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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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. Silent Conversation Essay:  Part of your Test today on Chapter 17 - The Progressive Era (25 Multiple Choice and 1 Silent Conversation with a partner)

2. 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!

3.  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!

4. 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 make sure if you were NOT HERE TODAY, THEN you should STUDY for The Progressive Era Test and COME TO MAKE IT UP on Wednesday before school, during Period 1 or Period 2, or after school.  For those of you who are gone for the Holiday, and you missed the test, then you will make it up on Monday, December 2, 2013. 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. Pep Rally!!!'

2. Some of you still owe me your DIGITAL STORY projects because you were absent or failed to submit a final project.  Please plan on staying after school on Monday to complete this project or else you will get zero. Using the Digital Storytelling Project, student presented their topic assigned.

a. Article I - Done
b. Article II - Done
c. Article III - Done
d. Articles IV-VII - Done
e. Amendments 1-4 - Done
f. Amendments 5-10 - Period 4 Sara and David still owes me.
g. Amendments 11-19 - Done
h. Amendments 20-27 - Period 4 Josif still owes me.

3. U.S. Constitution Resources:
Anti-federalist vs. Federalist Chart
United States Government Brief Slideshow
Current U.S. Government Slideshow
1. For anyone who failed to take the U.S. Constitution Test today, you will be asked to make it up during Period 1, Period 2, or after school on Wednesday.  If you have left for the holiday, then please understand you will take your U.S. Constitution Test on Monday, December 2, 2013.  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. Pep Rally!!!

2. Joey C and Shalimar owe me their Soft/Hard Power Policy papers immediately. "Should we use hard or soft power to control the Taliban in the Middle East?"

3. We will watch a movie titled "Daughter's of Afghanistan" when we come back from the Holiday Break.

1. None, enjoy your Thanksgiving Day Holiday Break!

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