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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day 72 - Thursday

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. We are going to finalize document C by historian Howard Zinn's Perspective versus Document A, Document B and textbook on America's REAL REASONS for declaring war on Germany. Why did the U.S. Enter the War?

2. Are there any concerns or issues with #1 - #10 on the United States Enters World War I handout?

3. In small groups please review the World War I American Propaganda Posters, pick ONE, and then complete the World War I Poster Analysis

4. Read and review American Propaganda - Who, What, Why? and then let's decide if the American Government manipulated the minds of Americans during World War I? Was this justified?

5. Homefront short video to help introduce and clarify. We will probably get to on Friday.

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 the Digital History Database article on Homefront Article and give me a completed 3-2-1 activity on the content of this article.

2. Please read, highlight and complete the last two page on the United States Enters World War I ("A New Kind of Conflict" and "Winning the War").  You should also complete the "Review Questions 1+2" at the bottom of each of these articles.

3. Please review "The War at Home" in your textbook on pages 594-601 OR read The American Homefront and then answer the following TWO QUESTIONS and BE READY TO ANSWER the following 2 questions:
- What troubling issues surrounded Americans on the Homefront?
- Why should Americans be concerned about their governments actions during World War I?
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. Yesterday we reviewed the 3-2-1 activity and some themes in American history from 1820-1860, today we will focus on other themes that gave birth in American history.  The American Economic Differences and American System will be discussed if we did not review in your class and you MUST DOWNLOAD Nationalism and Economic Development packet as we will work on this after the Winter Break.

2. The American System - Henry Clay and James Madison

3. Transportation Revolution

1. Please review the Presidential Video Questions in your American Themes 1820-1860 packet as we will watch a History Channel Presidential video on James Monroe and John Quincy Adams. If you have any questions then ask in the beginning of class.

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 should finish The Road to 9/11 and any questions you have on the Middle East rise to contemporary fundamentalist ideas, especially jihadism. 

2. Why does National Security become an important concept in the world prior to 9/11? What is National Security?  What does National Security look like world-wide?  We will brainstorm ideas on what "National Security" means and what/who would be involved.

1. Please complete questions #9-19 on the The Road to 9/11 Study Guide and Critical Thinking Questions and ensure you have completed answers for this review guide.

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