Mr. McKain's Blog

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Location: Seaford, Delaware, United States

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wednesday, January 31st Agenda

1. Warm-up: Look at your key terms. Explain how the following terms related: National Debt – Bond – Speculator?
2. Discuss key terms sentences
3. Suprise!!
4. Read “Kings and Revolutions” in Hakim pp. 18-19
5. Classwork: p. 286 #’s 3-5

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tuesday, January 30th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Begin reading current event article. In your warm-up section, take notes on how it relates to our section on government and checks and balances.
2. Discuss article.

3. Notes: Hamilton’s Plan and Bonds (Funding the government)
4. Read: The Whiskey Rebellion
5. p. 282 Question #5
6. HW: Key Terms Due tomorrow!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Monday January 29th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What kinds of things will you do this marking period to be a better student?
2. Return and discuss quizzes - Students will fix their mistakes for credit
3. Key Terms - Due Wednesday
4. Read pp. 278-279 and answer the question “How did Washington set an example for future presidents?”

Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday, January 26th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What kinds of things can you do to be an active citizen in the United States?
2. Collect warm-ups and homework
3. Quiz: American Government
4. Current Event
5. Citizenship test

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday, January 24th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What do you think is the most important right that we have as Americans? Why?
2. Finish Going over the Bill of Rights
3. Timeline: Amendments 11-27
4. p. 261 # 5
5. Open notebook quiz tomorrow! Study!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wednesday, January 24th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Complete the "practice the skill" questions on p. 258.
2. Collect p. 257 #8
3. Read "The Amendment Process"p. 259-260 --> Notes
4. Group Work: The Bill of Rights p. 237-239
5. Chart: The Bill of Rights
6. p. 261 #4

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tuesday, January 23rd Agenda

1. Warm-up: Imagine you are electing a "president of the 8th grade." How you would organize the voting? What ideas do you have?
2. Collect HW (p. 257 #'s 1-5)
3. Review three branches
4. Notes: Electing a President
5. Practice Worksheet: The Electoral College
6. p. 257 #8

Monday, January 22, 2007

Monday, January 22nd Agenda

1. Warm-up: What kinds of things can you or should you do to become a better student next marking period?
2. Mr. Rohlic
3. Finish going over the three branches (review worksheets)
4. Examples: Three branches and checks and balances
5. HW: p. 257 #'s 1-5 Due TOMORROW.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Friday, January 19th Agenda

1. Warm-up: President Bush once said, "The Legislature’s job is to write law. It’s the executive branch’s job to interpret law." What is wrong with the President's statement? Use pages 252-255 for help if necessary!
2. Notes: Three branches of government
3. Worksheet Practice on branches of government
4. HW: p. 257 #'s 1-5 Due Tuesday (1/23)

Thursday January 18th Agenda

Today the guidance folks from the HS came in and met with you all about scheduling. Get those forms completed!

Bring your books tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wednesday, January 17th Agenda

1. Warm-up: p. 250 Chart Skills Questions 1 and 2
2. Discuss checks and balances.
3. Review Goals of Constitution
4. Seven basic principles: Quick group work
5. Create a Chart: Seven basic principles

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Tuesday, January 16th

1. Warm-up: So far, we have spent two weeks on the Constitution and will be learning about it or two more. Why do you think we dedicate so much time to one topic?
2. Collect HW
3. Review for test
4. Test: Creating a Republic
5. Read pp. 248-249. Identify and explain the six goals of the Constitution. Which do you think is most important? Why?

Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday, January 12th Agenda

1. Warm-up: If you had been alive in 1787, would you have supported ratifying the Constitution? Why or why not?
2. Finish packet on Debate over Ratification
3. Handout: Review
4. Test topics
5. Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King
6. HW: p. 218 # 1-5 Due Tuesday
TEST TUESDAY - This will NOT be open notes or open book! Study!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday, January 11th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Have you ever taken a stand against something that the majority supports? In other words, have your views ever been different than those of most people? Explain.
2. Finish comparing Federalists and Anti-Federalists
3. As a class, read and review questions on p. 219 (Patrick Henry's speech)
4. Group Activity: The Debate over Ratification
5. HW: p. 218 #'s 1-5 Due Monday

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wednesday, January 9th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Can you think of anything that everyone agrees about? Do you think everyone supported the Constitution when it was first proposed? Explain.
2. Review chart: Ideas behind the Constitution
3. Review the Three-Fifths Compromise and the Slave Trade
4. Student generated notes: Federalist vs. AntiFederalists
5. p. 219 #1-5 Group Work
6. HW: p. 218 #'s 1-5 due Monday


Sorry the blog was not updated the last two days! If you were out, you need to pick up a few worksheets and make up the quiz from Tuesday ASAP, as the marking period is coming to an end rather quickly.

Keep making up those missing assignments!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday, January 5th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Think about the problems or weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Come up with 2 ideas on how to fix them.
2. Review Articles and their problems
3. Notes: Constitutional Convention
4. Current Event
5. Video
6. HW: p. 210 #1-5 due Monday

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thursday, January 4 Agenda

1. Warm-up: What do you think would be the hardest part about creating a government?
2. Collect HW
3. Go over worksheet on Northwest Ordinance
4. Worksheet: Articles of Confederation
5. Choose one of the problems causes by the Articles of Confederation and A.) write a letter to a national political leader suggesting a way to fix it or B.) create a political cartoon showing the problem.
6. Share ideas/cartoons
7. HW: p. 210 #'s 1-5 Due Monday

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Wednesday, January 3rd 2007 Agenda

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their break. Back to the old swing of things....

1. Warm-up: Who was Gerald Ford and why did we have off to mourn his death yesterday?
2. Activity: Imagine you have just overthrown King McKain II; how will the class now be run? Come up with 5 rules or procedures for how the class should be organized.
3. How to run a new “nation”; go over warm up and discuss Articles of Confederation
4. Worksheet: The Articles of Confederation (p. 13 – The Americans Workbook)
5. Read “Admitting New States” p. 2036. Try worksheet on Northwest Ordinance (p. 19 – The Americans Workbook)
6. HW: p. 204 #4