Author: lwaddell

Congress Project

The instructions for the project are below.  You will need to find a committee that interests you such as education, veteran’s affairs or the budget.  You will use this committee to answer several  questions.  Your final product will be in paper form.    Email your final product to  The Congress project is due on September 21 by the end of class.

Congress Project

Congress Rubric

List of Congress Committees

Federalism Reading Assignment

Read the following Federalist Paper and Court Case and answer the questions.  Both readings deal with Federalism.

Anti Federalist 17

What is the Anti-Federalist view on the Necessary and Proper Clause?  How does the Anti-Federalist feel about the enumerated powers granted to Congress?

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?

Please email the answers to

Locke and Hobbes

Here are two readings about John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.  Be sure to be able to cite differences between Locke and Hobbes.

John Locke

Thomas Hobbes

This site does a nice job comparing Locke and Hobbes.

Locke vs Hobbes

Here is Locke’s Second Treatise of Government.  This is an important document that helped shape American government.

Second Treatise of Government

When you have completed reading the Second Treatise, answer the following questions:
1. How does John Locke describe the state of nature?
2. Why do people leave the state of nature and join a political society by establishing a government?
3. Under what conditions can government be dissolved?

Guest Speaker Project

To reach a better understanding of government, a dialogue is needed. An excellent way to start a dialogue is to bring people who have a better understanding of the subject into class. The class will be broken into 10 groups. Each group will select a category and then secure a guest speaker for the class. This is an assignment for the class. Each guest speaker will be worth 10 points. The guest speaker will need to be available for the entire class period. If multiple classes would like to secure the same speaker, that speaker will need to be available for each period.

Guest Speaker-Speaker List

Current Event #1

Today we will complete our first current event.  The topic for today is the Government.  You may find any article that deals with either the federal government or the state of Arizona government.  The article you use should be within the last 30 days, hence the name Current.  The assignment is worth 10 points.  All parts need to be answered in complete sentences.  Your citation needs to correct and accurate.  I have attached a copy of the form below.

This assignment is due at the beginning of the next scheduled class.

Current Event Form-word

Current Event Form-pdf