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Gov and Honors Gov Class


Government Class
1. Chapter 15 Judicial Branch Unit
2. Amendments Quiz II (retest-1) – close Wed 10/30
3. Judicial Branch Pre-test – Mon 10/28
4. *Constitution Unit Test – Fri 11/1
5. Amendments Quiz III (retest-2) – due Sat 11/2

Honors Gov Class
1. Citizen Participation Unit
2. Health Care Quiz I – Mon 10/28
3. *Judicial Unit Test – Friday 11/1
4. SSA Health Care Paper – due Turnitin on Fri 11/8

*unit tests do not have a retest option


Gov: Constitution Quiz

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Social Science Analysis

  1. What did the author want readers to learn from this article? Find three facts that led you to this conclusion?


Gov: Constitution Review

Constitutional Law     Today we worked on an activity to familiarize the students with the provisions of the Constitution, as well as how it embodies some basic governing principles and acts as the foundation for our government. Challenge 1 worksheet will acquaint students with the rules and operations of the U.S. government as enumerated in the Constitution. They will find answers to 20 questions directly in the Constitution or use their class notes to guide them to the right article and section

Government Homework:
1. Independence Quiz III – close Thurs 10/10
2. Constitution Quiz I – Wednesday 10/9


Honors Gov: Judicial Decisions

supreme-court-viewpoints1   Supreme Court justices contend with influences such as their personal views, social forces, and public attitudes. Since the Court only hears cases that affect an important constitutional issue, the justices must try to base their decisions on the principles of law and not on outside influences. Because the judiciary has become an increasingly powerful policymaking body in recent decades, it raises the question of the judiciary’s proper role in a democracy. The philosophies of judicial restraint and judicial activism provide different answers to this question.

Honors Gov Homework:
1. Constitution Quiz III – close Thurs 10/10
2. Amendments Quiz II close Tues 10/8
3.  Judicial Branch Quiz I – Wed 10/9


Honors Gov

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HGov: Constitution Amendments


The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution shortly after its ratification. These amendments guarantee certain political, procedural, and property rights against infringement by the national government.

The guarantees embodied in the Bill of Rights originally applied only to the national government. Under the principle of selective incorporation of these guarantees into the Fourteenth Amendment, the courts extended them to state governments, though the process was slow and uneven. In the 1920s and 1930s, First Amendment guarantees of freedom of expression were given protection from infringement by the states. The states continued to have wide discretion in criminal proceedings until the early 1960s, when most of the fair-trial rights in the Bill of Rights were given federal protection.

Freedom of expression is the most basic of democratic rights. People are not free unless they can freely express their views. Nevertheless, free expression may conflict with the nation’s security needs during times of war and insurrection. The courts at times have allowed government to limit expression substantially for purposes of national security. In recent decades, however, the courts have protected a wide range of free expression in the areas of speech, press, and religion. They have also established a right of privacy, which in some areas, such as abortion, remains a source of controversy and judicial action.

Due process of law refers to legal protections that have been established to preserve individual rights. The most significant form of these protections consists of procedures or methods (for example, the right of an accused person to have an attorney present during police interrogation) designed to ensure that an individual’s rights are upheld. A major controversy in this area is the breadth of the exclusionary rule, which bars the use in trials of illegally obtained evidence.

The war on terrorism that began after the attacks on September 11, 2001, has raised new issues of civil liberties, including the detention of enemy combatants, the use of harsh interrogation techniques, and warrantless surveillance. The Supreme Court has not ruled on all such issues but has generally held that the president’s war-making power does not include the authority to disregard provisions of statutory law, treaties (the Geneva Conventions), and the Constitution.

Civil liberties are not absolute but must be judged in the context of other considerations (such as national security or public safety) and against one another when different rights conflict. The judicial branch of government, particularly the Supreme Court, has taken on much of the responsibility for protecting and interpreting individual rights. The Court’s positions have changed with time and conditions, but the Court is usually more protective of civil liberties than are elected officials or popular majorities.

During the past half-century, the United   States has undergone a revolution in the legal status of its traditionally disadvantaged groups, including African Americans, women, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. Such groups are now provided equal protection under the law in areas such as education, employment, and voting. Discrimination by race, sex, and ethnicity has not been eliminated from American life, but it is no longer substantially backed by the force of law. This advance was achieved against strong resistance from established interests, which only begrudgingly and slowly responded to demands for equality in law.

Traditionally disadvantaged Americans have achieved fuller equality primarily as a result of their struggle for greater rights. The Supreme Court has been an instrument of change for disadvantaged groups. Its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), in which racial segregation in public schools was declared a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal-protection clause, was a major breakthrough in equal rights. Through its affirmative action and other rulings, such as those providing equal access to the vote, the Court has also mandated the active promotion of social, political, and economic equality. However, because civil rights policy involves large issues concerned with social values and the distribution of society’s opportunities and benefits, questions of civil rights are inherently contentious. For this reason, legislatures and executives have been deeply involved in such issues. The history of civil rights includes landmark legislation, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

In more recent decades, civil rights issues have receded from the prominence they enjoyed during the 1960s. The scope of affirmative action programs has narrowed, and the use of forced busing to achieve racial integration in America’s public schools has been nearly eliminated. At the same time, new issues have emerged, including the question of whether same-sex couples will have the same rights as opposite-sex couples.

The legal gains of disadvantaged groups over the past half-century have not been matched by material gains. Although progress has been made, it has been slow. Compared with non-Hispanic whites, other Americans lag behind in levels of education, income, and health care. Tradition, prejudice, and the sheer difficulty of social, economic, and political progress stand as formidable obstacles to achieving a more equal America.

Honors Gov Homework:
1. Amendments notes
2. Chapter 2 Quiz III – close Thursday 9/26