AP Gov 4/5/12

{summary} We started the period looking at this cartoon, reflecting on how much about politics and government you need to know to understand it: What_are_all_the_things_you_need_to_know_in_order_to_truly_understand_and_analyze_this_cartoon.doc We then covered the legislative process using these slides: Bill_to_Law_Process_4_5_12.pdf Clarification--I misspoke today. When I was talking, I said that once a bill went through the conference committee, it could not be filibustered. However, on my slides (which I've made in the past--memory is that of a 52 year old woman) I'd written that once the bill left the conference committee, it could not be filibustered. Wow--did I confuse you or what?! That's because I was confused. Very sorry. Here's an explanation that I looked up for clarification: Most times, the conference committee produces a conference report melding the work of the House and Senate into a final version of the bill. A conference report proposes legislative language as an amendment to the bill committed to conference. And the conference report also includes a joint explanatory statement of the conference committee. This explanatory statement provides one of the best sources of legislative history on the bill. J. William Rehnquist observed that the joint conference report of both Houses of Congress is considered highly reliable legislative history when interpreting a statute. [1] Once a bill has been passed by a conference committee, it goes directly to the floor of both houses for a vote, and is not open to further amendment. In the first house to consider the conference, a Member may move to recommit the bill to the conference committee. But once the first house has passed the conference report, the conference committee is dissolved, and the second house to act can no longer recommit the bill to conference. Conference reports are privileged. And in the Senate, a motion to proceed to a conference report is not debatable, although Senators can generally filibuster the conference report itself. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 limits debate on conference reports on budget resolutions and budget reconciliation bills to 10 hours in the Senate, so Senators cannot filibuster those conference reports. (2 U.S.C. § 636, 2 U.S.C. § 641e.) Students turned in their scavenger hunts. Assignment: finish your vocab. Also--for any students leaving early, this is the packet you'll need to read interactively over the break: The People's Guide to the Federal Budget

AP Gov 4/4/12

{summary} Today we finished talking about Congressional Committees. Here are the notes: Congress_Notes_4_4_12.pdf. I also showed a clip from Jon Stewart's show last night where he interviewed SCOTUSblog founder Tom Goldstein. Goldstein is the attorney that tried the strip search case. Assignment: 1. Have the vocab done for Friday. Again, no quiz 2. Do the handout--Committee_Scavenger_Hunt.doc You may work in pairs or alone, but make sure each of you have your own individual sheet completed. 3. Look over the handout I gave you on the 112th Congress. You need not interactively read it, but do have a good idea of the makeup of members of Congress.

Gov B 4/4/12

{summary} Students received two stamps for the worksheets today. We looked at Jon Stewart's interview with SCOTUSblog founder Tom Goldstein, who was the attorney who argued the case about the strip searches. We then went through the Article II, and Article III worksheets, discussing both on the way. Assignment: 1. Finish the rest of the worksheets in the back of your packet. 2. Read to page 36 (interactively) in your packet. 3. Finish your vocab for tomorrow. No vocab quiz this week. We'll wait on assessments until after break.

Gov B 4/3/12

{summary} Today we went over the Article I worksheet and talked about the different aspects of Article I while doing so. Within the course of that conversation, we defined these terms: Three_Article_I_Protections_4_3_12.pdf We also talked about this Supreme Court "decision." Any textbook that touts the Supreme Court as "removed from politics" needs to be tossed in the trash. Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest We truly are strangers in a strange land.

AP Gov 4/3/12

{summary} Here are the notes from today. We talked about a lot more than just congressional leadership--Supreme Court ruling on strip searches, gender gap, etc. Congress_Notes_4_3_12.pdf Assignment: be working on your vocab.

Don’t Get Arrested

{summary} There are really no words I can use on a school website to express my feelings about this Supreme Court "decision." Any textbook that touts the Supreme Court as "removed from politics" needs to be tossed in the trash. Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest We truly are strangers in a strange land.

Gov B 4/2/12

{summary} We started the period with students getting stamps for the work from Thursday and Friday, days I was gone. Students received stamps for the Thursday worksheet (conflict/compromise), Ben Franklin's speech, reading to page 28 in the packet, having Article I, "Getting to Know your Constitution" done, and a start on the vocabulary. We then focused on Marbury v. Madison, starting with a film, and then using these slides: Marbury v Madison_and_Judicial_Review_.pdf Assignment: Students received a short reading on Marbury v. Madison. Have this read interactively for tomorrow. You should also be working further on your vocabulary, which is due Thursday. Also, for any students who missed the film from last Thursday, here's a link to it: Creating a Constitution--watch only Part I, Creating a Constitution As you are watching the film, fill out the worksheet, conflict, compromise, participants. Instructions are at the top. Make sure to get this from me if you haven't. Then, read the Ben Franklin speech and underline any passages that allude to compromise. For any students who missed Friday when the vocabulary list was handed out, here is that list: Gov_B_Vocab_Concepts_3_30_12.doc

AP Gov 4/2/12

{summary} We started the period with 2 stamps for the reading on Congress. I then started talking about Congress using these slides: Congress_Notes_4_2_12.pdf. For tonight, get started on these vocab words. Vocab_and_Concepts_to_know_April_2012.doc We're going to have a vocab quiz on Thursday.
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