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  • Bells 1&2. Blog # 5.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 9/26/2022

    This week we will begin our study of one of my favorite subjects to teach: The Bill of Rights. Ratified in 1791, these ten amendments embody all of the rights Americans hold so dear. So, what do you know about your rights? If you know your rights, do you know your limits? Let's find out this week. Here is what I would like you to do:

    1. Take the Bill of Rights Quizto see what you know about its structure.
    2. Take the How well do you know your rights Quiz to see how well you can interpret your rights.
    3. How did you do? Tell me what you think you need to learn and study after completing both quizzes. Be specific. What did you learn about your knowledge of the structure and interpretation of the Bill of Rights? Tell me something from each quiz!

    Your response should be at least five sentences in length. Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT your writing.

     

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  • Bells 1&2. Blog # 4.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 9/19/2022
    On September 17th, 1787 our Constitution was signed and sent to the states for ratification. This week we will begin our study of the US Constitution by dissecting the Constitutional Convention, and the factions that resulted over the ratification debates. We will also study the principles of the Constitution and the Amendments added to the body of the original Constitution. Several years ago a survey found more people knew the 5 Simpsons more often than they did the 5 freedoms in the First Amendment. So, is the Constitution just an outdated document that Civics teachers use to take up space on their walls? I certainly hope not! I want you to see the document living in your lives all around you. So, in keeping 1787 in step with 2022 here is what I would like you to do this week:
     
    1. Read the article Why We Must Teach the Constitution.
    2. Thomas Jefferson said: “Enlighten the people and tyranny and oppression will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”  What do you think Jefferson meant by this statement? 
    3. In what way, if any, can studying the Constitution help you in the future? Explain your opinion.
    4. Take this Constitution Quiz to see what you already know! How did you do? What is one fact you learned from the quiz?

    Your response should be at least five sentences in length.  Please remember to Sign IN and EDIT your writing.

     

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  • Bells 1&2. Blog #3.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 9/13/2022

    This week we will begin our historical journey into the roots of  American government. We will look at the causes of the American Revolution and will soon study our first attempt at government. Ten years after the Declaration of Independence, our country was a mess! Democratic government at the national level was slow in coming. Many people "wrote off" our country and wrongly predicted its failure. Democratic government is never easy and forming a democratic government in many countries simply does not work. Indeed, a recent study by the Pew Research Center has shown that  in many countries people are dissatisfied with how their democracy is working.  For this week's blog I would like you to read the article below and reflect upon our own democracy. 

     

    1. Summarize the findings of the Pew Research Center in relation to how many feel about their democracy.
    2. What characteristics must exist before a country can call itself a democracy?  For example, democratic countries must have  frequent elections.  What else?
    3. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with how democracy is working in our country? Support your answer with specific examples.

    Please remember to edit your writing.

    Many Dissatisfied with Democracy

     

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  • Bells 1&2. Blog # 2

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 9/4/2022

    This week we will begin our study of different forms of government. We know that our country is a democratic republic, whereby we elect government officials to represent us. We will compare and contrast our system of government to other governmental systems, including the totalitarian regime of North Korea. This week I am asking you to consider the documentary we will watch about North Korea and to also read the article below and answer the following questions:

     

    1. What did you learn that surprised you about Kim's regime? 

    2. Summarize what you think the United States and international community should do about this regime?

    3. What differences do you see with authoritarian governments like North Korea and republics like ours?

     

    Your response should be at least five sentences in length.  Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT YOUR WRITING.

    North Korea

     

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  • Blog # 1. Bells 1&2.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 8/28/2022

    This week we will explore and discuss citizenship and immigration. We will look at immigration and discuss why people still flock to America. We will also learn  that illegal immigration is definitely a problem. Everyone agrees with that. However, what we do about it is something that our nation is divided over.  I would like you to read the articles below and respond to the following questions:

    1. President Biden has proposed many changes to Trump-era restrictions on immigration to the United States. Which of these changes, if any, do you support? Which of these changes, if any, do you oppose?  Explain.
    2. In what ways can our country benefit from legal immigration?
    3. How big of a problem is illegal immigration to you? Should it be a government priority? Why or why not?

    Should the U.S. Build a Border Wall?

    Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and Biden’s proposed changes

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