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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 120 - Wednesday

U.S. History I - Periods 1, 2 & 7: 
Essential Questions:
-How did Americans 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
-How did the new republic struggle to define and extend democratic ideals in the face of rapid economic, territorial, and demographic changes?
-Were the forces of nationalism or sectionalism impacting the country the most from 1820-1860? 

Themes: Jacksonian Democracy, Manifest Destiny, Westward Migration, Expansionist Policies

1. Westward Expansion and Pre-Civil War Overview - Think-Pair-Share Activity recap

A. What caused rapid territorial expansion and lead to more territorial gains for the U.S.?
B. Who are pioneers?
C. How did art and literature become embedded in American culture pre-Civil War era?
D. Were the forces of nationalism or sectionalism impacting the country the most from 1820-1860?

2. Last night ya'll completed the Map Activity on Westward Expansion - what concerns, problems, highlights did you have?

3. How did America justify Westward Expansion?
-Westward Expansion and The Native Americans
-Manifest Destiny Slideshow

1. YES, check Google Classroom!

U.S. HISTORY II - Period 3:
Essential Questions:
-What choices and decision do societies face in war?
-How did WWII affect American Society
-How did minority participation in World War II reflect social conditions in the United States?
-How did the role of national government evolve during WWII?
-How are freedoms and democracy threatened during times of war?
-How are propaganda and rhetoric used during times of war?
-Is it ever justified to use a weapon of mass production?

Themes: The United Nations purpose, Capitalist versus Communist ideologies, Early Cold War Era

1. The juniors and senior finished the slideshow on The Death of FDR and I am going ask the rest of the class to look over the slideshow quickly and let's finalize a quick discussion on "How should we remember FDR?"

2. Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech - both video and hard copy available
-Outlining the "Iron Curtain Speech"

3. The creation and role of the United Nations and why Americans ARE INVOLVED?
*The UN turns 72 this year!

4. Capitalist versus Communist Nations:

5. The Truman Doctrine - 1947
The Marshall Plan - 1947
The Berlin Airlift - 1948-1949
The Domino Theory - 1954 - 1989

6. Task: On Wednesday the class will be divided into four groups you will play an impromptu skit to display their knowledge and the role of the United States on these two plans.
-Here are the rules:
A. Everyone MUST play a role and participate
B. Facts, Evidence, Primary Sources AND VISUALS must ALL be used to support your skit.
C. You must have a plot that creates suspense
D. Don't leave your audience confused - Clarity is a very important.
E. You should have a hero and a central dilemma
F. Your skit must be 3-4 minutes in length and must be LIVE in front of the audience.
G. Due tomorrow - The Script - BUT the Execution of the Live Skit will be Friday.

7. Slideshows/Visuals on 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

8. 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

1. Yes, check Google Classroom. 

International Studies - Period 4
Essential Questions:
1. Have the forces of good and evil changed overtime, and if so, how and why?
2. How do we think about POWER in the 21st Century?
3. What is National Security? 
4. How should we deal with extremist?
5. What role does terrorism play in the world?
6. If a government or nation wages war against a civilian population, is it guilty of terrorism?
7. Is the United States and it's global alliances winning or losing the War on Terrorism?

Themes: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Khalid al-Habib, and Al-Qaeda Leadership,  Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turki-al-Binali, The Rise of ISIS, ISIS threats

1. We will complete the group presentations and socratic seminar of the ISIS Socratic Seminar today with each team having approximately 10-15 minutes to present their plans to the advisory committee, then we will circle up to a Socratic Seminar to discuss the PROS & CONS of the policies that were presented. By the end of class, you all will come up with a class proposal of the best solutions/policies that are best for the President of the United States using a class GOOGLE DOC.  *You need to get in the mindset of a Presidential advisory team and you will be defending which policy options are the best for defeating ISIS? Your FISHBOWL ACTIVITY WILL BE A PROJECT GRADE and will take place ON WEDNESDAY (March 22nd during LONG PERIOD) of this wee in class.

-September 10, 2014, President Obama announced a new U.S. strategy for countering ISIS.  
-On Feb 6, 2017, President Trump made a televised speech regarding the U.S. strategy for countering ISIS.

-The first is an excerpt from former President Obama’s address, on September 10, 2014.  
-The second is an article by The Hill on President Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS on Febuary 2, 2017.
-Finally, the third is an article by the coalition Win Without War, which offers several alternative strategies

2. Articles we will read and discuss the rest of this week:
ISIS Leadership
U.S. News and World Report: Afghanistan or ISIS? Has American Foreign Policy Shifted it's concern from Afghanistan to Syria?
Who's Who in the Fight Against ISIS?
How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism?
To catch a Terrorist - The focus is on Europe
US Turns up the Heat on ISIS and Al-Qaeda

3. Documentaries we will watch and discuss:
On Monday we will watch - America at a Crossroads: JIHAD and the men and ideas behind Al-Qaeda
Rise of ISIS documentary from PBS Frontline Special.
Terror in Europe
Hunting ISIS

4. Terrorism Resources:
Visuals on the History of Terrorism
History of Terrorism - Online Textbook
A brief history of Terrorism - The US State Department viewpoint
The Changing Face of Terrorism - BBC Website runs through the origins, spread, and modern terrorism today
Types of Terrorism -
"Why Are They So Angry with Us?"  
The Middle East and the West, National Public Radio, 5-part series, December 2015

5. Resources about Islam and the Middle East
1. Yes, check Google Classroom

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