• Semester Two

    Quarter Four

    AP Government                      

    April 5, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is going to be the hardest part of the mock trial for your role?  What do you need to do to be expertly prepared?  Have you procured all the clothes you will need to be professional? 

    I will not see you until next Tuesday formally (unless you choose wisely and come to an AP GOV test prep session M/T/W).

    Test: Thursday

    Mock Trial: Friday

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                      

    April 3, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is a PAC?  Give two real-world examples of PACs that operate in Arizona.

    Length: 3+

    AP Government                      

    April 1, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What does quid pro quo mean?  Explain using an example.

    Length: 4+ sentences

    AP Government                       WELCOME BACK

    March 27, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Press Conference Time-

    Media- create at least five basic questions to ask about the murder case. 5+

    Lawyers- prepare a short statement to read at the conference. 5+

    Lawyers and Witnesses- be prepared to answer questions.  “No comment” is acceptable (use it wisely).

    Witnesses- write about how you feel about moving toward a trial date.  Nerves, emotions… 5+

    AP Government                       WELCOME BACK

    March 26, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Welcome back class!  Mock Trial Prep has begun… please think about what role you would like to take in our serious murder trial set for 4/12.

    Lawyer

    Witness

    Media

    Length: Explain in great detail about why you deserve that role.  Each role will have a significant amount of work- speaking- writing- studying.  Ye be warned.

     

    Quarter Three

    AP Government                       

    March 4, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do?

    Length: 5+ Bullet Points

    AP Government                       NEW SEATS 

    February 27, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Give a specific example of libel, slander, and prior restraint. Be prepared to share with your peers.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 26, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Does the Supreme Court have restrictions on the death penalty? 

    What is your viewpoint on the death penalty?  Should it be an option or is it inhumane? Be prepared to discuss with peers.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 25, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What percentage of American criminal cases actually go to trial?  Why is plea bargaining used so much in the United States?

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                               

    February 22, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    How has the Patriot Act altered search and seizure law? 

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                               

    February 20, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Bill of Rights Rap-

    Explain what it took to get the video completed for the due date.  Who did what?  What was needed to be procured? Who did you ask for help?  What would you have done differently?

    Length: 6+

     

    AP Government                                 TEST DAY

    February 19, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Storyline for your video that is due TOMORROW!

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                       STAY AWAY FROM WASSON- GERMS

    February 15, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    How did you do in the scenario?  Were you valued?  Too loud?  Too quiet?  How were you treated? How did the class do?  Would those people chosen be able to survive after the fallout? (3-4 months)  Were there mistakes made with picking?  What were they?

     

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                               

    February 13, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Explain the two types of categorical grants.

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                               

    February 11, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Explain the difference between enumerated powers and implied powers.  Give a real-world example for each.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 8, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What does the full faith and credit clause do?  Give two real world examples of when that would apply and EXPLAIN.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 7, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is the elastic clause or “necessary and proper” clause?  Give two real world examples of when that would apply and EXPLAIN.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 6, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is the significance of the 14th Amendment?

    -Specifically the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                               

    February 5, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is the significance of the 10th Amendment?

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                               

    February 4, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Electoral College- What is it?  Do you think it should be abolished? Explain.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                                TEST DAY

    February 1, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Are Americans allowed to burn the American flag?

    Answer factually, then proceed with your opinion.

    Length: 4+

    AP Government                      

    January 30/31, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Draw a diagram/graphic organizer of the Madisonian system of government. Explain how the Madisonian system addressed the dilemma of reconciling majority rule with the protection of minority interests.

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                      

    January 28, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Give three examples of checks and balances in our three branches.

    Must be a check on a branch (by another branch) - not a branch self-checking itself…

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                      

    January 25, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    In what ways does the Constitution expand and diminish the scope of government?

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                      

    January 23, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What are some major grievances of the colonists under British rule?

    Length: 5+

    AP Government                                 TEST DAY

    January 22, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define and give one example:

    Pluralist Theory

    Elite and Class Theory

    Hyperpluralism Theory

    Length: 6+ (List form ok.)

     

    AP Government

    January 18, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define and give one example:

    Public Goods

    Single-Issue Groups

    Policy Gridlock

    Length: One paragraph- 6+ sentences (can be listed)

    AP Government

    January 17, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Debate-

    What went well?  What could you have done to better prepare?  What worked for your team?  Who won?  WHY?!?

    Length: One paragraph- 6+ sentences

    AP Government

    January 16, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Debate- what side is winning?  WHY?!? Give examples and go over how your team is going to DELIVER today.

    Length: One paragraph- 6+ sentences

    AP Government

    January 15, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    After researching the topic your class chose- what are your personal beliefs on the subject?  Detail what legislation (if any) that should be put into place to help support your opinion.

    Length: 6+

    AP Government

    January 14, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Gun Control Debate- 0 Hour

    Decriminalization of Marijuana- 2 Hour

    Please describe what topics within the one chosen you would like to debate tomorrow.  What side are you on?  Are you going to have the teacher place you on a side?  Discuss what you would like to research tonight for the debate.

