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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 124 - Tuesday

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: Manifest Destiny, Westward Migration, Expansionist Policies

1.  We will conduct a Write-Around Activity on: How did America justify Westward Expansion? (Only Periods 1 & 2 need to finish in class today).
-Westward Expansion and The Native Americans & The American Buffalo
-Manifest Destiny Slideshow
-Conquest of the West
-John O'Sullivan's The Great Nation of Futurity, 1839.

2. Texas Annexation and Revolution - We will review this slideshow, so please download for your records and take notes as I explain the key people, battles, and sequence of the Texas Revolution.

3. Get ready for a DEBATE - Mexican-American War Debate to be exact.
Resources and Assignment on Google Classroom.

4. Pathways to the West Videos:

The Diary of 14 year old Sally Hester

5. Race to the West DBQ - Americans immigrating to Mexican lands.

6. The Mormon Pioneers Trek, 1846 - National Parks and Services

7.  The West Resources:
Primary Sources from PBS - Using the timeline, explore the Primary sources on Texas Independence, The Whitman's exploration of the Oregon Trail, War with Mexico, Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, The "Diggings" in California, Massacres of the West, and more.

The Gold Rush and the Donner Party - Powerful and impactful story about cannibalism in the West.

The Gold Rush - Great facts, maps, and timelines - Covers The Westward Expansion and has 9 videos on various topics as well.

Trails to Utah and the Pacific - How did people migrate out West + Primary Source/Interactive Maps

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. Today the last group will perform your SKIT mini-project on The Domino Theory - 1954 - 1989

2. Your Task will be to WRITE & PLAY A LIVE SKIT to display your knowledge of the above topics, the role of the United States, and use a sense of humor based off the sample videos and conversations we have had.
-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 MONDAY, March 27, 2017  - The Written Script on a Google Doc & the Execution of the Live Skit will be Monday.

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

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, Hunting Down ISIS, ISIS policy and the new administration

1. Last night you were asked to finish watching The Frontline Special documentary titled "Hunting ISIS." Any thoughts or reactions to the documentary?

2. We will examine the tone, attitude, and strategies in the article titled "To catch a Terrorist," which focuses on Europe and a second article titled "US Turns up the Heat on ISIS and Al-Qaeda."  If time permits we will watch PBS documentary titled "Inside Assad's Syria"

3. Current events will be done Thursday (Joe) and Friday (Nick) of this week.

4. 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?

5. 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

6. 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

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

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