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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 79 - Wednesday

U.S. History I - Periods 1, 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?
-Why was John Adam's so strongly disliked?

Themes: Federalism, State Rights vs. Federal Government, Liberty vs. Hierarchy, U.S. Constitution, State Rights vs. Federal Rights, Bill or Rights, Checks and Balances, Amendments 11-27

1. We will finish our study of The George Washington Era by finishing up the framework behind his effectiveness as President and his failures.
-The Judiciary Act of 1789 + The Federal Judiciary System today
-The Cabinet
-Hamilton vs. Jefferson
-The US Census under GW and beyond
-First Bank of the United States
-Foreign Policy dispute  - Citizen Genet
-The Foundation of Washington D.C. being built
-The First Political Parties
-The Whiskey Rebellion
-Years of Crisis under GW
-George Washington's death and conclusion 

2. Crash Course on Birth of Political Parties in the USA


4. Questions to Discuss:

   1. What does President Washington see as dangers to the success of a newly formed United States of America?

   2. What arguments does Washington use to support his statement that the government is the "main pillar" of independence? Why does he see this as so important and how can it be protected?

   3. Washington writes that in foreign policy "Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course." What course of action is he arguing that the nation should take?

   4. What advice did George Washington offer to the nation? Why?

5. Introduction of John Adams - John Adam's Presidency 1800-1804

John Adam's Presidency Resources:
Life in Brief: John Adams
John Adams Packet
Alien and Sedition Acts + Primary Sources Excerpts

1. Please answer the Essential Questions below on our study of The Alien and Sedition Acts:
What conditions provided for the encouragement of the Alien and Sedition Acts?
What potential for abuse was their with the Alien and Sedition Acts?

2. US History I MID-TERM REVIEW GUIDE - Your mid-term exam is approximately 13 days away.
U.S. HISTORY II - Period 4:

Essential Questions:
-*Did the United States foreign policy during the 1930's help promote World War II?  OR: Could the United States have prevented the outbreak of World War II?

*Should the United States sell arms to other nations? OR: Should the United States have aided the Allies against the Axis Powers? OR: Does the American security depend upon the survival of its Allies?

* Was war between the United States and Japan inevitable in World War II?

1. We will finalize the MAJOR CAUSES of WWII and Gallery Walk and interpretation of the WWII political cartoons.
a. What were the major causes of World War II?  
b. How did America respond in the early 1930's-mid-1930's? Meaning, what was our foreign policy plan in the 1930's to what Germans and the Japanese were during in Europe and Asia?

2. As a class we will discuss and comprehend the MAJOR CAUSES of World War II

3. We will successfully complete a Gallery Walk of your ONE political cartoon that depicts the causes of World War II or the spirit of American's foreign policy in the 1930's and everyone will walk the gallery and analyze the different pieces of cartoons.  (Here is a Google Spreadsheet to document what Political Cartoon you find so that NOBODY PICKS THE SAME ONE) Be ready to share it with your classmates and me tonight and tomorrow you must have a printed up hard copy! Everyone must have a HARD COPY of their political cartoon!
Things to look for:
Caption messages/ A Hook?
Why was the document created?
Questions raised?
Whose perspective is NOT shown?

4. WWII artwork from the Spanish Civil War

5. Axis vs. Allied Map

Map of Europe

Map of Asia

1.  Read "The United States Responds Cautiously" in your textbook on pages 740-741 and answer the following questions:
A. What is isolationism?
B. Please explain how America was cautious and what factors contributed greatly to the Americans' growing isolationism?
C. Why did President Roosevelt find it "impossible to remain neutral" and how did he find a way around Neutrality Laws?

2. Please complete this entire World War II packet by Thursday. It will take you about 1-1.5 hours to complete the whole identify, timeline, and America in World War II section.  Do NOT wait until  the last minute!

3. US History II Midterm Exam REVIEW GUIDE - Your mid-term exam is approximately 14 days away!
International Studies - Period 2
Essential Questions:
1. How do we think about POWER in the 21st Century?

2. How should we deal with extremist?
3. Do you think ordinary people can create change or movement for a cause?

Themes: War vs. Peace, Hard Power, Soft Power, Smart Power, The Taliban, Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), Globalization, Global Security

1. Your MAJOR End-of-the-Year Project is Global Security in the 21st Century and it is due in 1 MORE DAY on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00am.

2. I will be going to Brendan, Mary and Josh to get an assessment of the quality of research and your progress of your presentation.

3. Global Security Resources:
Department of Defense - 21st Century Security for Americans
Wikipedia - U.S. Commission on National Security
Council on Foreign Relations - National Security in the 21st Century - Hart-Rudman Commission
Wikipedia - Major U.S. Intelligence Reforms/Laws

1. Your FINAL PROJECT is due in 1 MORE DAY on January 8th @ 7:00AM.  A THESIS STATEMENT, ACTIVE RESEARCH, PLANNING, and organized thoughts on your topic SHOULD be posted in your Google Folders, as well as   Please use the checklists/task lists I have provided you to help organize your research and thoughts.

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