Discussion Post #3

On February 15, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Discussion Post #3 is open on the AP  Blog page.  You will be able to access the blog by clicking on the link below.  Be sure to read the rubric on how points are earned.  If you have any questions, be sure to ask.  The Post will close on February 22 at 5:00 pm.

Discussion Post #3

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Mass Media Project

On February 12, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

To help gain an understanding of how the media may be biased, we will examine three sources; one liberal, one conservative, one moderate and see how they portray the president.  Be consistent with your theme.  One example would be the Tax Reform Bill signed by the president.  You would look for that theme in all three of your sources.  This project will be due the next time class meets.

1. Find three editorials from three different sources that talk about  President Trump. There should be a liberal source, a conservative source and one independent source.  There are links at the bottom to assist your search.  Summarize in your own words how the editorials portray the president, what type of tone are they taking, and how could this editorial influence voter.


List of Liberal and Conservative Media Outlets

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Media Reading

On February 12, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is a reading for the media in government.  This reading is due at the end of the class period it was assigned.

Maureen Dowd

Does Mrs. Dowd paint an accurate picture of the president?  Are her views bias?  If so, does she lean to the left or to the right of the political spectrum?

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Political Parties Explained

On February 6, 2018, in Information, by lwaddell

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Political Parties Project

On February 6, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

A political party is group of persons who seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of public office. In America there are many political parties. The two largest are the Democrats and Republicans.  For this activity you will be gathering information on political parties. You will need to select three issues, or planks from five different political parties. The planks can be anything that interests you, such as education, welfare, military spending, and taxes are just a few examples.


You will select three planks from five parties. The planks may be any topic that interests you.  You will create a visual representation of the planks from all five parties.  This can be a prezi, video, posters, or another form.  PowerPoint is not encouraged, think outside the box. It is highly encouraged that you use the Democrats and Republicans as two of your parties.  The other three are entirely up to you.

Here is a sample of political parties. This list is by no means the only parties that you may use. If you use a party that is not listed here you must include the web address in your paper.

Democratic National Committee
Republican National Committee
The Green Parties of North America
Communist Party USA 
Libertarian Party

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Political Parties-Reading

On February 6, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is a  reading for Political Parties.  Answer the questions that proceed the reading and send your responses to lwaddell@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Two-Party System

1. According to APSA, weakened parties would result in what?
2. Discuss the consequences of the decline of political parties in America.
3. Explain what the party model envisions.

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Political Socialization Activity

On February 1, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

There are many ways that one learns about politics.  This unit is looking at how you gain this knowledge and how you use it.  In your groups answer the following questions.

  1. Discuss how the following impact your knowledge of politics. Which is the most important? Which is the least important?  Is there one or two that are not on the list?  If so, add them and discuss how they add or don’t add to your political knowledge.






Social Class




  1. The media plays a large role in everyone’s life. Using State of The Union Address that took place on January 30, see how the following media outlets covered the speech. When looking at the outlets pay close attention to what they say about the terms in question 1.  Explain the view of each outlet, do you notice any bias?  Is there any outlet that you felt was unbiased?  Here is a transcript of the speech to use as a reference-State of the Union speech

The Washington Post

National Public Radio

Fox News



The Huffington Post


  1. One way to find out how people think about politics is to ask. In your group, come up with five questions that we could ask. You are creating a mini survey.  Here are several web sites that specialize in surveys.  You can also use these sites to look at the terms in question 1

Gallup Poll

Polling Report

Rasmussen Reports

The final product may be created using various formats.  You may use Word, Google slides, Google Docs, PowerPoint to name a few.  Be sure to answer each question fully, using complete sentences when necessary.  Each group should include no more than 4 people.

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Exam #1 Review

On January 26, 2018, in Information, by lwaddell

This podcast cover the first exam.  This podcast covers the  following but not limited to Madisonian Model, Amending the Constitution, Checks and Balances, Supremacy Clause, Elites, Pluralism, Hyperpluralism, Mandates, Block Grants, Federalism and  Separation of Powers.

Exam Review Podcast

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Current Event-Federalism

On January 24, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

During the semester we will be looking at the government and what they are doing right now to relate to the topics that we are discussing.  The current event is meant to be a thoughtful exec rise in seeing connections between lectures and readings and everyday life.  The events are to be typed and submitted via email to lwaddell@tempeunion.org by the assigned due date.  There will be no late assignments accepted.

The  current event can be about anything in the government that relates to Federalism.  This involves states’ rights, federal mandates, policies that impact states, 10th Amendment issues, to name a few issues that can be researched.

Follow the instructions found on the attached sheet on how to complete the current event.  All current events must be in your own words.

Current Event-PDF


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Federalism Reading Questions

On January 24, 2018, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the following questions and turn in at the end of the period.

The Merits of the Federal System

1. Bryce points out that none of these political mechanisms would be successful without moral and material influences: the love of self-government and a “sense of community in blood, in language, in habits and ideas, a common pride in the national history and the national flag.” Is he right? Are these factors more important than the mechanism established under the Constitution, and are they still important? Are they still realistic assessments of the American populace?

2. Bryce notes that federalism allows local governments to experiment in legislation and administration without risking the fate of the nation as a whole. Is this kind of separation necessarily good? Does Bryce overlook many of the costs of federalism?

Gonzales v Raich

1.  Who did the Supreme Court defer to?

2.  What two clauses were cited in this case?  Explain both clauses and how the court used the clauses in their ruling.

McCulloch v Maryland

What were the principal arguments used by Chief Justice Marshall to justify the extension of congressional power to include the power to incorporate a bank, even though the words “bank” and “incorporation” are nowhere to be found in the text of the Constitution?

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