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Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 44 - Monday

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. 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?

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

3. 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

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

5. The story of Urbanization - TedTalk


1. Please finish watching The Story of US - Growth of Cities

2. Read pages 473-477 in your textbook on Politics in the Gilded Age and answer the following 2 questions:

A. What was the greatest example of corruption in the Politics of the Gilded Age you read about? Please support your thesis with at least 2 examples/supporting information. 

B. Why do you think tariff reform failed? Support your thesis with evidence from the chapter read. 
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. Period 4 - We will finish - 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 AND YOUR ESSAY # 12.

2. Periods 5 & 6 I will collect your 66 multiple choice questions and your essay (Period 4 had essay #12 and Period 5 had essay #9).

3. Two short video clips on The Constitutional Convention and The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government.

4. The United States Government Slideshow + Current U.S. Government Slideshow

1. Please read 142-144 AND create a graphic organizer that illustrates the issues that were debated at the Constitutional Convention - Please make sure you include the Great Compromise.

2. Create a thesis statement that is well developed and arguable on was the decision to create a system of checks and balances justified? Please be able to give 3 bullet points either supporting your thesis (main argument).

International Studies - Period 3 
Essential Questions:
1. How do we think about POWER in the 21st Century?

2. How do we define our interest as a country?

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

4. How is power distributed?

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

1. We will finish the last 4 minutes of the Joseph Nye video on "Global Power Shifts" and then discuss the highlights, importance, future of foreign policy in a global world and essential questions #1-3 above.

A portrait of Hillary Clinton at her desk

2. Hans Rosling's "200 Countries, 200 years, 4 minutes, the Joy of Stats"

3. Robert Cooper's "Hard Power, Soft Power and the Goals of Diplomacy" will be discussed and we are going to share our ideas about a BRITISH PERSPECTIVE!  You should have finished all questions (A-M).  It's a good read and one that will easily spark debate and help you with your debate next week - 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?

4. Hard Power and Soft Power Readings and Resources:
1. Make a timeline of Foreign Policy events that have made major impacts in American History from 1946-2013.  Your timeline should not be limited to a number, I want you to brainstorm and think about as many events as you can.  NO INTERNET/NO GOOGLE SEARCHS = JUST YOUR OWN BRAIN PLEASE!!!

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