EQ- Explain how scarcity, productive resources and opportunity cost are related?

1. Take out a piece of paper and write down today's essential question. We will use this as a final question to answer after we complete "My Wish List" Activity Sheets 4,5 & 6

2. Before we begin "My Wish List" activity, please copy & discuss these Unit 1-Key Ideas (keep them under "Notes" section of binder.

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3. Next, we will use the computers to complete the "My Wish List" Activity 4 (click on the link below for the directions)

My Wish List Activity 4-Directions 1

My Wish List Activity 4-Directions 2


EQ- What are the seven principles of economic thinking?

1. Today, you will complete a close reading assignment using Chapter 1-An Economic Way of Thinking, in your Economics Alive book.

2. Open up the directions and Chapter 1 Notebook Guide below

Chapter 1-Notebook Guide-An Economic Way of Thinking (front page)

Chapter 1-Notebook Guide-An Economic Way of Thinking (back side)

3. If you do not finish the work during class, please finish it for homework.

4. For an online copy of your textbook, use the same sign-in information for your Civics Alive book and it will be switched over to Economics Alive!


EQ- How can you think like an economist?

1. Today is our first day of Economics! Woo Hoo!

2. You will need a piece of paper and some vocabulary notecards!

3. After you write today's date and essential question on your paper~ complete the following pre-test to see if you already think like an economist.

Do You Think Like An Economist-Pre-test

4. After you finish your pre-test, read the packet "Basic Instruction-Unit I-Economic Survival: Resources, Production, and Scarcity pgs. 12-14 (click on the links below for a copy of the pages). You may highlight, underline and write in the margins of this article.

Basic Instruction-Unit 1-Economic Survival pg. 12

Basic Instruction-Unit 1-Economic Survival pg. 13

Basic Instruction-Unit 1-Economic Survival pg. 14

5. Now that you have read the article, go back and make any adjustments on your pre-test as you see fit.

6. Turn your packet over and on the back copy these vocabulary words. Today, we will only define the first five for you to put on notecards.


2. productive resources or factors of production

3. trade-off

4. T.I.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.

5. opportunity cost

6. costs

7. benefits

8. cost-benefit analysis

9. marginal thinking

10. incentive

11. market

12. The invisible hand

13. The law of diminishing marginal utility

14. economic enigmas

15. economics

6. On your paper with the essential question, copy down these notes.

1. Scarcity is the biggest economic problem in the world.

2. Scarcity exists because people have unlimited wants with limited resources. This leads to not having enough g/s to fulfill everyones wants and needs.

3. Economists say that we only need 5 basic needs in order to live and survive;





and clothing.

Everything else is a want!

4. For something to be scarce, it must meet three criteria; it must be limited, it must be desirable, and it must have alternate uses.

7. Copy and discuss these vocabulary words and their meanings:

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No school today due to Veteran's Day!

A big shout out and thank you to all of the veteran's who serve our country to keep it safe!






No school due to Election Day!


EQ- What obligations do you have as a U.S. citizen? What is the difference between duties & responsibilities? What are the specific ways that citizens can become involved in government?

1. On a piece of paper, write your name, date, and period and the following title: Citizenship and Government.

3. Next, read and write the essential questions. These questions will be our guiding thoughts as we are learning about the last part of Civics: Citizenship and Government.

4. You will be completing a reading assignment in the alternate Civics Book. I will include links to the pages below (pages 3-6), in case you are working on this at home.

Civics In Our Lives Pg.3
Civics In Our Lives Pg.4
Civics In Our Lives pg. 5
Civics In Our Lives Pg. 6

5. You will read together with a partner and during the reading, you will stop and answer several smaller questions that will lead you to the thinking needed for the bigger questions.

6. Set up your paper in the following way:

Page 3- According to the information on page 3, what does it mean to be an effective citizen of the United States?

Page 4- What "ideals" form the basis of U.S. government and the American way of life?

Pages 5 & 6- Identify 10 qualities of a "good" citizen.

Page 6- Identify 3 ways that citizens can become involved in government.


EQ- What characteristics make for a strong speech or an oral presentation? For example, what qualities do you like in teachers or other speakers when they present something to you?

1. Please take out your Oral Presentation Rubric, your information you are going to present, and a piece of paper.

2. Write your name, date & period and today's essential question.

3. Turn the paper over and "brainstorm" some of the qualities you think make for a strong speech or oral presentation.

4. Discuss some of your "brainstorms" with Ms. P!

5. Watch this short video and check your brainstorm list for each tip. If you are missing one of these important tips, add it to your list!

6. Now, combine all of this new information with all of the information we have discussed and seen this week and get ready to put all of this into action for your project!!

