Monday, September 29, 2014

10/3 homework

Homework due Oct. 3 with an SCA to follow
Read and answer the the following...
Chapter 6 Voting Rights:

1. What do Suffrage and Franchise mean?
2. What is the electorate and what is the approximate number in this country?
3. What are the current voter qualifications in this country?
4. What is a poll tax and how were they used?
5. READ page 158 and explain why voter apathy is dangerous to our democracy?
6. How did the 15th amendment affect former slaves and why was it not enforced?
7. What is gerrymandering?
8. What did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 effectively do for blacks in America?
9. What was preclearance and how did it work?
10. Create a list (10) of reasons why people don't vote.

Monday, September 22, 2014

9/26 homework

Homework due 9/26 SCA to follow!

Chapter 5 Political Parties
Read pages 116-142
Answer the following:

1. What is a political party?
2. What is the function of a political party?
3. What is the watchdog function of political parties?
4. Why does the US have a two party system?
5. What is a single-member district?
6. What is a plurality?
7. What is a pluralistic society?
8. What is a coalition?
9. What is an incumbent?
10. What are factions and how do they operate?
11. What are the 4 types of minor parties and why are they important?

Political Party online quizzes

Here are the quizzes I spoke of in class.
These are due on Friday with your homework.

Simply print the results out or write them out on a piece of paper.
We will be discussing this in class, so please be prepared.

Monday, September 15, 2014

9/19 homework

Homework due 9/19, SCA to follow.

Federalism: read pages 88-108

Answer the following:

1. Define Federalism.

2. What are expressed powers?

3. What are implied powers?

4. What are inherent powers?

5. What are reserved powers?

6. What are exclusive powers?

7. What are concurrent powers?

8. What are the procedures for admiting new states?

9. What is a grant-in-aid?

10. What is revenue sharing?

11. What are categorical grants?

12. What are block grants?
(I will give detailed explanations and examples for 9-12 in class.)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Constitution Project

This is not the "normal" week. You will be working in a group of not more than four to create an amazing project based on the three parts of the Constitution (Preamble, original 7 Articles, Amendments). You will have class time to organize and discuss your project, but the majority of time spent will be outside of class (this is your homework!).

Pay close attention in class as I will give all the details and show examples of what is expected from you.

Bon chance