Textbook Companion Website for Test Review

February 14, 2017


1. Click on the Chapter
2. Click on Standards Monitoring Online

Chapter 5 Review

February 10, 2017

Copy and answer questions 1-26 on page 144 to review for Chapter 5. Due on the same day as your test.

Your test for Chapter 4 and 5 will take place on Friday, 02/17/17.

02/10/17 Homework

February 10, 2017

Complete 2 pages of Cornell notes for Chapter 5-4 from page 132-135. Due on Tuesday.

Political Party Project – Due on Friday, February 10th, 2017 (100 Points)

February 2, 2017

Election Day is coming up in November and you and your classmates in the senior government class have a chance to register to vote for the very first time.

You are part of a group who will be analyzing one current political party and making a presentation to the class about this party’s solutions for the problems that confront the U.S. today. Since your role as “party analyst” is so important to your classmates, you will strive to ensure that all information presented is current and accurate.


Select one of the following political parties:

America First

Create a Google Slide presentation. You will divide presentation into five sections. Make up an original title for your presentation which includes the name of your political party.

Include the following items in your presentation:

(Be sure to present the information in bullets.)

Section 1 – Introduction
Write a brief (100-150 words – in bullets) historical background on the party.
Choose four major issues (including gun control, immigration, and two other issues of your choice) and describe your party’s position. Be sure to explain how your party justifies its position.

Section 2 – Party Ideology
Present a current campaign slogan used by your political party.
Using 75 words minimally (in bullets), describe in general terms what your party’s philosophy is regarding the role of government in American life.

Section 3 – Influential Figure
Find a photo of a famous person from your party (1950-present) and include a significant quote from that person and interpret the quote.

Section 4 – Promotion
Create a poem or rap (it must rhyme) with at least 10 different lines which reflect your political party’s point of view.
If you are creating a video, make sure its done in landscape orientation.

Section 5 – Mascot
Present the mascot/logo for your political party. Include a brief description of how the mascot/logo represents the party. If a mascot/logo doesn’t exist, create one and explain how it represents the party.


  • Divide the work up evenly with your partners working on each assignment.
  • Proofread all work carefully.
  • Make your Google Slide show colorful and pleasing to the eye.
  • Minimum font size should be 24.
  • Plagiarism is a form of cheating. I will be checking for academic dishonesty after each presentation. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM THE INTERNET !!!
  • E-mail your Google Slide presentation to ko_charles@ausd.us.
  • Please just send me a link, not a file attachment.
  • In the subject field, type in your names, period, and political party. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty.

Tips for Google Slide

  • Don’t copy and paste.
  • Eliminate any spelling and grammatical errors, a point will be deducted for every error present in the slide show.
  • Learn the pronunciation of every word. You have control of the content in your presentation, so do not include a word that you cannot enunciate properly. One point will be deducted for every word that is mispronounced.
  • Use text that provides contrast to the background
  • Use appropriate pictures for EVERY slide.
  • Use bullets to present your ideas.
  • Do not copy and paste.
  • Include Period, names and topic in the subject field.

Refer to page 124 in the textbook for you party’s web site.


The key to success for this activity is for you to present your Political Party in a genuine way. The rest of the class must think that you firmly believe what you are saying. No matter how strange a position may seem to you, try and understand it and present it as if you believed it all of your life.


Evaluation of this activity will be based on: the quality and accuracy of your research, visual presentation of your PowerPoint show, and your preparedness (spelling, pronunciation, and grammar) during your presentation.

01/31/17 Homework

February 1, 2017

Complete 4 pages of Cornell notes for Chapter 5, Section 1 and 2 from page 116-124.

01/26/17 Homework and Notes

January 26, 2017

Copy and answer questions 1-23 on page 84 to review Chapter the Chapter 3 quiz that will take place on Tuesday, 01/31/19. This assignment is due on the same day as the quiz.


Chapter 3: The Constitution
Section 3: Constitutional Change by Other Means

Critical Thinking
1. By what means other than formal amendment has constitutional change occurred?
The process of constitutional change by means other than formal amendment has taken place—and continues to occur—in five basic ways: through (1) the passage of basic legislation by Congress; (2) actions taken by the President; (3) key decisions of the Supreme Court; (4) the activities of political parties; and (5) custom.
2. What role does the Cabinet play in government?
It is the Presidential advisory body, traditionally made up of the heads of the executive departments and other officers.
3. What is the current role of the electoral college?
It is the group that makes the formal selection of the nation’s President, usually based on the results of the popular votes in each state.
4. What is an executive agreement?
An executive agreement is a pact made by the President directly with the head of a foreign state. A treaty, on the other hand, is a formal agreement between two or more sovereign states. The principal difference between these agreements and treaties is that executive agreements need not be approved by the Senate. They are as legally binding as treaties.
5. Why has it been necessary to make changes in the Constitution by methods in addition to formal amendment?
The Constitution is a simple document. Most of its sections are brief, even skeletal in nature. In order to adapt to various needs of eras, the changes take place from the continually evolving experiences of government under the Constitution.
6. What do you think would happen in this situation: The President insists on making an appointment, despite the fact that a key senator has invoked the rule of senatorial courtesy against that appointment?
If the President insists on breaking the custom of senatorial courtesy, he might lost the support of the Senate members even if the Constitution has given him that power.

Chapter 3-1 Notes

January 25, 2017

Chapter 3: The Constitution

Section 1: The Six Basic Principles

Short and Simple

It begins with the Preamble that explains the purpose of the Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The first three articles deal with the Congress, the presidency, and the federal court system. These articles outline the basic organization and powers of each branch and the methods by which the members of Congress, the President and Vice President, and federal judges are chosen.

Article IV deals mostly with the place of the States in the American Union and with their relationship with the National Government and with one another.
Article V explains how formal amendments may be added to the document.
Article VI declares that the Constitution is the nation’s supreme law.
Article VII provided for the ratification of the Constitution.

The seven articles of the original document are followed by 27 amendments, printed in the order in which they were adopted.

The Constitution is built around six basic principles:

Popular Sovereignty
The government draws its power from the people of the United States, and the people have given their government the power that it has through the Constitution.

Limited Government
The people are the only source of all of government’s authority.
Government must obey the law. This principle is called constitutionalism or rule of law-that government must be conducted according to constitutional principles.

Separation of Powers
The Constitution of the United States distributes the powers of the National Government among the Congress (the legislative branch), the President (the executive branch), and the courts (the
judicial branch).

Checks and Balances
Each branch is subject to a number of constitutional checks (restraints) by the other branches. In other words, each branch has certain powers with which it can check the operations of the other two.

Judicial Review
The courts can determine whether what government does is in accord with what the Constitution provides. More precisely, judicial review may be defined this way: It is the power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a governmental action.

The American government is federal in form. The powers held by government are distributed on a territorial basis. The National Government holds some of those powers, and others belong to the 50 States.