Good luck! You can do this!! And, the most important feature is that a good grade on this will help your marking period grade!!


EQ- What is the difference between a political party and a special interest group?



Monday- 10/27/2014

EQ- Do you think that minor parties (3rd parties) serve any purpose? Explain why or why not. (Use evidence from the video and reading selection to support your answer)

1. Take out a piece of paper and copy today's essential question.

2. Turn your paper over and copy the following information about the video that you will watch:

Title of Video- American Third Parties Explained

A. Why do third parties exist?

B. What are the five third parties discussed in the video?

C. Write a one to two sentence summary of the purpose of each of the third parties explained in the video.

3. Watch the video- American Third Parties Explained

Complete A, B, and C questions from above while watching the video.

4. After watching the video, write your name, date, and period on the article " Third Parties: The Political Wild Cards" (Click on the links below for a copy of the article)

Third Parties-The Political Wild Cards pg. 24-side 1

Third Parties-The Political Wild Card pg. 25-side 2

5. Read the article and "mark it up", in other words, make your reading & thinking visual. If you do not know what "mark up the text" means, click on the video below.

6. Answer "Points to Consider" Questions 1-3, on pg. 27 worksheet (Answer on your own paper!) Click on the link below for a copy of the worksheet.

Points to Consider Questions pg. 27 1-3

H.W.- Complete the reading assignment and the questions for homework!


EQ- How do political parties, interest groups and public policy influence our political decisions?

1. Take out a piece of paper and write your name, date, and period on it. Write the title, Political Spectrum Survey

1. Political Spectrum Survey


EQ- How do political parties and interest groups influence our political decisions?

1. Open up the following documents to read the directions for today's class.

Chapter 8 Notebook Guide Directions


EQ- How and why did the framers distribute power in the Constitution?

1. Homework goes in basket for a completion check! (Checks & Balances Reading/Questions/Answers 1-10)

2. Please take out your textbook, a piece of paper and write today's essential question at the top of the paper. The title will be "Reading Challenge". You will use this paper to write down notes during your "Reading Challenge" Assignment. (write down questions & answers you have trouble with)

3. Sign into your online textbook and go to Chapter 4-The U.S. Constitution (Lesson 4 is Chapter 4).

4. Look at the top tool bar and find the words "Reading Challenge". Open the reading challenge that has been assigned to you. I will count this classwork as a formative grade so take your time, use your textbook to help find the answers.

5. Check your answers,in a different colored pen, on the Chapter 4 Notebook Guide Classwork.

Chapter 4 Notebook Guide Answer Key


EQ- Explain: Why is the U.S. Government considered dynamic?


EQ- How does the U.S. Government balance the need for change with constraints of change?


EQ- How does the U.S. Government balance the need for change with constraints of change?

1. Take out your "Constitution Packet" and open to pg. 6- The Government Tree- using the Articles to the Constitution (you should also use your outline to the Constitution), complete the information on the Government Tree.

* For a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution, look under Friday's daily agenda!

2. Take out your "Federalism Chart" (started on Monday) and the notecard with the websites needed to find the information and work on the local level of government.

3. Lastly, take out your Chapter 4 vocabulary cards and review the meaning of the words "strict construction" and "loose construction". These are two different ways that a Supreme Court Justice can "interpret" a law or a case from a lower court.

4. Get an idea of how the U.S. Supreme Court operates by completing a "game-up" session in Brainpop. Follow these directions and then click on the link when you are ready to start.

a. Link for Brainpop Website

b. On the opening page, look down towards the bottom right for the tab that says "Game-Up", click on that tab.

c. Look on the left side menu and click on the tab "Social Studies"

d. Look on the top right menu for the tab "Supreme Court"

e. Click on the arrow to begin the session and make sure you read and follow all directions.

f. Write the following information on a notecard to turn in at the end of the period- What was your score?, Who's side did you take? Was that strict construction or loose construction? Why did your results come out that way?

H.W.- none


EQ- How did the framers create a federal system of government that would permit change but also constrain change?

1. Please take out your "Constitution" packet and turn to pages 7 & 8 (summaries of the 27 amendments)

2. Open up to the "full-text" of the 27 Amendments in the back of your textbook. (The Constitution)

3. Take out a piece of paper and number it from 1-27

4. You will take a quiz on the 27 amendments. The purpose of the quiz is to make sure you understand the amendments because they contain your rights and your civil liberties. You may use your amendment summaries and the full text of the amendments in the back of the Constitution. You only need to write the number of the amendment on your quiz paper. Click on the following link to open the quiz. Read and work diligently because you will not have all class period.

Amendment Quiz

5. After the quiz, ask me for your "Constitutional Law 1 Matrix" answer sheet and take out your correcting pen and correct your answers with the answer key below.

