Dave Alcox

Social Studies  Milford High School

I currently teach American Studies I, We the People, and Intro to Social Sciences, which is 9 weeks of psychology and 9 weeks of sociology.

 

 

Selected Courses to Choose From

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http://www.civiced.org/pdf_archive/hs_quest.pdf  These are the regional questions.  The links below are to give you resources to help write your regional questions.

Unit 1

Unit 1

http://www.google.com/Top/Society/Philosophy/History_of_Philosophy/Early_Modern/Enlightenment/Philosophers/ This website deals with enlightenment philosophers such as Hume, Franklin, Montesquieu, Rousseau. It has nice articles on them.

http://www.historywiz.com/locke.htm This website is great in that it takes excerpts from Locke’s Second Treatise and identifies his beliefs about property, war, etc.

http://library.thinkquest.org/11572/origins/files/english.html This site offers some perspective on English influences on American government.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Enlightenment this site offers an overview of the Enlightenment and its influence on our society.

http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/ENLIGHT/PHIL.HTM This website has a great collection of

the influences of the Philosophes

http://www.civiced.org/papers/political.html Great article on Classical Republicanism, Natural Rights and the Founding Fathers.

http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=799 Great article written by Woodrow Wilson about “What is a constitutional government”

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch17s22.html A great letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson outlining the concepts of a Constitutional Government.

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://www.geocities.com/way_leroy/CUNAPolSci201PartTwoC.html This is a great website that identifies what a dictatorial government is. It breaks down the concept of dictatorial government.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/259964/a_comparison_of_british_and_american.html This is a good article comparing the British and American Legal Systems.

http://jim.com/rights.html This is a great essay on Natural Law and the origins of it, as well as philosopher’s views on it.

 

 

Unit 2

Unit 2

http://aboutgovernmentstates.com/historic-roots-executive-branch This website offers a great perspective of the historical roots of the Presidency.

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/cons/usstcons.htm A list of State Constitutions

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm This website is a great resource for primary documents. It includes every key document, letter and essay written.

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/artconf.htm The Articles of Confederation and related essays.

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mjmtext:@field(DOCID+@lit(jm020120) Madison’s views on the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/documents/articles/index.html Essay on problems of the Articles of Confederation

http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/highschool/pjordan/ushonors/Regents%20Review/Review%20Lessons/articlesofconfederation.html This is a good chart of the problems of the Articles of Confederation and the Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/makingoftheconstitution1.htm Simple version of what some of the problems of the Articles of Confederation were.

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_10_Notes.htm Another site about problems of the Articles of Confederation BUT it lists three positive items about the Articles.

http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers Great link to the Federalist Papers, and short essays about the authors (Jay, Madison, Hamilton)

http://www.gradesaver.com/classicnotes/titles/federalist Classic notes that try and break down the Federalist papers and analyze them.

http://www.constitution.org/afp/afp.htm A collection of the Anti-Federalist Papers
http://www.constitution.org/afp/afpchron.htm A collection of the chronology of Federalist and Anti Federalist papers, and how they relate to each other. It has links to the different papers. An excellent resource.

http://www.cnsnews.com/Library/antifederalist/Default.htm A great listing of the Anti Federalist papers and what the paper deals with.

http://www.archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox This is a great website for kids who don’t like to read. It’s the Anti Federalist papers on tape 

http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_faf.html Identifies the Federalist and Anti Federalist state issues. Gives a good synopsis of the states votes on the Constitution.

http://www.justicelearning.org/justice_timeline/Articles.aspx A GREAT RESOURCE about what the constitution says, and then it tells you what it means.

 

Unit 3

Unit 3

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://www.politics1.com/parties.htm A SUPER resource identifying all the political parties in America. It identifies the major parties and the leaders, as well as third parties and their leaders and platforms.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/judicialrev.htm Good website identifying Marbury v. Madison as Constitutional Conflict. It also has a short blurb on the “Flying Fish” case (1804), which was the first time the Court ruled an act by the President illegal.

