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Friday, April 20th

1. Go over Civil Rights test for most missed questions.

2. Spend 10 minutes organizing and turning in portfolio.

3. Take Vietnam Test.

4. When finished, due today or for homework Monday, read answer write at least a half page answer to the prompt at the end of the reading, "Say Thank You."

Thursday, April 19th

Think and Do: Using this handout about current issues related to the Trump Organization, use laptops with a partner to answer the "Research First" section and discuss.  Use only this wiki link to research.  Then, while listening to the 10 minutes segment found on this website, answer the Listen Last section of question.  Discuss #4 as a group.

2. Spend 20 minutes writing your "Letter from Vietnam".  Turn in today.

3. Play Kahoot review over Vietnam.

Wednesday, April 18th:  !!! get portfolio ready for Friday's test  !!!

OPTIONAL due Monday. Interview an adult that has memories or Vietnam and fill out this handout with their answers. 

Think and Do: Popcorn read this primary source from John Kerry and answer the questions that follow on your own paper.  Turn in for a grade.

1. Finsih notes on the organizer today up through the last box.  To get the info if absent, use this Vietnam Prezi to grasp the big concepts visually.  If you were absent, most of the simplified notes are also found here.

Tuesday, April 17th

Think and Do:  Listen and analyze to get answers to the song lyrics for "Fortunate Song"(#7)

1. Take notes on the organizer today up through the box "Living Room War".  To get the info if absent, use this Vietnam Prezi to grasp the big concepts visually.  If you were absent, most of the simplified notes are also found here.

2. HOMEWORK due Friday: Watch the first 15 minutes of this excerpt from the Ken Burns series Vietnam War (episode 6) and then write a half to full page "Letter Home" as if you were a soldier in Vietnam writing a letter back home to family or friends, using details from today's lecture and the documentary to prove you understand the challenges of fighting in South Vietnam. 

OPTIONAL due Monday. Interview an adult that has memories or Vietnam and fill out this handout with their answers. 

Monday, April 16th

Think and Do: Analyze these two photos (photo 1 and photo 2) related to protests during American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict.   On scratch paper, in your own words, write down what you think the meaning is behind what each of the protestors in the photos are trying to convey.  Write one answer for Photo 1 and another for Photo 2. 

1. Begin discussion and take notes over the Vietnam Conflict on this graphic organizer.(#6) If you use notes on a test, this is what you can use. 

2. Take notes on the organizer today up through the box "General William Westmoreland".  To get the info if absent, use this Vietnam Prezi to grasp the big concepts visually.  If you were absent, most of the simplified notes are also found here.

3. Exit Ticket: Listen and analyze to get answers to the song lyrics for the song "I Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die", while watching the performance at Woodstock  "(#7)

Friday, April 13th

Turn in your "Hidden Figures" .essay assignment and yesterday's #4 Milestones in Civil Rights Movement."

1. In small groups, discuss and share a plan to protest to raise awareness and create change for the issue you learned about in the Think and Do video from yesterday.   Make sure to address BOTH these problems: A) How will you raise awareness of this issue of unfair arrests for "driving while black"? B) How can you suggest changes within police departments?

2. Kahoot review!

3. Take the Civil Rights test. 

Thursday, April 12th

Wednesday, April 11th

Think and Do: On scratch paper, write down your answer to this prompt: Explain which photo you think will be more effective to gaining support for the Black Lives Matter movement?  This photo OR this photo?  Explain what in each photo will help or hurt the cause.

1. Continue lecture notes on the Civil Rights movement from the Edmodo powerpoint and my Powerpoint used during lecture.   You will need know topics in this chart  with information you learn.  Know all terms up today from Rosa Parks through the March on Washington.  Make sure to watch the clips below to enhance your knowledge.

VISUAL LEARNING:  the real Rose Parks, Little Rock School integrationsit in scene with SNCCFreedom Riders challengesBirmingham and Bull Connor, and James Meredith,

Exit Ticket: Watch this video with Nina Simone's protest song, "Mississippi Goddam".  Discuss:  Can music help progress in a movement?  Using your phones, look up a current song you like or know of that sends a political or social message.   Write down a few of your favorite lyrics on the whiteboards and share with the class, what political message this song is sending.

Tuesday, April 10th

OPTIONAL due today: Turn in this article about Simone, the Olympic swimmer.

Think and Do: Using this website for the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, click on "The Museum" in the red bar and answer the following questions on the bell ringer.  Turn in when finished and then work the rest of the period on the step below...

1. Take lecture notes on the Civil Rights movement from the Edmodo powerpoint and my Powerpoint used during lecture.   You will need know topics in this chart  with information you learn.  Know all terms up through Emmett Till.  Make sure to watch the clips below to enhance your knowledge.

VISUAL LEARNING: Executive Order 9981,  Brown vs. Board of Ed and the white/black doll test used to win the Brown vs. Board of Education case, and Emmett Till.

Monday, April 9th

Finish "Hidden Figures"!  As you watch, you will note-take and then use these notes to complete an essay due next week.  All directions for this "active watching" assignment are found here.

OPTIONAL due Tuesday: Read this article about Simone, the Olympic swimmer and answer the question that follows.

