Class materials and discussions can now be accessed through Microsoft Teams, which you can access through your school e-mail accounts.  The main link that you should use:

Go to: MS-RRMS Mr. Crandall's Civics & Economics Class

Review support and student learning will occur every Thursday from 8:30 to 10.  Each week there will be a video lesson, which will include the activities for the week. I will be available via Microsoft Teams video for this entire time. There will also be a Quizlet assessment available each week. 

Office Hours (Thursdays 12-1:30) will be available to answer questions and address concerns on any review content and activities that are done in class. During this time students can reach me through Microsoft Teams (preferable) or e-mail.

Materials can also be accessed at my REMOTE LEARNING page.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/8: Year in Review (part 2)
No video this week!
Presentation of review games.
Kahoot! Civics Review

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/1: Year in Review


1. Create a review board game that will help students next year prepare for the Civics and Economics SOL. You could also think outside the box and create some other type of game.
The game can be modeled after a game that already exists, or it can be totally unique.
3. It can focus on just one unit or all of the units (at least the ones that were covered).
4. Use your notes, the book, the Core Content guides, or the internet to help complete your game.
5. Develop clear and legible rules and can be easily understood.
6. Questions and answers must match up – so be as accurate as possible.
7. Be creative and make it neat, and test it out at home if possible.


LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/25: An Introduction to Economics

1. Download the worksheet “Real World Connections to Supply and Demand.”
2. Read each news article cited in the worksheet and complete the accompanying charts.
3. Download the Supply and Demand info-graphic as a reference. Additionally you may want to review this video as needed in order to complete the worksheet.
4. Additionally, you can also view the Crash Course video on Supply and Demand to further expand your knowledge on this topic.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/18: The Judicial System

Download the “Civil vs. Criminal” worksheet packet. Read the two articles (Handout A and Handout B), then complete the chart (Handout C).

PART 2: Visit the two pages listed from the Judicial Learning Center website.

1. How Courts Work; Types of Court Cases (

2. Organization of Federal Courts; State Courts v. Federal Courts (

Then download the “Fact Sheet: Comparing State and Federal Courts” and “Federal vs. State Courts” worksheet (Handout F). Complete the “State and Federal Courts” worksheet , then decide whether each of the two examples (Handouts A and B) would be heard in State Court or Federal Court. Record your answers on a separate sheet of paper and be sure to give examples to support your answers.

EXTENSION: Research local and national news to find 5 examples of state and federal court cases. Give a paragraph summary of each case. Be sure to mention whether the case is state or federal as well as criminal or civil.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/11: Political Processes

ACTIVITY 1: Using the America from Scratch: Should We have More than 2 Political Parties worksheet as a guide, watch the PBS video “Should We Have More Than 2 Major Political Parties?” Complete the guide to be turned in. Do the extension for extra credit! J

ACTIVITY 2: Take the Pew Research Center's “Political Typology Quiz.” Consider your results. Do you agree with them? Why or why not? Do you think there should be additional questions? Or do you think the answer options provided were too simplistic? Why or why not?

ACTIVITY 3: Use the PBS Electoral Decoder to explore past presidential elections comparing the national map with an electoral proportional representation map. Use the “Presidential Predictor” to try and decide the outcome of the next election. Who will win? Lose? What would your strategy be to win a presidential campaign?

ACTIVITY 4: Define the term partisan. Then read the article “The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship,” and answer the following:

  • How is “fake news” relative to someone's political views?
  • Why is the idea that some news is fake, if we don’t agree with it, a problem?
EXTENSION: Reread “The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship

At the end of the article the author says:

“I don’t think things are going to get better in the short term; I don’t think they’re going to get better in the long term. I think this is the new normal”

1. What does the author mean? Why does she feel this way?
2. Do you agree or disagree with her statement? Why or why not?

You can either send in your response along with the rest of the assignments or post your response to Flipgrid.


Demonstrate your knowledge about citizenship in America be creating a “Welcome to America” brochure for new citizens.

Fold a while piece of paper into a brochure format (trifold)

For each panel:

  1. Front panel – a brochure title and a short description of what can be found inside.
  2. On the second and third panels you will provide a guide for naturalization and study tips for the English language and citizenship test. For additional research, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage at
  3. On the fourth panel, explain the basic rights of U.S. citizens as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment (including limitations).
  4. On the last two panels you need to explain the duties and responsibilities of citizenship and give examples of each.

Be creative and use pictures and symbols with the words/ideas in your brochure – taking into consideration that many of the immigrants coming into the U.S. do not speak English fluently.

Watch the video clip The All-Volunteer Force: Today's Military and Draft Debate.
After you watch the video consider the following:
Now that the draft is no longer a driving force in American society, who serves? How would you think greater American participation in the military would impact U.S. foreign policy decisions? Should the United States bring back the draft and require military service? Or is having an all volunteer force something that promotes American ideals of what it means to be free? Consider those questions and submit a response through FlipGrid

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/27: Separation of Powers vs. Federalism

Activity & Materials:
Further explore the concept of Federalism as it applies to the different levels of government.

Understanding Federalism 

If my explanation was not helpful, you can watch either or both of the following from Crash Course.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/20: 6 Big Ideas of the Constitution


Using the Constitution, you are going to go through and find two passages that apply to each key idea and explain them in your own words.

Additionally, you will need to indicate the number of the article, section, and clause.

The U.S. Constitution
6 Big Ideas of the Constitution worksheet


1. Watch the Crash Course video on Constitutional Compromises.
After watching the video, do some additional research on each of the compromises mentioned in the video.
After doing your research, on a separate sheet of paper, reflect on the short and long term impacts of each compromise that was made to get the Constitution ratified.
What have been the positive and negative impacts of these compromises?

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/13: 5 Principles of Government

Activity 1: Define each of the principles of government (different wording from what I used), give a historical example of each, and explain how that principle is expressed in United States government today.
Activity 2: Create a poster with a visual representation (symbols and labels) of each principle of government. When you finish, write a short description that explains each of the principles on your poster.
Activity 3: Write a paragraph that answers: What principle do you think is most important today and why?


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