Read through the list of people running for president (and Who’s Not)?


Choose one of the people on the list and create a poster about this person, include the following:

1. Name

2. Political Party

3. Two quotes by them.

4. Their stance on 2-3 domestic issues

5. Their stance on 2-3 international issues

6. What they have done already to move closer to the White House

7. Interesting/Fun Facts



Your task will be to attempt to unravel the history of a good and connect it to some larger theme related to globalization outside of the simple study of the good.

You will need to create  a PowerPoint about the good. It should include:

(1) A description of the good

(2) Explanation of how it is produced

(3) Connection to at least one theme (see list on half sheet).

(4) Explain how it represents the concept of Globalization.

Your presentation should be around 4-5 slides.

Due: Monday, 30th (Presentation Day)

Suggested sources:

Wikipedia is not a reliable source so you need to spend time digging into reliable sources. See a list of places to start:




Remember- you want to always site your sources.


Today’s assignment requires that you fill-in the chart using the following articles. You want to be able to understand these 5 major economists through the following texts.

Use the following links to help fill in the chart:

http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~rbutler/heilbroner.htm– A comparison of Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes

http://www.infoplease.com/cig/economics/three-economists-their-theories.html– An overview of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes

http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2012/08/keynes-and-hayek– A comparison between John Maynard Keynes and Freidrick Hayak

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-14366054– Another explanation and comparison between John Maynard Keynes and Freidrick Hayak

http://www.economist.com/node/21564533– An explanation of neoliberal economics that discusses Smith, Hayak and Freidman’s ideas.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2006/11/milton-friedman-the-father-of-economic-freedom– A summary of Milton Freidman’s point of view from the Conservative perspective.






Tuesday Class:

1. Listen to: “Does Affirmative Action on Campus Do More Harm than Good?”

2. Use the following link: to follow along using the transcript: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/images/debates/past/transcripts/022714%20Affirmative%20Action.pdf

3. Take notes on Affirmative Action that help you decide your opinions regarding affirmative action. Your notes should be divided into three categories:

1. Information from the discussion that supports your opinion

2. Your own analysis (Explain what the facts help you conclude)

3. Facts/Information you want to research more or clarify.


Read the debate addressed in this set of opinions whether the “Civil Rights Era is Over”: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/26/is-the-civil-rights-era-over

You will need to take notes so you can use them for the Socratic Seminar prompts on Friday. You will need a page of notes from this New York times debate.


If you were absent on Wednesday here is the assignment:

1. Read the following articles:





2. Answer the following question: Does a gender wage gap truly exist? In your answer use evidence from these articles to back up your answer. You only need to answer this in 1-2 paragraphs. Turn it it in on Friday.


Today is a day to do some research and prepare for the Socratic Seminar. By the end of this period you should have at least 1 page of notes from these articles below:

Here are some articles to check out:





If you want additional articles you can check out these set of articles in this search: http://www.npr.org/tags/134163615/women-in-combat

Feel free to do additional research. Some great places to check out here Jstor (you have a free account if you are on the computers at school otherwise you can log-in using your SJUSD info), NPR. org, and other reliable news sources.


For Friday you need:

For the Socratic Seminar:

1. The notes you took from the NY Times articles – The articles all adddress the following question: Is the Civil Rights Era Over? – You need at least 1 page of notes.

2. The chart you created when you heard/read the debate on Affirmative Action.

3. The page of notes from the additional article posted above.

From Wednesday’s Activity:

-The answer the the question- Does a Gender Gap Truly Exist?

Friday: Socratic Seminar

You will need to have your work done to participate in the Socratic Seminar. See above list to make sure you come ready!

Socratic Seminar Questions:

  1. To what extend is America equal?
  2. Should race have a place in the college admissions process?
  3. Should women be given the same right to fight on the front lines during war as men?

The federal budget is a difficult budget to balance.

Today try to balance the budget online: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html?ref=weekinreview

Make notes about what you do and send the information to yourself so you can reflect on this over the weekend.

Homework: Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/weekinreview/14leonhardt.html

and reflect on the choices you made. Write a paragraph about your decisions and explain why you made these decisions in your activity.

Hi! Sorry I am out again. I am still unwell. I am expecting to back tomorrow.

Make sure you turn in your political cartoon assignment to the substitute today.

Today’s assignment:

Your objective is to study the presidencies of the 20th (1930s onward) and 21st century so that you have a basic knowledge of the (1) name of the president, (2) their party affiliation, (3) supporters and opposers (4) key legislative/policy items and (5) legacy.

Step 1: Read the outline on American Presidents. Focus on presidents from President Franklin Roosevelt(32) to President Barack Obama (42).

