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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 126 - Thursday

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. It's DEBATE DAY!  We will execute a debate on the Mexican-American War for today's class.

2. Mexican-American War Resources:
A. speech delivered by James K. Polk asking the United States Congress for a Declaration of War against the country of Mexico
B. Speech delivered by Congressman Joshua Giddings during a debate int the House of Representatives just prior to the vote on President James K. Polk's request that the United States Congress declare war against the country of Mexico. 
War with Mexico 1846-1848 - PBS special
Overview of the War - Use this as a resource for the Debate

3. Pathways to the West Videos:

The Diary of 14 year old Sally Hester

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

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

6.  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:
-Who is responsible for starting the Cold War?
-Why didn't the Cold War ever turn "hot"?
-How did the Cold War challenge American values, at home and abroad?
-Is the Cold War still going on? How?

ThemesThe United Nations purpose, Capitalist versus Communist ideologies, Containment, Competing Plans, Struggle over Germany

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

2. Capitalist versus Communist Nations:

3. 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

4. The Partition of Korea - 1946 - American in Asia in the 1940's
Questions to answer:
1. Where was Korea divided?
2. At which conference did President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and Chiang-Kai-shek meet to discuss the future of Japan?
3. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibited the country from what?
4. Who supervised the occupation of Japan?

5. Cold War Resources:
The United Nations
The Cold War Museum
All sorts 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, Hunting Down ISIS, ISIS policy and the new administration

1. Current events will be completed today (Joe) and on Friday (Nick) of this week. You both must have your slideshows, articles, and article commentary completed the night before by 10:00PM.

2. Articles to 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?

3. Documentaries to watch and discuss:
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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