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Mario Ramirez: LP8 Communiques Key Topics/Activities • Analyze
Mario Ramirez: LP8 Communiques
Subject: Mock Trial
Instructor: Mario Ramirez
Materials: San Diego Mock Trial Competition Case - “People v. Hayes”
Key Topics/Activities
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Analyze current events, specifically as they relate to legal and political matters
Research and report - digest Wall Street Journal articles and develop discussion
questions.
Discuss the intricacies of the Panama Papers story
Assess the intersectionality of topics such as law, politics, and religion
Explore the effectiveness of our electoral system in politics.
Summary:
This month has been been primarily discussion using the aid of current event topics generated
by online sources, as well as our subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Students were the
main facilitators of discussions as they were faced with the task of formulating discussion
questions and defending opinions.
Subject: Economics
Instructor: Mario Ramirez
Materials: Holt, Rinehart and Winston ECONOMICS Textbook
Key Topics/Activities (Please be concise and use present tense, active verbs – below are some
examples):
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Explore current events - specifically the Panama Papers, and the DTS Sickout
Discuss general international trade patterns and some of the encompassing obstacles
Analyze labors and unions; discussion about the determinants of wage
Assess the progression of Labor-Intensive to Capital-Intensive economies
Recognize the government's influence on an economy’s workforce
Summary:
Government directly influences several aspects of an economy. Some of those aspects
explored this learning period include setting a minimum wage and affirmative action. Using
sources such as supreme court case holdings, and current events - such as the teacher
“sickout” occurring in Detroit - students facilitated stimulating conversation and formulated
opinions. We also learned about labor unions and analyzed how they help workers negotiate
with employers for improved wages and working conditions. Lastly, we researched into the
story which has come to be known as the “Panama Papers”. After learning certain details,
students speculated and pointed out an interesting observation: No Americans appear as
affiliated, which, to them seemed a bit odd considering the nature of the story.
Standards:
Subject: HS Spanish
Instructor: Señor Mario Ramirez
Materials: DuoLingo App, Word Lists, iPads, Laptops
Key Topics/Activities
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Expand vocabulary by reviewing different noun and verb groups
Review key phrases that are relevant in everyday interactions
Compile new word lists; categories - La Familia, El Tiempo, Descripciones
Practice verbal communication using proper pronunciation
Research proper noun-verb conjugation - Tener, Hacer, / Ser, Estar
Summary:
Our system of compiling word lists based on specific categories has proven effective, as
students recognize vocabulary easier when it has been properly contextualized. This month we
explored the categories of “The Family”, “The Weather”, and “Adjectives and Descriptions”.
In addition, we added the two forms of the verb “to be” to our vocabulary. This month, we
also had a guest instructor with over 25+ years of Spanish experience come in and review oral
skills with our students. I look forward to seeing what exciting final projects the students will
produce with their newfound language skills.

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