Friday, April 6th

1. Turn in your answers to this excerpt from Blood of Emmett Till .

2. Start Civil Rights Unit with a movie, "Hidden Figures"!  As you watch, you will note-take and then use these notes to complete an essay due next week.  All directions for this "active watching" assignment are found here.

Thursday, April 5th

1. Kahoot review!

2. Take Cold War Test.  All terms and info from "Test #1" on Syllabus for Cold War unit

3. When finished, read this excerpt from Blood of Emmett Till and answer the questions on your own paper in complete sentences.  Due tomorrow if you don't finish.

Wednesday, April 4th

Think and Do: Watch this segment on 60 Minutes about ways the Trump campaign and the Russians used Facebook to try and swing the election.   On scratch paper, write down 3 things that surprised you.

1. Finish Cold War spiral notes over slides 30-36 in the Cold War Powerpoint.   Watch the clips below to learn and take summary notes.

2. Review Syllabus for tomorrow's test.

Tuesday, April 3rd

Think and Do: Read and answer the questions on this handout about fallout shelters during the 1950's.  Then watch these two video clips about nuclear war hysteriaFallout shelters and duck and cover drills.

1. Take notes on Second Red Scare concepts and events: These are explained in slides 23-29 in the Cold War Powerpoint, but ultimately, you need to watch these video clips to fully understand:

3. Go over last test...the "mid term."

Monday, April 2nd

OPTIONAL DUE:  Turn in your answers to the question in the bottom right of the handout on the Truman Doctrine.  5 pts each for well communicated and correct answers.

Think and Do: Read along to the lyrics to "Russians" and answer the questions that follow.

1. Take spiral notes over slides 10-22 in the Cold War Powerpoint.  Make sure if you are absent, you understand these concept fully. 

VISUAL LEARNING: Marshall PlanBerlin AirliftChina and KoreaBay of Pigs and, Iran Contra Affair in Nicaragua

2.  EXIT TICKET:  Fill out columns 2 and 3 on this chart about Cold War Containment Quiz.  You may use your notes.

Friday, March 30th: GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY!

Thursday, March 29th: report cards given!

Think and Do: Take quiz over Presidents during the Cold War and years in office.

1. Get relief maps. Find the following countries: Germany, Berlin, Japan, Vietnam, North Korea, China, Cuba and Nicaragua.  Further, what countries border Western Russia?

2. Take spiral notes over slides 1-9 in the Cold War Powerpoint.  Make sure if you are absent, you understand these concept fully.  To understand "containment", you must watch this video description.

3. OPTIONAL DUE MONDAY: Read and answer questions on the Truman Doctrine. The questions are on the question in the bottom right of the handout.  5 pts each for well communicated and correct answers.

Wednesday, March 28th

Think and Do: Based on notes you took yesterday, fill out this quiz on "Setting the Stage" using yesterday's notes from the reading of Yalta and Potsdam.

1. On your own paper, title a page "5 Crazy Things About Communist Life in North Korea.   Using this link from PBS Frontline, list at least 5 things that surprised or interested you about life in this country.  (watch first 23 minutes)

2. Popcorn read this 1st person account of "Life in the Soviet Union".  EXIT TICKET: What are some differences between communism and democracy?  Turn in your answers based on what you've learned today in North Korea and/or Cold War Soviet Union.

HOMEWORK! Study for quiz this Thursday over the order and years of the Cold War Presidents.  (tip: "The Educated Kids Just Now Failed Class Really Bad")

Tuesday, March 27th

Get the Syllabus for Cold War unit.  Please note, you will have a quiz this Thursday over the order and years of the Cold War Presidents.  (tip: "The Educated Kids Just Now Failed Class Really Bad")

Think and Do: In small groups, read the directions and study the political cartoon on this handout,

1. In same groups, take the following Cold War Pre Knowledge Assessment.  If absent, turn in your answers on your own paper for this grade.

2. Finally, in your spiral notebook make two columns.  Title one Yalta and one Potsdam.  Read the summaries of what occurred at these two famous meetings and write in your columns the following facts after discussing with your group: 

  • 1) What leaders represented the US and USSR at each meeting?
  • 2) List decisions that were made at each meeting.

Monday, March 26th

Today, we will take a break from history and learn about voting and our criminal justice system!  Guest speaker from Carolina Justice Center.  If you are absent, see me for your alternate assignment.

Friday, March 9th

1. Take test on Unit 5 (1920's), Unit 6 (Great Depression) and Unit 7 (WW2)!

2. Turn in notebook for all these units...contents here!

Thursday, March 8th

Think and Do: Watch this clip on the Tuskegee Airmen...discuss why these men's actions were especially heroic.

1. Watch the first 25 minutes of this Homefront WW2 documentary.  Take notes on actions and behaviors of Americans that prove they really are the Greatest Generation.

2. Spend 30 minutes writing an essay worth 40 points.  You can use notes from video above and from yesterday's "Story of Us".  Directions are found here.

VISUAL LEARNING: Watch videos clips from some popular movies to reinforce your learning:  Battle of Britain,  Tuskegee AirmenBattle of Stalingrad  , landing at Normandy on D-Day,   liberation of a Nazi death camp, , why island hopping in the Pacific theater was so tough, Japanese abuse to POW's, and of course, the effects of bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

Wednesday, March 7th

Think and Do: Scroll through this animated powerpoint of the European Theater of WWII and answering the following on scratch paper after.  A) What "story" does this animation tell? B) What is one result had America and other countries LOST this war against the Nazi's?