    Length: One paragraph- 6-10 sentences

    AP Government

    January 10, 2019

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Where do you stand politically?  Do you know what political party shares most of your personal beliefs?  What do you consider yourself?  Left/Right/Middle.  What are the topics that you KNOW EXACTLY how you would vote if given the opportunity?  Response: One Paragraph.

    Examples:

    Second Amendment

    Drilling for Natural Resources

    Social Welfare Programs

    *Please feel free to discuss other topics that have great importance to you.

    AP Government

    January 9, 2019

    Journal Entry One

    Prompt:

    Citizenship.  Please read the below sonnet and write how you think this applies today.  Does the poem still hold true?  Explain your thoughts on United States Citizenship.  Who is deserving?  Why?  Be prepared to share your response.  Length: At least a 6-10 sentences (1 paragraph)

    New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

     

     

     

     

     

    It's a girl!

     

    It's a GIRL! 🎀

     

    Quarter Two

    AP GOV                       

    December 5/6, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is an appropriations committee? 

     

    Length: 2+

    AP GOV                       

    December 4, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

     

    Hate Crime Case-

    There are eight witnesses and six lawyers for this Mock Trial Case.  What position would you like to research and play this time?  Explain your reasoning.

    Length: 6+

    AP GOV                       

    December 3, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

     

    Mock Trial Case-

     

    Choose one topic from below and describe what role you would like to do for that case and why that topic would be interesting to study.

     

    Length: 4+

    Topic:

    Domestic Violence (obtaining an Order of Protection)

    Marijuana at school

    Brandishing a firearm at school

    Hate Crime at school

    AP GOV                       

    November 27, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define the terms “political question” and “statutory construction” as they apply to the Supreme Court.

     

    Length: 4+

     

    AP GOV                       

    November 26, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Name three conditions in which nominations to the Supreme Court are more likely to run into trouble. Explain.

    Length: 5+

    AP GOV                       

    November 14/15, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Identify two powers specifically granted to the House and three specifically granted to the Senate.

     

    Length: List them.

    AP GOV                       

    November 13, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

     

    What is the average salary of a Congressmember?  And what are the basic requirements to be a MOC?

    Length: 2+

    AP GOV                       

    November 7/8, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    TEST DAY

    Study Guide Work- create a mini-presentation for the chosen number.  Remember color and symbols are required!

    AP GOV                       

    November 6, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Election Day!!!

    Socratic Seminar Discussion Question-
    Do you believe there is evidence of discrimination in Voter IDs?  Case law?  Extra steps to vote in certain states? OR is this to prevent Voter ID fraud?

    Convince me.

    Length: One paragraph.

    AP GOV                       

    November 2/5, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Social Experiment:

    • How did you feel during the simulation?
    • Were you important? Give examples.
    • What are the THREE most important factors of survival outside of the bunker?
    • What are the THREE most important factors inside the bunker?
    • Did your class vote for a group that would survive? Why or why not?

    Length: 2 paragraphs

    AP GOV                       

    October 31, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Mandate theory of elections- what is it and who prefers this theory?

    Length: 3+

    AP GOV                       

    October 30, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is “soft money”?

    Length: 3+

    AP GOV    

    October 29, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Do members in your family vote in the elections held each year?  Do they vote for local or only for Presidential elections? 

    Length: 2+

    AP GOV                       

    October 24, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    In the most recent elections what has been the most frequent response to party identification?

    Length: 2+

    AP GOV                       

    October 22, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define the responsible party model and identify three reasons that American political parties fall short of the responsible party model.

     

    Length: 5+

    AP GOV                       

    October 19, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define party dealignment.

    Length: 2+sentences

    AP GOV                       

    October 18, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What are the five major tasks that political parties perform?

    Length: Bullet Point Format

    AP GOV                       

    October 17, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    WELCOME BACK!

    Write down one rose and one thorn from over the break.  Explain them…

    Length: 4+ sentences

    Quarter One

    Journal Prompts

    7/24

    Journal Entry One

    Prompt:

    Citizenship.  Please read the below sonnet and write how you think this applies today.  Does the poem still hold true?  Explain your thoughts on United States Citizenship.  Who is deserving?  Why?  Be prepared to share your response.  Length: At least 6-10 sentences (1 paragraph)

    New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

     

    July 25, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Where do you stand politically?  Do you know what political party shares most of your personal beliefs?  What do you consider yourself?  Left/Right/Middle.  What are the topics that you KNOW EXACTLY how you would vote if given the opportunity?  Response: One Paragraph.

    Examples:

    Second Amendment

    Drilling for Natural Resources

    Social Welfare Programs

    *Please feel free to discuss other topics that have great importance to you.

