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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 46 - Wednesday - Camel Day!!!

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

-Has rapid industrial development been a blessing or a curse for Americans?
-Did America fulfill the dreams of immigrants?
-Can reform movements improve American society and politics?

1. We are going to finish watching The Presidents from The History Channel and focus on the Politics of the Gilded Age - Rutherford B. Hayes, James. A Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison.

2. If time permits we will quickly review the American Cities in the late 1800's slideshow and The Gilded Age 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

1. Please read and review pages 488-491 and complete the question and 2 graphic organizers in How Education Expanded for Public Schools.

2. Study as there will be a TEST on Immigration, Urbanization, Gilded Age on Friday. Chapter 15 - All Sections and Chapter 16 - Section 1 & 2 (Pages 458-491).
U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-Does the system of checks and balances provide us with an effective and efficient government? 
-Is a strong federal system the most effective government for the United States? Which level of government, federal or state, can best solve our nation's problems? 

Themes: Mercantilism, Independence, Revolutions

1. Periods 4 & 6 - Two short video clips on The Constitutional Convention and The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government.

2. Create a visual on "What does every STRONG gov’t NEED?" + What methods do governments use to get this strength? + How are YOU affected?
-Think about successful governments or an ideal government
-Make connections to what every government SHOULD have
-Create a visual representation that illustrates how an ideal government works.

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

1. Please complete your brainstorm ideas and have a plan to be ready to present your visual for tomorrow's class.  This will count as a quiz grade. Rubric on "What does every strong government need?"
-Create a visual on "What does every STRONG gov’t NEED?"
-What methods do governments use to get this strength? 
-How are YOU affected?
-Think about successful governments or an ideal government
-Make connections to what every government SHOULD have
-Create a visual representation that illustrates how an ideal government works.

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. I am going to check off the Robert Cooper's "Hard Power, Soft Power and the Goals of Diplomacy" questions.  Pick 3 questions you want to discuss as a class.

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?

2. Timelines on American Foreign Policy and Resources:
3. Students will continue their case study (identifying a problem in American Foreign Policy) after they agree upon an series of events, region, or decade of study. Your case-study will be based on your research and development of the case-study that everyone in the class has agreed too.  Your case-study will count as 25% of your grade as you need to create a Google doc that represents research, hard power or soft power approach/connections, and your ability to support the debate question "Did 'they' make the right choice using hard power or soft power?"

4. Hard Power and Soft Power Readings and Resources:
1. Your class should be all set on a topic/event/region/theme that you want to debate.  You should create a Google Doc that you share with me and your teammates on either Hard Power Approach or Soft Power Approach to U.S. Foreign Policy.  You job is to research and build a case study on a Foreign Policy situation that was mutually agreed upon from all classmates. Remember the key is to SUPPORT your findings on a controversial and debatable issue regarding the use of a government's hard power or soft power diplomacy.  You should be supporting the following Debate Question: Did "they" {your subject} make the right choice using hard power or soft power?

Below are some examples of themes.

Examples of themes:
1. American Exceptionalism

2. Containment and bi-polar Superpowers (U.S-Russian Relations + U.S. - China Policy + Reagan Doctrine + Collapse of the Soviet Union)

3. Self-government vs. Interventionism - Democracy vs. Stability of Human Rights (Central America Revolutions + AIDS Crisis)

4. Global Security and Defense Cooperation (Israeli and Middle East Relations/Arab - Israeli Peace Talks)

5. Disarmament (Nuclear Disarmament + Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties)

6. Arab Spring (Arab Democracy in the Middle East)

7. Islamic Fundamentalism

8. Global Health

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