Here is a tutorial for iCivics.org. Please follow directions to set up a new account. The class code is Hughes4285.
This post contains this week's lessons. Below is a file you can download. I will continue to post the daily assignments here. If you have access to a computer or tablet you will follow the directions for Remote Learning. If there is no way to get a computer, please try to download and print the three packets and complete those for the social studies portion of 7th grade work. You do not need to do the packets if you are completing the Remote Learning exercises.
iCivics-How a jury works (eLearn)
Dive/Democracy Read A-B, Activity A-B
iCivics-How the Supreme Court works (eLearn)
Supreme Court Activity 1-3
iCivics-How the three branches work (eLearn)
Anatomy/Const. Read 1-4, Activity 1-2
Video Conference through Zoom at 10am
A Good Deed-Instructions to follow
There are no assignments for April 3rd. Please look out for an email today explaining things going forward. You may also receive a phone call from your homeroom teacher. Thanks....Mr. Gilbert
Video Conference Day
We are doing a Zoom Video Conference today at 10:00 am. Please send me your email address (see below) to participate. If you do not have access to video conference complete #4 below. Have a great day.
1. Create an email address if you do not have one. I suggest google, but any email address will do and they are free to set up.
2. Use your email address or a parent's and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and type your name and hit send. This will give me an idea of how many students we are getting together in the video conference.
3. Wait for a reply to let you know when we will video conference. Once we have enough participants I will send out the invite. Mr. Zungrone and Ms. Donnelly are expected to be part of the video conference as well, so we hope to see you soon.
4. April 2 Paper to Pencil: A Good Deed- Go out of your way to do something nice for someone today. Help a parent without anyone asking you for help. Clean up a neighbor’s yard or area in the alley. Pick up the dog poop in the backyard. Read a book to your little brother or sister. There are many things you can do to help people out. Pick one of these or your own idea, and document the time, place and what you did in a short paragraph.
***If you are able to attend video conference you do NOT need to do #4.
iCivics-How courts work (eLearn)-See how to sign up on a previous post.
Paper to Pencil Activity-Dual Courts Read A-D, Activity A-B-Download below
***Remember do one activity or the other, you do NOT have to do both.
The VFW states some rules about the US Flag and how it is supposed to be treated. Click on the flag below for more information:
Here is more information and a video about the US Flag History and Symbols
Chicago Government TV
Chicago City Council
welfare-money directed at helping the people of need
transit-public transportation such as buses, trains and roadways.
instability-not stable or shaky
bipartisan-both democrats and republicans agree
Click on this link for a video that explains taxes:
Click on the file below to see how all of the state’s money comes and goes:
Special Purpose Districts-The =se districts have specialized areas within the community. The most obvious district you are familiar with is a school district like SD 148. One you may not have heard of is the Mosquito Abatement District. Have you ever heard a truck rolling through your neighborhood at 10:00 at night spraying stuff out of the back of a truck? That was likely a truck with mosquito pesticide to reduce their population. What other special purpose districts are there?
County-You live in Cook County. There are some parts of your government controlled by the United States, Illinois, or the village you live in. Some other local parts of government are under county control. The Cook County Sheriff for example covers areas that are not operated by a town. Hospitals, jails, parks and forest preserves are operated by county governments.
Townships-Thornton Township offers food assistance, senior services, and youth services. They also work very closely with the local high schools: Thornton HS, Thornridge HS and Thornwood HS. They also help to repair local roads and the assessment (figuring out how much something is worth) of houses in the area.
Please click on the attachment for the April newsletter sent out from the principal.
Mayor-Person in Charge of a city or town
Council-group of local citizens who pass local laws
Trustee-local member of a small group of people who help a mayor or town president run the government. Riverdale is a Mayor-Trustee style of government.
Commissioner-another word for a trustee
Home-rule-in 1970 Illinois made sure to include information in its Constitution about cities and towns having the ability to govern themselves free from state interference.
This is a pamphlet distributed from the Village of Riverdale, summer 2019. It gives you a really good idea of what the government does for us.
Click on the video below to see a video of the Village of Dolton’s last village board meeting. Quite boring but worth a quick look :)
Here are links to both Dolton and Riverdale’s websites:
gubernatorial- of the governor's office
referendum-an issue to be put to vote, such as money for schools or a change to existing laws. Basically this is asking for the public's permission to do something.
With election season here, voting and elections have been all over our news feed and social media. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are battling to see who will lead the Democrats against Donald Trump. Thousands of representatives and senators from the federal and state governments are running for re-election. Also up for their rebids include judges, clerks, sheriffs, county level jobs, and even Dolton and Riverdale jobs. Page 70 is a recap of what happened in 2018 and a bit outdated. Pay more attention to what is going on now in 2020. Below I have posted a couple of videos to help you with this.
Click on the this link to see a video about how voting works in Illinois.
Click on the picture below to go to NBC.com to look at how the voting stands in the Presidential Primary Election.
Judicial Branch-As a whole this branch interprets the law and administers justice.
Circuit Courts-Everyday trial courts of the state of Illinois. These courts decide guilt from everything from traffic tickets to murder. They may also hear cases about divorce, child custody, abuse, or juvenile crimes. The 6th Circuit Court of Illinois in Markham is one you may be familiar with.
Appellate Courts-Just like the Appeals courts in the federal system, these courts are used by defendants to challenge previous decisions by circuit courts. If someone thinks they are innocent or the court did not see all the details, they might decide to try and appeal the case or change their mind.
Illinois Supreme Court-This part can be slightly confusing given what you already know about the United States Judicial Branch. You may think to yourself, I thought we already did the Supreme Court? Yes we did, at the United States level. The Illinois Supreme Court is the final decision on Illinois law, not United States or Federal law. If no decision can be made it is possible for a case to then be sent to the United States Supreme Court.
Interesting court cases: Try looking these up online. They have had HUGE implications on our country:
-Brown vs Board of Education Topeka
-Roe vs Wade
-United States vs Amistad
-Gideon vs Wainwright
-Miranda vs Arizona
-Obergefell vs Hodges
Illinois Supreme Court
reprieves-cancelling a penalty such as a fine or death sentence of a criminal
commutations-shortening a sentence for a crime
pardons-guilty turned to innocent
militia-state military-example-Illinois National Guard
Governor-top officer of the state, like the Pres of the USA
Lieutenant Governor-2nd in charge, like vice president
Attorney General-top lawyer in Illinois
Comptroller-keeps count of Illinois money
Treasurer-in charge of money for state
Veto-to say no to a potential bill or suggest a change