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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 , building vocabulary, and making sure to follow instructions for vocabulary enhancement in addition to the questions you need to answer.

3. Look over past test from last week.

Tuesday, November 28th

Think and Do: Using laptops, and this link only, fill out the class starter on Persian Gulf Wars with your partner.  Each student turn in your own responses.

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

Think and Do: On the back of handout #8, watch the Woodstock "I Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die" performance and answer the questions. 

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.

1. Using this viewing guide(#8), short answer the questions as you watch.  You will only watch from 19 minutes to 43 of the PBS Series "The Vietnam War".

2. 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.

Monday, Oct 30th

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 say.  Write one answer for Photo 1 and another for Photo 2.  Discuss your answers as a class and then turn in for a bell ringer grade. 

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

2. Take notes on the organizer today up through "General William Westmoreland".  To get the info if absent, use this Vietnam Prezi to grasp the big concepts visually and also highly recommend Jocz videos 1 and video 2 IF absent, most of the simplified notes are also found here.

3. Exit Ticket: Listen and analyze to get answers to the song lyrics for "Fortunate Song"(#7)

Friday, Oct 27th: Progress Reports go home today!

Think and Do: On your phone or laptop, analyze this data from the Pew Research Center.   Write down TWO conclusions you can make from the data and ONE question you have about the data.

1. Kahoot review and then take Civil Right TEST.

2.  When finished with your test, read and short answer the questions on this handout about "gaslighting".

Thursday, Oct 26th

Think and Do: Write down 5 facts from this segment on Vice News about policing minorities in "Driving While Black".

1. In small groups, discuss, create, and then present a plan of protest to raise awareness and create change for the issue you learned about in the Think and Do video from above.  Write your answers on Big Paper (or if absent, on regular paper).  Make sure to address BOTH these problems: A) How will you raise awareness of this issue of "driving while black"? B) How will you make change within police departments?

2. Present to class your Protest Plan!

Wednesday, Oct 25th

Think and Do: Using this website on your phone, choose one of the times a violent riot actually made a social or political change.  Summarize the riot and that change on your scratch paper.

1. Finish topics on your chart notes packet from Civil Rights ACt to the end of the topics.  If absent, use the Edmodo powerpoint and my Powerpoint used during lecture. to get info to fill out the packet.  Make sure to watch the videos below!

VISUAL LEARNING:  Civil Rights Act of 1964Voting Rights Act and Selma, Malcolm X, Stokley Carmichael,  Angela Davis, Black Panthers 

2. Using the "Milestones" chart, work in small groups to complete the information.  Discuss strategies you think are most effective in protest.  Tomorrow, you will share with your groups, what methods you believe work best and create a way you would protest for a cause.

Tuesday, Oct 24th

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 terms on this chart  with information you learn.  Fill in info up through Kennedy and the March on Washington.  Make sure to watch the clips below to enhance your knowledge.

VISUAL LEARNING: Little Rock School integration, sit in scene with SNCCFreedom Riders challengesBirmingham and Bull ConnorJames MeredithMarch on Washington

Monday, Oct 23rd: Turn in your "Hidden Figures" Essay online or in print by 3:30PM today.

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 Rosa Parks under President Eisenhower.  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, Emmett Till, and the real Rose Parks.

Exit Ticket: Watch this video with Nina Simone's protest song, "Mississippi Goddam".  Discuss:  Can music move 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.

Friday, Oct 20th

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.  Finish and print and turn in your essay(s) by the end of class.  (Honors due Monday)

Thursday, Oct 19th

Think and Do: Read this article about Simone, the Olympic swimmer and answer the question that follows.

1. Finish "Hidden Figures" and complete this viewing assignment.  We will wrap this up in the Media Center on Friday.

Wednesday, Oct 18th

1. Watch "Hidden Figures" and complete this viewing assignment.  We will wrap this up in the Media Center on Friday.

Tuesday, Oct 17th

1. Take test over "The Red Scare and the Cold War".

2. When finished, read this excerpt from Blood of Emmett Till and answer the questions on your own paper in complete sentences.  Due today.

