Week of November 12, 2018

Essential Question: Why did the U.S. go to war with Spain?

Agenda: This week we look at the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii, and the cause and effects of the Spanish-American war. Using History Alive and A People's History of American Empire, students will explore America's dalliance with imperialism.

Homework: none

Friday, November 9, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at another problem that the Industrial Revolution helped create when it solved the problem associated with energy and transportation: Climate Change. Students will look at clips and political cartoons as we try to come to terms with 150 years of burning of fossil fuels.

Homework: Finished panels or booklets illustrating events surrounding New York's infamous 1911 Triangle Fire are due today. No new homework.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at another problem that the Industrial Revolution helped create when it solved the problem of food production. Students will describe and explain the message of two different political cartoons dealing with industrial agriculture as an in-class writing assignment.

Homework: Finished panels or booklets illustrating events surrounding New York's infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire are due tomorrow, November 9, 2018.

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 and 7, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at another problem that the Industrial Revolution helped create when it solved the problem of food production. Industrial agriculture's unintended consequences have led to a world dealing with habitat loss, anti-biotic resistance, exploitation and abuse of both humans and animals, and a host of other problems future generations will have to deal with. We will watch parts of the documentary, Food Inc. and discover some of the deadlier consequences of the Industrial Revolution.

Homework: Finished panels or booklets illustrating events surrounding New York's infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire are due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at the aftermath of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire and investigate where our clothing comes from.

Homework: Finished panels or booklets detailing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire are due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Wednesday-Friday, October 31- November 2, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: We look at the tragic 1911 Triangle Factory Fire that happened in New York. Using both a version in History Alive and the version in the PBS do cumentary, "The American Experience: Triangle Fire", students will create their own illustrated history of what happened and why.

Homework: Finished panels or booklets detailing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire are due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Monday-Tuesday, October 29-30, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at the events surrounding the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, and develop an understanding of the ideas regarding anarchism, capitalism, and socialism/communism and America's first Red Scare.

Homework: none

Wednesday and Thursday, October 24, 25, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Charlie Chaplin answers our Essential Question with his hilarious and thoughtful 1936 classic movie, Modern Times. We spend two days watching and talking about this piece of social commentary.

Homework: Why Do So Many Large U.S. cities Have a Chinatown? booklets are due October 25th (today!). No new homework, but finish your booklet by Monday if you did not turn it in.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: We review the Chinatown booklet project and use most of the entire period to complete it, though students may continue working on it at home.
Cover with name and title (Why do so many large, American cities have a Chinatown?), inside cover: table of contents, page 1: summary of 1879 article, page 2: summary of 1882 Exclusion Act, page 3: summary of Magic Washer ad, page 4: summary of 1913 Hong Sling application, page 5: answer to title question, back cover: either a drawing/sketch of a Chinatown or a poem about the Chinese immigrant experience

Homework: Chinatown booklets are due Thursday, October 25th.
Download file "1879 Herald article.pdf"Download file "Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882.pdf"Download file "magic washer.jpg"Download file "Hong Sling.pdf"

Monday, October 22, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at two more primary documents that shed light on the origins and nature of Chinatowns, and help us determine an answer as to why so many large American cities have a Chinatown. We look at the infamous 1886 Magic Washer Ad and an application to travel abroad and return by a Chinese merchant lawfully domiciled in Chicago in 1913.

Homework: Although technically not homework, students may work on their booklets at home.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: As we continue our study of American cities, we turn our attention to the local neighborhoods called Chinatowns. Today we begin a project that explores the reasons behind why these neighborhoods exist. Yesterday we looked at an article written in 1879 about the Chinese in America. Today we review that article and also look at the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.

Homework: Students should design their covers neatly and artistically, titling their books, Why Do So Many Large American Cities Have a Chinatown?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: As we continue our study of American cities, we turn our attention to the local neighborhoods called Chinatowns. Today we begin a project that explores the reasons behind why these neighborhoods exist.

Homework: Indian Mascot Cartoon Analysis re-writes are due tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look for a correlation between population and growth regarding American cities. Students will plot cities on a map, color coded as to whether the city has gained or lost population over the past decades. Students will then explain the correlation and can hazard a guess as to why this correlation seems to exist.

Homework: Indian Mascot Cartoon Analysis re-writes are due Friday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students get back their Indian Mascot Cartoon Analysis. We will go over each cartoon and related articles explaining the reasoning behind banning the use of Indian mascots and logos. Students will also be given back their Urbanization graphs to complete.

Homework: Indian Mascot Cartoon Analysis re-writes are due no later than Friday, October 19. They should select one of the four cartoons on a page distributed in class. To analyze this cartoon, they must in 3 separate paragraphs describe it, explain its message, and react to that message by agreeing or disagreeing with its message and they must support their opinion with evidence.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Due to our good fortune in having Holocaust survivor and Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Survivor's Story author, Marion Blumenthal Lazan, come speak to the entire 8th grade today, regular classes will not meet today.

Friday October 12, 2018

Please note there was an assignment passed out today that is due next Wednesday: A packet called "The Industrial Revolution" printed on green paper was passed out after Mrs. Medwed addressed students about promotion, the high school, and other issues and after students finished presenting their slideshows. Students were given a stapled 2-page double-sided set of pages of information and a stapled 2-page double-sided corresponding set of questions. Students DO NOT need to write complete sentences in answering these questions.

The Industrial Revolution questions packet is due Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Week of October 9-12

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: This week, students will present their research on large cities.

Homework: none

Week of October 1-5

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students have the entire week to research a project on large cities. They have access to Chromebooks and the Internet and are expected to create oral presentations based on slides they make using Google Slides beginning next Tuesday, October 9. See attachment for details.

Homework: while plenty of research time is available in class, students should feel free to work on this project at home.
Download file "Cities Project.docx"

Friday, September 29, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students should try to finish a graph showing population growth curves for Chicago, Los Angeles, and 2 other large, American cities

Homework: none

Thursday, September 28, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we watch "The Industrial Revolution Video Quiz" and answer questions. Some are for extra credit.

Homework: none