Constitutional Law Answers 1-10

Answer Key 11-20

6. If time permits, finish the "Federalism" chart we were working on yesterday (use the 3 websites provided on your notecard)

H.W.- No official homework but you can finish the "Federalism" chart if you want

Friday- 10/03/2014

EQ- How has the United States government been able to remain effective through over two centuries of change and how has the country balanced conflict between tradition and change?

1. Put your finished Chapter 4 Notebook Guide work in the basket.

2. Your Country Facebook Project is due today. If I did not get the URL to your page, please write it on a notecard and place in the basket.

3. Take out your "Constitution Packet" and number the pages from 1-8. With your Constitution open (in the back of your book) or with the digital copy (see the link below), complete page 2 of the packet (the outline of the Constitution).

The U.S. Constitution-Digital Copy

4. Take out your Chapter 4 Notecards (from Monday) and two blank cards. We will number the cards and add two more words, filibuster & executive privilege.

5. After we discuss the filibuster, watch a short video clip-Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

6. Lastly, work with a partner completing the Constitution Law 1 Matrix Questions and answers 1-20

Constitutional Law 1 Cards Questions 1-10

Constitutional Law 1 Cards Questions 11-20

Constitutional Law 1 Matrix Answer Sheet 1-10

Constitutional Law 1 Matrix Answer Sheet 11-20

H.W.- Finish the Constitutional Law 1 Matrix Questions 1-20

Thursday 10/03/2014

EQ- How and why did the Framers distribute power in the Constitution?

1. Take out your Chapter 4 Notebook Guide (The Constitution) from Monday's class.

Chapter 4 Notebook Guide-The Constitution

2. Open your textbook to Chapter 4 and when you get your paper back, finish reading Chapter 4 and complete the parts of the notebook guide that you did not finish on Monday. Stop at the end of Section 5.

3. When you finish your Notebook Guide, work on your Country Project.

H.W.- Finish your project and Chapter 4 Notebook Guide (up through 4.5)


EQ- Why do countries adopt different structures and forms of government?

1. Unit 1 Test on Chapters 1 & 2

2. After you finish the test, if you have your headphones, put them on and watch this amazing video: Zak Ebrahim, "I am the son of a terrorist, here's how I chose peace."

Zak Ebrahim (not his real name) grew up with a father, who he learned later in life, was a terrorist with radical, intolerant ideologies. Here is a quote from his book:

"It was ... very important for me to show people that my experience was unique, even among Muslims — that the vast majority of Muslims in the world are never indoctrinated into this level of extremism,"

3. Begin to complete your Facebook "Country" Project

4. Take out all of the information you will need:

A. Your country reading paper

B. Your "Governments of the World" Research Information

C. Your Facebook Template Information

5. You will be creating your Country Facebook Project in an application called Fakebook. Click on the link below and follow the directions to get started on your project.

Facebook, Fakebook Page Template

6. When you first click on the link, you will have to complete two postings before it will let you edit the page. Write down a password on a notecard and when it is saved, the website will give you the URL to your Fakebook Page.

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Your "Photos" Sample

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Your "Friend's" Sample

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EQ- What are the origins & evolution of government?

1. Chapter 2.3 vocabulary notecard homework quiz- please take out a piece of notebook paper and your vocabulary notecards from Chapter 2.3 for a 15 question quiz.

2. After the quiz, show the teacher your cw/hw from yesterday for a completion grade (Chapter 2.2- Reading Assignment-One sentence summaries of Government Events)

3. After your completion grade, sign into the wiki and look for the answer key to last nights homework and correct your paper...please use a different colored pen and add any corrections that are needed. (Click on the answer key below)

Chapter 2.2 Reading Activity Answer Key

4. Pick up a piece of plain paper and a ruler for the timeline part of the assignment. If you are unsure of how to set up your timeline, click on a few of the examples below. Make sure you use equal increments for the base of your timeline and then you only need to add dates & events for the in-between segments.

Timeline Example 1

Timeline Example 2

Timeline Example 3

H.W.- Finish your Chapter 2.2 timeline and study for your test on Friday.


EQ- What are the origins & evolution of government?

Friday- 9/19/2014

EQ- What is the function of elections in a democracy?

1. Click on the video below: The History of Voting

2. After the watching the video, react to the video by answering the questions (on your own paper) from the Directions worksheet!

Reaction to Video Questions

3. Next, read the article one time, all the way through, without filling out the close reading assignment. Then go back to the beginning of the article and use the paragraphs to complete the close reading assignment.

Article: What is the Function of Elections in a Democracy?

