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Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 79 - Monday

U.S. History II  - Period 1: 
Essential Questions:
-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?
-How did a war fought to "save the world for democracy" end up threatening civil rights in America?
-What happens when individuals’ civil liberties are breached?

1. Please review the resources below and answer the question: "Why didn't the Treaty of Versailles lay the foundation for a lasting peace in the world?"
League of Nations Political Cartoon Activity
Treaty of Versailles Slideshow
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Video

2. The United States in the 1920's
1920’s unit review for essential questions and major fun themes from Terryl Meador

3. Mitchell Palmer "The Case Against the Reds" - Read and analyze why the Bolsheviks were a concern for Americans?

Red Scare Packet and Visual DBQ's - DBQ questions on visuals from the Red Scare...we will complete a few in class and for homework.

GREAT Digital Website on the Red Scare - Incredible Primary Source Images from the Red Scare - A great gallery walk exercise for high school students!

The Red Scare, Palmer Raids and Sacco and Vanzetti Case - Slideshow and Primary Sources from Sanger Unified - Very good overview of the Red Scare and terrific visuals!

Emma Goldman resources - Why did we deport this Russian immigrant?

1. U.S. History II - CPI - Midterm Review Guide. Please review and be ready to take on this midterm with confidence! Final Exam Day - Period 1 - Tuesday, January 21st - 9:00am - 10:45am

2. Binder Check tomorrow - Please get your binders organized with an appropriate title/name, date, in chronological or thematic order in your electronic or paper binders.  Look at your Aspen accounts to see all the graded work that should be in your binder.

U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-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? 
-To what extend was Andrew Jackson truly "a common man"?
-Should the United States have allowed Native Americans to retain their tribal identities?
-Was the "Age of Jackson" an age of democracy?

Themes: State Rights vs. National Government, Andrew Jackson's Controversial Presidency, Indian Removal Act of 1830, The Cherokee Nation, South Carolina Nullification Crisis

1. Today is your FINAL DAY OF PREPARATION for the Trial of Andrew Jackson. Make it count and finalize helping your team become better prepared for opening statements, questioning witnesses, cross-examination where you are looking to make the other team look bad, closing statements, and the strengths and weakness of each witness and the case against Andrew Jackson.  Everyone should be able to identify the charges against Andrew Jackson.

2. Lawyers - Today is your last day to utilize our time wisely to become experts as lawyers who as GOOD QUESTIONS and can plan for the "other sides" perspective.  A trial is like a debate in that you need to use GOOD REASONING SKILLS and this means you understand the pros and cons of the case in order to prepare yourselves to provide a rational argument. Please make sure you know that you should definitely be filling out the Lawyer Discussion Sheets and I would strongly suggest you look over or complete a Role Player Sheet with your witnesses so that you can plan on making your Direct Questioning look really good during the Trial on Tuesday. Also remember that you need to know the DOCUMENTS YOU WILL BE USING and you need to read, review, and make sense of them.  This means you are looking for what can help you on your case and what may display weakness to your witness, which means you need to find a way to cover up the weakness.  Lawyers go on the ATTACK and they are like a shark...when they smell blood they go for it.  You need to know the charge(s) and be mindful that you are always relating back to those charges as you question your own witnesses or during cross-examination. Lawyers NEED TO PREPARE THEIR WITNESSES for the questions they will be asking them.

2. Witnesses - You need to owe your role on the witness stand.  Which means you need to know as much as possible about your character and their role in the 1820's-1840's.  You should be asking yourselves good questions such as "Why did they participate in specific events, scenarios, etc?  What impact did their decisions have on Native Americans, the Nullification Crisis, or our Government (think separation of powers).  You need to be aware of your characters strength and weaknesses at all times. Please know that EACH WITNESS must fill out a Role Player Sheet  with their real name and their witness name on it, and I would strongly suggest you review this with your lawyer so that everyone understands the type of questions your lawyer will be asking you.  WITNESSES NEED TO BE PREPARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, both questions that are good and that make you feel uncomfortable on the stand.

3. Format of the Trial 

Day 1: Tuesday, January 14th
A. Opening Statements by BOTH teams = Prosecution Team first and Defense Team second 
(5 minutes maximum time per team)

B. Direct Questioning of witnesses = Defense Team first and Prosecution Team second
(3 minutes maximum time for each witness)

Day 2: Wednesday, January 15th
A. Cross-Examination by BOTH teams = Prosecution Lawyer will go first by questioning ALL Defense witnesses, then the Defense Lawyers will go second by questioning ALL the Prosecution witnesses. (3 minutes maximum time for each witness)

B. Closing Statements by BOTH teams = Defense Team first and Prosecution Team second.
(5 minutes maximum time per team) 

4. Honor's Level here is your Andrew Jackson Trial that you will be completing on Andrew Jackson, so please review the 3 CHARGES and get ready to have a trial by Tuesday of next week.