1. Before starting the Story of Us, filling in the definition for terms under the "Moving from Isolationism to Interventionism" at the start of the viewing guide (#7) .  If you are absent, use this Powerpoint to look up the terms.

2. Watch "Story of Us: World War II" and complete viewing guide (#7) 

OPTIONAL: the "4 Freedoms" speech.  Read directions and have it due by Friday!

Tuesday, March 6th

1. Finish filling out the New Deal Chart from yesterday.

2. Exit Ticket: On the final 2 step in the New Deal chart (#6)  from yesterday, get in small groups and come up with at least two criticisms and two supportive arguments people might have made for the programs. Share with the class and fill out class answers at the bottom of handout #6.

3. Kahoot Review over The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression.

Monday, March 5th

Think and Do: In small groups, visit the stations in the Gallery Walk around the room, using the white boards to write one descriptive creative headline for each station.  If you were absent, open the document and write your own headlines on your own paper and turn in.

1. Watch History Channel's "The Presidents" on Hoover and the first part of President Roosevelt and complete the notes guide (#5)with information on both of them and how they dealt with the Depression.

2. Begin discussion of the New Deal and complete note-taking in your guided notes (#6).

Friday, March 2

Think and Do: Read the letters to the First Lady and short answer the questions that follow on your own paper.  Turn in for a grade.

1. Finish "Places in the Heart" and fill out viewing guideIf you were absent, see the essay you need to research and write at the end of the viewing guide.

Thursday, March 1

1. Watch "Places in the Heart" and fill out viewing guideIf you were absent, see the essay you need to research and write at the end of the viewing guide.

Wednesday, Feb 28

Think and Do: Watch this segment on the "Hard Times Generation" and on scratch paper provided, write down at least 3 skills/qualities these kids have to help them deal with the Great Recession of 2008.

1. Participate in a group activity scenario demonstrating how the business cycle works.  If absent, make sure you fully understand everything in step 2...

2.  Discuss and note-take over Causes of the Great Depression. (#4)  If absent, you must transfer my notes from here to the blank copy of the handout that was given in class.  Do not turn in my printout in your portfolio.  

3. Watch this segment from the documentary , "Riding the Rails" and answer the questions on your guide that's on the back of handout #4.

EXIT TICKET: Turn in your explanation to the following prompt: Explain how falling demand for goods cause a recession or depression.

Tuesday, Feb 27th: ACT TESTING

Monday, Feb 26th

Think and Do: Take a quiz over Friday's lecture notes.  You may use your notes.

1. Watch "Story of Us: Bust" and answer questions on the viewing guide (#3)

Friday, Feb 23rd

Think and Do: Watch this video about the rise of the KKK in the 1920's and on scratch paper, write down 4 ways this Klan was different from the KKK of the 1860's. 

1. Take spiral notes over concepts found in  my Talking Point Notes about "The Reactionary 1920".  Big ideas you need to learn...in what ways did people react to The Great MigrationThe First Red Scare, WWI disillusionment, rising nativism, and the rise of science and fundamentalism?

VISUAL LEARNING: Watch to understand more! Scopes Monkey Trial ,Sacco and Vanzetti ,The Lost Generation , fundamentalism, and flappers!

OPTIONAL: Read and answer the questions on your own paper in complete sentences about the denaturing of alcohol.  Due Monday.

Thursday, Feb 22nd

Think and Do: Get creative using "Twenties Talk"!  .  Create a skit alone or with a partner using 1920's lingo.  Perform for the class!?

1.  Using laptops, working  groups of 3, race to see what group can get the most correct answers to this Harlem Renaissance Scavenger Hunt in timed 15 minutes.   If absent, you must turn in answers to any 15 of these questions for this grade.

2.  EXIT TICKET: Answer these two questions and turn in for a grade on scratch paper: A) How would you summarize the Harlem Renaissance?  B) What over effects do you think the Renaissance had for African American acceptance in America and why?

Wednesday, Feb 21st

Think and Do:   Read and answer the questions on your own paper in complete sentences about the denaturing of alcohol.  Try the extra points too!

1.  Take spiral notes over "Consumerism in the 1920s".  

2. Connection to Today: Watch from minutes 11:30 minutes to 17 minutes in this documentary "Secret History of the Credit Card" and answer these questions.

Tuesday, Feb 20th

1. Receive and go over the Unit 5 syllabus for the Roaring Twenties. (#1)  Please note Unit 6, The Great Depression is on the back.

2.  Watch "Story of Us: Boom!" and fill out the viewing guide (#2).

3. Go over Progressive Era test.

Monday, Feb 19th

Meet in Media Center and work on a creative poster project that will be your Unit 4 TEST GRADE.  You will also turn in your notes #3 and #4 by the end of today for notebook grades.  The World War I poster is due TODAY at end of class.  The OPTIONAL Yellow Press poster is due by Friday at midnight.  Read all instructions and ask questions if needed!  When you're read to begin, click here for the Webquest.

Friday, Feb 16th

1. Take notes over World War I and fill in this guided notes sheet (#4). You don't have a lot of space, take down only what is important!  If you are absent, use these notes and also watch the video in the next step...

