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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Day 176 - Wednesday and our last real day of class together.....YAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Essential Questions
-Has the West been romanticized?
-Can the "white man's conquest" of Native Americans be justified?
-Has rapid industrial development been a blessing or a curse for Americans?
-Were big business leaders "captains of industry" or "robber barons?"
-Should businesses be regulated closely by the government?
-Can workers attain economic justice without violence?
-Has immigration been the key to American success?

 Themes:  Growth of Railroads, Chinese Exclusion Act, Industrialist/Capitalist, Labor Unions, The Great Strikes of the late 1800's-early 1900's, Immigrants, The Progressives, Urbanization

1. How were the Chinese perceived by American industrialist in The Chinese Immigration DBQ? What evidence do you have to suggest these perceptions? If time permits we will read and review the Chinese Immigration DBQ.

2. Immigration and Urbanization
A. Group 1 - will go and explore the Interactive Tour of Ellis Island.  What did you find that was interesting or unusual? What did you like or dislike? What did you learn about immigration? Is this a credible source, why or why not? Be ready to present your findings and interest to your classmates.

B. Group 2 - will go and explore the Immigration Data by decade, region, and by 50-year periods. Your job is to study the numbers and charts to learn more about the history of immigration. You must answer any 4 questions on the Immigration Questions.

3.  Please read Chapter 15 - "Immigrants and Urbanization" pages 458-465.  As you read please begin to list the MAJOR THEMES of Section 1 - "The New Immigrants" Label these themes at the TOP of your outline. Your job is to create an outline from Section I - "The New Immigrants."  Your outline should NOT be a paragraph-format, but should be numbered, bullet-pointed, highlighted, bolded, and underlined words or phrases that highlight the key ideas from this section.

Your outline should break into into three parts: 1. The New Immigrants that go through the "Golden Door"(So who are the new immigrants and why do they come to America?), 2. Life in the New Land for the Immigrants (in other words, what difficulties and effects did immigrants face in America and also how did they deal with the challenges they faced?), and 3. Immigrant restrictions (what were the effects of the massive influx of immigrants to the U.S. in the late 1900's?).

4. Immigration and Urbanization Resources
American Cities in the late 19th Century Slideshow
Ellis Island Immigration Video
Ellis Island's Virtual Field Trip
Progressive Era
City Life in the late 19th Century
Industrialization and Urbanization Overview - Terrific graphs and info
Urbanization during the Progressive Era
Urbanization/Immigration Outline
Urbanization and Immigration Slideshow
Chicago "The City of the Century" - A PBS special
Urbanization in American - Effects and Problems

5. You will have time to ask questions and plan for your Multiple Choice and Essay of your Final Exam. 

1.  STUDY FOR YOUR FINAL EXAMS and GOOD LUCK!  Review US History I Study Guide and outlining your Final Exam Essay. 
U.S. HISTORY II - Period 4:

Essential Questions:
-To what extent were the 1950's a time of great peace, progress, and prosperity for Americans?
-To what extent did the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's expand democracy for all Americans?
-Is civil disobedience the most effective means of achieving racial equality?
-To what extent can legislation result in positive change in racial attitudes and more?
-Is violence or non-violence the most effective means of achieving racial equality?
-Did the 1960's Civil Right Movement effectively change the nation?

Themes: American Culture and Presidents in the 1970's, , 1980's, and 1990's

1. We will watch the History Channel Presidential Videos on the 1970's Presidents, 1980's, and early 1990's.  

2.  The 1970's Decade Review

3. The 1980's Decade Review

4. The 1990's Decade Review

5. The 2000's Decade Review

6. President Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention Speech 

1. Read and review Chapter 33 and 34 - On the 1980's and 1990's/Modern World. The Conservative Movement, Reagan and Bush policies, especially Reaganomics/supply-side economics, SDI/Star Wars,  Social Justice in the 1980's (HIV/AIDS crisis, Equal Rights Amendment, Pay inequality, etc), Operation Desert Storm, Clinton Wins/Clinton's policies, Modern Terrorism/September 11th, Clinton's impeachment and Monica LewinskyAffair/Whitewater, era, The Internet, Bio-technology, War in Iraq, and War in Afghanistan.

2. Watch John Green's 1980's U.S. History Crash Course

3. Please carefully study and utilize your U.S. History II Final Exam Review Guide and prepare for your Final Exam by researching, collecting, and executing a clear stand-alone primary source. 
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. Thank you seniors for a wonderful semester of Modern America!

1. Congratulations Seniors and YOU DID A GREAT JOB!

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