CRUCIAL REMINDERS FOR SENIORS!
Senior Project Conferences:
Letters of Rec and Conferences
Did you sign up for a teacher letter of recommendation or for a Senior Project conference with ME? Check your email. Deadlines are rapidly approaching, and I am not going to flex on these.
OKAY, LET'S GET TO CLASS...
Essential Question: How does each party define the problem of climate change, and how does that definition shape the solutions they support?
Objective: To understand how our party defines the problem, and what solutions are being proposed.
Framing: Today we’re going to transition from background knowledge and context to looking at different solutions being proposed to fix climate change. Today combined with tomorrow’s in-depth article study is going to get us ready for the party caucus and legislation brainstorm on Monday. Remember, the goal by the end of Monday is to have some concrete ideas for legislation, and a solid understanding of your senator and party positions.
Years of Living Dangerously: Part 6
Watch, and take notes in your Climate Change packet on page 10 of your packet. Discuss and debrief.
Partner with another senator from your party. Go to your party’s political platform.
Brainstorm Questions for Guest Speaker
Coleman's grandpa, who is a New Mexico state senator, will be here on Friday from 12:30-1:30. I want you to brainstorm at least 3 questions you could ask him about...
None! Unless you didn’t finish the platform study. Then you need to finish it.
Objective: To develop a more nuanced understanding of how climate issues have been approached in the past, and to get a broad working vocabulary around climate change issues and actions.
Framing: Today is going to be a really important day, and a really independent day. You’re going to work together with your partner to gain a more cohesive sense of climate change issues and actions. As you do this, you should be thinking about potential solutions you could put in your legislation!
Video: Years of Living Dangerously, Part 3
We’ll watch part 3 of this award-winning documentary (50 minutes). As we watch, you’ll fill out page 6 of your issue packet.
IF YOU ARE ABSENT, THIS IS AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING VIA AMAZON PRIME!
Take a few minutes, and finish the movie questions. Now pair up with someone from (GASP!) the other side of the room (if possible, I know we don't have an even number) and share your takeaways from page 6 only.
With your new soulmate, turn to pages 7 and 8. Use the following timeline resources to fill out your climate timelines. Pay attention to the vocabulary on page 9! Fill it out as you encounter it. By the end of class today, you should have finished through page 9.
Finish anything you didn’t finish in class. When you walk into class tomorrow, you should be done with…
Over the next three weeks, we’ll be engaging in some intense study of two critical and controversial issues in preparation for Model Senate. After that, you will be writing legislation on one of the issues (whichever committee you are assigned is your issue). The speeches and bills are the primary assessments for Model Senate, so it’s essential that you feel knowledgeable about these issues.
Starter 22- Senator Position Research
Turn to page 2 of your Climate Change notebook. Complete initial research about your senator’s position on climate change and energy policy.
Initial Climate Change Brainstorm
Okay, now go to page 3 of your Climate Change notebook. Work through the initial brainstorm—we’ll check in as a class once you are done.
Political Pressure (30 min)
Turn to the top of page 5, and with the political pressure graphic, consider our question: What political dynamics keep lawmakers from taking action on urgent issues?
Clean Air Act (15 min)
Setting the Stage: The CAA is important because it is the law under which our EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. This is THE major political fight on climate change right now, so understanding this law, and the history of it is critical to our political debate.
Make sure that you have pages 1-5 of your issue packet complete.
What are three questions that either...
Bill to Law Quiz
Take the Bill to Law Quiz.
Seminar: Is Congress Broken?
Start on Senator position research for Climate Change!
None! Except to keep working on your initial research for your senior project.
Hey all- because I am sick, I am postponing the Bill to Law quiz until MONDAY. Lucky you! I am relying on you to be self-sufficient today, and to take this seriously. Please follow the steps below, and engage fully in the activities.
Debate Prep (10 minutes)
Sit at a table with your debate group. Take 10 minutes to finish gathering evidence, to review the debate structure (in your handout and below), and to figure out who is going to say what.
The Debate (30 minutes)
I suggest assigning one person to be the facilitator timekeeper to avoid devolving into chaos. :)
Do a prewrite on three of the following questions below for a seminar that we will have on Monday. Each questions should be answered in a well-structured paragraph, and should reference at least one text. THEY MUST BE TYPED. Use this response as a way to organize the specific evidence you have to bring to our seminar. YOU WILL BE TURNING THIS IN FOR A GRADE...make it thoughtful, make it good!
Study for the quiz on Monday!
Bill to Law Review!
Before you move into your Initial Research phase, make sure that you complete a typed reflection on the following questions:
Using your own knowledge, would you answer yes or no to this question: Is Congress broken? Thoroughly explain your answer using any evidence or experiences you can muster!
Step 2: Position Assignment
You'll be assigned a position (either “Yes” or “No").
Step 3: Read and Annotate your documents (Independently)
Step 4: Answer Reading Questions (Independently)
First, watch Schoolhouse Rock, I’m Just a Bill. Now, look at this (much more accurate) graphic representation:
Bill to Law Pre-Quiz
Let’s see where your knowledge is right now!
Bill to Law Lecture and Notes
Lori lectures from diagram drawn on board. Students take notes on their note sheet. Lecture notes are linked on the documents page of my DP.
Taking the Hill (45 min)
Watch 35 minutes of the documentary linked above. Take notes on important people/concepts. Frame: Giving life, inside look to the flowchart we saw. Documentary is here:
Review (if time)
1.Review Bill to Law sheet, mark anything you’re unsure of, try to find the answers using lecture notes, graphic, etc.
Bill to Law QUIZ on FRIDAY
We’ll do a few review activities on Thursday, but you should also study!
Lesson plans posted daily. Come here to see what you missed, find instructions, etc.