Latin America Current Events

Latin America’s Leftist Movement – discussed in class on Thursday 2/6.  You should have discussion notes from the class on Castro, Chavez, the movement’s affect on political leadership in Latin America, and how the US has delt with Latin America over the past two decades.

Cuban Reforms – reading handout “Cuba at a Crossroads” – read and discussed in class on Thursday 2/6.  You should have notes from the class discussion on US Cuban relations and how Cuba is being forced into economic change.

Puerto Rican political status – reading handout “Puerto Rico: Commonwealth, Statehood, or Independence?  For homework finish reading the article, the political options, and the polls, and then decide which option you think is best for all parties involved.  The powerpoint used in class can be downloaded here: Puerto Rico Notes.   We will discuss this topic in class on Monday 2/10 so be prepared to defend your choice.

Mexican Drug Wars – Read the handout “Mexico’s Drug Problem” for homework- to be discussed in class on Monday 2/10   60 Minutes Video: The War Next Door    US Mexican Relations at a Crossroads

FARC: Colombia’s Leftist Rebels -Print materials forthcoming – to be discussed in class on Monday 2/10  FARC Background Info  ; Taking Down FARC

Supply & Demand Notes

Please download, print, and read through the Supply and Demand Notes for class on Friday 10/25.  We’ll fill in the blanks and complete the graphs in class.  You’re priority is to complete the packet assigned on Monday, read through these notes, and bring the notes to class.

Fill in all blanks, answer all questions, and complete all graphs in the powerpoint for class on Tuesday 10/29.

Micro Econ Basics Notes & Homework

Download, print/copy, read through the Economics Basics notes. Be prepared to discuss these in class on Wednesday 10/23.

Complete the packet handed out in class on Monday (10/21).  The second to the last page I accidentallly left the grading rubric on top of the picture.  The post-it is covering the mother gardening, which will be useful in your economic analysis of the scene.

Packet is due on Friday 10/25

Marx vs. the Soviets

Please download, print/copy, and read through the powerpoint notes on Karl Marx’s Communist Theory.

Download Chapter 23 Section 3 Communism Reading (pdf)

Link to Chapter 23 powerpoint notes (created by another teacher).  It gives a basic summary of the chapter.

After completing the Economic Ideologies Review Questions in Government text and reading this powerpoint, you need to explain the difference between Marx’s Theory and the implementation of the Communist system in the Soviet Union under Lenin and his successors. Did the Soviets ultimately create Marx’s utopia?  (These bolded questions should be answered in your notebook. They are the same as #13 & 15 on the review questions)

Have this work prepared for Tuesday, October 15.


Structures of Government Notes & Assignment

Please download, copy/print, and read through the Structures of Government notes.


Assignment – bring two copies, one for me and one for your notes:

For each structure, provide an example of a government that uses each structure.  Do not use the US as your example for any structure and do not use the same country more than once.  The point is to make you familiar with other countries of the world.

You should have an example for each of the following structures:

  • Unitary
  • Confederate
  • Federal
  • Presidential
  • Parliamentary
  • Authoritarian Dictatorship – both oligarchy and autocracy
  • Democracy – both direct and representative
You should have a minimum of 9 examples of modern governments that use one of these structures.  If you cannot find a modern example, then provide a historic one, which will require you to describe the time period of that particular government.  
Based on your understanding and research of these structures, answer the following questions:
  1. Which distribution of power structure is used by the majority of governments? Why is that?
  2. What geographic characteristic do states that use a federal structure have in common?
  3. Why do confederacies not usually work?
  4. Presidential and Parliamentary systems are both used in democratic societies, so what is the main difference?
  5. Are autocracies more common or less common than oligarchies?  Why is that?
  6. How do you differentiate between an authoritarian and a totalitarian dictator?
  7. Why are direct democracies no longer very practical?
Please provide a list of sources you consulted in helping you complete your homework assignment.

Due Date:   5E & 5H – Friday 9/6

Intro to Government Notes

The following notes will be used in our intro to government discussion.   You will need to either copy the notes by hand into your notebook or print them out (do multiple slides per page; 3 slides with note taking lines next to the slide is my recommendation). Click the link below (see underlined text) saving the notes to your personal computer. Once they are saved, you may alter them however is best for you.  If you choose to print the slides, be sure to print multiple slides on a page and use black and white or gray scale settings to save paper and your ink cartridge.

YES THIS IS HOMEWORK! The expectation is that you read through and prepare to discuss the material during the next class meeting, which will be on September 4. 

Government Intro Notes

If you read through and thought about the topics discussed in this powerpoint, you should be able to answer these questions:

  1. In general, what is the purpose of government?
  2. Who is responsible for setting public policy?
  3. Which of the four characteristics of state does a colony lack?
  4. Which origins of state apply to the US? Explain.
  5. Which social contract philosopher best aligns with your own personal beliefs about government and human behavior?

Please have prepared for 9/4


Aids in Africa & Rwandan Genocide

The final homework assignment of the year has arrived.

1. Please read the article “Aids in Africa” handed out in class on Thursday and textbook pages 516-517, then complete the questions included in the following power point”

AIDS in Africa Reading Questions

2. If you didn’t already read the two page spread on the Rwandan Genocide in Chapter 21, please be sure to do so before you come to class on Tuesday.  We will be discussing the conflict in DRC and you must understand Rwanda in order to understand DRC.  Create outline notes or review questions (at least 8-10) with answers on this material.

Due May 28

Here are my notes on the two conflicts we’ll be talking about on Tuesday, May 28.  Please look over them for class.

Rwandan Genocide

Sudan’s Civil War & Genocide in Darfur

Watch this video on the history of Sudan’s Civil War”


Videos on the Rwanda – DRC Conflict Connection: