Gov B 2/7/12

{summary} Today we finished The Most Dangerous Man in America on Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Students then finished their worksheets that went with the film.

AP Gov 2/7/12

{summary} Exam tomorrow. Make sure to be prepared for two written response topics as well as multiple choice section: 1. VA/NJ plans and subsequent CT compromise. 2. Articles of Confederation and Congressional fixes.

Gov A 2/7/12

{summary} Take a look at the various links below. Where you might want to start is to look at the following: 2011 Pew Typology Groups. To read about the various categories, click on each name in the list. Especially interesting are the similarities between "Disaffecteds" (a republican category) and "Hard-pressed democrats". This is one of the surveys you took. We will look at class data this next week and start to analyze it relative to national data. Data Links for Comparison to National Patterns and Trends: 1. New York Times Presidential Election Exit Polls These are the ones we examined in class and have lots of the demographic data we talked about. This may be a place to start if you are confused. 2. Where Do You Fit? Pew Research Typology Study This study includes lots of demographic data and divides Democrats and Republicans up into more specific groups. The education information is interesting, especially showing "disaffecteds" and "hard-pressed democrats" in such similar circumstances. You might want to take a look. 3. Larry J Sabato's Crystal Ball This articles is from 2010 and makes projections about the 2010 midterm, so it is a bit out of date. But within it are some good demographic statistics that you might find useful and interesting. Scroll down a ways in the article to find these. 4. Voter Registration Rates from Pew Research This takes a bit of manipulations, but there is quite a bit of data that is useful for you. Make sure if you use it, that you note that it is the (Pew Voter Registration Rates). Don't just say (Pew). 5. Glass_Study_on_Family_from_1986.doc. This is short and concise and similar to the information you've read in the reading packet and seen on the lecture slides. But, because it is from the 1980s, it may be a bit more relevant to your parents' generation than the study done in 1992. 6.African-Americans, Anger, Fear and Youth Propel Turnout to Highest Level Since 1964--Possible Pro-Democratic Realignment, GOP Disaster. Published by Media Relations. Pdf copy available on website. Media Relations 2008 Turnout PDF 7. Voter Registration Rates for Mid-term Elections, The Pew Center on the States: Voter Registration Rates--Pew Center on the States This is an interactive website that shows self-reported figures for education level, age, gender, and race for participation in mid-term elections. These figures are likely high, but interesting because they are broken down by states, so you can see Washington State in particular. You’ll have to play with the pull out and drop downs to find your way around it, but worth a look. 8. New American Electorate from The Immigration Policy Center. Although this report does not break down data by political party, given that you have information about party preference of immigrants from other sources, it could prove useful as a supplementary source.New American Electorate from Immigration Policy Center. 9. Another interesting report: Latinos and the 2010 Elections: Strong Support for Democrats; Weak Voter Motivation. 10. Wealth Gap Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, Hispanics. You might think about this as you mix social class and race together in your hypotheses. This is a fairly recent report (July 2011). 11. "The Gender Gap". The Gender Gap by Mary J. Kaufmann. This is a 2005 study, which I referred to in class. It has a lot of good statistics and is readable. 12. "Affluent Voters Key to Obama Success" Affluent Voters Story at Politico

Gov A 2/6/12

{summary} Here are today's notes: Poli_Socialization_Complete_Set_Notes.pdf We also watched David Frum discuss changes in demographic structure of Republican Party, specifically for education changes. Here's that link: David Frum talks about immigration policy and education levels I also handed out the raw data from your surveys and interviews. We'll work on these in class tomorrow. Make sure to bring all of it with you. Look it over tonight.

Gov B 2/6/12

{summary} Here's the notes: Presidential_Power_Increased_2_6_12.pdf. We then started on The Most Dangerous Man in America. If you missed the film you can rent it on Netflix I believe. We got through the first 45 minutes. Here's the handout: Pentagon_Papers--Most_Dangerous_Man_in_America_Questions.doc

AP Gov 2/6/12

{summary} Remember, anyone who missed the Carter Socratic Seminar, tomorrow at lunch we will make up that discussion. Here are the notes for today: Principles_of_the_Constitution_Review_2_6_12.pdf We also had a written response in-class quiz on Marbury v. Madison today. Assignment: Study for Wednesday's exam.

Gov B 2/1/12 and 2/2/12

{summary} On Wednesday students watched a film on Presidential Expansion of Power (Jackson, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, and Nixon). On Thursday we went over leadership styles of presidents with this handout: Three_Ways_A_President_Can_Organize_His_Staff.doc Today students received these two worksheets: The_Presidency_Worksheet_I The_Presidency_Worksheet_II These are due tomorrow.

Gov A 2/1/12 and 2/2/12

{summary} On Wednesday, students watched the first part of American Feud. This film guide was used for students to take notes. American_Feud_Note-taking_Guide.doc On Thursday we finished the film and started going over the viewing guide together. We'll finish this tomorrow. Lots of unfamiliar names in this I know. Assignment: Read interactively for tomorrow: 20 Questions Journalists Should Ask
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