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

Monday, Oct 16th

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

1. Wrap up remaining slide in the Cold War Powerpoint and using the visual learning links below: 

VISUAL LEARNING

2.  Kahoot review and review of all topics on the Syllabus for Cold War unit.   Test tomorrow, but no notebook...yet!

Friday, Oct 13th

OPTIONAL/HONORS Cold War cereal box project: Watch this video of Cold War events and discuss which ones you already know.  Which ones do you WANT to know about?  Wanna see the actual Billy Joel video?, click hereThis will be due on Dec 1st, and all the instructions are found here OR on the group page in Edmodo.

1. Finish Cold War spiral notes over slides 30-35 in the Cold War Powerpoint.   Watch the clips below to learn and take summary notes.

2.  Connection to Today: Watch this segment on 60 Minutes about ways the Trump campaign and the Russians used Facebook to swing the election.   When finished, complete this Lesson Closure explaining why the ideas in this segment are important to know.

Thursday, Oct 12th

Think and Do: Spend 15 minutes reading and answering the following handout about Kruschev.

1. Quiz over Presidents.  Prove you have learned their order and years in office!  Turn in your extra credit diary for Life in the Soviet Union if you chose to do this.

2. Watch these clips about the Second Red Scare in the 1940's - 1960's.   As you watch, in your notes, write down summary definitions and essentials about each.  Keep it short and simple!   These are also somewhat explained in slides 23-29 in the Cold War Powerpoint.  

Wednesday, Oct 11th

Think and Do: On your own paper, title a page "10 Crazy Things About Communist Life in North Korea.   Using this link from PBS Frontline, list at least 10 things that surprised or interested you about life in this country.  (watch first 23 minutes)

1.  Turn this in and get relief maps. Find the following countries: Russia, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, North Korea, China and Nicaragua.

1. Take spiral notes over Containment Policy slides 11-22 in the Cold War Powerpoint.   Remember your Presidents!  Quiz tomorrow. (tip: "The Educated Kids Just Now Failed Class Really Bad")

2. VISUAL LEARNING: Marshall PlanBerlin AirliftChina and KoreaBay of PigsVietnam WarIran Contra under Regan

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

Tuesday, Oct 10th

Quiz!  Fill out this quiz on "Setting the Stage" using yesterday's notes from Step 3.

1. 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")

2. Popcorn read this 1st person account of "Life in the Soviet Union".  After reading, complete the prompt instructions at the end of the reading.  Turn in for a grade.

3. Take spiral notes over slides 1-10 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..

Monday, Oct 9

Think and Do: In small groups, read the directions and study the political cartoon on this handout, then collaborate and discuss answers.  Have one person write after everyone has best decided how you want to express your answers.

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

2.  Continuing in small groups, match Wartime Experiences you find in your envelopes with either the United States or the Soviet Union following WW2.  Make two stacks of equal amount of "experiences" and see which team gets the results done first.

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

  • 1) What leaders represented the US and USSR at each meeting?
  • 2) Write 5 word or less, summary phrases regarding what was decided at each meeting.

Thursday and Friday, Sept 21st/22nd

Turn in your notebook and "Greatest Generation" essay by Friday end of class.  Watch a special mid term movie and turn in the viewing guide for your mid term grade! Wheee!

Wednesday, Sept 20th

1. Using this handout (#4) about various minorities and the effects of the war, watch the video about Japanese Americans and Mexicans and complete and turn in.

2. Play Kahoot review and get notebook ready.

Tuesday, Sept 19th: Don't forget the "4 Freedoms" speech homework due tomorrow! (3rd period is optional, 2nd period required)

  • STEP 1. Log into a computer and learn about Home Front during World War 2.  Follow these instructions:

Click on this link and then click on "Wake ID Portal login".  Once in, click on SAS Curriculum Pathways.  Then click on "Login with Active Directory." Then...

