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Bryan Phillips » World Geography / Civics (9th Grade), Current Events (7th Grade)

World Geography / Civics (9th Grade), Current Events (7th Grade)

My name is Mr. Phillips and I will be the instructor this year for both Civics / World Geography (9th Grade) and Current Events (7th Grade). I received my undergraduate degree in secondary education with a major in history from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. I have taught in this district for many years, and I am very familiar with the challenges that are present in being a military family. You are welcome to contact me at anytime, as I consider my job in educating your children to be of the utmost importance.
 
 

9th Grade -

Civics (Course Description) -

Civics covers several aspects of government.  It will explore the origins of the American democratic system while looking at how the constitution embodies the values and purposes set up by the founding fathers. The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated. This will launch the class into discussing how constitutional values relate to other nations and world affairs. Throughout the course we will focus on how the people play an active role in government and the importance each citizen contributes to society. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.

Civics (Textbook): Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics. S.l.: Glencoe/Mcgraw-Hill School, 2013.

World Geography (Course Description) -

This course is designed to acquaint the student with fundamental knowledge concerning World Geography. The student will gain understanding of countries, cultures, and political / historical events that have shaped modern geography, cartography, and human interaction with the environment through the movement of people, products, information, and ideas. In addition, the student will learn to utilize geographic technology to map the world around them. Geography technology includes GPS (global positioning system), GIS software (geographic information system), and remote sensing images. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.

World Geography (Textbook)- Boehm, Richard G., and Dinah Zike. Glencoe World Geography and Cultures. New York: McGraw-Hill/Glencoe, 2012. 

7th Grade -

Current Events (Course Description) -

This course is designed to explore topics that are not necessarily part of the regular curriculum and to increase the student's ability to analyze and critically think about the world we live in today. To understand our world, it is vital to understand the people of today's world and their thought processes, which are both based on their prior experiences. Hence, studying, reading, and discussion of history will be an integral part of our daily routine in class. We will use periodicals (newspapers and magazines), documentaries, film studies, and the internet to explore today's world.

The class will be a forum for discussion and an open exchange of ideas and perspectives. Students are encouraged to express themselves in a clam, safe, and open environment. There are many controversial issues in today's world and you may not agree with everything, but students will show empathy towards others and gain a deeper  understanding of those topics.

 

Classes

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Week at a glance (Feb. 26th - March 2nd)

Week of Feb. 26th  – March 2nd  

Current Events

World Geogrpahy

Monday

·       Debate – Civil Rights / Civil Liberties

 

·       Islam Presentation / Activity

Tuesday

·       Introduction Thesis Statement / Essay (Civil Liberties)

·       Assessment – World Religions

Wednesday

·       Outline Essay (Civil Liberties)

·       Intro to Asia (Russia)

Thursday

·       Rough Draft Essay (Civil Liberties)

·       Classroom activity Russia

Friday

·       Peer Review Essay (Civil Liberties

·       Introduction to East Asia

Week at a Glance (Feb. 12th - Feb. 16th)

Week of Feb. 12th – Feb.  16th

 Current Events

Civics

Monday

-        Work with partner to create pamphlet regarding possible terrorism event

-        Finish Chapter 1-4 Assessment

-        Status Check – H/E Interaction

-        Introduce World Religions

Tuesday

-        Finish pamphlet and prepare for presentation regarding possible terrorism event

-        Introduce Judaism

-        Classroom Activity Judaism

Wednesday

-        Present pamphlet / findings about terrorism event

 

-        Introduce Hinduism

-        Classroom Activity Hinduism

Thursday

-        Finish presentations pamphlet / findings about terrorism event

-        Socratic seminar regarding terrorism

-        Introduce Buddhism

-        Classroom Activity Buddhism

-        Homework: Digital Lockbox - Christianity

Friday

 

No School

Week at a Glance (Feb. 5th - Feb. 9th)

Week of Feb. 5th  – Feb. 9th  

Current Events

Civics

Monday

·       Finish Presentations

·       Fiscal Ship – Balancing Budget / Programs

·       Climates of Earth - Notes / Activity

Tuesday

·       Defining Terrorism (Individual / Partner / Class work)

·       Introduce Terrorism Scenarios

·       The Earth’s Activities (Plate Tectonics) – Notes / Activity

 

Wednesday

·       Work on Terrorism Scenarios (Partner Work)

·       Present Findings

·       Review for Assessment – The Earth

Thursday

·       Introduce Terrorism Pamphlet Project

·       Assessment – The Earth

 

Friday

·       Work on Terrorism Pamphlet Project

·       Introduce World Religions – Notes / Activity

Week at a Glance (Jan. 29th - Feb. 2nd)

Week of January 29th – February 2nd

Current Events

Civics

Monday

-        Continue work on solutions to poverty presentation

-        Continue to watch Global Warming Documentary – Guided Notes

Tuesday

-        Work with group members / classmates to review presentations and determine validity of plan of action

