Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13-17

U.S. History:
Lecture:
Marbury v. Madison
http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/USRA_Judiciary.htm
Interactive Constitution:
http://ratify.constitutioncenter.org/constitution/
Threaded discussion on the white board:
Questions:
List the cast of characters.
Define/Explain Vocabulary (midnight appointments, Judiciary Act of 1789, Writ of Mandamus, Article III, Judicial Review)
What is the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution?
What is the significance of Marbury v. Madison?
What is judicial review and how did Marbury v. Madison solidify it?


Thursday and Friday (First Amendment)
First Principles:
http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/curricula/educationforfreedom/FirstPrinciples.htm


Lessons:
http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/Curricula/EducationforFreedom/L01main.htm


First Amendment Heroes:
http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=3614


English:
Read from Freedom Writers Diary
Vocabulary Exercise:
Each student will be responsible for learning and teaching the rest of the class two vocabulary words. You will present your words on Thursday. On Friday, we will use these words in a matching game we will do in class.
The vocabulary words:
angst
alienation
fatalistic
protagonist
antagonist
contradict
notorious
rival
smug
hypocrite
World Studies:
Watch "Blood Diamond"
Adbusters Ad Project
"Adbusting" Project - Create an "Adbusters" style poster focusing on the issue of conflict diamonds. See the link below for more detail on "adbusting," project requirements and more resources on the issue of conflict diamonds.
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2007/10/adbusting.html

Examples:










Brainstorming session (words and images that could be included in ads)
diamonds, blood, conflict, war, violence, children, United Nations, Africa, United States, civil war, child soldiers, greed, hopelessness, fear, guns, drugs, destruction, slavery, diamond mines, victims, mutilation, RUF, rebel groups, refugee camps, poverty, broken families, sadness, bling, rappers, luxury, Valentine's Day, birthday, Weddings, engagement rings, anniversaries, love, expensive, happy, gift, love


Personal Responsibility Activity: Rank the level of responsibility each of the characters, organizations and governments had in the blood diamond crisis. Rank on a level of one to ten. One is the least responsible and ten is the most responsible.


Resources:
Zales position:
http://www.zales.com/jewelry101/index.jsp?page=diamonds_conflictdiamonds
Global Witness:
http://www.globalwitness.org/pages/en/the_diamond_industry.html

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