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TITLE:  CIVICS JEOPARDY

AUTHOR:  Janice Steib, Jefferson Parish; Marrero, LA

GRADE LEVEL:  Appropriate for high school 9 - 12.

OVERVIEW:  The following "game" is a review activity
that classes have used to prepare for semester exams.

PURPOSE:  Students often believe that learning has to
be dull.  This activity has been successful and has
made review and learning "fun".  Students become very
competitive.  They do not always realize that while
they are having fun they can be learning.

OBJECTIVE:  The student will participate in a semester
review of important terms and ideas.

MATERIALS NEEDED:  The game board requires a blackboard
or overhead. Each student needs a copy of the rules.

ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
The teacher should give each student a copy of the game
rules.  This activity can be organized to last one hour
or more.  If reinforcement is desired a copy of the
questions can be assigned as homework after each round
is completed.  Large grouping encourages many students
to participate.  Students can be assigned to keep score
or even read the "answers".  The winning team can
receive something extra like a free-homework pass,
pencils, or candy.

TYING IT TOGETHER:  For a homework assignment give the
students a handout of the questions covered by the
rounds completed.  This can make review for major tests
"fun".

                    CIVICS JEOPARDY

Game Rules:
     A large drawing of the game board will be put on
the board.  The top row of spaces will be filled with
the category headings (RESPONSIBILITIES, INFORMATION
GOOD OR BAD, TAXES, MISCELLANEOUS, ETC.)
     The class will be divided into two teams.  A
person from Team 1 will be asked to pick a category and
a point value.  For example, someone might choose
"PLACES for 40."  The teacher will then ask a question
about a place mentioned in the material you have just
reviewed.  The first person on either team to raise
their hand will be asked to answer.  A correct answer
earns the team "40" points.  If a wrong answer is
given, the team loses "40" points.  A team also loses
"40" points if a person raises their hand but does not
given an answer immediately when called upon.
     The person who gives the correct answer will
choose the next category and point value.  When a space
is chosen, it will be crossed out and cannot be picked
again.  When a wrong answer is given, the teacher will
give to right answer.  A new category and point value
will then be picked by the person who gave the last
correct answer. One person cannot answer twice in a row
for their team.
     Categories for round one include: DUTIES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES; INFORMATION-GOOD AND BAD; TAXES;
MISCELLANEOUS; SUNDRIES; STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT;
CONSUMERS; and ELECTIONS.

ROUND 1
____________________________________________________
|DUTIES|      |     |     |     | STATE|     |     |
|RESPON| INFO |TAXES| MISC| SUND| LOCAL| CONS| ELEC|
|______|______|_____|_____|_____|______|_____|_____|
   10     10    10    10    10     10    10     10
   20     20    20    20    20     20    20     20
   30     30    30    30    30     30    30     30
   40     40    40    40    40     40    40     40
   50     50    50    50    50     50    50     50
|__________________________________________________|


DURING ROUND 2 THE POINT VALUE DOUBLES ( 20, 40, 60,
80, & 100).

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              CIVICS JEOPARDY --- ROUND 1

DUTIES-RESPONSIBILITIES
10 __________  Citizens help finance government by
               paying these.
20 __________  American citizens should follow and
               obey all of these.
30 __________  American citizens can actively
               participate in government by doing
               this.
40 __________  Citizens can show their concerns and
               support of their government as
               members of what group?
50 __________  It is a citizens responsibility to
               keep their neighborhood safe by
               cooperating with this local agency.

INFORMATION GOOD AND BAD
10 __________  Visual sources of information that
               are used by good citizens to keep
               abreast with current events.
20 __________  An error of reasoning that takes
               attention away from the important
               thing.
30 __________  "Governor Edwards is voting for Mr.
               Clinton. So should you."
40 __________  Having well-known people support
               candidates or issues.
50 __________  The technique using vague statements
               that everyone agrees with is?

TAXES
10 __________  The federal government obtains most
               of the money it needs from this
               source.
20 __________  The tax charged on the amount of
               money a person makes.
30 __________  Taxes on many of the things one buys
               in stores
40 __________  Money that must be paid on the value
               of property left to heirs.
50 __________  The tax on luxury items.

MISCELLANEOUS
10 __________  Inherited government in which one
               person rules.
20 __________  Government in which the people hold
               the final authority.
30 __________  Rights and freedoms guaranteed by the
               Constitution to all citizens
40 __________  Each branch of government has powers to
limit the powers of the other two.
50 __________  Procedural rules governing the steps
               followed in legislative assemblies.

SUNDRIES
10 __________  One can not be punished for a crime
               before the law is passed.
20 __________  Congress can not withhold the right
               of a jailed person to be brought
               before a judge.
30 __________  Clause which allows Congress the
               authority to carry out and expand its
               powers.
40 __________  Body that must find there is enough
               evidence to indict or officially
               accuse a person of a crime.
50 __________  Supreme Court case that protected
               against self incrimination.

STATE & LOCAL
10 __________  Qualification that all state
               legislators must possess.
20 __________  Term of office for a state
               legislator.
30 __________  Local governments are created by this
               government.
40 __________  A government that serves people who
               live in an urban area.
50 __________  Year when all fiscal sessions are
               held.

