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Friday, January 31, 2014

Day 92 - Friday

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 3 and FINAL DAY in the Library for your Digital Story Telling Project.

2. A few reminders...
  • If you have NOT downloaded iMovie on your ipad, then please go to the lower library and get it downloaded with Mrs. Scheffer. You can do this throughout the day or the first 15 minutes of class today. She needs to leave school at 1:45pm, so do it sooner rather than later. 
  • You need to submit a script on your Google Doc page you shared with ALL OF US on the Google Folder I created for everyone to have a place to drop their project. 
  • Review the DST Rubric and remember you need to hit some minimums of 8+ Primary Sources, 25 facts regarding your topic and subject (these could be connections you built based on causes and effects on your topic), and 3-4 minute movie that syncs your voice recording with the images/primary sources you are showing, and the presentation of your project. 
  • Monday we start the project presentations.  I will pick them at random, so everyone be prepared and you will be asked to email me the link to your project so that everyone has a final product of your digital story on Monday. 
3. 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.

4. Please utilize your time wisely this weekend and DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SUNDAY EVENING TO WORK TOGETHER with your partners to PLAN this project.  You need to plan well and execute hard work to find primary sources and write story board that syncs up pictures and story to create a very real storytelling project.

5. Review all of the expectations of the Digital Storytelling Project and the Digital Storytelling Rubric.

1. You should be getting to the final stages of your research (which means you are an expert on your topic) and double-checking the requirements/rubric for this project.  You need to plan out what you want to say as important matters, facts, and evidence for your topic.  Please make sure you have created your storyboard on the google doc topic so that everyone can access it and then make sure you have collected 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:

-Why did Americans feel so compelled to expand the country westward?
-What might 19th century Native Americans have said about Manifest Destiny? 
-How might the country have developed differently if no gold or other precious minerals had been discovered in the West?
-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. Using the Martin Van Buren to James K. Polk Presidential video questions we are going to complete the final few presidential questions today James K. Polk. 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?

2. 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, so I need to COLLECT IT TODAY from the College Prep class.

3. Honor's Level - CP Level if we have time - Please let's review the slideshow on Manifest Destiny.

4. Honor's Level - CP Level if we have time - Let's review the meaning of John O'Sullivan's, "Annexation," 1845 and John O’Sullivan, "The Great Nation of Futurity," 1839 (both found on the link I provided). Then answer the following questions:

John O’Sullivan, "The Great Nation of Futurity," 1839 

  • What does John O’Sullivan think America stands for?
  • What, according to John O’Sullivan, is America’s mission?

John O’Sullivan, “Annexation,” July 1845.

  • What do you think John O’Sullivan means by “our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions”?
  • Based on these two documents, how did Americans feel about expanding westward?

5. The West Resources:
Primary Sources from PBS - Using the timeline, explore the Primary sources on Texas Independence, The Whitman's exploration of the Oregon Trail, War with Mexico, Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, The "Diggings" in California, Massacres of the West, and more.

The Gold Rush and the Donner Party - Powerful and impactful story about cannibalism in the West.

The Gold Rush - Great facts, maps, and timelines - Covers The Westward Expansion and has 9 videos on various topics as well.

Trails to Utah and the Pacific - How did people migrate out West + Primary Source/Interactive Maps

1. Honor's - NONE, enjoy your weekend!
2. College Prep - Finish points #3 and #4 above if we do not finish in class today.

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

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

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

4. 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. NONE, enjoy your weekend!

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