Name: jennifer patino
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I learned about the alien passport that only the non-citizens get so they used this passport for the mexicans for example like they showed us in a video, and this is important because it talks about how the non-citizens got here or what they needed to be here to work, another important thing that i remember is about the minor parties in the united states so there was four the first one is the ideological partie this party believe in the philosophy, and then there is the single issue partie that wants to end the alcohol, and then there is the economic protest partie that wants to change the economy is in the united states or may be even change it to social partie, and this last one is the splinter partie that rosevelt made to be elected president again. and this important because it talks about how they use this kind of things so they can win.


Name: Elisa Ibarra Garcia
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Name: Frank Schneemann
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Hi Students This is a test to see if my programming worked. Hope you will enjoy this assignment as well as the class. Good luck Mr. Schneemann


Name: Tiffany Quintero
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This grading period we have covered a wide range of topic, from the amendments to brainwashing. I myself, feel as though the most important theme we have covered has been voting. I really enjoyed learning about the different political parties that make up our government and about the different ways said political parties influence the way the government is run. Since i am going to be voting in next years elections i felt as though understanding the history of voting and how voting works was vital in ensuring that i am ready to vote as an informed citizen. I also enjoyed the lesson that included The MATRIX because it was very clear how society influences, or brainwashes, our everyday decisions. Even if you think that you are in control of your own life and your own beliefs, the truth of the matter is that no one is in control. Outside factors influence who we develop into as an adult before we can even walk, our parents unknowingly pass down their beliefs during our childhood. All in all i have really enjoyed this grading period's units because of their relevance to my everyday life.


Name: Jamilynn Geske
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From this past second grading period, I believe the most important aspects of government pertain to what rights we have and what power our country's government holds, the various political parties and the processes of elections, as well as how and where our personal ideas derive from. There were a wide range of topics covered during the second grading period however these particular topics are what should be kept in mind the most. Regarding the Bill of Rights and the 27 Amendments that the US stands by, learning that helps us understand what rights are given to us at birth and what power we have over the government. Although the way the governmental system is, there is a balance of power between both the federal and State government, not all of the power is centralized into one person on the top, thus giving a voice to the opinions of everyone in the United States. Political parties in particular, shows various point of views that the country's citizens can affiliated with, whether it'd be from self-interest or the representative is appealing in some way. Two major political parties, Democrat and Republican, are usually the two that stand out more in comparison to that of the Green Party or Socialists. Prior to the lecture we had on elections, when seeing the 2016 elections and the poll results and controversy, I did not understand how all of it went down, or how any of the states came to consensus on who will be elected. In my mind personally, voting had been filling out a ballot and voting for who you were in most favor for and see the results. After the lecture I came to realize that there is much more put into elections than just having to fill out a piece of paper: fundraising, events, speeches, the whole campaign and how to overcome the competition is taken into consideration. Even down to the detail of how people would react to how the candidates speak about themselves and what they'd bring to the table once in office. And whilst voting, the various ways of voting such as mailing, online and physical voting days. The processes are as complex as reprogramming a computer, clearing the hard drive then enacting the program. So many things are taken into consideration to voting as it attempts to prevent "cheating" as much as possible. Lastly, personal opinion. With personal opinion, I do understand that people absorb information from what's around them, how their families act, as well as in school surrounded by peers. There really is not a clear, pin-pointed idea of if we really do have our personal opinions or being told if one thing is right and if the other thing is not. Though, I do know that the thoughts we have are shaped from the people we meet in our lives and what experiences we encounter. For example the idea that the internet is "always right" cannot really be a fact since it is created by people just like any other, speaking out their own ideas they learned from other people, thus cycling around and around again.


Name: Elizabeth Jantz
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This grading period has covered a wide variety of topics. One of the first topics was about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. In this section we discussed each amendment and the roles they play in our everyday lives. For example, the first amendment gives us our basic freedoms. Citizens are able to speak their opinions freely and are safe to do so. We also had discussed the formation of the Constitution and how it has been changed and applied to people. In the next section we learned about Federalism. Through this type of government, the power is divided, giving all forms of government a chance to establish their policies. However, there are limitations to each power depending on the level of the government. For example, the National Government is given certain powers because it is granted under the Constitution. Another chapter was the political parties in the United States. We learned about the Republican and Democratic spectrum and the beliefs each side had. For example, the Republicans prefer less government in peoples lives, giving small businesses a chance to be in control of their actions. On the other hand, the Democrats prefer more government in order to have more control and help every on in the country. The election process is something we also learned about. We talked about the different ways to vote and the specific primaries in place. For example, the Presidential primary is specifically for electing candidates chosen to run for the position of the president. Lastly, we learned about socialization. In this chapter we were informed of the ways we were given the roots of our political ideas. Socialization starts with the family, therefore, children most likely maintain the views of their parents because they have initialized the idea in the child's mind. As you grow older you do get a sense of your own opinions, but in most cases you will believe the same as your family members.


Name: Elisa Ibarra Garcia
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It's important to know the basis and beginning of the government. Therefore, the topics that were covered in this grading period are greatly important to understanding government and the governed. I have learned about the fundamentals, the constitution and individual rights, the party systems, the form of government, and finally elections. Learning the fundamentals of government have increased my knowledge in my individual rights. Learning about the constitution and the Bill of rights, began my understanding of the purpose for the separation of powers and the limitation of government. I now understand that there are powers that are given to the states and to the government seperatly. That certain rights can not be withheald form me and with that I can defend my rights and others rights. Learning about the party systems and the form of government, have peaked an interest for me in politics. I learned that I as clueless in this area, I did not know the form of government compared to other forms of governing. It made me think about the process in which candidates are chosen, this was super helpfull. This increases the chance in my involvement in politics because I will have background in the subject. Finally, the most important thing I learned was the electoral process and party afiliation. With all the information, I feel like I will be more prepared for elections. Knowing the process in which to vote and elect candidates. This section also made me question my party afiliation,because of so many influential factors like the mass media, I question wether I am or not brain washed.


Name: frank schneemann
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Name: julian cota
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beginning of the grading period till the end of the grading period we have learned: -the formation of democratic government -the foundation of the united states of america -type of political parties -how much power a political party could have -political parties influence on voting -consitutional rights -applying and beginning of citzenship in the united states -basic principles of check and balances -federalism vs anti-federalism -revolutionary war -type of aliens immigrating to the united states -the process of citzenship -type of branches in the legislation -what the president can and cannot do


Name: Joshua Figueroa
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This grading period has covered a lot, from the United Staes Constitution, to the Bill of Rights, and even how the election process works in its entirety. It is hardto pinpoint whicj topic is more important. In the begining of this grading section we first covered the Bill of Rigths along with the 10 Amendments. This is one important section because The Bill of Rights and its first ten amendemts are the very frame of American life. The first ten amendments is what set the course for not only the United States but many more countries to come after. The freedom of religion, press and many other things is something that defines us. Another important section covered in this grading period was the topic of powers that the state and national goverment posses, do not posses and powers that are shared. This section was importants for many reasons, not only did it give us insight on how seperation of powers works, but it also informed us on what the state can and cannot do along with the national goverment. Some powers the National Goverment has that theb states dont is the power to declarre war, coin money and regulate interstate and foreign trade. Powers the states hold but not the National Govermant are: regulate trade and buisness within the state, build public schools, and as well as regulate alcoholic brevages.


Name: Jenifer Villanueva
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In the beginning I learn about The Bill of Rights and the Amendments to the U.S constitution, that founding fathers were afraid that the U.S Goverment might become to powerful and take away the freedom


Name: Erik Garcia
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Throughout this second grading period, I have learned a variety of things that I find important and/or interesting. Within these topics are the rights that the amendments give us, the power of Federalism, what impact parties and elections have on society, and what causes people to have a certain political affiliation.


Name: Maricris Ramirez
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Throughout the second grading period, I have become more knowledgeable about topics including the bill of rights, amendments to the Constitution, federalism, political parties and elections, and political socialization. The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments in the Constitution. They include: the freedom of speech, religion, press, and the right to assemble, the right to bear arms, and several more pertaining to basic liberties of a citizen. Federalism is a system of government in which a constitution provides a division of powers between the national and state governments. The national government uses three delegated powers such as expressed, implied, and inherent. In the unit regarding political parties, we were able to define what a political party is as well as their major functions/responsibilities. We also the reasons for a two-party system and the membership characteristics of American parties. In our last unit, we studied how mass media and public opinion influence political socialization. The factors of political socialization can be expressed both informally and formally. As well as mass media, including television, radios, magazines, etc., family plays an important role in influencing political opinion.


Name: Allison McElveny
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This grading period we learned about the Amendments, Federalism, the parties, elections, and brainwashing. There were multiple ideas that were important to me. One of them was the Amendments. This was important to me because it allowed us to learn rights that can not be taken away. This allows us to know what we can and can not do, it also allows us to know if we need to act upon something that violates these rights. As well elections and parties were important to me. This was imprtant to me because next election i would be able to vote so this was a way to prepare me on how it works and the history behind it. It also allowed me to see what party i would fall under do to my beliefs and who i am surrounded by. Lastly, brainwashing was important to me. Learning about this showed just how much of a role government plays in our life and how much it controls us. Everything about us has been or is being monitored as well as a lot of our daily rountine revolves around the government. The MATRIX as well showed this idea clearly about how brainwashing works.


Name: Jillian Bromma
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We covered a lot of topics this grading period, and I've learned a huge variety of things which have all been important and key to learning about American Government. One of the first things I learned was how a a bill becomes a law and the process that it requires. I consider this to be an important part of what I learned because it's a central part of our government and one of the basic processes that happens within our government. I also learned a lot about the Bill of Rights and the freedoms it outlines for every American citizen; the freedom of speech or freedom of religion were particularly interesting. Before then, I was unaware of some of my fundamental rights, which are important for everyone to know in case those rights are violated. Federalism and the relationship between the Federal and State government was an important topic as well. I learned a lot about the specific powers of the states and the overarching power of the central government and how these powers sometimes clash. I feel that this is important knowledge because of the current debate regarding these powers, and to what extent both the State and Federal power should reach. The things we learned in this section helped me form my opinions on this matter and stay informed of what is going on in our government. Political parties were a large topic in this grading period as well. I was surprised to learn about the origins of the Democratic party in relation to slavery, and how the Democratic and Republican parties differ today. This knowledge is critical in contemporary society, because most of American politics revolve around the Democratic and Republican parties debating over key issues - knowing where which side stands helped me find my political identity and helps to clarify the party politics that are occurring in our country. Minor parties and their roles in our government were also interesting to learn about, and clarified some questions I had about parties such as the Green Party. Overall, I learned a lot about American government and the intricacies of how it works and how the political parties shape the laws that are put in place today.


Name: Leonardo Valdez
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Understanding how the American political system works and how our rights are established and interpreted is extremely essential for an American person. In my case, knowing about the different political parties and the process of voting was very important for my own good as an adult. I will be voting in the next voting season and knowing how the democratic and republican system works will help me develop a better choice by analyzing every detail and proposal every candidate offers. One of the topics I enjoyed the most was the involvement of the government in our daily lives. Since I was in middle school, I felt that my life was not in complete control of myself. I knew that too many regulations made myself live in a country that indoctrinates its citizens since new born. Indoctrination starts in school and it is spread in every television channel, radio station, food advertisement and basically everywhere. This system in which we live everyday feels that is not oppressive. Why? Because were too occupied with entertainment or other social issued that don't let us focus on how the government fools with our lives and our daily decisions. Leaving that apart, I found interesting how politicians use their power and emotional appeals to win and persuade the American public to vote for them. Psychology is involved in politics, and I found that pretty interesting. The way they use certain words that have an emotional impact in the people makes me think of the complexity of politics. This class has helped me develop a better understating of the world that surrounds me. Hopefully I will use in a future what I learned in this class to escape indoctrination and live free under the law.


Name: Francisco Marruenda
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I have learned alot of very interesting and important things this grading period, But the things that stood out too me were the illegal alien problem. The system is very broken on that topic too me because they catch them and sent them back and there gonna end up back in america the next day. We need a better way to get immigrants and have them stay in there native country or else its just a losing cycle. Another Topic that i was really interested in was Learning all the groups in partys and elections.I had no idea that there were that many because all i knew before was just Republican and Democratic partys. These are the lessons that really stood out to me.


Name: Brianna Bertrand
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This grading period we have learned about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It is important to know what is stated in these documents because they give us our rights. The documents tell us what we can and can't do, which is important to know as a citizen of the United States. We also learned about Federalism. We discussed different opinions on whether the individual states or the federal government should have more power. Since federalism is a part of our government, it is necessary to understand its policies in order to be an active citizen. Next, we learned about political parties and elections. We learned that there are two major parties in the United States, Republican and Democrat, as well as the different types of elections. The same systems are used today, making its understanding necessary and useful. Lastly, we discussed political socialization and how people get their political ideas and opinions. We learned about the importance of mass media in politics. All of the information we learned this grading period is important because it applies to our role in society and responsibilities as an active citizen. Without this information, it might be difficult to understand politics and why the govenment does what it does.


Name: Karla Figueroa
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In the this grading period what I have learned have been several things but all regarding to the constitution and its laws. The first thing we covered in this class were the Greek philosophies and how they impacted our government today. It is important to know this because it gives us a background of where the government's ideas or how the government runs today started of and who did it come from. Then after learning about the philosophies , I learned what the real definition of government is and its different parts/roles of the government. I also learned a variety of types of governments there is out there. It is important to know about the government because its good to have knowledge of the way our own government works and how other governments work as well. We then got into the topic of the Constitution , how the constitution came to be , early settlements ,bill of rights, and ratifying the constitution. Its good to know you're own rights as a citizen and acknowledge them. That chapter helped me see the people's point of view from back when they were ratifying and trying to make the constitution as specific as possible. It is important to know about the constitution and understand it because its something that still has an impact in our lives today. I also learned about federalism, and the relationship between the states and national government. Now we are ending this grading period with politics and their parties and immigration. I knew a bit about politics but this chapter gave me a chance to have a full understanding of it and see the different roles and ideas that each party aims. It is important to know about the political parties because we're soon going to be able to vote and our knowledge of the parties comes in handing when it comes to voting and knowing each parties ideas or methods. In the immigration section I learned how to classify each type of immigrant and their rights in the U.S and how they have impacted our world today.


Name: Kayla Bolton
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Throughout the second grading period I have learned about amendments for example the Bill of Rights and we learned how each amendment came into play within our everyday lives.The bill of Rights which we were born with and I learned what impact it had on my life. I have also learned about Federalism and the relationship between national and States, I learned that the national Government had it's own rights the state did not have called Inherit powers and exclusive powers. There are other powers as well such as expressed powers and implied powers.Another aspect of Government I not only learned but found interesting was how political powers worked and were formed, I learned that political parties have many other functions besides nominating candidates, they also inform and activate supports and govern.Political parties can be based of principal or big issues during that time or just election orientated. While still focusing on political parties in mind we had later transitioned to learning about the nominating process and how that process works when political parties want to nominate a new candidate. There are several ways on how to nominate a candidate, you can self announce or use the caucus or a convention. A convention is mostly used though. During these last couple days as well I have learned how my political opinions were formed and I didn't form them all myself like I had previously thought but had gathered a lot of my opinions from family and media and peer groups as well.


