American Government Week 32

Ok, you “lazy people”!  Here is your last assignment.  I have changed the assignments a little, and just in case you want to step it up a notch, (hint hint) you will get 5 extra points if you choose to do choices 1 or 2.  🙂

This is your last week of homework.  I hope you have learned something in this class, and that you will walk away with a desire to make a difference in our country.  For this last assignment, I am giving you 3 assignments to choose from.  Pick the one you would like to do and do it to the best of your ability. This will take the place a final exam so make it count!!!   It has been a pleasure being your government teacher this year!!!

Here are your 3 choices

  1. Interview your parents or grandparents.  How has the country (government) changed over their lives?  Do they feel things are better with more/less government involvement? How have race relations changed? Better/worse?  How has immigration changed?  Write a 1-2-page paper on what you learn from them.


  1. How has your opinion of government changed over the course of this year?  Did you come in with certain ideas that have since changed?  Have you learned something new you never thought of before?  Have you been motivated to become more educated on things within the government? (voting, volunteering, act…)  Write a 1-2 page paper on how this class changed your mind.


  1. Read the following chapters and answer the questions attached below. Congress for Dummies chapters 6, 8, 15.  (Just for you lazy people 🙂 )


Chapter 6

  1. During a debate, do all members sit quietly and listen to the various arguments for and against a bill? (Explain)




  1. What is the floor?



  1. How many times is each bill read?



  1. What are the “standing rules” of the House?



  1. How does the President influence the legislative process?



  1. How can the President persuade members to do his will? (Give at least 4 ways)




  1. Once legislation passes that you don’t like, is that the end? (Explain)




Chapter 8

  1. What is the State of the Union address?



  1. What are the 2 types of spending?




  1. What is the difference between “Budget authority” and “outlays”?



  1. What are allocations?





Chapter 15

  1. What are the three big national “dailies” (newspapers) and what sets them apart?





  1. What is the op-ed part of the newspaper? Where can you find it?



  1. What is the difference between a columnist and syndicated columnist?



  1. If you wanted to read a periodical with a liberal ideology, what would you read?



  1. What are periodicals with a conservative ideology?



  1. What is one complaint about the Drudge Report?



  1. When it comes to breaking election news over the Internet, what is the best site?



  1. What is the most influential foreign publication in Washington? Why?




  1. You came into this class with certain ideas or no ideas about our government and the issues surrounding our country.  Has your mind changed about our government at all? Has your mind changed on any of the issues we discussed?  Did any of the topics covered in class have an impact on you?  (Write 9-11 sentences)