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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Days 151/152 - Tuesday/Wednesday

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. 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
-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. We will continue to utilize the Vietnam Slideshow as 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. 

3. We will analyze American decision-making What were America's options in Vietnam?
*The Vietnam War Overview 1964 - 1968

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:
Why we went to war in Vietnam?
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
Geneva Conference - Vietnamese and American Perspectives
Vietnam Political Cartoon Analysis
What were America's options in Vietnam
The Vietnam War Overview 1964 - 1968
The Vietnam War 1965-1975 - America's Ordeal
Anti-Vietnam Movement Activity
Fall of Saigon Slideshow

1. Please analyze American decision-making What were America's options in Vietnam by reading page 3 (with the four options) and completing page 1 (with the ranking options and beliefs).  We will complete the Creating your own Option (very bottom of page 1 and the entire page 2) on Thursday for class. 

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. 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

3. Please use the guiding questions to Forrest Gump Film to quickly discuss your ideas and interpretations of Forrest Gump and how it impacts Pop Culture in the 1990's and 2000's. 
Questions to help facilitate a conversation
A. Who do you think Forrest Gump represents?
B. Is there a conflict of good versus evil in this film? 
C. What were the influential social and cultural norms of this movie?
D. Should this movie be classified as a drama? A comedy? If not, what other genre from the 1990's?
E. What are the political messages in the film Forrest Gump?
F. Is intelligence important in Forrest Gump's character? Is their a historical connection between       
    Forrest Gump and the other intellectuals of the 1990's?
G. One of the biggest themes in the movie Forrest Gump is authority versus independent-mindedness, why does this major theme matter in the 1990's?
E. Check out the article titled "Is there really nothing wrong with being stupid?"

4. We will finish our movie study of the 1990's with Titanic

5. 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 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!

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