...in the search bar, type in homefront and it should be the first lesson that appears.  Click on Launch Resource.  Type in your full name and then Start.  Listen and read, and as you go through the lesson, fill out the Outline Notes. (#3 in notebook).  When you are finished....

...Take the quiz only.  Mark your score at the bottom of your handout.  Then turn in to me!  And finally...

  • .STEP 2. Open a Word doc and type a double spaced essay fulfilling all the requirements of the Greatest Generation essay assignment detailed on the back page (or page 2 here) of your Unit 7 Syllabus: World War II (#1).   If you don't finish this today, you must have this printed and turned in to me by end of class on Thursday, Sept 21st.

Monday, Sept 18th

Homework due Wednesday over the "4 Freedoms" speech.  This is required for Honors and OPTIONAL for academic classes.

1. Using your spiral notes, and as you listen to class lecture and by reviewing  Class Notes World War II, understand and be able to answer the following Essential Concepts: 1) What actions did our government take to move us from isolationism to interventionism? 2) What was the significance of major battles and event in both the Pacific and European Theaters of war? 3) What were the final results of the war for both America, Europe and Japan?

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.

Exit Ticket:  Chose ONE of the EQ's in Step #1 above and write a half page answer, using details from your notes.

Friday, Sept 15th

Think and do: On scratch paper write down 3 things you already know about WWII.

1. Get Unit 7 Syllabus: World War II (#1).  Please note the second page essay that will your test!

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

3. Go over Imperialism test.

Thursday, Sept 14th: Due OPTIONAL/HONORS: Minorities and the New Deal...read the directions!

1. Great Depression and take test.  Turn in Portfolio for this unit as well.

2.  When finished, read this blog post i its entirety and then write a one page "free write" on what surprises/interests you about this women's post.  Due by tomorrow.

Wednesday, Sept 13th: Notebook and Test Due TOMORROW!

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. Discuss and complete note-taking over the guided notes (#6) to understand the programs, and criticisms.   Watch this video to help you answer the first 2 questions.

If absent, use my Talking Point Notes over the Great Depression to fill out the chart and watch this Crash Course on the New Deal to discuss criticisms and praise.

Tuesday, Sept 12th

Think and Do: Watch this segment on the "Hard Times Generation" and on scratch paper provided, write down 5 qualities these kids have to help them deal with the Great Recession of 2008.

1. Watch this first segment from the documentary , "Riding the Rails" and answer the questions on your guide that's on the back of handout #5.

2. 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. 

OPTIONAL/HONORS: Due ThursdayMinorities and the New Deal...read the directions!

Monday, Sept 11th

Think and Do: On the back of the handout #4, (see below in step #1), analyze these two headlines, write each one of them, and then explain what YOU think they mean.  Discuss answers as a class.

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

2. Start "Story of Us: Bust" and answer questions on the viewing guide (#4)

Friday, Sept 8th

1. Finish the "Untouchables" and fill out this viewing guide. (#3)

2. Kahoot review of the 1920's!

Thursday, Sept 7th

Think and Do: Watch this video on Vice News about the rescinding of DACA.  Answer the following: A) What does DACA do for undocumented children? B) What do YOU believe should be done with kids brought here by undocumented parents? 

1. Watch the "Untouchables" and fill out this viewing guide. (#3)

Wednesday, Sept 6th

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!

3.  Take a quiz over topics above to show what you learned!

HONORS HOMEWORK: Read and answer the questions on this article about "denaturing" according to the directions.  DUE FRIDAY.

Tuesday, Sept 5th

Perform "Twenties Talk"!  for any students that did this extra credit.

Class Starter: Connection to Today.  Watch from minutes 12 minutes to 17 minutes in this documentary "Secret History of the Credit Card" and answer these questions.