-        Finish watching Global Warming Documentary – Guided Notes

-        Classwork / homework: Worksheet (Global Warming)

 

Wednesday

-        Re-work presentation for Poverty Solutions with group members to be interconnected

-        Project: Global Warming

o   Student Choice

o   Options Provided on Google Classroom

 

Thursday

-        Present Poverty Solutions to class, answering any questions that may arise from the audience.

o   Clearly articulate the problem

o   Provide solution to problem

o   Present plan of action for implementation

-        Work on Project: Global Warming

-        Project Due Monday

Friday

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

7:30-11:30

Week at a Glance (Jan. 22nd - Jan. 26th)

Week of Jan. 22nd – Jan 26th

Current Events

Civics

Monday

·       Weekly News Story Due

·       New Weekly News Story Assigned

·       Watch Video / Discuss Interconnection between immigration and poverty

·       Discussion / Notes – Review of Basic Geographical Knowledge

Tuesday

·       Watch Video on wealth distribution in the United States

·       Group Work – Household Budgeting

·       Introduction of Map Projection Advantage and Disadvantages – Project Assigned

Wednesday

·       Investigate cost of living in the local area to determine cost of living

·       Determine as a group if the federal minimum wage is a livable wage

·       Map Projections Project – Class time provided

Thursday

·       Introduce Project – Solving Poverty

 

·       Introduction to Global Warming – Discussion / Video / Guided Notes

Friday

·       Work in small groups to create word webs in class to determine four areas in which poverty could be reduced

·       Finish Video

·       Socratic Seminar regarding Global Warming

·       Discussion Post Assigned

Week at a Glance (Jan. 15th - Jan. 19th)

Week of Jan. 15th  – Jan. 19th  

Current Events

World Geography

Monday

No School – Weekly News Story Due

No School

Tuesday

No School

No School

 

Wednesday

·       Continue to work on Historical Fiction Story – Immigration (Google Slides)

·       Introduce Sojourner Essay – “Why you’re proud to be an American…”

·       Students that are from other nations can insert their home country instead of American

 

*DUE MONDAY*

Thursday

·       Finish working on Historical Fiction Story – Immigration (Voicethread)

 

*** TURN IN ***

·       Students will be given time within class to work on this essay

o   Thesis statement

o   3-5 Paragraphs

o   Size 12 Font

o   Times New Roman

Friday

·       Socratic Seminar – Weekly News Stories

·       Finish Essay and turn in

·       Discussion Post – Google Classroom

*DUE WEDNESDAY*

Week at a Glance (Jan. 1st - 5th)

Week of Jan. 1st – Jan. 5th

Current Events

Civics

Monday

No School

No School

Tuesday

No School

No School

 

Wednesday

·       Introduction / Team Building (This or That) – Syllabus sent home

·       Introduction to World Geography / Team Building (This or That)

Thursday

·       Register for google classroom (all assignments provided there for the quarter).

·       Assignment – Weekly News Story (Class time provided – Due Monday)

·       Register for google classroom (all assignments provided there for the quarter).

·       Assignment – Dream Vacation (Due Tuesday)

Friday

·       Watch Video – “Danger of a Single Story”

·       Turn in notes

·       Work on Dream Vacation Presentation

Week at a Glance (Dec. 11th - 15th)

Week of Dec. 11th – Dec. 15th

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Finishing Script for Public Service Announcement – Human Rights

Final Day 1 – Multiple Choice (50 Questions)

Tuesday

Begin Filming for Public Service Announcement – Human Rights

Final Day 2 – Short Answer – Ten questions, choose five and answer them thoroughly.

 

Wednesday

Continue Filming for Public Service Announcement – Human Rights

Final Day 3 – Essay – Outline w/ bullet points usable on assessment. Three questions provided on day 2 – choose one of those three to answer.

 

Thursday

Edit Public Service Announcement Films for final submission – Due Today.

Civics Lightning Round Activity - Game

 

Friday

Watch Public Service Announcement in class – half day (last day of semester).  

Introduction to World Geography (last day of semester)

Week at a Glance - Dec. 4th to Dec. 8th

Week of Dec. 4th – Dec. 8th

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Review Peer Edits to Civil Liberties Essay – Begin writing final draft

Review for Quiz – Quizziz website and paper study guide

Tuesday

Final Draft is due – Civil Liberties Paper (Make sure you have turned in the thesis statement, outline, rough draft, and peer edits)

Quiz for Branches of Government. Once finished, select government based crash course video to study more in depth and develop a deep question about – examples will be provided.

 

Wednesday

Introduction to Human Rights – watch videos and take notes.

Create google slide presentation regarding the question formulated in previous day, to provide answer to question to the class.

 

Thursday

Discuss videos and impact they had / importance of Human Rights. Break up into small groups to begin writing script for Human Rights Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Study guide for final will be handed out (paper copy). An electronic study guide will also be available.

 

Friday

Continue writing script for PSA. Start to create story board for filming PSA as a group.

Continue to work on study guide for final, ask questions if necessary – Final will start Monday.