Name: Isaac Burow
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Throughout this gradung period we covered alot of material in class. So much in fact the topic of governemnt can get very confusing. In this grading checkpoint we covered vital information needed to know by every American in order for an efficient way of life and a country that has stronger united bonds than any other. The most important issues and topics discussed were the understanding of the Bill of Rights and how much attention goes in to a law or right before it is finally ratified,the different types of immigrants, the way of viewing political parties through political socialization, and how political officers provide a base for elections. As a society every citizen should have a strong understanding of the Bill of Right and the Constitution as these documents are the foundations of this country. Learning about this in detail throughouly is very important in people my age but also older. By having a good understanding of the rights declared to a citizen by the constitution it allows for a well organized country. By witnessing the amount of attention needed for a law or right to pass is also impotence as it shows that this country takes rights and laws very seriously preventing a law to be deemed unconstitutional. Its also important to know the different amount of powers given by government. Furthermore having the education of understanding the amount of different immigrants is also important. As a country we need to focus on the goods and bad types of immigrants. We need to find a way in which we keep this American country Open to all in order to imtegrate but also realize what type of certain immigrants may be receiving better treatment than a true citizen and that should be something that is more discussed upon. One of the major topic discussed i believe is the issue over political parties. As a society poltical socialization is used inforamlly as well as formally. As we grow up we are being indoctrinated with certain views by key adult influences in our lives. Teachers, parents, coaches etc.. its notable that as children we are slowly being palced into the political party one of those figures are in. I felt it was extremely important to view each side equally and really have a chance to think what you think is right and wrong along with where your views stand. Its important for society to see differnet perspectives rather than be tunnel vision as to what you think is the only right solution. So going over this topic was very important as it shows students to view these topics from different perspectives rather than just one. Its also important to know the way in which public officials use different techniques to manipulate you into thinking theyre the best choice. Even though you may belong to a certain political party it always important to see others views and ask yourself to see what it is thats being benefited. Having this mentality will allow for a more educated vite and better outcome for this country.


Name: Shantel Velazquez
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This grading period I learned a lot of very interesting and important things about the government and how it works. For example, I learned about the Bill of Rights, also known as the ten amendment; Life, liberty and property, the rights of accused persons, right to jury trial, excessive bail or punishment, all other rights, the rights of states and people, and also the four freedoms; freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. At first, the Bill of Rights only applied to the U.S. government because The Founding Fathers were scared and cautious that the Government would become too powerful and take away any freedoms of the people in the United States. I think it is very important for people to know about this and study politics so they can learn their rights, and know that no one can take them away. It's very important to seek any knowledge about our government and how it works. In this grading period, I also learned about political parties and elections. A political party is a group of people who want to control the government by winning elections and becoming President, the two major parties are the Republican and Democratic parties. Parties nominate agents to run for office, they inform and activate supporters; campaign, and/or criticize other candidates. They also act as a bonding agent, where they guarantee that their agent is worthy to hold office. The U.S. uses a two-party system because it has always had one, it aslso helps with the electoral system; they are designed to favor two major parties (republican, democratic). I believe learning about the electoral process and political parties is very important, especially for this generation since we will be able to vote by the time next elections come around. Hence, we should be able to identify a good candidate and a bad candidate, we wouldn't want a horrible candidate to be the leader of our country. And yes, it all depends on what you believe in and your ideals and morals, but it is crucial that we really look into all the possibilities and make a good choice.


Name: Michael Jimenez-Poblete
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The things that I have learned in this chapter are the different election methods that existed other than traditional ballots, the different type of political parties and spectrum, and how they are elected. One of those methods of elections were petitions in which candidates that are elected need to gather a certain number of people and get signatures on the ballot. They are also elected through polls in which random samples of people are elected to vote for the candidate of their choice, either being Republicans or Democrats. The use of traditional voting was costing a lot of money, so it was then replaced with electronic voting options such as vote-by-mail and online voting. I also learned that public opinion is essential when shaping one's attitude towards politics. Public opinion is based on their surroundings, which include their schools and their families' view on politics. Their view is based on beliefs on the political spectrum, which includes Liberals falling towards the left and Conservatives falling towards the right. Public opinion is also based on mass media, which includes newspapers, magazines, radios, and television. Television is the main factor of mass media that shapes people's opinion. It is the main source of political ideas and information that people absorb daily, therefore successfully shaping their political stance. I have also learned why the United States has stayed with the two-party system. They stayed with a two-party system because a one-party system would be a dictatorship in which one single unit would rule. They also did not want a multi-party system because it could cause parties to form coalitions which fade away easily, making the government unstable. These are the most important ideas that I have learned because politics is a massive portion of influence in our everyday lives since our government runs on politics. The types of parties and election methods are also crucial in order to maintain a balance between the power of the government and the people. Without order in politics, the system would collapse into chaos and become a dictatorship that restricts our given rights.


Name: Raquel Coronado
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During this second grading period I have learned much more about what shapes our government, how our government runs, and how the government works for the people. In chapter three we learned about the Bill Of Rights and the American Constitution. The Bill Of Rights are the first ten amendments to the constitution and they protect the rights of every American. The Bill Of Rights includes the freedom of speech, religion, and the press,the right to bear arms, the right to deny soldiers room and board, the right to a judge and a speedy trial, fair punishment, and any rights not granted to the federal government belong to the states. The Bill Of Rights is important to all Americans because it establishes the basic rights every American has. Another topic we discussed in class was federalism. Federalism is a type of government where power is divided between a large government and the states. During the construction of this country many of the leaders were opposed to federalism and many were for it. Those who were opposed to it were called anti-federalsists and believed that the government could get too strong and overpower the states. The federalists, the ones in favor of federalism, wanted a strong central government because the previous government had made the country weak and they wanted something stronger. This chapter taught me what form of government our country is based upon. One of the most interesting chpaters to me is chapter 9 where we learned about political socialization and brainwashing. This chapter was interesting to me because it taught us how our family, friends, school, and the media can influence our political views. It also taught us that the mass media such as television and the internet can brainwash us to believe in certain things and encourage you to vote for a specific candidate.


Name: Allison Webb
Per: 3
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In this grading period, we discussed many important topics regarding the U.S. government. First, we learned about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Learning what rights we, as Americans, have in this country and how they impact our daily lives. Next, we learned about Federalism, how the powers of the government are divided, to stop any of the government branches from having too much power. An example of this is that the Supreme Court may decide that a law passed by the President is unconstitutional and get rid of it. After this, we learned about political parties. We discussed the influences that determine a persons political affiliation and the impact political parties have on elections. Next, we learned about elections and how they work. We learned how candidates are nominated, we learned the different methods of voting, and we learned about the funding candidates may recieve. Lastly, we talked about political socialization, which went into deeper detail of the different influences that may determine a person's political affiliation. Some of these being family, the media, their job, and their financial stability. In my opinion, I believe the most important topics we covered this grading period were the elections and the different political parties. Being able to understand the presidential election is extremely important, because knowing how to vote and understanding the process will make it much easier when the times comes for the next election. Also, knowing who I'd want to vote for is important because my views are able to be represented, as long as I know what political party I am a part of. My voice deserves to be heard and now, with my knowledge of political parties and elections, I will not have to worry about it not being heard.


Name: Stephanie Ray
Per: 3
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In this second grading period one of the most important ideas I learned were the separation of powers and checks and balances in our government. They are really important to ensure that one part of the government does not become too powerful and it is also used when passing a bill or law. I also learned about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and how it is hard to get a new amendment passed. Furthermore, the Bill of Rights are what protects many Americans and they are the first ten amendments made. Another important thing I learned was federalism and how states have their own power, but also the country has its own powers. I addition, I learned the different types of immigration, which was really interesting and helped me learn that there are a lot more options when immigrating here and how everyone gets equal rights in the US, even those who are not citizens. In addition, I learned more about the different party systems and the history of them. The main political parties are the Democrats and Republicans, but there are also many minor parties but sometimes they are not listed on voting ballots. I learned that it is practically impossible for minor parties to win presidential elections because they do not have enough funding and publicity, and the major parties usually steal their ideas. Furthermore, I learned that the country was under Republican rule for several years and then it switched to Democratic rule, and it repeated for a while but it is still continuing today. I also learned about political socialization and how your upbringing and even peers can influence your political point of view, and many times the parents do not realize they are. In presidential elections I learned that the popular vote does not really count and it is the electoral vote from each state that counts. I learned more about the left and ride sides of parties. The left is more liberal and wants the government to be more in control to help the poor, while the right side is more conservative.


Name: Irvin Romero-Martinez
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the most important thing I have learned this grading was the concept of political socialization, Which is the process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions. The reason for people having political opinions can be traced back all the way to family discussions amd such which shape how an individual forms his or her political views. This ties in with the very first things we learned not only here but in previous years, which is the bill of rights. The first amendment allows citizens of the US to even have a public opinion and to be able to express that opinion without being shut up by the government. In essence the Bill of Rights covers our basic god given rights. In conclusion, learning about the constitution was the most meaningful and interesting to learn about. The section taught us how the government was not only created but how it worked back then and how it has changed for the two centuries it has been around for. The constitution has not only undergone change but it has also been expanded upon with amendments being added and then taken out. The section also explains the six basic principles and the framework of the government.


Name: Rodrigo Luna
Per: 3
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This grading period I have learned a variety of things about the United States government, its origins, principles and how it all works out. The government is the institution through which our society makes and enforces its public policies. Our governemnt is divided into three branches which are reffered to as the judicial, legislative and executive. The judicial branch interprets and determines meaning of laws, the legislative makes laws and framas public policies and the executive branch enforces then. These branches have checks and balances in order to not allow one branch to get too powerful or abuse its intended purpose. In this class I have also learned about the constitution and how it changes over time due to society. The ammendments made in the constitution help protect out society, the first 10 ammendments are called the bill of rights and outline our basic freedoms as a part of society. We have also learned about the different parties and how people are voted into their position and the powers they obtain. The main parties in our society are currently the democrats and republicans, we associate ourself with a party due to our peers, family, occupation and current situation in life. What you learn at a young age is typically what people associate themselves with when they are older. Lastly our government has different powers however they are either expressed, inherent or implied, these are used in an attempt to continue to better our society and work with change. Expressed powers are those that are found directly in the constitution, inherent are those that belong to the government because it is the government of a sovereign state within the world community, and implied are not directly stated but implied in the constitution.


Name: Adrian Gonzalez
Per: 3
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Understanding the way our government works is extremely essential for an average American. From knowing your rights to knowing who to vote for. In this grading period I learned that from a young age we are taught to believe certain things and see things from a different perspective. In the movie, The Matrix, it really shows us how people really don't know what they have control of. I found it very interesting how the political parties work and how they are different from one another. I will be voting in the next voting season so I found all this information very useful. I also learned that not everything said in the media is true. Some people might manipulate us just by using words in a pattern.


Name: Timothy Magboo
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I learned a lot about how our government works and that there are many functions that dwell specifically in ours. Our government has a constitution in which it follows by and within the constitution. We have amendments to secure the rights of the people, to ensure the equality that our founding fathers fought for from England, to ensure that the American people can live freely and independently abiding with the laws such as stated in our amendments. I also learned that our founders had thoughtfully decided on how our government must function. Our government is a federalist government where it limits the power of the government and divides that power to local, central and national governments. They used this form of government because they were convinced that governmental power can pose a threat to individual liberty, therefore it should be restrained and limited, and to be divided. I've also learned how elections work and its many methods of voting. First a nomination process takes place where all the candidates will be narrowed down to the point where a general election happens where voters will make the final choice of officeholder.The voting happens in polls where you vote but there also many methods of voting by means of, vote-by-mail, online voting, absentee voting etc. These methods are convenient for citizens who are disabled and unable to come to those polls. Lastly, on chapter 9, I learned that the media has high influence on its audience. And that is can take up in many forms such as radio, newspaper, magazines and television. The media plays an important role in telling us information and in shaping public agenda. An important lesson is that the media shouldn't tell us, citizens, what to think but it should be in a manner of providing information what to think about. Thank you Mr. Schneemann for teaching U.S. Government! God Bless you and your family :)


Name: vanessa carbajal
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This grading period i have learned about topics such as the Bill of Rights to all of the political parties and even the process of voting and elections. I’ve enjoyed learning about these topics because I feel a lot more educated on the U.S history and how things work in our government. I’ve learned there must be a balance between federal and state government powers, that way everyone has a voice and opinion. Another topic I found interesting is Political Socialization because I never realized where we get our politcal views and how easily influenced we are by the media and our family members. One last thing we learned about was immigrants and the significance of the different types. Such as: Illegal, residential, refugees, and economic immigrants.


Name: Jesse Crowell
Per: 4
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During this second grading period I have learned about a multitude of different topics relating to American government. I learned about how bills were passed and became law, one of the most important parts of our government, as well as the Constitution's direct and indirect influence on how state and federal governments can use their power. We also learned about the election process, for all levels of government, as well as what types of elections there are and how they are done. The last thing we did this grading period was learning about the political parties and how they affect the government, be it the liberal Democrats or conservative Republicans, and how the varying degrees of their ideologies affect how they try to influence the political arena inside America's government.


Name: Christopher Paulo
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Over the course of this semester, we learned about the many topics and intricacies pertaining to the U.S. governement and how it is run. One of the first topics we learned about was the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights are essential to our everyday lives with them being the foundation for the free world. I as a student have learned of it's significance and how integral of a role it plays in current day U.S.A. The next topic we learned about was the constitution and the various ammendments that pertain to society. They are the building blocks of the modern day and I learned the significance they have even in my day to day life. We then studied federalism and the relationship of the national government and the state government. The importance of their bounds for rulings cannot be overstated as they are essential to the American lifestyle because of the boundaries they have when controlling the federal or state side of government. Political parties were the topic of the next chapter. Political parties are of great importance because they are the foundation for the American political infrastructure. How we vote and speak our ideologies is based around the political party system set in place by our forefathers. With those political parties comes the seperation in ideologies and new innnovative ideas to further better our beloved country. Lastly, we discussed the role of media on influencing the political sociospace. We spoke of the mass media and the true influence they have over the nation. It is imperative that we as indivduals must think for ourselves so that we may further our society. For the duration of this grading period, we have learned the many intracacies of government and how it is run.


Name: Joseph Chilton
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There have been many things taught in the class over the past few months. Whereas my expectations were of a class that taught the functions of modern government in depth and kept up with the news daily, we got some of that, but a little more watered down. We do cover modern politics, but from a very American centered view of politics, which can be warped with the wrong labels, and also it is not as explanatory as I hoped it to be, but rather, an overview of that specific function of government or how it works. What was a lot more helpful in this class though, was the history of American politics, which was also more enjoyable. It explains in a detailed fashion the Supreme Court, the amendments, the start of the United States, the history of the parties and what they believed. This is where most of the knowledge I have gained from this semester has come from, as it explains it better than some old document out there could. So my main source of learning has come from the history of this country and how its functions came about


Name: Chris Andersen
Per: 4
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Throughout the course, various aspects of American Government have been brought upon, and have been thoroughly explained on how it works, how it effects the economy, or other aspects of that system. We first went through the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This lesson have a set foundation of the modern principles of our society. With the Constitution, came the 27 amendments, which helped shape America, and they made the changes necessary to maintain a stable, equal and centered economy. Personally, I believe the lessons on political parties, and their histories, along with their modern ideas were very important. As seniors, we are coming to the age where we are able to make our own decisions, vote, and believe what we want to believe. With this, learning both sides of the political spectrum gives students vital information, so they can decide where they stand. Nowadays, we are brainwashed by our parents to believe in a certain aspect of our society. These beliefs can range from simply political parties and their ideas, to harmful ideas like racist ideals and others. Furthermore,it is vital for out generation to learn about all the aspects of our economy, and the various issues surrounding it, so this generation can believe what they want to believe, and help society in the process.


Name: Elyjah Flores
Per: 4
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In this grading period we learned about a lot of things that involve the past, but also the present day and how it effected our society. If some of the major events in the past never happened what would life be like now? We learned about the Greek philosophers and their studies. We learned about the American government such as; the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Amendments. I think that most of this is valuable information to me because now I know my rights, I the bills of rights, I know dates of important events in American history and much more. In this grading period I think the biggest thing that caught my eye was the whole section about Federalism. Federalism and the whole government relationship with the United States that they have is an odd one. Federalism is a poses a threat to individual liberty. Federalism is basically a system of government that divides powers so not one power is more powerful. Then we learned about political parties and elections. These is very convenient because we recently had an election and it was the worst one yet. This included the learning of the political parties, two step system, the minor parties, and the history of the parties.


