Complete pages 12-14 of your notebooks! If you get done early, work on senior project research and be sure you have scheduled your meeting with your senior project teacher! See below for Senior Project research guidelines.
Think Tank Article Study
Summarized from Wikipedia: A think tank, policy institute, or research institute is an organization that performs research and advocacy concerning various topics. Most policy institutes are non-profit organizations. In the United States, these groups are tax-exempt.
These organizations are a huge resource that is often used by policymakers and researchers to inform their opinions. They also often have a particular political perspective. Today you’re going to use think tanks from different political perspectives to further research the student loan problem. These can also be a great resource for other issues as you’re writing legislation! Below are the think tanks we’ll be using. The links to these websites are on the DOCUMENTS page of my DP.
Senior Project Research/Guidelines
Homework: Finish pages 9-11
College Inc. Documentary NotesAccording to the documentary, College Inc., what’s wrong with the student loan system? How does it define the problem? What are your main takeaways/insights from this film?
What’s the Solution?Now we’re going to explore one potential proposed solution to the problem of debt and for-profit colleges.
- Here is the digital copy of the student debt notebook.
Feel free to use this and if needed, modify the format to fit your needs as long as you're getting the same content I'm asking of you!
Framing to Student Debt Issue Study:
Today we're beginning our final issue study on student debt and college loans. As with the last two issue studies, the goal is for you all to develop a solid foundation of the problems, party perspectives, and potential legislative solutions.
Opening Brainstorm (page 2 of the notebook)
Check out the political cartoon and answer the questions on page 2!
Senator Position Research (page 3)- 10 minutes
Go to your Senator’s Official Website, do some digging, and find their positions. Include relevant quotes, legislation, or policies they’ve supported. Can’t find anything? Check these out: Democrats and Republicans. (google: democrat position education or republican position education and it’s the first link)
PBS Video: “Student Loans: More Debt, More Defaults, More Problems” (page 3)
As you watch this video, jot down notes on what the PROBLEM is and who is RESPONSIBLE for the problem. Also, take note of anything else that stands out to you.
Chart Analysis Parts 1 and 2
Complete chart analysis in issue notebook.
Part 1: The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts
Part 2: These 9 Charts Show America’s Coming Student Loan Apocalypse
Get into a small group, follow the discussion prompts in your issue notebook.
Homework: Be sure to complete THROUGH page 5 in your notebook
Immigration Party Caucus
Follow the lead of your student leaders as they guide you through this process. The goal is to clarify your party's position and potential solutions, and to fully understand the other party's perspective.
Each party should email or share their caucus notes with me, so I can post them to my DP!
Done with your party caucus? Brainstorm potential ideas to include in your legislation, and who you might want to work with.
Senior Project Initial Research
Done with the party caucus, but not on the immigration committee? Work on the initial research for your senior project! See the Senior Project page, and look for the document titled "Senior Project Brainstorm Phase 1 and 2" for details.
HOMEWORK: None! Be ready to tackle College Debt tomorrow!
Ashley's out today to write letters of recommendation. Be sure to get as prepared as you can for Monday's Party Caucus!
Watch PBS’s Homeland: Immigration in America, Episode 3: “Refugees” (53 minutes)
Take notes on page 13 of your issue notebook as you watch
Refugee Article Study (pages 13-15)
Read TWO articles:
Take notes on pages 13-15. When you're done with your two articles, find someone from the other party, meet up, and verbally summarize your articles with them.
Homework: Finish the article study from today!
Quick Announcement: Check the email from Libby about the opportunity to get a helicopter ride over Mesa Verde NEXT Friday, 10/28. There is also a follow-up seminar at DHS. Topic is Natural Parks, Diversity in people in the outdoors, and how you can be an advocate for environmental conservation. Deadline for the lottery is TOMORROW. I'm chaperoning this trip and it's going to be SAWEEEET!
Class Shuffle Schedule- This will be in effect from Weds. November 2 through Weds. Nov. 16. This is only two weeks, so please bear small inconveniences cheerfully!
Watch PBS’s Homeland: Immigration in America, Episode 2: “Enforcement” (53 minutes)
Take notes on page 10 of your issue notebook as you watch
Article Study (pages 10-12)
Choose two articles about your party. Coordinate with your party to make sure that not everyone is doing the same articles (obviously, it's okay if there's some overlap). Take notes on pages 8 and 9 of your issue notebook.
When you're done with your two articles, find someone from the other party, meet up, and verbally summarize your articles with them.
