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  • Week 16: Civil Law

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 5/19/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Well, this is it! Your final blog. I have really had a great time with you this semester. Many of you have impressed me with your work ethic, your questions, and your insights. We will have our discussions on law and the legal system starting this week and early next week. Many students are eager to learn about and discuss the criminal justice system. Obviously, we have seen hundreds of examples of crimes on television. We see examples of crimes in the news and acted out in our favorite crime shows. Civil law is a bit foreign to most teenagers. Few shows on television deal with these types of cases and even fewer students know someone who has been a party to a lawsuit. To help clear up this confusion (and put a smile on your face in some cases), I am giving you a great deal of options in this week's blog. Here is what I would like you to do this week:

    1. Go to the link below and read about at least 2 civil cases. Some of the cases at the bottom of the page are great, too.
    2. For each of the cases you pick, explain who the plaintiffs and defendants are in the case and what the dispute is about.
    3. Finally, elaborate about which side you think should win each dispute and why.

    Top Ten Frivolous Lawsuits 

    This post is worth 20 points! The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 24th.

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  • Everfi Final Blog

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 5/17/2019 1:00:00 PM
    **You should complete this blog after you complete all 9 modules!
    By now if you are starting this blog, you have successfully completed the modules about personal financial literacy. Teenagers have access to billions of dollars each year. Most of that money comes in the form of parental handouts, gifts, and wages from summer or part-time jobs. According to CNNmoney.com, 70% of all teenagers think they will be better off than their parents and 68% think there is no correlation between education and earnings. What makes teenagers think like this? Perhaps seeing parents struggle financially makes students think they will be better off because the economy will improve. Perhaps seeing (and dreaming to be) Bill Gates without a college degree makes students think education is not important. Frankly, I hope you are better off than your parents, but the reality of that happening without a good education is extremely unlikely. To press the point of how higher education translates to higher incomes, here is what I would like you to do this week:
    1. Pick your ideal (and hopefully still realistic) career. Go to Google.com and type in "How much do ______ make per year?" Record that data. 
    2. Next, Google what you think is a terrible job that you don't want to be stuck in. "How much do _____ make per year?" Record that data. 
    3. Come to the blog, tell me what 2 careers you Googled and what you learned about your results. 
    4. What will it take to achieve your ideal career that you chose? Are you on track for that? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 the highest, how likely are you to achieve your goals?
    This blog is worth 20 points! The last day to post your comments for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd. You may not be exempted from this blog by using a pass.
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  • Week 15: Acing Economics

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 5/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
    This week to help you further your grasp on our unit on Economics, I want you to take a quiz called "Are you smarter than a 12th grader?" It is a survey given to assess the general knowledge of economics by high school seniors across the nation. I found some of the questions tedious and had to read them carefully. Although I got 10 of 10, I had to stop and apply many of the economics basics you began learning last week and that will continue this week. So, here is what I want you to do this week:
    1. Click on the link below and take the 10-question quiz.
    2. Come back here and explain how you did on the quiz (or how you scored out of 10).
    3. Tell me two things you learned by taking the quiz. This component should be AT LEAST 2 separate sentences!
    4. Finally, how confident do you feel about economics on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being very confident? Why?
    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 17th.
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  • Week 14: Intro to Economics

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 5/5/2019 3:00:00 PM

    This week we will jump in deeply to our unit on economics. This unit gets mixed reviews from my students. Many find it easy and interesting; others find it difficult and confusing. Economics is like math. Every day we will take the previous day's subject and build upon it. If you miss a lesson, it is hard to get back on track so try to be in class and keep up in these next hectic weeks. The blog this week is going to start with a "what if" scenario. 

    What if you won 50 million dollars on your 18th birthday? Would you be bankrupt by 25 or set for life? 

    1. Read this article: Powerball Billions: Jackpot Payouts a Blessing or a Curse?

    2. What did you learn about what you should do with your money, according to the author? Why, according to the author, do so many lottery winners lose everything?

    3. What splurge would you make to keep within his 3% Rule?

    4. Would you still go to college? Would you still pursue a career? 

    5. How would your life be changed for the better? The worse?

    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10th.

