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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 137 - Wednesday

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?
-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, Popular Sovereignty, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas, Stephen Douglas and Millard Fillmore's views on slavery.

1. Please make sure you have submitted your 12 Years a Slave or your Slave Narratives in the 19th Century and Activity/Questions

2. Causes of the American Civil War Packet - Let's review Pages 1 & 2.  Additionally, students should take out their outlines from last week on Chapter 10 - Section 2 and complete pages 6 & 7 in partners.
-Interactive Map on the Kansas-Nebraska Act
-Kansas-Nebraska Act - 1854 -


3. -Primary Source Document #1 on the Kansas-Nebraska Act - Author? Who is the intended audience and what is it's purpose?

-Primary Source Document #2 on the Kansas-Nebraska Act - Author? Who is the intended audience and what is it's purpose?

-Comparing and Contrasting the political views of Two Illinois Politicians - Students will split into to groups.

4. Causes of the American Civil War Resources:
Events that Triggered the American Civil War -
Causes of the War -
The Crash Course Video with John Green on "The Election of 1860 and Disunion" + Question "What is the turning point leading up to the American Civil War? (based off the video)"

1. Please complete pages 3-4 and 8-9 on the Causes of the American Civil War Packet
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?
-Did America learn foreign policy lessons from the Bay of Pigs and The Cuban Missile Crisis?

Themes: Containment, Domino Theory, CIA covert missions, Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Berlin Wall Crisis

1. John F. Kennedy Assassination
-John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (lots of audio and videos on the right-hand side)

2. Most of our class period will be dedicated to John F. Kennedy's Tragedy in Dallas and preparing for Thursday's debate.
In-Depth Study and Historian who questions The Conspiracy - May be the most complete site I have seen on the JFK assassination

Debate Question:Was JFK assassinated by a single gunman?

-Team preparation (Five minutes to discuss and manage the collective arguments and the evidence you will use to support your arguments)

OPENING STATEMENTS with your arguments: (1 minute EACH)
1. Team  A STARTS - Single Gunman (Oswald)
2. Team B  (Conspiracy Theory)

Phase 2 - The CROSS DEBATE: 15 minutes of Open Debate (TOTAL) - One student speaks at a time and the other team has to listen.  No one can dominate or speak for more than 30 seconds at a time.

1. Team B begins their major argument (focus on defense)
2. Team A counter-attacks (focus on offense/keep the pressure on)

CLOSING DEBATE: (1-2 MINUTES EACH) One team speaks at a time to give their final statements to sway the decision of the Debate Judge (Mr. Parkin).  You may use this time to counterattack any arguments the other team made.
1. Team B - Starts
2. Team A - Finishes

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. Tonight is your FINAL NIGHT TO PREPARE for your John F. Kennedy's Tragedy in Dallas Debate.  Please utilize the resources below to come up with your arguments and evident to support your debate question: "Was JFK assassinated by a single gunman?" 

HALF the class will be divided up into Lee Harvey Oswald Supports and the other half will be Conspiracy theorist of multiple gunman.  DECIDE which side you will fall on...but you MUST DO YOUR RESEARCH USING THE BELOW SITES! Please fill out the Graphic Organizer so that you have some data points on the theory that you support tonight!

JFK and the single gunman question
JFK Assassination from the JFK Library
In-Depth Study and Historian who questions The Conspiracy - May be the most complete site I have seen on the JFK assassination.
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. We will finish the last few scenes of  "Back to the Future"

2. 1980's Benefits Concert Slideshow - Why Africa and why musicians?

3. End of the 1980's Slideshow - How did the Cold War "cool down" in the 1980's?

4. 1980's Resources:
-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 review the End of the 1980's Slideshow - How did the Cold War "cool down" in the 1980's?Write a summarization of the 1980's and what you liked most about the decade and what you liked least about the decade. What surprised you the most? Would you want to have been a young adult in this decade, why or why not? Please post to Google Classroom. 

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