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Essay 5 The Roots Of American Democracy Quiz

BHS CIVICS, Mr. Pahl, 1st Semester, 2017-18 

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2017 Go to:  Sept.   Oct.   Nov.   Dec.

August 2017

  Aug 16-18
  • P-Dad talks about important stuff

  • Mr. Pahl talks to seniors about
     "Embracing Your Future"   Contact Mr. Pahl



29   Today the seating chart is being set...
  • Get into your textbook..\ Go to Clever, then find Pearson Easy Bridge


Start Unit 1...

Watch these two podcasts:

  1. Theories for how government first originated and
  2. Power and Stuff (teacher tube) or Power and Stuff (youtube)
  1. Take notes on them- these notes are your first 2 notebook assignments
  2. Respond to the email that P-Dad sent to your U-46 gmail account (it's a 10-point assignment!)
30-31, Wednesday - Thursday
Go to your Civics textbook, Magruder American Government. (Go to Zenworks, Clever, Pearson Easy Bridge...)

Go to your assignments and find Topic 1, Foundations of Government,  Lesson 3, text 1: "Am Government, Building on the Past"     With a partner, take the quiz on this reading on Thursday...(Ask Mr. Pahl for the link....)

  • Also, remember what was assigned yesterday...

Foundations. Watch these two podcasts for a test on Friday:


New Month... go down to the September calendar...

  • Friday... there will be a test, see below (because it's a new month, September!)
  • Here is what you have been assigned this week
    • Email Mr. Pahl
    • Get into the Magruder textbook
    • Take notes in your Civics notebook on the two podcasts
    • Do the assigned reading in your Civics textbook, and take a quiz on it on Thursday...



September 2017

 September 1, Friday

Test on the podcasts about power (Chap 1), and the theories for the origin of governments.

  • You CAN use your notebook notes on this test.
4   LABOR DAY No School!


5-6  Tuesday and Wednesday: Forms of Government
7 Thursday


8 Friday

TEST on the 4 podcasts about Forms of Gov.

You can use your notes on the test

11-13 Monday - Wednesday   The Roots of American Democracy14 Thursday   

15 Friday

TEST on the Roots of American Democracy.

You can use your notes.


UNITS 2-3. Active Citizenship - Political Beliefs

Wed., Sept. 20

  • No computers today
  • Results of ROOTS test
  • Two competitions on Friday:
    • 1. the test, and
    • 2. Notebook turnin %
  • CAP Project proposals due tomorrow... I will give you some ideas and choices tomorrow....
  • National Guard Staff Sergeant Sean Griffin will be speaking today.
Thu. Sept. 21


  • CAP Project Proposal  10-point assignment....  Can be done with one or more people.  What you want to do your CAP Project service learning on...
  • CAP Project Turn in (or ask Mr. Pahl for a hard paper copy...)
22 Dress to Impress Day!

  • Civics Notebooks are due today!

No School - Institute Day

Mid Term Election Links

26-29   Mid-Term Election Simulation  #bhs2018mid

         Overview of this simulation...  

  • In the "background" to this simulation you will be responsible for the test on Elections, which is on Oct. 13.  Do the assignments I gave you in your Civics textbook (remember, you access it through Clever...Pearson EasyBridge...). You can use any notes you take from these assignments on the test.  Your notes on these Election assignments is notebook assignment #13.

You must register to vote  *   Repub, Dem or Independent?

Who wants to run for Congress?  *  How will you reach the voters effectively? 

  • Do you want to work for the media?
  • Primary elections Wed. Do you want to run? Make a short speech Wed.
  • Candidates and your staffs: Get your campaigns organized, plan! How will you reach the voters?
  • Media people: Get your TV stations up, your newspapers started, get the links added to the Media page... Get your coverage organized!  Start using the hashtag on social media! #bhs2018mid
Tues, Wed 26-27  Tues: Dress to Un-Impress Day
                             Wed: Patriotic Day

Mid Term Election Simulation

  • Want to be a candidate? State your intent to run. You will give a short speech today.
  • Why run? Glory, fame and an "A" and the ability to give As to at least 10 other people.
  • Speeches by Congressional candidates during each class.  There will be one winner in each of the 6 Civics classes in this simulation
  • Winners will begin picking their staffs.

Pick you track:

  • Work for your candidate
  • Work for the media (cable, radio, social media, TV, newspaper...)


Thu 28 Hippie Day

  • Prepare for tomorrow's virtual debates... make your video... Get the link to your YouTube video on this chart.
  • Media cover what's going on
  • Remember, (Mr. Pahl's classes) you have a test on Elections material on Oct. 13.
  • Notebook #13. Take notes on this material
Fri 29            Schedule: 1 ends 8:20, 2 ends 9:05, 3 ends 9:50, 4 ends 10:35, 5 ends 11:20, 6 ends 12:05, 7 ends 12:50, 8 ends 1:35

Virtual Debate #1

    • The Wall?
    • Trump bans
    • Only highly skilled immigrants allowed

October 2017

Oct. 2-6     Mid-Term Congressional Election Simulation

Oct. 2 Mon


  • TEST on the Elections material in class textbook (Clever, EasyBrdge...) Notebook assignment #13.
  • Prepare for Virtual Debates
  • Get social media buzzing!
  • What are the different campaigns doing?
Oct. 3 Tues

Virtual Debate #2 FREE SPEECH

  • National Anthem NFL taking a knee, team not showing
Oct. 4 Wed
  • Mr. Pahl's students: Remember, you have a test on the election material assigned by Mr. Pahl in your Magruder textbook on Friday, Oct. 13. You can take notes on this material and use it on the test.. that is notebook assignment #13.
  • VOTE for your favorite Media outlet
Oct. 5 Thu.