1.  Take spiral notes over "A Booming Economy".  

2.  Using phones, 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.

3.  EXIT TICKET: Answer these two questions and turn in for a grade: 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?

Friday, Sept 1st

1. Get and go over the Unit syllabus for the Roaring Twenties. (#1)

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

3.  Go over Progressive Era test!

OPTIONAL: Get creative using "Twenties Talk"!  Due Tuesday after Labor Day for full points.

Thursday, Aug 31st

1. No notebook!  Quick review and take test!

2.  When finished, complete this Gallery Walk on your own, keep quieting for students still testing.  If you are absent, come after school to make this up or scroll down in the document for the pictures.

Wednesday, Aug 30th: TEST TOMORROW!

1. Take notes over World War I and fill in this guided notes sheet. 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!"  Also, the first part of this video explains how the map of the Middle East was re-drawn to set the stage for massive conflict.

Tuesday, Aug 29th

Think and Do: 2.  Get a relief map and find the following: Cuba, Guam, Spain, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Panama.

1. Finish filling out the packet (#2) using slides 16-33 of the Imperialism and Foreign Policy Powerpoint.

2.  Complete a Lesson Closure over Imperialism by the United States Then and Now.

Monday, Aug 28th: Honors turn in your answers to Howard Zinn's "A People's History".

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. Begin taking notes over slides 1-15 of the Imperialism and Foreign Policy Powerpoint

2. On page 2 of the packet, answer the first 4 questions in the section on Spanish American War. Use the first 17 minutes of this movie, "Crucible of Empire" to answer those 4 questions.

Friday, Aug 25th

Think and Do: Watch the segment on Vice News (starts at 14 minutes in) "Haitian Money Pit".  Fill in the blanks on this class starter and then discuss what ways America is benefitting off the tragedy of the earthquake.

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.  You have to analyze the cartoons at each gallery stop to deduce the meaning of the word.  Prizes for team that has the best answers.

WEEKEND HOMEWORK HONORS ONLY: Read this excerpt from Howard Zinn's "A People's History" and answer the questions on your own paper.

Thursday, Aug 24th

1. Quick review and then take Progressive Era test.   Turn in your notebook too.

2. When finished, work on your Muckraker postermywall on a computer.  It's due tomorrow! 

Wednesday, Aug 23rd

(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. Complete the Venn diagram (#4) comparing and contrasting Booker T and WEB after taking notes. 

3. Go over Gilded Age test.  Progressive Era test and notebook TOMORROW!

Tuesday, Aug 22nd

Think and Do: On scratch paper, answer the following prompt after watching this video.  For what reasons are cities and states finally considering taking down Confederate statues?  How are citizens pushing these changes?

1. Note-taking over political and economic reforms during the Progressive Era from slides 15-25 in the Unit Powerpoint.

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.

Monday, Aug 21st (eclipse day!...don't look at the sun!)

1.  Today, your only job is to be amazing to the sub, read and hopefully finish this WebquestIf you were in class last Friday, you'll only need to start with Part B.  If you were absent either Thursday or Friday last week, do those days first...the sub has the handouts you'll need to go with the activiteis.  Make mamma proud! 

Friday, Aug 18th

OPTIONAL/Required HONORS due next TUESDAY:  The Jungle reading.  Read the directions! 

1. Get ipads and work on Part A "Who Were Muckrakers (#3)?".  Use this website only to fill out the handout.

2. Take spiral notes over slides 8-14 in the Unit Powerpoint to understand social reforms during the Progressive Era.

Thursday, Aug 17th

Pick up handout (#1) Unit 3 Syllabus: The Progressive Era. Turn in your answers from yesterday's homework about "lowering the bar"..

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 Monday in the lab 2202.

Wednesday, Aug 16th

1. Kahoot review!

2. Take Unit 2: Gilded Age Test and turn in notebook for this unit, with everything numbered according to the Table of Contents.

