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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Day 124 - Thursday

U.S. History I - Periods 2, 5, and 6: 
Essential Question:
-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-How has American's justified Manifest Destiny?
-Why did Americans feel so compelled to expand the country westward?
-How might the country have developed differently if no gold or other precious minerals had been discovered in the West?
-Does war cause national prosperity?
-Is economic, social, or physical coercion an effective method of achieving our national interest in domestic affairs

Themes:  Westward Expansion, Continentialism, Manifest Destiny, American Exceptionalism, Native America attrition

1. (Period 5 ONLY) Let's evaluate your performance on the Map Activity on Westward Expansion and the rest of the packet by working in partners to share your maps and the importance of adding these new territories to the USA.

2. (PERIOD 2 ONLY) We will look at quick look a who's in and who's out and what primaries have played an important role over the last three weeks. Let's evaluate the results and the upcoming primaries.
-Recent Results
-Super Saturday and recent results - CNN Politics
-Presidential Primary Schedule and results - NY Times
-Super Tuesday or SEC Primary - What you need to know? - An NPR Podcast
-MA Primary and how many delegates are at stake? -
-More Super Tuesday News
-Who's STILL IN and who is now OUT?
-The Polls - RealClearPolitics - Polls - Ughhhh so predictable?!
-Your guide to the 2016 presidential candidates - The Washington Examiner

3. Westward Expansion and Pre-Civil War Overview - Read and discuss the highlights

4. Westward Expansion Video

5. Westward Expansion and affecting Native Americans - Please download this Worksheet to review and complete as you watch the video. 

6. How did America Justify Westward Expansion?
-Manifest Destiny Slideshow

1. Please make sure you have SUBMITTED and completed the rest of the video and worksheet on "Westward Expansion and affecting Native Americans" (Period 5 and Period 6 are due by Monday morning before school (7:30 AM).

U.S. HISTORY II - Period 1:
Essential Questions:
-Why was it important for Americans to remember D-Day?
-How did D-Day change the course of the war, and potentially the course of history?
-In what ways did the U.S. decision to join WWII impact the European Theater or battle?

Themes:  European Theater, D-Day Invasion, Operation Overload, Normandy, Remembering D-Day

1. ON THURSDAY (after MCAS) you will complete your ATOMIC BOMB DEBATE with Team 1 giving closing statements and TEAM 2 completing their opening, cross-fire, and closing statements.  You should have already filled out an Atomic Bomb Debate Organizer to assist you and please don't hesitate to bring up any documents on Atomic Bomb Debate Format doc for exhibits as you make arguments and present evidence.

***The goal is that everyone can EXPLAIN 3 CLAIMS and provide clear EVIDENCE for your ARGUMENT about the atomic bomb. 

Team 1: "Should the U.S.A employ atomic weapons to defeat its enemies in war?" 

Team 2: "How should we remember the dropping of the atomic bombs?"

*Please use the following resource below to organize a constructive debate. 

Photographs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Leo Szilard's Petition to The President (1945)

Leaflet dropped over Japan

U.S. Strategic Bomb Survey (1946)

Surviving the Atomic Bomb (1945)

Primary Sources - A collection of different sources for a Debate on the Dropping the Bombs

Primary Source Documents from the Harry S. Truman Library: On the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs

2. Pacific Theater of WWII Resources:
World War II the Pacific Theater
American Propaganda
The Manhattan Project
The First Atomic Blast
The Bombing of Hiroshima
Interactive Map - Island Hopping
War in the Pacific
Major Pacific Battles

3. Questions you should be able to answer on the Pacific Theater:
-When did we really begin Island Hopping in the Pacific?
-Based off the video from yesterday, what style of fighting took place in the Pacific for both the Americans and Japanese?
-What part of the U.S. military was MOST IMPORTANT for fighting the Japanese?
-How many men did we need to win the Pacific Theater?
-Did most of the fighting take place in Japan? Why or why not?

4. Slideshow on The Death of FDR

1. Team 1 Prepare for "Closing Statements" and Team 2 prepare for your debate on Thursday when we actually meet again this week.

2. Due by Thursday - Please read Chapter 26 - Section 1 - Origins of the Cold War - pages 808-814 and complete the entire short packet on World War II to Cold War: Transitioning to another kind of war.

International Studies - Period 7
Essential Questions:
1. Does NATO have a new role in the order of international relations in Europe and the World in the    21st Century?
2. Was NATO just or unjust in participating and executing their mission in your post-Cold War scenario?
3. Is the world safer today with the United Nations than it was in 1945?
4. Is the United Nations an effective peace-keeping organization?
5. What should be done to improve the effectiveness of the United Nations?

Themes:  United Nations, Peacekeeping, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Globalization, Alliances, NATO

1. Please continue to access and evaluate Globalization using the pros and cons list we started on Monday as we watch the video below and share some of the major topics & issues we face as humans.
Globalization 101
Issues in Globalization
Global Policy Organization - Many issues and specific areas of globalization of culture, politics, economy, law, and table/charts on Globalization.
World Health Organization and Globalization

2. We will watch the Globalization Videos: Crash Course - Globalization II - Good or Bad? (We left off at the 4:21 mark with Technology)

3. The Myth of Globalization - TED talk by Peter Alfandary

1. Please fill out Globalization Spreadsheet with the major globalization topic you would like to complete your project on. If your "topic" gets chosen then please go down your list or use the Issues in Globalization and Global Policy Organization links to finalize a specific areas of globalization regarding of culture, politics, economy, law, and environment on a globalization topic your really want to investigate because it interest you. 

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