To the dull mind, all of nature is leaden.  To the illuminated mind, the whole world sparkles with light.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

Syllabus

 

Tuesday, June 6th May 26th

·         Complete the White Paper

o   Submit by the end of class by emailing it as a Word or .pdf attachment

 

Friday, June 2nd

·         Write the White Paper

 

Wednesday, May 31st

·         Develop your Analysis section of the White Paper

 

Friday, May 26th

·         Develop your fifth section of the White Paper

 

Tuesday, May 23rd

·         Develop your fourth section of the White Paper

 

Friday, May 19th

·         Develop your third section of the White Paper

 

Wednesday, May 17th

·         Develop the Prior Legislation/Action section of the White Paper

 

Monday, May 15th

·         Develop the Problem/Solution section of the White Paper

 

Thursday, May 11th

·         Identify 3 issues of national political import

·         Select the topic of the White Paper

 

Tuesday, May 9th

·         Overview of the White Paper

 

Friday, May 5th

·         Identify 3 issues of national political import

 

Tuesday, May 2nd

·         Public Policy

o   Economic Policy

§  Trade Policy

o   Military Policy

o   Foreign Policy

·         Homework

o   Final preparations for the AP Exam

 

Friday, April 28th

·         Public Policy

o   Overview

o   Economic Policy

§  Trade Policy

·         Supreme Court Cases

·         Homework

o   Public Policy (Review book = chapter 9)

 

Wednesday, April 26th

·         Practice Exam

 

Monday, April 24th

·         Make-up quizzes

·         Elections and Institutions (sans Bureaucracy) (Review book = chapters 7 and 8; Wilson = Campaigns and Elections, chapter 10, Congress, chapter 13, Presidency, chapter 14 and Judiciary, chapter 16)

·         Homework

o   Prepare for in-class practice exam (Wednesday)

§  60 multiple choice (45 minutes)

§  2 free response (40 minutes)

 

Tuesday, April 18th

·         Check GradeSpeed 

o   Missing assignments/quizzes need to be made up no later than April 24th

·         Justice's opinions due to me via email as a .doc or .pdf by noon on Friday, April 28th

·         Political Parties, Interest Groups, PACs, 527 Organizations, and Linkage Institutions (Review book =  chapter 6; Wilson = Political Parties, chapter 9 and Interest Groups, chapter 11)

·         Homework

o   Elections and Institutions (sans Bureaucracy) (Review book = chapters 7 and 8; Wilson = Campaigns and Elections, chapter 10, Congress, chapter 13, Presidency, chapter 14 and Judiciary, chapter 16)

o   Reminder…Wednesday, April 26th: practice exam in-class

 

Thursday, April 6th

·         Check GradeSpeed. 

o   Missing assignments/quizzes need to be made up no later than April 24th.   

·         Public Opinion and Media (Review book – chapter 5; Wilson = Public Opinion, chapter 7 and Media, chapter 12)

·         Homework

o   Recharge your batteries…

 

Monday, April 3rd

·         Check GradeSpeed. 

o   Missing assignments/quizzes need to be made up no later than April 24th.   

·         Constitutional Underpinnings (Review book = chapter 4; Wilson = Constitution, chapter 2 and Federalism, chapter 3)

·         Homework

o   For Thursday, April 6th: Public Opinion and Media (Review book – chapter 5; Wilson = Public Opinion, chapter 7 and Media, chapter 12)

 

Thursday, March 30th

·         Bureaucracy

o   Quiz

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Justice's opinion(s)—majority, concurring, and dissenting—emailed to me by noon on Thursday, Aril 6th

·         AP Review Schedule

o   Review the Wilson and review book and handouts from class prior to each of the dates below

o   Bring all materials with you to class each day

o   There will be a quiz at the beginning of class on the material to have been reviewed in preparation for the class

1.      Monday, April 3rd: Constitutional Underpinnings (Review book = chapter 4; Wilson = Constitution, chapter 2 and Federalism, chapter 3)

2.      Thursday, April 6th: Public Opinion and Media (Review book – chapter 5; Wilson = Public Opinion, chapter 7 and Media, chapter 12)

3.      Tuesday, April 18th: Political Parties, Interest Groups, PACs, 527 Organizations, and Linkage Institutions (Review book =  chapter 6; Wilson = Political Parties, chapter 9 and Interest Groups, chapter 11)

4.      Monday, April 24th: Elections and Institutions (sans Bureaucracy) (Review book = chapters 7 and 8; Wilson = Campaigns and Elections, chapter 10, Congress, chapter 13, Presidency, chapter 14 and Judiciary, chapter 16)

5.      Wednesday, April 26th: practice exam in-class

6.      Friday, April 28th: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Review book = chapter 10; Wilson = Civil Rights, chapter 6 and Civil Liberties, chapter 5)       

7.      Tuesday, May 2nd: Public Policy (Review book = chapter 9)

8.      Thursday, May 4th: AP Exam

·         Congress

o   Congressional Legislation

·         Presidency

o   Federal Departments and Commissions

·         Bureaucracy

o   Pathologies, congressional oversight, recruitment and retention

·         Homework

 

Monday, March 27th

·         Presidency

o   Quiz

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Justice's opinion(s)—majority, concurring, and dissenting—emailed to me by noon on Thursday, Aril 6th

·         Congress

o   Designing Congress

o   Congressional Powers

·         AP Exam (Thursday, May 4th)

o   Review books

o   Structure of the AP Exam

o   What to bring to class each day

·         Homework

o   Read Bureaucracy from the review book (p. 202-214) and prepare for a quiz

 

