Civics & Economics


Week 7    5/28/20

Students!  This week, Reagan Civics students will be examining the different aspects of economics that we studied this year, including economic vocabulary and economic systems.  Below, you will find several links to some very useful review videos about the economy.  Please view the videos below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

 

4 Types Economic Systems Explained

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B43YEW2FvDs

Economic Vocabulary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmU1OzFdems

The Federal Reserve System explained in Plain English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0hQfaxYU8k

 

Economics Assignment (Optional) – Students, I have attached several links to review worksheets that you can complete.  Feel free to email me your responses, if you would like me to check them over and provide feedback.  Good luck!

Economic Vocab Worksheet

Economic Word Search

Economic Vocabulary Review Guide

Please remember that ALL material offered in our virtual schoolhouse and on my webpage are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL.



Week 6    5/21/20

Students!  This week we will focus our review on the different court systems that we studied this year, including both the Federal court levels and Virginia court levels.  Instead of making you watch another boring video of me reteaching material from class, I am including several links below to some very useful review videos about SCOTUS.  Please view the videos below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

 

How do you become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xnzGSV66x4

 

How a case gets to the U.S. Supreme Court? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEjgAXxrkXY

 

How was Judicial review established? (Marbury v. Madison) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOvsZyqRfCo

Court System Assignment (Optional) – Students, one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else, so I want you to do just that.  I want you to teach the Court Chart (a copy is available under Files and Documents tab, class notes file) chart to one of your family members.  I recommend building the chart step by step for your “student”.  Explain the different court levels at the federal and state levels, then the differences between each.  Answer any questions they have, then you can “test” them.  Challenge them to recreate the Chart on their own.  (You can even time them if you would like) Good luck!

 

Please remember that ALL material offered in our virtual schoolhouse and on my webpage are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL.


Week 5    5/14/20

Students!  This week we will focus our review on the election process, more specifically, The Electoral College.  As this is a presidential election year, voter turnout should be up this November, though, we don’t yet know the impact that COVID 19 may have on the election.  This is an excellent time for you to review the process by which we select our president and vice president.  The Electoral College is the focus of this week’s video.  Please view the video below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejpia-4dSjc

Electoral College Assignment (Optional) – Students, below is a link to a website called 270 to win (open in Chrome).  This week you will be making predictions as to specific outcomes in each state this November.  I would like you to fill out the Conesus 2020 map based on any information that you have gathered by watching the news, or things you may have read or even friends and family you may know in another state.  Once you have completed your map, you will see a “share map” icon on the bottom righthand side of the screen.  Feel free to share your predictions with friends and family, and, of course, I would like you to share yours with me, via email.  Good luck!

https://www.270towin.com/

 


Week 4    5/7/20

Students!  This week we will focus our review on the concept of Citizenship.  We studied several aspects of citizenship this year, including:  its origins from ancient Rome, the 14th amendment defining U.S. citizenship, and the naturalization process.  Naturalization is the focus of this week’s video.  Please view the video below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

 

https://youtu.be/pG2iNWsNUsU

 

Citizenship Assignment (Optional) – Students, below is a link to the official 100 naturalization questions used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  I would like you to conduct an interview similar to mine.  Select 10 of the 100 questions, then find a family member willing to “take the test”.  They need to answer at least six out of ten questions correct to pass.  You can conduct your “naturalization interview” via zoom, or facetime, or in person.  You can even record the interview and share it with me, if you would like.  Good luck!

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/100q.pdf


Week 3 4/30

Students!  This week we will focus our review on two major governmental concepts that we have studied all year long…Separation of Powers v. Federalism.  Both describe divisions of government power, but what are the similarities and differences of each?   Please view the video below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

https://youtu.be/_iEJc6iH-zg

Separation of Powers v. Federalism Assignment (Optional) – Students, one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else, so I want you to do just that.  I want you to teach Sharek’s chart to one of your family members.  I recommend building the chart step by step (as demonstrated in the video) for your “student”.  Explain the different divisions of power, the job that each branch has, and who is responsible for those jobs at each level of government.  Answer any questions they have, then you can “test” them.  Challenge them to recreate the Chart on their own.  (You can even time them if you would like) Good luck!


Week 2 - 4/23

Students!  This week we will focus our review on the U.S. Constitution, the document that creates the structure of the Federal Government, that we have studied all year long.  Please view the video below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

 

https://youtu.be/WLAFh9SmK48

 

U.S. Constitution Assignment (Optional) – Each section of the Constitution is vitally important, but it is the Preamble that lays out the purpose for this new government. Your assignment is to make a video that utilizes the Preamble song that we learned this year.  Your video can be in any format, you can sing the song, or use the schoolhouse rock version with your own screen shots, etc.  Be creative.  Now, I would love for you to share your video with me, but you don’t have to.  I do want you to share your video with any family member (preferably one that you have not been able to due to the current quarantine). 

 

You should all know the Preamble and its listed goals for the new government.  In case you need a refresher please watch the video link below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKPmobWNJaU

 



***ATTENTION***

Students and parents, by now you should be aware of the fact that final grades are due THIS FRIDAY (4/24).  If any of you are still planning on completing test retakes, please email me with the test section, your original score, and your new test score.  If I receive your email by Friday, I can update the gradebook before final grades must be submitted.





Students!  This week we will focus our review on the 5 fundamental principles of American Government that we studied at the beginning of the year.  Please view the video below (you may need to copy and paste the link).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOSWXBHLBPY&t=1s

 

Writing Assignment (optional) – Now that you have reviewed the principles, you will surely see examples of them all around you.  Please find a political news story that contains one of these 5 principles (i.e. local elected official arrested for DUI – rule of law) and write a one paragraph summary of the story and how it relates to one (or more) of the principles.  When complete, share/explain it to your family and feel free to email it to me if you would like me to review it.

After that, please consider practicing your mastery of this lesson material here. http://www.quia.com/quiz/6919832.html  Please remember that nothing is graded during this time. This is just for practice.

Please remember that ALL material offered in our virtual schoolhouse and on my webpage are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL.
I will be available via email today and every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30 if any of you have any further questions.  Good Luck.





*ATTENTION PARENTS and STUDENTS*

Please note that a new file marked "Virtual Learning Plan" has been added in the Files and Documents tab.  This file contains several weeks worth of OPTIONAL review material for all students that they may complete on their own.


Andrew Sharek
sharekaj@pwcs.edu
Office hours - M-F 9:30am-10:30am
Class schedule
period 1 - Civics & economics
period 4 - Civics & economics
period 5 - Civics & economics

period 6 - Civics & economics
period 7 - Civics & economics