Sign-up for Edmodo www.edmodo.com   use the class code
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQzNtYsf5D4  Story of Altamont Concert- Write a 1 page review for extra credit.

See Lesson Plans Below!  Have a great week!  April 14-17
American Government General Plans- 

Monday- Chapter 13 Notes
Tuesday-Chapter 13 Notes Review
Wednesday- Chapter 13 Test
Thursday- Chapter 14 Notes
Friday-No School
US History General Plans

Monday-Chapter 20.1
Tuesday- 20.2, 20.2
Wednesday- 20.3
Thursday- Chapter 20 Open note Test
Friday-No School
King Assassination video- watch on own if you did not see if before finish assignment. 
Rod Briggs
2013-14 Schedule
1st- Hour:  American Government
2nd Hour:  US History
3rd Hour:  US History
4th Hour:  US History
5th hour:  US History
    Class-Lunch Seminar            
6th Hour: Plan
7th Hour: American Government
September and October Middle School Football
November -March-Varsity Basketball
April -May
Classroom web-sites to log-in
Government online text book-register at: 
Use this code to access.
Acess code:  4D43F749D789D33E14B6
American History online text book www.glencoe.com/ose/
F6ECB037B0 Is the password
https://www.edmodo.com  Get code from the teacher soon.  I am still figuring it out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV63DbQ_qSc  Uncomfortable vs Exhaustion

Practice 1st 10 amendments
Quizlet cards
Kartrina-Frontline video-

      Internet Assignments For American Government

BINDER: Students will need to provide a 3 ring binder with 3 divider tabs for: 1) Class Notes and Handouts 2) Supreme Court Cases



Do not have to do this fall.  Not working properly on all computers!  Good for you1

1. Current Issues Online.-Do  15.   Do 5 more for extra credit. Write your opinion abut each one. Summarize what you learned 10 points each. 150 points.  Due date TBA

(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.)

The Debate: Education

The Debate: Democracy and Human Rights

The Debate: The Federal Budget

The Debate: Constitutional Rights

The Debate: Latin America

The Debate: The Media

The Debate: Health Care

The Debate: Immigration

The Debate: International Trade

The Debate: The Middle East

The Debate: Poverty

The Debate: The Global Environment

The Debate: Weapons Proliferation

The Debate: Women and Minorities

The Debate: The Economy

The Debate: Foreign Aid

The Debate: Defense

The Debate: Asia

The Debate: Europe and Russia

The Debate: Crime and Drugs

2. Supreme Court Cases- You must read 15 of these and answer the Questions for Discussion at the bottom of each case. 10 points each.  You can do 10 more for extra credit. Landmark Supreme Court cases from throughout United States history. 150 Points. Due date TBA

School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp, 1963

Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 1986

Betts v. Brady, 1942

Bob Jones University v. United States, 1983

Dennis v. United States, 1951

Edwards v. South Carolina, 1963

Escobedo v. Illinois, 1964

Everson v. Board of Education, 1947

Furman v. Georgia, 1972

Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority, 1985

In re Gault, 1967

Gitlow v. New York, 1925

Goss v. Lopez, 1975

California v. Greenwood, 1988

Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965

Island Trees School District v. Pico, 1982

Texas v. Johnson, 1989

Katz v. United States, 1967

Lemon v. Kurtzman, 1971

Massachusetts v. Sheppard, 1984

Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, 1990

Miller v. California, 1973

Ex Parte Milligan, 1886

Nix v. Williams, 1984

Olmstead v. United States, 1928

Reynolds v. United States, 1879

Sheppard v. Maxwell, 1966

Thompson v. Oklahoma, 1988

Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985

Walz v. Tax Commission, 1970

Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 1989

Weeks v. United States, 1914

Wisconsin v. Yoder, 1972



US History Notes

posted Aug 2, 2011, 6:27 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 9:42 AM ]


In US History we will cover:  We will cover Units 2, 3 and 4 first semester and 5, 6, 7 second semester.