Name: Jared Luzano
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We have been introduced to many topics over the second grading period such as the Amendments, Federalism, elections, and the idea of being brainwashed. I feel that I have the most knowledge in the idea of brainwashing citizens and the procedures and steps taken in order to nominate a candidate for the election. When we learned about the idea of being brainwashed, we were asked the question ourselves and had to really think about it. I believed that we are brainwashed because we grow up in an enviornment that we get used to over the years and in the end we can't even tell if we're brainwashed or not. The documentary about North Korea clearly showed us that they were brainwashed but they can't even tell. All of the people beleived that there was one true god or ruler of the world and he has the power to save everyone. We also watched part of the movie "Matrix" in order to get a visual representation of being brainwashed. The main character was brainwashed into believing he was living a normal life until he woke up to face the reality of his world. This also proves the idea that we ourselves don't know if we are truly brainwashed. On the concept of voting, we have learned about the different kinds of procedures done in order to nominate someone for office. There are also dirrent ways to vote whether it would be by mail, online, or even electronically. A person can run for candidate selection from four factors which are by self-announcement, caucus, direct primary, or a petition. Once in the candidate election, there can only be one winner our of those who try. I never understood how elections worked until I learned about this topic and found out the different places and ways a person can vote whether it would be at a precinct or a polling place. It is all up to the people to decide who they want to lead but many would take advantage and cheat or change the results of the election. Although there were more topics we learned such as political parties and the Bill of Rights, I feel that I learned the most from brainwashing and elections.


Name: Stephanie Martinez
Per: 4
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We learned many important topics in this grading period. The first topic that we discussed was the amendments.The Bill of Rights the fist ten amendments became part of the constitution after a few years it became ratified. It informed me about the different kinds of amendments and what they mean. The bill of rights provided constitutional guarantees such as freedom, expressing and belief.An interesting fact there has been an informal amendment which process over time many changes have been made in the constitution not involved any changes in written word. Later on we continued with learning onto federalism is a system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government on a territorial basis between a central or national government.The expressed powers are the ones founded within the constitution. It's important for me to know the power of the national government it will help me in the future.I have never been informed as much about any exclusive powers that the national government to make treaties to foreign countries and later on tax them on imports. Another main idea that we discussed in class was the political party. The major parties are usually democratic and republican. Both parties can nominate candidates, inform active supporters, act as a bonding agent, govern and act as a watchdog. Its interesting because i learned each category what it meant an example would be the multiparty there are advantages and disadvantages. The advantages would be give more people to vote at the polls. In fact i liked that idea so much it gives people more options on who to pick. The disadvantages there might be some fights/arguments because certain people like there party and they get offended easily. There are two types of party the first is one party its basically dictatorship only one person. The second party only one person wins the elections. The nest one is one of my favorite its the nominating process it demonstrates the many different kinds of candidates will want to represent this country( united states of America) There are many may ways to show you want to run off for president an example would be self announcement, caucus convention, direct primary, or a simple petition. Later on the people will decide who will become the president. This is important it shows that the in the united states were are not the same in California we are more liberal. In other parts of the country there closed or open primary ...etc. These are some important ideas that we learned in this grading period.


Name: David Franso
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This grading period has been filled with valueable information regarding the government and its functions, as well as society and how that effects the government as well. These specific pieces of information have really improved my understanding of politics and the government as a whole, and have also given me a feeling of greater civic duty. As I read through each passage and aswered each question, it felt as if my mind had grown just a little bigger. Because of these facts, my knowledge of my rights as a human being, and as a citizen of the United States, grew. At the start of the grading period, we learned about the constitution and The Bill of Rights, which was a bill that was integrated into the constitution as the first ten amendments. The Bill of Rights set all of the natural rights each citizen of the states possessed. These rights include freedom of speech, right to bear arms, and other bills that ensured that the more powerful did not step over the people. The constitution had 7 articles and 27 amendments in it, which rule as the supreme law of the land. Another topic we studied during this grading period was federalism,which was a system that was established to ensure that the government did not become too powerful.The founders established a system of the seperation of powers, which divided the government into 3 sections, The Executive Branch, The Judicial Branch, and the Legislative branch. The Executive Branch included the president of the US, as well as his cabinet and other officials, The Judicial Branch consisted of the Supreme court, which had the power to make big decisions on government issues as well as big domestic issues, and the Legislative Branch is the law making body of the country. The Legislative Branch consists of congress and other legisaltions. Another thing established by the founders of the US was a system of checks and balances. this system was made to ensure that one branch of govermnent did not become more powerful than the others or too powerful. The executive branch was given the power to veto laws that congress issued. The Judicial Branch was given the power to make a judicial review, which essentially is a review of a law that the president or congress passed. The Supreme court is able to deem the law constituational or unconstitutional. The Legislative Branch was also given powerts similar to those of the other two branches. Federalism is essential to the survival of the system in which we live in. Political parties were also discussed during this grading period. The political parties are parties that run for power in the government.Because we live in a democracy, it is up to the people to decide what party we want. this can be achieved by voting. usually there are voting precincts across the country, but one can also vote by mail or online. some critics are sketpical of these two methods because they question the validity of the vote. people may be swayed by their familiar values, but it is unltimately up the individual. Political parties are all represented on the ballot, including the minor parties as well. voting among more voting is required to narrow down to the primaries, which can also be presidential. usually these invoolve the two major paties. Republicans and Democrats are the two most widely know parties in this country. usually they use strategies to try and persuade the individual into voting. speaking of swaying, political socialization is also a key role in the lives of americans and the wellbeing of the country. political socialization is the process that in the longrun affects the individuals mind and heart, swaying their political decisions. Mass media is a big part of this, and the television is the most popular form of media that influeneces the people. Because of these things, people pick up a feeling of political orientaion, which range from radical left to radical right, to base their beliefs upon. Liberalism and conservatism, as well as moderates are the most popular forms of political orientation.


Name: Jovianna Alfaro
Per: 4
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In this past greading period i have learned many things. The first thing I learned this greading period is the bill of rights. The Bill of Right was a set of laws the people have to live by. The first ten rigths are refured at the 10 amendments. The fist amendment is the four freedoms. The sencond amaentment is the right to bear arms and the third amendment is that one peoson dosent have to house a soldier unless time of war. These amendments are to prevent anyperson from havinng to much freedom. The next thing I learned in this class was about federalism. Federalism is a government that has divided powers. The powers of a Natural Government are expressed, implied, and inherated powers. Exclusive powers are powers that can only be used bu a Natural Government. The fediral system believes in the division of powers between Natural and State governments. The supreme law of the land is the supremacy of the constition. The last thing I learmen in this class was the political parties and the elections. The two magior political parties are the Demacrats and the Republicans. There is two types of One-Party-system.One being where only one part is allowed. The oher being where one part regularly wins. the antions two first parties were the fedaralists anf the Anti-Federlist. this is what i have learned int the class this unit.


Name: Giselle Morales
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Something that I have enjoyed learning the past few weeks would have to be the different types of parties. It was interesting how each party is different such as the involvment towards the goverment. Also another thing I guess I can say that i found interesting was how voting works and how each canidate has it's own party for example republicans and democrats. Also before I used to think that the goverment itself would have total power over citizens, however its not like that. We as the people of the states have the power of thegoverment when it comes to making decisions and the goverment will never have all power and control over us unless we the people decide to. After learning all of these things it kinda makes me feel protective in a way due to that i have more power over my life in certain ways that the goverment will never have. the history involving brain washed was however, terrifying whether or nor not you are brainwashed. Anyways those thingsa were the main topics that really brought my attention because it was something I wasnt aware of.


Name: Ramiro J. Betterton
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Something interesting that i learned during this grading period was the different parties and how family , friends and even school can influence the average persons choosing. Most people are influenced by issues that are most related to them, for example the more mitary tied person would agree with a canidate wanting a stronger government and military. Rather then vote for a canidate who speaks of legalizing drugs and making the governmets power lessen rather then streghthen. Lots of people make their dicesions based on mass media, from Tv , News letters, and even twitter. The common american will listen too the mass medias imput rather then finding the facts and doing research on the topic.


Name: Damien-Marcus Beltran
Per: 6
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From this grading period, I have learned that the government has a constitution which they have to follow. Within that constitution is the amendments which protect our rights as humans. It allows citizen to live equally, freely, and independently. I have also learned about federalism. Federalism is a system of government where there are a division of powers between the state and national government. The national government has three powers. Expressed which is found in the constitution, implied which isnt stated within the constitution but suggested, and the inherent powers because the National government is a government of a severeign state within the community. The 10th amendment states that the the States are governments of reserved powers. Going back to the national government, they are allowed to exercise the exclusive powers, this includes coin money, making treaties ir laying duties. Next in this grading period, I learned about what a political party is and what their function is within society. Also within the section including the parties, I learned alot more about the nomination process. Something else that can be taken away from this section is that the United States has a two-party system. Finally, the last thing I had learned from the second grading period is how things like mass media, newspapers, magazines, television and how public opinion has a strong influence on political socialization. Political Socialization can be expressed formally or informally.


Name: Aaliyah Boguille
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So far this year in History Mr.Schneemann has shown us mostly about the constitution of America and how America hasovercome the obsitcles that it has gone through as a nation and turned out just as successful and stronga as ever compared to other nations that have gone through many challenges similar tour own obstacles yet never came back as strong and powerful a nation as we have.The seven parts of the United States Constitution in particular has filled out its statement of philosophy, the lists of grievances against the king andalso a declaration of war unless the king of England would succome to the lists of demands that the new rights that God has given them as their own new and independent nation. We have also learned more about the articles of confederation and how James Madison plyed an important role in America today and how george washingtons leadershiptookirt tole on america in a positive and effective way to make america as great as it is today. We also learned more about the federalists and aniti-federalistsand learned about the significance of thr divine right of kings. We then began to learn more about the seperation of powers between an exectutive, legislative and judicial branch. we learned about their different partsand about their strenghths and weaknesses which ultimately come together as one in equalized powers and make a very effective part of the government. Lastly which is recently we have been studying more about the politicalparties like the two party system and the minor and major parties and learned about the party history. we learned about how certain parties are more towards th communits side and others are far from it but also that most people in america consider themselves in between the parties because they dont seem to have many attributes that many americans take to be part of their beliefs so they choose neither. wealso learned that most americans lern their parties from their families the most but dont always take those into their adult lives and learn to form their own opinions as they develope as adults.


Name: Roberto Ruiz
Per: 6
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In this grading period we began by reviewing the first 10 amendments or bill of rights. These 10 basic amendments cannot be taken away from us. They include rights like freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. We also learned about federalism and its' significance to our governmental system today. Federalism is the separation of powers of the different governmental branches. This is in order for each branch to have their own roles and to prevent one from abusing too much of their power. Then we learned about political parties and how this country uses a two-party system. Although there are several other political parties, the democrat and republican parties dominate the party system. Democrats generally are liberals why Republicans are conservatives. The left and right system puts liberals/democrats on the left and conservatives/republicans on the right. In the middle are the moderates which are people who either have not decided their political affiliation or do not want one. The right consists of ideas the the government is too big and it needs to be significantly smaller. They also believe things should be run how they used to where people are mainly on their own. The left believes government should be in every aspect of our lives and it needs to be bigger. We also learned about immigration and aliens in the US. How the US dealt with immigration in the past like only allowing 3% of a certain population enter the US each year. Most Asian races were banned from entering the US due to them at the time being considered enemy aliens. Illegal aliens also enter the US in search of a job in which many people gave them under the circumstances that they pay them significantly less. The process of becoming a US citizen by living in the US for more than 5 years. The issue with immigration is still a problem to this day as aliens find their way into the USA.


Name: diego vasquez
Per: 6
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This gradeing period we learned about the imporants of knowing your unalienable rights and how important it is to know what rights you have as a person. knowing our rights is probably the most important thing that we have learned so far in this gradeing period even more so since what has been going on in our country with all the movements. it is crucial to know and how to use the rights that the government has set in place to protect us even if its for protection againts the government. One section that has interested me to learn more about is, the political parties section. this section has taught me the difference between the left liberals and the right conservatives. this section interestes me because it make me want to know where i fall on the spectrum or if im moderate. this section is good to know so when the next elections come around i am not clueless and know a little more about the canidets and what they believe in. These two sections i believe are the most important in this gradeing period since they can both help me later on in life understand a bit better when its time to vote for an election. both of the sections i found interest in and both gave me a better knowledge of united states government.


Name: Adrian Llamas
Per: 6
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Throughout this second grading period I have learned more and more of the fundamentals of American government. At the start I learned about the bill of rights, which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. These rights were written specifically to protect the people from having their own rights alienated by the government, like the right to a speedy and fair trial,jury of peers, ownership of a firearm, and to speak one's mind. However America's own hypocrisy has lead to the violation of these rights countless times throughout history. I also learned the process of how a bill comes into American law. Firstly it is presented to congress and if both the House of Representatives and the Senate agree, it is passed down to the president, who can either sign the bill and approve of it or can veto it. If the bill passes, it must then go to the supreme court, which they will vote on the bill. If the bill has enough votes, it then becomes a law. Cities, states,the federal government, and the United States Constitution all have their own set of laws and regulations, however city law cannot overcome state law, state law cannot overcome federal law, so on and so forth. This is known as the Supremacy Clause. Afterwards I was taught about elections, political parties, and citizenship. A person (usually from the government like a mayor or senator) can declare themselves a candidate in an election for the position of U.S. president. They can also be suggested by other politicians as well. Lastly, the process of political socialization starts when children begin to pick up the political ideas of their parents as they observe them when they grown up. As children get older their ideas on politics are morphed drastically and can be influenced by peers, economic status, age, and the mass media. Older people tend to have more conservative ideas because it was what they were taught as well as not wanting to change their ideas. Whilst younger citizens tend to have a more liberal viewpoint on politics as it is something most of their peers believe in and influence others with.


Name: Samantha Sinks
Per: 6
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Throughout this grading period I have learned a lot of new and important things that I find very interesting. First we learned about the Amendments and how they were created. I really liked the simplified version on that power point because it really helped me understand it a lot better. This has helped me a lot in my administration of justice class. We learned about federalism and the bill of rights and other things, but the things that I found the most interesting were the minor parties and the way the mass media influences us as a society. I did not know that minor parties were the ones who brought up really big topics and then the major parties would just steal that from them. I feel as if this gives me a lot of insight on the way our government functions as a whole. I enjoyed talking about how the internet and television is brainwashing us because I've never thought this in depth about it. Now every time I go on social media or watch the news I always second guess things that I hear. This will help me when I'm an adult and I vote because I can know realize that I need to look at everything from a more expanded point of view. Not everything you hear is true and you must fact check things even if it says "scientists say". I also learned a lot about the major parties. This is important because during the next election I'm going to vote so I'm going to need to know more details about all parties. Overall I feel as if everything we learn is to benefit us in the future and give us a better understanding of how the United States works.


Name: Matthew Fontiamyor
Per: 6
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Over the course of this grading period, I've learned some key points in our history that shapes the world as we know it. The Constitution, primarily the first ten, The Bill of Rights. I've learned more about the Bill of Rights and saw how it applied to my everyday life. In this class, I have also learned about the differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties. Also between the Conservatives and Liberals. In the Federal system, there are checks and balances, in which the branches look over other branches to make sure they do not have too much power. I've personally learned that most social beliefs that we indoctrinated was from our parents, an informal influence in our lives that was responsible for most of what we know. I understand better how kids truly grow up to be like their parents. If a kid in highschool is racist, their parents were sure to be as well. Parents are not the only main influance, but media in general can invoke some change in someone's life. The television, primarily, has the most effect in changing the way people think. Looking up to a celebrity or well known person can change how you think. For example, if my favorite celebrity chooses this, I will also choose that. In terms of voting for a candidate or President, there are numerous ways to do so. Many have their pros and cons. Voting at a convention, over the internet and also through mail. The tridcky thing with voting at the comfort of one's home, is that fraud is easy to bypass through security systems. This can truly alter the election. All of this insight will make me choose better decisions in the near future. One section that I thought was enjoyable was the theme in The Matrix. After watching half of the movie, I pondered. What if this whole life we are living is a simulation, and our dreams help us get a glimpes of what it's like in the real world. Also how do we know that things are real. Mr. Schneeman said to prove you are sitting in a chair. At first I thought it was simple. But then after every answer, it leads back into the same question. How do you prove it? Ultiamtely he said that it had to do something with doubt. You know things are real because of doubt. Honestly, it was a hard lecture to grasp. What I plan to take away from this class is to find my own voice in this society. And to stand up for soemthing when it is needed.


