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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day 133 - Thursday

U.S. History I - Periods 1, 5, and 6: 

Essential Questions:
-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-Does the United States have a mission to expand democracy and freedom?
-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: State Rights vs. Federal Government, Fugitive Slave Act, Clay's Compromise of 1850 (terms), Popular Sovereignty, Calhoun Goals/Webster's Goals, response to the compromise, Stephen Douglas and Millard Fillmore's views on slavery.

1. Please download and review 12 Years a Slave Questions.  You will need to complete these questions while you watch the film 12 Years a Slave.  We will watch selected scenes from the 2014 Academy Award Winner of Best Picture.

2. Solomon Northup SlideshowBackground information on Solomon Northup and the Author David Wilson, Screen-writer Steven McQueen and Editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3. Slavery: Then and Now - Please review and read for an understanding of how slavery has evolved and examples of 21st Century Slavery.

***4. Alternative Assignment for those of you who DO NOT have permission to watch the movie  is Slave Narratives in the 19th Century and Activity/Questions.

5. Slavery Resources and Personal Narratives:
Antebellum South Slideshow 
Solomon Northup Slideshow 
Primary Source Accounts of Slave Narratives
Slavery: Then and Now

1.  Please begin working on your questions on 12 Years a Slave Questions OR work on the Alternative Assignment for those of you who DO NOT have permission to watch the movie using Slave Narratives in the 19th Century and Activity/Questions.
U.S. HISTORY II - Period 4:

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?
-Should Americans and the U.S. government have feared an internal Communist subversion in the 1950's?

Themes: Containment, Domino Theory, CIA covert missions, Iran Overthrow, The Space Race, U-2 incident

-Cuban Missile Crisis  - Students will look at Photographs + listen to Audio files for 20 minutes and then reflect on these primary source documents using the discussion questions below.

3. Class Discussion after reviewing materials:
-Why did the Soviet Union place missiles in Cuba? What could they gain by deployment?
-Why was Fidel Castro and Cuba a threat to the United States?
-Did missiles actually threaten the United State's Security?
-Why did the U.S.A blocade Cuba? Was it an effective measure to problem solve this situation?
-How did the secret discussion affect the outcome?
-Should President Kennedy be considered a hero or lucky?  Why?
-What did the international community (United States/Soviet Union/Cuba/Others) gain or lose from this crisis?

4. John F. Kennedy Resources:
JFK Library - Life of Kennedy and a whole heck of lot more!
Historic Speeches by JFK - JFK Library
JFK Cabinet, Headlines, and more - Online database on Presidents
JFK at a glance and his Domestic and Foreign policies - The Miller Center - University of Virginia
JFK through photos - A photo walk of JFK through the Presidential Years

5. Cold War Resources:
1. Please research The Berlin Crisis under Kennedy and The Space Race (Textbook pages 883-884, and 887 to 888), be sure to include the BIG IDEA/THEME, an original argument based off your research, a visual representation of these event, and a audio representation of ONE of these events.

2. Based off your research please answer this question with a thoughtful response - What kind of political statement was made by the United States' support of West Berlin and the NASA Space program?
Modern America Class - Period 7
Essential Questions:
1. How much do popular trends reflect and/or shape American values and traditions?
2. Does our entertainment reflect society, or does our entertainment shape our society?
3. What is Pop Culture?
4. How do we know if something is Popular Culture?

Themes: Pop Culture, Top Charts, American Exceptionalism, 1980's Decade, 1980's TV, 1980's Major Events in Politics, Culture, Sports, Science.

1. Let's evaluate MTV. Why all the craze? Why does it represent the 1980's? How does it become a game-changer for popular culture?

2. The Decade that Made Us - Madonna and MTV - Part 3 (14:00 mark)

3. The crack pandemic of the late 1980's - The Decade that Made Us - Crack Pandemic in the 1980's - Part 4 last 15:00 minutes.
-Crack Cocaine
-Crack is Wack!
-Examples of Crack is Wack! On 128th and 2nd
-Whitney Houston Interview
-Anti-Drug Commerical

4. 1980's Links to get you started:
-What happened in the 1980's - - Toys, Sports, Furniture, Events, Fashion, Appliances, and Music are all categories you can investigate.
-History Channel - The 1980's - Cars, The Politics, Cold War and Pop Culture
-The 1980's Playlist - Popular Music from the 1980's
-Ronald Reagan and Reaganism

1. Please make sure you PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES on your"Podcast Interview Project on the 1980's, which are are A PROJECT GRADE and will be due TODAY on Wednesday, April 8th by 11:59pm!

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