2.  VISUAL LEARNING: Watch this Discovery Channel segment "America in the 20th Century" to reinforce ideas from the lecture and fill out your Notes chart.

3.  If time, watch Woodrow Wilson's First Lady ..."Drunk History!"  

Thursday, Feb 15th

Think and Do: Watch this Drunk History about the Rough Riders and fill in your box from page one of the packet  ! 

1. Finish note-taking on Imperialism by filling out the packet (#3)  using slides 1-24 of the Imperialism and Foreign Policy Powerpoint. 

EXIT TICKET: Watch the segment on Vice News (starts at 14 minutes in) "Haitian Money Pit".  Fill in the blanks on this handout  and then discuss what ways American business is benefitting off the tragedy of the earthquake.

Wednesday, Feb 14th

Think and Do: 2.  Get a relief map and find the following: Cuba, Guam, Spain, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Panama.  Discuss what things these countries might have that the U.S. would have wanted?

1. Note-taking on Imperialism by filling out the packet  using slides 1-24 of the Imperialism and Foreign Policy Powerpoint. 

2. Go over Gilded Age test. Test Correction are open on this test until the end of this week.

Tuesday, Feb 13th

1. Read everything carefully today and follow all directions on both the handout "A Deeper Look: Yellow Journalism" given at the start of class and today's Webquest, which contains all the links you will need to use.  You will need to turn in this handout COMPLETED at the end of class. 

Monday, Feb 12th

Think and Do: Read and short answer the questions found on this reading "Price of Cheap Clothing." Discuss reasons why we allow and help contribute to this type of labor's existence.

1. Get new syllabus for Unit 4/5: Imperialism and Foreign Policy Through 1920 (#1)

2. Gallery Walk: Using the Gallery Walk stations document found here, write 1-2 complete sentences using the vocabulary term underlined and answering the questions posed. 

Friday, Feb 9th: EARLY RELEASE

1. Take test over Progressive Era. 

**For weekend homework,  read and complete the questions that follow, the excerpt from "Between the World and Me".  Only the first 3 pages of this document, click here. DUE MONDAY.

Thursday, Feb 8th

Think and Do: Analyzing this chart (#4) write complete sentence answer to the questions that follow.

1. Take notes over African American Progressive Era reformers.

VISUALS to go with note-taking above:   BIOS: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois videos to start.

2. EXIT TICKET: Discuss why there was resistance to Progressive Era Reforms and why this movement died out by 1920.  (answer is on the last slide in the Unit 3 Powerpoint )

3. Kahoot Review!

Progressive Era test and notebook TOMORROW!

Wednesday, Feb 7th

Think and Do: Watch the segment on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire from the "Story of Us" and jot down on scratch square 3 progressive reforms that resulted from this fire.

1. Take spiral notes over slides 8-26 in the Unit Powerpoint to understand reforms during the Progressive Era.  Take your notes on the 3 column chart provided in class.  If you use an incentive pass on a test, you can use this AND your spiral.

2.  Play Jeopardy review game in small groups.  You can use notes...work to memorize names, laws, and organizations all setup for reform!   If absent, you can play here.

Tuesday, Feb 6th

1. Get ipads and work on Part A "Who Were Muckrakers (#3)?".  Use this website only to fill out the handout.  Discuss the goal of these muckrakers you just learned about when everyone is finished. 

OPTIONAL Primary Source Muckraking reading!  due by Thursday:  The Jungle reading.  Read the directions! 

2.  When finished, take out handout #2 from yesterday, and read and finish Part B-E.  You'll need to use DoSomething.org as part of your research.  You should finish all parts of the handout by about 20 minutes before the end of class.  We will share our ideas with others.

Monday, Feb 5th

Pick up handout (#1) Unit 3 Syllabus: The Progressive Era.

Think and Do: Let's look at life at the turn of the century in 1900.   On scratch paper, answer the questions at the bottom of the handout. Discuss.  Watch this video and discuss things you notice about life during this time.

1.  Begin learning about the Progressive Era.   Take spiral notes over slides 1-7 in the Unit Powerpoint.  (make sure to brainstorm in your notes, Gilded Age problems slide)

2. Progressivism today: Watch these videos and use the handout (#2)  to write summary sentences of the social issues shown in the videos.  VIDEOS A-C...click here:   Spotlight journalistsVice News in Charlottesville, and rape in the military.   Keep part B, C and D for use computer lab work later this week.

Friday, Feb 2nd

1. Kahoot Review over Unit 2: Gilded Age and Rise of Industry (#1).   

2. Turn in portfolio for Unit 2.

3. Take Unit 2: Gilded Age test.

DUE TODAY: Create a strike sign for Morgan and Alex, according to the direction at the bottom of the 30 Days viewing guide.  DUE end of class on Friday.

Thursday, Feb 1st

Think and Do:  Review Robber Barons vs Captains of Industry.   Watch this VICE segment about Trump's businesses in Dubai.  Make 2 columns on scratch paper and jot down things you see that remind you of actions of a robber baron, and which are of a Captain of Industry?