Name: Kailua Mizejewski
Per: 6
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In this grading period I learned about the Amendments in the Constitution, Federalism, political parties plus elections and how they are crucial to maintaining democracy in the United States government. The Constitution is the principal set of rights guarenteed by the government. These rights are outlined in the amendments, which display rights that every American citizen is guaranteed. But these rights can be stripped from citizens who violate laws. For example the Second Amendment is the right to bear arms, but if a someone commits a felony, their right to own a gun may be taken away. I have also learned about federalism, which is the seperation of government between the federal and state powers. This is important to the U.S government because the federal government has supreme power over all fifty states, which prevents states from creating unconstiutional laws. But the states have some authority over things such as gun control policies and having local forms of government. This includes creating public schools, regulating alcohol, and state taxes. A state is also unable to declare wars, this right is granted only to the national government, along with creating coin currency and conducting foreign relations. Without the seperation of power within the states and federal government, the states would have supreme power over their bordered territory creating a division of states instead of united states. Political parties are also important parts of American government. Political powers groups of people who want to regualte the government by winning elections. The two major polical parties are Democrats and Republicans. Many factors help determine one's polical party such as formal and informal exposure. Informal exposure can comes from the family since kids generally follow the beliefs set by the ethics and morals taught to them by their family. But other factors such as one's job, age, or economic status are forms of polical socialization that help alter one's polical devotion. There is also the polical spectrum, on the left are liberals, middle is moderates, and right conservatives. Smaller parties are also relevant such as economic or ideological parties, but they generally tend not to win elections since their numbers are much smaller. Having polical parties is important because it helps represent a larger portion of people, and it gives voters more choices, but it also creates divisions in thr government, and create coalitions which can cause instability.


Name: Erika Karpenske
Per: 6
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Our first lesson began with how the Greeks and Romans contributed to american government. We mainly discussed the very famous philosophers Plato and Aristotle, who had very different views on how people should be run. In the end, america ended up adopting ideas from both of these philosophers to shape our government the way that it is today. Some of these ideas are what helped shape the declaration of independence, which was a form that showed our independence from Britain. After our independence, the United States needed to come up with some sort of set of rules that people could follow. Thus, the constitution was made. The constitution is a set of laws of the land in which everybody is under its rule. No one is above the constitution, not even the president of the United States. However, when people were making the constitution, there was many debate on what should go into the new set of laws. Thus this was when political parties were formed, mainly known as federalist and anti-federalist. These two main groups had very different ideas on how the people should be ruled therefore, it was hard to come up with a compromise between the two. Federalist tend to favor a large central government while anti-federalist tend to want a smaller government so they can not take over the states. The anti-federalist believed that if the government was given to much power, then their rights could be violated. Therefore, the federalist and anti-federalist came up with a compromise where the government would be separated into 3 different branches of government to keep it from becoming to powerful. They also came up with the Bill of Rights which is a bill of 10 rights that the government could not violate or take away. However, if a certain law in the constitution is ruled unconstitutional, it could be can be changed to meet the criteria. These are known as the 27 amendments. Also known as 27 changes to the constitution. Over times, the views on political parties shifted into what we know now as Democrats and Republicans. There are a few other groups, but these are the two main ones. Republicans share more ideas with anti-federalist and Democrats share more ideas with federalist. America is known to be ran as a two party system. In most elections, the two top leading candidates are usually Democrats and Republicans. Political parties are usually groups where people share the same ideas, for example having a weak government system. Not all people in the United states associate themselves with a political party, but no matter what, they are allowed to vote for whomever they please even if they are a socialist voting for a democratic candidate. This is what we learned this semester.


Name: Cruz Castillo
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Over the past six weeks we have learned so much covering the Constitution and changes it has gone through over the years. The differnet powers held by the States and Federal governments as well as the political parties and the election process for voting someone into office. We also learned how brainwashed we are in being told what is real and what is not real. Although these pass six weeks I was intrigued on how the general election is processed in putting the next person in office. With the two polical parties of Republicans and Democrats running for office. As there are three ways you could be nominated as a candidate;self-announcement, caucus, direct primary, or through a petition. I learned that there are four differnt types of direct primaries across the United States; closed primaries, open primaries, runoff primaries, and nonpartisan primaries. I was not aware of closed primaries consist of private party members that only they could vote for the next candidate. Open primaries is for any qualified voter could take part in making it also known as a blanket primary. It is also being eligible to vote for any candidate of any party as well as being able to see all the candidates running for office. When a requirement is not esablished the two people with the most votes will have to run again creating a runoff primary. Candidates would also not be identified by party labels having a nonpartisan primary. Nominating a candidate through a petition requires a number of voter signatures through a ballot. I also learned minor parties are required by state laws to be nominated by a petition from local neighbors. Congress has the power to set the time and place for the presidential election. Set on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even numbered year. After every four years the states determines the details of the election for thousands of officials. I was not aware in order to increase voters participation few states allow voters to vote a few days before election day. Voting over the years has improved so much technology has helped with the presidential election so much. Voters can now vote by mail, online, or go to polling places. Voters go to polling places to cast their vote during the presidential election which are located near by. I now know in order to run a campaign it requires money which can be contributed in many different ways. Such as small contributors, wealthy supporters, and candidates that could fund their own campaign. The Federal Election Commission enforces rule that campaigns must follow, such as the timely disclosure, that contribution, and the funding of a presidential campaign. Learning about the nomination process and how the election is run by the nominees takes a long process. I learned so much during this section it has taught me the knowledge I need to know now during the presidential election. As I will also be able to vote on my own during the next election.


Name: Samantha Garcia
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In this class I've learned the real meaning of government, which is the institution through which a society makes and enforces its public policies. The state always has to have population,territory, sovereignty, and government. I also learned that the Bill of Rights are the fist 10 amendments of the Constitution, and the Constitution 7 articles and 27 amendments and the features of the Constitution is popular sovereignty, limited government, Civil Rights and liberties and separation of powers and checks and balances. For many years the Constitution has been changed. Also I learned that Federalism is a system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government on a territorial basis between a central, or national, government and several regional governments, usually called states or provinces. An Anti-Federalist is someone that opposes the creation of a stronger U.S. federal government. I learned that the 2 main parties in the U.S. are Democrats and Republicans. I also learned the way people nominate candidates; self announcement, caucus/convention, direct primary, and a petition. There are also many direct primaries such as closed primary, open primary, blanket primary, runoff primary, and nonpartisan primary.


Name: Samantha Garcia
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In this class I've learned the real meaning of government, which is the institution through which a society makes and enforces its public policies. The state always has to have population,territory, sovereignty, and government. I also learned that the Bill of Rights are the fist 10 amendments of the Constitution, and the Constitution 7 articles and 27 amendments and the features of the Constitution is popular sovereignty, limited government, Civil Rights and liberties and separation of powers and checks and balances. For many years the Constitution has been changed. Also I learned that Federalism is a system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government on a territorial basis between a central, or national, government and several regional governments, usually called states or provinces. An Anti-Federalist is someone that opposes the creation of a stronger U.S. federal government. I learned that the 2 main parties in the U.S. are Democrats and Republicans. I also learned the way people nominate candidates; self announcement, caucus/convention, direct primary, and a petition. There are also many direct primaries such as closed primary, open primary, blanket primary, runoff primary, and nonpartisan primary.


Name: Diana Rodriguez
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Name: Diego Quilantan
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The most important things I have learned was the electoral system. This also reassured my thinking about indoctrination and how students are being taken advantage of because teachers are subliminally teaching liberal based ideas. I feel that teachers should be moderated so that they can not teach political bias and let students make their own political decisions. A lot of hat was taught in this class was mostly review for me and i got a better understanding of most of it because i was able to see a different political view. However most of this I already knew because I talk to my parents and family about politics especially with this last election and i know where i stand in my political opinions.


Name: luis vazquez
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In this grading period there has been a wide range of topic we learned; from the bill of rights to brainwashing and elections. i think that the most important section was the bill of rights because that was what started the American life. Bills of rights represent basically the human rights. These rights help and protect people because they were established to do that and for people to feel protected. Ones of the most important amendments are:Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and Freedom of Assembly. Me personally also think that political parties and elections are also very important because citizens have to choose wisely and carefully when voting for a party or a candidate.


Name: Raymond Hernandez
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I think that most important idea that I learned was what the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution. This has allowed me to know what rights Americans apparently have. The Government has ways about subtlety taking away these freedoms but it is good to at least know what they are. What I think was the most important idea that the class learned was that Americans are brainwashed. Despite the Matrix (the movie) being fictional, it gives a good demonstration of how everyone is stuck in the Matrix and go about life without questioning this reality. It is important that people start waking up because the world is not what it seems as it is portrayed by the U.S government and the news media.


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Name: Joshua Figueroa
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This grading period has covered a lot, from the United Staes Constitution, to the Bill of Rights, and even how the election process works in its entirety. It is hard to pinpoint which topic is more important. In the begining of this grading section, we first covered the Bill of Rigths along with the 10 Amendments. This is one important section because The Bill of Rights and it's first ten amendemts are the very frame of American life. The first Ten Amendments is what set the course for not only the United States, but many more countries to come after. The freedom of religion, press and many other things is something that defines us. Another important section covered in this grading period was the topic of powers that the state and national goverment posses, do not posses and powers that are shared. This section was importants for many reasons, not only did it give us insight on how seperation of powers works, but it also informed us on what the state can and cannot do along with the national goverment. Some powers the National Goverment has that the states dont is, the power to declarre war, coin money and regulate interstate and foreign trade. Powers the states hold but not the National Govermant are: regulate trade and buisness within the state, build public schools, and as well as regulate alcoholic brevages. Finall the powers and rights the National and State Goverments are: Levy and collect taxes, claim private property for public use, and establis hcourts The third important section discussed in this grading period was the election process. Throught that section the way representatives were choosen, and how they became choosen was broken down and simplified. This is an important section because it gives us, the citizens of the United States an inside look on what goes on. Another reason this section was important is because, students learned where their money goes durring election time. Many people may be sceptics that their money is going to waste, however this section covered the way it help run campaigns as well as shwoing their vote actually does count. In conclusion, this section covered many important topics, all of which where usueful. However the three listed topic above are the most importants. They are the most important because they gave us the most insight. They told us where our money goes durring elections, the different types of powers the state and national goverment hold, and finally, how the Bill of Rights and United States Constitution are bigger than justthe foundation of America, but also for many, many other countries.


Name: Erik Garcia
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Throughout this second grading period, I have learned a variety of things that I find important and/or interesting. Within these topics are the rights that the amendments give us, the power of Federalism, the impact that parties and elections have on society, and what causes people to have a certain political affiliation. I learned about different amendments that I had not even remembered, and some that I did not know. Not only that but the process of adding or taking out amendments was useful as well. This is important because it is evident how American society has shaped the Constitution, and it gives us insight into the process of amending the Constitution. The power that the Federal Government has over the states and the power the states have, is something else that I learned and was actually interested in how the federal system worked. The importance of knowing how the system works is useful to not only us students but Americans in general, because that way we know what kind of authority the Federal Government and the states have over citizens and vice versa. I originally did not realize how political parties influenced and affected each other, even the small ones. But as I went through this lesson I learned much about parties themselves and the different types of elections as well. I believe that this topic is actually necessary to learn about because many do not even vote, so learning about the electoral process gives an insight into our democracy. Somewhat connected to political parties, political affiliation is also a large part of someone's life, and should therefore place a large importance on such topic. Actually, I had never really thought about how a person's political opinions were influenced and shaped, but after this lesson I clearly understood how. It is actually useful to know how one's opinions are shaped and the different factors that go into that, which, I believe, may expand one's horizons politically speaking. Although this is a high school class, I was actually intrigued about the topics that I have learned, and I do comprehend the importance of such; not only the impact that they have on me but on everyone else learning this.


Name: Stephanie Aguiniga
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Throughout the second grading period we've learned about the amendment and the bill of rights, the key concepts of the constitution not just that but about how the bills soon became the law and the rights that us as Americans have. we also studied federalism. also about the electoral process and how the political parties. another thing we learned is political socialization. we learned about how money can influence the political system and the elections. Now to explain why learning each of these factors of our government are important. First of we started by learning about the amendment and how the bills became the law. these are probably so of the most important things to know as an American citizen because its the law and our rights. the first 10 amendment are called the bill of rights the first amendments are our freedoms probably some of the most common freedoms without these America wouldn't be the same. not only did we learn about the amendments but also how to ratify them this is very important because if done incorrectly there could be a big problem when calling a conference if the wrong people take over it could be very bad. Next we learned about federalism. Federalism is the system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government


Name: Jenifer Villanueva
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In this class I learned about the Bill of Rights and the first ten Amendments , The Bill Rights only applied to the U.S government. I think that this is important because in this time the founding father were afraid that the U.S Government might become too powerful and take freedom of the people and the states. I learned about the federalism is the system of government in witch a written constitution divides the power of government. I learned too about the political parties is group of person


Name: Martin Nedev
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During this grading period I have learned a lot about how our government and similar institutions were formed. We went over concepts such as federalism and the different political parties which are very significant because we live under a federalist government with the two major parties (Democrats and Republicans) having the biggest control over our legislative system. These two parties are most likely the most important section from this unit because of their influence in our everyday lives. Although they don't always agree they work together and compromise on issues in order to better our society. We also went over the stages of electing a president such as the conventions and the primaries. These methods are very important because they ensure that the best candidate is chosen to lead our fine country. To conclude, we have learned many new important topics that i hope to one day apply correctly and refer back to in the not so distant future.


Name: Angel Stephens
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During the past grading period, I learned so many new things ranging from our past wars and government styles to what we know as the USA. I can't recall exactly everything we talked about, but the topic that stuck with me was our rights. No one really pays attention to them but in reality, they're one of the few important things that every American should know because they're really helpful in any type of movement or even a simple stop from the police.


Name: Eduardo Tovar
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This grading period was overall informative and interesting. We covered a variety of topics but the one that seemed more important and interesting to me was chapter 8. Political Socialization questions where we get our beliefs from. It goes into depth on how maybe our own beliefs and ideas are not entirely independent.It talked about the role of the media,our parent and our peers as a major influence to our opinions.I think this section is important since in today's world there is so much information that it is almost indigestible. Taking into account all these sources of information, it is important to realize that maybe we should look more carefully where we get our news. What was also important and unknown to me was how amendments were added to the constitution.The different ways an amendment can be added are through a proposal, whether that be through congress or a national convention. Then their is the ratification which is up to the decision of the states. I think this is important because it would be foolish to not know how the constitution, the basis of the U.S. can be changed or added to.


Name: faith mora
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From the past section grading period i leanred how all the different powers of the national government do, but also how they are granted by the consitution. The constitution noot only provides powers to the National Government but to the Sates as well. What stuck to me the most is how teachers and society trty to brianwash children from the time they start school in Kindergarden. I beleive this is important because everyone has different opinions and adults are trying to beileive in stuff that may not be true. What also stuck to me was how Democrats and republicans always manage to go back and fourth to try to win presidency but non e of the little parties dont stand a chance. I think that the way people are voting right now at polls is the way they should keep it because that is a less chance og highjacking the elections instead of elctiong through technology.


