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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Wettergren
7th Grade Government and
8th Grade U.S. History - Martino Jr. High
Expectations and Grading


I will be using the school's step system in the classroom.

Step 1: Warning
Step 2: Written Consequence
Step 3: Contact Home
Step 4: Office Referral

It is important that students and parents understand that I believe an educational environment should be fun, safe, and respectful.  Therefore, if I feel that a student is being disrespectful to a peer or to the teacher (I consider this to fall under the school's severe clause) he/she will be given an immediate office referral.  I also process office referrals for cheating or plagiarizing another student's work.  This is dishonesty, and I will not tolerate it in my classroom.

U.S. Government is a 7th grade cycle class that your student will have for one trimester.  Students will explore the beginnings of our nation and the development of our government based upon democratic principles.  Students will take the U.S. Constitution and the Illinois Constitution in this class.  They need to pass both exams in order to graduate from junior high.  There is very little homework in the U.S. Government cycle - most assignments and activities will be completed during class.  Students may retake the U.S. Constitution and the Illinois Constitution once - unless he/she does not pass the test.


40% - Assignments/Activities

60% - Tests

Weekly Schedule

January 27 - January 31

Mon., Jan. 27 - Blue Day (6th Block)(7th Block)
                  - US Constitution Notes
                  - H.W. -None
Tues., Jan. 28 - Gold Day (8th Block)(9th Block) 
                  -US Constitution Notes
                  - H.W. - None

Weds., Jan. 29 - Blue Day (6th Block)(7th Block)
                  - US Constitution Notes
                  - Amendment 11-15 Sheet and Amendment 16-20 Sheet
                  - H.W. - None

Thurs., Jan. 30 - Gold Day (8th Block)(9th Block) 
                  - US Constitution Notes
                  - Amendment 11-15 Sheet and Amendment 16-20 Sheet
                  - HW - None

Fri., Jan. 31 - Blue Day (6th Block)(7th Block)
                  - US Constitution Test Study Day
                  - H.W. - Study - US Constitution Test on Tues. Feb. 4
Bell Ringers


#1 - Jan. 6 (Blue) and Jan. 7 (Gold) - Who was the "Father of the Constitution?"  James Madison

#2 - Jan. 8 (Blue) and Jan. 9 (Gold) - What is the common name that we use for the Legislative Branch of government?  US Congress

#3 - Jan. 10 (Blue) and Jan. 13 (Gold) - What is the term (number of years) of office for a U.S. Senator?  6 years

#4 - Jan. 14 (Blue) and Jan. 15 (Gold) - How many delates (representatives) are there in the U.S. House of Representatives?  435

#5 - Jan. 16 (Blue) and Jan. 17 (Gold) - What position is the chief executive of the executive branch?  President of the United States

#6 - Jan. 21 (Blue) and Jan. 24 (Gold) - How old must you be to run for President of the United States?  35

#7 - Jan. 27 (Blue) and Jan. 28 (Gold) - How many justices sit on the United States Supreme Court?  9

Video Notes

Click on the links to view/download the material - 

U.S. Foundation


Study Guides

Click on the links to view/download the material - 

Study Guides

U.S. Constitution








Practice Materials

U.S. State Practice

Click on the links:

Find the U.S. State Quiz

Map Quiz

Map Puzzle 

U.S. Constitution Practice Tests

Click on the links:


https://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-kids/us-history-quiz/  - once you go to the site, click on Quiz #1 under 50 Question Expert Quizzes and take it.

Some of the questions on both sites are not covered at this level, but many of the questions from both are on the study guide and will be on our U.S. Constitution Test.  


This quizlet was put together by me and covers the entire test.

Illinois Constitution Test


American Revolution Webquest


Click on the link and follow the directions on your paper: