Friday, May 11, 2018

Today we went over the Cold War exams, written and multiple choice. We also filed a "status report" about how projects are going.

Projects/papers are due May 16.

Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10, 2018

Essential Question: What other interesting and relevant histories are there?

Agenda: Students will spend the week, and two days next week, researching and preparing a slideshow or paper based on some element of daily life that we have not studied in depth. Students should research a topic based on their own interests, and develop the story of this topic from ~100 years ago through the present, to what experts think future generations will experience.

Homework: Students must be prepared to present on May 16. Research papers are also due on May 16th. While entire class periods are devoted to work on this project, students should feel encouraged to visit the library or work on this over the weekend.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Today Social Students are taking the Illinois Youth Survey. Regular class is suspended.

Homework: Best or Worst Cold War President EBA is due Wednesday. See last Friday's post for more information.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Students take a 50-question, multiple-choice test and they are allowed to use their notes.

Homework: "Best or Worst Cold War President" Essay: Using at least two pieces of evidence, make an argument that supports your nomination for the title character, to earn at B. Include a counterexample to earn an A. Essays should be well-written and organized, including introductions and conclusions. Essays, electronic or hand-written, are due Wednesday, May 9.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at Ronald Reagan's mark on history by examining the tone and details offered about his presidential administration in both of our regular texts, History Alive and Freedom: A History of Us. We then look at the upcoming "Past, Present, and Future" project.

Homework: puzzles over Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan are due tomorrow


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at Ronald Reagan, last of the Cold War presidents. We will take notes on his "Tear down this wall" speech, his Strategic Defense Initiative aka "Star Wars" and the Iran-Contra Scandal.

Homework: None but think of a topic for a "Past, Present, and Future" presentation or research paper.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the events that shaped the short terms of Presidents Ford and Carter, including the aftermath of Watergate, the fall of Saigon, the Energy Crisis, and peace between Israel and Egypt.

Homework: none, but think of a topic for a "Past, Present, and Future" presentation or paper.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look the Middle-East and the wars against Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 and the Energy Crisis of the mid-1970s.

Homework: none

Friday, April 27, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today, in a nod to America's Day of Silence, we look at the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the LGBT movement. The teacher will model a PowerPoint slideshow of the past, present, and future of the LGBT struggle for civil rights. Students will present their own "past, present, and future" slideshows during the week of May 16th.

Homework: Hayes school integration political cartoon due Monday; think of a topic for a "past, present and future" project.

Thursday, April, 26, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we continue to explore the positives and negatives of the Nixon administration. We will look at the Kent State Shootings, Nixon's re-deployment of the War on Drugs, and Watergate. We even sing a protest song!

Homework: Political cartoon about the integration of Hayes school in 1966 is due next Monday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the surprise Tet Offensive, the violent 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the presidency of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.l

Homework: A political cartoon based on the integration of Hays grade school in Urbana in 1966, is due next Monday, April 30.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the Vietnam War and take an open-note clicker quiz based on questions students created from their research.

Homework: African-Americans in Vietnam questions (4 on a large notecard) due tomorrow, April 25.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the integration of Urbana schools as a result. Students will read some newspaper articles about the integration of Hays Grade School (on the site where MLK Grade School stands now). Students need to create an original political cartoon highlighting the justice of integrating schools and the injustice of not letting children attend school in their own neighborhood.

Homework: Cartoons are due one week from today, on Monday, April 30.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Eighth graders are visiting Parkland College today. Classes will not meet.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: After completing short presentations based on readings from Tuesday, we move on to the particular question of why there was such a strong anti-war movement. Looking at clips from HBO's, "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" we will examine how America's queasiness witnessing brutal warfare on the evening news, the unfairness of the draft, and the Tet Offensive's effect on the American psyche all contributed to American weariness with the war.

Homework: Students who presented yesterday should have written a quiz question (T/F or ABCD) on a notecard for today. Students who presented today must create a quiz question for tomorrow. Concept maps were collected at the end of the period.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we share information from 10,000 Days of Thunder and create a concept map of ideas connected to the origin, nature, and resolution of the Vietnam war.

Homework: none

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the Vietnam War, as told in the book 10,000 Days of Thunder. Students read 1-2 pages and share important details with the class in kind of a show-and-tell.

Homework: None, though students who did not share today should be prepared to share tomorrow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at conspiracy theories dealing with the moon landing and Kennedy's assassination and the arrival of LBJ as president.

Homework: none

Wednesday-Friday April 11-13, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we develop our "pre-write" analysis on the cartoon about the Cuban Missile Crisis we looked at last Friday. Students will turn this rough draft into a polished expository essay complete with introduction of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a description of the cartoon, an explanation of its meaning, a critique of its validity, and a concluding paragraph. Students will have the entire period to rewrite their essays.

Homework: final drafts are due this Friday, April 13, along with the two presidential crossword puzzles assigned last Friday.

Monday/Tuesday, April 9/10, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Cold War?

Agenda: Today we look at the Children's March and how the Kennedy administration was forced to confront the issue of Civil Rights in 1963. Because of PARCC testing, only 1st period will meet on Monday. The other classes will meet on Tuesday.

Homework: Cuban Missile Crisis political cartoon analysis and presidential crossword puzzles due Friday, April 13.