by Jon Stern
New Paltz Central School
Identify key democratic values.
Explain the function of the three branches of NY State Government
Describe the history and purpose of the NY State Constitution
41-50 pts = A 31-40 pts = B 21-30 pts = C 16-20 pts = D
“C” Level Work (30 points maximum)
1_____ Notes: Democratic Values (5 points)
2_____ Notes: Branches of Government (5 points)
3_____ Notes: The New York Constitution (5 points)
4_____ Flash Cards: (10 points) create flash cards using the following words- democracy, bill, veto, appeal, government, legislative branch, executive branch, judicial branch, budget, and justice
5_____ Concept Map: (10 points) create a map using the following words- democracy, bill, veto, appeal, government, legislative branch, executive branch, judicial branch, budget, and justice
6_____ Book Work: (5 points) read New York’s State Government (New York, Harcourt Horizons) and complete Pp 55-56 in the activity book.
7_____ Live Video: (10 points) go to the NY State Senate web site (http://www.senate.state.ny.us) look up the Senate schedule and find a bill that seems interesting. Watch the Senate discussion live on the web site for 20 minutes and write down at least three things that were talked about.
8_____ Poster: (10 points) create a poster that illustrates one or two democratic values.
9_____ Poem: (5 points) create a poem that illustrates one or two democratic values.
“B” Level Work (10 points maximum)
10_____ Create a 3 minute play with 2 friends. The play should include a conversation between the Governor, a state senator, and a NY Court of Appeals judge as they discuss an issue affecting NY. Each person should represent the role they perform in NY government. See the teacher for some ideas. (10 points)
11_____ Write a biography of either the Governor, your state senator, or a NY Court of Appeals judge. Include a major law that they were involved in writing, enforcing, or making a ruling on. (10 points)
“A” Level Work (10 points maximum)
12_____ Research a recently passed NY law. How do you think it will affect the lives of New Yorkers? Use at least 5 vocabulary words in your essay.
13_____ Find newspaper articles about an issue affecting NY State. Discuss what you think should be done to solve the issue. Express your opinion to your state senator by writing them a letter. Use at least 5 vocabulary words in your letter.
Unit Test (50 points)