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Monday, May 18, 2015

Day 155 - Monday

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. Only Period 5 will finish the Debate - "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. A quick recap of the American Civil War Battles/Turning Points:
*Student-led Timeline

3. Ken Burns selected scenes "The Civil War" 
*Gettysburg - Day 3
*Sherman's March to Sea
*Appomattox Court House

4. American Civil War Resources:
1.  A Revolution in Warfare - Please read your textbook pages 343 "Ironclads" and "New Weapons." Please also use the Introduction of American Civil War Weapons - The Smithsonian 
BHS Library Database - Civil War Weapons - Civil War Trust Weapons

A. Make a list of the new Civil War Weapons. 

B. What were the benefits and drawbacks of these new weapons - You can categorize them and look for patterns. 

C. Which weapon was the most effective of the entire American Civil War and WHY?

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 review textbook pages 940 (President Johnson Expands the Conflict) and then examine with the Summer of 1965 is a major turning point for the United States of America as we will critically discuss America's options using What were America's options in Vietnam?
*As a quick study reference read and review The Vietnam War Overview 1964 - 1968

2. Search and Destroy Missions 1966-1967

3. 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

3. 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 read textbook pages 948 "A Nation Divided" to 953 and create a 2-Column Chart that gives THE DETAILS and DEVELOPMENTS on the right hand side (2/3rds or the larger side of your columns) and then when you are done, please complete the left hand side that are the MAIN IDEAS based off your details.  This should be approximately 1 1/2 to 2 pages long (front and back of lined paper/electronic google doc). 

2. 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. Senior Skip Day make not bring much attendance today, so if we have at least 3 or more students we will finish our movie study of the 1990's with Titanic and begin our brief study, discussion and analysis of a 1990's godsend show called 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 make sure you are executing your FINAL RESEARCH EXHIBIT PROJECT for Modern America as it's worth 40% of your Quarter 4 grade.  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 3 DAYS LEFT until you present on Thursday, May 21st!

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