  • North Korea
  • Iran
  • Isis
  • Russian hacking?
Oct. 6 Fri.

Final Election Appeal Speech (also a video, but can also be done live...)


Oct. 9-13  UNIT 5: Structure of Government

Mon. NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Tues. Oct. 10. 
  • Continue campaigning and covering the campaign...
  • Also, prepare for the test on ELECTIONS on Friday
 Wed. Oct. 11   Seniors not in attendance - TESTING DAY at BHS
Thurs Oct. 12    -   Town Hall Meetings
  • Have your town hall question sheet ready to use, then hand in...
  • TEST on Congress tomorrow!
  • Self-evaluations of Mid-Term simulations due


16 Monday...
  • Turn in self-evaluation for Mid Term Simulation
  • Work on the research part of your CAP Project (or get hard copy from Mr. Pahl) ...and/or study for tomorrow (Tuesday's) Test.
  • BUDDY people will meet with Mr. Pahl BUDDY groups...
  • Tues, Oct. 17TEST on the readings in the Magruder online textbook. Open notes, but NOT open book.  The notes you take on the readings is Notebook assignment #13.

In this Simulation you are a congressman with two roles.

  • You are in a bill-writing must write a bill, and
  • You are on a will be hearing two bills on this committee. You must do research on these bills

Wednesday 18th

  • Watch this video!!
  • Who is going to run for Speaker of the House? Get an "A", and power!
  • If you want to run for Speaker, give a speech in your class 1st period, 2nd period, 3rd period or 7th period.
  • If more than one person wants to run in each period, the class will vote for the candidate they think will be the best Speaker after each has given their speech.
  • The winning candidate from each period then needs to make a YouTube video to be shown in all 6 classes tomorrow, Thursday.
  • The link to your speech video should be placed on this shared Doc.
  • Check out which bill writing group you are.
  • Members of your groups need to get your names on one of the available topics to write your bill about, here!  First come first served!
  • Plan to have a rough draft of your bill done by the end of the period Friday
Thursday 19th


  • Watch the videos for all the candidates.  Take a vote for Speaker of the House every period.
  • Communicate the results of the vote to Mr. Morrissey.

  • All bill writing groups should be engaged in crafting their bills today, based on the topic you chose.
Friday 20th
  • You should have a rough draft of your bill posted by the end of the period today.
College Application and Financial Aid Help Day.
  • All lunch periods in the Guidance offices on Mon, Oct. 23
  • Legislative Simulation
  • Do research on the two bills before your committee
  • Work on finishing your bills and making a pamphlet or fact sheet you can pass out to the committee you will be presenting before.


  • Prep for Committee hearings in the auditorium, Mon. Oct. 30

November 2017

October 30
  • Committee Hearings in the auditorium, 7th Period.


Oct 31
  • Get amended bills to committee
  • Committees get amended bills to SOH
  • Speaker of the House... get your bill order scheduled...
  • Full session of Congress in the auditorium, periods 2 and 3
  • VOTE in the BHS Mock Election!
  • TEST on the Presidency Podcast
  • You can use your notes on this test
  • Presidential assignment due




 Nov. 9-10  COURTS
  • BUDDY Program - Thur Nov. 10
  • Notebook assignment #20. Take Notes on Chapter 15.2-5 The CourtsonTeacher Tube on YouTube
  • Notebooks for 8th period due
  • TEST on the Judicial Branch. Based on the podcast about Courts. You can use your notes


  • Notebooks due periods 2 and 3
  • Preparation for Philosophical chairs tomorrow
  • Google doc link
Nov. 14Nov. 15-16-17
  • Preparation for your Moot Court Cases
  • Go to Google classroom and use this code to register for the class "Civics with P-Dad": iyx8az


20-21  Moot Court Docket of Cases:
First half of class:
Bethel v. Fraser
First half of class: 
Westside v. Mergens
Second half of class: 
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
Second half of class: 
Wallace v. Jaffree



NO SCHOOL 22, 23, and 24

27, MondayUNIT 6, The Constitution of the US 28 Tuesday


29, Wednesday 
  • Watch and take notes on the Podcast on the Amendments.
  • Watch and take notes on the podcast on the Flag Code.

