May 28th Audie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Little is clean shaved!! In 8th period we started by talking about the past few days he missed and informed us that the study guide is not homework. After that we talk briefly about Taco bell And horse meat (not sure how we got on the topic). Then we talked articles 4-7 and he put together a presentation (  Here is a brief summary of articles 4-7…

Article 4- Article four discuses States relationships with other states and how they must not discriminate you based on your residency in another state. All states must have the same driving age and currency as the rest of the country does. Also, if you get married then move to another state you are still married.  then we discussed people leaving the state they are native. If Phillip kills 20 people he cant run to Kansas and be forgiven. Kansas must return him to Illinois to be trialed. Back in the civil war times if a slave would run away and escape to another state he must be brought back. Finally for article 4, new states. A new state must be approved by congress and the new state must approve of the constitution. A state can not be split unless the whole state agrees with it.

Article 5- Adding Amendments can be done one of two ways the most popular is congress making a bill then having it passed by 3/4th of the states. Also a way that has not been successful in history is Congress calling a convention then each state sends representatives and congress tries to sell the idea Amendment.

Article 6- If a state law interferes with federal law, federal law wins. This is to make sure the govt. doesn’t become powerless. Another part of article 6 is that the U.S. can’t make anyone do religious test to get into office. swearing on the bible, optional.

Article 7- This just states that 9 out of the 13 colonies must vote for the constitution for it to come into affect.

I hope this helped and have a good day and remember that 19,20,21,23,24 in the WTP book.


Political Parties-Where Did They Come From?-May 12

Today in class, we read from We the People chapter 20, starting on page 171. And then answered questions 1-6 on page 180. We also did have a substitute, so we worked individually or with one other person. The point of reading and answering the questions was to understand the original two political parties of America and their creation and roles/purpose within the government. Thus we used compare and contrast skills to separate the two political parties of Federalism (made by Hamilton, who wanted a strong government) and Republicanism( made by Jefferson, who wanted a smaller government that was in favor of a country of more local businesses and governments, actually called today, democratic-republicans). We have no official homework other than to work on the next two units in the Constitution workbook, first due Wednesday and the latter due on Thursday.

“Where US Politics Came From” by John Green, writer of The Fault in Our Stars:


Evolution of and Definition of Political Parties

Textbook History Lesson

-Emmanuelle Copeland, Period 8

April 22, 2014~Compromise!

Today in class, the goal was to explain what compromise is. Compromise is when each side of a disagreement has to give up a little something in order to get part of what they want. We talked about why compromise is important for our government to function. The class also watched a video that explained and gave examples of compromise in “kid-friendly language”. Tonight’s homework is to study for the Article 1 Quiz on Friday, and Unit 10 from Our Federal and State Constitutions book due Thursday.

Happy Earth Day!

~Erin Edwards, 8th Period

Constitutional Comics made by Mr. Little’s 7th Graders

Today in class we were introduced to a new assignment due at the end of class tomorrow. WE GET TO MAKE OUR OWN COMICS! These comics are pictures that represent the 6 preamble goals and thee 7 principles of the Constitution. Mr. Little also introduced the schedule for the order we will be learning the units in a new book that was given to us students earlier this week. Today in class the goal was to accurately illustrate examples of the goals and principles of the Constitution onto our comics. Tonight’s homework is simply to study for tomorrow’s quiz on the 6 preamble goals and the 7 principles. if you want an easy way to study these goals/principles and their terms you can go to the links below.

– Shannon M./Period:2

7 Principles of The Constitution-

6 Preamble Goals-

What’s in the Stimulus Plan?

As our politicians (and talk radio hosts!) continue to fight over this thing like junior high students, here’s a look-see at where the $800 billion is going.  Ctrl-F is your friend here!  Woodridge is asking for a nice chunk, largely for a new Police Department.  Most of what I saw (a dozen cities or so) is for infrastructure (water mains, roads).

See anything cool?

This is only a part of the plan, though.  Here’s what the House passed last week, though it’s likely to make some changes in the Senate.  For students of the Constitution (all of you!!), where does this mean the bill is currently at?  10 points extra credit to the first 5 correct answers!

Constitution Wrap-up and Retakes

Hi Parents,

First, job well done on the tests.  This is the grade breakdown is as follows (I love stats, even though some are useless):

  • Class Average = 84% (previous avgs: 92% in 07-08, 89% in 06-07, too easy in 05-06! )
  • 5 students with a 99% (just one wrong, though the 5 missed 4 different problems).
  • Of nearly 150 students: 40% scored an A, 25% scored a B, 25% scored a C, and 5% each scored a D or an F.
  • Pre-lunch classes averaged an 86%.  Post-lunch classes an 82%.  (Also – 71% of the D’s and F’s came from a post-lunch class)

ANY student will be allowed a retake.  We will do so on Wednesday, December 3rd.  Please meet in my classroom at 7:00 am.  All scores will be averaged with the 1st (62% + 90% = 76% final grade).  Please let Mr. Little know if you plan to retake the test in class on 12/1 and 12/2.  And yes – all grades are averaged, even if you do worse.

Constitution FAQ’s

Here are a few definitions/questions that I’m getting in the comments that I’ll answer right here:

  • Lame Duck: This is the President or Congress at the end of his term; he loses power as a new President/Congress are coming in.
  • President-Elect: A newly elected, yet still powerless, President.
  • Why is the Constitution a “living document?” Because the Amendment process allows it to change with time, expanding rights and expanding them to new people. The Constitution should change dramatically, but evolve slowly over time as all “living” things do.
  • Specific powers of a President are listed in the Article 2 notes (commander-in-chief, pardon, executive order, veto, etc.). The Prez’s power IS the executive power!
  • Quorum is the minimum number of people that need to be present before a vote is allowed on a bill/action in the Senate or House.
  • The “elastic clause” is in Article 1, giving Congress the ability to stretch it’s power to cover all things “necessary and proper” and for the “general welfare.”
  • Federalism – the division of power between the state (IL state gov) and national (Prez, Congress). It allows states to be unique and different, yet united under one powerful central gov’t.
  • Tapirs – some weird animal Alex Johnson likes :)
  • Whip – a Representative who “gets” the other Reps to vote the way his party leadership wants them to.
  • The Speaker is so powerful because she controls all legislation via rules and committee. Don’t worry, not a test question though.
  • The Line of Succession is in the Art. 2 notes.  It’s simply an order of who takes over for the Prez.
  • Don’t worry about Const. influences. (just state of nature and such)
  • 3 leaders in Congress are Speaker, VP, and Pres. Pro Tempore.
  • Our gov’t needs us to be educated and dedicated citizens to be successful.