Topic outline

  • Summer POD 2020

    ***Welcome to Summer POD 2020!!!

    UPDATE > Summer POD will done completely online using Moodle. You will not be coming into the school. Exams and the Comprehensive Final with be given using Microsoft Forms.

    June 15th (Monday) starts the first day.

    If there are any questions, please post them in the Questions Forum. You can also email me at

    **Discussion Questions
    Make sure you give a thorough RESPONSE to the question. You also need to REPLY to a classmate. When you reply to a classmate you should explain in detail on why you agree or disagree. Add or suggest an idea in your reply. Your response should be at least 10 sentences. Replying to a classmate should be at least 3 sentences. I am not giving away 25 points. You have to earn it.

    **I will post news and announcements right here on the main message board.

    **You should be checking your school emails almost daily. I will also be sending out emails from time to time.

    **The week will start on a Monday and assignments that week are always due by MIDNIGHT on Sunday. If they are LATE you will lose points. I check notebooks the day of the test. Discussion questions will be checked weekly.

    **Notebook questions should be answered thoroughly as well. They should be answered in complete sentences. Each notebook check is worth 100 points. There are two notebooks checks because there are two exams. I want you to email me your notebook questions and answers on a word document the day of the exam. Remember to answer the questions thoroughly for full credit. Also, watch plagiarism. If I catch any plagiarism, it will result in significant points off or a possible zero for the assignment.

    Final 200 Points
    Comprehensive Final Exam

    ** I will be posting your grades right here on Moodle so you can check them. Grades tab is located on the left hand side.

    ** Reminder > Discussion Questions are always due by Sunday at Midnight.

    *** The Literacy Test will be put in the Gradebook as Discussion Question 8

    ** Once again > IF THERE ARE ISSUES EMAIL ME >

    **** Major Dates
    FIRST EXAM using Microsoft Forms via email > June 29th (Monday)
    SECOND EXAM using Microsoft Forms via email > July 20th (Monday)
    Comprehensive Final Exam using Microsoft Forms via email > August 10th (Monday)

    DO NOT forget about EverFi
    You have 8 weeks to complete the 9 lessons. You are doing this on your own time. Estimated time per lesson is about 45 minutes. Do not procrastinate.


    I will have the Comprehensive Final Study Guide under Topic 8.

    If you turn in any work LATE, you must email me and let me know so I can go back and grade it.
  • Topic 1

    Foundations of American Government
    (corresponds to Unit One)
    June 15th - June 21st

    Directions: (1) Watch the videos below. (2) Answer the following questions using your notes from the videos and your textbook. (3) Participate in the Session One Discussion Forum.

    1. Read John Locke's Second Treatise on Government and complete the "Analyzing Primary Sources" questions that follow (pg. 11).

    2. Analyze the different forms of government presented in Chapter 1: Section 2. Be able to tell the difference between unitary and federal; parliamentary and presidential; and democracy and dictatorship.

    3. What are the six basic principles of the U.S. Constitution? Explain each one.

    4. Compare and contrast the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.

    5. Compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

    Court Case: Review United States v. Eichman (1990) on page 59. Complete the "Decide for Yourself" questions that follow.

  • Topic 2

    The Sociology of American Government
    (corresponds to Unit Two)
    June 22nd - June 28th

    1. Why do some people feel they have no voice in modern democracy?

    2. Outline the historical voting trends of the following groups: minorities, women, the elderly.

    3. What are the requirements to vote in the U.S.? How were certain groups stopped from voting?

    4. What is different about the beliefs of liberals and conservatives? What is the same?

    Court Case: Review Oregon v. Mitchell (1970) on page 173. Complete the "Decide for Yourself" questions that follow.

    EXAM ONE: June 29th Monday
    The exam will be done online through Microsoft Forms.

    Download the Test 1 review sheet and study it. EVERYTHING on the test is covered on the review sheet.

  • Topic 3

    The Legislative Branch
    (corresponds to Unit Three)
    June 29th - July 5th

    1. How are states represented in the House of Representative? Senate? Why is representation broken up this way?

    2. In what ways has the redistricting of House seats been used for the political gain of certain groups and parties in the various states?

    3. How do Senators differ from their colleagues in the House of Representatives?

    4. Do members of Congress represent a cross section of the American people? Use Pennsylvania as an example.

    5. What are Congressional Coalitions? Use examples.

    Court Case: Review Watkins v. United States (1957) on page 347. Complete the "Decide for Yourself" questions that follow.

  • Topic 4

    The Executive Branch
    (corresponds to Unit Four)
    July 6th - July 12th

    1. What is the electoral college? How is it criticized? How many electors are there? Why?

    2. Outline the powers of the President.

    3. John Adams said, "I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but may be everything." What did he mean?

    4. Read the Monroe Doctrine on pg. 404. How has American foreign policy changed since then?

    5. Briefly describe who makes up the President's Cabinet.

    Court Case: Review United States v. Nixon (1974) on page 409. Complete the "Decide for Yourself" questions that follow.

  • Topic 5

    The Judicial Branch
    (corresponds to Unit Five)
    July 13th - July 19th

    Oyez Project-

    Establishment of Judicial Review:
    - Marbury v. Madison (1803)
    - McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

    Judicial Review in Schools:
    - Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
    - Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
    - Bob Jones University v. United States (1983)
    - New Jersey v. T.L.O (1985)
    - Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

    EXAM TWO: July 20th 

  • Topic 6

    Economic and Political Systems
    (corresponds to Unit Six)
    July 20th - July 26th

    1. Use the text and videos below to complete the discussion activity.

    2. Study for Comprehensive Final Exam.
  • Topic 7

    State and Local Government
    (corresponds to Unit Seven)
    July 27th- August 2nd

    1. Use the text and current event article to complete the discussion activity.

    2. Study for Comprehensive Final Exam.

  • Topic 8

    Final Exam Prep Week

    August 3rd-August 9th

    Comprehensive Final Exam will take place August 10th.

    It will be taking online like the two exams using Microsoft Forms.

    All work must be complete by midnight on August 10th.

    Make sure you complete the Everfi lessons.  They are 20% of your grade.