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... for the Week of September 13, 1999


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Lawyer/Witness Work Day - Review
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Mock Trial
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) TEST - The Constitution (3.1, 4 and 5)
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Debrief Test - Begin Minorities

...for the Week of September 6, 1999


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No School - Labor Day
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists v. Anti-Federatlists - READ 5.3
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The Constitution - It's Parts, It's Powers - Assign Constitution Chart
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Introduce Mock Trial - READ 5.4 - Constitution Charts DUE
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Mock Trial Work Day

...for the Week of August 30, 1999


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Road to Revolution - Seeds of Change DUE - Read 3.1
Tuesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Patriot Father, Loyalist Son Video - Begin The American Revolution - SKIM Chap. 4
Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The American Revolution in groups
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Quiz over 3.1, and 4 - READ 5.1
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Articles of Confederation - Assign Building Blocks of the U.S. Constitution - READ 5.2

...for the Week of August 23, 1999


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Wednesday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) First Day of Classes
Thursday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) The Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of Government
Friday WB00684_.gif (1100 bytes) Seeds of Change

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    If there is one thing that keeps America together it is the shared beliefs that the founding fathers outlined in the Constitution.  Despite drastic changes in technology and population,  liberty, freedom, and justice remain common bonds across many religions, ethnicities and ways of life.  The Constitution was a product of three things:   History, Struggle and Compromise.  The Enlightenment, a time when man's ability to reason was championed, hit the American shore at a time when colonial discontent with England and its king was at high tide.  The resulting struggle, a war between a disorganized band of men and the most powerful empire on earth, took surprising turns as the Americans lived the words of Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death."  After trying first to survive as a confederation of states, they soon realized something better would be needed.  Small states argued with large ones and Federalists argued with Anti-federalists.  In the end, compromise produced a document that still today guides the most fundamental discussions regarding everyday life in America.

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The Revolutionary War in Nine Questions

The Constitution

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WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Fitting the colonists definition of a tyrant, King George III of England considered the colonies in America a necessary evil.  They were a wealth of raw materials an resources, but increasing tensions across 4,000 miles of ocean was getting more and more difficult to manage.

WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) This flag, originally designed by Ben Franklin to promote the Albany Plan of Union, was used as a universal symbol of unity in both the revolution and during ratification of the new constitution. WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) Though known more for his historic horse ride, Paul Revere's impact on revolution and independence stems more from his art.   The engraving at left, The Bloody Massacre, depicts the events in Boston that culminated with British soldiers shooting and killing colonists.  The bias nature of the work stirred emotions, helping build momentum for change.

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WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) A memorable act of rebellion on the road to revolution was the Boston Tea Party.  Depicted on the stamp at right, the event seems comical, but the colonists were deadly serious.

WB00827_.GIF (132 bytes) One key framer of the constitution was Thomas Jefferson.  His beliefs in John Locke's theories of natural, unalienable rights are at the core of our beliefs regarding the relationship between the government and the governed.

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Chapter 3.1 Chapter 4
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Know the economic relationship between America and England; rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) See The Revolutionary War in Nine Questions
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rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) What is salutary neglect and how did it fuel thoughts of independence?
Chapter 5
Section One Section Two
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Why did a confederation form? rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Big states vs. Small states - compromise!
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) What weaknesses did it have? rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Slave state vs. Free state - compromise!
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) What problems could NOT be solved? rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Division of Powers, Checks and Balances
Section Three
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Distinguish between a Federalist and Anti-Federalist;
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Why was the Bill of Rights so crucial to ratification?
rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Know what basic rights the 1st 10 amendments grant


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