Primary Source Sophistry

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Primary Source Sophistry
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Progress is life, for the body politic as for the body natural. To stand still is to court death. -Woodrow Wilson
 
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Using political cartoons, crossword puzzles, script writing, and various other activities this packet guides students in understanding the elements of the case and the implications of judicial review established in Marbury v. Madison.
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Using an excerpt from deTocqueville's examination of American democracy, students will examine associations in America and consider how citizens in a democracy impact their lives and government by freely joining together.
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Investigate Federalist10 directly or with synthesis and evaluation with a choice of two approaches to the document. The Federalist #10 Reading and Recall is written with more pointed and direct questions in case a lower reading level task is more
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Berlin has drawn every American president since Truman before or during their presidency- why? Why would this city of the world merit such a strong American interest? Students will examine the Kennedy and Reagan speeches to evaluate Berlin's
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Internet based assignment that guides students in exploring gerrymandering concepts.
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Using a primary source reading from James Madison and the story of Connecticut's Charter Oak, students can examine the origin of liberty. After completion, students should grasp how liberties in American Government come from the citizens themselves
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Students examine Adam's Thoughts on Government and Madison's Spirit of Government to develop an understanding of the basic purpose of government.
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Students will read Blackstone's Commentaries and the notes on the Constitutional Convention to develop an understanding of why ex post facto laws would be expressly forbidden by the Constitution. Allows students to explore why Bills of Attainder,
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This primary source study allows students to compare the views of Edmund Burke and Brutus as regards to the role of a representative in a republic. You can use this to guide reading with a few pointed questions, encouraged students to note each
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This PowerPoint provides a few examples of the impact Germany has had, and continues to have, on America.
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Students should be instructed to get into pairs. Once done, one student in each pair needs to play the part of Patrick Henry and the other James Madison. Choose the roles in a manner appropriate for your classroom, and consider how to make the
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Powerpoint provides a framework to discuss ratification of the United States Constitution and includes map to track each states' ratification as well as highlighting key Federalists and 'Antifederalists' Slide highlighting Virginia and New York
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Drew Wendt serves as Department Chair of Social Studies and Coordinator of Community Service while teaching AP Government, 21st Century Civics, and the community service classes at Nitro High School. In addition to participating in drafting the Content Standards and Objectives for the 12th Grade in West Virginia, he designed numerous online civics units for the State Department of Education and four separate problem-based learning frameworks.

MY TEACHING STYLE

President Woodrow Wilson, when describing social studies instruction, gave us all the charge, “Your real and proper object, after all, is not to expound, but to realize it, consort with it, and make your spirit kin with it, so that you may never shake the sense of obligation off.” (1) By selecting some of the choicest conflicts found in contradictory primary sources, scaffolding student reading, and guiding our students with discussion we can reveal the principles and practices of American Government. -(1) Woodrow Wilson, Princeton in the Nation's Service, The Papers of Woodrow Wilson October 21st, 1896

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

-James Madison Fellow -Goethe Institute Fellow -Karen Payne Award for Community Service 2006 -Gilder Lehrman Social Studies Teacher of the Year for West Virginia 2010 -Daughters of American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History 2013

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. from the University of Charleston in social studies education with a minor in Leadership as a Welch Colleague Nearly complete Masters in American History in Government from Ashland University as a James Madison Fellow

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Hallmarks of my classroom instruction is the yearly mock trial where students become the lawyers, witnesses, and jury members all to win their case and a spot on the Wall of Fame. We are also working on a bill in the WV legislature.

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