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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Day 142 - Wednesday

U.S. History II  - Period 1: 
Essential Questions:
- Who is responsible for starting the Cold War?
-Why didn't the Cold War ever turn "hot"?
-How did the Cold War challenge American values, at home and abroad?
-Is the Cold War still going on? How?

Themes: Failed Conferences, The Iron Curtain, Satellite Nations, Containment, Competing Plans, Struggle over Germany

1. Some of you guys need to work on improving your Thesis Statements, so please use the examples of Thesis Statements/Tips for writing an Effective Thesis Statement below:
University of Purdue Writing Lab
University of North Carolina - Tips and Examples of good Thesis Statements
Weak versus Strong Thesis Statements - University of Arizona and really great examples of thesis statements.

2. If you have successfully completed your thesis statement, then please work on your Bibliography of at least 3 sources that should include at least 2 statistics, paraphrased information, expert opinions, quotes, etc that would support your thesis statement and what you are trying to argue in your research paper.  Remember you need to submit at least 9 (3x5 note-cards) with a minimum of 3 note-cards coming from credible sources (2 of which need to be primary source based).

3. Cold War Slideshow #1 1945-1960 - We will explore the early concepts, events, and key players that participate in the Cold War Era in the 1940's and 1950's.

4. Documents we will work with today:
The Berlin Potsdam Conference - Political and Economic Principles - 1945
Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain Speech" - 1946
The Truman Doctrine - 1947
The Marshall Plan - 1947

5. Video of Iron Curtain Speech

6. Cold War Slideshow #2  1960-Present day

7. Other Cold War Resources:
The Cold War Museum
All sort of Cold War resource - videos, primary sources, etc 
The Miller Center - University of Virginia - Cold War Era - Lots of Primary Sources
Timeline of the Cold War

1. I will be checking tomorrow in class -> Please write a detailed summary of Struggle over the Berlin Airlift (page 813) and the formation of NATO (page 814).  In your summary, please include were these U.S. and Soviet actions, and what were the reactions by the other superpower, and what were the effects of each of these events/actions? Finally, which superpower, U.S.A or the Soviet Union was more successful in achieving its aims during the 1945-1949 era? Please state your reasons and explain why.

2. You may need an think and write an EFFECTIVE THESIS STATEMENT because I asked you for a revision, if so you must SUBMIT it by this Friday.  Additionally, your BIBLIOGRAPHY of at least 3 sources (2 primary at least) are due on Monday, May 5th for your Research Paper.  Please see the Research Paper Format/Due Date. Additionally, I strongly encourage you to check out the Slideshows and Cold War Resources above to help you with your research process for your Bibliography. 
U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-What military lessons can we learn from the fighting in the American Civil War?
-How and why did President Lincoln's position on slavery, race, and emancipation change over time?
-Was the American Civil War worth it's costs? 

Themes: American Civil War, Key Battles/Turning Points, Key Leadership, Emancipation of Slavery,

1. We will utilize today as a research day for your projects.  Sadly, we did not get the library, so it will be completed in class.

2. The Civil War Slideshow - We will continue our review on the leadership of the American Civil War, problems on both sides, substitutes, and Civil War Carnage.

3. For Friday - How did African-Americans Experience the American Civil War?
-Emancipation Proclaimation

4. Review Guide and The American Civil War Battles Sheet - Please use the textbook - Chapter 11 - pages 336-373, the slideshow above, and the additionally resources below to help you understand WHEN, WHERE, WHO, and the IMPACT these battles had on American in the Civil War. (Do NOT complete the "Nature of Battle" Section.), but everything else in your packet should be completed please.

5. Civil War Battle Resources:
-Timeline of American Civil War Battles
-Battle Summaries
-Civil War Animated Battles
-Civil War Battles/Timeline/Summaries
-Map of Western Battles
-Map of Major Battles from 1863-1865

6. Civil War Projects - Here are the themes, due date, and procedures.

7. American Civil War Resources:
-A huge collection of resources on nearly every topic on the Civil War
-Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
-Civil War Battles and Primary Sources - Civil War Trust Organization
-Primary Sources - Maps, Confederates and Union transcripts
-The 10 costliest battles of the American Civil War
-Important Women in the American Civil War

1. Please complete your research on your theme and use the Student Folders I have shared with you to create a Google Document that illustrates a working outline with Primary Sources, Chicago Citation Page, and your final product with the name of your topic and your Last Name in the Title of the Google Document.  Finally, please make sure you have BOTH Confederate and Union perspectives for your project. Additionally, please make sure you can PROVE how these themes IMPACTED the American Civil War. 

International Studies - Period 2 
Essential Questions:
1. How do we think about POWER in the 21st Century?
2. What is "terrorism"?
3. How do you think the United States and other countries should work toward preventing terrorist from attacking again?

4. What do you believe is the role of the United States on an international level?
5. What do you think fuels anti-American sentiment?
6. Can the United States play a global role without fueling anti-American sentiment? If so, how?

ThemesTaliban 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 Library's MAC/Computer Lab on the left hand side of the Library as your walk in. Your 4th Quarter and Final Project is Terrorism and National Security Threats and is worth 50% of your 4th Quarter Grade.  Please make sure you drop all of your outlines, working Chicago-Style Citations, and case-studies should be in the Google Folder I shared with you yesterday.

2. Resources for this Terrorism 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
University of Rutgers - Al-Qaeda's Survival and Success
War, Terror, U.S. Foreign Policy | Afghanistan History, Culture, Literature The War in Afghanistan | The Course of the Iraq War |Debate About the Iraq War | Iraq and Democracy | Historical Parallels to Iraq | Iraq and the Media | The Soldiers | Times Topics and Resources

3. A really great video that you SHOULD WATCH!!
"America at a Crossroads: Jihad and the Men and Idea Behind Them"

4. And another I would highly recommend...TED Talk on the New Face of Evil...

5. Vice Videos -

6. Syria: Al-Qaeda's New Home

1. Here is your Final Project for International Studies - Terrorism and National Security Threats - which is worth 50% of your Quarter 4 Grade.  Please read it over and have a firm grasp of WHAT 3 COUNTRIES you will select and the use the checklist. 

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