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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 18 - Thursday

U.S. History II  - Period 1: 
Essential Questions:

-How do we think like an Historian?
-Were railroads and banks doing what was best for America in the late 19th century?
-Has rapid industrial development been a blessing or a curse for Americans?
-Were big business leaders "captains of industry" or "robber barons?"

1. A discussion on the Second Industrial Revolution and how railroads impacted the United States through domestic transportation and trade.

2. Sorry everyone, we did not get to completing what I had originally planned for today on the Trans-Continental Railroad Video, but can you please complete it for homework.  I have updated this blog post because our class discussion ran a little longer than I wanted.

3. "Modern Colossus of (Rail) Roads," 1879 Activity

Cornelius "the Commodore" Vanderbilt is shown towering over his rail empire and pulling the strings to control its operations. The sign reads "all freight leaving the seaboard MUST pass here and pay any tolls we demand."(Library of Congress)

1. Trans-Continental Railroad Video - Please watch this video and answer the questions below.
A. What were the gifts the Railroad offered many Americans?
B. Who did the Central-Pacific Railroad depend on?
C. How did Railroads make money?
D. How were railroads build? Be very specific please!
E. How did the trans-continental railroad impact the U.S.A? Give at least 3 reasons.
F. Why were railroads game-changers?
G. How was the ICC beneficial to the U.S.A and what impact did it have on the railroads? (video + pages 445-446 will help)

3. "Modern Colossus of (Rail) Roads," 1879 Activity

U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-How do you think like an Historian?
-Were the colonists justified in resisting British policies after the French and Indian War?
-Was the American War for Independence inevitable?
-Would you have been a revolutionary in 1776? 

Themes: Mercantilism, Independence, Revolutions

1. We will continue to review the Causes of the American Revolution slideshow
A Timeline and Key Terms - Great Resource for students!

2. The Boston Massacre - SOAPS Activity

3. Doug Linder, The Boston Massacre Trials - An Account, 2001

4. We will complete all of the acts that build colonial resentment toward helped in the Causes of the American Revolution Packet.

1. Please read Chapter 4 - Section 2 - "Ideas Help Start a Revolution" pages 103-108 complete pages 3&4 on the Causes of the American Revolution Packet.
International Studies - Period 4 
Essential Questions:
1. Is peace sustainable?

2. What are Human Rights?
3. Can the United Nations enforce international policy of human rights?

Themes: Peace Day, Global Awareness, United Nations, Human Rights

1. We will examine the United Nations using the UN Website and a UN slideshow.

2. Brief History of the United Nations:

3. Human Rights?!?!?

4. Ban-Ki-Moon - Secretary-General of the United Nations

5. United Nation Resources:
United Nations History
United Nations Multimedia Room

1. You should finalize what is in the news today on the United Nations? Go out and find UN related websites that will help you fully understand the role it plays in the world.

2. What major meetings are going on at the UN today and who is speaking?  Why is this meeting very necessary in the world right now? Be prepared to present this information tomorrow in a round-table discussion.

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