Daily Teaching Summary (2-18-2014)

American Government HeaderDirections: I apologize for having to be gone again. I have been told to participate in a school project in the library again today. There is one task I want you to complete while I am gone.

Task #1 – On Friday you were introduced to the Electoral College System that is used to vote in the next president of the United States. Based on the information you received on Friday I want you to write a five paragraph essay on the Electoral College System. Yes you did do a short one paragraph version on Friday of this, but this essay is to test your writing and critical thinking skills. You will break down the essay into the following categories:

1 – What is the Electoral College system?

2 – How does it work?

3 – What is “Gerrymandering”?

4 –  Do you agree or disagree having an Electoral College? Would you rather it just be based on a popular vote?

5 – Why should the average citizen care about the Electoral College and how it works?

Student Resources:

Map – Map of the Electors for Each State

Map – Interactive Map of Electoral College Results (1964-2012)

Website – The Electoral College Explained by the National Archives

YouTube Video – School House Rock – The Electoral College

Criminal Behavior HeaderDirections: I apologize for having to be gone again. I have been told to participate in a school project in the library again today. There are two tasks I want you to complete while I am gone. Both tasks are below.

Task #1 – On Friday we began profiling organized vs disorganized killers and it became clear some people are struggling with the concept. For today Task #1 is this – Write a 3 paragraph essay about a fictional character that you know really well. In this essay be very descriptive about the fictional character. Who are they? What do they do? How do they behave? Where do they live? What do they eat? Do they work? Are just some of the questions you should have answered.

Task #2 – Write another 3 paragraph essay, but this time tell me how the fictional character you wrote about would react in the following scenarios: 1. If they were caught in a bank robbery. 2. If they realized the money they had was actually stolen money from a business. 3. What they would do if they found themselves involved in an illegal activity of your choice.

The Point of the Writing Exercise – To get you more confident on stating the facts you know about someone and then predicting their behavior based on what you know. This is no different than profiling a killer.