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/article03/13.html Great article on Judicial Review and also on the limitations of the exercising of Judicial Review.

http://library.thinkquest.org/26466/theories_of_government.html Very nice article on unitary government. It’s a short, but to the point article.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/229196/forms_of_government_organization.html Very good article on forms of government.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form_of_government This site offers insights to the different forms of government.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_forms_of_government This site offers insights to the different forms of government

 

Unit 4

Unit 4

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/whatsdem/whatdm4.htm Good article on Rule of Law and Due Process. It has links to other sites as well.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Equal_protection Nice overview of the equal protection clause.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution Very good article breaking down the fourteenth amendment and expanding on it’s clauses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Equal_protection_cases great site for equal protection cases.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/epcscrutiny.htm Super website on constitutional conflicts. Talks about the levels of scrutiny under the equal protection clause, as well as gives cases and origins with the Carolene Products v. US case. (famous footnote # 4)

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html Fantastic website which gives students great information about constitutional conflicts. One of the best resources online. For unit 4, you can get equal protection information, incorporation, due process, and numerous others.

http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/reasons.html This site has the declaration of causes of seceding states for the Civil War.

http://ngeorgia.com/history/why.html A view of the Civil War causes by Northern Georgia.

http://blueandgraytrail.com/features/northerncauses.html A view of the causes of the Civil War by Northerners.

http://www.mrburnett.net/civilwar.html Great website to answer question 2 of the regional competition.

http://www.conlaw.org/Intergenerational-III-3-2.htm This is a good site that identifies Madison’s view on factions. It can be helpful for question 3 of the regionals.

 

Unit 5

Unit 5

http://www.supremecourtus.gov US Supreme Court homepage

http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html This is a great site for US Supreme Court cases.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/historic.htm Historic Court cases

http://www.landmarkcases.org Landmark Supreme Court Cases

http://www.oyez.org/ This is a great website if you already know the case you want to find. It breaks it down very nicely in terms of Facts, Question Presented, and Opinion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Supreme_Court_cases Excellent resource to find cases during the tenure of Chief Justices, as well as by name of cases.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_notable_United_States_Supreme_Court_cases This is a fantastic site that lists all the key or major court cases and small explanations chronologically.

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/ussc/usscdeci.htm Great web link at the bottom of the page for a spreadsheet on Supreme Court Milestones.

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://www.justicelearning.org/justice_timeline/Amendments.aspx A GREAT RESOURCE about what the Bill of Rights states, and then it tells you what it means.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html Fantastic website which gives students great information about constitutional conflicts. One of the best resources online. For unit 5 you can get numerous conflicts in cases dealing with the Bill of Rights.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/whmsupremecourt.html This is a great website for landmark US Supreme Court cases dealing with women.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/topic.htm This lists landmark cases by category.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/freeexercise.htm great article on the Free Exercise clause. This is good for question # 2 of regionals.

http://www.sunnetworks.net/~ggarman/anarchy.html interesting article and point of view about free exercise from a ‘strict constructionist’ point of view. Good for question 2 of regionals.

http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org/MiniCourse/Lesson1/1st_amendment.htm Good website about questions and answers of the free exercise clause, with links.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/estabinto.htm Great website identifying the establishment clause and it’s constitutional conflicts. Good for question 2 of regionals.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/rel_liberty/establishment/index.aspx great site about the establishment clause from the first amendment center. Great for question 2 of regionals.

http://www.constitution.org/tj/sep_church_state.htm This is Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Ministers talking about the ‘wall of separation’.

http://en.allexperts.com/q/1st-Amendment-Free-342/free-exercise-establishment-clauses.htm Good answer on how the two clauses come in conflict with each other. Good for question 2 of regionals.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/proceduraldueprocess.html Great site that identifies procedural due process. Can be used for question 3 of regionals.

http://faculty.ncwc.edu/mstevens/410/410lect06.htm excellent article on procedural and substantive due process. Can be used for question 3 of regionals.

http://members.aol.com/abtrbng/sdp.htm Good article on substantive due process. Good for question 3 of regionals. Question 3 asks only for procedural due process, but it’s good to know this 

http://www.ericdigests.org/2005-1/law.htm Great article about the history of due process of law. Good for question 3 of regionals.

http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/orth-john.htm Great article about the history of due process of law. Good for question 3 of regionals.

