Thursday, June 30, 2016

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced (Exit Ticket)

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Briefly describe the setting (time and place) of the book. (pages 7 and 10)

Briefly describe the condition of women and girls in Yemen. Cite specific examples from the book. Include a minimum of four examples.




What are some of harmful physical consequences of child marriage? List a minimum of three examples.



Why did Nujood’s father marry her off at such a young age?
Why didn’t Nujood’s mother resist the marriage?

Why is education a powerful tool against child marriage?

What profession does Nujood dream of having one day?

How can social media be used to educate and eliminate the problem of child marriage? Give two examples.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ted Talk- Ann Cooper (Exit Ticket)

Life Skills/Health

Watch both videos:

In a sentence, explain how these videos are related.

Now, focus on the second video to answer the following questions.

What is the title of the Ted Talk?

Who is the presenter and what are her credentials? (Look under the video for her "bio.")

What is her "message"?

What specific evidence does she cite in her talk to support her message?




What suggestions does Ann offer to parents, students, communities, etc. to change the status quo (with regard to school lunches)?



Taking it further---------> What can you do to spread her message and bring about positive change in your school with regard to healthy eating?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Health Assignment (Healthy School Lunches)

Watch both videos:

In a sentence, explain how these videos are related.

What is the title of the Ted Talk? What is the topic?

Who is the presenter and what are her credentials?

What is her "message"?

What specific evidence does she cite in her talk to support her message?




What suggestions does the speaker offer to parents, students, communities, etc. to change the status quo (with regard to school lunches)?



Taking it further---------> What can you do to spread the message and bring about change in your school?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mainstream USA: Surviving Year One- Lessons

Social Studies 400

Mainstream USA: Surviving Year 1

What is infant mortality?

What is the infant mortality rate in the U.S.? Where does the US rank in the world?

What is the infant mortality rate in Rochester, NY? Where does Rochester rank?

What is SIDS?

What are some risk factors for SIDS?

What is toxic stress?

How is toxic stress different from typical stress.

What were some of the stressors the pregnant women from Rochester, NY described in the video?

What effects does toxic stress have on both pregnant women and their unborn babies?
What can be done to reduce toxic stress in pregnant women and young mothers?

How can home visits to at-risk pregnant women and young mothers help reduce infant mortality?

What is "Healthy Moms"?

What are two challenges of the Healthy Moms program?

How are programs like Healthy Moms cost-effective in the long-run?

What is the "ACE" or Adverse Childhood Experience study? (What does it measure?)

Take the ACE Quiz:
The ACE quiz measures 10 types of childhood adversity. List four examples of adverse experiences included in the questionnaire.


A higher ACE score can (but not always) lead to increased risk in: (list five)


What can be done to offset the negative impact of childhood adversity/trauma? What can schools do? What can communities do? What can individuals do?

Find three news stories about toxic stress in children, copy and paste the URLs, title of the article, and author and send to my email.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Life Skills- Does Money Make You Mean?

Life Skills

1. What is the title of this Ted Talk?

2. Who is the speaker?

3. What is the topic?

4. What is the argument the speaker is trying to make?

5. Document some of the differences between the players:


6. Briefly describe some of the insights gained from the Monopoly study regarding “advantage.”

7. What evidence does he present to support his argument? Give two specific examples (studies/facts/statistics) from this episode:



 8. What was the most memorable/interesting point made in this presentation?

9. What does this Ted Talk have to do with your life now? Five to ten years from now?

10. Imagine you could share this presentation with one other person (anyone in the world). Who do you share it with? Why did you choose this person?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Social Studies Indep. Study - Tuesday Assignment

1. What is the title of this episode of Story Corps?

2.  Who is the story-teller?

3. What is the topic of this episode?

4. In 2-3 sentences, summarize this man's story?

5. He says that "blowing his head off" would have been the easy way out. Instead, he feels it is more important to pay tribute by doing what?

6. Share this story with one person. Who do you think would most appreciate listening to this story?

Monday, April 11, 2016

World War II - Project

How many American service men lost their lives at Pearl Harbor?

What was the Manhattan Project?

Why did American women enter the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II?

True or False? An estimated 350,000 women served in the military at home and abroad.

True or False? The G.I. Bill of Rights provided returning vets with financial assistance for education and low interest loans.

True or False? From gasoline to sugar, rationing eventually effected virtually every aspect of American life.

True or False? The United States used propaganda in film, advertisements, and other forms of media to promote its cause and attack the enemy. Much of the propaganda utilized stereotypical and racist imagery of the "enemy."

What happened at the Battle of Britain? Who was the British Prime Minister?

How many Jewish children were evacuated to Britain between 1939-1940?

How long was the Leningrad Siege? How many people died?

What was D-Day? When did it start?

True or False? D-Day was the largest amphibious assault in history?

True or False? The controversial agreements made at the Yalta Conference set the stage for the rise of communism in eastern Europe and the dawn of the Cold War.

What was The Rape of Nanking?

What is a kamikaze?

What happened at Iwo Jimo?

How many people died after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

When were the bombs dropped?

What was the Marshall Plan?

World War II Part 1: Crash Course US History #35

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Campaign Finance Reform- Social Studies 400

Campaign Finance Reform – Exit Ticket     Name:

What is "quid pro quo"?
What is FECA?

What is a 527?
What is the Tillman Act?

What is "hard money"?

What is Citizens United?

What is the Taft-Hartley Act?
What is "soft money"?

What is a Super Pac?
What is a PAC?
What is McCain-Feingold?

Why does campaign finance reform matter?

Class Discussion:

What tend to be the issues "low-dollar" contributers are interested in?

Why are "high-dollar" contributers less interested in issues like student loan debt and credit card debt?

Money is Speech: A Musical History of Campaign Finance

How campaign finance works

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)

Oh, Super PACs! A Music Video

Political Campaigns: Crash Course Government and Politics #39

Mood Disorders- Depression Notes

Cognitive Symptoms- feelings of suffocation, drowning, numb to the world, guilt, worthlessness, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, suicidal thoughts

Behavioral Symptoms- sleeping changes, changes in appetite, slowed movement, persistent boredom, low energy, lack of motivation

Physical Symptoms- headaches, muscle aches and pains

Depressive Triad- tend to focus on most negative features of themselves, their environment, and their future

prevalence- 2-3% men, 5-9% women
Sometimes called "the common cold" of mental disorders

Discuss gender differences
Symptoms for men: alcohol/substance abuse, escapist behavior, inappropriate anger, violent/abusive, risky/reckless behavior

Relationship to suicide- 80% give warning signs

Suicide often does not occur when the person is in the depths of depression when energy and initiative is lacking. It often occurs with the person begins to rebound.


Cognitive Theories
The way people think and perceive the world has an important impact on the way they feel.

A depressed person is often overly sensitive to obstacles to goal-directed activity, interprets triavial impediments as substantial, reads disparagement into innocuous statements by others, devalues himself/herself

Social Learning Theory:

People learn adaptive and maladaptive ways of managing stress and responding to life's problems with family, education, work, etc.

A child child who grows up in a pessimistic environment where discouragement is common and encouragement is rare- vulnerability to depression is high

The interaction of social, psychological, and biological factors

People often live with depression for 10+ years before seeking treatment

Online screener:

Longer screener: