Wednesday, June 25, 2014

U.S. Government Day 12 Reading: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Yesterday we looked at our own Bill of Rights.

Today we'll finish looking at them, and then start to look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as laid out by the United Nations in 1948.

We'll look at the differences between the two, and I'll ask students whether or not they agree: are what the United Nations laid out actually rights, or are they something else?

We'll finish this up tomorrow:  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I'm also adding in FDR's 1941 State of the Union Address (Four Freedoms).  We probably won't get to that until tomorrow.

Monday, June 23, 2014

U.S. Government Day 11: Reading

Bill of Rights

The Universal Declaration of Rights.

U.S. Government Day 10: Reading

The U.S. Constitution.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. Government Days 8 & 9 Reading

We went over the quizzes yesterday, and read some writings of William Lloyd Garrison - including THIS ARTICLE.

Today we looked at letter from General Pickett to La Salle Corbell.  Man, that was a tough one to read.  The Civil War is just so...  ... difficult.

And of course we read (and discussed) The Gettysburg Address.

A lot of tie-ins.  The other day, Cowells was discussing Roe v. Wade, and an important part of that argument is when does life begin.

The crux of The Gettysburg Address is, "when did the life of the nation begin."

Keep it real, people...  Keep it real...  We're almost there...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Government Day #7 Quiz

Alright, here are the quizzes if you want to take them... Seriously...

1st Group:  CLICK THIS LINK.

2nd Group:  CLICK THIS LINK.

3rd Group:  CLICK THIS LINK.

4th Group:  CLICK THIS LINK.

U.S. Government Day 6: No Reading

We're finishing up our discussion on factions and Federalism today.

Perhaps you've heard the news of Iraq and ISIS over the weekend.

This, unfortunately, ties in with Federalist 10 very well

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reading for U.S. Government: Days 4 & 5

It will take both days to get through Federalist #10, and everything it includes.  It's in your book, so I wasn't going to post about it, but hey... if you weren't at school, and wanted to know what we did: here you go.

(It's on page 791 in your book if you'd rather read it there...)

Or you may read it HERE.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Reading for U.S. Government: Day 3

We're finishing up the Declaration of Independence.  Promise.

We're actually starting off with a letter from Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Banks.

I would have included a picture of Franklin's letter, but I can only find pictures of his later letters to Joseph Banks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Reading for U.S. Government: Day 2

Well, we didn't get to the Declaration of Independence yesterday...

So here it is again:

Declaration of Independence.

Here is Patrick Henry's Speech at the Virginia Convention, given in March, 1775 - often referred to by the title, "The War Inevitable," or even more commonly, "Liberty or Death."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Reading For U.S. Government: Day 1

Reading One: 1st Samuel 8

 Take your pick, as translated in the Tanakh - Found HERE.

 Or as translated in the New Living Translation of the Bible - Found HERE.

Reading Two: The Magna Charta (I will tell you which sections to read/ focus on)

(Depending on the time, it may be wise to read the introduction, HERE.)

Spoiler alert from THIS LINK:  "Magna Carta of 1215 was not really intended to be a list of rights for Englishmen or even the barons themselves. It was more like a contract in which John bound himself to abide by its provisions. The barons only wanted King John to satisfy their complaints against his abusive rule, not overthrow the monarchy. The real significance of this document lies in the basic idea that a ruler, just like everyone else, is subject to the rule of law. When King John agreed to Magna Carta, he admitted that the law was above the king's will, a revolutionary idea in 1215."

Reading Three: U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Magna Carta:

Declaration of Independence:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


It's the end of the year.  I'm busy, you're busy.

I have to enter the grades from the presentations.  So, I want to make sure that gets done.  You want an accurate reflection of what your grades are going to be.  You've got to figure out if you want to do the extra credit today or not.

I'll make it easy for you: do it.  I'll make it easier: write your favorite memory from social studies this year.  Put your name on it.  Turn it in.

Easiest extra credit ever.

Did you notice how short the blog post was?  Easy.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Out of Time

I don't have time to type up a post today.  I covered someone else's 8th hour class, and then had grades to enter (they aren't all in yet...).  Now, I'm off to a meeting.

So, you'll have to get social studies extra credit some other way today.  If you haven't seen the thank-you video yet, check it out on yesterday's post.