Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dith Pran Dies - "The Killing Fields"

Dith Pran, whose story inspired the film "The Killing Fields" died this morning. Pran was instrumental in raising awareness of the Cambodian genocide under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime headed by Pol Pot in the late 1970s.

The following is an excellent story:
CNN Story:
NY Times:
"The Killing Fields" Wikipedia Entry:
YouTube Video - Final Scene from "The Killing Fields"
Resources on the Cambodian Genocide:

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Monday - Lab Day (Psychology)

1. Finish Mood Disorders Take-Home Quiz. Use online resources if necessary.
2. Answer questions from the February 29th Post, "Psychology - March 3." Answer in the comments section or on a separate piece of paper.
3. "Everybody Hurts" response. Do this on a separate piece of paper.
4. Online quizzes and screenings. Visit the following links:
Comprehensive Site (Anxiety Disorders)Facts, Statistics, Quizzes
5. Visit the "Helper's High" post. For extra credit respond to one of the news stories. Post your comments under this post.

Monday, March 3, 2008

"Everybody Hurts" (Write a brief reaction to the song/video.)

Listen to the song, "Everybody Hurts."
What is the message of the song?
Is it hopeful? Is is a message of despair?
How does this song resonate with you?
Do not post your responses in the comments section.
Your take-home "Exam" and response to this post is due Friday.

Moot Court (Resources)

Civil Rights Mini-Course
Mini-Unit: The History of Racial Integration in American Public Schools
This post will contain links to all the resources you will need to successfully prepare for and complete the Moot Court activity. Also contained within this post are activities we will do in class that will help prepare you for the Moot Court. The link below is the inspiration for culminating project in this mini-unit.
Culminating Activity (See Moot Court)
As we discussed in class, an understanding of not only the Constitution but also precedent is very helpful when preparing for a case. We will examine several landmark cases dealing with the issue of racial integration in public schools. The first case we will examine is Brown v. Board of Education.
Pre-Moot Court Activity:
Visit the following link and view: Introduction, Segregation Defined, In Her Own Words, What Happened Next, Choices People Made and Timeline. Be prepared to discuss the "Connections Questions for the Classroom" in class.
1. Following lecture and episodes one and two from the "Eyes on the Prize" series, you are ready to complete the first activity. You will work in groups of three to four. I will collect your responses at the end of the class period. Click on the link below and complete the activity.
Landmark Cases (Classifying Arguments):
Resources that will help you with activities 2-5:
Key Excerpts from the Majority Opinion:
Many useful links (Smithsonian Institute):
(Parents Involved v. Seattle School District)
Read the opinion:
Listen to Oral Arguments:
Wikipedia Entry:
2. (March 4) Read the key excerpts from the majority opinion. Click on the link below. Answer # 7 in the comments section. (This is an opinion question. There is no "right" or "wrong" answer. You will do this independently.)
3. You be the Supreme Court Justice! (Jigsaw Activity)
Click on the link below. Working in groups of three or four, answer the questions posed. Answer your questions on the worksheet provided in class. You will share your answers in "large group" on Wednesday!
If you have time, take the "virtual tour" of the Supreme Court!
Courtroom Entry (Zoom in to better see the bench)
4. Essential Questions
Working in groups of 3 or 4, complete this worksheet:
Print one worksheet per group. Don't forget to include the names of every group member on your worksheet.
5. After we've assigned roles, I'll give you time to work in teams (Justices and clerks and Attorneys and clerks) to discuss #8 and #9 from the Moot Court Procedures packet. Organize your thoughts on paper. First create an outline and once you feel comfortable with your material, organize what you have into formal questions and arguments.
Moot Court Procedures - Go to the link below and click on Moot Court Procedures. We will follow this guideline with a few minor modifications. We will not use journalists (unless we have a large group in the future and we need to find additional roles for people) and we will allow justices and attorneys one clerk each. Also, we will allow attorneys to finish their arguments before justices may begin their questioning.
This timeline may help both attorneys and justices (many precedents pertaining to racial integration in public schools are included in this timeline):