December 2017

For your notebook due 1 Thursday1Friday
  • Watch the Podcast on checks and balances built into the Constitution, and take notes on it. There will be a 5-point short answer question on the Constitution test based on this podcast.
  • REVIEW (list of podcasts) for the Constitution Test
  • Civics Field Trip to the Dirksen Federal building


  • P-Dad Constitution TEST.
  • You CAN use your notes
  • Constitution Test (NO notes!)
  • Civics Notebooks due  (40 points)

7-8,UNIT 7, The U.S. and the World

  • Read the story "PRO/CON: Should President Obama move quickly to annihilate ISIS?" assigned to you in Newsela. To access Newsela you need to go through Clever (Login with your U-46 assigned Google account) and answer the 4 questions there (worth 10 points)
  • Use the New York Times (name and password is 200295079) search function to look for articles that will give you more information about a strategy for opposing ISIS.
  • DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD ON FRIDAY (25 pts.): With your partner, produce a position paper for President Trump (Mr. Pahl) on a strategy to deal with ISIS. The paper should take into account the following items:
    • Should we destroy ISIS militarily?
    • Should we put troops on the ground in Syria, Iraq, and other places where ISIS is entrenched?
    • What are some of the physical considerations of a ground war with ISIS?
    • Who should we partner with in the West and the Middle East to oppose ISIS?
    • What has the Obama administration policy been toward ISIS? What have been the results of this policy?
    • You might look at some of President-elect Trump's new cabinet members who have military backgrounds to see what their advice will likely be to Trump in this area.
  • This paper can be turned in as a Google doc, handwritten, or computer-generated. All sources should be cited. TITLE: "Top Secret Strategy Toward ISIS"

11  The US and the World
12 The US and the World
  • TEST on Foreign Policy Podcast...
  • AFTER you turn in the test, work with a partner (not 3 or 4 people! partner means 2) to act as Senators to decide if you will confirm President-elect Trump's choice for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  List possible reasons FOR and AGAINST his appointment, and then register your decision.
13-15 The US and the World
  • National Security Council "Situation Room" Scenarios
  • You will be placed in a group and have some research to do to make recommendations to the President
    • WED. - Your group does research and prepares your recommendations for the President.  These must also be turned in HARD COPY to the President at the time of your presentation. Become experts on the intel on the handout your are given.  You need to also do some research today to find out what these things are:
      • The National Security Council
      • The "Situation Room" in the White House
    • THUR and FRI - Simulation of the Situation Room, where you will make your recommendations. You must turn them into the President (Mr. Pahl) in HARD COPY. (20 points)
  • Study Guide  for the final exam (You CAN use notes on the final exam...)

Roots of American Democracy     Roots of America Assignment....

  • Note about one of the roots of our democracy: The Judeo-Christian tradition - the idea that the individual conscience is accountable to the Creator...
  • Other podcasts to take notes on for the test on Friday...

    • Notebooks due next week.
    • Test on Roots of American Democracy.

    • Plickers Group reading assignment
    • Notebooks due this week!
    • 2nd per.-Mon.
    • 3rd period-Tues
    • 5th period-Wed
    • 7th period-Thurs
    • 8th peirod-Fri.

  • CAP Project overview, Mr. Pahl
    • I Will do Something
    • Social justice, non-profit work
    • Humanitarian work: soup kitchen, animal shelter, senior center..
    • BUDDY Program

16, Friday, Constitution Day

Plicker Group Quiz on UpFront readings


  • REGISTER TO VOTE Assignment!
    • Tuesday, Sept. 27 at BHS Cafeteria during all lunch periods.
    • You must be
    • a US citizen
    • be 18 by Nov. 8
    • have last 4 of SSN, or Drivers License number, or IL state ID number





























Roots of American Democracy Essay

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America is a country whose emergence is contributed to many sources. More specifically, the American form of Democracy stretch back beyond the formation of the United States, having origin in ancient Greek thinking, the Enlightenment, as well as the English and their injustice, The United States owes its birth as a country to many areas of influence. The Ancient Greeks were the first to put the power of a nation in the hands of the average citizen, they created the idea of the democratic government, practiced as a direct democracy. Voting, political assembly, and official citizenship are all concepts that can be traced back to Classical Grecian ideas .The Romans developed the concept of the representative democracy .This was best…show more content…

Natural Rights (Locke) appear in the declaration of Independence as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Jean Rousseau developed the idea of the social contract and the notion of replacing a government that fails to maintain consent is cited as justification for the American Revolution against the English. Another field of influence for American Democracy lies in the English .English rule passed the English Bill of Rights in 1689, a similar declaration of which can be found in the American Bill of Rights. The English were also the first superpower to institute rule by Parliament. Parliament is a form of legislature in which power is distributed between two "Houses" (House of Commons and the House of Lords). The American system of Checks and Balances between three separate institutions (Judiciary, Executive and Legislative) owes its existence primarily to the English Parliament. Over the centuries, English influence on American government has been great, and today these influences can still be seen in everyday American life, The Colonial Experiences encountered by early American citizens before the revolution have impacted contemporary United States Government. For example, The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first instance of representative democracy in the New World. It involved a form of Congress, with 2 representative politicians per state. Smaller towns and outposts held town meetings, in which a fairly primitive form of

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