Name: Jaime Cabezuela
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So far this grading period I have leaned various amouts of topics such as brainwashing and political socialization. I learned that minor parties may never win but, they stillare important to the election system. They are important to the election system because they bring up subjects that forces the two major parties have to react to. I learned that minor parties have a dramatically less likly chance of winning because the two major parties work together to not publisize them and ingnore them, the media as well stays away from showing minor parties. This is important because we are being forced to only vote for to parties while the others are kept secret. I also learned how mass media and indirect political socialization help shape the way we form our opinions and party affiliation. For example when your parents start talking over political issues, you over hear them and you start to adopt their opinions. Mass media also does this by most importantly means of television. Media has a bias to what they want you to see and they tend over exagerate things to make it seem worse, this turned out to be very effictive during the time of the Vietnam War. Another example of this is the subject of global warming and that not only the media but our schooling systems are teaching us that global warming is the worse to to happen to us and we should be afraid of the effects of the earth warming at such an alarming rate, but in reality it may not be as bad as it seems and scientist say that there is nothing to worry about. I also learned that people that only care about politics durring election time are called moderators and most Americans can acually classify themselves as that. I also learned that peolpe that already have their political ideas set and know what they are called ideologies.


Name: Michael Rose
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During this grading period i have gained a lot of knowledge and has gave me a larger perspective on how important u.s history really is, starting with the beginning of the semester, the very first unit we did was on philosophy and it was very confusing to me at first because i never realized that philosophy and Plato influenced our founding fathers into the government we have today and how they had anything to do with the beginning of the united states. throughout the rest of the semester i have enjoyed all of the units especially about amendments. The reason i found the amendments unit was so important was because it is something you need to know and it is something that has been apart of the united states since the birth of this nation.


Name: Kassandra Marquez
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Within the United States, electing officers in relation to politics has been a vital part to determining the future for our generations to come. It is evident to understand the factors that will change our future, and part of that requires political ideologies and an understanding of point-of-views. A significant element to creating a stabilized society in government comes first in our education. Researched has shown that education affects one's feelings and knowledge for politics; the more educated the person is, the mroe interest he or she will take in that subject. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that everyone has the right to education, in order to determine a prosperous future for the nation. Another element in relation to political ideology is the values, morals, and beliefs given from friends and family. One's peers affect one's beliefs and position on certain topics, whether it be immigration, abortion, education, or even poverty. The issues talked about shape one's point of view. One who carries religious values tend to be conservative and lay on the right side of the spectrum. However, if you are one that feels government must spend money to take action for issues such as the poor, one may find themselves on the left-side of the spectrum. Although there are several sides to charactize yourself in politics, most Americans are moderate, as a lot of the time both sides of the issue are supported. Most people either call themselves democratic or republican. These political ideas can be influenced through formal or informal socialization. Some of these examples can be education from school, television, or even having a talk at the dinner table. Most of the time, one's political stance is usually determined through self-interest; if an issue affects themselves, then it is mostlikely they will take a stance on that issue. Another way that one may find their position is through the influence of social justice warriors such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X. These important figures shape and influence the younger generation, who usually are more ambitious. All of these information is essential to our society as it will affect our future generation. Without education, without the influence of our peers and even from leaders, without the conversations and knowledge of government, without experience, one stabilized governmemnt and society can collapse, due to the ignorance and blindness that is to come due to being uneducated, and therefore one can easily take over, which can cause an immoral system such as fascism or even communism where one can not be able to prosper.


Name: victoria Bush
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After grade period 1, our studies of the constitution and human rights furthered. From the Bill of Rights to civil liberties and the history of how all these came about, we moved into more concentrated features of government. Federalism, studying the relationships between state and national government, political parties/how they are oriented, elections and all the way to who/what influence our point of view, hence our political socialization. This class has broadened my view of government and intrigued me enough to continue studies from outside sources. Personally, political parties and socialization are the most striking to me. Ive developed a more solid opinion for the different parties and take interest to the varying thought processes each politician or follower has. The mind reveals the most about a person and part of that can be inferred when analyzing ones political background; how they think and where ones roots are derived speaks volume to their character.


Name: Brianna Villalva
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In this grading period we have so much. We learned about the orgins of American government and their politcal beginnings, steps leading to independents the articles of confederation and also ratifing and creating the constituition. We also learned about the constitution and what led to it being written. Also theproblems of the confederation. In class we also learnead about the constitution of the United States through videos and lectues that we learend in class.We were thought the bill of rights andhow it came to be and how it affected us Americans.In this lecture it talked about the right to remain silent,the key concept of the constitution, control of the courts and the seperation of powers,history of the supreme court, and how a bill becomes a law. Also hot the first ten amendments are connected to the bill of ights.Studying fedarlaism and the relationship of staes to national government and who shouls have more power states or national government.To me the most intresting thing i learnd would probably be the amendments,it really catches my attention and i thinkits very intresting how all these amendments were put in a specific order,and how long it took for some of them to actually be passed.I think its intresting because its basically are rule book telling us what we can and cant do and when we cant really use our "freedom." Even though we are free and there are many limitsthat we have but we are mostly free to believe and do what we want. This is why i think The Amendments were the most important and most intresting we learned in class.


Name: galilea hernandez
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throughout the second grading period in govt. class i thought the most important thing we went over was the amendments and the bill of rights within those amendments. I've learned that the starers of these amendments, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson provoked a total of 27 amendments. The first ten amendments tilted the bill of rights became part of the constitution in 1791 and was used to protect individual liberties. however it wasn't until after the ratification of the bill of rights that they began to draft the rest of them. in the start of writing the bill of rights James Madison was not a fan of this proposition. it wasn't until Thomas Jefferson came in and changed Madions mind. Madison went through two hundred state recommendations and finally submitted seventeen of these amendments but eliminated five of them. through drafting them Madison was able to make a lot of changes but the more notable one being changing ought to shall. He made this change because he wanted to implement the language of command. on Dec. 15 1791 the bill of rights was ratified. the importance of these bill of rights was to guarantee freedom of expression and belief. without the bill of rights who knows where our govt. would be. this is why i believe this section was the most important to learn about and that Ive spent the most time reflecting on


Name: Manuel Vera
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Through out this grading period we learn so many different things, and we got to know about many subjects, for example the first lesson that we learn about was the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, this was important to know because, as we know the bill of rights, has rights that us as humans should know for our own good and for our protection. The bill of rights, talks about the rights Americans have, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and so on. This first 10 amendments helps us in our life and our future, to make our own decisions and build our own life as we pleased. Knowing our constitution is knowing our responsibility as us citizens. Then another thing we learned was Federalism, federalism was a system of government in which the rights and power of the government is divided on a territorial basis, between a central or national government usually called states or province. this is important because, it makes us understand what we can and we cant do with the power of the government, and it shows us that we as us citizens, also have limits, and we should not pass them. Political Party's and election, was one of the best chapters that i personal liked, because it shows us that there is many way to be elected, and how to be elected, and it shows us their games their power, and their tricks to become the next president, or to be elected. I learned many things from this chapter which i personally would like to review many times, in my personal time. And last one was Political Socialization, where we learn about everyone's different opinions, and everyone's thoughts related to politics and what they though about it. It showed interest in politics.


Name: Raquel Acherman
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There are many important topics that we covered in class, from what is a government, the different types, or even how parties formed. We covered how our government started and how it progressed today, this helped me understand how concepts such as voting came to be. Also, why it is the way it is today. Another important thing is the Constitution and our separate branches of government. I learned that the separate, but equal branches of government are important because without these branches to check on each other, one may become more powerful than the others. If this were to happen, our government could look like a dictatorship. In addition, I learned concepts such as the amendments, that outline people's rights, and describes what powers the U.S. Government has. I believe being aware of one's rights is crucial in the world we live in. It is important to know your rights in order to prevent corruption. Secondly, the idea of federalism divided powers between the national government and the states. It determined how the powers should be divided up and it made the government run more smoothly. Furthermore, one of the things I found interesting is how the two-party system formed. It came to be through tradition and was logical. In addition, I did not realize before, but when voting for a candidate from a party, the ballot may look different in different states. Also, I believe it is very important to be aware of the issues and its candidates before voting. Also, voting for a third party is like throwing your vote away because historically none have ever won. Elections are important because they determine who is going to run the country. I find it sad that people don't vote because they are not aware of the issues or candidates. By not being aware and not voting they lose out on the opportunity to have a say in who they want for president or on certain issues. I tend to dislike the fact that some of these people complain about this or that, but they didn't even vote. Lastly, it took me some time to fully grasp the concept of how they nominate candidates and how they make it up to election day. Lastly, I come to be informed of different groups of people: mass media, interest groups, to name a few. All in all those were a few factors that play a role on public opinion and elections alike. In conclusion, if I had to choose one of the topics I found the most important, it would be how the election process works.


Name: Chanel Esparza
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When we first began this class, we learned about what contributions philosephers had on government by viewing Platos Republic. This was an intro to Government and taught us where the ideas of our governments (and surrounding governments) came from. In Chapter 1, we learned about the governemnt & state, basic forms of government, and basic concepts of democracy. Government makes and enforces public policies, while states do the same at a smaller demographic. Governments can be classified as a democracy and dictatorship. A government can also be unitary, confederate, and federal. Basic foundations of democracy are based off of what is good for ther persons and not exactly the whole government. We then learned about the origins of our government. The colonists wanted a limited government that would also represent the people. Colonists were not impressed by Enlgish polocies on the Colonies so they made the Continental Congress, which met two times and adopted the Declaration of Independence. That led into the Artlicles of Confederation, then the Constitution(the law of the land as we learn in ch. 3), which was later ratified. Eventually, we got to Federalism. Federalism was the answer to the problems Framers were facing. They wanted a limited government, but also wanted to be fairly represented. There are powers reserved for the states and powers resperved for the federal government as well as powers denied to states and federal government. The federal government and local government work together to creat a division of powers, equally representing Americans. Political Parties are an extremely important part of our government. A Party can win elections and hold office by doing so. The US Government is made up of a two party system,which contributes to our equal representation in democracy. Parties nominate their representatives to run and elect them for various positions. There are different ways to be nominated or nominate, and primary elections take place. Most Americans cast a ballot, but there are actually many ways to vote. Running for an election can be vary complicated. You have to be nominated and you are limited in money to run your campeign. There are many ways to get the funds to run, but everything has its pros and cons. The po,itical spectrum is quite simple, leftists want big government while the right wants smaller government. From left to right there are: Radical Left, Liberals-Progressives, Conservatives, and libertarians. The way you are put into these categories vary but you are strongly influenced by what is arounf you. Mass media, Peer groups, Opinion leaders, and historic events are the main influences for your political ideals. How many people are in these groups? Measuring public opinion isnt perfect, but we can look at elections. interest groups, the media, and personal contacts. Polls are definitely the best way to measure public opinion. The mass media has a bigger influence in our political opinion than anything else. They cover everything, but can be easily manipulating us. Media usually only reports on news that impacts public opinion, making some poeple not trust what they see. But one thing is forsure, we need both good and bad.


Name: Alexandra Dunnam
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Throughout the last few months, I have learned many things about the functions of the US Goverment and the effects that governemental systems have on our everyday lives. The government is used to regulate society by creating and enforcing laws. The U.S. Constitution created the foundation for the rules of our government, which have the ability to be looseley interpreted by the legislative branch of our government to adapt to the changes in society, which can also be done by creating amendments. For example, in modern society, cell phones have come to be in every persons pocket, and the goverment loosely interpreted the Bill of Rights (amendments 1-10)within the constitutional amendments to keep the government from infringing upon our rights to privacy. The U.S. government is based on the idea of Federalism- in which there are separations of powers between the 3 branches of government and also between the state and local governments. Also, I learned about the politics associated with government. The Party system has a spectrum: far left being radical communist to far right being Radical Facists. The left part of the spectrum has Liberals, who want a bigger government with more control to aid people such as the less fortunate. The Right side of the spectrum includes Conservatives, who want a smaller government with less control because they feel as if the government is already too big. Those who lean towards the middle of the two are considered moderates. I learned that the citizenship of Americans is granted to whoever is born on U.S. soil. But, if one was to be born outside of the U.S., then they would have to go through a very complex steps in the system to be granted citizenship. Within this citizenship unit I learned about Aliens and how there are many different types of aliens. They dont always have to be illegal but they are always noncitizens upon U.S. territory for a prolonged period of time. It shocked me that tourists are considered aliens. I am able to apply all that i learned in this last grading period when it comes to voting- because we learned about the voting process- due to the knowledge I have gained on how government works.


Name: joe willardson
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What I have learned in Mr. Schneeman Government class so far is the difference of state government and national government. State government have power they can only practice and the power that the national government can only use then they share some power of coming up with new laws. And then i learned on how national government and sate government were formed. but first we cover the the revolutionary war where the colonist won there freedom to govern themselves. And that the colonist broke up to states because they could not agree on a government that they would all follow. So that's when all the fighting began about who's right and that's when they all came to write the constitutional rights that we have today and this lead to the style of government known as democracy. and then covered the rights to vote what then lead to the different types of parties that are in the government what lead to there view from democratic to republican. which is what we just finished learning about is how people are given there political view is learned formally through reading and learning and then informally by listening to family, radio, TV, and media. and that's about all i can remember.


Name: Abigail Janabajal
Per: 6
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Throughout this grading period it has been rather interesting, from learning our personal freedoms to what it takes to be a citizen, and how we can form our own political opinions and there always being a place for us. Initially at the beginning we discussed the amendments that were given to us on behalf of the people of the United States and the freedoms that come naturally to us. The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights which are are naturally given rights that were proposed to us in the constitution like the Right to Bear Arms, as well as the freedom of speech. Moving past the Bill of Rights come the rest of the amendments and that comes from the issues that we Americans have faced and congress are wanting to change. Though some amendments may be created it does not mean that they are certain for there are repeals that occur. For example the amendment that is dealing with the ending of the use of alcohol during the prohibition was as a matter of fact repealed. Other than the amendments there was the talk of Federalism. On the topic the idea presented is that of the relationship between states and National Government, there are specific rights that are not given to the states that are given to the government. As a result of that the Government can only use the powers that are reserved to them other than the states that use a senate in their own state to establish laws at times for them specifically. What I personally think was rather interesting was the learning of the political spectrum and with that it is rather interesting to see that in fact family and peers tend to having a very big impact on the way that we associate ourselves. The spectrum was rather also interesting for the fact that there are far left and far right radicals. Also that conservatives are focused on being individual and separate the government, and that liberals want more help to focus on those that are more needing of that help. But what i found even more interesting was the creation of minor parties like the moose party, with all these individual parties created I truly feel that there is a place for everyone to fit in based on all the rights given and all of our freedoms it genuinely makes in a wonderful place to live.


Name: Grace Sanchez
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This grading period we have coverd many topics from learning about Plato's Republic, to the


Name: Grace Sanchez
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In this second grading perios we have learned many topics like the Bill of Right the 10 Amendments, and learned about the Political Parties and election. From the Bill of Right the first 10 Amendments we have the right of freedom of speech, religion, press, have the right to bear arms, protects us from the government, protects peple from being held for commiting a crime, right to a speedy trial, guarantees the punishment is fair, and that the govenment only has the power givin to it by the consitution. We also learned about political parties and that they are a group of persons who seek to control government by winning elections and holding office. The two major parties in the US a Republicans and Democratics. We also learned about how the nomiation works in the elections and ways to be nominated.


Name: Isaac hernandez
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There have been many aspects incorperated into this grading unit that have expanded my knowledge about everything there is to know about government. From the bill of rights to the political standpoints of individuals there were many things that ive learned. Ive learned about the amendments, the unalienable rights, and many other aspects regarding not only the bill of rights but the constitution aswell. In the grading period we also learned about federalism and political parties and how elections are conducted in the united states. information regarding voting in the us has taught me that elections are mostly turning electronically and that it is more accurate that way and that is only one of the few aspects of it. lastly we learned PART 1


Name: Marco Ugarte
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In the beginning of the second grading period, I learned and reviewed about the Amendments to the Constitution. The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. These are very import since they set out our basic freedoms that cannot be taken way from us. Then, I learned about Federalism, which is basically a division of power of the U.S. government on a national level and a state level. This is important because then the governments power can be controlled as well as preventing its power to be abused and not endangering individuals freedom. Another important thing I learned was about the political parties. Political parties are important because they help provide a strong link with the people and the government. It develops broad policy and leadership choices, which those options are presented to the people. I believe that political parties are essential in a democratic government. To go along with political parties is the importance of elections. The will of the people is made known to the government through the election process. I also learned that mass media has a huge effect on people’s potical opinions and beliefs. This is part of political socialization which is basically the process on how people gain their political thoughts. Mass media is important because it is a very effective way to get the news out to people on what is happening in politics and what the political group wants the people to think about. I did not realize that the media could have such an impact on shaping people ideas about certain things in politics. I learned that the media does potentially brain-wash people by convincing them what to think about. In conclusion, I have learned many important things throughout this second grading period.