Unit 6

Unit 6

http://www.uscis.gov/files/testimony/aguilar_testimony_040104.pdf Alfonso Aguilar’s address to the Subcommittee on Immigration in 2004 about the proposed Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance by George Bush

http://www.nypl.org/branch/services/citizenship.html This is a great site to find out how to become a citizen, why you should become a citizen, citizenship tests, and frequently asked questions about becoming a citizen

http://www.uscitizenship.org This site is great for students to learn about the citizenship test, as well as the costs that go along with it.

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html This is a great website on “The Founders Constitution”. There are numerous letters about key concepts of government and each part of the constitution.

http://www.constitution.org/cons/natlcons.htm This is a great link to numerous Constitutions of other countries.

http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics. This has numerous essays dealing with all facets of the Constitution and constitutional theory. It is a great source for Primary Sources.

http://one-simple-idea.com/PressingProblems.htm This is great for question 1 of the regionals. It’s a nice laundry list of issues facing Americans today.

http://classicliberal.tripod.com/madison This is a nice site with a small amount of Madison’s writings. Good for question 1 of regionals.

http://www.jmu.edu/madison/center/main_pages/madison_archives/madison_archives.htm The James Madison Center. This would be great for question 1 of regionals.

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/APGOV_Participation.htm Good article on political participation.

http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue12_8/kann/index.html deals with citizen participation and the internet.

http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2000/0626faceno.html Good article on internet voting.

http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html good article on civil disobedience with Thoreau. Has good links as well.

http://www.actupny.org/documents/CDdocuments/CDindex.html This is sort of like a handbook for people who want to practice civil disobedience. It is surprisingly good 

http://www.civilliberties.org/sum98role.html good history of civil disobedience.

http://www.quotegarden.com/civil-disobedience.html some civil disobedience quotes.

 

 

 

Course Description

This course is the first of a two-year program in American Studies at grades 9 and 10. American Studies 9 will begin with the post-Civil War Era and emphasize the economic and social development of the United States as it entered the early 20th century. There will also be a special emphasis on basic economic concepts and principles in the study of the Industrial and Progressive Eras, World War I and the Great Depression. Students will be introduced to the use of a variety of primary and secondary historical sources in projects, discussion, and presentations that develop their academic and real-life skills.

 

 

Introduction to Economics

 Units: Scarcity/Shortage, Factors of Production, Trade-offs/Opportunity Cost, Supply and Demand, GDP/Business Cycles, Economic Systems, Markets, Standards of Living
 Rough Pacing: 3-4 weeks
 Competencies: Compare/contrast the roles of resource allocation, labor and consumerism in a system of supply and demand; Compare/contrast the economic systems of market, command, communism and their outcomes
 Essential Question: What influences individuals’ economic choices?
 Student Expectations for Learning: Complex Thinker
 Common Core Assessment:
 Resources:
 Book (reference only): O’Sullivan, Arthur. Economics: Principles in Action. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

 

Industrialism

 Units: Rise of Big Business, Labor Unions, Immigration, Gilded Age
 Rough Pacing: 2-3 weeks
 Competencies: Compare/contrast the basic business models, including (but not limited to) monopolies, corporations, trusts and perfectly competitive firms; Examine key (labor) clashes between business, labor, government, including, but not limited to: The Homestead Strike, Haymarket Square Riot, Pullman Strike
 Essential Question: What are the positive and negative effects of capitalism?
 Student Expectations for Learning: Complex Thinker
 Common Core Assessment:
 Resources:
 Book: Lapsansky-Werner, Emma J., Peter B. Levy, Randy Roberts, and Alan Taylor. United States History: Modern America. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

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