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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 70 - Tuesday

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

-Was it possible for the U.S.A. to maintain neutrality in World War I?
-Should the United States fight wars to make the world safe for democracy?
-Was the treaty of Versailles a fair and settlement for lasting world peace?

1. Trench Warfare will be explained and examined for a few minutes.
Trenches in World War I
Read about Life in the Trenches
Trench Warfare - Why, How, Life in Trenches, Pictures, Diagrams

2. We are going to introduce America's status and role in World War I.  Our focus will be on Woodrow Wilson views in 1914 versus 1917, and historian Howard Zinn's perspective. Why did the U.S. Enter the War?

3. Analyzing a Political Cartoons:

Image: A 1917 Political poster depicting U.S. industry as a mule kicking "Kaiserism," 
"Pacificism," and "Hard Times" by Morris. From the Library of Congress

B. File:The American War-Dog by Oscar Cesare 1916.jpg
The American War-Dog, a 1916 political cartoon by Oscar Cesare, with the dog named 'Jingo'

World War I Resources:
World War I  Background - A PBS Special and in-depth study of "The Great War"
World War I - Everything you need to know and one of the BEST WEB RESOURCES!
America Enters the War - Office of the Historian -
American in World War I - A very complete study and great outline explaining in chronological order our history in The Great War.
U.S. in World War I - Good visuals and easy to follow study.

World War I - Long video, but INCREDIBLE storytelling!  You will not be able to watch in one sitting, but over the course of a few days or a weekend, this would be the one to watch!

Crash Course: John Green "American in World War I"


1. Please read America in World War I - This short packet will have an outline, a short article on America during World War I, a Front-page article on the start of the war, and The Zimmerman Telegram.  Please read the entire packet and give me a 3-2-1 activity completed.
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. Who was James Madison?  The James Madison Packet will help us understand and the Presidential Video from the History Channel.

2.  I will ask you to download the Video Quiz - Use Electronic or print out tomorrow as a Paper copy!  Let's review a couple basics about the War of 1812 and what you learned from using The History Channel's The War of 1812: First Invasion?

1. Please download and save American Themes 1820-1860.

2. Read pages 220 (start at Nationalism Shapes Foreign Policy) to 223.  Please complete the 3-2-1 activity.

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.  PBS Frontline Special: Who are the Taliban?

2. We will finish evaluating the U.S. News and World Report: "Bring on the Zero Option" and the current situation in Afghanistan from the Summer of 2013.

3. What is National Security?  We will brainstorm ideas on what "National Security" means and what/who would be involved.

1. Please make sure you download The Road to 9/11 Study Guide and Critical Thinking Questions and begin reviewing it carefully!  You are expected to know the terms on page 1 - RESEARCH them this weekend and have them ready to discuss on Monday.  

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