gcon2 Mrs. Richardson
Godwin High School  
CONTRACT 2
U.S. GOVERNMENT
RICHARDSON

THE LEARNER WILL:

* Define Public Opinion
* Describe the factors that shape Political Opinions
* Anaylze how Public Opinion is Measured
* Understand the Nature of Interest Groups
* Analyze Interest Group Goals and Tactics

Required Tasks:

1. Complete Section Reviews    Due Date 10/ /01
     pp. 230 & 235                           Grade_______

2. Analyze the Opinion pages Due Date 10/   /01
of newspapers and identify    Grade _______
     the public issues that the articles, cartoons, and
     letters raise.  Write one or two paragraphs in
     which you describe the piece you think would be the
     most effective in shaping the opinions of others and
     explain why.

3. Quiz Sections 1&2, C8           Due Date 10/   /01
                                                  Grade _______

4. Complete Worksheet          Due Date 10/   /01
The Measurement of               Grade _______
     Public Opinion

5. Locate a public opinion poll, Due Date 10/   /01
including the questions that  Grade _______
     were asked and the responses given.  Critique
     the questions as to their validity, based on the
     information given in step 3 of scientific polling.
     Do you think the wording of the questions may have
     influenced the poll?  Prepare a one paragraph
     response.  Include the poll with your paper.

6. Quiz Section 3, Chapt. 8     Due Date 10   /01
                                                    Grade _______

7. Complete Debating Key      Due Date 10/   /01
Terms                                       Grade _______

8. Read & Outline                        Due Date 10/   /01
   Sections 1&2, C9                      Grade _______
    pp.248-258

9. Find examples of                 Due Date 10/   /01
advertisments placed by         Grade _______
    interest groups or articles about interest groups
    in newspapers, magazines, or the internet.  Create
    a visual that shows how interest groups inform the
    public and the government and what issues they are
    seeking to address.

10. Class Activity                       Due Date 10/   /01
      Create an Interest Group Grade _______

11. Quiz Sections 1&2, C9      Due Date 10/   /01
                                                 Grade _______

12. Complete Section Review  Due Date 10/   /01
      pp. 243                               Grade _______

13.Quiz Section 3, C9               Due Date 10/   /01
                                                    Grade_______

14. In the Federal Government Due Date 10/   /01
information section of            Grade _______
       www.vote-smart.org/index.html, look up the
       listings of your two U.S. senators and your House
       representative.  Those listings will include interest
       group data.  Choose five interest groups and
       create a chart comparing their ratings of the three
       members of Congress.  Estimate whether the
       members agree on the issues represented by
       these groups.

15. Current Event Article         Due Date 10/   /01
                                                 Grade _______

16. TEST CHAPTERS 8&9      Due Date 10/   /01
                                                  Grade _______

17. NOTEBOOK CHECK          Due Date 10/   /01
                                                 Grade _______
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