Archive for October, 2012

Assignments for Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Monday, October 29th, 2012

1.  Due Tuesday- Read pgs. 1042-1047 and do Sec. Review questions 1-7 on pg. 1047.

Assignments for Oct. 22-26

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Monday- President reports due.

Assignments for Oct. 15-19

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

1.  Monday-Study for Test on Bush Years which will be given Tuesday.  Scroll down for the study guide.

2.  Due Thursday: Read pgs. 1036-1041 and do Sec. Review numbers 1-6 on pg. 1041.

3.  Due Monday 10/22:  Presidential Report.

          Honors U.S. History Study Guide for test on Bush Years

I.   Be able to fill in the time-line.

II.  Be able to list the Five Part Framework with an example for each of the five components.

III.  Be able to answer these questions in detail…using examples:

1.  Explain the controversy surrounding the 2000 Presidential election.  Be sure to include the names of the candidates, the voting problem in Florida, the role of the Electoral College, and the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2.  Describe Bush’s tax cut plan and be able to explain how he thought it would grow the economy…..and some of the problems his opponents felt would result from it.

3.  Explain the good and the bad of Bush’s educational reform act know as No Child Left Behind”.

4.   Explain the purpose behind Bush’s Strategic Missile Defense Initiative and why it wasn’t approved by Congress.

5.   Explain Social Security….why it came about, how it works, the troubles it is facing and Bush’s plan to reform it.

6.   Explain the good and bad of the filibuster…….mentioning the rule of 60, the Gang of 14 and how it affected Supreme Court nominations.

7.  Describe Hurricane Katrina and explain how it left many people disillusioned with government in general and with President Bush.

Assignments for Oct. 8-12

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Monday and Tuesday- Read pgs. 1051-1054 and answer these questions due Wednesday:

1.  What had Congress been warned about for decades regarding ” baby boomers” and Social Security?  Explain how this was a problem.    2.  What were two ways the government could handle this problem?   3.  Explain in detail President Bush’s plan to fix Social Security. 4.  Why didn’t Democrats want to privatize Social Security?  5.  Describe President Bush’s prescription drug program. What concerns did Conservatives have over the program?  What concerns did Democrats have over the program? 6.  Did Bush’s drug prescription program pass?  Who did it help?

Wednesday- Answer these questions for Thursday: (pg. 1052)  1.  What is a filibuster?  2.  How many votes are needed to end a filibuster?  3.  How many seats did Republicans have in the Senate?  4.  What was Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s plan to end filibusters? 5.  Explain the compromise reached by the “Gang of 14″.  6.  Explain, using examples, how Pres. Bush was able to move the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction.  How did the Gang of 14 compromise help him in this? 7. Describe Hurricane Katrina  8.  Why did many refuse to evacuate their homes after being warned of the hurricane? 9.  Explain why New Orleans was susceptible to flooding?  10.  Describe in detail what happened to those who stayed in their homes in New Orleans when the floods hit.  11.  Explain why, using examples,  the mayor of New Orleans, the government of Louisiana, and FEMA were accused of being unprepared.  12. What did many feel was wrong with President Bush’s response to the crisis?  13.  What lessons are to be learned from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy?  Come up  with three or more.

Friday-Sunday:  Study for Test on The Bush Presidency.  Study guide will be provided.


Assignments for Oct. 1-5

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

1.  Read Electoral College 101 handout and then write three reasons given by Kay Maxwell why we should abolish the Electoral College and three reasons by Robert Hardaway why we should keep the electoral college…..then, explain, giving several reasons, why you think we should or should not keep the Electoral College.

2.  Link to on-line text book:
Log -in to the  Text Book Link

3.  Link to Obama/Romney debate:  Debate