Do I have a right: getting started

student has a file in their
folder that will help guide the
project. The file contains a rubric
that explains how it will be graded.
This project will use Microsoft Excel
to analyze the financial results of a
business. Data analyzed will be
from a law firm. Cases won and
funds acquired will be tracked.
Starting the game
 The game is based of a site called Icivics.
A student can find the site from any
computer by searching for “icivics do I
have a right”. The game will prompt for a
registration. This requires an email
address. Students need not waste their
time with registering. Instead, click the
button that says
first amendment includes the
rights to “Freedom of Expression”
and “Freedom of Religion.” This
gives a person a right to express
them selves in written or spoken
words. The later part also gives
Americans the right to their religion.
Take care to select the correct
portion of the amendment during
game play.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Amendments
 The 2nd amendment gives people the rights
to “bare ordinary weapons.” This means
Americans can buy rifles and certain kinds
of small arms. The third amendment means
that we have the right to keep soldiers out of
our private homes. The 4th amendment
protects Americans from illegal search from
the police.
 Do I Have a Right: Getting Started
 Starting the game
 The first amendment
 The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Amendments
The 5th amendment protects from Double
Jeopardy (a person forced to have a 2nd trial).
A later part of the 5th lets you Keep Private
Property. Even if the government has to take
it they pay for it.
6th amendment: Speedy Trial means that a
person has to have their trial within a short
6th amendment: Impartial Jury a person has a
right to a jury by peers.
 The 8th amendment says that people have a right to
avoid cruel and unusual punishment. If some one is
convicted of a crime, the government doesn’t have the
right to humiliate, maim, or otherwise overly punish.
 The 13th amendment outlaws slavery. No one can force
an American to remain at a job or to work for no
 The
14th amendment says that
people in America are treated the
same under the eyes of the law. Be
careful not to select the 14th
amendment if there is another
specific amendment that protects a
right. For example, a person should
receive the same police/fire
protection and the same rights to
participate in school activities.
 The 15th 19th and 26th all regulate who
can vote in America. The 15 says that
everyone votes regardless of race. The
19th says that everyone votes regardless
of gender/sex. The 26th says that
everyone must be 18+ years old.
Voting was a big issues when the
constitution was made.
and 6th (double jeopardy,
property, jury, speedy trial)
8th, 13th (cruel/unusual,
14th (treated same)
15th, 19th, 26th (voting race,
gender and age)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel
 Microsoft Excel is designed to
make math and business easy.
Instead of one large page, like
Microsoft Word, it has Many
small boxes called “cells”. The
boxes can contain words,
numbers, formulas or pictures.
A student who masters this
program. Will very easily
succeed with any kind of task
that needs data analysis.
 It
is common practice for a business
to record their numerical operations
for a time period. This will enable
the managers to change policy to
increase production. Students will
record cases and prestige earned
during the game. After the data is
recorded, it can be applied to
formulas, graphed and analyzed.
Each game day will be recorded as
part of a set of one whole week.
Data Entry Into Excel
 The worksheet’s cells will contain information gained
from the end of the workday in the law firm
simulation. Set up the top of each column labels as
“Day, Prestige Earned, Prestige After Spending, Cases
Won, Cases Lost, Case Revenue”. On the left side, days
1 through 7 are numbered. There will be a certain
amount of prestige score spent during the end of the
day. Students will record
both before and after
values for spending.
 Microsoft
Excel can make
mathematical calculations done
automatically with formulas. Each
formula cell must start with the =
sign. After that, a student can type
in a calculation to get any kind of
math. For case revenue, it will be
=((casesWon – CasesLost) * 200).
Total revenue will use a formula
 Introduction to MS Excel
 Analyzing Do I have a Right
 Data entry into excel
 Entering formulas with excel
 There
are 4 variables students will
need to record for each day. Cases
won, cases lost, initial prestige and
prestige remaining. The game
pauses when a player is at an
information screen or a purchase
menu. This is a good time to record
the information without loss of game
points. Be sure to keep up with the
daily tally or the excel spreadsheet
will not be accurate.
Excel Aesthetics
 Under the home tab there are options to
bold, italic and underline text. Use these
options to accentuate column labels so they
stand out from the data. Next to these
common options, there is a tool that lets a
user create lines or boxes. Boxing or
outlining certain portions of the chart can
make it easier to read. Try to keep whatever
aesthetics you choose to be consistent
throughout the project.
 Some
strategies will enable a student to
be more successful. Try to get as many
lawyers as possible so they can handle
more cases and hopefully win more. Read
what the complaints have to say carefully
since some of them may be crazy or not
fit certain amendments. Invest prestige
as much as possible to help the office
function. By thinking about the results of
the choices made in the business, a
student can discover success.
The “Print Screen” Button
 A great way to show off a winning score is to get
a screen shot by using the print screen button.
At the end of the 7 day simulation, press the
print screen button. Then, go to the excel
worksheet and use the mouse to paste the
information. Students should do this even if
the score is low. Later screen shots can show
that progress was made.
data from the simulation for
Excel Aesthetics
Game Strategies
The “Print Screen” button
Using Excel to create graphs
 Under the Insert tab, Microsoft Excel will
allow a user to create a graphic
representation of the data. This is very
important for analyses and presentation.
A person can often understand a picture
faster and easier than a set of numbers. By
using graphs instead of numbers, the
worksheet will be more efficient.
line graph has points on a chart with
the height giving value and the width
giving days. As the days go past, a user
can see if the numbers have trended up,
down or stayed the same. The graph
may contain a single line or multiple
lines. It doesn’t work as well for all
kinds of data. It is best to experiment
with different types to see how well it
fits the information shown.
Other kinds of graphs
 Each graph option enables the users to display
information in a different way. The pie graph is
excellent to show how a whole set is broken up into
pieces. A scatter graph can more accurately display
large sets of numbers width extreme values given
proper perspectives. Area and 3dimensional graphs
can show lines and bar graphs with a more graphically
pleasing look. Under “Other Charts” a myriad of
option exist that can properly express many concepts.
 The
graphs represent observations that
a business owner or student can use to
as evidence to support ideas. For
example, this unit should show how
winning more cases creates more
prestige. In real business, many other
factors can contribute to total profit or
loss. Only but organizing the data can
one begin to create ideas for potential
gain. Also, by becoming an expert in
Excel, any math student can have their
work done instantly.
 Using Excel to create graphs
 Lines graphs and bar graphs
 Other kinds of graphs
 Using the graphs to make statements and hypothesis

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