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This pearltree is a collection of articles relevant to my 8th grade civics curriculum.

Historical House Ideology and Party Unity, 35th – 113th Congress (1857-2014) Historical House Ideology and Party Unity, 35th – 113th Congress (1857-2014) Mandatory voting? Obama says it would be 'transformative' WASHINGTON (AP) — They say the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes. President Barack Obama wants to add one more: voting. Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting in the U.S. while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland on Wednesday. Asked about the corrosive influence of money in U.S. elections, Obama digressed into the related topic of voting rights and said the U.S. should be making it easier — not harder— for people to vote. Just ask Australia, where citizens have no choice but to vote, the president said.

"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said, calling it potentially transformative. Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would "counteract money more than anything. " Disproportionately, Americans who skip the polls on Election Day are younger, lower-income and more likely to be immigrants or minorities, Obama said. Statistically speaking, Obama is correct. Lesson Plan | Critical Condition. Jump to: OVERVIEW This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film Critical Condition, which tells the stories of four uninsured Americans as they battle illness over a two-year period.

Classrooms can use this lesson to examine health insurance coverage in America and create public service announcements to connect the uninsured with free and subsidized health care services. POV documentaries can be recorded off the air and used for educational purposes for up to one year from the initial broadcast. In addition, POV offers a lending library of DVDs and VHS tapes that you can borrow anytime during the school year -- FOR FREE!

Please visit our Film Library at to find other films suitable for classroom use or to make this film a part of your school's permanent collection. By the end of this lesson, students will: SUBJECT AREAS: Civics, U.S. ESTIMATED TIME NEEDED: Two 50-minute class periods Top of Page Students can be assessed on: Civics Health. Lesson Plans: Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution. Constitution of the United States Signed Copy of the Constitution of the United States; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives. The United States Constitution Summary: This lesson engages students in a study of the Constitution to learn the significance of "Six Big Ideas" contained in it.

Rationale: In order to understand how our government works students must understand the major ideas that underpin it. Guiding Question: What is the significance of the Six Big Ideas in the Constitution historically and for Americans today? Limited government republicanism checks and balances federalism separation of powers popular sovereignty Materials: ConstitutionBackground information on Founding Fathers (online)Copies of primary sources4 handouts Recommended Grade Levels: Grades 8 - 12 Courses: American history; U.S. government; Civics Time Required:

Obama Has Support For Syria Strikes, But Are They Legal? : Parallels. President Obama addresses the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Richard Drew/AP hide caption itoggle caption Richard Drew/AP President Obama addresses the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Richard Drew/AP President Obama appears to have strong bipartisan support in Congress to carry out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Yet legal scholars as well as critics of the administration say the White House lacks a legal justification for the strikes inside Syria. And in a letter to Congress released shortly after remarks Tuesday, Obama said he was acting "pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief (including the authority to carry out Public Law 107-40) and as Chief Executive, as well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States. " He said his letter was "part of efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution.

" Critics Under the U.N. Constitute. What Does John Locke Say? (The Fox Parody) - @mrbettsclass. Bill of Rights Rap - Smart Songs. Florida Law Related Education Association INC - Florida Law Related Education Association INC. America’s First Failure at Government: The Articles of Confederation | US History Scene. After the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the thirteen American colonies needed a government to replace the British system they were attempting to overthrow. The Founding Fathers’ first attempt at such governance was formed around the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were first proposed at the Second Continental Congress in 1777 in Philadelphia. They were fully ratified and put into effect in 1781. The reign of the Articles of Confederation was brief.

The inherent weakness of the Articles of Confederation stemmed from the fact that it called for a confederacy—which placed sovereign power in the hands of the states. This distribution of power was chosen by the Founding Fathers because American colonists were wary of strong national governments. That said, during its short lifespan, the Articles of Confederation became increasingly ineffective at governing the continually growing American states. Economic Disorganization 1) Congress could not regulate trade.

Middle School Congressional Hearings. Constitution Day - Lesson Plans and Activities for Kids from the National Constitution Center. <a href=" title="Online Form">Online Form - Constant Contact Signup Form</a> Countdown to Constitution Day Great Classroom Resource:Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels Explore our interactive resources on the Bill of Rights! Learn which documents and ideas influenced the Founding Fathers when drafting the Bill of Rights, and how those rights have been expressed throughout the world. And coming this September: We’re launching the best Interactive Constitution on the Web! Coming Soon: The Best of Constitution Hall Pass Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history without leaving the classroom!

