Daily Teaching Summary (2-28-2014)

American Government HeaderPERIOD 1 – American Government

TODAY’S TOPIC – The Legislative Branch

TEACHING OBJECTIVE –  Students will analyze information presented to them about their representatives from California’s 9th Congressional District. They will do so by visually analyzing video clips from the news, watching clips from these representatives debates, and writing an e-mail to their representative.


WHST 11-12.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

WHST 11-12.6 – Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

LIFE CONNECTION – It is important for you understand the importance of your representatives and how to contact them to invoke change.


15 Minutes – Review yesterday’s material on McNerney vs. Gill.

15 Minutes– Wrap up debate quick notes on McNerney vs. Gill.

15 Minutes– Students will pair up, discuss, and write down what they thought of the debate and how the candidates did. This will be followed by students stating which of the candidates they felt they would have voted for back in 2012 and why.

15 Minutes- Students will write a  minimum of one question in pairs that they would like to ask current 9th district representative Jerry McNerney.

15 Minutes- In pairs students will share out what questions they would like to ask Rep. McNerney and they will be compiled on a word document. In class we will mail these questions to Mr. McNerey through his House.gov website e-mail. Below is the automated thank you we got as a class after e-mailing our questions in.

McNerney Questions


Website – California’s Congressional Interactive District Map 

Website – McNerney.house.gov – E-mail Page

YouTube Video – Jerry McNerney-Ricky Gill debate at University of the Pacific

Criminal Behavior HeaderPERIOD 2,3– Criminal Behavior

TODAY’S TOPIC – Common Elements of Crime and Development of a Scenario

TEACHING OBJECTIVE – Students will develop their scenarios to be voted on and used for a mock trial.


WHST 9-10.1 – Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

LIFE CONNECTION – It is important to understand and identify elements of crimes in the legal profession because each crime has specific elements that must be present to fit the legal definition of that crime.


15 Minutes – In pairs we will read through the scenarios that were written by other students and review them.

15 Minutes– After reviewing them go through and identify common problems.

30 Minutes– As a class we are going to design the next unit together and make sure it incorporates the last two units of mental disorders commonly associated with criminal behavior and organized vs disorganized killers.

15 Minutes- Refine what we created as a class to make sure there are no pitfalls or confusing pieces. You can read over what we created today in the Student Resources section of today’s post below.

HOMEWORK – Keep working/brainstorming about your scenarios.


PDF – Directions- Student Based Criminal Behavior Scenarios and Mock Trial.

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