Spring Break

Thank you to all Hercules families who dropped by during our conference time. We hope you enjoyed our open-room format. We certainly enjoyed meeting with you.


Work on your essay "Where Do Nazis Come From?", over break if you have not complete it. Include the idea of the Holocaust in your introduction and why ordinary people were complicit in Nazi atrocities during WWII. Set up the next 2 (or 3) paragraphs by suggesting how humans are naturally inclined to obey authority and assume roles based on uniforms. In each of your body paragraphs, name and describe a psychological experiment that addresses an idea from the introduction. State the result of the experiment and explain its significance during the Holocaust. Conclude the essay by suggesting how education may prevent future genocide.

"Where Do Nazis Come From?" Evidence-Based Argument essays are due Monday, March 25, 2019.

Week of March 11-14, 2019

Essential Question: Could the Holocaust happen again? Could we prevent it?

Agenda: Due to schedule changes brought on by the Illinois Assessment of Readiness testing this week, classes will meet only once. In this class period, we will look at the final of four psychological experiments designed to illuminate the question of how ordinary German citizens could have remained complicit for so long as the Nazis committed some of the most horrific atrocities of the the 20th century? This final experiment is called "A Class Divided" and was conducted by Iowa third grade teacher Jane Elliott as she strove to teach empathy in the hearts of her all-white elementary class towards minorities and people of color.

Below are links to clips shown in class:

Obedience to Authority (Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram asks how likely an ordinary citizen would commit murder in order to obey an authority figure) 1961

A Class Divided first half only (Elementary teacher Jane Elliott asks if a simulated experience of discrimination can teach a group of children to forever eschew racism?) 1970

The Stanford Prison Experiment (Stanford psychologist Phillip Zimbardo asks if good people are put in a bad place; will they find their better angels, or will the situation overwhelm their moral compass?) 1971

Homework: Using the results of at least two psychological experiments for your evidence, create an argument about how easy or difficult is seems to be to turn someone into a Nazi. Also, explain what we can and/or should do about it.

Essays should be well-written, with a clear introduction that states exactly what the writer will explore. At least two studies should be described and the results summarized in at least two different paragraphs. A conclusion should wrap up this essay with advice for the future.

This essay is due Monday, March 25, 2019.

Wednesday-Friday, March 6-8, 2019

Essential Question: Could a Holocaust happen again? What could prevent it?

Agenda: We look at four famous psychological experiments that look at the underlying nature of human behavior. They are Stanley Milgram's "Obedience to Authority Experiment", Phillip Zimbardo's "Stanford Prison Experiment", Jane Elliot's "A Class Divided Experiement", and Ron Jones, "Third Wave Experiement". Students should use the results of 2 or 3 of these experiments to answer the essential question above in a well-written essays.

Homework: Using the results of at least two psychological experiments for your evidence, create an argument about how easy or difficult is seems to be to turn someone into a Nazi. Also, explain what we can and/or should do about it.

This essay is due Monday, March 25, 2019.



Tuesday, March 5, 2017

Regular classes did not meet today due to state testing.

No homework.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today take an open-note test that addresses our essential question. Students may use their timelines and should plan to turn them in at the end of class today.

Homework: none

Friday, March 1, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we review for an open-note test on Monday covering our study of World War II and the Holocaust, including the final chapters of Four Perfect Pebbles. Students may use their timelines and should plan to turn them in at the end of class on Monday.

Homework: Students should design covers for 2 different comic books, each based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Covers should include an original title for the book, art that conveys the messages and ideas of the book, and the student should credit themselves with at least the cover art on the cover with the title and artwork. Color is suggested but not required. Covers are due on Monday, March 4.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we read the rest of Marion Blumenthal's harrowing story of death and survival during the Holocaust. Students should complete chapter 6 and 7 quizzes by the end of the period. The extra credit feedback about the book is due tomorrow for those who elect to share their feelings about Four Perfect Pebbles.

Homework: Students should design covers for 2 different comic books, each based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Covers should include an original title for the book, art that conveys the messages and ideas of the book, and the student should credit themselves with at least the cover art on the cover with the title and artwork. Color is suggested but not required. Covers are due on Monday, March 4.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we again look at the nuclear technology that helped end WWII. We also watch "The Fallen of World War II", a short video that illustrates WWII's horrific death toll and contemplate how many more lives the Soviet Union lost than any other nation during the war.

Homework: Students should design covers for 2 different comic books, each based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Covers should include an original title for the book, art that conveys the messages and ideas of the book, and the student should credit themselves with at least the cover art on the cover with the title and artwork. Color is suggested but not required. Covers are due on Monday, March 4.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the technology that helped end WWII: nuclear weapons. We watch the History Channel's, "Modern Marvels: The Manhattan Project" and develop a deeper understanding of how and why nuclear weapons came to be.

Homework: Students should design covers for 2 different comic books, each based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Covers should include an original title for the book, art that conveys the messages and ideas of the book, and the student should credit themselves with at least the cover art on the cover with the title and artwork. Color is suggested but not required. Covers are due on Monday, March 4.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the technology that helped end WWII: nuclear weapons. We look at two different graphic histories of the dropping of the atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan at the end of WWII. Students discuss the different points of view of two booklets and begin to design covers that capture the spirit and mission of each book.

Homework: Students should design covers for 2 different comic books, each based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Covers should include an original title for the book, art that conveys the messages and ideas of the book, and the student should credit themselves with at least the cover art on the cover with the title and artwork. Color is suggested but not required. Covers are due one week from today on Monday, March 4.

Friday, February 22. 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at WWII and the Homefront, and D-Day.

Homework: None, although an extra-credit movie review of "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995) is due Monday, Feb. 25, for those wish to earn more points for the quarter grade.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we conclude watching the 1995 HBO produced movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen."

Homework: None, although an extra-credit movie review of "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995) is due next Monday, Feb. 25, for those wish to earn more points for the quarter grade.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we continue watching the 1995 HBO produced movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen."

Homework: None, although an extra-credit movie review of "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995) is due next Monday, Feb. 25, for those wish to earn more points for the quarter grade.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we wrap up our Dr. Suess WWII propaganda show and tell activity and take a look at the Tuskegee Airmen, by watching the 1995 HBO produced movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen."

Homework: none

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at WWII propaganda produced by Dr. Suess. Students each get an original cartoon to present to the class in a short "Show and Tell" activity where they show the cartoon to the class using a document reader and projector and tell what the propaganda's message was.

Homework: none

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we take an overview of WWII from 1941 through 1944, looking at particular events including the battles of Midway and Stalingrad.

Homework: none

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we take an overview of WWII from 1941 through 1944.

Homework: none

Monday, February 11, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and President Roosevelt's executive order 9066.

Homework: none

Friday, February 8, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we look at the Nazi's propagandistic attempt to fool the world into believing anti-Semitism was not as bad as feared in Germany by providing the world with a look at the "typical" concentration camp at Theresienstadt. We look at a poem written by Teddy, a boy of unknown age, called "Terezin" about his new home. We also look at Jewish partisans and their role in WWII. Students should finish chap. 5 of Four Perfect Pebbles and complete the chapter 5 quiz for homework if they did not complete it in class. Books may be checked if needed.

Homework: None unless chap 5 quiz not completed in class; extra-credit WWII crossword puzzles are due Monday.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Essential Question: What happened during WWII and the Holocaust?

Agenda: Today we review our timelines from 1931 through 1940, as we go over last week's open-note quiz. Students can correct timelines for extra credit.

Homework: none