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Moral Matrix Discussions
Get in groups of 4-5 with different values
Fill out the chart on political parties and beliefs. Use your own knowledge, the internet, the party platforms and classmates. HINT…you might want to look at the political party platforms!
Choose two issues (they can’t be issues we discussed in class), and jot down what moral foundations you think the party uses to establish their position.
Model Senate Roles
Read the roles! If you KNOW you’re not interested in a political player role, just read the LAST role- it’s the default, unless you opt into something else.
Honors students, you are REQUIRED to choose another role. We don’t have enough students to fill them, so if politics is your thing, I encourage you to step up! For non-honors students who choose a role other than the default, there is extra credit (if you do the role successfully and well).
Model Senate Role Surveys
You MUST take this survey. Ashley and I will be assigning roles next week. If you want a little time to research senators and think about it, you can have the weekend, but this MUST be done by Monday.
Senior Project Brainstorm
Review outline/timeline for Senior Project check ins this semester. See the SENIOR PROJECT page of my DP for the document I gave you in class.
Moral Foundation Statement Quiz
Haidt: Moral Matrix Setup
Moral Matrix Sequence
Moral Matrix Poster
Transitioning into Model Senate! General timeline…
Big Questions for Today:
Starter 20: Bill Bishop interview on Daily Show
Watch the video of author Bill Bishop talking about the Big Sort (note…the data in this interview is old, but more recent research has actually shown that not only is what he talks about still happening, it’s actually gotten more pronounced!)
Big Sort Brainstorm
Power of Political Misinformation
Could let the class vote here on if they want to do small group discussions or large class seminar style
Debate FactCheck (IF TIME)
Okay, let’s turn our attention to the debate. We’re not going to watch it in here, but we are going to look at a factcheck. Some fact checking sites are better than others. Factcheck.org is my favorite, because they source their checks, and give an in-depth analysis. Here’s what you need to do:
Take the Test!
Self Assess: As of right now, which area of the quiz are you most confident about? Which area are you feeling most nervous about? What are your strategies for improving in this area?
VRA Checks and Balances (5 min)
Checks and Balances Scenarios (10 min)
Do these individually first, then check with your partner. After most folks are done, we'll review as a class.
Branch Powers (10-15 min)
Use the flashcards you created on Friday to quiz each other. As you learn them, remove those flashcards from the deck, so that you are only studying the ones you don't already know. When you think you know all of them, give yourself a final quiz using all the flashcards.
ESSAY: Outline and Evidence (rest of class)
Have with you tomorrow:
Study and be ready for the TEST TOMORROW!
Ultimately, based on everything that you have read, is the VRA still needed today? Explain your answer in a substantive paragraph.
Talk to the person next to you. Share:
Study Stations (20 minutes each)
ESSAY: Thesis Statement Workshop
VRA Checks and Balances
List all the different checks that happened between legislative and judicial branch for the VRA. HINT: Look at the amendments! Not everything is here, but some is!
Create flashcards for different powers
Checks and Balances Scenarios
For each of the following scenarios, tell me:
Study for TEST next TUESDAY!!! See post above for study guide and strategies.
Starter 12: Get together with someone who had the other opinion yesterday. Share notes--make sure you understand both arguments! Now answer the following questions:
Mini Discussion or 4 Corners:
Voter fraud is a bigger concern than voter suppression. (or, for discussion, which is a bigger concern?)
Aftereffects of Shelby v. Holder
Choose ONE of the following options. I have printed versions of them if the internet is terrible! Come see me!
For whatever option you chose, read or listen carefully to this. When you are done, make sure you have summarized in your notes:
Finish notes on the aftereffects of Shelby v. Holder (see above for specifics) if you didn't finish in class today. DUE: Start of class, Friday.
Starter 11: John Oliver on North Carolina’s voting rights decision from 8/1/16. Warning! Strong language here. Earmuffs may be needed if you are sensitive to occasional f-bombs. After watching the video clip, answer the following questions:
VRA Amendments (expert groups)
Each of you is going to be assigned one amendment (there are 5 total). In your expert group, read the summary of that amendment provided by Lori.
In your group, you need to make sure that you are an expert (you will have to teach other students about this!). EACH person in the group needs to make a small poster that includes the following:
VRA Amendments Jigsaw
Based on this cartoon, work with your group to write down as many inferences as you can about the Supreme Court case Shelby v Holder. Think carefully about what different elements of the cartoon are telling you!
Debrief, get predictions on the board.
Shelby v. Holder: The Basics
Shelby v. Holder: The Actual Arguments (rest of class)
Okay, now it’s time to dig into the actual arguments put forth by the Supreme Court. What was the reasoning of the majority? And why did the minority dissent?
Here’s your main resource: NY Times guide to the VRA Opinion
Here are your tasks:
Starter 10: VRA Act Check-in
Class Review of VRA Act
Read this Washington Post article about North Carolina’s recent voting law controversy and jot down notes on the following questions:
AM CLASS STOP HERE! You skip the podcast, due to James Madison speaker.
Listen to and take notes on this Radiolab, More Perfect, “Imperfect Plaintiffs”-- start at 31:30 into the show:
Take notes on the following questions to help you pull out key ideas from this podcast:
Small Group (6-7) Discussion
In your small groups, carry out a mini-seminar on the following questions:
Starter 9: Let’s look at one modern day example of voter disenfranchisement: “Why Virginia’s Restoration of Voting Rights Matters”- The Atlantic video
Jim Crow Homework Discussion
Powerpoint lecture on Voting Rights Act of 1965 context and brief overview
Lecture is also linked on the docs page
Voting Rights Act
Now, let’s take a look at the actual Voting Rights Act! (linked on Docs page of my DP). You should work in groups to help you figure this out--use the significant brainpower in this room!
Lesson plans posted daily. Come here to see what you missed, find instructions, etc.