Name: Jayanth Yalamanchi
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We learned a lot of material this period ranging from the Bill Of Rights, the ammendments, all the way up to political groups and how you are influenced by family, friends, and media. The most important ideas I learned this period was in chapter 9 dealing with how we are influenced by everything around us. This chapter has helped me better differentiate between if someone is trying to influence me in conversation televsion, movies, etc. Also in this chapter I learned about the different political parties and has helped me by giving me options on what kind of political party member I may be associated with, because before I did not really know about Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc and this chapter explained what these parties advocate for really well


Name: Jayanth Yalamanchi
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We learned a lot of material this period ranging from the Bill Of Rights, the ammendments, all the way up to political groups and how you are influenced by family, friends, and media. The most important ideas I learned this period was in chapter 9 dealing with how we are influenced by everything around us. This chapter has helped me better differentiate between if someone is trying to influence me in conversation televsion, movies, etc. Also in this chapter I learned about the different political parties and has helped me by giving me options on what kind of political party member I may be associated with, because before I did not really know about Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc and this chapter explained what these parties advocate for really well


Name: Jenifer Villanueva
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In this class I learned about the Bill of Rights and the first ten Amendments , The Bill Rights only applied to the U.S government. I think that this is important because in this time the founding father were afraid that the U.S Government might become too powerful and take freedom of the people and the states. I learned about the federalism is the system of government in witch a written constitution divides the power of government. I learned too about the political parties is group of person who seek to control government. Parties serve the democratic ideal in another important way. I think all the things i have learn in class is very important is that the United States and its history U.S.


Name: Shanelle Noces
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In this class, there is a variety of things I have learned. Such as how voting works in the government. How people are chosen from each side, Republican and Democratic, to represent their group. I also learned about the voting system, located in a precincts, a voting district for people to go when they are voting for a candidate. As well as the background of voting back then, where they would say who they wanted as a representative out loud to everyone in the crowd. We also learned about political parties, people who seek to control government by winning elections. Which follows the voting process. There are two major parties as said above, Republican and Democratic. Each party nominates candidates, gain supporters, act as bonding agents, govern, and act as watchdogs. From there, people pick one democratic and republican to represent their side for the runner ups for president. Another thing we have learned in class is about aliens. Not real ones but people who are not from U.S. but come here to either live here, come to be a U.S. citizen, etc. Illegal aliens are those, for example, that cross the border without being a citizen in America. There are various other types of aliens. Illegal, residential, non-residential, enemy, etc. But those intending to be a U.S citizen are allowed stay till they become one, which I found was great because many come to America to live that 'American Dream'. I do wish that those people wouldn't be called aliens because they aren't unknown to us, they are like us, human and living on this earth like us Americans. I learned a lot from this period, more specifically the voting system and how people who aren't from America, are able to live here.


Name: Jake Loyola
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Throughout the grading period, We learned about various of different topics that relate to the American government. The topic that I learned from the most was the Greek philosophies and how it influenced our government today, where and who did these ideas came into place of the American government. This topic was important because it gives us a background info of how our government runs today. I learned a lot about the Bill of Rights which were the ten amendments in the Constitution that pertain to society. These amendments are: The freedom of speech,Religion,press,the right to bear arms, and several others that were pertained to american citizens. This topic was mostly important to us because we now know that it allowed us to learn that our right cannot be taken away.It allows us what we can or cannot do, it also allows us to take action of something that violates these rights. We then moved onto Federalism and the relation of the national and state governments. I learned that the national government had its own rights and have three delegated powers which were expressed,implied and inherent. What I found interesting about this topic was how political powers worked and how it was formed. After days passed focusing on political powers, we then transitioned to political parties. I knew little knowledge about politics but this gave me a very clear opportunity to understand the roles of each political party that it played in and ideas that each parties aim for. The importance of this was we are soon to vote for the next election and this was a way to prepare us of how it works and using our prior knowledge of knowing the ideas. I also learned we are taught to believe in certain beliefs and seeing things differently from a different perspective. In the film, The Matrix, what I found intriguing was that people don't know what they are in control of. Learning about this was just to show how the role of the government play in our daily lives and how much it affected us. We are being monitored as well as our everyday routine is revolving around the government.


Name: Karlo Aguirre
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This semester we’ve learned many important topics. First we learned about the bill of rights which are the first ten amendments. The bill of rights was important to our society because it has impacted our daily lives and gave us Americans freedom. Then we learned about federalism which it talked about how the power of the government is divided into three separate branches. Then after, we learned about political branches. We learned how political parties are very important to the elections. Soon then, we learned the different methods of voting and how candidates get elected. Lastly, we talked about social politicalization. Political socialization is what determains a persons thought towards their political view. These influences are through the media, family members, their peers, jobs, and financial stability. I think the most important topics that we talked about was the elections because we need to understand the system of voting for our presidents.


Name: Jennifer Lozano
Per: 6
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Throughout this grading period we have learned much about the government and different types of government. The first thing we learned about was the Amendments of the Constitution. The First 10 Amendments are called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is an Act of Parliament that deals with Constitutional matters. To make an Amendment an official law, to propose the amendment, 2/3 of both Houses of Congress and 2/3 states in Convention. To ratify the amendment, 3/4 of the states have to approve and 2/4 states approve at National Convention. Learning about what the Amendments are is important because those are our rights and we may need to know them for any reason that comes our way. The next thing we learned was about Federalism. Federalism is a system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government on a territorial basis between a national, or central, governments, usually called states or provinces. After that we learned about Political Parties and Elections. Political Parties is a group of persons who seek to control government by winning elections and holding office. The two major parties in American politics is Republican and Democrat parties. It's important to learn what these are because we are the future of voting and we need to know what each party wants/doesn't want and decide where which party we want to belong. With the Political Socialization comes with elections and what the requirements are to be able to vote for our future president. Finally, the last thing we learned about/ got us thinking about was if we are brainwashed. Is the government and the media controlling what we think? The answer is yes. The media always somehow twists the truth into something else and makes it seem like it is the truth. We humans always believe what we read even though most of the time it's probably not true.


Name: Madison Pacini
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Throughout this grading period, many topics were discussed involving the importance of the U.S. constitution. One of the most important concepts in the U.S. Constitution if federalism. Constitution. Basically, federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments. Under the concept of federalism, there are many powers given to and denied to the national government and state governments. Delegated powers: inherent, implied, and expressed are those that are exercised solely by the national government. Concurrent powers are exercised both by the national government and state governments. It is very important to learn about our system of government, for the purpose of knowing where authority stands in certain events or subjects. Within the constitution there are also the bill of rights. The bill of rights are basically the first ten amendments of the constitution, stating all the natural, alienated, rights given to citizens. No matter what the circumstance, no authority can take these rights away. It is very important to learn about the bill of rights, so we know our freedoms as a citizen. Another big subject we discussed were the effects of political parties in our government. Political parties allow citizens to follow their political ideas and beliefs. There are a wide variety of political parties within the US. From the minor party to Republican Party, citizens have the freedom to choose what party they want. People mainly choose their parties based off of their parental influence. Informal political socialization is one of the most important concepts to political parties. It has also been the most effective in developing what political party you fall under. It is almost essential to learn about political parties and political socialization, so we can understand the effects it has in electing our leaders. Lastly, in this grading period we learned and discussed the various ways of voting along with becoming a citizen. There are various ways one can vote, including voting online. Online voting is the most effective and most popular way of voting in the United States. It is important for us to learn about the different ways of voting so we understand what ways are effective for our own benefits.


Name: Angel Lopez
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There was much taught throughout this grading period, actually a lot that its hard to take it all in. One thing we talked about was the Bill of Rights which are the ten unalienable rights that any citizen of the United States should have and are also stated in the Declaration of Independence which are the first things stated. Another important unit was the political party unit, which there are many that are minor parties and the two main ones that are the Democratic and Republican. The minor parties usually have some sense of fame that the public gives them but at the end of the elections I think there's no way that a minority party would overcome a party like the Republican or Democratic. I think this lesson was a good one because to people that are not political they now have a sense of how the parties work and if people decide to turn all political they'll know in which party they'll belong. The last lesson I remember was the one where it said that parents shaped the political minds of children. In a sense I feel like its a wrong because I feel like everyone should believe n whatever they want and no be based off others and what they think or say. But overall the grading period was alright I mean I don't really have in interest in politics and things like that, lets just see what comes in the next grading period.


Name: Elena Jaramillo
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This grading period we have covered a wide range of topic. First, we learned about the Amendments and how they were created. The power point you made on the Amendments being simplified really helped me understand and grasp it better. We also learned about the balance between federal and state government powers in order for everyone to have a voice and an opinion. Other topics we’ve learned about were the Bill of Rights, political parties and even the process of voting and elections. The lessons on the political parties stood out a lot to me. The fact that the different political parties make up our government and influence the way the government is run gave me a lot of insight on the way our government functions as a whole. It was extremely interesting to find out that minor parties were the ones who bring up important topics and then the major parties steal it from them. Also, Political Socialization was interesting to learn about because I never realized where we got our politcal views and it showed me how easily media and family members influence who we develop into as an adult & how our parents unknowingly pass down their beliefs during our childhood. It was astonishing to find out that the minor parties and the way the mass media influences us as a society. One topic that I enjoyed was on how media brainwashes us, you made us think about it and how it could be happening. The movie you showed, MATRIX, helped me and I believe helped other students comprehend how society influences, or brainwashes, our everyday decisions. It made me think in depth about no one being in control of their own lives and their own beliefs. For me the most important lesson we covered was on voting. Since I will be voting in the next elections I feel that understanding the history of voting and how voting works will help me become ready to vote as an educated citizen. All we’ve covered this semester taught me many things, from looking at everything from a more expanded point of view to how it will benefit me in the future and give me a better understanding on the U.S. government and how it works. I have really enjoyed being able to learn from you this semester because of how relevant these topics are to my life.


Name: issabella pimentel
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During this grading period I have learned many important things like, unalienable rights, the bill of rights, the separate government branches, and the constitution. The one thing tat stood out to me the most was the bill of rights. It is important to know what rights you are provided with in this country. Also the four freedoms of speech are important because they give you the right you the right to speak out when it is meant to, the right to practice whichever religion, the right to live how you want, and the freedom from acts of aggression.


Name: jonathan guerra
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I have learned a lot from the start of the semester from left and right conservatives to the founding fathers and how the us was started. one thing that was really important was the test about the illegal people and how to categorize people as aliens. i think that article was the most influential on me because i didn't know about people and how they came to the us as aliens or tourist also the fact that we live next mexico i think this was very valuable information. another thing that i found interesting was he difference between left and right and learning about the the conservatives and liberals. This was interesting because i didn't know the difference and i felt like i needed to know because my parents tend to shield me from politics and we sorta avoid the topic. As well as the interest of mine was the politics history and how the democrats and republicans won certain amount of times I just found that interesting and how the start of their political branches and how they have off branches of them.


Name: Miranda Davila
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Throughout this grading period we have learned many things like the origins of government and democracy, the constitution, and politics and voting. I believe that these topics are all important because they are essential elements within a successful government This grading period we learned that government is an institution in which a society makes and enforces public policies. Government is important because without it life would be super chaotic and there would be an outbreak in war and crimes as well as death. Along with that we learned that there is a variety of types of governments and that they all have different way of enforcing their laws. For example dictators oppressed their people by taking their right to speak out/up for themselves and their wants and needs.We also learned about the constitution and how its very important. The constitution is important because it was like a rule book determining what was right and wrong to do and protects the rights of an individual more. Another important topic we talked about was politics and voting. Politics and voting is important because these are the people that are gonna be running your state and make decisions that will effect your life one way or another. We learned about the various methods of voting and their pros and cons like online voting, mail voting, absentee voting, etc. I believe that these were the most important topics we learned about this grading period.


Name: Stephanie Aguiniga
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Throughout the second grading period we've learned about the amendment and the bill of rights, the key concepts of the constitution not just that but about how the bills soon became the law and the rights that us as Americans have. we also studied federalism. also about the electoral process and how the political parties. another thing we learned is political socialization. we learned about how money can influence the political system and the elections. Now to explain why learning each of these factors of our government are important. First of we started by learning about the amendment and how the bills became the law. these are probably so of the most important things to know as an American citizen because its the law and our rights. the first 10 amendment are called the bill of rights the first amendments are our freedoms probably some of the most common freedoms without these America wouldn't be the same. not only did we learn about the amendments but also how to ratify them this is very important because if done incorrectly there could be a big problem when calling a conference if the wrong people take over it could be very bad. Next we learned about federalism. Federalism is the system of government in which a written constitution divides the powers of government. The constitution provides for the division of powers. There are expressed powers, implied powers and inherited powers. this is important because it splits powers to the states and the national government. there are ways powers can be denied to the national government in 3 ways.there is also the major disaster process which helps the government take control when they need to and help people not be so panicked in anything were to happen. there are different kind of grants to help either the cities states or projects that they are planning for the development for the cities. Not only did we learn about all of those things but there is more such as the political parties and the election system. in this chapter its about how one can get on the ballot.there are major parties and there are the small ones. this is important to know because we need to know how people are being elected and how i can help that person get elected if that's who i am going for. chapter 5 and chapter 7 go together chapter 7 in the electoral process to see how the candidate i was is going to be elected there is announcement there is a convention there are many different ways a person can try to be one of the next runners for any positions in government. you can either vot at a polling place or through mail there is many different ways this is probably one of the most important things for me to know because soon i will be 18 and at that age i will be able to vote so i have to use that to my advantage because not many people in the world have that kind of opportunity.Running a campaign is very expensive but there are many different people who will help . this conclude my essay about what i have learned this second grading period and why it is important to know all of these things.


