Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Day Challenge: Tell me about yourself

Using as many letters of the alphabet as you can, describe yourself in five minutes.

You may use the same letter only three times.

Top people in each category wins a prize!

Whoever has the most words wins!
Whoever has the most unusual and/or creative words wins!


English 509 & 510 Writing Resource


Monday, June 9, 2014

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Infographic (History Channel)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Watergate (Infographic)

Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

The way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way.
Richard Nixon

The 5 W's

Who? President Richard Nixon and the Comitee to Re-Elect the President (CRP)
What? Cheated in the re-election, broke into homes, obstructed justice, taped phone calls, tried to use federal power to shut down an investigation, and tried to silence the free speech of a newspaper.
When? Everything from the break-in to the resignation went on from June 17th of 1972 to August 9th of 1974.
Where? Washington D.C., the capital city of the United States.
Why? At first this was only to get Nixon re-elected for office, then it was to keep him from being impeached and even later it was to keep them from going to jail.
People Who Believed Nixon Was Innocent in mid-1974People Who Did NotAbout 3/4 of America!0100

From the Beginning of the Trial, Compared to the End of the Trial

People Who Believed Nixon Was InnocentPeople Who Did NotOnly about half of the country!0100

Effects of Watergate on...

The people involved- Nixon went free, but more than thirty officials involved were imprisoned
The American Public- They became more cynical and less trusting of their politicians. By the end of the scandal only 36% of people still trusted their government to do the right thing according to a poll.
The Republican Party- They lost 48 seats in the House of Representatives and 8 seats in Senate during the next election.
The Media- The media did not look for the full stories anymore. They were quicker to look for and expose scandals.
International Relationships- America's reputation and image was damaged all over the world.
The Legislation- After the Watergate Scandal 3 laws were either amended or added.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Race Equality in America: Responding to the Graphic

Race Equality in America: How Far Have We Come?

The March on Washington was about more than ending racial discrimination in the United States. It also called for economic justice. What is economic justice?

When did home ownership peak for African Americans?

What percent of African Americans owned homes in 2012?

Which racial group had the highest percentage of home ownership in 2012?

Of the three racial groups represented in the graph, which group had the highest net wealth?

Which group had the lowest net wealth?

What percent of Fortune 500 company CEOs were minorities in 2012?

How has minority representation in the Senate and House of Representatives improved since 1963?
African American:
Hispanic:
Native American:
Asian:

How much improvement have African American's made in the number of Bachelor degrees obtained (since 1976-77)?

Of the three racial groups represented in the graph, which has the lowest unemployment rate? Which has the highest unemployment rate?

In 1960, Black men were ____ times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. That rate grew to _____ in 2010.

Of the four racial groups represented in the graph, which group had the highest voter turnout in the 2012 election?

Based on what you learned from the graphic, how successful has the struggle been for economic justice and racial equality since the March on Washington in 1963? Explain your answer.

Civil Rights Movement Quiz

Civil Rights History "Mythbusters" Quiz

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Segregation in Public Education: Then and Now (Discussion Questions)

What is the difference between de facto and de jure segregation? 

What type of segregation existed before Brown? What type of segregation exists today?

What are the beneficial effects of attending racially integrated schools? Cite your source.

Would you say schools today are more segregated by race, income or both? Explain your answer.

Research the current situation regarding segregation in public schools. How segregated are Wisconsin's students with regard to race? Cite your source(s).

Briefly comment on the video. "Little Rock 50 Years Later." Is the situation at Central  better, worse, or the same?

Resources:
New York Times article, 50 Years Later, Little Rock Can’t Escape Race

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (Youtube Playlist)

Play "Argument Wars" (Brown v. Board of Education)

Familiarize yourself with the background  and the opinion in the case. You may do this by listening to a lecture, watching a video, reading a book, etc. Once you feel comfortable with the case play "Argument Wars." Select "Brown v. Board of Education." You may need to play a couple times to familiarize yourself with the game. 
After playing the game, briefly summarize three of the main arguments you used to persuade the judge that segregated schools were unconstitutional. Finally, tell me your final score. 

History of Lynchings in America- Discussion Questions

Listen to the NPR program "Without Sanctuary : Artifacts of Lynching in America"
Visit the Without Sanctuary Online Museum
New York Times Map- Noose-Related Incidents
Southern Poverty Law Center Interactive Map of Hate Incidents
1. What is backlash?
2. Give some examples of backlash used against southern blacks from the  "Without Sanctuary" movie and NPR story.
3. What does the noose represent in American history?
4. Do you think a noose can be a "hate symbol"? Why or why not?
5. What is a "noose-related" incident? 
6. What are the societal impacts of "noose-related incidents"?

Interactive Map Activity: Lynchings and Race Riots in the United States

Visit the PBS link below.
Click on "Go to the Maps."
Next, click on "Lynchings and Race Riots." Select lynchings.
Click on Wisconsin. How many black and how many white lynchings took place in Wisconsin?
Click on Minnesota, Iowa, Illiniois, and Michigan. Were there any black or white lynchings in those states? If so, how many?
Click on states in other regions of the United States. Where do you see the most lynchings (both white and black)? Briefly speculate why the number of lynchings vary depending on region in the United States.
Now select "Race Riots." Did any race riots occur in Wisconsin? Were there any race riots in the Midwest? If so, where and when?
Click on states in other regions of the United States. Do you notice a pattern regarding race riots? Explain.
Now select "Jim Crow Laws." Choose a topic (such as education, hospitals and prisons, etc.) Slide your cursor over Wisconsin to see if we had any Jim Crow Laws in each of the areas listed. Did Wisconsin have any such laws?
Now visit some other Midwestern states. Did any of these states have Jim Crow laws? If so, list some examples.
Click on states in other regions of the country. List several specific examples of Jim Crow laws you discovered in your investigation? Of the laws you read about, which law did you find particularly shocking? Why?