Week at a Glance

Week of Nov. 27th – December 1st

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Finishing up Terrorism Pamphlet Presentations using knowledge gained in class to try and convince other students an event they selected was in fact a terrorist action.

Investigate / Research material regarding the viability of the Electoral College within our political system (Guided questions provided).

Tuesday

Socratic seminar on differences of Civil Liberties / Civil Rights. Discuss Civil Liberties within School.

Debate – Electoral College

Wednesday

Begin working on thesis statement for five-hundred-word essay over whether or not the school violates students Civil Liberties.

Introduction to Judicial Branch (Civil, Criminal, Appellate, Supreme Courts).

Thursday

 

 

 

Create Outline / write rough draft for five-hundred-word essay

Investigate Court Cases –

 

Safford United School District v. Redding

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Brown v Board of Education

 

Friday

Peer editing of five-hundred-word essay.

 

-        Final Draft Due Monday 11:59 PM

 

Continue Court Case activity.

Week at a Glance - Nov. 6th - Nov. 10th

Week of Nov. 6th – Nov. 10th

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Students will begin creating Google Slide presentation to be presented on Wednesday – Topic : Solving Poverty

Unit Assessment – Articles of Confederation, Articles of Constitution, Amendments, Civil Rights

Tuesday

Students will finish creating Google Slide presentation to be presented on Wednesday – Topic : Solving Poverty

Begin more in-depth look into the Legislative Branch through reading / worksheet / game

Wednesday

First day: Presentation for Solving Poverty – Students will present their unique approaches to solving poverty, while also asking questions to other groups regarding their plans of actions.

Students will participate in an activity to learn what the twelve steps to the legislative process and determine the order in which each of these activities occurs.

Thursday

Final day: Presentation for Solving Poverty – Students will present their unique approaches to solving poverty, while also asking questions to other groups regarding their plans of actions.

Students will work in small groups to review primary source documents that are either currently or recently within in the twelve-step process.

Friday

No School

No School

Week at a Glance

Week of October 30th – Nov 3rd

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Investigate Cost of Living in Local Area

Re-visit nonviolent protesting assignment in order to work in small groups and create a presentation.

Tuesday

Create Cost of Living Calculations for criteria set forth by class previous day.

Finish assignment and present findings to class, attempting to convince them their historical event is nonviolent in nature – using the criteria set forth to them previously in primary source documents.

Wednesday

Compare / Contrast findings for cost of living with that of federal minimum wage. Introduce Solving Poverty Project.

Participate in panels over civil rights events to investigate and decide whether or not these events were nonviolent / violent or warranted / unwarranted.

Thursday

Groups begin working on distinct ways in which they could significantly impact poverty within the United States by brainstorming new programs or examining ways in which old programs could be improved.

In depth analysis of the causes that brought about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as the results of its passing.

 

Sharing Quizziz for assessment that will take place on Monday, November 6th.

Friday

Groups continue the investigation and begin to formulate a plan of action in how they will convince their classmates their plan is the best moving forward.

Review day for assessment on Monday.

Week at a Glance

Week of October 23 - 27

Current Events

Civics

Monday

Create PowerPoint Presentation – Immigration Story

Finish – Movie Selma (Civil Rights)

Tuesday

Create Voice recording – Immigration Story

Analysis of Primary Source documents from historical figures - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lyndon B(aines). Johnson, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, and J. Edgar Hoover.

Wednesday

Presentation – Immigration Story

Introduction of Voting Rights Act of 1965 - A discussion will be based on limitations states placed on African Americans – poll taxes, grandfather clause, literacy and civics tests, as well as violence.

Thursday

Socratic Seminar – Current Events

Trip to University of Kansas

Friday

Students will begin investigating the interconnectedness that exists between poverty and immigration.

Students will investigate how engaged the current community is in the voting process using sources such as the online U.S. Census Bureau. They will look at current issues such as voter fraud and restrictions, and how they are limited by the state through regulations or laws.

Week at a Glance

Week of October 16 - 20 Civics Current Events
Monday Movie - Selma (Video Notes) Virtual Tour Ellis Island
Tuesday Movie - Selma (Video Notes) Register Voicethread / Begin writing Immigration Story
Wednesday Movie - Selma (Video Notes) Continue Writing Immigration Story
Thursday Compare / Contrast Primary Source Documents and actions taken by pivotal historical figures Record Voicethread of Immigration Story 
Friday No School (PTC) No School (PTC)

Week at a Glance - Civics / Current Events

Week of October 10-14 Civics Current Events
Monday No School No School
Tuesday Investigation of Constitutional Amendments seen in today's news outlets Introduction to Current Events - Syllabus, Icebreakers
Wednesday Review for Amendments Quiz (Quizziz) Introduction of Weekly News Story (Expectations) and Google Classroom
Thursday Review / Quiz over Amendments Watch / Take Notes - Danger of a Single Story
Friday Introduction to Civil Rights Movement (Parent Permission Slips Due) Discussion of Video and how it applies to Immigration