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Monday, December 2, 2013

Day 60 - Monday - Welcome December and 15 more days until your Winter Break!

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. A few of you still need to makeup your Test today on Chapter 17 - The Progressive Era (25 Multiple Choice and 1 essay)

2. I will take today to pass back a lot of previous tests and papers.  We will review and reflect upon test taking skills and how to prepare and execute a better essay.

3. We are going to continue with these 3 Progressive Presidents below, but more in-depth on their Foreign Policy Legacies.

Teddy Roosevelt Resources:
Theodore Roosevelt - A PBS special on TR's Foreign Policy Adventures
Teddy Roosevelt Association - Lots of pictures and stories of keeping his legacy alive.
Progressive President's Foreign Policy - U.S. State Department
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!

    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!

    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

History Channel Video on ALL 3 PRESIDENTS

1. Chapter 18 - Section 1 - Imperialism and America - Read pages 548 - 551 and create an outline that illustrates organization, cause and effect analysis, and major events or themes that are easily understandably. Your outline should be 2 pages in length - meaning front and back of a lined paper sheet or two full slides on electronic format.

2. Please watch this video on American Imperialism as it will help you understand the following concepts:
   A. What is Imperialism?
   B. Why American imperialism in the late 19th Century?
   C. Who was this Alfred Thayer Mahan and what is his significance in the rise of the American imperialism?
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. If you still owe me your DIGITAL STORY project then today is your last day to stay after school and present it to me.   Please plan on staying after school today and if you cannot then you MUST schedule something with me for Tuesday or Wednesday. Digital Storytelling Project

2. ALL test, quizzes, and project rubrics will be passed back.  Those of you who still owe me a test Zaeda and Meg will have to take the test today or tomorrow after school!

3. U.S. Constitution Resources:
Anti-federalist vs. Federalist Chart
United States Government Brief Slideshow
Current U.S. Government Slideshow
Branches of Government + U.S. Constitution Outline

4. Chapter 6 - Section 1 - George Washington Heads the New Government - we will begin learning about George Washington's commitment and accomplishments to the U.S.A.

5. George Washington Resources: website on George Washington and ALL presidents.
Biography of George Washington - Solid video as well to help understand GW
University of Virginia - GW profile
Primary Sources written by GW
Rediscovering GW - A PBS special

GW Video by a noted historian:

1. Please download The George Washington Packet.
2. Using the The George Washington Packet, please read, highlight, and build a resume on George Washington listing his education, experience, and qualified skills to be the 1st President of the U.S.A.
3. Please read Chapter 6 - Section 1 - George Washington Heads the New Government -pages 182-187 and complete the terms and names on PAGE 7 of The George Washington Packet.

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. 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?"

2. We will watch a movie titled "Daughter's of Afghanistan"

1. After watching the movie titled "Daughter's of Afghanistan" please answer any 3 essential questions below using examples from the movie and previously studied material from our case study/debate on the Taliban:

Essential Questions for HW:
• What is the relationship between Islam and the Taliban?
• How does the Taliban try to control Afghan women?
• How has the experience of Afghan women changed with the Taliban’s emergence?
• What was the United States’ role in the Taliban coming to power?
• How is clothing used as a means of oppression in Afghanistan?

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