Substantive Education

American Government

Here are the details for the papers.

Your topic must be related to the Legislative Branch of government.  This could be about an act of Congress, about a particular Congressman or Senator, or another topic related to the Congress.  If you are unsure, check with Kelly

Due Jan 29th.  No late papers will be accepted.

You can combine this paper with the one due in Government

The paper should be 6 pages long.  If you are in Jr. High 3-4 pages is acceptable. 

  • Use 10 or 12 font size.
  • New Roman font.
  • 1 inch margis.
  • Double space
  • Use a minimum of three quotes
  • Use a minimum of three Primary  sources
  • And three Secondary sources
  • Your opening paragraph should contain your thesis
  • Make use of the handouts given in class on how to set up a good argument
  • You need a Title page containing the Title of the paper, your name and grade (That your in, not that I’m going to give you.)
  • Endnotes at the end of your paper.  (This is where you will list the information about the quotes that you use.)
  • Bibliography should be at the end of your paper
  • Use MLA format for End notes and Bibliography, we will be going over this in class.

This vocabulary list will need to be learned for your Final grade.  Spend time there periodically during the year to become familiar with the terms.  If you are having trouble you may want to make flash cards.

We are starting to study the Legislative branch of the goverment.  You have two sets of handouts.

Your grade for this section will be based on finishing those handouts completely, memorizing the preamble to the Constitution, and doing a research paper.  The topics and instructions for the research paper will be given next week.  First work on the handouts.

Homework for October 23rd.  Go over all the vocabulary that we covered in class.  You can find it at this link. Also next week we will be having our Constitutional Convention, so you need to be done researching your person.  You will be graded on how well you present the views of your individual.

We have gone over the Declaration of Indpendence and the Articles of Confederation.  We are ready to jump into the issues of the Constitutional Convention.  Each of you were to research a person who was at the Convention…I’m assuming you have been working on that.  We have gone over in class the conflicts that needed to be resolved and I will be posting an article on those conflicts and compromises soon.

Read the information about the convention on these websites.

This site gives the history of the convention and biographies of the main players.  This is a great place to start.

Charters of Freedom, you can research the actual document here.

Link to delegates who attended the convention

Exploring the convention and conflicts

Homework assigned on Oct. 2nd.  Do your Declaration of Independence test, and the handouts on the Articles of Confederation.

Homework assigned Sept.  25th.  We are done with the Declaration.  We put off our quiz, so we will be taking it this week.  Reread the document and be sure you understand what is being said.

Homework assigned Sept. 19th.  Finish reading the Declaration of Independence.  There will be a quiz on the Declaration next week.  Remember you should still be researching a person who attended the Constitutional Convention.

Homework assigned Sept. 11th – Finish handout pages on the Declaration of Independence.

(For course description see the bottom of this page.)

Finish handout on the Declaration of Independence you got in class…and remember you are to be researching one of the men who participated in the Constitutional Convention.  You can go to this site to browse through them and choose one.  Also, if you would like to do Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, or one of the other influential Founding Fathers who could not be at the Convention that is fine.  Jefferson was in France working on behalf of the new country so his participation was by mail.

Course Description

I love this class.  The story of how our country came to be is a fascinating tale.  The men who founded this country were an odd mix…passionate, brave, and intellegent surely…but also conflicted at the most basic levels.  While they founded a country based on the concept that all men were created equal… they kept slaves.  While all were to have certain inalienable rights, not all could vote. There were many arguments, personality conflicts, and stirring speeches…there were passionate appeals in the press, scandals, and victories and slowly the American identity began to emerge.  While a struggle and battle raged within this  new nation as it attempted to establish a radical representative government,  that nation was  surrounded on all sides by hostile European rulers who believed that the experiment would fail and who wanted to be there to divide the spoils when it did. We may have won the War for Independence but that was just the beginning of the struggles.

The drama doesn’t even end once we are established as a world power.  The evolution of our way of life, our government’s role in that life, has continued to change and grow through each decade.  The U.S. of today is far removed from it’s origins  yet, in many ways holds to many of the same ideals.  Each generation of Americans has faced it’s own set of struggles and challenges, and each generation has watched men and women of courage and passion rise to attack those challenges. Always at the core of the debate is our Constitution, a document that has provided structure and guidance for over 200 years.

Sadly, many Americans have never read the Constitution…however, every student  in this class will study it section by section, including the Bill of Rights and all of the amendments.  Men and women have fought and died to defend the concepts that are found within it.

Of course, we can’t study the Constitution without also studying the history of the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court has the job of applying the Constitution to real life situations and each of their rulings affects us all.  We will examine the key decisions of the Court and how those decisions changed and shaped our nation.  We will walk into the halls of Congress to meet the intriguiing personalities and watch the  struggles for power.  Scandals, tragedies, victories, and politics, it all comes together within the walls of the Capitol.  Lastly we will look at some of the fascinating men who have been thrust into the position of President, becoming the figure head for a nation that began as a Great Experimnet and went on to become a Super Power and dominant force on the world stage.

There is no book to buy for this class, I will be providing materials in class and on the internet.  If you want to add some additional reading material to this study, or just add to your library I will be posting a reading list soon of books that would supplement this study well.


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