Daily Teaching Summary (2-27-2014)

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.

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

LIFE CONNECTION – It is important for you to learn about your representatives so you can make informed decisions and vote for representatives that have your best interests at heart.


1st 15 Minutes – Students will be introduced to their representatives. Specifically Jerry McNerney the representative from California’s 9th congressional district.

2nd 15 Minutes– Students will set up a paper to take some quick notes from the debate between Jerry McNerney (D) and Rickky Gill (R) for the representative seat in California’s 9th district court.

3rd 15 Minutes– After viewing the video clips students will pair up and discuss what they saw. Then they will write down questions they have for Representative McNerney.

4th 15 Minutes- We will fill out the e-mail form on Jerry McNerney’s website and e-mail our questions to him.

HOMEWORK – Review the material from today.


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 Scenes

TEACHING OBJECTIVE –Students will visually analyze practice crime scenes in groups, verbally discover the identity of the murderer in the practice crime scenes, and write a scenario of their own with an answer.

C.C.S.S. STANDARDS ADDRESSED – RH 9-10.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

LIFE CONNECTION – Investigation skills are very important to develop in any discipline in the legal profession so innocent people are not prosecuted and guilty people aren’t allowed to victimize others.


15 Minutes – Review our practice from yesterday. Depending on class vote we can do one more practice crime scenario.

15 Minutes– In pairs students will identify common elements of a crime scene.

15 Minutes– In pairs students will write a practice crime scenario and solution. Each scenario MUST have the following:


Suspects Motives:



15 Minutes- Students will hand in scenarios to teacher. teacher will scramble scenarios and pass back out. Teacher will hang onto solutions.