Name: Diana Rodriguez
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The first subject i learned in the second grading period was the amendments.Thirty-three amendments to the United States Constitution have been proposed by the United States Congress and sent to the states for ratification since the Constitution was put into operation on March 4, 1789. Twenty-seven of these, having been ratified by the requisite number of states, are part of the Constitution. i also learned what the ammendments were.Amendment One. Freedom of Religion, Press, Speech, Assembly, Petition. Amendment Two. Right to Bear Arms.Amendment Three. Right to not have to quarter Soldiers and seizures. Amendment Four. Right to be free from un-reasonable searches and seizures.Amendment FiveRight to grand jury indictment, no double jeopardy, freedom from self-incrimination, due process of law.Amendment Six, Right to be in-formed of charges be present when wit-nesses speak in court, to call defense witnesses, to have a lawyer. Amendment Seven, Right to a jury trial in civil cases. Amendment Eight, Freedom from excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment. Amendment Nine, Guarantee of rights not listed in Constitution. Amendment Ten, Rights of states and people. Amendment Eleven, Prevents suits against states.,Amendment Twelve, Election of the President(Election Procedures). Amendment Thirteen, Abolition of slavery Outlawed. Amendment Fourteen, Right to be free from discrimination in states to have due process of law, to have equal protection of the law. Amendment Fifteen, Black Suffrage. Amendment Sixteen, Individual Income Tax. Amendment Seventeen, Election of National Senators. Amendment Eighteen, Prohibition of alcoholic beverages. Amendment Nineteen, Women's Suffrage. Amendment Twenty, Lame-Duck Period shortened for federal Officials. Amendment Twenty One, Repeal to Prohibition (they can drink again). Amendment Twenty Two, Limitation of Presidential term of office. Amendment Twenty Three, Voters in Washington D.C. given the right to vote for presidential electors .Amendment Twenty Four,Abolition of poll taxes.Amendment Twenty Five, Succession of offices of the President.Amendment Twenty Six, 18 year olds given the right to vote. Amendment Twenty Seven, Limits the power of Congress to increase its own salaries. Another thing i was taught was federalism. Federalism in the United States is the constitutional relationship between U.S. state governments and the Federal government of the United States. Since the founding of the country, and particularly with the end of the American Civil War, power shifted away from the states and towards the national government. The progression of federalism includes dual, state-centered, and new federalism.Federalism is a compromise meant to eliminate the disadvantages of both systems. In a federal system, power is shared by the national and state governments. The Constitution designates certain powers to be the domain of a central government, and others are specifically reserved to the state governments. Elected officials in the United States are mostly backed by Political Parties. These parties, or political organizations, choose the leaders that they want to represent them and support these leaders in the elections. In the United States, there are two major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, that control most of the elected offices, but other smaller parties can play a role in an election as well.Political parties are not prescribed by the Constitution of the United States. In fact, no parties had officially formed by the time of the first U.S elections. They came about later as a way of organizing voters who agree on certain issues. George Washington, the first U.S president, famously warned against political parties, saying that they might destroy the unity of the nation. The next thing i learned was elections. Elections in the United States are held for government officials at the federal, state and local levels. At the federal level, the nation's head of state, the President, is elected indirectly by the people of each state, through an Electoral College. Today, these electors almost always vote with the popular vote of their state. All members of the federal legislature, the Congress, are directly elected by the people of each state. There are many elected offices at state level, each state having at least an elective Governor and legislature. There are also elected offices at the local level, in counties, cities, towns, townships, boroughs, and villages. While the United States Constitution does set parameters for the election of federal officials, state law, not federal, regulates most aspects of elections in the U.S., including primaries, the eligibility of voters, the running of each state's electoral college, as well as the running of state and local elections. All elections—federal, state and local—are administered by the individual states. The last thing i learned was political socilization. Political socialization is a particular type of political learning whereby people develop the attitudes, values, beliefs, opinions, and behaviors that are conducive to becoming good citizens in their country. Socialization is largely a one-way process through which young people gain an understanding of the political world through their interaction with adults and the media.


Name: Scarlett Camberos
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I find United States government the most useful to me. I am planning on pursuing a career in criminology,law,and society and learning about government is essential to the curriculum. I have learned a variety of things thus far that i find useful. The most important topic that i learned about was the Declaration of Independence. Although over the years i have learned about it in different classes, we went over the it in greater detail. It holds great significance because it makes us aware of our rights as citizens and we can exercise our freedoms more expressively. Another important topic that we covered was political parties and elections. It helped me understand how both major parties, Republican Democrat, came to power in the United States. It also helps us become more aware and able to identify radical, libertarians, and communists. Even though i knew the gist o0f elections,i did not know the complete process. We were able to know vocabulary words that we would not have been in knowledge of when elections come around.Also, i found Chapter 8 most interesting because it explained how most people adapt to their political views. Political socialization usually occurs at an early age either at school or with your family. I learned that other factors such as peer groups and your social class influences a lot of your political opinions. Political awareness is very important. Voicing your opinion by voting for what you believe in is the foundation of American Government.


Name: vivian castellanos
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During this grading period I have learned about many events that has happened such as the Plato Republic, Ratifying the constitution, and the meanings of the Bill of Rights. These topics caught my attention because they showed how they impacted America and what they provided for us. Platos Republic had many philosophers and different beliefs that came with everyone. They had different rules and morals between them. As they showed their people those rules some of it started to go aroound and they ppertained to certain people. Each republic was different from eachother and their rights . Some believed in different god's and lived off those rules and tried not to break them. Ratifying the Constitution was about compromising and having their specific plans. They had slave trades and constituional compromises, they needed representatives and differnt constitution plans to change some situations. They had two different plans such as the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan, these were different from eachother and had to different goals for the people. The three compromises were mostly about slave trading sand the different types of way they wanted to trade them, this had impacted the state by their voting such as when needing the last vote they would count it towards a slave. The Bill of Rights had 7 articles and 27 amendments that represents the constitution and America. These impacted America in ways such as being able to do certain things and have rights. These amendements protected America and found the constitution.James Madison had thought about this idea and thought it would come in need for when Americans need it. He thought it would help control America but was alsos afraid that it would become too powerful by taking away peoples freedom. They had put in different types of freedom such as, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press and freedom of assembly. As these different topics made up America it had a big impact on citizens today. It had showed how much has been changed and what needed to be added in order to make up America and our government. Citizens would have as much freedom without anyt of these topics. These are important because its what was sacrificed for us and showed us what has been provided.


Name: christian diaz
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This unit i have learned about the law making and and the importance of our constitution to our county and how there are many different social groups in the US like radicals,conservatives,liberals,moderates and many more. These are important to our understanding because us younger folks need to know this for when we turn old enough to vote so we can decide for our selves.


Name: Lawrence Gaona
Per: 3
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In this grading period, I have learned a lot about the United States Government and what is within the government. In which we learned the political parties, the two main political parties, elections, brainwashing and how people tend to vote. For example, a person is a democrat. When they are in election season, they vote upon their political party. Even though that person is fully capable of choosing between a Republican or Democratic candidate, they feel brainwashed upon what their political party has said throughout their election campaign. We also learned a lot about our U.S. Rights, Amendments and how we still strive to become a 100% equality country. Even though our country is never able to become an equal state, people still fight in order to guarantee their rights in the United States. People's rights have been fought over since the 1400's and beyond. Racial, governmental and business equality will never be solved because there are people that are fully dominate and have complete control upon many others. Finally, we went over Federalism and how Federalism is benefited in our U.S. Government today.


Name: Eduardo delgado
Per: 3
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This year in U.S government ive learned quite a lot, ive learned from where the founding fathers of the United States came up with the constitution, and also how the democracy that we have today came to be. I have also learned about the different types of governments that are through out the world, and on how democracy is run in the United States. I think that the most important thing that I have learned in this class is probably on how the style of government came to be in the United States of America.


Name: Julia Edwards
Per: 3
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Throughout the second grading period I learned many things about government. In this grading period we have learned about: the Bill of Rights, the Amendments, federalism, political parties, party history, the party system, minor parties, the primaries, voting, citizenship, political socialization, and political orientation. All of these topics are very important details that are involved with the government. In the Bill of Rights, I learned that it is an essential to the Constitution that was written by the Founding Fathers. The Bill of Rights was meant to state the freedoms that the people of America had. For example, the freedoms of speech, press, and religion are a part of the Bill of Rights. Without the Bill of Rights, America wouldn't be America without the freedoms we have now. The Amendments were changes of the Constitution that were ratified over the course of over 200 years. For example, the right for women to vote and the repealing of Prohibition were just a few of the 27 Amendments ratified. I also learned about federalism and its role in the Constitution. Federalism is a form of government that divides the federal government and the individual State governments. Federalism also limits the powers of the federal government and the State governments so neither one can get too strong and take over each other. I learned a great deal of political parties and their history. I know that in the history of the political parties, the top two parties have also been the Democrats and the Republicans. Although they have changed their beliefs over the course of American history, they have always been opposing parties. But there hasn't always been just two parties in America, there are also some minor parties. Some of the minor parties focus on national problems, such as Prohibition, to help themselves get elected and get on the ballot. I also learned about citizenship and the many kinds of aliens there are in America. I thought there was only one kind of alien. But there actually are more than 10 types, such as non-residential aliens, illegal aliens, and enemy aliens. I also learned about voting and the different ways you could vote. You could have the ballot mailed to you or you could vote on the Internet to cast your vote. But you could also go to the polling office to get the ballot to fill it out at home and then go to the election office to cast your ballot. Finally, I also learned about political socialization and political orientation. I thought that you just choose what party you belong to when you vote or when elections start. And I thought that there were more parties. I now know that your political beliefs derive from your parents and peers. And I know that your beliefs change throughout the course of your life and they don't stay the same. I find that very interesting.


Name: Shyla Latone
Per: 4
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During this grading period I learned many things about how our democratic goverment really is. Through, the constitution we guarenteed many rights that include giving the right to vote to all citizens. We are also guarenteed certain rights through the Bill Of Rights, the first ten amendments. No authority is allowed to take these rights away from anyone because it is a free country and you have certain rights to obey. However, we also learned this grading period about Federalism. Federalsm is a big subject. Within our guarentee there are certain powers that divide control between the statues and national goverment. The national goverment and statues is a huge part in this grading period. This is important to the American Society. Throughout, this grading period I feel like I learned many things that are important till this day.


Name: Kaede Muller
Per: 4
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This class has taught me many things about government including how it runs, how elections are held, the difference between democrats and republicans, and how politics have changed through the years. The government runs on a system of checks and balances. This is to prevent one system of government from becoming to powerful. The government is split up into three basic branches of government the Legislative branch, Judicial branch, and the Executive branch. The government is designed this way so that its run by the people and so the power of the government doesnt get to big and become a overrun system. Elections are held in many different ways. There are also many different ways people can vote. First lets start off with the party system. Theres two major parties in government and thats Democratics and Republicans. Each party holds an electoral vote process to choose who the two canadates to run for office will be. Once thats been decided upon the real election begins. People will go to vote for who they feel is the best represenative to run the contry. Votes are tallied by states. For example if more people in California vote for a Democrat the country will be counted as a Democratic state, so on and so forth, until all votes are in and we get to choose who our President is. There are many different ways to vote as well. For example with the growing popularity and convinence of computers many people choose to vote online rather than go to a designated voting poll. While this is more convinent it can have its draw backs. For example it could be hacked and have votes changed in favor of another canadate. Another way people are able to vote is by mailing in their ballots directly but I believe the best way to do it is just to go to a designated voting poll and vote that way. Its the safest and most secure way of making sure people dont see your votes so you can truly keep your votes private.


Name: Bella Campos
Per: 4
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In this grading period I have learned a lot on a various amount of topics such as the Amendments, the relationship between the national government and the states,as well as many key points dealing with the political parties and election party. The most important topic i feel we learned is the topic of voting itself. Now a days we are not taught a lot about it but i enjoyed learning about it. Voting deals with the real world and it is important for us teens to gain an understanding on the topic for in just a few years or even a year we will be voting. We discussed many topics one of which was our Bill of Rights which are very important due to understanding with rights we have as U.S. citizens. Not only have i gained a better insight on how our political parties work but in fact how elections themselves work. We also learned about Political Socialization which deals with the fact that we are somewhat brainwashed from a very young age. Our parents have taught us right from wrong as well as fed their ideological ideas, but their ideas do not last long for we all grow up and form our own beings. We put fourth what we are given with a sense of who we are. I have learned a lot and am appreciative of the work that Mr. Schneeman has taught us.


Name: Ethan Castro
Per: 4
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This grading period has introduced a multitude of topics to me as well as going in depth and in detail. This is specifically for topics such as the Constitution, Federalism, and poitical parties. I have gained a deeper understanding of all these topics that has also granted me further knowledge in how the country operates as well as their importance in my life. In terms of the Constitution, I have learned what each amendment is written for and their purpose. I see the Constitution as the ultimate supreme law of the land that the whole nation is subject to. I also know that it can be changed, albiet being a very difficult process. However, how does this affect me? I believe that being part of the United States requires on to grasp the concept of the nation's law and system of government. The knowledge within the Constitution has provided me with a solid foundation to lie my principles upon and follow in order to live as a model citizen. I also learned about the type of government the nation has, the type being Federalism. I now know that the Federalist style of government consists of a strong central government power shared with the power of the states. Such a system allows for a controlled nation so that states do not have extremely contrasting powers and laws. This is important for me because it provides me with knowing how my nation's governemtn works. When I keep up with politics, domestic power struggles, and protests against federal governemnt, I have a basic understanding and context to what is being discussed. Finally, I expanded my knowledge on political parties and their role in American politics. The two main powerhouse parties today consist of the Democrat party and the Republican party. Smaller parties such as the Libertarian party or the Green party also exist, but rarely hold office and therefore support either Republicans or Democrats to have their issues publicized. This is important to me because it gives me context behind the current parties, how they work, and their goals. I now have the ability to make a more thought out, analytical vote in the future because of this knowledge, as well as being open minded to the ideas of others. Overall, this topic along with Federalism and the Constitution is what I learned this grading period. Such information will assist me greatly in the future and has made me a more knowledgable and reasonable citizen.


Name: Giovanna Ikeda
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I have honestly learned so much in this class. like in the beggining i learned about aristotle and his different methods of thinking and how it was important because it caused there to be other thinkers like him which lead to big things. Then I learned about the way the government works and the multiple factors that lead to how the government functions today. These factors were important because with put a government we would all be in danger. Then I learned about where government originated from and how it became what it is today.An other thing i learned about was the amendment and how without them lots of us would no rights what so ever, and the government can do as they please. Over all I learned about the creation of government and the process it went through to form in to the government we all live under.


Name: Victoria Rios
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In government Period2 I started off learning the bill of rights and its relation to the constitution. The Bill of rights protects Americans individual rights. I also learned that the bill of rights was added to the constitution in 1789. I learned the bill of right are the first 10 amendments of the constitution. After learning the other amendments of the constitution we moved on to the court system. I learned that we need checks and balances and the separation of powers in order to have a successful government. I learned that if on part of the government is more powerful then the other we are more inclined to fall into a different form of government such as a dictatorship. After this I learned more about federalism, the political parties, and the election process. Our election process is based on state votes. Americans vote for new laws but not for the electoral candidate themselves. They vote for the representative with their same beliefs, they get elected, and hope they make the decision they want. most Americans are moderate voters which makes them not fully liberal or conservative. with that said most voters tend to vote on topics that mainly effect there lives. And when the do vote most choose between Democrat and Republican because they are the two well known parties. Though the U.S. is a two party system they have some smaller parties that don't get much attention. for starters they're not well known or have major money supporters. Because of this small independent parties do not last very long.


Name: lauren tordera
Per: 4
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Through the variation of lessons throughout this unit, it has taught me about the different point of views and circumstances within the government. Through the different amendments and types of exposure that was brought around the U.S., there were different types of rules that created the nation today. I learned from the day we are born we experience different things around the U.S. and we learn our own rights depending on the circumstances. I learned that we are built with the rights to follow our own beliefs, according to the bill of rights. Before this unit, I was able to get a grasp of fundamental rights, and the circumstances of when they are violated. Throughout the unit I learned that everyone has their own sets of beliefs and have the right to follow them, despite there being a huge division between Republicans and Democrats, everyone has a right of their own.


Name: Anthony Mendoza
Per: 4
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This semmester I enrolled in U.S . Government with Mr. Schneeman. In this class we learned a variety of different topics such as the origins of Democracy, the U.S. Constitution, and more modern ideas such as political socialization. All of these ideas are very crucial in the learning of this countries extensive history. The class also is in cronalogical order because it is easier to understand how one event can lead to another. The first issue that was disscused was the Origins of the ideas of democracy. This was a very important part of the class because we needed to be taught the pure basics of the subject because of our lack of understanding of Democracy itself. This taught us all about Democracy, the positive aspects and also its flaws and where it lacks. We were also taught how harmful it can be when taken to an extreme and in the wrong hands. This was crucial as we are taught to see a negative ruler if he ever were to rise to power again. The next issue that we were taught was U.S. Constitution. This was another very important subject as the details of this can be lost if the subject matter is not refined over the years. Another positive factor about learning about the legeslative beginings of the country is learnig oour roots as Americans which is another topic thats is nnot taught to us very often. This also lead us to go over the Amendments or the Bill of Rights which may be the most important section of the course because it re-taught us our rights as citizens which can be directly applied in to a real world skill. This was the strenuous section because of the constant memorizing that was necessary however, it was the most influenciall. The last significant idea that we learned can also be applied to real life issues. We were taught in an American perspective on hoe totalitarian dictators brainwash there populations of people. This was a sensative subject however, but he even had us write a paper with the topic being " Are Americans Brainwashed?" which promoted free thought and helped us practice our first ammendment. This topic transitioned to American politics and how we are taught to beleive ecrtain ideas soley because of our families politiacal affilations. This applied to all of our lives as we all were raised to belive certain ideas that are all different especially when it comes to politics. Concluding my generalization of my first semmester in U.S. government I learned many important topics that will serve me justice both when it comes to my final exams and in the real world. I disscused a few topics that we learned such as, where the idea Democracy came from, the Constitution and all of its fine details, and lastly how politics shape our lives in the present day.


