Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13-17

U.S. History:
Marbury v. Madison
Interactive Constitution:
Threaded discussion on the white board:
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:


First Amendment Heroes:

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:
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.


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.

Zales position:
Global Witness:

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7-11

U.S. History
Framework of the Constitution Activity
Preamble, Articles 1-7, Article I, Article II, Article III, Bill of Rights, Amendments 1-27, Civil War Amendments, Voting Rights Amendments
1. Cut handout into strips
2. Fill in the blanks
3. Place the strips in the proper order

Lecture: Principles of the Constitution
Popular Sovereignty
Separation of Powers
Checks and Balances
Judicial Review

Review Activity: Principles of the Constitution

Marbury v. Madison

Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, students will be able to explain:
-the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution;
-the significance of Marbury v. Madison;
-the concept of judicial review and how Marbury v. Madison solidified it;
-the relationship between the Supreme Court and laws passed by Congress and state legislatures.

Lessons (with standards):
ABC News:


Marbury v. Madison

Guiding Questions:

-What is the role of the Supreme Court regarding laws passed by Congress and state legislatures, and how did John Marshall's decision in the case of Marbury v. Madison help to underscore the Court's pre-eminence?
-Why was the establishment of the notion of judicial review so important for the future history of the Supreme Court and the United States?

Discussion Questions:
-What was William Marbury's complaint and how did it arise?
-What did Marbury hope to achieve by suing Secretary of State James Madison?
-Who "won" the case?
-What did this decision say about the role of the Supreme Court? Why is it still relevant to us today?

Freedom Writers Diary
Venn Diagram (You, a person from Freedom Writers Diary and a character from Dead Poets Society)

World Studies:
NGO activity
Research an NGO
Create a poster
Included the following information:
Name of the NGO
Describe what it does
Explain how people can help
Include a picture and type all text