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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Day 65 - Tuesday

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

-Was American expansion overseas justified?
-Did the press cause the Spanish-American War?
-Was the acquisition of the Panama Canal Zone and act of justifiable imperialism?
-Does the need for self-defense give the US the right to interfere in the affairs of Latin America? (Think about the Roosevelt Corollary, "Dollar Diplomacy," and "Watchful Waiting")

1.  We are going to continue with America's Yellow Journalism crusade and finalize our study of the Spanish-American War:

Yellow Journalism - Slideshow and Political Cartoon Analysis Activity

2. Spanish-American War Resources:
Causes of the War
Library of Congress - General information on the Spanish-American War
Spanish-American War Slideshow
PBS Special on All Events surrounding America's Quest for Imperialism
A Price for Freedom in the Spanish-American War
Images of the Spanish-American War and Primary Sources
Headlines from the Spanish-American War
Cartoons from the Spanish-American War
Political Cartoon from the Spanish-American War

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. Please read Chapter 18 - Section 3 - "Acquiring New Lands on pages 558-564.  Tell me 3 things you discovered, 2 things you found interesting, and 1 question you still have on America's quest to acquire new lands.

2. Test on Thursday for Chapter 18 (pages 546-571) - America Expansion.  Here is your study guide.
U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-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? 
-Was George Washington a good president?

Themes: State Rights vs. National Government, Strict Interpretation vs. Loose Interpretation, George Washington and his Cabinet,

1. Some classes still need to wrap-up their study of John Adam's Presidency. Using the History Channel Video and the John Adams Pactet we will explore the XYZ Affair and the Alien and Sedition Acts.

2. We will investigate the controversial decisions that Thomas Jefferson made as the third President of the USA. Thomas Jefferson Packet.

TJ Resources: 
TJ and
TJ and a biography/video of his life
University of Virginia's Miller Center - TJ as President
Criticisms of TJ as President of the USA
The Dark Side of TJ: The Smithsonian Online

1. STUDY AND REVIEW for your TEST on the First Three Presidents, which is scheduled for Thursday.  Here is your study guide for the 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, Afghanistan War, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda Operations

1.  We will continue watching a PBS documentary titled "Obama's War"

2. U.S. News Political Cartoons on Afghanistan
Afghanistan Strategy

5. U.S. News and World Report: "Bring on the Zero Option"

1. After watching the movie titled "Obama's War" please answer Question 1 and Question 4 below from the movie and previously studied material from our case study/debate on the Taliban:

Obama's War Questions
1. Are we winning or losing this war?

2. Can this war be won?

3. Is there a competition for hearts and minds? If so, who is winning the hearts and minds of Afghans? Who is winning the hearts and minds of Americans?

4. What progress have we made in Afghanistan? What progress have we made in Pakistan?

5. What is President Obama's new strategy for this war?

6. Does the film "Obama's War have an agenda? What perspective and tone does it give to Americans? Cite specific evidence.

Essential Questions on BOTH movies and Taliban Rule in Afghanistan:
• 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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