- P-Dad talks about important stuff
Today the seating chart is being set...
- Get into your textbook..\ Go to Clever, then find Pearson
Start Unit 1...
Watch these two podcasts:
Theories for how government
first originated and
Power and Stuff (teacher tube) or
Power and Stuff (youtube)
- Take notes on them- these notes are your first
2 notebook assignments
- Respond to the email that P-Dad sent to your U-46 gmail
account (it's a 10-point assignment!)
|30-31, Wednesday - Thursday
||Go to your Civics textbook,
Magruder American Government.
(Go to Zenworks, Clever, Pearson Easy Bridge...)
Go to your assignments and find Topic 1,
Foundations of Government, Lesson 3, text 1: "Am
Government, Building on the Past"
With a partner, take the quiz on this reading on Thursday...(Ask
Mr. Pahl for the link....)
- Also, remember what was assigned yesterday...
Foundations. Watch these two podcasts for a test on Friday:
Month... go down to the September calendar...
- Friday... there will be a test, see below (because it's a
new month, September!)
- Here is what you have been assigned this week
- Email Mr. Pahl
- Get into the Magruder textbook
- Take notes in your Civics notebook on the two
- Do the assigned reading in your Civics
textbook, and take a quiz on it on Thursday...
||September 1, Friday
Test on the podcasts about power (Chap 1), and the theories for the
origin of governments.
- You CAN use your notebook notes on this test.
|4 LABOR DAY
5-6 Tuesday and Wednesday:
Forms of Government
- Vote for
- TEST on Forms of Government tomorrow...
- Here is a "practice test": some of these questions
will be on the test tomorrow:
partner quiz if you want a chance for a 4
on the 4 podcasts about Forms of Gov.
You can use your notes on the test
|11-13 Monday - Wednesday
The Roots of American Democracy
on the Roots of American Democracy.
You can use your notes.
UNITS 2-3. Active Citizenship
- Political Beliefs
- Notebooks are due on Friday! Make
sure all notebook assignments are numbered clearly and correctly!
Ideally, start a new page for each notebook assignment. Be
neat! Leave some white space. Use your best design sense
in organizing your assignments.
- NAMES TEST on Thursday
this Pre-Test on Liberal/Conservative issues. Your score
does not matter, just see how much you know...
- UNIT 2 and UNIT 3 notebook assignments #10-12
|Wed., Sept. 20
- No computers today
- Results of ROOTS test
- Two competitions on Friday:
- 1. the test, and
- 2. Notebook turnin %
- CAP Project proposals due tomorrow... I will give you
some ideas and choices tomorrow....
- National Guard Staff Sergeant Sean Griffin
will be speaking today.
|Thu. Sept. 21
Proposal 10-point assignment.... Can be
done with one or more people. What you want to do your CAP
Project service learning on...
CAP Project Turn in (or ask Mr. Pahl for a hard paper
|22 Dress to Impress Day!
- Civics Notebooks are due today!
No School - Institute Day
Mid Term Election Links
26-29 Mid-Term Election Simulation #bhs2018mid
of this simulation...
- In the "background" to this simulation you will be responsible
for the test on Elections, which is on Oct. 13. Do the
assignments I gave you in your Civics textbook (remember, you
access it through Clever...Pearson
EasyBridge...). You can use any notes you take from these
assignments on the test. Your notes on these Election
must register to vote * Repub, Dem or Independent?
Who wants to run for
Congress? * How will you reach the voters effectively?
- Do you want to work for the media?
- Primary elections Wed.
Do you want to run? Make a short speech Wed.
- Candidates and your staffs: Get your campaigns organized,
plan! How will you reach the voters?
- Media people: Get your TV stations up, your newspapers
started, get the links added to the Media page... Get your coverage
organized! Start using the hashtag on social media!
|Tues, Wed 26-27 Tues:
Dress to Un-Impress Day
Wed: Patriotic Day
Mid Term Election Simulation
- Want to be a candidate? State your intent to run. You
will give a short speech today.
