-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. Students will have the period to prepare for their debate on Thursday, May 14th - "Which theater of the American Civil War was MOST IMPORTANT in determining the outcome of the American Civil War?" 2. Please remember that EACH THEATER has to create ONE question to ask the other two theaters. 3. We will quickly review for 5 minutes or so Debating Tips/Rules/Expectations. 4. American Civil War Resources:
1. Please manage your DEBATE for WEDNESDAY. So please create a NEW GOOGLE DOC, share it with me and your team-mates ONLY as editors and begin coming up with your strongest arguments and defense for the question: "Which theater of the American Civil War was MOST IMPORTANT in determining the outcome of the American Civil War?" 2. Tips/Resources for Debating: Debating Matters - Debates + Top tips for Teenagers Debate Tips and Tricks - A Varsity Debate Team 3. Please continue to work on your Blizzard Bags for U.S. History I
-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. We will continue to utilize theVietnam Slideshowas a focus of study for the Vietnam War from 1956-1965. 2. Please download Vietnam Political Cartoon Analysis,and then we will discuss why the Summer of 1965 is a turning point in the Vietnam War AND what were America's Options?
We will be analyzing political cartoons from The Vietnam War - so if you have not already downloaded the Vietnam Political Cartoon Instructions, then please do so and pick from collection of primary sources from below. Please follow the instructions of picking 2 political cartoons to effectively analyze the purpose and perspectives.
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. If I have NOT approved your topic - Kyle, Tasha, and Nicole - then you need to check in with me today about your Final Research Project. I need to approve them, so bring in your form that I passed out last week.
2. We will finish watching the last few clips of Forrest Gump.
1. Please reflect upon my comments and suggestions on executing your FINAL RESEARCH EXHIBIT PROJECT for Modern America. You MUST HAVE a strong thesis statement, a research exhibit that presents itself in a very clear manner, and it has to reflect Pop Culture today as well. ***You only have 8 DAYS LEFT until you present on Thursday, May 21st!