Homework: Finish the article study from today!
Take this quick feedback survey to help me plan the Student Debt issue study unit
Watch PBS’s Homeland: Immigration in America, Episode 1: “Jobs” (53 minutes)
Take notes on page 7 of your issue notebook as you watch
Article Study (pages 7-9)
Pair up with someone from the other political party. Go to the “Documents” page on my DP and between the two of you, decide on 4 articles to read, 2 from each political party. Now, decide who will read which two out of the four. In other words, you each need to read and take notes on 2 articles, but they need to be different ones.
Once you’re done taking notes, summarize the articles to each other!
Homework: Finish the article study from today!
Please take this quick survey for our Model Senate Class Switcheroo
We are now beginning our 2nd issue study: Immigration Reform
Your task this week will be to:
Ashley to pass out the Immigration Notebook (feel free to download the electronic copy linked here if you'd prefer)
Starter: (On page 2 of your notebook) Where do you come from? (5 minutes)
Pair-Share: Share your starter response with a partner (10 minutes)
Watch Obama’s 2014 Immigration Reform Speech where he announces Executive Action meant to override Congress’s inaction. (First 10 minutes only)
Discuss! Get with someone from your same political party and discuss the following questions (10 minutes)
Read Time Magazine article: “Not Legal, Not Leaving” (7 pages)
Take notes on page 2 of your notebook as you read this article:
Position Research: Now it’s time to wrap your head around what your Senator and party believe about immigration and immigration reform. Complete pages 3-5 of your issue notebook.
Homework: You should have pages 2-5 complete by tomorrow!
Today is our Party Caucus!
I am empowering you all to be totally self-sufficient and with the help of your party leaders today, to organize and run a productive party caucus. See below for caucus guidelines
1. Senior Project Fall Teacher Conference guidelines (hard copy in class)
2. Model Senate Exhibition Dates- Mark your calendar now! Wed, Thur and Friday AFTER Thanksgiving break. Wed and Thur will be during the school day. Friday is from 5-8 pm at FLC.
How do I love thee? Let me count just four of the numerous ways:
1. You are funny
2. You are intelligent
3. You are hard working
4. When I am out for the day, you are super duper respectful to the sub and use your class time effectively to accomplish the tasks I have set out for you. Read on!
**Please read today's blog carefully and use all of your class time so you are ready for Monday's Party Caucus when your party will get together and hammer out your position on climate change and potential legislative solutions!**
12:40-1:40 Optional Guest Speaker in Lori's classroom
Coleman's Grandfather is coming today to talk about his work as a state Senator in New Mexico!
I'll let you decide if you want to attend his talk in LORI's classroom or if you'd rather use all of class to complete the climate change notebook to avoid having homework.
1. Legislation: As of right now, what solutions would you propose in legislation? Think about passability, and your senator and party positions. What questions do you still have about potential solutions to climate change?
2. Try to track down the answer to at least one of your questions above. Google it! Write what you found in your starter.
Article Study- LINKS TO ARTICLES ARE ON THE DOCUMENTS PAGE!!!
Okay, partner up with a senator from the opposite party. With your partner, decide on 4 articles to read, two from each perspective. If you have time, I STRONGLY suggest that you read more, especially if you’re on this committee! Take notes on pages 13, 14, 15, and 16 of your climate change packet.
HOMEWORK: Make sure your entire notebook is complete. I'll collect them on Monday!
Senior Project Reminders!
1. Sign up for Senior Project Conferences (we're missing around 20 students from that sign up list)-- sign up sheet is on the Senior Project page of my DP.
2. If you signed up for Lori or Ashley check their email! Deadlines are approaching.
Today's Essential Question: How does each party define the problem of climate change, and how does that definition shape the solutions they support?
Objective: To understand how our party defines the problem, and what solutions are being proposed.
Framing: Today we’re going to transition from background knowledge and context to looking at different solutions being proposed to fix climate change. Today combined with tomorrow’s in-depth article study is going to get us ready for the party caucus and legislation brainstorm on Friday. Remember, the goal by the end of this week is to have some concrete ideas for legislation, and a solid understanding of your senator and party positions.
Years of Living Dangerously: Part 6 (50 min)
Watch, and take notes in your Climate Change packet on page 10 of your packet. Discuss and debrief.
Partner with another senator from your party. Go to your party’s political platform.
1. For Democrats, go the section titled “COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE, BUILD A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY, AND SECURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE” You’ll see there are three subtopics here—read all three!
