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Government

Instructor
Bret Polish
Term
2017-2018 School Year
Department
Independent Study
Description

Welcome to Government with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Friday from 1:19 – 2:19 pm and your attendance there is required. Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work. My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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Your Political Party (DUE BY 12:19 PM FRIDAY -- NO EXTENSIONS)

After taking a class on government, you realize that you are fed up with politics as usual and have decided to create your own political party that matches your interests and beliefs.  However, before you can go out and run for elections, you will need to recruit like-minded individuals to join your party.  In order to do this, you are to create a website that features

  1. A creative name for your party that succinctly describes your political agenda
  2. A unique animal or mascot that represents your party
    1. A story that explains why you have chosen this symbol in at least 5 sentences.
  3. A mission statement that explains the current government problems that your party intends to solve in at least 5 sentences.
  4. A party platform that lays out at least 10 positions your party takes on various political issues. You must explain each position in at least 5 sentences.
  5. A candidate who is running for Congress. You must provide a background for your candidate of at least 10 sentences.
    1. A political speech delivered by your candidate (at least 5 paragraphs).
  6. Pictures/video that will convince people to join your party.

If you do not know how to create a website, you can put all of your work on a powerpoint or poster.  Extra points will be given to political parties that come up with creative and unique ways to reach voters.  You must come to the final day of class prepared to present your “website” and read your political speech.

Grading:

75% of your grade will be based on the quality and creativity of your “website”.  However, 25% of your grade will also be based on how well you explain your ideas and sell the class on your party.

Due:

Political Party Debates Project
 

Typically, debates involve two main candidates. However, that usually means that at least two people are left out.  To make a more inclusive debate, our class will hold a mock debate with the participation of all four of the main political parties.

In these debates, you will be broken up into four groups to represent the four main political parties.  Though you might disagree with the position your group has been assigned, your job is to support your party’s position using at least four quotes from legitimate news sources (one quote per party).  As a class, we will agree to focus on the different parties’ positions on only four issues.

Debate Roles

Every member of your group must take on at least two roles in the debate. 

Opening Statement:  One member of the group will give an opening statement in which your group outlines its positions (1 - 2 pages). 

Rebuttal:  One member of the group must then rebut the opposing groups’ arguments (1- 2 pages). 

Q & A:  Two members of your group must prepare a list of five questions to ask each of the opposing groups.  They must also be prepared to answer the opposing groups’ questions in no more than five minutes.

Open Dialogue:  At least two members of your group must participate in an open dialogue in which you will have five minutes to debate the issue. 

Closing Arguments:  One member of your group must present the closing argument to sum up the group’s position in no more than two minutes (1- 2 pages).

Due:

 

Political Party Project

Federal elections will be held in California in 2018 and, since all of you will be eligible to vote next year, it is your duty as a citizen to learn about the different political parties.  To help the rest of the class learn about the different political parties, your job is to research the four most popular parties that are vying to represent the country and present your findings to the class in a powerpoint or poster.  In order to do this, you must do the following things:

  1. Find out the four major political parties and make a list with all of them, including their candidates for the 2016 presidential election (https://ballotpedia.org/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States
  2. Pick at least 10 issues that matter to you and look up the positions of the 4 major parties on these issues. Create a chart and, in your own words,write down where the party’s presidential candidates stood on each issue.  To find out this information, you can use the political parties websites to find out their platforms, but you should also reference a non-partisan resource like Ballotpedia (https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_Elections ) or On the Issues (http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm).  Do not copy from these websites!

Your chart should look like this:

Issue

Party 1

Party 2

Party 3

Party 4

Environment

Favors strong environmental protections (seeks to ban fracking and opposes drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve)

Against environmental protections (favors fracking and opening the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve to drilling)

Mixed position on  environmental protections (favors fracking, but is against opening the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve to drilling)

Favors strong environmental protections (seeks to ban fracking and opposes drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve)

 

  1. Using legitimate news sources, find at least one non-opinionated article on each party’s most recent actions (four articles in total). Summarize what you found out from these articles in at least 20 sentences (a minimum of five sentences per article) and be sure to cite your sources. 
  1. In five sentences, explain what party you think people should vote for and why they should vote this way.

 

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the government take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Current Events

You are a reporter for a very small high school newspaper that does not have money to send reporters out into the field.  As a result, you are forced to scour other newspapers for stories and put the news in your own words.  However, since you work for a high school, you cannot assume that anybody in the school has any knowledge of current events.  Therefore, you must provide enough background on your story so that even a 9th grader can understand what is going on.

Since you will be pitching your story to your editor, you must create an engaging poster or powerpoint to sell your editor on your story as well as your particular position on the events you are covering.

To complete your project, you must:

  1. Find a news article on the L.A. Times:
    1. https://nieonline.com/latimes/studentconnect.cfm
    2. Username:  polishstudent
      password: student
  2. Summarize the article in at least 10 sentences and provide enough background information so that even a reader who is unfamiliar with the issue at hand will be able to understand your article.
  3. End your article with a five-sentence recommendation to your newspaper’s editorial board. What position should the newspaper take on this issue?  Why should it take this position?
  4. Cite the original name of the article as well as the author.
  5. Find at least two pictures AND one video relating to the story you have picked.
  6. E-mail your story to your editor (bpolish@champscharter.org) by Thursday at 6 pm.
  7. Ready yourself to present your poster/powerpoint to your fellow students on Friday.

Due:

Constitution for Dummies Presentations due Friday, September 1.

Due:

Using the American Government Textbook, fill out the “Government and the State” and “Forms of Government” outlines.