Friday, February 23, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Using their timelines, students will complete a summative assessment consisting of 10 extended answers to a set of 12 questions.

Homework: Comic book covers for 2 different books about the A-bomb are due March 2.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we review our timeline for everything that should be on it, including the Japanese invasion of Manuchuria through V-J Day. Students should have 23 major events associated with the war or Holocaust and everything important that happened to Marion Blumenthal and her family, based on her book, Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Comic book covers for a short comic book about the atom bomb from an American point of view and from a Japanese point of view are due with title and artwork next Friday, March 2. Timelines are due tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Essential Question: How did WWII end?

Agenda: Today we look at two secondary sources about the development of nuclear weapons. Students have two short, different comic books about this event and need to design covers with titles and art for each.

Homework: Both covers, one for each comic book, are due a week from Friday, March 2.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Essential Question: How did WWII end?

Agenda: Today we study the birth of the atomic age by looking at the Manhattan Project and bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the close of WWII.

Homework: finish Four Perfect Pebbles, and include important details about Marion's life through 1948 on your timeline

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today is an open-note, open-seat, talking-allowed clicker quiz on material covered so far on WWII and the Holocaust.

Homework: finish Four Perfect Pebbles for Tuesday and include all important events in Marion Blumenthal's life on your timeline.

Wednesday, Februrary 14, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the beginning of the end of WWII and the Holocaust.

Homework: finish Four Perfect Pebbles for Tuesday and include all important events in Marion Blumenthal's life on your timeline

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we study the Tuskegee Airmen, an African-American fighter pilot group that was instrumental in the WWII Allied victory.

Homework: none

Monday, February 12, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the Allied invasion of Italy and D-Day through primary and secondary sources, adding these events to our timeline.

Homework: none

Friday, February 9, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today students take chapter 6 and 7 quizzes for Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: none

Wednesday and Thursday, February 7 & 8, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we focus on the turning points of WWII, the battles of Midway in the Pacific and Stalingrad in Europe. Then we decode propaganda about the war created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) during the war. Students shall select one of his political propaganda cartoons, show it to the class, and describe its message.

Homework: Chapter quizzes for Four Perfect Pebbles for chapters 6 and 7 will be given in class on Friday. Make sure to have read these by then.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at story of Executive Order 9066. President Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. We look at this shameful chapter of American history through a short documentary comparing with immediate after-effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor with the attacks of 911, and the racial persecution of innocent people. We also read Baseball Saved Us, by Ken Mochizuke, a kid's book about life in an American concentration camp during WWII.

Students then took the open-book chapter 5 quiz from Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Read chapters 6 and 7 of Four Perfect Pebbles for Friday, February 9.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we go over the quiz from Friday and look at the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.

Homework: none

Friday, February 2, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today students can use their timeline and copy of Four Perfect Pebbles to take a 25-question, multiple-choice quiz on material we have covered so far about WWII and the Holocaust.

Homework: Read Chapter 5 of Four Perfect Pebbles if you have not already done so.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Since only certain classes meet today, those that do will play bingo based on WWII facts. This will be for fun as well as review/preview of various concepts.

Homework: How did the "Great Dictator" mock fascism? essay due tomorrow. Students should bring updated in timelines that include the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Germany's invasion of France, and their copy of Four Perfect Pebbles tomorrow to use during an open-note, open-book multiple-question quiz.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Essential Question: What finally led to American involvement in the war and who was running it when they did?

Agenda: We review at the leaders of the world powers involved in WWII with a matching activity and map out Nazi control at its height in 1942 on the maps we began Monday.

Homework: 'How does "The Great Dictator" mock fascism?' essays are now due this Friday, February 2. Students should answer this question with at least two well-developed arguments to receive and A and simply one paragraph for a B or C.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at film featuring vignettes of a variety of journals kept by teenagers during the Holocaust, accounts similar to Anne Franks' famous diary. As students watch "I'm Still HereI". they will take notes on a prepared graphic organizer.

Homework: 'How does "The Great Dictator" mock fascism?' essays are now due this Friday, February 2. Students should answer this question with at least two well-developed arguments to receive and A and simply one paragraph for a B or C.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Essential Question: How and why did WWII and the Holocaust begin?

Agenda: Today we talked about "The Great Dictator" and shared ideas of how it mocked fascism. Students will hopefully rewrite their answer for today, or at least turn in a paragraph by the new deadline, this Friday, February 2. We also reviewed all major events of the war and the Holocaust from 1933 through 1939 as well as certain events related to the Blumenthal family through the same period.

Homework: Essays describing how "The Great Dictator" mocks fascism are now due this Friday, February 2. Students should answer this question with at least two well-developed arguments to receive and A and simply one paragraph for a B or C.

Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at some social commentary made in 1940 by famed actor/film maker Charlie Chaplin about the rise of fascism in Europe. Students will watch part of his famous "The Great Dictator" and reflect on its message of peace and equality.

Timelines of WWII and the Holocaust should include the Spanish-Civil War (the event that unites Italy and Germany in furthering fascism), the invasion of Czechoslovakia, the invasion of Poland, the invasion of Manchuria, the invasion of the Rhineland, the invasion of Ethiopia, and Kristallnacht. Also, in the other color (see Wednesday, January 17th's entry) to add Walter's arrest and the Blumenthal family's moves to Hanover and Holland.

Homework: Students should write at least one paragraph in response to the following prompt: How does "The Great Dictator" mock fascism? Due Monday, January 29.

Wednesday, January 25, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at some social commentary made in 1940 by famed actor/film maker Charlie Chaplin about the rise of fascism in Europe. Students will watch part of his famous "The Great Dictator" and reflect on its message of peace and equality.

Homework: Students should write at least one paragraph in response to the following prompt: How does "The Great Dictator" mock fascism? Due Monday, January 29.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we go over the timeline of WWII and the Holocaust as we have studied to far.

Homework: Read chapter 4 of Four Perfect Pebbles if you have not already done so.