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
History Fair Signup/Timeline
Ch 6 Benchmark Test
All students now have full access to the online textbook by visiting Oneview, clicking on the Civics page, scrolling down to resources, and clicking on the Textbook Link!
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!

Extra Extra Credit  http://www.fra.org/fra/Web/Events_and_Programs/7_12th_Grade_Essay_Contest/Web/Content/Essay_Contest.aspx?hkey=707c4b42-2eb8-4992-9d57-31b8bd14c68a

New Change to History Faoir Assignment/Due Dates:

12/6&7 - Students will hand in a Single Page plan for their project, showing what it will look like and what materials they will use, or a story board for Performance, Web, or Documentary categories.  An outline is expected for Individual Reasearch Paper entries.  There should be a list of all materials required to complete the project...

12/14&15 - All "Required Written Materials"  are due (see rule book).

Benchmark Quizzes on Ch 3,4,5,10,11,&12 - Any Time! 

Review by downloading the download and studying those benchmarks.  Also scroll down this page and look at the Benchmark descriptions for each chapter (except Ch1).

Note Check Ch6 - 11/28&29

YW Quiz Ch6 - 12/2&12/5

Benchmark Quiz -12/6&12/7

Test as soon as 12/8&12/9

Benchmark Quizzes at any time on old Benchmarks!!

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).

Learn and discuss (evaluate) the rights contained in the Bill of Rights.

Ch 6 Benchmarks

  • 1st- speech, religion, press, assembly, petition
  • 2nd- bear arms
  • 3rd-quartering
  • 4th-search and seizure
  • 5th-grand jury, double jeopardy, self incrimination, due process, eminent domain
  • 6th-speedy & public trial, impartial jury, witnesses, counsel
  • 7th-jury trial for lawsuits over $20
  • 8th-excessive bail, no cruel or unusual punishment
  • 9th- not a complete list of rights
  • 10th- reserved powers

Learn and discuss (evaluate) the rights contained in the other amendments.

Analyze the impact of the following amendments on minority participation in government.

ü  13th- no slavery

ü  14- due process, voting rights

ü  15- more voting rights (race, color, previous servitude)

ü  19-women’s suffrage(right to vote)

ü  24-No poll taxes

ü  26- voting age is 18

Evaluate Constitutional Rights and their impact on individuals and society.

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

Parents, please fill out a volunteer application if you wish to chaperone an upcoming field trip.  A copy of your volunteer  card will be required with the field trip form.

Important Upcoming Events!

Watch here for dates of upcoming field trips and other out-of-school activities.

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

Contact me with questions or comments.