Monday, November 23, 2015

3 Branches of Govt Videos

3 Branches of Govt

Judicial Branch

Executive Branch

House of Reps

The Senate

How A Bill Becomes A Law

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ADV: Separation of Powers, Federalism, Checks and Balances

Separation of Powers:

Facts of Congress: Federalism

1. What are the 3 layers of the cake?
2. What does local government do?
3. What does State government do?
4. What does the federal government do?
5. What is Federalism?

Federal Powers Vs State Powers

1.  What are 3 of the powers of Federal powers man?
2.  What are 3 powers of Sates Rights Man?
3.  What are some of powers of Concurrent Powers Woman?

Facts of Congress: Checks and Balances

1. What was our country founded upon?
2. What does Congress do?
3. How does the President check the power of Congress?
4. How does Congress check the power of the Judicial Branch?

5. What is the system of power sharing called?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Constitutional Convention HW

For HW today:

Select two of the Framers from the Constitutional Convention and do a little research on each one so you are prepared when you come into class to begin working on the Constitutional Convention simulation.

Link to Google Doc:

Link to Framers page that has info on each one:

To turn in you can either print out or make a copy and share the copy with me.

Mr Schwarten

Monday, November 9, 2015

ADV Early America SOLE Resources

We are going to be doing a SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) activity that will help students make their own pathways to the events of the early formation of the United States.

Here is a video that chronicles Mr. Mitra's findings:

Here is an abbreviated version of Shays' Rebellion in a video for you in case you did not understand.

Here are a couple videos that can help you understand the Articles of Confederation.

Here is a video about the Northwest Ordinance that you can use in your research.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

American Values Gallery Walk

You can use this PPT to finish the gallery walk if you did not finish. 

When you finish the gallery walk and get all of the notes, you are to write a half page short story. 


1.After you are done write a half page short story using all 8 values/vocabulary words. 
2.Please underline or highlight the terms/examples you use.
3. When done please turn in notes and story stapled together.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Articles of Confederation Activity

Here is the link to the document about the Articles of Confederation (Special Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg for the resource):

Link to capture sheet:

Part I:
Confederation:  A loose alliance of states for the common defense.  Usually, the National government is weaker than the State governments.

1. Look at the student friendly Articles of Confederation I gave you in class and fill out the organizer's 3 sections.  Remember, you are looking for the Powers of the States and the National Government.

You are also to write in the weaknesses of the Articles as well.  Here they are below:

On the back of the sheet and after discussing with your table group:

2. Analyze the cartoon in a short 3 sentence paragraph.

Part II:  Still on back of sheet:

3.  Write down 5 new Articles that could improve the document you just read and provide a rational for each one.

4.  Remove 3 things from the document to make the government more effective and provide a rational for each one.  You do not have to remove the whole Article and may do a line item veto to make them stronger.  Make sure you reference where you are striking out and give the rational.

This will be a graded formative assignment.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pop Culture References From Mr Schwarten's Day

Remember To keep in mind that Pop Culture is always shifting and changing over time.  Below are the notes we had in class today.

Due to popular request, here are some reminders from Mr Schwarten's days back in in 1990's.  I was a little young for some of these things, but they were the most prominent things that I liked to do back then.

JNCO Jeans (This is not me, but everyone says this guy looks like me)

Music: (These were some of my favorites)

Image result for weezer blue album
This album was the 1st one I ever bought...  On a cassette tape...  The world has surely changed.

Smashing Pumpkins

This movie came out in 1993, but was hugely popular.  Most people would probably put Titanic here, but I still have never seen that movie to this day. 

This was the most popular movie from my high school years
Skating was a huge part of my life in middle school.  The picture below sums up a lot of the fashions and the baggy clothes for guys.  

Image result for 1990s rollerblading grindingExample of some of the roller blades I used.

During this time Skating was deemed a destructive activity and may people got angry with me and my friends back then.  Once communities created skate parks the issue resolve itself.  So this is an example of the community solving a problem by spending some public funds.  I remember it being very controversial, but it has solved the problem for my parents community for years.  

Anyway, these are all things that I used to be a part of and things changed over time for me.  Pop culture changes over time and will for you as well.  Remember that pop culture and national culture sometimes merge and sometimes they change.  

Enjoy your day!