Name: Kyle Kramer
Per: 4
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Throughout this grading period I have learned many things about the government and how it has impacted and shaped the world we live in today. One of the most significant and important things I have learned about is the relationships between the state and the national government. The relationship is an arguement on who should have more power. In the end, it all comes down to each person's opinion on the matter as well as the government's own rulings, as they are the ones who have the highest authority over the citezens of the United States. Another important thing that was covered over this grading period was how the Declaration of Independence made the country into what is is today. If the Declaration of Independence had not been signed, the United States would stil be together with Great Britain. We would not be able to enjoy many of the rights and freedoms that were granted to us by declaring our independence from Great Britain, which changed not only the way we function, but society's perception on how they are controlled by government forever. Lastly, watching The Matrix expilicitly displayed how our society today as well as in the past has been so highly brainwashed and influenced by the government that it has taken control of our lives. The government has been such an important factor in daily life and they rule with such authority that all of the citezens must abide by the rules or face various punishments. Our government takes control of and enforce such things as rules, regulations, who controls our society, and how we can enjoy our freedoms, among many other things.


Name: Andres Perez
Per: 4
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What I learned in this grading period was learning the two major political parties which is the Democrat and Republicans. One interesting thing I learned was how the Democrats was in the side of the Confederates during the Civil War. Another thing that I learned was how do we know that we are brain wash and that the North Koreans are brain wash. For example, most people in North Korea are blind, therefore the doctors had to change the lens of eye. After that the people greet their Supreme Leader instead of the doctor.


Name: Michael Hyche
Per: 4
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Durring these past few months I learned alot about the history of political parties and ideas. I did not know before that there was other political parties than the Democrats amd Republicans. Also I learned that the Democrat dominated until the Republican party was formed, both parties had there ups and downs but were the main parties always representing canidates. The Republican party favors bettering the economy where as the Democrats were about helping out the people of the the country.


Name: vania alvarez
Per: 6
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the most important thing that i have learned in this grading period,is learning about the alien passport and how only the non-citizens get so they could come to the US. In the video they showed us it talks about how mexicans got here and how they where able to work here and live here. I myself, feel as though the most important theme we have covered has been voting. I really enjoyed learning about the different political parties that make up our government and about the different ways said political parties influence the way the government is run. It has been really fun learning about voting as well because i am going to start voting next year.


Name: Abraham Romero
Per: 2
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As the semester has progressed, I have learned various parts of government and how they came to be in today's modern society. The focus on the founding fathers and the way they viewed the United States gave more importance being various things such as elections, school, taxes, jobs, etc. These are very important because as a teen growing up, there will be many factors in the real world that will try to change and manipulate ways of thought. Also, knowing that the amount of influence families, friends, and schools have on people's point of views impacts my society greatly. It is important to know how curriculum has an effect in the United States because soon enough it will affect everyone as a whole and those who do not know their rights and privileges will be abused and taken advantage of. It is important to know that the constitution protects everyone as an individual with natural rights because this keeps America a free and democratic nations for future generations to enjoy. A failure to learn these amendments and rights will greatly endanger many lives including friends and families. These factors of human rights, elections, and background of history do affect our daily lives and make us more firm in the foundation of democracy and freedom.


Name: Nicholas Valencia
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At the beginning of the second grading period we went over the Consitution and the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments. Its our rights that no one can take away from us. Then we covered the rest of the amendments and the process it takes to ratify an amendment. Then we focused on the consitution and the foundation of the supreme court to state courts. I In the next chapter, four, we learned about the relation between the states and the nation government. We went over who had what power, when did one group out rule the other and so on. Chapter five discussed the making of the political parties and how they work. The chapter went over which political group won the elecation in a year. The chapter also mentioned minor parties, but since they are minor parties, they have one important role and then they are disgarded and follow one of the two major parties. Then chapter eight was all about the public. What was public opinon. Or how do family and education effect the public opinon. It also discussed mass media, what it was and how did it influence people. And the chapter also demonstrated how voting and the election worked, and what needs to be done so that it is effective.


Name: Gabriela Camacho
Per: 6
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On this second grading period, I mostly learned about Federalism and the importance of it in our government. As Federalism is the system of separation of power on a territorial basis between a government, national and several regional government as is written in the constitution. The Framers were the ones that push Federalism into action as they were for limited government and believe that with a division of governmental power would restrain their power so that they are not a threat to individual power. It involves many laws and acts and powersto specifacally be follow by the constitution. As each power has there own set of acts and jobs to follow as well many others so it doesn't intervene or overpower any other brach of government.


Name: Haley Hernandez
Per: 6
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This year or so far this semester we have learned about a wide range of topics. To brainwashing and how the government works. I do feel that the most important topic would have to deal with voting. Voting is plays a huge role in government. That is where we all go and take a vote on what we believe that is right. It has really shown us what we will have to experience when we will got to vote. The lesson i really found interesting was our brainwashing lesson. Doing the essay and looking at different conspiracy theories really showed us that there might be other problems or lies the government tells us. Even when we watched the Matrix it felt that everything influences us. There is a possibility that we could be getting brainwashed just by using our phones or what is on television. Also lastly public opinion was quit interesting on the though that people do shape our opinion, but it first starts with our family. Even television shapes our opinion. Those were some of the topics that we learned.


Name: Wilson Camarse
Per: 6
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This grading period has shown varieties of topics. One of them includes the implement of the Bill Of Rights and the Constiution. During this section, we learned what each amendment meant towards us citizens and how it could affect our daily lives. We also learned about socialization. In this chapter, we focused on the ways we were given roots to our political ideas It also taught us the varieties of opinions people had on a specific government system. Speaking of a government system, we learned about the Democratic and Republican aspect of their beliefs. In this section, there was a chart of extreme lefts and extreme rights. Extreme rights was for liberals as extreme lefts were for conservatives. Moderates were in the middle. Mainly, Americans were moderates and were the base of the american society. The election process was also what we learned in this section. We were taught the different ways to vote and the primaries such as direct or non-partisan primaries. Furthurmore, we learned about Federalism where power is divided in which gives the government a chance to revise policies. Lastly, we learned about the two party system and the one party system. This system has minor parties waiting for their national government to become stronger or become weaker depended on the party system.


Name: Grace Sanchez
Per: 6
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This second semester I have learned about The frist 10 Amendments whch are in The Bill of Rights, we also learned about Polistical Parties, and how Elections work. The first 10 Amendments in The Bill of Rights, included freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly, the right to bear arms, and protects us from the govenment. As well as having the right for a speedy trial, and guarentees that the punishment would be fair, and that the government only has the power given to it in the constitution. The topic that most intrest me was learning about the Elections and how we are all brainwashed in a way. Learning about this really showed me how mass media and public opinions affect my political opinion, and how they control the way we think. One of the factors that influences our political opinion is at school, because we are being taught about the political system, patriotism, and about being great Americans. Another factor is our family, because it is where we first see the political world. Other factors, are mass media like television which is a big one because they communicate to a large audience faster, also peer groups, opinion leaders, and historical events influence our political opinion. Learning about these topics, are going to help me in life because everyone needs to know about their rights that are written in the constitution, and about where their political opinion stands.


Name: Ashley Massarene
Per: 6
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During the second grading period I have learned a lot. From what the amendments are and how they were developed to how people develop their political point of views. I learned if you want to change something in the constitution then you have to go through a long process. I also learned about Federalism and what the relationship between the states and the national government is. Before this class I thought there were only 2 political parties but i learned there were a ton more. I learned during election time there are more than one way to vote. You can vote about 4 different ways. I learned about the party history and How they were formed. I learned about the nominating process as well as where politicians or people running get money from. I also learned about political socialization and how people form their opinions about government and their party status.


Name: Alexander Robinson
Per: 6
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This class has helped me learn and develop in many various ways as a student. Also, learn the important roles, dates, and events in our government. Which influenced and pretty much made the government and how it is ran today.In this class we learned about the bill of rights and how it is important to know what you stand for and things that the government cannot take away from you. Also, learned about the balance between federal and state government powers in order for everyone to have a voice and an opinion. Other topics we’ve learned about were the Bill of Rights, political parties and even the process of voting and elections. The lessons on the political parties stood out a lot to me. The fact that the different political parties make up our government and influence the way the government is run gave me a lot of insight on the way our government functions as a whole. It was extremely interesting to find out that minor parties were the ones who bring up important topics and then the major parties steal it from them. Mass media is important because it is a very effective way to get the news out to people on what is happening in politics and what the political group wants the people to think about. I did not realize that the media could have such an impact on shaping people ideas about certain things in politics. I learned that the media does potentially brain-wash people by convincing them what to think about. In conclusion, I have learned many important things throughout this second grading period. Finally, I learned that other factors such as peer groups and your social class influences a lot of your political opinions. Political awareness is very important. Voicing your opinion by voting for what you believe in is the foundation of American Government.


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Name: Venessia Ponce
Per: 4
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What I learned this semester taking government was how the Bill Of Rights takes complete affect to everyones life's. For instance the Bill of Rights allows everyone to have the same privileges and the same treatment no matter what. Allowing all people be treated equally and have the same protection throughout the US without anyone saying other wise. Although the Bill of Rights is created under the circumstances of the people in then takes part into the whole Constitution. The Constitution was created for the protection of individuals' rights and sets limitations for presidential powers as well as the government. The Constitution was not only to have certain regulations on the people and presidency but over have complete protection for all people that live in society, so all have the same rules but the same punishments when disobeying the law. In this case Federalism is what takes place with the Constitution in which is a form of government which divides the amount of power each form of government can uphold. For instance the territorial is divided between the central, nation, and several region government. As for the Constitution is known for the division of powers, in which having limitations of the National Government and the State. The way the division of powers is divided is by three different forms of power the national, concurrent, and the state. The responsibilities for the National Power are coin money, regulating the foreign trades, having regulations and limitations for the armed forces, deciding for when to declare war, governing the US territories. The Concurrent Powers uphold the levy and collect taxes, borrow money when needed, establishing the courts, having each crime committed handled with the right punishment for the criminal act, and claiming private property for the use of the public. As for the State Power it then regulates the trade marketing and businesses within the State terrify, establishing publish schools, setting standards to when someone is in a need of a license for certain work forces, regulating the permission of alchoolic beverages, as well as establishing the local governments. All these powers tie up to one due the fact they take part within the US Constitution, without knowing or taking recognition of how the way we live all is all because of the Constitution. In this case what I truly learned is to not take for granted that the US Constitution allows us to live that "good life" when in foreign places out of the US does not have the same advantages as we do. That in those other places they have to live under one form of government, one way of how life should be, have regulations being set without compromise, and most of all freedom being taken from them. As we live good and being given so many advantages people tend to ignore the fact that there are worst cases some where else. This is important to me not only did it open up my eyes and gave me a difference preference to the form of community I live in, allows me to have a better understanding how this all is tied up to the beginning of the US Constitution. Without the Constitution the life I live now would not be the same without it, and gives me what I have not for granted due to how in reality we are given so many advantages and privileges with our freedoms. As well as the protection we have now is all because of the Constitution that no matter what justice will be made when our rights and freedoms are taken from any individual. Without the worry that those who do the wrong doing and disturb/ corrupt the lives of others will brought upon for justice. Society itself is set with these regulation so all people can live a happy and same life without favoring a specific race, culture, age. This topic/ discussion was not only in the benefit of learning more of my life but the life that I have compared to others that have it worse.


Name: Alexandra Torres
Per: 2
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This grading period we learned about the important aspects of the government, and how the government plays a role in todays society. I learned about the Amendments of the Constitution, the rights that are given as a citizen. As a citizen of the United States we have the rights which are the Bill of Rights and amendments . We also have the right of Life, Liberty and Property. I also learned about the Separation of Power, a style of governing in order for a branch of government not to become to powerful. I also learned about the relationship of States and National Government, and different types of parties that form the government. As a citizen of U.S. we have the right to vote, but we learned in order to making the right vote we need to have the knowledge about how our government works. I also learned origins of immigrations and illegal Aliens. Towards, the end of the grading period we learned about today society, being brainwashed, and were we get out political beliefs. As growing up, being around families gives us a way of seeing the government in different ways. Many stay with the knowledge that there parents have and some start to belief in other style of governing.


Name: Yaritza Jimenez
Per: 6
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Starting off with the Bill of Rights and ending with political socialization, a lot was covered these past 6 weeks. They are all important and lead to a better understanding of our society today. In the first topic, the Bill of Rights, we covered the 10 amendments that make up the BoR. We also covered other parts of the Constitution, and discussed the rights we have as Americans. It is obviously important for all citizens to know what rights their government gives them, especially since those in power often try to take those rights away without people even realizing it.It can also help us understand, as Americans, our place in the government and the importance of our voice. The next topic covered was Federalism, the form of government currently used in the U.S. This lesson was interesting to me because I originally thought that the federal government had more power than the states do. I also found this lesson interesting when we covered sanctuary cities and how they defy the law because California is home to some sanctuary cities, one of the more popular ones being San Francisco. If it isn't already, I could see SanDiego declaring itself sanctuary city in the future. The third topic was political parties, and how the two major ones,the Democratic and Republican parties, came to be. I liked this lesson because I have always been curious about how some parties are more successful than others. It was also interesting to learn about minor parties and how they play a role in elections. One example I thought showed this was how Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, took votes away from Hilary Clinton, the Democrat's candidate. Had people cast their votes for Hilary instead of Bernie, I think it might've prevented Trump from winning. The topic of elections was well timed,since most of using the class are getting closer to the age of 18, when we can finally vote. With the knowledge I learned, I can be a better voter in the future by making sure I'm involved, I educate myself on topics, and I understand how to get the Representatives I support on ballots. I also thought it was interesting to think of voting by machines in the future, since that method has yet to be perfected. The last topic, and my favorite, was political socialization. I have always found the government's propaganda interesting, but this lesson taught me that most political socialization is informal, not formal. I could relate this to my own life, since part of my beliefs, the more conservatives, come from my mom. The other beliefs, the more liberal ones, come from the media and friends, along with literature. Knowing about political socialization has encouraged me to seek information from different medias, both left and right wing, and to do a little more research before I take stance. Watching the Matrix was also really fun, as it is one of my favorite 90s movies.


Name: David Garcia
Per: 6
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Learned

The past 6 weeks i have learned quite a bit from government. The first thing i learned from this grading period is that of the bill of rights. i got to learn what all of my rights and understand what they mean. then i also learned about why we have the party system we have. and i learned that some parties have a period of domination and why is chances to the other party. Then i also learned why minor party have issues getting into power. After that i learned how elections works and the different types of elections. also i learned what election happens in California and what we do to vote. And finally i learned from this pasted six weeks are how we learned our political views from and how most of our choice from a political view are influenced from someone else or something else. That is what i have learned from this grading period.


Name: Edith Urquijo
Per: 6
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Learned

In this grading period I have learned about the different branches of government such as the judicial branch which interprets the law, the executive branch which enforces the law and the legislative branch which makes the laws. I also learned about the constitution and the Bill of Rights which guarantees certain basic human rights for its citizens. Another topic which was discussed in class was about the political parties and how they run. It established the fact that in todays society most of the US tends to lean either towards the Republican or Democratic parties while many of the other political parties don't really ever get an opportunity in the run-offs. It also talks about how there are conservatives, liberals, moderates, and such more on both the right and the left wing. One of the most important topics that relates to our society as well as globally has to do with the idea that humanity might be brainwashed. Now more than ever it is hard to identify the truths from the lies as we all follow the law and rather conform to way of living that has been set out for several years behind. It was eye opening to see how controlled the people in Korea have become and how people in the US are very lucky to have rights and freedoms that protect them from such governments.


Name: Wwderewr
Per: e
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