1. Add to your notes, concepts learned from today's lecture about political machines and political corruption during the Gilded Age.  If absent, take notes over info you study from these slides on  this summary sheet AND by watching this video about Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall and Thomas Nast.  You will need to understand all these players, why the immigrant voters supported them, and ways these men were corrupt.  And watch this clip from Gangs of New York to see corrupt local politics was during the Gilded Age.  And who was voting for Tweed?

2. EXIT TICKET:  Using one of the Nast famous political cartoons (pick any letter), fill out an exit ticket strip and turn in.  If absent, pick a cartoon from the document above, and then using these questions for the letter you chose, answer the questions.

3. Go over Unit 1 Test: The West and the Debtor.

Wednesday, Jan 31st

Think and Do.:  Read and complete  this political cartoon (#5) and brainstorming analysis.  Then watch this clip from "30 Days with a Labor Union" to see how unions fight today!

1.  In spiral note-book, take notes over Gilded Age Labor Union activity, found on slides 23-27 in the Rise of Industrialization powerpoint.   Watch this "Drunk History" over the Haymarket Riot!

2. Connect it to Today: Watch the episode of 30 Days "Living on Minimum Wage" and complete the viewing guide (#6). 

OPTIONAL: Create a strike sign for Morgan and Alex, according to the direction at the bottom of the 30 Days viewing guide.  DUE end of class on Friday.

Tuesday, Jan 30th

1. Turn in your answers to the OPTIONAL excerpt from Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives.

2. With a partner and a laptop, click on this Webquest to learn about Gilded Age Robber Barons and Captains of Industry.  Assignment is due by end of class.  You will need this handout (#4) to comoplete your work.  Stay focused!

EXTRA CREDIT! Want a creative, fun OPTIONAL 20 pt activity making a silent kinescope film?  Here's the instructions and due date if you're interested.

Monday, Jan 29th:

Think and Do: Watch this video segment "Fingers to the Bone", and answer  A) Why are children used in the labor force? B) For what reasons do we have LEGAL child labor in agriculture TODAY?

1. Take spiral notes over Gilded Age Inventions and Innovations from slides 4-8 in the Rise of Industrialization powerpoint.  Discuss some of the positives and negatives for each technology.  Discuss positives and negatives for modern technologies, like the SmartphoneWhat are your thoughts after watching that segment?  If absent, turn in half page writing on YOUR thoughts!

2. Continuing to add to your notes, discuss the downsides for society of factories PRODUCING all these innovation.  (slides 9-11 in the Powerpoint summaries these.  VISUAL LEARNING: watch from 17 minutes-22 minutes in this documentary "America's Time".

3. EXIT TICKET: Watch segments of Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days"...Working in a Coal Mine in West Virginia.  List at least 5 reasons why working in a coal mine is a challenging job.  Any you list over the 5 will earn extra points.  Turn in when complete.

Friday, Jan 26th

Think and Do: Analyze and answer questions on the political cartoons (#3) about immigration.  Discuss your answers.

1. Take spiral notes over slides 1- 8 over Rise of Industrialization (immigration and innovations).    

2. For visual learning about immigration during the Gilded Age, watch this awesome scene from "the Godfather" movie about coming through Ellis Island.

3. Watch Vice News about undocumented immigration laws in Alabama .  Using the Opinion Proof template found on the back of your Think and Do handout, fill out both columns using the prompt: "My opinion about undocumented immigration is Alabama is..."  Make sure to have solid proof filled out FIRST from watching the video.

Connection to Today EXIT TICKET: Write down the 3 things the Trump Administration wants in their new immigration plan while watching this video.

Thursday, Jan 25th

Think and Do Gallery Walk: Using these photos, on whiteboards, for each grouping, write a creative newspaper headline that describes what the photos tell you about life in the Gilded Age.  Example: "Industrial Workers' Job Difficult and Dirty...Any Ages Apply!".  If absent, you must turn these in to me on paper.

1.  Get your Unit 2 Syllabus: Gilded Age and Rise of Industry (#1).   

2.  Watch episode of  "Story of Us: Cities" and complete viewing guide (#2)

OPTIONAL HOMEWORK:  Earn up to 16 points by reading and completing questions from this excerpt from Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives.   Answers must be detailed to earn full credit.  Show me you read it by the way you answer.  Due Monday for full credit.

Wednesday, Jan 24th

1. Kahoot review for test!

2. Take test.

3.  When finished, work to turn in this reading from comedian and writer, Kuwame Bell, "On Being Black".  Turn in for grade by tomorrow if you run out of time today.

Tuesday, Jan 23: TEST TOMORROW OVER  "Great West and Rise of the Debtor" #3.  Be ready to turn in your portfolio containing all these items completed.

Think and Do: Analyze and complete this political cartoon from the 1880s (#6)

1. Begin discussing Populism Movement of the 1890s.   Did you know the Wizard of Oz was an allegory to explain this movement to children? 

2.  Use slides from the Populism Powerpoint and take notes in your spiral of key ideas.   Make sure you REALLY understand the significance of the "Cross of Gold" speech!  Understand the political  cartoon about the Cross of Gold speech! 

EXIT TICKET: On back your handout #6, complete the Opinion/Proof .  Watch the video first, then form an opinion based on this question:  Is Donald Trump a populist President?  Make sure to add Proof and Evidence in the right column to support your opinion.

