Before you begin, your group must answer a basic philosophic question-- What is the proper role of the federal government in our country, and what functions should it perform? Answer this in the form of a blog post attached td to this site. Run your mouse over the icons in the upper right, find the one that says something about adding a discussion post, and click on that one, then add a post on your thoughts--each group member gets a grade for this, and each must post. If you all agree, each of you must contribute your own thoughts on why you answered as you did. After you have posted, you may go to the other Wikipages and read the posts of others. If you choose to repond to their posts, remember that your responses must be respectful of the thoughts of others--answer with reason, not emotion.

Now, lets get to the rest of the assignment.

"We can't keep passing unfair trade deals like NAFTA that put special interests over workers' interests...

I don't think NAFTA has been good for America -- and I never have. I didn't just start criticizing unfair trade deals like NAFTA because I started running for office -- I'm doing it because I've seen what happens to a community when the factory closes down and the jobs move overseas."

"Remarks for Senator Barack Obama: National Gypsum in Lorain, Ohio," Barack Obama's official candidate website, Feb. 24, 2008

It's Feb. 2013 and Barack Obama has just been re-elected along with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Now that the Democrats are in control, Obama would like to repeal NAFTA.
You are a staffer for a congressman on the Energy and Commerce Committee, he also serves on the Joint Committee on Taxation. He has requeseted that you put togther a report on this subject. He has not, publically, taken a position on this issue and was just elected by a wide majority, so he is free to vote however he chooses on this one. The problem is, he cann't really decide which side is right. Therefore, he wants you to research the history of NAFTA, take a position in favor of, or against it, and make a case for that postion. He wants you to prepare a presentation making your case. However, his memory is short, so he may also want a written report to accompany it. Further, you know him to be a very sceptical and critical fellow, therefore, you want to be careful to use reliable sources and site them whenever possible.


Today--you must decide how to approach your work/ Who is going to do what? What deadlines do you need to meet along the way? After that, you can begin the project. At some point you must also decide what form do you want your presentation to take. Your teacher may decide to expand or limit your options, but, here is an initial list to consider:
  1. a Wiki, (you can use this page),
  2. Glog(which can include links), --some schools may permit the use of glog.com, in our district you'll have to use
  3. Prezi,
  4. PowerPoint,
  5. A video you produce,
  6. LiveBinder
You may want to investigate each of these. Some of them require that you set up an account, receive a verification Email, and click on a verification link.

As you research, you can paste resource links on your page to make them easy to return to, or, your teacher may wish to have you set up accounts at a social bookmarking site such as Diigo, where you can collect favorites/bookmarks, highlight them, and add your own remarks.

At the end of the project your teacher may ask that you do a group self-evaluation.