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  • Week 13: Currituck County

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 5/3/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Currituck County
    This week we will study local governments. Currituck County is a very unique county in that there are no incorporated towns or cities in it. To discuss "municipal government" with a citizen here is a foreign subject for most. Our county government is really the only one that makes ordinances for us in Currituck. So, let's get familiar with our county. Here is what I would like you to do this week. Please pay careful attention to all parts of the post below so you do not lose points for failing to follow instructions.
    1. Go to Currituck County's homepage.
    2. Visit at least 3 different departments (links found on the top right side of the page).
    3. Come back & comment about 3 things you learned about Currituck County.
    Now, here is the catch: Once someone comments on a fact, no one else can use that fact. 
    So, blog early or spend a bit of time reading about what your other classmates have learned.
    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.
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  • Week 12: NC Government

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 4/14/2019 3:00:00 PM

    NC Flag

    This week we will continue our study of NC's government. My goal is to get you all to see federalism at work in our state structure and effectively compare it to our national structure before moving to our local government study. So, we have learned the 3 branches of the federal government and their functions. We have studied federal laws passed by Congress that are enforced by the President and the bureaucracy and then interpretted by the federal courts when disagreements arise. NC's system is very similar. This week your are going to read about the ongoing conflicts between Governor Roy Cooper and our General Assembly.  So, here is what I would like you to do this week:

    1. Read the article "Conflicts between Gov. Cooper and the NCGA."
    2. Explain why the two are in constant conflict with an example.
    3. Explain at least 1 similarity and 1 difference you see between the US and NC's governments. I am NOT looking for phrases like "they both make laws" nor "the federal government is the US and the NC government is for the state" (I am not looking for the obvious, but details from the article above.)

    The last day to post comments for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 19th.

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  • Week 11: Public Opinion

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 4/7/2019 3:00:00 PM
    We will conclude our unit on political participation this week with a focus on factors, forces and groups that shape government decisions. Gallup.com is one of the most well-known and respected groups that measures public opinion. Why does public opinion matter? Well, in a democratic republic like ours, when the will of the majority is ignored by a public official, the results usually are felt in the next election, which is happening on April 30th! If government officials truly are "representatives," people expect them to follow their demands. So, here is what I would like you to do this week. Click on the link below. Pick one of the listed topics & study the charts and article associated with that topic. Then, answer all of the following questions:
    1. What question did Gallup ask to measure opinion about the topic you chose? 
    2. Do you agree or disagree with the majority in the poll? Compare your view with the majority!
    3. What makes your topic controversial or devisive?
    4. What public policy should the government pursue about your issue? 
    If you cannot answer all of the above parts or have to answer "I don't know" or "I don't care" then you need to pick another topic!
    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 12th.
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  • Week 10: Political Ideology

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 3/31/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Well, we are now officially halfway through the course! I have had a good time helping you learn about our government this nine weeks. Some of you still seem to be confused about whether you are a conservative (usually Republicans), liberal (usually Democrats) or moderate (Mostly in the Middle of these 2). This week, instead of an article, you will be taking a political ideology quiz. It is fairly simple and doesn't take long. The quiz will give you a great deal of information about what you think politically (your ideology). Here is what I would like you to do this week:
    Take the quiz at Political Quiz. Then, come back here and explain your results in all of these categories:
    1. Describe your ideology based on the quiz below. Use the results page AFTER taking the quiz.
    • (Mine is that of a core conservative, which is really a view of part of the Republican party.)
    2. In what part of the quiz did you differ on than those typical of your ideology?  
    • (I am more liberal on social issues than most core conservatives.)
    3. What did you learn about your ideology?
    • (I learned that only 13% of the population thinks like me. I am very pro-business.)

    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 5th. 

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  • Free Week-No blog!

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 3/24/2019 4:30:00 PM

    So...with this being a short week AND the end of the grading quarter on Thursday, I have decided to just give all of you the week off! We will jump into our elections unit next week and will culminate it with a class election. So, study and work hard this week to finish strongly, we will pick back up with our weekly blogs next week. The next blog will be posted on Sunday, March 31st. 

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  • Week 9: The Supreme Court of the U.S.

    Posted by SELINA JARVIS on 3/17/2019 3:00:00 PM
    This week we will begin our study of the third and final branch of government, the judicial branch. The role of the judicial branch is to interpret the law, right? Interpretation can have many interpretations, though. One view is that of strict constructionists. These people believe in going by literally what our Constitution says. Others have a view of a judicial activist. These people believe that the Constitution should evolve with the times. When these two views clash, you get divisive decisions handed down. With this discussion in mind, here is what I would like you to do:
    1. Go to Complete List of Controversial Cases and choose one case and read the case description. 
    2. Come back here and first explain which case you chose and what it was about.
    3. Explain what makes this case so controversial. (If you can't do this, pick a different case!)
    4. Finally, analyze why you believe this case made the list. In other words, what is the significance today?
    This post is worth 20 points!
    The last day to post a comment for full credit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd.
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