Monday, Jan 22nd

Think and Do:  Read this excerpt from the diary of an Indian teen today and answer the questions that follow on your own paper.   Then watch this clip of a teen today...does his resilience surprise you? 

1. Watch first 30 minutes segments from "30 Days: Life on a Reservation Today".   Complete the handout (#5) as you watch.

2.  EXIT TICKET: complete a Lesson Closure (#6) over the information you learned yesterday and today.   Remember to think about WHY the key ideas are important.   The lesson you are summarizing is "Native Americans"...write this in the title.

Tuesday, Jan 16th

Think and Do: On scratch paper, jot down 2 stereotypes you hold about Native Americans then or now.  Discuss your answers.  

1. Take spiral notes over slides  11-15  in the unit Powerpoint notes .  If absent, you can use this more detailed Powerpoint to take your notes.  make sure to watch the video clips below to enhance your knowledge.

VISUAL LEARNING!  Watch these clips showing:

2. CONNECTION TO TODAY: Watch this Ted Talk about "Prisoners of War" and discuss life on Native American reservations today.  EXIT TICKET: A) Jot down at least 2 facts you learned about current life on the reservation towards the end of the video and B) Write down one solution WE can do to improve life on the Pine Ridge reservation today.  Turn in when finished.

Monday, Jan 15th: Martin Luther King Holiday!

Friday, Jan 12th

Think and Do: Look carefully at this famous painting called "American Progress".  What are 3 examples of "progress" you see depicted in it?

1. Review your unit syllabus "Great West and Rise of the Debtor (#3) and questions you will be expected to answer by the end of the unit. 

2.  Begin learning Unit 1 topics by watching "The Story of Us: Heartland" (up to 29:30 minutes) while filling out the viewing guide (#4) to grasp today's concepts.  

3.  Review and take lecture notes over slides 1-10 in the unit Powerpoint notes and fill out an exit ticket over today's knowledge. 

Thursday, Jan 11th

Think and Do: Click to open this link to a graphic of data on child poverty.  Answer the following 3 prompts:

  • What "story" does this graphic tell?
  • What is one thing that surprised or interested you about this data?
  • What is one reason you could give to explain the poverty rate in the U.S.?

1.  Discuss good note-taking tips with this video as a guide.  To practice, take notes in your spiral over my classroom setup.

2. Fill out this American 1 Big Picture review sheet (#2 in notebook) using information found when we go over this Powerpoint.

Wednesday, January 10th

1. Work on this Technology Training Webquest...all 5 steps! 

2. Turn in OPTIONAL and REQUIRED homework to the box by the end of class today!

Tuesday, Jan 9th

Think and Do: Read this story from an Economics professor about how and why he changed his grading system and then fill in the blanks after you read with words you think best explain the meaning behind the story.

1. Listen to a verbal story without or with pictures and explain what the story meant.    Write on scratch paper provided the answer to the following:  what did this activity teach you about paying attention to videos/visuals in your classes?

2. Watch the first 10 minutes or so of Beau Lotto explaining how our brain learns, and why understanding the way context is everything, is key to being happy and to continue challenging yourself!

3. Finish reviewing your Job Training Packet.  Make sure to bring the signed parent form back by this Friday!  Have donations by end of this week if possible.

EXIT TICKET:  On scratch paper, write down 2 interesting or important facts you learned in my class so far.  Share with class.

Monday, Jan 8th

Think and Do: Introduce yourself to the class and tell us what motivates YOU!  Look at letters from last semester's students and discuss some advice you were given.

1. Continue highlighting and reviewing your Job Training Packet pages 6 and 7.   See videos below to fully understand the skills you need to succeed in my class.

2.  As part of reviewing the packet above, take notes in your spiral on ways to focus your attention to class lessons, improve reading comprehension, why delaying gratification is such an important skill for future success, and finally, why you need to find your intrinsic motivation to succeed in life.

OPTIONAL:  Follow directions on this handout "What Do We Think Poverty Looks Like?" and be ready to turn in on Wednesday with your required homework given out yesterday.

Thursday, Jan 4th: SNOW DAY!

Wednesday, January 3rd

Think and Do: On the scratch square paper, write down today's objective, replacing the 3 terms I have in bold, with your own words.  Today's objective: "Be able to demonstrate your current level of focus, self motivation, and ability to delay gratification."  Watch this amazing football play and discuss how the quarterback demonstrate all 3 of these skills.

1. Look at the graphic on the front cover of your Job Training Packet and discuss what the data tells you about why you are required to come to school and why taxpayers pay for you to have a free education. 

2.  Go through pages 1-5 of the Job Training Packet and discuss any questions you may have.  As we read and discuss about motivation, watch this summary of the Candle Problem and be able to explain why motivating students using rewards for complex tasks is a REALLY bad idea.  Are grades used as rewards in your complex task of education?  

HOMEWORK!!  Make sure to read the directions on this pre-assessment (#1 in portfolio) and have this completed by Wednesday, Jan 10.  

**Here is your final exam study review packet.  (copies provided in class)  Also, THIS powerpoint is WHAZZZZUP for NC State exam review! (although it leaves out the first unit)

Friday, Dec 8th

1. Watch excerpt from "Where To Invade Next?" and fill out this viewing guide for extra credit!

2. Students of the month!!

Thursday, Dec 7th: Review Day!

