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Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 57 - Monday

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 will explore the Progressive Presidents of Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson and their intervention on Progressive measures and laws.  Textbook pages 523-531 on Theodore Roosevelt's Square Deal, William Howard Taft's disastrous Presidency on pages 534-537, and Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom on pages 538-543.

2. Muckraker Resources:
 Influential Muckrakers Video
New Work and Home Improvements during the Progressive Era

Triangular Shirtwaist Fire - PBS Special
Jacob Riis and Immigrants and answer the 5 questions + 2 photographs +More Jacob Riis Photography
Jacob Riis Photo comparison
Jacob Riis Biography and AWESOME VIDEO

Lewis Hine + Child Labor Video
Lewis Hine "Against Child Labour" - A BBC Special
Lewis Hine's Slideshow of Photos

Ida Tarbell's "No Man More Dangerous"
Meatpacking Jungle
Excerpts from "The Jungle" - A History Teacher video

3. Teddy Roosevelt Resources:
Teddy Roosevelt Association - Lots of pictures and stories of keeping his legacy alive.
TR and National Parks - PBS special on National Parks TR preserved
Teddy Roosevelt's Broad Powers - A pretty darn good essay - Theodore Roosevelt Number 26
Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive Crusader - The Heritage Foundation of American Leadership
President Theodore Roosevelt Video - Similar to the ones we watch in class!! A must see!

4. William Howard Taft - The White House website
    William Taft - VERY NICE biography and legacy page from the University of Virginia
    Presidential Video on William Howard Taft - Just like the ones we watch in class!! A must see!

5. President Woodrow Wilson Video - Youtube clip from a teacher on Taft AND Wilson.
    Woodrow Wilson - The White House org
    Woodrow Wilson Biography - from the University of Virginia

1. Please STUDY for The Progressive Era Test on Tuesday.  You may use a 5x8 inch notecared/cheat sheet for the test, which I passed out on Friday. Here is your STUDY GUIDE for Tuesday's Test. The format is Multiple Choice, DBQ's - open response, and

2. Essay Questions for you Silent Conversations on the Big Sheets of Paper: I will pick ONE of these for you and your partner to have a Silent Conversation either agreeing or disagreeing with the question below. However you will be heavily graded on your ability to persuade me of the importance of this law, technique, group, or President, depending on which question you get. Further, you should explain why it is needed to be carried out during the Progressive Era, and how it affected America.  No more than 1 big sheet of paper please.

ADuring the Progressive Era, which piece of government legislation (law) do you believe was the most important?  Why?  Please explain the significance of its reform efforts on America.

B. What techniques did reformers at the turn of the 20th century use to influence public opinion?
Cite Evidence and give examples.

C. Which groups benefited from the reforms of the Progressive Era? Which groups did not benefit? Explain your answer.

D. Pick one Progressive Era President and explains what areas did he excel and in what areas did he perform poorly?  Support your answers with clear examples.

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: U.S. Constitution, State Rights vs. Federal Rights, Bill or Rights, Checks and Balances, Amendments 11-27

1. Projects will continue today on the U.S. Constitution and your DIGITAL STORY topic using the Digital Storytelling Project. Projects will be presented, no more than 10 minutes in length in the following order today and tomorrow!

a. Article I - Done
b. Article II - Done
c. Article III - Periods 6 still need to finish
d. Articles IV-VII - Done
e. Amendments 1-4 - Done, except Period 6
f. Amendments 5-10 - Period 4, Period 5, Period 6
g. Amendments 11-19 - Period 4, Period 5, Period 6
h. Amendments 20-27 - Period 4, Period 5, Period 6

2. U.S. Constitution Resources:
Anti-federalist vs. Federalist Chart
United States Government Brief Slideshow
Current U.S. Government Slideshow
1. Study for your U.S. Constitution Test.  I would definitely review pages 152-175, which will extensively cover nearly all of the U.S. Constitution.  Additionally, you may use your presentation notes and your U.S. Constitution Packet as open notes for this test.

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 is "hard power" and "soft power" capability and how does it impact foreign policy?

4. How is power distributed?

Themes Taliban Operations, Middle East Foreign Policy, Global cooperation/Global Diplomacy, Soft Power, Hard Power, 

1. Student Debate Question: Should we use hard or soft power to control the Taliban in the Middle East?

2. Final Debate Day: Day 3 of your Debate will take place today in response to Michael's fiery argument regarding Peace Talks being killed in November of 2013 with the U.S. drone attack on top Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Please refer to today's schedule below in GREEN:

Topic Introduction/Open StatementsStudent(s) ParticipatingTiming:
Opening Statement- Soft PowerKayla Clarke2 minutes 
Opening Statement - Hard PowerAllie Minghella2 minutes
Round 1:
Hard Power Argument #1 - Past Relations with the USPast Relations with the US
Team A - Hard Power team - argues FOR argument #1Nicole Tsatsarones and Valentina Lopez3 minutes
Team B - Soft Power Team - argues AGAINST argument #1Thomas Lyons and Mohamed Khalifa3 minutes
Cross-Fire for Hard Power Argument #13-5 minutes
Round 2:
Soft Power Argument #1 - Stability of the CountryHow the hard power effects the Middle East today
Team C - Soft Power Team - argues FOR argument #1Kayla Clarke and Matt Frasier3 minutes
Team D - Hard Power Team - argues AGAINST argument #1Valentina Lopez and Meghan Winters3 minutes
Cross-Fire for Soft Power Argument #1Kayla Clarke and Matt Frasier3-5 minutes
Round 3: Hard Power Argument # 2 - The ideological differences between the US and the Taliban make hard power necessary.The ideological differences between the US and the Taliban make hard power necessary.
Team A - Hard Power Team - argues FOR argument #2Rachel Murgo and Nicole Tsatsarones3 minutes
Team B - Soft Power Team - argues AGAINST argument #2Thomas Lyons and Mohamed Khalifa3 minutes
Cross-Fire - ALL students, but with respect to listening and letting people finish their statements/arguments/evidence3-5 minutes
Round 4: Soft Power Argument #2 - Death and CasualtiesMilitary interference by the US and the Middle East is affecting civilians, and troops
Team C - Soft Power argues FOR argument #2Mike Garcia and Matt Frasier3 minutes
Team D - Hard Power argues AGAINST argument #2Allie Minghella and Meghan Winters3 minutes
GRAND CROSSFIRE - Your last chance to participate in this debate!3-5 minutes
Closing Statements:
Soft Power Closing - You may use counter arguments from the debateMichael Garcia2 minutes
Hard Power Closing - You may use counter arguments from the debateRachel Murgo2 minutes

3. Remember your case-study was DUE on Friday.  Your grade will be based on your research, development of an argument, evidence to support your claims/arguments, analysis of content and the ability to make critical connections. Your case-study will count as 50% 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.  Please be sure to examine and review the Case Study Rubric. If you have any questions, then please email or ask me immediately!

4. Debate Format - Please double-check that you all have successfully completed the Google Spreadsheet on WHO is responsible for what part of the debate so that everyone has a very clear idea of what responsibilities are their own in this debate. 

5. Hard Power and Soft Power Readings and Resources:
1. How do you think you did on the Taliban Debate?  This is your last chance to plead your case and win over points.   Your case-study will count as 50% of your FINAL GRADE and your debate presence and skills count for 50% of your Project Grade for this Taliban Debate Project.   Please be sure to examine and review the Case Study Rubric. If you have any questions, then please email or ask me immediately!

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