- Why run? Glory, fame and an "A" and the ability to give
As to at least 10 other people.
- Speeches by Congressional candidates during each class.
There will be one winner in each of the 6 Civics classes in
- Winners will begin picking their staffs.
Pick you track:
- Work for your candidate
- Work for the media (cable, radio, social media, TV, newspaper...)
|Thu 28 Hippie Day
- Prepare for tomorrow's
virtual debates... make your video... Get the
link to your YouTube video on
- Media cover what's going on
- Remember, (Mr. Pahl's classes) you have a test on
Elections material on Oct. 13.
Notebook #13. Take notes on this material
Schedule: 1 ends 8:20, 2 ends 9:05, 3 ends 9:50, 4 ends
10:35, 5 ends 11:20, 6 ends 12:05, 7 ends 12:50, 8 ends 1:35
- The Wall?
- Trump bans
- Only highly skilled immigrants allowed
Oct. 2-6 Mid-Term
Congressional Election Simulation
|Oct. 2 Mon
- TEST on the Elections
material in class textbook (Clever,
Notebook assignment #13.
- Prepare for Virtual Debates
- Get social media buzzing!
- What are the different campaigns doing?
|Oct. 3 Tues
Virtual Debate #2
- National Anthem NFL taking a knee,
team not showing
- HATE SPEECH CODES and SAFE ZONES on
College Campuses OR FREE SPEECH?
|Oct. 4 Wed
- Mr. Pahl's students: Remember, you have a test on the
election material assigned by Mr. Pahl in your Magruder
textbook on Friday, Oct. 13. You can take notes on this
material and use it on the test.. that is
notebook assignment #13.
- VOTE for your favorite
|Oct. 5 Thu.
- North Korea
- Russian hacking?
|Oct. 6 Fri.
Final Election Appeal Speech (also a video, but can also be
UNIT 5: Structure of Government
- Turn in self-evaluation for Mid Term Simulation
- Work on the research part of your
CAP Project (or get hard copy from Mr. Pahl)
...and/or study for tomorrow (Tuesday's) Test.
people will meet with Mr. Pahl
Oct. 17. TEST on the readings in the Magruder
online textbook. Open notes, but NOT open book. The notes you
take on the readings is
WATCH THIS VIDEO ON DAY 1 OF THE SIMULATION!!!
In this Simulation you are a congressman with two roles.
- You are in a bill-writing group..you must write a
- You are on a committee...you will be hearing two bills on
this committee. You must do research on these bills
- Who is going to run for Speaker of the House? Get an "A",
- If you want to run for Speaker, give a speech in your class 1st
period, 2nd period, 3rd period or 7th period.
- If more than one person wants to run in each period, the class
will vote for the candidate they think will be the best Speaker
after each has given their speech.
- The winning candidate from each period then needs to make a
YouTube video to be shown in all 6 classes tomorrow, Thursday.
- The link to your speech video should be placed on
this shared Doc.
- Check out which bill writing group you are.
- Members of your groups need to get your names on one of the
available topics to write your bill about, here! First come
- Plan to have a rough draft of your bill done by the end of the
- Watch the videos for all the
candidates. Take a vote for Speaker of the House every
- Communicate the results of the vote to
- All bill writing groups should be
engaged in crafting their bills today, based on the topic
- You should have a rough draft of your
bill posted by the end of the period today.
||College Application and Financial Aid Help
- All lunch periods in the Guidance offices on Mon,
- Do research on the two bills before your committee
- Work on finishing your bills and making a pamphlet or fact
sheet you can pass out to the committee you will be presenting
- Prep for Committee hearings in the auditorium,
Mon. Oct. 30
- Committee Hearings in the auditorium, 7th
- Get amended bills to committee
- Committees get amended bills to SOH
- Speaker of the House... get your bill order scheduled...
- Full session of Congress in the auditorium,
periods 2 and 3
- VOTE in
the BHS Mock Election!
