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Ms. Koupal's Checks and Balances Webquest



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GETTING STARTED ON YOUR PROJECT!

Did you know there is a fourth branch of government? It is YOU- the 
people. How does the system of checks and balances affect YOU? It doesn't you 
say???  Now that you have researched the topic of checks and balances within 
the American democratic system, it is time to decide on a project topic. 
Using the links below, or other links on this site, you need to research a 
few topics you are interested in. You are not gathering information- just 
trying to decide on a topic. These topics can be specific:  i.e. The Incident 
at Wounded Knee, SD 1973, or more broad, i.e. teen rights in high school. 
This is just a BRAINSTORMING SESSION to get you started. At the end of your 
organizer, there is room to web and brainstorm topics, resources and 
presentation ideas.

BUT FIRST:  LET'S TAKE A BREAK. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO WATCH MOVIES!!  AND 
HAVE A SNACK!  YAY! Click on the 2nd 
link- there you will find movies done by students. Please watch the following 
three I movies:
Grass to Be Walked On:  Women's Rights in China
An Immigrant's Journey
Stories of the American Experience

THEN: Please click on Link 3
Watch the following IMovies and then 2 more of your choice
and any other movies that interest you

Respect For Girls
Rights and Responsiblities in History
Civil Rights Video Essay
Protest Music Video
State Issues-The Native People of Hawaii
War Story Documentary
The Life of a Veteran

When you are done, answer the rest of the questions on the organizer.

Internet Links


The Fourth Branch of Government
http://www.perkel.com/politics/issues/fourth.htm

 I Movie Apple Awards- Movies by students for students.
http://www.apple.com/education/ilifeawards/

More Movies by Students on Issues in Social Sciences
http://www.apple.com/education/ilifeawards/honorablemention.html

Dogpile -  a great megasearch engine
http://www.dogpile.com

Checks and Balances on the state level
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1999/Jun-16-Wed-1999/opinion/11379279.html

ACLU and Victims rights/checks and balances
http://www.aclu.org/CriminalJustice/CriminalJustice.cfm?ID=12299&c=15

Women's rights/democracy/checks and balances
http://www.iht.com/articles/512367.html

Congress for Kids
http://www.congressforkids.net/Constitution_checksandbalances.htm

Checks and Balances in the Electoral Process
http://www.usnewsclassroom.com/resources/activities/act001127.html

The Patriot Act?  Dangerous to Civil Liberties? The Congress's Role
http://www.aclu.org/NationalSecurity/NationalSecurity.cfm?ID=9810&c=111

Peace Resource Center and Human Rights Education
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/peace/peaceedu/binder2.html

links to many Native American sites
http://www.nativeculture.com/lisamitten/indians.html

The Bill of Rights and the Native American
http://archive.aclu.org/library/pbp9.html

A site that promotes rights for all citizens- contains Billy Jo Lara vs U.S 
and other Native American court cases
http://www.citizensalliance.org/

Patriot Act 2 and checks and balances
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=12161&c=206&Type=s

The Native Voice- a Native American newspaper
http://www.native-voice.com/

The mandating of racially mixed juries
http://currents.ucsc.edu/03-04/10-20/juries.html

A newpaper article which describes how Hispanics were left off voting lists 
in Tennesee during the 2000 Presidential election
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/9127453.htm

TV news lies checks and balances and the Constitution
http://www.tvnewslies.org/html/the_constitution.html

A site on Cesar Chavez
http://www.sfsu.edu/~cecipp/cesar_chavez/chavezhome.htm

AIM
http://www.aics.org/WK/index.html

Wounded Knee-1973
http://www.rwor.org/a/v19/950-59/952/wound.htm

Election sites for students
http://www.clovisusd.k12.ca.us/vote2000/student.htm

CNN Student News
http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/fyi/index.html

Other Resources

Truly, T. (2002). Teen rights: A legal guide for teens and the adults in 
their lives. Naperville, IL: Sphinx Publishing

http://www.channelone.com


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