Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: We look at some of the events that led to war and add them to our timeline of the WWII and the Holocaust.

Homework: none

Friday, January 18, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we read and discuss the rise of Hitler as we look at chapter three of Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Nazi Germany/Winds of War sheet due Tuesday.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we read and discuss the rise of Hitler as we look at chapter two of Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Check out a book from me if you did not finish the chapter 2 quiz in class to complete for homework. Racism on Campus project due tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Due to the 8th grade Career Conference today, regular morning classes were suspended. Afternoon classes enjoyed classic comedy films from the Great Depression, featuring Laurel and Hardy and the Little Rascals.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Essential Question: What was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we begin reading Marion Blumenthal Lazan's autobiographical account of the Holocaust in her memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles. After reading chapter 1 and the prologue in class, students take a short quiz. Students who do not finish this quiz in class may check out a copy of Four Perfect Pebbles and take it home to complete.

Homework: Racism at the U of I comic book or strip is due Friday.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Essential Question: What was so great about the Great Depression?

Agenda: Students will watch the PBS documentary, "American Experience: The Dust Bowl" and answer questions about this strange and difficult time during the Great Depression.

Homework: Comic book/strip about racism on the campus of the University of Illinois during the Great Depression due this Friday, Jan. 18.

Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11, 2019

Essential Question: What was so great about the Great Depression?

Agenda: Students will use four blurbs from a University of Illinois alumni newsletters from 1937 and 1938 that describe how black college students were denied service at campus restaurants and movie theaters, and create a comic strip or comic book that turns these primary documents into a secondary document that tells the story of this racism. Students have the entire period both days to work on their projects,

Homework: "Campus Racism" comic strip or booklet are due next Friday, January 18.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Essential Question: What was so great about the Great Depression?

Agenda: Today we look at racism on the University of Illinois campus in the late 1930s. U of I alumni newsletter clipping from the 1937 and 1938 describe how black college students were denied service at campus restaurants and movie theaters. Students will take these four blurbs and create a comic strip or comic book that turns these primary documents into a secondary document that tells the story of this racism.

Homework: "Campus Racism" comic strip or booklet are due next Friday, though tomorrow will be a work day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Essential Question: What was so great about the Great Depression?

Agenda: Today students begin class by summarizing up yesterdays lesson about Urbana money during the Depression. Students also answer questions based on "Kids Discover: The Great Depression.

Homework: none

Monday, January 7, 2019

Essential Question: What was so great about the Depression?

Agenda: Today we look at the Great Depression's effects on Urbana. First, we graph the population growth of Urbana from 1870 through 2000 to see the population growth slowdown during the Depression. We also look at Urbana Money, Urbana-created currency actually used during the Depression.

Homework: Urbana population growth graphs not completed in class are due tomorrow.

Year

Urbana Pop

1870

2,277

1880

2,942

1890

3,511

1900

5,728

1910

8,245

1920

10,244

1930

13,060

1940

14,064

1950

22,834

1960

27,294

1970

33,147

1980

35,978

1990

36,344

2000

36,395

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Essential Question: How were the 1920s similar and different to the 2010s?

Agenda: After students have created top ten lists of how the 1920s and this decade are both similar and different using "KIds Discover: The Roaring 20s", they should write an evidence-based argument (EBA) on how this decade is alike than different than the current one, or more different than alike than the current one. Either way, students should base their arguments on at least two well-developed pieces of evidence.

Homework: none

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Essential Question: How were the 1920s similar and different to the 2010s?

Agenda: Today students use "KIds Discover: The Roaring 20s" to create top ten lists of how the 1920s and this decade are both similar and different.

Homework: none

Monday, December 17, 2018

Essential Question: How were the 1920s similar and different to the 2010s?

Agenda: Today we look at slang from the 1920s as well as the Harlem Renaissance and the 1919 Chicago race riot.

Homework: none

Friday, December 14, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we take our unit final exam.

Homework: Finish writing final draft of WWI poem in ink if not done already.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we look at local death certificates from the fall of 1918 and get an understanding at the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918.

Homework: An original, 8-line (minimum) poem about a particular aspect of WWI is due Thursday. Study for test tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we review material that will be on a test over imperialism, the Spanish-American war, and WWI that will be given on Friday.

Homework: An original, 8-line (minimum) poem about a particular aspect of WWI is due Thursday. Study notes for Friday exam.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we look at excerpts from the Treaty of Versailles, the document that officially ended WWI but inadvertently helped cause WWII.

Homework: An original, 8-line (minimum) poem about a particular aspect of WWI is due Thursday.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we begin learning and discussing the end of World War One. Students will take a short True/False, short answer test on material covered so far. Students are encouraged to use their notes for this test.

Homework: An original, 8-line (minimum) poem about a particular aspect of WWI is due Thursday.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we go over the study guide from "Kids Discover: WWI" that students worked on last Friday and Monday. We also look at the poem "Flanders Fields" to see how rhythm and rhyme contribute to the overall meaning of the poem.

Homework: WWI original, 8-line (minimum) poem using rhythm and rhyme due next Thursday, 12/13.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Essential Question: What was WWI all about?

Agenda: Today we look at the African-American experience in WWI and American propaganda during the war.

Homework: WWI original, 8-line (minimum) poem using rhythm and rhyme due next Thursday, 12/13.