
X 10/8 Columbus Day -- No School
Wednesday
15 10/10 Gun Control v. Gun Rights Debate Prep. No Homework during Columbus Day Break
Honors:  Thirteen American Arguments Due
Thursday
16 10/11 Gun Control v. Gun Rights Debate Prepare for Debate
Monday 17 10/15 Unit I Test Study for Unit Test
Wednesday
18 10/17 HBS Case:  An Australian Ballot
Case Method Introduction & Reading Time
Begin Reading An Australian Ballot Case
Thursday
19
10/18 HBS Case:  An Australian Ballot
Historical Context & Reading Time
Complete An Australian Ballot Backgrounder
Monday
20
10/22   HBS Case:  An Australian Ballot
Case Method Discussion Preparation
Review Notes & Do Any Catch-up Work
Prepare for Case Discussion
Wednesday
21 10/24 HBS Case:  An Australian Ballot
Case Discussion
Prepare for Case Discussion
Honors: Thirteen American Arguments Deadline
Honors:  Research Paper Consultation Due
Thursday
22 10/25 Begin Unit II [Legislative Branch] Complete HBS Case Rubric
Monday
23
10/29 Leadership in Congress
Work on Baseball Cards
Review Notes
Wednesday
24 10/31 Introduction to Congress Finish Baseball Cards
Read Chapter 12;1
Answer # 1-4, and 6
Thursday
26
11/1 Committees in Congress
I'm Just a Bill Project Introduction
Complete Outstanding Homework
Monday
27
11/5 I'm Just a Bill Project Work in Class Study Baseball Cards
Review Notes
Wednesday
28
11/7 I'm Just a Bill Project Work in Class Study Baseball Cards
Work on Project
Honors: Research Paper Consultation Deadline
Thursday
29 11/8 I'm Just a Bill Performances Project Due by 7:45 A.M.
Monday
X 11/12

Veterans' Day -- No School

Wednesday
30 11/14 Wrap-up Performances
Committees in Congress
No Homework during Break
Thursday
31
11/15
Committee Simulation Preparation Self/Team Evaluation
Complete Committee Snapshot
Study Baseball Cards
Monday
32
11/19
Committee Simulation Study Baseball Cards
Wednesday
33
11/21
Committee Simulation Wrap-up Study Baseball Cards
Honors:  Research Paper Rough Draft Due
Thursday
X
11/22

Thanksgiving -- No School

Monday
34
11/26 House Committee Simulation No Homework During Break
Wednesday
35
11/28 Every 10 Years:
Reapportionment and Redistricting
Study Baseball Cards
Challenges to Gerrymandering
Challenges to Gerrymandering
Thursday
38
11/29 Unit Wrap-up/Review Study for Unit Test
Pocket Constitution due by 1:17 p.m.
Monday
39 12/3 Unit II [Legislative Branch] Test Study for Unit Test
I'm Just a Bill
Rewrite due by start of classBill Option
Wednesday
40
12/5
Field Trip to Massachusetts State House Study Baseball Cards
Complete Pew Research Quiz
Pew Research Quiz
Thursday
41 12/6 Begin Unit III [Executive Branch, Political Parties, and Elections] Study Baseball Cards
Read 5;1 and Complete Worksheet Guided Reading 5;1
Monday 42
12/10
Introduction to Political Parties Review Notes
Wednesday
43
12/12 Watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Honors:  Research Paper Rough Draft Deadline
Thursday
44
12/13
Finish Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Study Baseball Cards
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Day #1
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - Day #1
Monday 45
12/17
Wednesday
46
12/19 Honors:  Research Paper Final Draft Due
Thursday
47
12/20
Winter Break [December 24 - January 1]
Wednesday 48 1/2

Thursday

49
1/3
Monday
50 1/7
Wednesday
51 1/9 Honors:  Research Paper Final Draft Deadline
Thursday
52 1/10
Monday 53 1/14
Wednesday
54 1/16
Thursday
55 1/17
Monday
X 1/21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- No School

Final Assessment -- TBD