Here is the outline: http://www.apnotes.net/presidents.html

I suggest you copy and paste the contents into a Google Document so  you can add on your additional notes easily rather than having to do add notes on a piece of binder paper.

Step 2: Take notes on each of the presidents and their major items listed below their name. Research what the events, policies, etc where. For example for President George W. Bush you will need to look up “Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)” and figure out the role America played in the war, and its effect on the Bush presidency (for example his poll numbers went really high during this time), and what it was about.

You can use any reliable sources but here are some sources you might find helpful:



Complete the outline with detailed notes so you have this as a reference sheet!

Just a reminder- Presidency Chapter Notes are due in class tomorrow.

All the best!

Dear Students,

Sorry I am out again today. I am sick but should be back tomorrow. We are starting our Sophomore Project Research Project this semester and to kick it off you are doing some online research.

Today continue where you left off yesterday. You will need to find causes, effects and solutions for your world problem by looking at reliable sources online (for example go to a news source of website with .org at the end of it).


1. Get your paper back from the substitute (or open up your google doc). You can continue working on the same paper or google doc you worked on yesterday.

2. Continue doing research online.

-For each fact make sure to write cause, effect, or solution next to it.

-Make sure to put the source (the website name) next to each fact.

3. Your goal is to fill up 1.5 pages. If you do your work on Google Docs share it with me- ptalreja@sjusd.org and if you do it on paper turn it into the sub.

Good luck and keep researching! I’ll see you tomorrow and explain the plan for the research project!! Happy New Year!

Hi! Happy New Year and Welcome Back!! Sorry I am absent today- I got food poisoning last night so I am stuck at home.

This next unit is the presidency! Your reading and notes for the chapter are due tomorrow in class. Pleas refer to the packet I gave you on the day of the final.

To kick off this unit we will be studying the roles of the president. What is unique about our leader in the US is that he wears many hats on the job and each role extends his power in different ways.

Today you will need to:
1. Read over the handout the sub gave on the Six Basic Roles of the President. If for some reason you didn’t get it here it is: The Six Basic Roles of the President. You will need to make sure you understand each of the six basic roles and be able to identify these different roles in action. You don’t need to complete the boxes in handout- this is what we will be doing in class tomorrow. 

2. Using the Internet select a political cartoon depicting President Obama acting as President. You should copy and paste this image into a google document.

3. Under the cartoon in the Google Document. Analyze the cartoon by completing the following steps:
a. Label with the appropriate presidential role(s) depicted in the cartoon and list evidence from the cartoon that illustrates the role(s) being shown.

b. Explain the artists perspective in 140 characters.

c. Summarize your opinion about the cartoon in 140 characters.

4. Print out this handout (it should only be one page) and give it to the substitute. If you have problem printing in class- make sure you have printed it by the start of class tomorrow. 

If you get done early I suggest  you work on your notes on the Presidency. You will have a quiz on Thursday on your notes so be ready for it!

Here is an internet version of the textbook: http://media.pearsoncmg.com/long/long_longman_media_1/flshbk/wps/polisci/edwards_mpslga_13/ga13_flash_main.html

(It is a bit different but similar enough for the purpose of working on finishing your notes).

Summary of Today:
You need to do the Political Cartoon Assignment by the end of the period and then complete/study your presidency notes.

AP Gov- Content Review

For the final exam I suggest you do this review guide: APGov review Final Prep 2014 .

Here is a word document version so you can type into the document.

I gave you this last week and suggest you use it to help you out. If you want to work on it with a study group that’s a good idea but don’t take people answers and use them as your own to get extra credit.

Good luck!!


World History- Inventions

Today we studied the major inventions of the Industrial Revolution. They have made huge changes in the world and are part of why the industrial revolution is a revolution. In class you read the documents and filled out the chart but if you didn’t finish you work OR would like to use one of the inventors for your final I have attached the chart.

Click here for the inventions document: Inventions Descriptions

For Tuesday’s Socratic Seminar you will need to make sure you address the Socratic Seminar Questions using the articles you have been assigned. You have the original packet 1 and now these additional articles to help you out. Feel free to do any additional research.

Socratic Seminar Questions:

  1. To what extent should the government have a role in controlling media?
  1. Who should be held accountable for the lack of women in leadership positions in society?
  1. To what extent can we trust MissRepresentation?
  1. How does the representation (in the media, in Congress, etc) of various groups affect their opportunities (men, women, LGBT, people of color, etc.)?

Links for the second packet:

1. http://www.sheshouldrun.org/

2. http://fortune.com/2014/12/02/workplace-pregnancy-supreme-court/

3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/women-in-congress/– There are various options to select from on this page so select one article on the topic of women in Congress.

