Saturday, June 18, 2016

Common Core State Standard Model Lesson: World History Capitalism and Socialism

The LINK here is a model curriculum of the new Common Core State Standards in action for Social Studies/History in grades 9-12

Co-taught Lesson Plan the 1930's

See this LINK for the co-taught lesson on the 1930's between myself and an English Teacher during my student teacing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Common Core Standars

The new California State Standards for History/Social Science can be found HERE
They are in draft form but should be adopted soon, consider this a preview of coming attractions!

Exectuve Branch Closed Notes

These notes are utilized for students who are struggling to understand key concepts being taught in traditional classrooms. The power point words highlighted in RED are directly correlated to the missing words in the closed notes packet. The students are given the packet, fill in the missing words and summarize their understanding of the key concepts in the packet at various points throughout the presentation. This method was used during my student teaching in conjunction with Thomas Palacios, my co-teacher. This is a great way for students to understand key concepts as well as keeping themselves on task during lectures.

Instructor: Mr. Atwood, M.Ed. Student Teacher
Valley High School, E.U.H.S.D.
 Closed Note: The Executive Branch.
Instructions: Use the notes from both the class presentations and discussions to the complete the sections below.
1)      Constitutional Requirements & the President?

2)      Is a primary election a constitutional requirement?

The Constitution outlines _____ things the president is required to be in order to become president:



 A _________ election is a way of ____________ a candidate for the ____________ election

It is _______ addressed in the Constitution, but a ___________ done by political __________.

Summary of notes:

1)      What is the difference between a closed and open primary?

2)What is a National Convention & How does a presidential nominee win one?

Summary of Notes:

What is a general election?

Why is the president also the Commander in Chief

What is the War Powers Act and how did it change the Presidents role as Commander In Chief?
·         A __________ primary is an _________ to select the ________ for your party (democrat, Republican, Green, Independent…Etc).
·         You must _________ your party ___________
·         You can only vote for someone ____ your ________.
·         __________ allows ________ to state to ________ a ballot.

·         An _____ primary ________ can vote for any _____ to select  ___________ to run for office.

·         The problem is  __________ sabotage by opposing parties.

·         The benefit is that _________ is included and _______ choice is kept secret.  

·         A _________ Convention is where the __________ nominate “________ __________” to run for office.

·         Political _____________ are made for the party

·         ____________ are examined by Convention ____________

·         _________ vote wins.

·         The “________” is  __________

·         A ________ ___________ from a ___________ location than the presidential nominee is ____________.

·         The __________ is chosen for the __________ that the election is being _________ for: (presidency, governorshiop, etc)

·         The _______________ in _________ is the __________.

·         The __________ is the ___________ in charge of the __________.

·         The President can call out _________ forces with the _________ of ___________.

·         The President can __________  military decisions, but _______ do.

·         Example: President ________ fired General ____________ for his role in ______________ the Korean War. 

·         The _______ powers Act (______) limited the power of the Commander In Chief by: __________ that troops can be sent w/out _____________ approval, but:

·         Must notify __________ within ______ hours.

·         Troops can ______ stay _______ days

·         A ____________ resolution can be ________ by Congress to require return of _________ immediately.

Summary of Notes

What is the difference between an executive agreement and a treaty?

What types of jobs does the president give to people?

What is the presidents job as our Chief of State?

·         The president ___________ treaties.He/she is also the __________ of diplomacy. He/she __________ with foreign leaders on ________ of the U.S. Treaties must be ___________ by 2/3 of the ________. 

·         An _____________ agreement is like a _______, but it can be made ___________ approval of the _________. It lasts only as ______ as the President ________ it to last.

·         Appointments (and appointees) must be approved by the _______. These federal jobs include:

The __________ as a _____________ leader of our nation as in his ______ as Chief of State must:

Summary of Notes:

What does executive privilege allow the president to hide from the public?

How can the president use his office to “Faithfully execute” the law?

Why is the president required to give a state of the Union Speech?

What is the difference between a presidential pardon and a presidential reprieve?
·         Executive _________ is a power _____ stated in the _______________. But is a “_______” of the president to ______________ information from the _______, Public, and___________. Because it may ______________ the office of the ____________. It is usually used to ___________ national ____________.

·         Article II section 3 of the Constitution States that the president must: “Take ______  that laws __ Faithfully executed.” The president _______ priorities on which _____ to enforce. An ____________ order is a rule _____- by the president to ______ enforce a treaty, a law, a _________  ruling, or the Constitution.

·         It is stated by the ______________ to give information to congress on the “State of the ________.” And to “___________ _____________. After the president gives Congress ___________ messages & reports during the State of the Union, then the _____________ make laws reflective of that ______________.

·         A presidential ________ is used to ________ a person from a crime. The ______________ on  presidential pardons is that they ______ be used in ___________ and they can’t _________ violators of state crimes.

·         A presidential __________ is a ________ in sentencing. It is ___________ used when __________ is not a threat to society and it will __________ society to delay a ___________

Summary of Notes:

The Executive Branch Lecture Materials

Bill To Law Vocabulary Activity

This assignment utilized the textbook combined with a presentation of key concepts of how a bill becomes a low. I also showed my students School House Rock's I'm Just a Bill the link is HERE

U.S. Government
Valley High School, E.U.H.S.D.
2013 Tri 3/ Term 3
Instructor: Mr. Atwood, M.Ed. Student Teacher.
Valley High School, E.U.H.S.D.
Academic Vocabulary: How a Bill becomes a Law.
_______________ A bill that deals with an individual person or place

_______________ A bill dealing with general matters and applies to the whole nation.

_______________ A statement adopted to cover matters in only one house of   Congress.

______________ When a committee ignores a bill, and lets it die.

_______________ When a bill is changed in committee.

_______________ When a committee votes to kill or report a bill.

_______________ When members of congress call out “Aye” or “No” while voting.
_______________ When members of congress stand or sit while voting.

_______________ When members of congress are called by name and must say “Aye” or “No”.

_______________ When members of congress vote electronically.

_______________ When a bill passes one house but not the other this committee is formed.

_____________ _An added piece of legislation to a bill that has little to do with the original bill itself.

_____________ _A session at which a committee listens to testimony from people interested in a bill being considered.

_____________ A rejection of a bill by the president.

_____________ A president’s strategy of refusing to sign a bill the last 10 days congress is in session.

______________  When the president rejects specific parts of a bill, without vetoing the entire bill.

Word Bank:
Private bill (Pg. 181) – Public Bill (Pg. 181) – Simple Resolution (Pg. 182) – Rider (Pg. 182) – Pigeon Holing (Pg. 184) - Reporting a bill (Pg. 186) – Committee Hearing (Pg. 184) – Mark Up Session (Pg. 184) – Roll-Call Vote (Pg. 187) – Veto (Pg. 187) – Conference Committee (Pg. 187) – Voice Vote (Pg187) – Recorded Vote (Pg. 187) – Pocket Veto (Pg. 187) - Line Item Veto (Pg. 187-188) – Standing Vote (187).