Friday, January 19, 2018

What was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today students will read and discuss a short article on the meaning of the word "Fascism" and watch part of the PBS documentary, "The American Experience: America and the Holocaust" to get an understanding of America's role in exacerbating suffering during the Holocaust.

Homework: "Nazi Germany and The Winds of War" questions are due Monday, January 22.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

What was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today students will take an open-book quiz on Chapter 3 of Four Perfect Pebbles and then be allowed to work on a small packet, "Nazi Germany and The Winds of War".

Homework: "Nazi Germany and The Winds of War" questions are due Monday, January 22.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Essential Question: What what was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we take a quiz on Chapter 2 of Four Perfect Pebbles and begin a timeline of the Blumenthal's ordeal during WWII and the Holocaust. Students are given a 12" x 18" piece of drawing paper to make a timeline where one inch = one year and starts with the year 1931. Today, students should include the marriage of Walter and Ruth Blumenthal, the births of Albert and Marion, and their move to Hanover, Germany. Students, in another color, should delineate Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the Jewish Boycott, the Nuremberg Laws (1935), Germany's annexation of Austria, and the construction of Dachau (March 1933).

Homework: Work not completed in class on the timeline should be completed at home. Students should also read Chapter 3 for tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Essential Question: What was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we read together Chapter 2 of Marion Blumenthal's Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Please read chapter 2 of Four Perfect Pebbles if you were absent from school today.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Essential Question: What was the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we begin reading Marian Blumenthal Lazan's story of the Holocaust, Four Perfect Pebbles. Students were issued their own copies of the book to read both in class and on their own. We read the prologue and chapter 1 and took a short quiz on the reading. Students should bring this book to class everyday until we conclude reading it.

Homework: none

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Great Depression?

Agenda: Today we look at how both Germany and the United States embraced eugenics in the 1920s and 1930s. We also look at the plight of minorities during the Great Depression and wrap up with a look at Jesse Owen's brilliant performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Homework: none. However, students who did poorly or did not complete the short writing assignment on Urbana Money from Monday, may redo this assignment by answering a prompt about a political cartoon about the 1936 Olympics called "The Modern Mercury."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Great Depression?

Agenda? Today we talk about how economic inequity helped lead to the Great Depression and read a short story about a Hooverville in Chicago. We also discuss the rise of both Franklin Roosevelt and Adolph Hitler in 1933.

Homework: none

Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Essential Question: What happened during the Great Depression?

Agenda: Since morning classes were at the 8th grade career conference at the I-Hotel, morning classes did not meet. Afternoon classes answered a set of questions as they watched PBS's "The American Experience: The Dust Bowl" video.

Homework: "What Happened When" Great Depression timeline worksheet is due tomorrow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Essential Question: What happened during the Great Depression?

Agenda: Today we finish our discussion of Urbana Money. By the end of the period, students should reflect on our discussion last Friday and converse with each other as they review several primary documents to determine what exactly Urbana Money was and why it was created. A short, written explanation is due at the end of the period.

Homework: "What Happened When" Great Depression timeline worksheet is due Wednesday, January 10

Friday, January 5, 2018

Essential Question: What was the Great Depression all about?

Agenda: Today we look at Urbana Money and the Great Depression. In a guided discussion complete with primary documents, students will begin to uncover the mystery of how and why Urbana Money came to be. We'll finish our discussion on Monday.

Homework: none

Thursday, January 4, 2018

HAPPY SNOW DAY!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Welcome Back!


Essential Question: What happened to Russia during World War One?

Agenda: We begin class by looking at Langston Hughes's "Harlem," where the final line asks, "or does it explode?". Hughes seems to suggest that a festering problem like social injustice can lead to revolution. This leads us to read a short play about the Russian Revolution of 1917, helping to understand terms like Bolshevik, communist, revolution, corruption and the general causes of the 1917 Russian Revolution and the subsequent Red Scares in the U.S.

Homework: none

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Essential Question: Why has America gone to war?

Agenda: Students will take a cumulative examination based on concepts with imperialism, America's war with Spain, and the First World War.

Homework: WWI poem due Friday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Essential Question: What was World War One all about?

Agenda: Today we review for a test on the First World War tomorrow.

Homework: WWI final draft of an original, 8-line poem is due Friday.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Essential Question: How did WWI end:

Agenda: Students will look at Articles 42, 45, 51, 119, 160, 231, 232 of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles to write an evidence-based argument (EBA) on the fairness of the this treaty. Imagine you are President Woodrow Wilson and evaluate 2 major reasons why you think this treaty was fair or unfair to both Germany and France.

Homework; Please complete the EBA that you began today for Monday. WWI poem due next Friday.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Essential Question: How did WWI end?

Agenda: Today we discuss at length the poetry assignment due Dec. 15. Then we turn our attention to the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the war in 1919.

Homework: WWI poem due Dec. 15

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Essential Question: How was WWI fought?

Agenda: Today we look at propaganda used during the First World War. Students will identify the audience, message, and rationale for various posters.

Homework: WWI poem due Friday, Dec. 15.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Essential Question: How was WWI fought and why did the U.S. join?

Agenda: Today we look at Germany's use of unrestricted submarine warfare, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the Zimmerman telegram.

Homework: A final draft, written in ink of an 8-poem specifically about WWi, using rhythm and rhyme is due Friday, December 15.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Essential Question: How was WWI fought?

Agenda: Today we look at the use of airplanes in WWI. The class will look at archival photos of early airplanes and watch clips from History Channel's "The First Dogfights".

Homework: An 8-line poem (or longer) poem employing rhythm and rhyme specific to World War One is due in ink on Friday, Dec. 15.

Friday December 30, 2017

Essential Question: How was WWI fought?

Agenda: Today we look at trench warfare through a reading and video clips.

Homework: An 8-line poem (or longer) poem employing rhythm and rhyme specific to World War One is due in ink on Friday, Dec. 15.