Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AP GOV Friday.

Answer these Questions:

Name the Members of the Supreme Court
Name Your Senators
Name Your Governor
Explain the Tuskeegee Syphilis experiments
Who is Scooter Libby
Pick 3 american scandals and explain
What is MK Ultra

Finish Chapter 6.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Test on Friday (C and D Blocks)
Test on Monday (B Block)
Essays due at that time.
There are numerous resources at the Book Website to help you review.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

5/24 - 5/25

Research (lab)
Go to the Oregon Constitution
write down the following:
1. How many Rights in the "Bill of Rights?
2. How many articles?
3. Article 4 Can signature gatherers be paid?
4. Article 5 What types of bills may the Governor exercise line-item veto?
5. Article 7 sec 7 Read the oath of the Oregon court and next read the oath of the US Supreme court. What is (are) the most significant difference(s) between the two regarding representation of the public will?

Research Deschutes County Gov.
What is the structure of our County government?
What are the responsibilities of the members? (mayor, council)
What is the method for suggesting changes/improvements to local government leaders?
(If you wanted to use county funds improve public lands what would you need to do?)

Friday, May 7, 2010

annotated biblio

annotated bilbliography.
Read this. I'll give you more details next week. Assume 5-10 sources, on a topic of your choice. I'll decide on the number over the weekend. You'll have 2 class periods to work on.

Annotated Bibliography
Purpose: to provide bibliographic information for your sources
to demonstrate that you have read and understand each source
to make clear each source’s argument or perspective
to evaluate each source’s value to your research

• Properly formatted bibliographic information (use the format required by your instructor—MLA, APA, and Chicago are the most common, although there are several other formats.)
• A statement of the author’s training and credentials that establishes his or her credibility on the subject.
• Concise summary of the main points of the source and the methods used to make those points (this should also cover the scope of the information—how broad, how deep).
• Identification of the point of view or perspective from which the source was written—this will include any biases as well as the probable audience.
• Commentary on the usefulness of the work to your research and research in general.
• Relevant links to other work done in the area, like related sources, possibly including a comparison with some of those already on your list. You may want to establish connections to other aspects of the same argument or opposing views.

Annotations can be written in a variety of ways, but most commonly, and for this assignment, they take the form of an organized paragraph, which incorporates complete sentences and all the other niceties of academic writing.

London, Herbert. "Five Myths of the Television Age." Television Quarterly 10.1 (1982): 81-89.
Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward." London uses logical arguments to support his ideas, which are his personal opinion. He doesn't refer to any previous works on the topic. London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader.

Waite, Linda J., Frances Kobrin Goldscheider, and Christina Witsberger. "Nonfamily Living and the
Erosion of Traditional Family Orientations Among Young Adults." American Sociological Review 51.4 (1986): 541-554. Print.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finishing OUT.

For All STudents-- Special Note to Mr. Neils Green Day Class. Do NOT DO CHAPTER 21).

For Next Week, the week of the 19th.
Chapter 4

Week of the 26th
Chapter 5

Expect some practice ESSAYS, and one practice AP Test the last day of the week before the test.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


1) Citizens often choose to participate in the political process in ways other than voting.
(a) Identify two forms of participation in the political process other than voting.
(b) Explain two advantages of each form of participation you identified in (a).

2) Trust and confidence in government have declined in recent decades.
(a) Explain how divided government has contributed to the decline in trust and confidence in government. Be sure to include a definition of divided government in your response
(b) Explain how the increased cost of election campaigns has contributed to the decline in trust and confidence in government.
(c) Explain two specific consequences of the decline in trust and confidence in government for individual political behavior.

3) The Framers of the United States Constitution created a legislative system that is bicameral. However, it is not just bicameral; the framers also established two houses of distinctly different character and authority.
(a) Discuss two reasons why the framers created a bicameral legislature.
(b) Identify one power unique to the House of Representatives and explain why the framers gave the House that power.
(c) Identify one power unique to the Senate and explain why the framers gave the senate that power.

4) Congressional reapportionment and redistricting are conducted every ten years. When redistricting is conducted, politicians often engage in gerrymandering.
(a) Define congressional reapportionment and explain one reason why it is important to states.
(b) Define congressional redistricting.
(c) Explain two goals of politicians when they gerrymander during redistricting.
(d) Describe two limits that the United State Supreme Court has placed on congressional redistricting.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


By way of 'developing our' note taking technique:
Rather than questions, you are to outline from
Politics of Judicial Selection (511 in my book)
The Courts and the policy Agenda (526)
I will grade these notes in class.
Proper material will include all definitions, and outline of concepts.

Friday, February 19, 2010

go to this website.

find an example for each 'type' of bias: note, some forms of bias will require two examples. For example, bias by photograph will be best illustrated by a contrasting example. That is, show two pictures of the president that show different bias. And explain the perceived bias.

For Bias by headline: Include the text of the article from say, NYTIMES, and then the headline that NY Times had, and that the Bend bulletin used (They will often run the same article from the NY Times, but change the headline).

Bias by source control: Identify how they use of a press release, or who you ask about something affects the article.


use the internet to find 'bias by ommission' to find an article that the news overlooks. projectcensored.org provides one source of these sites, but i will consider relevant well researched examples from other sources.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Chapter 14, part 1, due Tues/Wednesday.

1. Bush’s pledge?
2. 2 Questions central to public policy?
3. Budget
4. Deficit
5. Expenditures
6. Revenues
7. Taxes according to Holmes
8. ‘Art of Taxation’
9. 4 major sources of federal revenue?
10. Income tax
11. 16th amendment
12. IRS perception
13. Progressive tax
14. Flat tax
15. Sales tax
16. Social insurance taxes and their growth.
17. Federal debt?
18. What is bad about deficit and debt?
19. Why is debt not bad?
20. Reagonomics?
21. Describe Figure 14.2
22. Tax loophole, and example
23. Ross Perot’s Loophole
24. Tax expenditures and 2 examples
25. Who do tax expenditures benefit?
26. History of modern tax reduction (in 3-4 sentences)
27. How does US tax burden stack up?
28. What are some goals for tax reform?
29. Describe the Tax reform act of 1986
30. Describe figure 14.3
31. Why is the budget so large?
32. Describe American government as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product