     

    July 26, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    “We will not, under any threat, or in the face of any danger, surrender the guarantees of liberty our forefathers framed for us in our Bill of Rights.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941

     

    Do you have to surrender the guarantees of liberty, personal property, or freedoms contained in the Constitution in your daily life?  In school?  At home?  While traveling? Length: One Paragraph.

     

    July 27, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Posted in classroom- AP GOV Free Response Questions

     

    AP Government

    July 30, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Electoral College- why should we or shouldn’t we abolish the Electoral College?

    Length: One paragraph- 6-10 sentences

     

    AP Government

    July 31, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?

    Length: One Paragraph 6-10 sentences

    AP Government

    August 1, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    “I am always on the side of Revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.”  Mark Twain

    What atrocities were happening that the men who penned the Declaration of Independence were willing to die a treasonous death? Length: One paragraph

    AP GOV

    August 2, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Electoral College Socratic Seminar Analysis

    How often did you participate and were your comments relevant?  If you did not participate in the discussion, why? Did you follow the rules of the seminar and if not why?  What are you going to do for Monday to enable you to be more successful?

    Length: One Paragraph

    AP GOV

    August 3, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What side will you be supporting in the Socratic Seminar on Monday?  What article have you found that supports your opinion?  What facts or emotional pleas are you planning on using in the seminar? Explain your game plan.

    Length: One paragraph.

     

    AP GOV

    August 6, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    AP1: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?  Explain your reasoning.

    AP2: Should Abortion Be Legal? Explain your reasoning.

    Length- One paragraph.

     

    AP GOV

    August 7, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    How active is American government?

    Should America’s government be more active? What’s your opinion?

    Length: One paragraph.

     

    AP GOV

    August 8/9 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

     

    Should Americans be required to vote?

    Visuals provided in-class. Length: One Paragraph

     

    AP GOV

    August 10, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Explain what is meant by majority rule and minority rights.

     

    AP GOV

    August 13, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is the role of wealth (or money) in pluralist theory vs. elite theory?

    Length: 3-4 sentences

     

    AP GOV

    August 14, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    1. Which District 5 Member agrees with YOUR opinion on this one subject?
    2. How do you know?!?
    3. What two sources did you bring with you for the debate?
    4. What is your own individual opinion on the topic your class chose?

    AP GOV

    August 15/16, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What were the major grievances of the colonists under the British rule?

    Explain as many as you can in the time given.

     

    AP GOV

    August 17, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What were the major economic problems addressed at the Constitutional Convention and how were they resolved?

     

    AP GOV

    August 20, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Draw a diagram of the Madisonian model of government.

    AP GOV

    August 21/22, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    List and EXPLAIN the five Constitutional amendments that expanded the right to vote.

     

    Length: 4-5 sentences

     

    AP GOV

    August 23, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Describe the events associated with Shays’ Rebellion, and their significance for the writing of the Constitution.

     

    Length: 3-4 sentences

    AP GOV

    August 24, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    How prepared are you for today’s exam?

     

    Length: 1-2 sentences then TURN IN YOUR JOURNAL.

    Study Guides go to the box of your class.

    AP GOV

    August 27, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    With the passing of our esteemed Senator, John McCain- what do you believe will be his legacy? 

     

    How will Arizona fill his vacant Senate seat?

     

    Length: 4-5 sentences

    AP GOV

    August 28, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    List and BRIEFLY explain in plain terms each amendment in the Bill of Rights.

    Be prepared to SHARE with the class.

    AP GOV

    August 29/30, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    In what ways does federalism decentralize politics and policies?

    Explain and give three real-world examples.

     

    Length: 5-6 sentences

    AP GOV                       

    September 4, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Describe the three general obligations that each state has to every other state under the Constitution.

     

    Length: 5+ sentences

    AP GOV                       

    September 5, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    For what reasons might a state or locality not want to receive federal aid?

     

    Length: 4+

     

    DUE TODAY:

    1. LYRICS (now)
    2. Study Guides (before test)
    3. JOURNALS (at end of class)

    AP GOV                       

    September 10, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Briefly explain the controversial aspects of the Patriot Act and how it has altered search and seizure law.

     

    Length: 5+

    AP GOV                       

    September 11, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What are the Court restrictions on the death penalty?  What is YOUR personal viewpoint on the use of the death penalty?

     

    Length: 5+

    AP GOV                       

    September 12/13, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    How did the Court assert a right to privacy? In other words, it’s not explicitly stated in the Constitution and yet the Court has firmly upheld its existence.

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 14, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Standards for abortion were changed under Planned Parenthood v. Casey. How?

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 17, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define libel and slander.  Give a real world example of each.

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 18, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What is de jure? What is de facto? Give examples.

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 19/20, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 say? What were the results?

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 21, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Define affirmative action.  Give two real-world examples.

     

    Length: 4+

    AP GOV                       

    September 24, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    What military policy ended in 2011?

     

    Length: 1-2 sentences

    AP GOV                       

    September 25, 2018

    Journal Entry

    Prompt:

    Are people with AIDS entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

     

    Length: 1-2 sentences