Thursday, March 23rd

·         Congress (continued)…

o   Structures

·         Homework

o   Read second  half of Presidency chapter

o   There will be a large quiz on March 27th on the entire chapter

 

Tuesday, March 21st

·         Congress (continued)…

o   Structures

o   Committees and Policies

·         Homework

o   Read first half of Presidency chapter

o   There will be a large quiz on March 27th on the entire chapter

 

Friday, March 17th

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Review and reflection

·         Congress

o   Structures

o   Committees and Policies

·         Homework

o   Read second half of Congress chapter

o   There will be a large quiz on March 21st on the entire chapter                               

 

Tuesday, March 14th 

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Oral Arguments

§  Role of Amicus Curiae

·         Homework

o   Read first half of Congress chapter

o   There will be a large quiz on March 21st on the entire chapter and Congress materials from in-class

 

Friday, March 10

·         American Constitutional Law

 

Justices 1

Justices 2

Petitioner and Respondent (separately)

Amicus Curiae

1:05-1:25

Create your final list of draft questions

Create your final list of draft questions

Practice opening statement

Rank potential questions

Create your final list of draft questions

1:25-2:30

Amicus Curiae 1 (Maddie, Rob, Jasmin, Sofie) share, discuss, rank, and fine-tune questions with Justices 1

 

 

Amicus Curiae 2 (Annie, Lucie, Scarlett, Aby) share, discuss, rank, and fine-tune questions with Justices 2

Amicus Curiae serve as justices for either Petitioner or Respodnent

 

Amicus Curiae 1 (Sam, Isaac, Casey) meet with Petitioner 1

 

Amicus Curiae 1 (Abby, Annie, Noel, Claire) meet with Respondent 1

 

Amicus Curiae 2 (Alex, Charlie, Filip, Ben) meet with Petitioner 2

 

Amicus Curiae 2 (James, Zaria, Aidan, Loan) meet with Respondent 2

 

 

 

Amicus Curiae joins Justices, Petitioner, or Respondent

 

 

 

Have Petitioner and Respondent appellate briefs, precedents, notes ready (either hardcopy or digital)

 

 

·         Homework

o   Final preparations for oral arguments

 

Wednesday, March 8th

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Oral Argument introduction

§  Roe v. Wade

§  Role of justices

§  Develop questions

§  Develop opening statement

·         Homework

o   Continue to develop questions and opening statement

 

Monday, March 6th

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Complete Google Form

o   Writing the brief

§  Email a Word or .pdf of the brief to tpdevine@cps.edu by the end of the class. 

§  Ensure that the author of each section is clearly listed within the brief itself.

·         Homework

o   Petitioner and Respondent: read opponent's briefs

o   Justices and Amicus Curiae: read both briefs

 

Tuesday, February 28th

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Argument development

o   Writing the brief

·         Homework

o   Continue writing the brief

 

Friday, February 24th

·         American Constitutional Law

o   Appellate Brief

§  Stare Decisis

§  Sample Brief

§  Appellate and Amicus Curiae Briefs are due at the end of class on March 6th 

o   Oral Arguments

§  20 minutes for Petitioner

§  20 minutes for Respondent

§  Justices will ask questions of both the Petitioner and Respondent during the oral argument

§  Oral Arguments will be in-class on March 14th

o   Opinions will be issued March 21st by the Justices

·         Homework

o   Read How to Write and Appellate Brief

o   Start a draft of your section of the Appellate Brief or Amicus Brief

o   Justices: read first half of Congress chapter

 

Wednesday, February 22nd

·         Civil Rights

o   CPS Selective Enrollment Admissions Criteria

o   Education funding in Illinois

o   Vouchers

·         American Constitutional Law

 

Friday, February 17th

·         Civil Rights

o   Quiz

o   Plessy v. Fergsuson (1896)

o   Brown v. Board of Education I (1954) and II

§  de jure vs. de facto segregation

o   Bakke (1978)

o   Gratz v. Bollinger (2003; University of Michigan Undergraduate admissions) and Grutter v. Bollinger (2003; University of Michigan Law School admissions)

§  The government has a compelling interest in promoting class diversity

§  Narrowly-tailored

o   CPS Selective Enrollment Admissions Criteria

o   Education funding in Illinois

o   Vouchers

·         Homework

o   Read CPS Funding Equity Lawsuit

 

Tuesday, February 14th

·         Civil Liberties

o   Application of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights to the CPS Student Code of Conduct

·         Homework

o   Prepare for Civil Rights quiz

 

Friday, February 10th

·         Civil Rights Quiz

·         Civil Liberties

o   The 4th Amendment

§  Searches and Seizures

·         Home/parents

·         School

o   Application of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights to the CPS Student Code of Conduct

·         Civil Rights

o   Plessy v. Fergsuson (1896)

o   Brown v. Board of Education I (1954) and II

§  de jure vs. de facto segregation

o   Bakke (1978)

o   CPS Selective Enrollment Admissions Criteria

·         Homework

o   Read PICS v. Seattle and complete case brief

 

Wednesday, February 8th

·         Civil Liberties

o   The 4th Amendment

§  Searches and Seizures (continued…)

·         Police

·         Homework

o   Read the second half of the Civil Rights chapter (p. 134-148)

o   Prepare for a quiz on the entire chapter for Friday, February 10th

 

Monday, February 6th

·         Civil Liberties

o   The 4th Amendment

§  Searches and Seizures

·         Police

·         Homework

o   Read the first half of the Civil Rights chapter (p. 122-134)

o   Prepare for a quiz on the entire chapter for Friday, February 10th