GRADING:             Student performance will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including but not limited to: quizzes, tests, homework assignments,  in class work and projects


                                Grade Scale
59 or below-F

Floating A:
*If a student is tardy two or fewer times per semester the teacher will change lowest chapter test score to 100%. A student also can't have an office referal or a cell phone violation. The teacher has the right to take away your floating A for not doing things correctly in class.  The teacher can restore the floating A if he sees fit. 

Tardy Policy in addition to lose of floating A:  3 - 6 tardy-Loss of Floating A 15 minute detention served in the morning before school in room 211 and a call home or e-mail home 6+ tardy Office referral and 15 minute detention. 


EXAMS:                  Exams will generally be worth 100 points each.  Tests may consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer,  and matching. The essay questions will be 20 points and are graded separate from the test.   Semester exams will be comprehensive for the semester and will make up no more than 12% of the final grade.  Students will be given the opportunity to re-take any exam in order to demonstrate new learning or deeper comprehension of the content covered.   Students will be responsible to make arrangements to take a different version of the test (which may be through personal communication) on their own time.  Usually in the morning or during seminar. Regardless of score, the most current test results will be recorded for the grade as they demonstrate the more current level of understanding.

Attendance/Make-Up Work
Make-up Work -
Excused Absences - The student is responsible for obtaining all make-up work and for making appointments to meet with teachers to make-up tests, quizzes, etc. Students will be expected to make up all work missed as the result of an absence. They will be allowed two (2) days for the first day missed and one (1) day for each consecutive day absent beyond the first, unless other arrangements are made with the individual teachers. Advance make-up is required (unless other arrangements are made with the classroom teacher) when the absence is due to a regularly scheduled school sponsored activity and may be required on prearranged absences authorized by the principal. -Taken from the 2011-12 Lansing Student Handbook.

Expected Behavior

I expect students to follow school and district policies as defined in the Lansing High School student handbook (agenda). I believe I have a right to teach and students have a right to learn. I expect students to act in manner which respects those rights. Breaking the rules will result in a disciplinary action/reprimand appropriate for each infraction. My classroom rules are:

1. Follow class instruction.
2. Respect others.
3. Respect yourself
4. Respect others property.

The Teacher will make any other rules he views as necessary!
*No use of profanity will be tolerated in the classroom.
*I will contact parents often to keep them updated on your progress and behavior.
*Cell Phone policy used by our school will be followed: Shut the phone off as you enter the room. I will take it from you if used during the class and taken to an administrator. You can pick it up at the end of the day. This will result in lose of your floating A.  There will be times that we will use your phone in class for academic reasons.  You must use it properly.  If not used correctly then you will lose your floating A and also will have to pick-up phone from an administrator. 




Old World History Notes

posted Aug 2, 2011, 6:22 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Aug 7, 2013, 5:56 PM ]


—Winston Churchill, June 4, 1940




Government notes

posted Jul 26, 2011, 1:33 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 12:33 PM ]

This is a tentative schedule for 1st Semester American Government.  Things will come up that could put us behind.

American Government Pace Chart Through Unit 1

8-14      Intro, Class info, Pre-test

8-15       Pre-Test

8-16       Pre-test/Go over Answers

8-19       Ck out books/Chapter 1.1 notes-

8-20       Chapter 1.2 notes/video intro

8-21       1.3 notes/Review

8-22       Chapter 1 Test

8-23       Go-over Chapter 1 Test/Chapter 2 Pre-test

8-26       2.1 and 2.2 notes

8-27       2.2 and 2.3 notes

8-28       Chapter 2 Test

8-29       Gov-Over Chapter 2 Test/Chapter 3 Pre-test

8-30       make-up Day or LAB

9-3          3.1 and 3.2 notes

9-4         3.3 Notes Review

9-5          Chapter 3 Test

9-6          Go-over Chapter 3 Test/Chapter 4 pre-test         

9-9          4.1 and 4.2

9-10       4.3

9-11      Chapter 4 Test

9-12       Go-over Chapter 4 and Review

9-13       Unit 1 Test

 pass word  mqd - 2055 to access
 Sorry about this being out of order a little, but please access notes when you do not have them.  

American Government-Notes and Finals Review Questions

posted Jul 26, 2011, 1:15 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Oct 26, 2012, 9:18 AM ]

Look Here for Finals Review Questions

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