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Friday, May 8, 2015

Day 149 - Friday

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

Essential Questions:
-Who were the heroes and the losers of the American Civil War?
-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: State Rights vs. Federal Government, Abraham Lincoln's Dilemma, Secession, Anaconda Plan, The Confederate Army of the United States vs. The Union Army, Key Battles/Turning Points

1. Reminder to submit your Teacher Appreciation Week notes to me if you have not already done so. 

2. We will continue to study and examine the Civil War Slideshow to review the strategies, leadership, problems and battles as the American Civil War develops. 

3. First the class will be split into 3 Sectional Theaters of War - The North, The South, and The East. Tasks for each sections:
   A. Each section will create a timeline of the major battles and events that took place in theater perspective theater from 1861 to 1865.

   B. Each section will decide the 3 most important battles, events, or political situations within their theater. 

   C. You will need 3 primary sources (eye witness accounts, letters from soldiers, laws, photographs, political cartoons from 1861-1865).

   D. Please focus this mini-project on the SO WHAT FACTOR - meaning why does this battle/event really matter?  How does this battle/event IMPACT THE COURSE OF THE WAR or OUTCOME OF THE WAR?  You need to look at the perspective of the entire war and how and if your battle/event really matters. 

   E. Visuals and audio by CREDIBLE SOURCE (not student projects from somewhere else) are STRONGLY recommended!

  F. Presentation of your case studies is DUE MONDAY, MAY 11TH. No more than 10 minutes to present your material and pitch it to us why it really matters. 

  G. A debate will follow up on Tuesday, May 12th - "Which theater of the American Civil War was MOST IMPORTANT in determining the outcome of the American Civil War?"

4. American Civil War Resources:
1. Prepare and manage your mini-project with your Team by researching, organizing/prioritizing, and creating a case study for your theater of study in the American Civil War. I STRONGLY recommend using a Google Doc to share your ideas, research, and create a checklist of what everyone needs to do. 

2. Please continue to work on your Blizzard Bags for U.S. History I
-Slideshow to support you in the early stages and get you started on your understanding How to Vote in Burlington?
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?
-How was the Cold War Foreign Policy of the 1970's and 1980's different for Americans then the 1950's and 1960's?
-Is the Cold War still going on? How?
-Did America learn foreign policy lessons from The Vietnam Conflict?

Themes: Containment, Domino Theory, The Vietnam Conflict

1. Reminder to submit your Teacher Appreciation Week notes to me if you have not already done so.

2. Let's get into groups and have you decided on one photograph and review what you examined about The Vietnam War, Part I: The Early Years and Escalation by Alan Taylor and the 46 photographs
In smaller groups and be able to present to the entire group
-Share all of your photographs that you guys enjoyed reviewing
-Pick ONE photograph as a group - Everyone needs to double-check with other groups so there is no overlap of studying the same photograph. 
-Who's perspective are the photographs from? How do you know this?
-How does this image represent a war? Think about symbolism/imagery.
-How it represents "The Vietnam Conflict"?
-Why would you recommend this photograph as an accurate historical document to teach the Vietnam Conflict?

Recap and as an entire class class:
What is the MAIN IDEA of this article by The Atlantic?
-What other ways could Americans have changed the course of the The Vietnam Conflict?
-Would you recommend this article? Why? Why not?

3.  The Geneva Conference - Looking at the Vietnamese and American Perspectives. I would like you to create a TWO-COLUMN chart on EACH side of the perspectives (One Vietnamese, and one American) with the RIGHT SIDE being the DETAILS/DEVELOPMENTS, and the LEFT side you illustrating your comprehension/understanding of the BIG IDEAS. There are some guiding questions at the beginning of this document that should help direct you to the details/developments you need to look for as you read BOTH PERSPECTIVES.

4. Cold War Resources:
The United Nations
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
Cold War Slideshow #1 1945-1960 - The beginning of the Cold War
Cold War Slideshow #2  1960-Present day
The Cold War Slideshow

5. Vietnam Resources:
Vietnam War Overview found on Digital History.
Read and review Chapter 30 in your Textbook pages 936-971
The Beginning of the Vietnam War
PBS - The Vietnam Battlefield
Digital History - The Vietnam Overview
Vietnam Slideshow
Geneva Conference - Vietnamese and American Perspectives
Vietnam Political Cartoon Analysis
What were America's options in Vietnam
The Vietnam War 1965-1975 - America's Ordeal
Anti-Vietnam Movement Activity
Fall of Saigon Slideshow

1. MONDAY, MAY 11TH is the Burlington Town Meeting that you should go to and take notes on for your Blizzard Bags (see below).

2. Continue to work on your Blizzard Bags for U.S. History II  on How Is Burlington Governed and Town Meetings is DUE ON JUNE 1ST. 

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, 1990's Decade, 1990's TV, 1990's Major Events in Politics, Culture, Sports, Science.

1. We will FINISH OUR examination of William Jefferson Clinton Presidency and the scandal that rocked his world: 
-WJC and scandals slideshow
-PBS The American Experience "It all Began with Hope...Clinton" Movie Clips
-The Starr Report

2. Jurassic Park - Watch selected clips on this 1993 game-changer for a movie experience. 

3. 1990's Resources:
-What happened in the 1990's - - Toys, Sports, Furniture, Events, Fashion, Appliances, and Music are all categories you can investigate.

1. Please pick your topic on your FINAL RESEARCH EXHIBIT PROJECT for Modern America by MONDAY!!! 

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