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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 90 - Wednesday

U.S. History II  - Period 1: 
Essential Questions:
-How did the Great Depression affect the lives of millions of Americans?
-What affect did the Dust Bowl have on Americans during the Great Depression?
-What was the New Deal and how did it affect the American people during the Great Depression?
-What affect did the Stock Market Crash of 1929 have on the American people during the Great Depression?
-What were the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), The Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and how did the affect the American people during the Great Depression?
-Who was Herbert Hoover and how did his leadership affect the American people during the Great Depression?
-Who was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how did his leadership affect the American people during the Great Depression?

1. Day 2 in the Library for your Digital Story Telling Project on the Great Depression.

2. Tips for Digital Story Telling:

A. What you have to say DOES matter!
B. Show US A STORY, don't just tell us a story!
C. Images should be quality, not quantity! You want your images to show emotion!!!
D. Size does matter, I recommend as a means to find quality pictures
E. Story boarding is a "Visual Outline" just as much as a written script
Story boarding allows students to "structure" their story and "sync" images to words. One advantage is that it enhances revision of the story once students see how the words work with the images.  At times, it is wise to rim, or even omit narration altogether if the image creates enough of an impact. There are several effective methods of storyboarding.  Powerpoint can rend a quick and easy version for you to follow along and to visually see the story.  A Word document or Google document using text and image boxes can also suffice.  All students need to do is insert images in order, and copy and past the corresponding narration into a digital story program such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Haiku Deck, Microsoft Photo Story 3, YouTube video, Move Note, Notability, EduCreations, or Touch Cast to illustrate a real movie like effect with you voice recording telling the story.  The most important advantage of story boarding is that it creates an effective blueprint for the movie. So please plan this stage of your Digital Story well by organizing yourself and following the rubric provided.

F. When recording your voice over - SLOOOOOOWWWW DOOOOWNNNN!
Your audience needs time to process the images and a slower pacing is a much more effective way to ensure they will see what you have studied in the image. 

G. Choosing a soundtrack: Instrumental vs. lyrical. 
Pacing, emotion, and point of view of the audience are all enhanced with appropriate music.  I would select one piece of music if you want to use it, but do not use more than one as frequent music changes can confuse the audience.

3. Please utilize your time wisely and WORK TOGETHER with your partners to PLAN this project.  You need to plan well in order to execute your project well. You MUST CREATE a google document that you share with me as an EDITOR so that I can review what and who has done the planning and can approve your storyboard.

4. Review of the expectations of the Digital Storytelling Project and the Digital Storytelling Rubric.

1. You should be getting pretty serious about your research on your topic and double-checking the requirements/rubric for this project.  Please make sure you are creating your storyboard and collecting meaningful PRIMARY SOURCES and facts that can connect to your topic.  Moreover, use databases from the BHS library and credible sources that will help you seek the truth in your investigative hunt to understand your theme and topic on the Great Depression. Presentations will begin on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2014.  

2. Once you have fully organized, executed, and presented your Digital Story Telling Project you MUST PRINT UP and FILL OUT your Self-Evaluation on your Digital Story Telling Project.

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

-What was Andrew Jackson's Legacy?
-Does war cause national prosperity?
-Is economic, social, or physical coercion an effective method of achieving our national interest in domestic affairs

Themes: Westward Expansion, Manifest Destiny, Expansionist Presidents, Nationalism, War with Mexico

1. Please download the Martin Van Buren to James K. Polk Presidential video questions. We are going to complete these questions today watching the History Channel's Presidential series on President Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison and John Tyler.

2. Did these American President do the right thing for America?  Can you justify their actions as good decision making? Would you consider them good policy makers?

3. The Westward Expansion packet as we are going to use it as the basic foundation for understand how the continental U.S. forms into the 48 states that make up mainland America.

-College Prep should complete the map following the directions and complete the land acquisitions of Louisiana Territory, Adam-Onis Treaty, and Mexican Cession on pages 4 and 5 using the page numbers I provided you on the Table of Contents located on page 3 of the Westward Expansion packet.
-Honor's Level should complete the rest of the packet and this means Oregon Trail, Gadsden Purchase and California as land acquisitions and your final essay on the very last page.

1. Please follow the direction above regarding the Westward Expansion packet and what is expected of you to finish tonight for homework. The College Prep and Honor's Classes have different tasks.
International Studies - Period 2 
Essential Questions:
1. What does international studies mean?

2. How will you succeed in my class?

Themes: PEGS (Political, Economic, Geographic, Social)

1. Can I see that you have downloaded and you have until Wednesday (tomorrow) to have your parent sign my course expectation sheet - International Studies - Expectations and Syllabi.

2. Let's read and discuss an interesting article on "What Drives Success?" from the New York Times.

3. We are going to review and discuss "What is International Studies mean?" using the BHS Library Databases World History and Global Issues and the links below:

3. We will begin to examine the United Nations using the UN Website and a UN slideshow.

4. Ban-Ki-Moon - Secretary-General of the United Nations

5. United Nation Resources:
United Nations History
United Nations Multimedia Room
United Nations School bus Virtual Field Trip
United Nations Research Guide A-Z on EVERYTHING you can imagine!
United Nations Peacekeeping Missions
University of California organized a UN resources guide - Honestly, the BEST and more ORGANIZED I have seen yet on how to research issues concerning the United Nations.

1. What's in the news today on the United Nations? Go out and find UN related websites that will help you fully understand the role it plays in the world. Which news stories interest you and why?

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