1. Take the 15 question PRACTICE state exam.  Discuss skills you need to practice to do well on this type of test.

2.  In small groups, brainstorm key facts from past unit's to remind yourself of topics we covered.  Share answers with the class.

Wednesday, Dec 6th

1. Take test over everything in the Last unit's Syllabus!

2. When finished, spend some time writing a letter of inspiration to next semester's students.  Include a) what skills they will need to use to be successful in Ms. Thrower's class, b) what mistakes you made and c) what you did at any point in the class you were most proud of!

Tuesday, Dec 5th

Think and Do QUIZ! How much did you learn in yesterday's 9-11 Lesson?  Do your spiral notes reflect specifics?

1.  Make sure you understand the controversy over Bush's and the federal govt response to Hurricane Katrina.    

2.  Then, Watch from 32-50 minutes  of this amazing documentary for more stories.  And this clip from a poet that was inside the Superdome with his camera.

HOMEWORK:  Using what you learned from all above videos, fill out a  thoughtful lesson closure (#5) will have to be in your notebook by tomorrow!  Topic "Hurricane Katrina and What America Learned"

Monday, Dec 4th

Think and Do: Read this text book entry and answer the questions about 9-11 in complete sentences on your own paper.

1. In your spiral notes, make a new entry titled President George W. Bush 2001-2009".  Then title a first bullet point, "The Stolen Election of 2000".   Watch from the start up to 13 minutes in the documentary "Unprecedented" and list at least 5 problems with voting problems in the state of Florida. Include what the popular vote vs electoral vote between Bush and Gore was?  Then summarize the Supreme Court ruling in Bush vs. Gore by studying this entry.

2. Add to notes with a new section "9-11" VISUAL LEARNING: Footage of the Pentagon plane crash...then, why did United 93 crash?  Live footage from NY (see 12 min in), and towers collapsing (at 2:00 minutes) . Some clips from the Naudet brothers documentary inside the Towers: first tower hitting, collapse from inside Tower 2.    And finally, George Bush's famous moment at Ground Zero.

Friday, Dec 1

Think and Do: In the chart on the back of today's "Story of Us" viewing guide (#4)., fill out at least 3 pros/cons to modern computers today.

1. Watch "Story of Us: Millennium" (start at 13 minutes) and fill out the viewing guide (#4).

2. After the video, discuss with a partner and then the class, answers you got in the Pro/Con chart at the end of the viewing guide.

Thursday, Nov 30th

1. Meet in Lab 2202 and work on this Webquest.   The sub has headphones to loan you and you will need to turn in the handout at the end of class!

**Here is your final exam study review packet.  (copies provided in class)  Also, THIS powerpoint is WHAZZZZUP for NC State exam review!

Wednesday, Nov 29th

1. Watch "The Presidents" over Bill Clinton and fill in key terms and concepts over him.  If absent, The full notes on this unit are found here.  Today, Clinton are slides #18-23

2.  Discuss Clinton's impeachment.  Watch 
this video on what "impeachment" is and then work in remaining class time to read about the impeachment of Bill Clinton (#3) , building vocabulary, and making sure to follow instructions for vocabulary enhancement in addition to the questions you need to answer.

Tuesday, November 28th

Think and Do: Read and then answer the questions that follow about the Persian Gulf Wars on the back of the handout (#2).

1.  Take notes and watch The Presidents about GH Bush If absent, the full notes on this unit are found here.  Today, GH Bush are slides #12-#17.

2. Watch Jarhead clips to understand Persian Gulf Wars.! "Jarhead" movie clips teach it all! 
Landing in Saudi Arabia (spot the Military Industrial Complex in actions?!). Desert Storm preparations, Saadam fights back with the only environmental weapons he has.  A changing military for ground troops.

Monday, Nov 27th

Think and Do: Look at this chart about the top tax rates over time.  Answer on scratch square:  A) What "trend" does this chart show under Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)?  B) What might be some effects of lower tax rates in American society?

1. Get Last unit's Syllabus!

2. Note-taking on Reagan and ReaganomicsIf absent, today, Reagan are slides #5-#11.

3. Work with a partner to look up pros and cons about President Reagan.  Then, work to compelte this handout as you analyze Reagan! 

Monday, Nov 20th/Tuesday, Nov 21: If absent, read on for make up assignments (no passes)

2nd period: Watch Argo and turn in viewing guide.  If you were absent Tuesday, you still need to complete your own essay from website research.   If you chose the essay on regime change click here, or the heroic actions of Tony Mendez, click here and here to research.

3rd period: Watch movie!!!!  The ButlerIf you were absent for one or more days, your alternate assignment is to research the life of the real life butler and write a 1-2 page summary of his life and his importance in the civil rights movement...yes, the work he did helped progress for African Americans. 

Friday, Nov 17th

Think and Do: Take world's easiest over the spiral notes you took this week on Culture Eisenhower through Carter.

1. Kahoot and packet review...you may use notes on the test!

2. Take test!

Thursday, Nov 16th

Think and Do: Read this intro about Jimmy Carter, "The Everyman" and some of the cultural and economic changes of the decade.  Answer the questions on your own paper.

1. Wrap up topics over Presidents Ford on this notes packet

2.  Then fill out and discuss the rest of the blanks in this notes packet,using the visuals as a guide... 
VISUAL LEARINGThe man!, and the oil embargo and reasons for the Iranian hostage crisis.  