3. When finished, for homework, read and answer the questions on this handout about "lowering the bar".

Tuesday, Aug 15th

Think and Do.:  Read and complete  this political cartoon (#7) and brainstorming analysis.  

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).  Work on the strike sign until the end of class or bring tomorrow to finish in acceleration.

ACCELERATION: Go over West Unit 1 test.

Monday, Aug 14th

Class Starter:  Review Robber Barons vs Captains of Industry.   Watch this VICE segment about Trump's businesses in Dubai.  What aspects are of a robber baron, which are Captain of Industry?

1. Do a review of Friday's "Captains of Industry" handout.  Take spiral notes over slides 13-22 in the Rise of Industrialization powerpoint.  Make sure you understand how monopolies are bad!

2.  To learn about political corruption of the Gilded Age, we will do a Gallery Walk around the room analyzing these famous political cartoons while your group answers these questions as a group.   If absent, you must turn in your own answers on that handout for credit.

3. Then, add to your notes, the concepts learned about political machines by reviewing this summary sheet and watching this video about Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall and Thomas Nast.

Friday, Aug 11th: Meet in Media Center

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

1.  Using the handout provided to you, your headphones, and this website link, read and fill out the handout to the best of your ability.  Turn in the handout to me when you are finished! Then...

  • Finish your postermywall project if you didn't already and turn in rubric (#5) before you leave
  • Work on test corrections using the internet to find missed answers.  Follow the process!
  • Finish your Optional excerpt from How the Other Half Lives for extra credit points.
  • Have a stress free weekend.

Thursday, Aug 10th

Think and Do: Watch this slide show on child labor during the Gilded Age.  On scratch paper answer A) For what reasons might we have had LEGAL child labor in industry THEN?  Then watch this video segment "Fingers to the Bone", and answer  B) For what reasons do we have LEGAL child labor in agriculture TODAY?

1. Take spiral notes over slides 9-12 in the Rise of Industrialization powerpoint to understand industrial work conditions.  Also, watch from 17 minutes-22 minutes in this documentary "America's Time" and jot down some of the workplace conditions in these sweatshops. 

2. Using all knowledge gained so far, write 20 minutes "free write" page diary entry as if you are an immigrant factory worker during the Gilded Age.  Include what your pay, hours, and working conditions might havebeen.  Include why you came to America in spite of the downsides of your work. Peer review diary entries and share with the class. 

3. Watch segments of Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days"...Working in a Coal Mine in West Virginia.  Make a list of all the challenges he faces in this job.  Then turn in an exit ticket...list 5 reasons why working in a cold mine is a challenging job.  Any you list over the 5 will earn extra points.

Wednesday, Aug 9th

Think and Do: Listen to the first part of "The Daily" about Trump's response to North Korea's nuclear threats.  Answer on scratch paper: A) Describe how Trump is reacting to N. Korea's  escalating nuclear program? For what reason did N.Korea threaten the island of Guam?  B) Do you think Trump's response is a good idea or bad? Why?

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

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

3. For some visual learning about immigration during the Gilded Age, watch from 14 minutes to 17 minutes in this documentary "America's Time" and this awesome scene from "the Godfather" movie.

Connection to today (slide 9): Watch this segment about the innovation of the smartphone and discuss one of the downsides of this technology.

4. Watch Vice News about undocumented immigration laws in Alabama .  On scratch paper exit ticket complete the following: In what ways do undocumented immigrants contribute to American society then and now?  Be able to list at least 3 ways for both then and now.

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 Friday for full credit.

Tuesday, Aug 8th

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)

Monday, Aug 7th:  Meet in Media Center

Turn in your answers to "On Being Black" handed out Friday.

1. Login to a computer and read instructions for this project wrapping up Unit 1.  Everything you need to know is found hereSubmission due this Friday evening (11th) for full credit!