4. After you finish the close reading assignment, go back and review your answers.

5. Finally, complete the Student Worksheet 1, with critical thinking questions (this is where you pull all the information together) either in class or for homework.

Student Worksheet 1 page 1

Student Worksheet 1 page 2

Student Worksheet 1 page 3

Friday- 9/14/2014
EQ- How do countries "adopt" a certain structure of government?
1. Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz- Please take out a piece of paper and write the title for your quiz. Number your paper from 1-14 and do not skip spaces.

2. Check, correct and discuss the vocabulary quiz results...turn your paper in for a grade.

3. Turn to page 24,(Chapter 2.3) and be prepared to read and complete vocabulary note cards for the following vocabulary words.

1. absolute monarcy

2. dictatorship

3. coup d'etat

4. theocracy

5. single-party state

6. elite

7. direct democracy

8. parliamentary democracy

9. prime minister

10. ministries

11. vote of no confidence

12. presidential democracy

13. transitional or unstable government

H.W.- If you do not finish your reading and vocabulary by the end of the period, please finish for homework.


Wednesday- 9/10/2014

EQ- Why are governments around the world structured differently?

1. Today we are going to start talking about ideas in Chapter 2- Comparing Forms of Government.

2. Please take out a piece of paper and copy today's essential question as your guide for today's lesson. You will not answer this question today, just start thinking about it.

3. You are going to watch a 30 minute documentary on North Korea. Turn your paper over in case you want to jot down some notes. Pay attention to the type of political system described in the video. Do their citizens have any personal freedoms? How is the government set up? Do you think this government structure was formed by history, values, culture or ideology influence? I am not collecting the notes, however, we will discuss them after the video.

H.W.- If you would like to read ahead in your textbook, we will be taking notes on Chapter 2 sections, 2 & 3 tomorrow. Study your Chapter 1 vocabulary note cards in case we have a pop quiz.


EQ- Why should you care about power, politics, and government?

1. Please take out about 7 new vocabulary cards. Write these words (from Chapter 1) on the rest of your cards. (one word per card)


12. institutions

13. public goods

14. revenue

15. polity

16. nation-state

17. sovereignty

2. Sign into your online textbook and look at the tabs at the top of the page. Find the word that says "Glossary" and complete the definitions on the back of the note cards.

3. When you are finished working on the definitions, complete your picture or symbol on the front of the note card. *Do not find a symbol or picture on the internet that you do not understand and use it for your symbol!!!! The picture or symbol is supposed to be something that pops into your head when you read the word and the definition.

4. When you are finished with your cards, complete the Reading Challenge (see the tab at the top of the page) for this chapter. The questions are based on information you read during the chapter.

5. The last half hour of class, we will play Pictionary with our vocabulary note cards.

H.W.- Study your vocabulary note cards because you never know when I will give you a quiz!

Friday 9/5/2014

EQ- What are the five sources of power and how can you use them constructively to influence your community and your world?

1. Read Chapter 1, Introduction, Section 2, and half of Section 3 with a partner.

2. Sign into your device and open the document about using the five sources of power (see below)

Exploring the Essential Question

3. Answer the questions, with your partner (s), using your reading material and your brain!

H.W.- If you do not finish the questions in class, please take your book home and finish them for homework.

Thursday 9/4/2014

EQ- What are the five sources of power and how can you use them constructively to influence your community and your world?

Wednesday 9/3/2014

EQ- What are the five sources of power and how can you use them constructively to influence your community and your world?

1. Please take out a piece of paper and copy today's essential question

2. Turn the paper over and be prepared to take notes on the five sources of power. (This class did not get to the notes today)

3. Sign into your online textbook and make sure you finish your Personal Power Assessment that you started yesterday.

4. Take out 10 blank note cards to use for your Chapter 1 Vocabulary.

5. Put the vocabulary word (one per card) on the blank side and the meaning of the word on the lined side.

6. Use your electronic device and sign into your online textbook. Start with the introduction and click on the blue vocabulary words. Find the meaning of the words in the context of the chapter.

7. Complete the three words from the Introductory Section and the seven words from section 2. There is a total of ten words. Check out the list below-





abuse of power

formal authority


mandate of heaven

divine right of kings

social-contract theory

H.W.- If you do not finish your vocabulary words in class, you must finish them for home work. If you do not have online access, please sign out your textbook

Wednesday- 8/27/2014

EQ- What is the course, Civics/Economics all about, and what types of things will we learn?

1. Seating Chart

2. Name Tags

3. Read & Discuss Syllabus

4. Read & Discuss Internet Sheets

5. Water Cooler Items

H.W.- Required Materials Check Tuesday 9/2/2014 and bring back signed Student Internet Contract due Thursday 8/28/2014