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Thursday, October 31, 2013


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

-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. Quarter 1 Binder Checks - Go on aspen to see all the assignments and please make sure you are organized by subject matter (The West, Industrialization, Immigration and Urbanization) or type of work (HW, Handouts, Projects, Graded Work, etc).  ALL FILES/Photos should be named properly if you are doing an electronic binder.

2. Immigration DBQ is due! The Writing Rubric will be reviewed AND scored (in pencil) as you read over your final draft on Should the U.S. "golden door" remain open? Or should the United States restrict and limit future immigration by allowing entry only to those who are educated?

3. We will very quickly discuss Angel Island (pg 463) and the Melting Pot (pg 464).

4. We will watch Urbanization in American - Effects and Problems
   A. What were 3 positive themes and 3 problems that took place in cities
   B. Give 3 facts that interested you during this video.
   C. Was the United States a "melting pot"? Why or why not?

5. Review the American Cities in the late 1800's slideshow.

6. Urbanization at the turn of the nineteenth century:
City Life in the late 19th Century
Industrialization and Urbanization Overview - Terrific graphs and info
Urbanization during the Progressive Era
Urbanization/Immigration Outline
Urbanization and Immigration Slideshow
Chicago "The City of the Century" - A PBS special
Urbanization in American - Effects and Problems

7. America - The Story of US - Growth of Cities

8. The story of Urbanization - TedTalk

1. Read Chapter 15 - Section 2 - "The Challenges of Urbanization" textbook pages 468-472
Questions -
A. What are the themes?
B. Did cities create opportunities or problem? Cite specific evidence.
C. What was the cities greatest enemy? Why did this happen so often?
D. Who and what did the reformers do?

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.  Quarter 1 Binder Checks

2. Pop Quiz

3. Shay's Rebellion: America's First Civil War: As you watch the video below, please complete the Multiple Choice Test (66 questions = 1 point each = 66 total points & ONE essay question worth 34 points). Mr. Parkin will hand out a paper-copy in class.

1. For Thursday Night - ALL PERIODS- Please finish "Shays' Rebellion: America's First Civil War video test and tomorrow you will write one of the essay question from Shays' Rebellion: America's First Civil War" questions #5, #9, and #12 in class.  You may use the Test and notes on the side margins to help you prepare to write about ONE of these questions for your in-class written essay.


International Studies - Period 3 
Essential Questions:
1. Does NATO have a new role in the order of international relations in Europe and the World in the 21st Century?

2. Was NATO just or unjust in participating and executing their mission in your post-Cold War scenario?

3. What does "hard power" and "soft power" capability and how does it impact foreign policy?

Themes Global Awareness, Global cooperation, Foreign Policy, Soft Power, Hard Power

1. Hard Power vs. Soft Power - After reading the article from South Asia Global Affairs and watching Joseph Nye Jr. short video clip last night, what did you discover about "hard power" and "soft power"?

A. What is "Hard Power"?
B. What is "Soft Power?"
C. How do they impact foreign policy (the relationships between countries)?
D. Give examples of both Soft Power and Hard Power by making a T-chart comparing and contrasting.

"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercise over himself." 
                                                                   Elie Wiesel, prisoner at Buchenwald. 

"Simply put, power is the ability to effect the outcomes you want, and if necessary, to change the behavior of others to make this happen.
                                                       Joseph S. Nye Jr., 2002

A portrait of Hillary Clinton at her desk

5. Hard Power and Soft Power Readings and Resources:
1. Please read Robert Cooper's "Hard Power, Soft Power and the Goals of Diplomacy".  You should finish the rest of Mr. Cooper's article by reading the last 8 pages (Questions G-N).  It's a good read and one that will easily spark debate - hint we are going to debate soft power and hard power in this class!!  Here is what I want you to analyze about the article:

A. Is Robert Cooper a reliable source? What is the author's point of view? Proof it please!
B. What are his views on America and Europe regarding hard power and soft power?
C. What does America want to maintain in the 21st Century?
D. What do you think Robert Cooper means when he says "[The European Union] It relies on law, on negotiation, on multilateral organisation."?
E. Who are the "Realists"?
F. What spreads American values? Why?
G. What cases or claims (situation/country study) do you think is the most important Robert Cooper makes? Do you support it or disagree with it? Why
H. What is the most important form of legitimacy in International relations?
I. What does the European Union (EU) offer for soft power?
J. What should all governments do in order to be legitimate?
K. Does Robert Cooper support hard power or soft power? Cite SPECIFIC evidence!
L. Why do you think Robert Cooper wrote this article?
M. Is the source believable? What pieces of evidence are most believable or not believable?
N. What words or phrases does Robert Cooper use to convince me that he or she is right?


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