5. College Prep Level - Period 6 - You will have a different version of Andrew Jackson's Trial, but nevertheless you will need to put him on trial for ONE crime.  I have also emailed each of you the Andrew Jackson Trial folder.

1. Your trial starts tomorrow and ALL LAWYERS should dress up for the occasion and play the part of a real lawyer!  All witnesses should consider bringing in props and dress appropriately!  Extra credit will be given to those who show they care and want to present themselves professionally or take a true role of the witness they represent.

2. All paperwork is DUE tomorrow at THE END OF CLASS TOMORROW. You should take pictures of everything or make 2 copies, one for you and one for me!

3. COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!  Please read and prepare for the Trial of Andrew Jackson by using the links above under your Andrew Jackson Trial and the folders I have shared with you via email. You need to be experts on the documents, exhibits, and using reasoning skills to help you evaluate this court case.  Each team (lawyers and witnesses) need to know their strengths and weaknesses in this case.  You need to prepare this weekend by putting in the time and effort to KNOW YOUR WITNESS, DOCUMENT, EXHIBIT, or else you will look foolish in the courtroom. There is NO HIDING!  This will be a project grade and your last grade of Quarter 2.  You all have access to the rubric and I would review it carefully.

4. U.S. I - Midterm Exam REVIEW GUIDE

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. We are in the the Library for 2 MORE DAYS (Monday and Tuesday) for you to COMPLETE your research and final presentation for this class period.  Please remember I will be holding you accountable for everything you have done and your work ethic, execution, and expertise ALL MATTER!!!

2. You should show expertise by making great connections to why your region, regional leaders, policies, rebel groups, societal problems, and more are a direct threat to the safety of U.S. citizens and is a National Security Threat to the United States as a country. Your projects should be 15 minutes minimum and 25 minutes maximum in length!  Your project is DUE on Wednesday, January 15th!

3. Order of the Projects: 
Wednesday = Eastern Europe - Mohamed and Kayla 
Wednesday = Latin America - Allie, Val, Meghan
Thursday = East Asia - Joe and Tom
Thursday = Africa - Michael and Matt
Friday = The Middle East - Nicole and Rachel

Exam Day - Wednesday - January 22nd from 9:15am-10:45am.  All makeups and any presentations we do not finish will be on Exam Day. 

2. Please complete the tasks on your 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.

Resources for this project to get you started...
A MUST READ ON TERRORISM TODAY - Council of Foreign Relations
Major Terrorist Attacks Since 9/11
The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism - A PBS Special
A list of Terrorist Groups according to many World Powers
Major Terrorist Attacks in Israeli
The Root Causes of Terrorism in the Middle East - US State Dept Report
Map of Terrorist Attacks and a World-wide List
Charts, Graphs, Data and a darn good article on Terrorism
U.S. Department of State - Counter-terrorism Page

Please watch these 2 TED Talk videos below...

A. This one is on "Global Security"

 B. An AMAZING VIDEO below on TERRORISM AND WOMEN - Honestly guys, it's a MUST-SEE and will keep your attention the whole time.

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Resources -

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) -

The Long War Journal -

National Security Agency (NSA) -

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) -

Council on Foreign Relations -

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -




The Washington Times - Security Page -

A ridiculously good National Government website - check out all the tabs at the top that give you so many different issues going on in our world today -

Department of Homeland Security -

New America Foundation -

A incredible collection of World Affairs and Resource page - A must see international studies guys!!! -

The Journal of International Affairs -

Videos -
A must see!!! A collection of different International Affairs and Defense policies from MIT -

This is long, but helpful! -

1. Exam Day - Wednesday - January 22nd from 9:15am-10:45am.  All makeups and any presentations we do not finish will be on Exam Day.

2. ALL PRESENTATIONS MUST BE SHARED and finalized with NO REVISIONS on Wednesday, January 15th. Share and UPDATE your Google Document (with me at that illustrates you have finalized your outline and Case Study for your project.  I want to see you making sense of the research, having meaningful connections to the essential question and how you illustrate expertise of your region for your final project.

3. Please complete the Class Google Document on the 3 countries you will educate us on that will most likely trigger World War II in your region. 

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