6th & 7th Hours - Your Comments (Summary)

Before Fall Break, you had some small group time to discuss your preferred focus after Fall Break. I told you that even if we tried to get through the State Standards (whatever they happen to be this week), there's no way to even come close in one semester, so anything you found slightly more interesting than other stuff was fair game - as long as it fell into the general category of 'American Government'.

What an interesting variety of results - excerpts with a few of my thoughts & comments below:

3rd & 5th Hours - Your Comments (Summary)

Before Fall Break, you had some small group time to discuss your preferred focus after Fall Break. I told you that even if we tried to get through the State Standards (whatever they happen to be this week), there's no way to even come close in one semester, so anything you found slightly more interesting than other stuff was fair game - as long as it fell into the general category of 'American Government'.

Here are some of the excerpts from the Index Cards you submitted. I'll start with those I'm having to set aside for various reasons:

After Fall Break

I don't have details for you yet, but there was a surprising majority in all four Pre-AP and Intro to Pre-AP Hours regarding what you wanted to cover after Fall Break.  Something like 3/4 mentioned the Supreme Court and major court cases in some way, and many of you listed 1st Amendment Issues, Civil Rights Issues, and Students/School Issues - all of which could be covered with Supreme Court cases as a kind of launching pad or framework or some other appropriate metaphorical explanation that's not coming to me right now.

I'm Running Out Of Ways To Explain

I'm running into a level of lost I'm not sure what to do with - not with 'slow' kids, but with otherwise bright individuals.

I talk about political cartoons and redo options in class, and you nod and repeat back what I say, and I post the same information on the website, and then I do exactly what I promised, and... most of you are shocked. Confused. A little hurt. How could I do this to you without warning? BRAND NEW CARTOON REDO STUFF IS POSTED TO THIS WEEK'S AND NEXT WEEK'S AGENDA. 

The Gettysburg Address

We're breaking down the Gettysburg Address in class this week and next, so you'll have every opportunity to understand this speech and why I think it's the most important speech anywhere ever. 

IF you wish, you may memorize the Address and deliver it in class anytime in October (scheduling it with me, of course). Doing so perfectly will allow you to replace ANY grade from August / September with a 100%. You may attempt the speech in class a maximum of three times.

Redoing COATS / Political Cartoons

As you know, SKILLS grades are worth 1/3 of your overall grade. Since the COATS assessment is the first SKILLS grade of the semester, it can have a disparate impact on your overall grade - good or bad. 

If you did not do well, the Redo Instructions are on this week's and next week's Agenda. Email me or come see me in RAO or before/after school with any questions. 

Miss Representation

On October 29th & 30th, we'll be watching a documentary in class called Miss Representation. It explores portrayals of women in media and how these portrayals shape consumerism, politics, and interpersonal relationships. 

LOTF Discussion Forum Grades

You'll supposedly be able to check your grades online soon, but if not I'll hand out updated reports early this week. Some of you will no doubt have questions about the grades you received for your online discussion posts regarding Lord of the Flies.

> I may not have graded the posts in the same order you posted them. I didn't start recording grades until after the board was closed, and whatever I'm calling the first post is the one of yours I saw first. 

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