4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/darron-t-smith-phd/black-men-media_b_2844990.html

Good luck!

Today we are watching the Interest Group PSAs. Click here to open up the survey you will need to complete to grade the videos :Interest Group Grade Survey . You will need to grade the PSA right after you see it, while in class.

Use this form to share your input about your group Personal and Team Grading Form

Unfortunately you will not have the Interest Group packet with you today when you watch the videos so feel free to look up the interest groups in between the PSAs.












The purpose of Interest Group-Group Project is to give you the opportunity to study an interest group in more detail, create a PSA from their point view to understand how information is shared, to give you an opportunity to work effectively in groups and use and learn more technology skills.


You were given directions in class and should take time to understand the components of the project before getting started.


Check out these websites for information on interest groups-






Here are the teams for the project:

Period 5 Interest Groups Teams-

AARP: Alicia Kim, Sheldon Spring, Jordyn Penner

Teamsters: Nabeel Husain, Calvin Cao, Jiahao Wang

NOW: Carmen Sanchez, Melat Birbo, Katie Hillsbery

American Farm Bureau Federation: Dean Parrish, Gabriel Kim, John Imobersteg, Liam

NAACP: Manny Avalos, Leslie Huynh, and Justin Stanten

NEA: Kat Sitrikova, Valentina Podhajny, Philip Witcraft,

PhRMA: Betty Krnzarch, Jesse Dueck, Roy Blume

Period 6 Interest Groups Teams-

Service Employees  Union- Jeff Olson, Anthony Bohorquez, Aaron Ng, Jeff Pitt

United Auto Workers- Wayne Chao, Catherine Li, Kimberly Flores

NRA- Nick Polizzi, Daniel De Silva, Danika Lam

Sierra Club- Melanie Do, Roxy Boyechko, Andrew Gleaton, Erin Gsoell

Autobon Society-Jacob Munson, Ian Kicklighter, Ryan Huddlestun

AMA- Wasay Anwer, Janna Rezzonico, Michael Yousset

NARAL- Mimi Truong, Jenny Nguyen, Isabella Vargas

Chamber of Commerce- Nathan Chortek, Darren Nguyen, Josh Viray

Christian Coalition- Danny Whiteman, Anoop Pratura, Jack Dirck


Vote using the following electronic ballot: http://goo.gl/forms/DitZPCEr4v

Use the handout you were given in class and any other research to help you make the best choice. You may only vote once.

Also, here is handout to help you think through the significance of each of the state’s issues on the ballot:Results to Watch Across the US

If you were absent today then you will need to vote by 10:30 pm tonight to have your vote count.



Today you will need to do research to prepare for your class election.

Step 1:

To get information about polling locations and to register to vote online start here: http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Pages/Registrar-of-Voters.aspx

To look up your exact sample ballot for your address go to: http://eservices.sccgov.org/rov/

Step 2: Research the measures, propositions, candidates online to figure out who you would like to vote for.

Here are some ideas of places to find out more information:

KQED Election Guide 



Be ready for Nov 4- Election Day!






To help analyze the electoral college her a few maps from the last presidential election:




Today you will need to work with your team to research the proposition you are assigned to and start a poster on the proposition. You want to work together but also give yourself time to read and research so you strong understanding of the proposition. It will require some time so use the period wisely for research. You have until class on Friday to create the poster, however today is the only day you will have to work in the computer lab.

You should read several sources (mostly news sources) to get the full information. I have given some reliable resources to start with below:

1. To get started first read over the your assigned proposition as it is stated on the ballot with additional voter information:

(On Monday I let one person per group take a copy of the handout and left the rest with the substitute to bring to the library). If you didn’t get a copy of the PDF of the Proposition and explanation or want another check out the link here: http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/pdf/.

Additional places to find information:

2. Overview of the Proposition by KQED

3. Check out the list of propositions what the LA Times had to say about each of them: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/

4. Information on Prop 1- http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201410200850/a

5. This is an endorsement and explanation by Consumer Watchdog for Prop 45- http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/consumer-watchdog-campaign-prop-45-could-save-californians-much-1-billion-annually-healt

6. This is an analysis the Mercury News did on the ads about Prop 46. It did analysis on a few other ads you can check out on this link: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_26618641/reality-check-new-anti-prop-46-ad-misleads

7. Information on Prop 47- http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201410160850/b

Dont stop here but also don’t fall for unreliable sources either. Good luck!







AP Survey

Welcome First Time AP Student!  Come join us for pizza and hanging out. Please complete the following survey before you leave: https://goo.gl/forms/q5sgNymc2XJv85vw1.

Thank you!!



Survey for Class

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