Kennedy Space Center, 2002


Ch 1 Benchmark Exercise
Textbook Access
Standard Extra Credit Assignment
Ch3 Benchmark Test
Ch 4 Benchmark Quiz
Ch 10&11 Benchmark Test
Ch 12 Benchmark Quiz
Ch 5 Benchmark test
All students now have full access to the online textbook by visiting http://www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com and using the following access code for the Civics, Economics, and Geography Florida Edition textbook: M2NZ-ERBO-7H4O
I highly recommend that students bring a usb drive to download the pdf of the textbook at school.  There are no textbooks in Civics that are issued to go home.  
Check out the following resources available in the apple app store:

mcgraw-hill k-12 eflashcards for a study tool

Study every night!

Test on Ch10&11 as soon as 10/19(A) & 10/20(B)

Read/Notes on Ch12 due 10/24&25

YW Quiz 10/26&27 - Propaganda Example (not from the internet) turned in...

Quiz on everything 10/28&31 (No Test) - Ch 5 Benchmark sheet due

Ch 5 yellow word notes due 11/1&2

Normal Homework:
Notes are due on boldfaced words.  Students should write the word and then

1. What it is/definition.
2. Why it is important. 

Students will be tested by the county and state on end-of-course exams on all unit benchmarks for the year, so extra effort needs to go into learning and remembering this information all year (and beyond).

Ch5 Benchmarks

Weakness in the Articles of Confederation = The Constitution being written

Interpret Intentions of the Preamble

Federalists and Anti-Federalists


                  -Bill of Rights

“The Rule of Law”


                  -Influence on American legal, political, and governmental systems

How (specifically) does the Constitution safeguard and limit individual rights

Analyze media and political communications

Division of powers between the national and state governments

The Constitutional amendment process

Constitutional rights and their impact on society

Ch 12 Benchmarks

Examine the impacts of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government.

Analyze media and political communications

  • Bias
  • Symbolism
  • Propaganda
  1. Bandwagon
  2. Glittering Generalities
  3. Name Calling
  4. Plain Folks
  5. Card Stacking
  6. Testimonial
  7. Transfer

Ch 10/11 Benchmarks

Identify America’s current political parties and illustrate their ideas about governments:

  • Republican (Tea?)
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Independent
  • Various others
  • Party Platforms

Evaluate Candidates for office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue based platforms, debates, and political ads

Mock Election

  • Suffrage
  • Register
  • Polling Place (precinct)
  • Ballot
  • Electoral College
  • Popular Vote
  • Winner-take-all

Ch4 Benchmarks 

The Enlightenment

Montesquieu – separation of powers

John Locke – natural law and the social contract

Founding Fathers

How the following 4 influenced colonist’s views on government:

  1. Magna Carta
  2. English Bill of Rights
  3. Mayflower Compact
  4. Common Sense

The influence of physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and location (absolute and relative) have influenced settlement, economies,  and inter-governmental relations in North America.

Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of government) and complaints in the Declaration of Independence.

Ch 3 Benchmarks

Direct (pure) democracy

Representative democracy (republic)






Citizen – Natural Born and Naturalized (method of becoming)

Obligations of citizens to

  1. Obey laws
  2. Pay taxes
  3. Defend the nation
  4. Serve on juries

Responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, and federal levels

Unit 1 Benchmarks:

  1. 50 states and capitals
  2. Locate territories and protectorates of the U.S.
  3. Use maps to identify the divisions and boundaries of North America
  4. Locate and identify major U.S. cultural landmarks
  5. Locate and identify major physical landmarks of the U.S.
  6. Understand the influences of physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and location (absolute and relative) on the settlement, economies, and government relations in North America.
  7. Understand the major cultural regions of North America.
  8. Use maps to determine the location, abundance, and variety of natural resources in North America.
  9. Examine and explain patterns of cultural diffusion in North America.
  10. Understand the importance and distribution of demographic characteristics in the U.S.
  11. Use a map to examine local issues of conservation and ecology.
  12. Use GIS or other technology to examine data about the U.S.

Remember to get your login to the online textbook (www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com).  The redemption code is M2NZ-ERBO-7H4O
There will be online assignments found there, as well as voluntary activities and reading.

Go to http://nhd.org/CreatingEntry.htm for History Fair rules.

Mr. Williams    Williamsj15@duvalschools.org 

Ideas to remember:

Mini-Poster (12in.x14in. max) assignments are worth 50 points. They are judged on: Visual Quality(5pts), Content (include 5 important facts and/or contributions-40pts) and Accuracy. Put a bibliography (list of sources) on the back(5pts).

Study notes from class and the book 20 minutes each night! Quizzes will be based on the boldface words in the text. Tests include information from all the chapter and class information, the most important of which is on the board.

Textbook URL:http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

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Stargazing on Friday evenings...tba

Awesome earthquake website:

Check out these websites for astronomy information:
>Picture of the Day
Robotic Telescope You Control


History Fair Information

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