Wednesday, Nov 15th

Think and Do: Discuss some answers from yesterday's mini essay about why today's youth isn't as involved.  

1. Continue note-taking on this notes packet about Cultural Changes through Nixon.  If absent, Talking Point notes found here. Make sure to watch these visual learning clips...

VISUAL LEARNING: Nixon's Environmental Achievements, "Silent Spring",  "The Presidents: Nixon" and Watergate.  Also watch this historical segment on Roe vs. Wade.

2. Spend the rest of class making a protest pin! 

Tuesday, Nov 14th

Think and Do: Analyze this graph showing participation in the American workforce for women and men.  On scratch paper, answer these two questions: a) What "trend" does this graph tell about women in the workforce? b) What social, political or economic factors might explain this trend beginning in the 1960's?

1. Watch excerpts from the Tom Brokaw documentary, "1968" and fill out this viewing guide (#4).  Share your answers to the final question with the class.

ACCELERATION: Go over Vietnam Test. 

Monday, Nov 13th

Think and Do: Open up this list of government programs enacted during the 1960's.  Pick one from the first group under "Major Program" and then one from the "representative sampling" list and then google each of the two you chose in Wikipedia.  On your own paper, write down 2 things this law or program accomplished.  We will discuss the various programs as a group when 15 minutes of your research are up.

1.  As a class, watch this video "LBJ Documentary The Great Society" about some of his programs and laws passed and fill out the Pro/Con chart (#3 in notebook), putting details, positive or negative, where you feel they should go. 

2. As a class, discuss additional pros and cons, until you have at least 10 on each side.  Practice writing an argumentative thesis, stating your opinion on the prompt at the bottom of the page.

Exit Ticket: Write summary notes in the Great Society/War on Poverty box in your notes packet.

4. Go over Vietnam Test to review.

Friday, Nov 10th: Happy Armistice Day! (that's Veteran's Day to you!)

Thursday, Nov 9

1.  Continue note-taking on this notes packet about Cultural Changes through Eisenhower.  If absent, use my Talking Point notes found here  and make sure to......watch the VISUAL LEARNING clips here for 1940's and 1950's:impact of:

Eisenhower DoctrineIranian coup,"military industrial complex"

2.  Continue with Kennedy:  If absent, use my Talking Point notes found here.  And don't forget the...

...VISUAL LEARNING:  television makes its impact known in the first televised Presidential debate, a bit on Kennedy, and the "New Frontier", his assassination , then Oswald's murder and the Warren Commission findings.

Exit Ticket: Using Ipads, go to the Peace Corp website, browse under Stories, and read a few.  Share with the class one of the stories you read and how you think this service helped.  If absent, turn in a short paper summarizing 3 of the stories you read for this grade.

Wednesday, Nov 8th

1. Finish Pleasantville to show understanding of these 5 characteristics.  Fill out this viewing guide as you watch.

2. Wrap up reminders of some of the key laws of the 1950's by watching these clips: GI Bill ,Federal Highway Act, Levittown houses.  Use the boxes found in this unit's Notes Charts  about Cultural Changes During Cold War Decades.

Tuesday, Nov 7th

Think and Do: When you look at this photo from the 50's, what adjectives or thoughts come to mind?

1. Discuss the 5 characteristics of Life in the 1950's!   Make sure you understand Levittown and the Federal Highways Act.

2. Begin Pleasantville to show understanding of these 5 characteristics.  Fill out this viewing guide as you watch.

Monday, Nov 5th: Make a teacher happy today. Be nice to subs!

1. Your only task today, due at the end of class, is to watch the videos (sub has headphones you can BORROW if needed), and fill out the guide the sub gave youClick here for the Webquest that has the video links you must use to fill out the handout.  Turn the guide in at the end of classIf you don't finish, I'll assume you were unfocused and couldn't delay gratification.  Don't be like that. 

Friday, Nov 3rd

1.  Kahoot review! Test tomorrow over anything under Part 3 from Unit 8 Syllabus: Cold War (1945-1989.

2. Take Vietnam Test.  Turn in portfolio!

Thursday, Nov 2nd

1. Finish discussion and take notes on the organizer today up through "draft and deferments".  To get the info if absent, use this Vietnam Prezi to grasp the big concepts visually and from the simplified notes are also found here.

2. Discuss what you learned and answer questions you have.  Complete a Lesson Closure (#9) over key ideas in the Vietnam Conflict lessons.

Wednesday, Nov 1st

1. Using laptops/ipads, go to this Webquest link and begin work.  Girls will do "odd" numbers...boys will do all "even" numbers on this handout.   When finished, wait quietly until everyone is finished, and then groups will mix and teach each other the rest.

2. Old School Vietnam "teach in".  Change groups...and teach other groups what YOU learned and share out info until everyone fills out all their sheets.  When everyone is finished, turn in an exit ticket answering the following: "Surprising facts that other groups taught me were..."

Tuesday, Oct 31

Think and Do: Popcorn read and answer questions on this primary source Vietnam reading.

3. Exit Ticket: On scratch paper, after watching this episode of "Adam Ruins Everything", write down 3 facts that shocked or surprised you.