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Origins of American Government

TimeSept. 03, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Hello and thank you for checking into the blog this week. We have a short week with a long agenda, but I know students are up for it. This week's homework will be associated with the Democratic National Convention. Last Tuesday students watch 20 minutes of the Republican National Convention; this week they can choose a day and a time and take in 20 minutes of the events at the DNC. I believe it is important that students be exposed to the democratic process, and the conventions are part of that process. The DNC is scheduled to run from Tuesday through Thursday in Charlotte, NC. Students can choose the day they would like to take it in. If they cannot watch it live, they can call up one of the speeches online at home. On Friday, we will be discussing the speeches and other aspects of the convention in details.

In class, students will be learning about the history of government. Students will start off by taking in a presentation (Power Point) about the influence the Greeks, Romans, and the English had on the forming of the government. Students will learn about the origins of democracy in Greece, with a focus on Athens and Cleisthenes. We will also explore the Roman Republic, the Magna Carta, British Parliament, and how all had an influence on the American Government. We will also talk about the Mayflower Compact and its role in American Government History. Students will also be starting their team projects which could include plays, presentations, and hand-built projects. These projects will be displayed and presented at our school event on November 5 (changed from October 25). We have yet to set the time on the event. It depends on the length and extent of the presentations.

Speaking of events, I do want to remind you that students will be going on a field trip to the Clark County museum on September 19. You should have received a permission slip. If you have not, please drop me a line. We are looking for chaperones, if you are interested in accompanying us.

Let me know if there are any problems.I think that is about it for now. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an e-mail at bidellb@nhalv.org.