2. For Republicans, go straight to the section titled “America’s Natural Resources.” Read the subtopics here titled “A New Era in Energy” and “Environmental Progress.”
After reading these sections, answer the questions in on Climate Change packet pages 11 and 12.
None! Unless you didn’t finish the platform study. Then you need to finish it.
Objective: To develop a more nuanced understanding of how climate issues have been approached in the past, and to get a broad working vocabulary around climate change issues and actions.
Framing: Today is going to be a really important day, and a really independent day. You’re going to work together with your partner to gain a more cohesive sense of climate change issues and actions. As you do this, you should be thinking about potential solutions you could put in your legislation!
Video: Years of Living Dangerously, Part 3
We’ll watch part 3 of this award-winning documentary (50 minutes). As we watch, you’ll fill out page 6 of your issue packet.
Take a few minutes, and finish the movie questions. Now pair up with someone from (GASP!) the other side of the room, and share your takeaways from page 6 only.
With your new soulmate, turn to pages 7 and 8. Use the following timeline resources to fill out your climate timelines. Pay attention to the vocabulary on page 9! Fill it out as you encounter it. By the end of class today, you should have finished through page 9.
Finish anything you didn’t finish in class. When you walk into class tomorrow, you should be done with…
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RESOURCES/HANDOUTS ARE ON THE DOCUMENTS PAGE OF MY DP! Scroll down to "Science Issue (Issue Study #1): Energy and Climate Change"
1. What do you already know about climate change? What new things do you want/need to learn?
2. What is your senator’s position on climate change/energy?
3. What political dynamics keep lawmakers from taking action on urgent issues?
1. To review what you already know, and get a sense of what you need to know
2. To understand your senator’s views/positions on climate change and energy
3. To compare what is blocking action on issues like climate change with conditions in the 1970s leading to unanimous passing of the Clean Air Act under Nixon.
Over the next three weeks, we’ll be engaging in some intense study of two critical and controversial issues in preparation for Model Senate. After that, you will be writing legislation on one of the issues (whichever committee you are assigned is your issue). The speeches and bills are the primary assessments for Model Senate, so it’s essential that you feel knowledgeable about these issues.
STARTER 19: Senator Position Research (20 min)
Turn to page 2 of your Climate Change notebook. Complete initial research about your senator’s position on climate change and energy policy.
Initial Climate Change Brainstorm (30 min)
Okay, now go to page 3 of your Climate Change notebook. Work through the initial brainstorm—we’ll check in as a class once you are done.
Political Pressure (30 min)
Turn to the top of page 5, and with the political pressure graphic, consider our question: What political dynamics keep lawmakers from taking action on urgent issues?
1. On the LEFT side, fill in bubbles with forces that apply pressure for lawmakers to RESIST passing legislation.
2. On the RIGHT side, fill in bubbles with forces that apply pressure for lawmakers to act.
3. You must fill in ALL the bubbles!
If you are stuck, consider…
1. Lack of voter support in district
2. Party position
3. Persuasion from other lawmakers
4. Mass protest
5. Negative media exposure
6. New, reliable scientific data
7. Increasing technology
8. Individual campaign contributions
9. Personal/social ties
10. Needs of their district and voters (constituents)
11. WHAT ELSE?
Clean Air Act (15 min)
Setting the Stage: The CAA is important because it is the law under which our EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. This is THE major political fight on climate change right now, so understanding this law, and the history of it is critical to our political debate.
Video 1: A summary of the CAA and its social and political context. (5 min)
Video 2: An interview with Senator Edmund Muskie who authored the bill. (we'll watch the first few minutes). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSA5marDzI
After the videos, write your top 3 take-aways on page 5 of your issues packet.
Make sure that you have pages 1-5 of your issue packet complete.
Sign up for your senior project check-in conference with one of the senior teachers!
Honors announcement- ESSAY guidelines
Take notes during seminar today to fuel your essay! See the honors page for guidelines on your 2nd honors essay on the prompt "Is Congress Broken?"
Ashley's overview of Citizens United (See the back of the seminar questions handout I passed out in class)
We’re going to watch some of last night's debate then use that as the basis for a discussion. We'll start with the candidates' responses to a question about their approaches to energy production and climate change beginning 1 hour and 57 minutes into the linked video above. If time we'll watch more of the debate with an eye toward each candidates' moral values and foundations, use of rhetoric, and stance on the issues. Remember, the five moral foundations are: Harm/care, Fairness, In Group Loyalty, Authority, Purity/Sanctity.
Humanities teacher at Animas High School