CONSUMERS
10 __________  A plan for spending.
20 __________  Insurance payments.
30 __________  Money in the bank is protected by
               this agency.
40 __________  Situation in which an individual is
               unable to pay his/her debts.
50 __________  A summary of a persons personal
               history, education and job
               experience.

ELECTIONS
10 __________  In the U.S. the age at which one can
               vote according to the 26th Amendment.
20 __________  Members of Congress that are elected
               by districts.
30 __________  Members of Congress elected on a
               statewide basis.
40 __________  Term that refers to the 538
               presidential electors.
50 __________  Election in which citizens choose
               those party members who will run for
               office.

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              CIVICS JEOPARDY --- ROUND 2

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
20 __________  Name of legislative branch.
40 __________  A two house legislature.
60 __________  Combination of the New Jersey and
               Virginia Plan.
80 __________  House of Congress that generates
               money bills.
100 _________  As a check on the President only the
               Congress can do this.

EXECUTIVE BRANCH
20 __________  Head of the executive branch.
40 __________  As a check on Congress, the President
               can do this.
60 __________  Length of a presidential term.
80 __________  Serves as president of the Senate.
100 _________  An appointed group of presidential
               advisors.

JUDICIAL BRANCH
20 __________  Customary laws that develop from
               judges decisions.
40 __________  Laws passed by a legislature.
60 __________  Court that has the power to set aside
               a state law.
80 __________  Power of federal court to declare
               invalid the laws that violate the
               constitution.
100 _________  Supreme court case that held that all
               people should have the right to legal
               counsel whether or not they can
               afford it.

SUNDRIES
20 __________  Chief economic problem facing the
               state of Louisiana.
40 __________  Organization of people with similar
               ideas on public issues that work to
               put their candidate in office.
60 __________  Kind of court case in which two
               neighbors argue over the exact
               dividing line between their property.
80 __________  Kind of case generated by offenses
               against individuals or society.
100 _________  Sources of revenue to build large
               projects like the Superdome.

AMENDMENTS
20 __________  The first ten amendments to the
               Constitution.
40 __________  Freedom of religion, speech, press,
               and petition.
60 __________  Protects people from unreasonable
               searches and seizures.
80 __________  Guarantees the right to a speedy,
               public trial by jury.
100 _________  No one shall lose life, liberty, or
               property without due process of law.

TRIALS
20 __________  Every accused has a right to be
               represented by this person.
40 __________  Until a person is proven to be
               guilty, what is he presumed to be?
60 __________  If a person believes that he did not
               receive a fair trial, he has the
               right to do this.
80 __________  Allows a person to be released until
               a trial date.
100 _________  The accused has a right to a trial by
               this group of peers.

MISCELLANEOUS
20 __________  Form of city government in which the
               council makes the laws and the mayor
               the laws are executed.
40 __________  The branch of Congress that has the
               power to approve treaties.
60 __________  The chief diplomat for the United
               States.
80 __________  Local government obtains this money
               from the federal government.
100 _________  Parish official who is responsible
               for establishing the value of
               property.

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         CIVICS JEOPARDY --- ANSWERS  Round 1

DUTIES-RESPONSIBILITIES         STATE & LOCAL
10 taxes                        10 residence
20 laws                         20 4 years
30 voting                       30 state government
40 political parties            40 municipality
50 local police                 50 even year

INFORMATION GOOD AND BAD        CONSUMERS
10 television or newspapers     10 budget
20 red herring                  20 premium
30 bandwagon                    30 FDIC
40 testimonial                  40 bankrupt
50 glittering generalities      50 resume

TAXES                           ELECTIONS
10 taxes                        10 18 years
20 personal income              20 Representatives
30 sales                        30 Senators
40 estate tax                   40 Electoral College
50 excise tax                   50 primary

MISCELLANEOUS
10 monarchy
20 democracy
30 civil rights
40 checks and balances
50 parliamentary

SUNDRIES
10 expost facto law
20 habeas corpus
30 elastic clause
40 grand jury
50 Escabedo v. Illinois


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          CIVICS JEOPARDY --- ANSWERS Round 2

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH                TRIAL
 20 Congress                      20 lawyer
 40 bicameral                     40 innocent
 60 Great Compromise              60 appeal
 80 House of Representatives      80 bail
100 declare war                  100 jury

EXECUTIVE BRANCH                  MISCELLANEOUS
 20 president                     20 mayor-council
 40 veto                          40 Senate
 60 4 years                       60 President
 80 vice-president                80 revenue sharing
100 cabinet                      100 assessors

JUDICIAL BRANCH
 20 common law
 40 statutory law
 60 Supreme Court
80 judicial review
100 Gideon vs. Wainwright

SUNDRIES
 20 unemployment
 40 political party
 60 civil
 80 criminal
100 bonds

AMENDMENTS
 20 Bill of Rights
 40 First Amendment
 60 Fourth Amendment
 80 Sixth Amendment
100 Fifth Amendment


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