And look out for our next episode, all about the 13th Amendment, coming this this December to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the amendment’s ratification! Admission to the museum is FREE on Constitution Day courtesy of the PNC Foundation. Shop for Materials Pocket Constitution Buy Now Constitution Day Kit. Congress Fiercely Divided Over Completely Blank Bill That Says And Does Nothing. WASHINGTON—A blank piece of legislation that says nothing, does nothing, and contains no text whatsoever has been the source of heated debate in Washington this week, and has sharply divided Congress along partisan lines, Beltway sources confirmed Thursday.

Known as S.0000, the bill, which doesn’t have sponsors, co-sponsors, or an author, has reportedly drawn starkly contrasting opinions from legislators in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and has paved the way for a major legislative battle in coming months. “At a time when millions of Americans are still struggling, we simply cannot afford this kind of devil-may-care federal policy,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), angrily waving the blank stack of papers in front of reporters.

“We will not risk leading the American people into further hardship simply so the Obama administration can once again do whatever they please, regardless of the consequences. Bill S.0000, which has sharply divided lawmakers. The search for civic virtues: The unkindness of strangers. Only lawyers now can argue before Supreme Court. WASHINGTON (AP) — You must be a lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court. Thought that already was the case? It wasn't until Monday, when the Supreme Court revised its 80-page rule book for the first time since 2010.

The update covers items such as filing deadlines but also adds Rule 28.8, which requires anyone arguing before the court to be a lawyer. The high court says the new rule simply codifies a "long-standing practice of the court. " A non-lawyer hasn't argued before the justices in more than three decades, though not for a lack of trying. A magazine publisher, entrepreneur and paralegal-in-training asked but were turned down, the paralegal-in-training in the past year. New York resident Samuel H. "It wasn't on an ego thing or anything like that," he said recently. He won 9-0. Oral argument is a relatively small part of a case, although the justices say it can, on rare occasion, be critical to the outcome. Harvard law professor Richard Lazarus was more blunt. Levin didn't mind. Secretary Of Interior Takes Presidential Oath Of Office. WASHINGTON—Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States, reciting the oath of office in a brief ceremony at the White House and expressing her continued disbelief that the president, vice president, House speaker, president pro tempore of the Senate, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, and attorney general were all in that hot-air balloon together.

Speaking to citizens in a short inaugural address, Jewell, a 57-year-old Seattle businesswoman who was confirmed as Interior Secretary less than three weeks ago, acknowledged the challenges ahead for the nation and noted how “really quite strange” it was that Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Patrick Leahy, John Kerry, Jacob Lew, Chuck Hagel, and Eric Holder mutually agreed to take the day off and rent a hot-air balloon for the afternoon. “I mean, how many hot-air balloon crashes are there a year?”

She continued. Socialist Constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Full Text) 1998. DPRK's Socialist Constitution (Full Text) Amended and supplemented socialist constitution of the DPRK, adopted on Sept. 5, 1998 by the first session of the 1th Supreme People's Assembly. LENGTH: 7513 words Preface The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a socialist fatherland of Juche which embodies the idea of and guidance by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung. The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung is the founder of the DPRK and the socialist Korea.

Comrade Kim Il Sung founded the immortal Juche idea, organized and guided an anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle under its banner, created revolutionary tradition, attained the historical cause of the national liberation, and founded the DPRK, built up a solid basis of construction of a sovereign and independent state in the fields of politics, economy, culture and military, and founded the DPRK. The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung is the sun of the nation and the lodestar of the reunification of the fatherland.

Chapter 1 Politics. Annenberg Classroom. Locke versus Hobbes. The Grolier encyclopedia contrasts Locke and Hobbes as follows: Locke’s considerable importance in political thought is better known. As the first systematic theorist of the philosophy of liberalism, Locke exercised enormous influence in both England and America. In his Two Treatises of Government (1690), Locke set forth the view that the state exists to preserve the natural rights of its citizens. When governments fail in that task, citizens have the right—and sometimes the duty—to withdraw their support and even to rebel. Locke opposed Thomas Hobbes’s view that the original state of nature was “nasty, brutish, and short,” and that individuals through a social contract surrendered—for the sake of self-preservation—their rights [...]

Locke addressed Hobbes’s claim that the state of nature was the state of war, though he attribute this claim to “some men” not to Hobbes. He refuted it by pointing to existing and real historical examples of people in a state of nature. Home | Civic Mirror. Youth Leadership Initiative. Cartoon.

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