2.  Raleigh celeb guest speaker Caleb Hill talks about his college experience and why he is so successful!

Friday, Aug 4th

1. Kahoot/Syllabus review.

2.  Take test.  Turn in portfolio according to the Contents Page.

3.  Finish or homework due Monday: Read and answer the questions from "On Being Black" with your best effort on your own paper.

Thursday, Aug 3rd: TEST TOMORROW over all of the unit syllabus "Great West and Rise of the Debtor (#3)

Class Starter: Analyze and complete this political cartoon from the 1880s (#7)

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.   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 #7, complete the Opinion/Proof .  Watch the video first, then form an opinion based on this question:  Do YOU believe Trump is truly a populist?  Make sure to add Proof to support your answer.

Wednesday, Aug 2

Class Starter:  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, Aug 1

Think and Do: On scratch paper, jot down stereotypes you hold about Native Americans in American TODAY.  Discuss your answers. 

1. Finish watching "The Story of Us: Heartland" (from 30 minutes to the end) while filling out the viewing guide (#4) to grasp today's concepts. 

2. 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.  Jot down at least 5 facts you learned about current life on the reservation and discuss "is this our problem?"  and "How do Native Americans seem to be living today?"

Honors homework only:  from "A People's History".  Due tomorrow.  Answer on your own paper.

Monday, July 31st 

Think and Do: What is a good or bad way to take lecture notes?  Write an answer on a sticky and bring to the front of the class for discussion.

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

2. 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.

3.  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. 

4.  Review slides 1-10 in the unit Powerpoint notes and take a quick quiz exit ticket over today's knowledge.

Friday, July 28th

Think and Do:  Watch this short video, about knowing your "why".  On a scratch square turn in your answer to the following prompt:  "Here's why I'm going to do my absolute best effort semester...."  In my class, everything you do should be your BEST EFFORT.   What is "best effort"?  Watch this awesome football play and discuss how this quarterback incorporates all the components of effort incorporates (which means, the ability to delay gratification, focus on what matters, change direction when needed and staying motivated.)

1.  Get in small groups and look at the work that was turned in by other students on assignment #1.  Discuss positives and negatives in the work you saw turned in.    What skills seem to need to be improved?  What skills were needed to complete this to the best of your ability?  What gratification did you have to delay? What motivated you to finish it? How focused were you when working on it?  

2.  Grade your classmates work.

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

Thursday, July 27th

Meet in computer lab 2202 and work on this Technology Training Webquest.

TURN IN: Required homework "Show Me What You Already Know" (#1) and Honors/Optional, "What Do We Think Poverty Looks Like?" by the end of class today.

Wednesday, July 26th

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.  Keep and add important due dates to the calendar on the back.

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. Discuss process for Test Remediation and Test Makeup procedures. (add this to your notebook after the Job Training Packet).  Remember, you are focusing on learning, not the grades.

3. Finish reviewing your Job Training Packet.  Make sure to bring the signed parent form back by this Friday!  Have donations by Monday!

4. 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!

Tuesday, July 25th

Think and Do: Introduce your self to the class and tell us what you want to be in your future!

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.

HONORS/OPTIONAL:  Follow directions on this handout "What Do We Think Poverty Looks Like?" and be ready to turn in on Thursday with your required homework.

Monday, July 24th

Think and Do: On the scratch square paper, write down 2 things that motivate you to do well in school.  Introduce yourself to the class and tell us your motivations.

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 Thursday.  






























































































































Friday, May 19th

1. Review Day for Final Exam!

Thursday, May 18th

1. Work in small groups to learn and then share Logical Fallacies.  Go forth into the world not committing any logical fallacies in thinking or arguing opinions.

Wednesday, May 17th 

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

2.  Then, Watch from 40-50 minutes  of this amazing documentary for more stories.  And this clip from a poet that was inside the Superdome with his camera.

