CHAPTER 14: THE ATMOSPHERE
Checkpoint 14.1, p. 381
What proportion of Earths atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide?
a) 18 percent
b) 7.3 percent
c) 0.55 percent
d) 0.038 percent
This is a content-level question since it is shown in Figure 14.3. The poin
The Medias Functions
6 functions of mass media in the U.S.
I. Provide entertainment
II. Report the news
III. Identify public problems
IV. Socialize new generations
V. Provide a political forum
VI. Make profits
What Is A Political Party?
Political Party a group of activists who organize to
win their elections, operate the government, and
determine public policy
Political Party Activities
Recruiting candidates for public office
Organizing & ru
Voting & elections
Voting in free & fair elections is the basis of
Turning Out To Vote
Voter Turnout - % of citizens taking part in election process
A presidential election in same year as congressional elections
greatly influences turnout
The History of Storytelling:
Professor Pamela Bond
Fairy Tale Collectors
Giambattista Basile (1566-1632)
The Tale of Tales, or
Entertainment for Little Ones
(Vol I 1634, Vol II 1636)
Charles Perrault (1628-1703)
The Legislative Branch
Only 6% of those polled believe
that Congress is doing a good job!
Most Americans View
Overall, Congressional approval ratings rarely climb
Approval ratings from voters within their districts tend
Who Can Become President?
Art. II, Sec. 1
Only natural born citizens (or U.S. citizen @ time of adoption of
Must be 35 years of age
What does natural born mean?
26 of 43 have bee
Sources of American Law
1066 Normans conquer England & set up Kings Courts
All disputes prior had been settled according to local custom
Kings Courts sought to establish common rules for entire
Judges began writing decisions in Year Book
Those personal freedoms that
are protected for all
individuals. Civil liberties
typically involved restraining
the governments actions
Schmidt et al.
The Bill of Rights
Remember that the Constitution is purposely vague
1607 Jamestown (first English colony)
Charter granted authority to make laws
1618 House of Burgesses established
1620 Mayflower lands at Plymouth, MA
Signed by 41 of 44 men
Three Systems of Government
Generally, relations between central governments & local powers
come in 3 models: 1) Unitary System, 2) Confederal System, 3)
Most popular system is unitary
Unitary System Ultimate authority rests in h
The Democratic Republic
What is Politics?
Who gets what, when, and
how? Harold Lasswell
Politics & Government
What is government
How does government wield power?
Why is government necessary?
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Life would be solitary, poor, nasty,