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Friday, May 15, 2015

Day 154 - Yeah it's 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. Debate Day - "Which theater of the American Civil War was MOST IMPORTANT in determining the outcome of the American Civil War?" & THREE student questions from each theater of war. 

2. American Civil War Resources:
1. Review and organize your notes on the American Civil War so that they make sense and reflect a clear thinking process for the course of the war and major battles that greatly impacted the outcome of the war. 

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. We will continue to utilize the Vietnam Slideshow as a focus of study for the Vietnam War from 1956-1965.  

2. We have yet to start the examination of the Vietnam Political Cartoon Analysis, and we will finally begin to 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 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 movie study of the 1990's with Titanic and begin the Seinfeld

2. 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 6 DAYS LEFT until you present on Thursday, May 21st!

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