Civics Extra Credit Projects, 1st 9 weeks 2014-2015. Choose one of the following as your project. A project is worth 30 points extra credit, and only one project will be accepted. There should be no typographical or spelling errors and the presentation should be typed. ALL EXTRA CREDIT IS DUE TO MR. HALL BY OCTOBER 15TH; NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. 1. Choose a local issue or benefit the government should provide, such as constructing a new playground, widening a narrow road, installing a traffic light at a dangerous intersection, etc. Write a position statement as to why action needs to be taken, the possible costs of the project, and possible sources to cover the costs. 2. Attend a city council meeting or school board meeting. Describe the issues being discussed. What were your thoughts on how business was conducted? What were some things that you observed and learned through this experience? Draw some conclusions as to how effective you feel this government is and explain your response. 3. Find out what bills are pending in the House or Senate. Choose one to research. Find out how the bill started, its purpose, the steps it has gone through, and so on. 4. The six major principles of our government include the following: popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, and limited government. Collect magazine and newspaper articles (printing articles from the internet are also acceptable) that relate to these principles and place them under the correct headings. Then write a description of how each article relates to the principle. 5. From the time a person is born to the time they die, forms and certificates play an important role. For each of the following find out what level of government is involved, how much they cost, and their purposes: birth certificate, social security card, high school diploma, hunting and fishing licenses, and death certificate. Obtain examples of each. 6. You may design a project of your own. This project must involve creativity, time considerations, and government significance. Please contact Mr. Hall before embarking on your own project; If I haven’t approved your project, I will not accept it for credit. Please ensure you cite all of your sources for your projects; I want to know where you obtained your information. Please see Mr. Hall if you have any questions.