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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 74 - Monday

Welcome Back from a long Winter Break!
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. America's involvement in World War I - Review and get the gears moving again about American History.

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

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

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 and review pages 587 to 601 in your textbook on American Power Tips the Balance and answer the following questions:
A. How did America mobilize for WWI?
B. What was the Convoy system and did it work?
C. Who is in charge of the AEF?
D. What new hazards did American soldiers face in WWI?
E. Why did America have to go on the offensive when Russia pulled out of the war in November of 1917? (Paragraph format)
F. When and how did Germany collapse in WWI? (Paragraph format)
G. Describe the consequences of The Great War? Did America really win?
H. What did Bernard Baruch do during the war?
I. Complete the skill builder questions 1 & 2 on page 595.
J. Why did the American government attack Civil Liberties during WWI?
K. Did World War I have a positive or negative effect on American society? (Consider the following: government actions, African-Americans, and women) - Should be ONE paragraph explanation.

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. Please make sure you have DOWNLOADED the Nationalism and Economic Development packet as we will work on this up to the midterm and possibly throughout all of January.

2. Transportation Revolution

3. The Presidents Video from The History Channel on "James Monroe and John Quincy Adams" Please use your Themes 1820-1860 packet to complete the video questions.

James Monroe Video

John Quincy Adams

1. Please complete the rest of the video questions from The History Channel on "James Monroe and John Quincy Adams" Please use your Themes 1820-1860 packet pages 3-5 to see and complete the video questions. The videos are posted above on the blog.

2. Read Chapter 7 - Section 3 - The Age of Jackson pages 224-229 and then download the Andrew Jackson Presidency Packet and complete pages 1-4. Due at the end of class on Tuesday.

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 National Security?

Themes Taliban Operations, Middle East Foreign Policy, Global cooperation/Global Diplomacy, Soft Power, Hard Power, Afghanistan War, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda Operations, National Security

1.  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.

2. Please read over the next project on National Security and Modern Terrorism. You need to be certain about what the project means to your 4th quarter grade (30% will be your preparation, analysis, and final project submission) and then your FINAL EXAM GRADE (20% = Final Product and Presentation completed before or during your exam period) So please pick a partner, discuss a plan of how you want to attack this project, and how you will manage your time wisely  We will ultimately have 6 groups in total that cover different regions of the world.

3. A National Security Video - National Security Leaders Discuss Terror Threat: ABCNEWS.COM - A Frontline Special and interesting conversation with Janet Napolitano, James Clapper and John Brennan. 

1. Please watch, make an outline on major topics discussed on National Security Leaders Discuss Terror Threat: ABCNEWS.COM - A Frontline Special and interesting conversation with Janet Napolitano, James Clapper and John Brennan. (It's 5 minutes long so don't complain!)

2. Create and share a Google Document (with me at that illustrates you have started an outlined plan of attack for your project.  I want to see measurable goals, research, you making sense of the research and how it will be used in our final project, and finally dates in which you will complete specific aspects of your final project. 

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