Responding to "Remembering Jim Crow"

After listening to "Remembering Jim Crow," answer the following questions.

1. What was Jim Crow?

2. What was the purpose behind Jim Crow?

3. List five examples of Jim Crow laws (in education, housing, marriage, etc.)

4. What strategies did many African Americans utilize in an effort to physically and psychologically survive in the Jim Crow south?

Junior Scholastic World Affairs Scavenger Hunt

Junior Scholastic World Affairs Scavenger Hunt!
Name:

What is the population of the world?


The number of independent nations in the world:
What is the population of the U.S.?
What does “GDP” stand for?
What is the average life expectancy of men (world)?
The key on page 9 shows two things. What are they?
What is the average life expectancy of women (world)?


How many continents are there?
What is the average life expectancy of men in the U.S.?


91% of the world’s __________ are currently enrolled in primary school.
What is the average life expectancy of women in the U.S.?

89% of the world’s ____________ are currently enrolled in primary school.
How many countries are in North America?


What is the capital of the United States?
What are the leading languages spoken in the United States?
Who is the President of the United States?
Name the archipelago that is located to the southeast of South America.

What is capital of Brazil?
How many land-locked countries are there in South America?
Which South American country has the largest population?
How many countries are there in South America?


The main languages spoken in Argentina are:
The capital of Columbia is:
Which South American country has the highest literacy rate among males and females?
The Strait of Gibralter is a narrow strip of water that separates which two larger bodies of water?


The Adriatic Sea lies to the __________________ of Italy.
The Thames River is in this European country:
The capital of Germany is:
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is:



The capital of Norway is:
The head of government in Germany is:
The main language(s) spoken in Ireland are:
The population of Australia is:






What is the literacy rate for males and females in Australia?
What is the life expectancy for men and women in Australia?
Who is the Prime Minister of Australia?










What is the capital of Afghanistan?


Who is the leader of Afghanistan?
What is the average life expectancy for men in Afghanistan?


What is the average life expectancy for women in Afghanistan?

What is the current population of India?


What is the capital of India?
What is the literacy rate in India (for males and females)?




Name the river that flows through the northeastern part of India.


What island country lies to the southeast of India?


What country is directly to the northwest of India?
India is an example of a large __________________. (Strip of land that extends into a body of water…usually surrounded by water on three sides.
What type of government exists in Iran?

Name the archipelago to the east of North and South Korea.


Name the sea directly to the east of China.
What is the population of China?
What type of government exists in China?

How many
countries make up the Middle East?




The Red Sea lies between Africa and what two countries?
What is the capital of Saudi Arabia?
Which Middle Eastern country has the greatest population?

Which African country has the lowest life expectancy rate for women?


Which African country has the lowest life expectancy rate for men?

What is the literacy rate for males and females in Chad?
What is the literacy rate for males and females in Egypt?

What is the capital of Sierra Leone?


What is the capital of Libya?
What is the population of South Africa?
What is the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo?






What is the #1 most spoken language in the world?


What is the most popular religion in the world?
What is the second most popular religion in the world?
What is the third most popular religion in the world?





Is the United States in the top ten of the “Top Recyclers” list?


The country with the most
Mc Donald’s is:
The country with the highest gun ownership is:
The country with the highest number of divorces:





The “World’s Happiest Place” is:


The English language is spoken by approximately how many people in the world?


The Spanish language is spoken by approximately how many people in the world?
According to Save the Children, the top “Kid Friendly” country in the world is:






The Century: America's Time - 1965-1970: Unpinned

Monday, June 2, 2014

United States History Final

United States History Final
Name:

Civil Rights:

The Brown decision called for school desegregation to happen with "all deliberate speed." How quickly — and how fully — do you think schools de-segregated? Explain.

Who is Emmett Till? How is his story an example of southern backlash against African American progress?

Who is the woman in the photograph below and what event did she inspire?




Who were the Little Rock Nine and what did they accomplish?


Why did King write his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”?


What reasons did King give for coming to Birmingham?


Why does King use nonviolent direct-action as a means of bringing about change?

What historic event is pictured below? Tell me what you remember about this event.



What was the purpose/goal(s) behind the March on Washington?



Did the march achieve its purpose/goal(s)? Explain.


Cold War:


What is the difference between a “hot” war and a “cold” war?


What was a blacklist? How did political witch-hunts result in these lists?


What was the Bay of Pigs Invasion? Name the countries and leaders involved.


How did the invasion end and how did it affect U.S.-Cuba relations?
 

Name the two world leaders depicted in the cartoon below and tell me what Cold War event this cartoon is referencing.



List the four counties involved in the crisis depicted in the political cartoon above.


How was this crisis resolved?


What is the “domino theory?” How did this theory influence American foreign policy in the 1960s?



Vietnam War:
How and why did the United States get involved in the Vietnam War?




Briefly discuss the role the media played in shaping public perception about the war in Vietnam.



What was the message this political cartoonist was trying to convey? 


Women’s Rights Movement:
Briefly discuss the circumstances in which the Women's Suffrage Movement got its inspiration from the Abolitionist Movement and how the Women's Liberation Movement got its inspiration from the Civil Rights Movement.





Discuss gender roles in the 1950s. Why were these roles so rigid? How have these roles changed since the Women’s Movement of the 60s and 70s.

Watergate:

Who?

What?

When?

Where?

Why?

How?