- TEST on the Presidency Podcast
- You can use your notes on this test
- Presidential assignment due
| Nov. 9-10
- Notebooks due periods 2 and 3
- Preparation for Philosophical chairs tomorrow
Google doc link
- Preparation for your Moot Court Cases
- Go to
Google classroom and use this code to register for the class
"Civics with P-Dad": iyx8az
|20-21 Moot Court Docket of Cases:
|First half of class:
Bethel v. Fraser
|First half of class:
Westside v. Mergens
|Second half of class:
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
|Second half of class:
Wallace v. Jaffree
NO SCHOOL 22, 23, and 24
6, The Constitution of the US
- Watch and take notes on the Podcast on the
- Watch and take notes on the podcast on the
For your notebook due
- Watch, and take notes on the podcast on the
- Take these quizzes to see how you are doing on "getting" this
material on the Constitution:
- Watch the
Podcast on checks and balances built
into the Constitution, and take notes on it. There will be a
5-point short answer question on the Constitution test based on this
(list of podcasts) for the Constitution Test
- Civics Field Trip to the Dirksen Federal building
- P-Dad Constitution
- You CAN use your notes
Test (NO notes!)
- Civics Notebooks due (40 points)
7, The U.S. and the World
- Read the story "PRO/CON: Should
President Obama move quickly to annihilate ISIS?" assigned to you in
Newsela. To access Newsela you need to go through
Clever (Login with your U-46
assigned Google account) and answer the 4 questions there (worth 10
- Use the
New York Times
(name and password is 200295079) search function to look for
articles that will give you more information about a strategy for
- DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD ON FRIDAY
(25 pts.): With your partner, produce a position paper for President
Trump (Mr. Pahl) on a strategy to deal with ISIS. The paper should
take into account the following items:
- Should we destroy ISIS militarily?
- Should we put troops on the ground in
Syria, Iraq, and other places where ISIS is entrenched?
- What are some of the physical
considerations of a ground war with ISIS?
- Who should we partner with in the West
and the Middle East to oppose ISIS?
- What has the Obama administration policy
been toward ISIS? What have been the results of this policy?
- You might look at some of
President-elect Trump's new cabinet members who have military
backgrounds to see what their advice will likely be to Trump in
- This paper can be turned in as a
Google doc, handwritten, or computer-generated. All sources should
be cited. TITLE: "Top Secret Strategy Toward ISIS"
11 The US and the World
The US and the World
on Foreign Policy Podcast...
- AFTER you turn in the test, work with a partner
(not 3 or 4 people! partner means 2) to act as
Senators to decide if you will
confirm President-elect Trump's choice for Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson. List possible reasons FOR and AGAINST his
appointment, and then register your decision.
US and the World
- National Security Council "Situation Room"
- You will be placed in a group and have some
research to do to make recommendations to the President
- WED. - Your group does research and
prepares your recommendations for the President. These
must also be turned in HARD COPY to the President at the time of
your presentation. Become experts on the intel on the handout
your are given. You need to also do some research today to
find out what these things are:
- The National Security Council
- The "Situation Room" in the White House
- THUR and FRI - Simulation of the
Situation Room, where you will make your recommendations. You
must turn them into the President (Mr. Pahl) in HARD COPY. (20
Study Guide for the final exam
(You CAN use notes on the final exam...)
- Note about one of the roots of our democracy: The Judeo-Christian tradition - the idea that the
conscience is accountable to the Creator...
- Other podcasts to take notes on for the test on Friday...
- CAP Project overview, Mr. Pahl
- I Will do
- Social justice, non-profit work
- Humanitarian work: soup kitchen, animal shelter, senior
- BUDDY Program
Plicker Group Quiz on UpFront readings
- REGISTER TO VOTE Assignment!
- Tuesday, Sept. 27 at BHS Cafeteria during all lunch periods.
- You must be
- a US citizen
- be 18 by Nov. 8
- have last 4 of SSN, or Drivers License number, or IL state ID
FINAL EXAMS -