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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 56 - Wednesday

U.S. History I - Periods 1, 2 & 7: 
Essential Questions:
-When is revolutionary change justified?
-What does it mean to have a representative government and live in a democratic society?
-Why were states afraid of centralized authority and a strong central government post-American Revolution?
-What does every strong government need?

Themes: Federalist, Anti-Federalist, Balance of Powers, Federalism, Separation of Powers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

1.  "What does every strong government need?" PRESENTATIONS in groups of 4 will happen today, unless you were absent yesterday, which means you present solo. Here are the directions for this activity of Strong Governments Need  and Here is the Rubric.

2. Two Videos:
Strong versus Weak Governments - Thomas Jefferson in John Adams, an HBO mini-series

1. Yes, check Google Classroom.

U.S. HISTORY II - Period 3:
Essential Questions:
-Should the United States fight wars to make the world safe for democracy?
-How did a war fought to 'save the world for democracy' end up threatening civil rights in America?
-What happens when individuals’ civil liberties are breached?
-How did World War I change America?
-Was the decade of the 1920's a time of innovation or conservationism?
-Should the USA limit immigration?
-Was the treaty of Versailles a fair and settlement for lasting world peace?

Themes: American Exceptionalism, Isolationism, Interventionism, Causes of World War I

1.  We will continue organizing and managing your research in your groups for the jigsaw activity today with students using Chapter 19 - Section 3 - The War at Home - pages 594-601, links below, and BHS Library Databases to become terrific teachers to your peers.

Group A - "Selling the War" - Was it just for the American government to "sell the war" to the American people? How supportive were Americans of selling the war?

Group B - "Attacks on Civil Liberties Increase" - How did a war fought to 'save the world for democracy' end up threatening civil rights in America? What happens when individuals' civil liberties are breached? 

Group C - "The War Encourages Social Change" - Did the social and economic changes that existed in the USA during WWI oppose or support American values? Who benefited and who struggled as a result of America's entry into WWI? 

2. The Homefront Resources:

A. Committee of Public Information:
Did the CPI undermine people's Civil Rights? How did it impact Private Businesses? Did it manipulate the minds of the American Public? Was it an effective use of government funds to sell the war to the nation?
CPI, Sedition Acts, and more - Slideshow
American Propaganda Machine - The CPI and George Creel
President Wilson, George Creel and Charles Gibson and the CPI
George Creel and CPI
Four-Minute Men
"Food will win the war" - Propaganda and the WIB

B. Civil Liberties/Immigration/Espionage and Sedition Acts:
Did the Espionage and Sedition Acts undermine people's Civil Rights? How? Should it have been overthrown by the U.S. Supreme Court?
CPI, Sedition Acts, and more - Slideshow
-Anti-immigrant hysteria
-Espionage and Sedition Acts
Espionage and Sedition Act of 1918
More on Espionage and Sedition Act from WWI
This has happened before, but 1918 was different!?!?!
Video on Alien-Sedition Acts of 1918
WWI and suppression of dissents

C. WWI - US Economy/Social Change
Social and Economic Changes - Maureen B. Fitzmahn, J.D., A Teacher's Blog
Social and Progressive Changes during WWI - Northern State University
How did the U.S. government gain control over the Economy?
Economics of WWI
War Finance Corp - William McAdoo
Detailed Essay on the War Finance Corp - Great introduction and Graphs/Charts at the end
WWI Era Economics and Transforming American Culture and Economy - Harvard Press

Weapons Americans produced
Shell-Shock in WWI - Video
More Shell-shock

3. Geography, Maps, and Trench Warfare
Maps & Battles
The "spark" - Car they were driving
World War I Map Series
Trench Warfare/Stalemate
Trenches in World War I
Read about Life in the Trenches
Trench Warfare - Why, How, Life in Trenches, Pictures, Diagrams
WWI Life in the Trenches Trench Warfare and video footage

4. World War I Resources:
World War I  Background - A PBS Special and in-depth study of "The Great War"
World War I - Everything you need to know and one of the BEST WEB RESOURCES!
World War I Maps and early Battles
Interactive Map on Early Stages and Battles of WWI -
America Enters the War - Office of the Historian -
American in World War I - A very complete study and great outline explaining in chronological order our history in The Great War.
U.S. in World War I - Good visuals and easy to follow study.

1. Yes, check Google Classroom.

International Studies - Period 4
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: Humanitarianism, United Nations, International Law, International Criminal Court, ICJ

1. We will look at and share your NATO outlines.
-What is NATO will continue? U.S. State Dept - What is NATO?
The Washington Treaty (aka The North Atlantic Treaty)
What is NATO's mission? Which decisions does it make and why would it be consulted?


***Questions to answer while the video is being played. 
A. What key events has NATO been a part of? 
B. What current operations/recent operations have they had and where they successful?

4. NATO Resources:
-U.S. State Dept - What is NATO?
-The Washington Treaty (aka The North Atlantic Treaty)
-Decisions NATO makes and why
-Current NATO missions
-Topics and more on Current NATO missions

5. Updated Current Events format and Current Event Rubric should be reviewed CAREFULLY, which both should guide your lesson on Current Events.


1. Yes, check Google Classroom. 

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