3.  Take test and turn in last notebook!

Tuesday, May 16th: If you are absent due to Senior Awards, you MUST complete and turn in steps 1 and 2 by WEDNESDAY.

1. Watch this segment about Dubya Bush and discuss adjectives you would use to describe him.

2.  On your own paper (number it #6 and title it "The Stolen Election of 2000".  Follow these steps exactly:

3. Understand 9/11 under Dubya.  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 (disbelief!!).  Some clips from the Naudet brothers documentary inside the Towers: first tower hitting, collapse. And if you don't know the history and WHY we were attacked, let Hip Hughes explain.

HOMEWORK:  A lesson closure (#7) will have to be in your notebook by tomorrow with the notebook.

Monday, May 15th

Class Starter:  Watch this recap of more Trump unconstitutional behavior and then turn in a scratch square answering the prompt: "Why is the firing of James Comey so problematic for a democracy? (in a democracy, remember, the people hold the power)"

1. Watch from 13 minutes into the last episode of "Story of Us: Millennium" and answer questions on the viewing guide (#5).   

Friday, May 12th

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)

Thursday, May 11th

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 (#4) , building vocabulary, and making sure to follow instructions for vocabulary enhancement in addition to the questions you need to answer.

3. Look over past test from last week.

Here is your final exam study review packet.  American 2 starts on page 12.  Start studying a couple pages EVERY DAY.

Wednesday, May 10th: CEREAL BOXES DUE!

Class Starter: Using laptops, and this link only, fill out the class starter on Persian Gulf Wars with your partner.  Each student turn in your own responses.

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 preparationsSaadam fights back with the only environmental weapons he has.  A changing military for ground troops.

Tuesday, May 9th

1. Finish up Norway from #1 handout yesterday and complete the rest of yesterday's viewing guide.

2.  Receive and look over Last Syllabus!  The full notes on this unit are found hereIf absent, today, Reagan are slides #5-#11.

3. Note-taking on Reagan and Reaganomics.  Make sure to understand Rise of Conservatism (80's...why?) .  If absent, take notes on this video lecture.  Know all the terms in red!.

4. Analyze Reagan!  Due today.  Use these slides to help you understand some of his major pros and cons, foreign and domestic.

Monday, May 8th

Class Starter: On scratch paper, write 3 things you Americans value most.

1. Breaktime! American Values...compared to the rest of the world. Watch parts of "Where To Invade Next?" and fill out this viewing guide.  (we will finish Norway and the other boxes tomorrow.)

If absent, you MUST watch on your own these clips and fill out the corresponding boxes.  Italy, France, and PortugalWrite "I was absent" at the top of the handout and make sure to also answer the LAST box on the back of the handout.

Friday, May 5th

1. Kahoot review!

2. Turn in notebook and take test!

Thursday, May 4th

1. Wrap up topics over Presidents Ford and Jimmy Carter on this notes packet.(#9). 

VISUAL LEARING: The man!, and the oil embargo and reasons for the Iranian hostage crisis.   If absent, use my Powerpoint over these years in addition to watching the videos.

2. Take world's easiest quiz over the spiral notes you took this week on Culture Eisenhower through Carter.

4. Go over past tests!!! It's happening!

Wednesday, May 3rd

Class Starter: Watch this VICE segment about President Trump's "conflicts of interest".  On scratch paper, write an answer to these 2 prompt:  a) How could Trump's businesses become a conflict of interest while he's President?  b) Should we hold our President's to a higher standard of ethics?

1. Continue this notes packet.(#9) through terms under Nixon Presidency.  If absent, Talking Point notes found here. Make sure to watch these visual learning clips...

VISUAL LEARNING: Nixon's Environmental Achievements, Watergate in 2 minutes , "The Presidents: Nixon" and Watergate.  Also watch this historical segment on Roe vs. Wade.

2. Watch some current events related to our embarrassing President and his lack of knowledge.







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