Monday, June 7, 2010

History Recovery- Project Suggestions

History Collage:
Choose a movie from the list of U.S. History movie suggestions on the blog. Using pictures from magazines, newspapers or images found online, create a collage demonstrating the main ideas of the film. Present the collage to your teacher explaining the symbolism of the images you selected. Don't forget to include in your collage the "Five W's and an H" (who, what, when, why, where, how).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

U.S. History Project Suggestions- Creating Word Clouds

Watch a movie from the list of suggested history movies on the blog. Brainstorm a list of 26 words that best describe the movie (one for each letter of the alphabet). If you can't think of a word for the letter "X," don't worry about it.

Type your words into a microsoft word document. Do a spell check. Copy and past your list into wordle.

Go to "Create." Paste your list of words into the box. Design your word cloud. You can change the colors, fonts and layout of your cloud.

Print your word cloud and hand it in to your teacher.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Martin Luther King Quote

U.S. History Movie Suggestions (History Recovery)

Movie Suggestions:
(Arranged chronologically)
"The Last of the Mohicans"
"The Patriot"
"Gangs of New York"
"Dances with Wolves"
"Far and Away"
"Legends of the Fall"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Pearl Harbor"
"Saving Private Ryan"
"The Ghosts of Mississippi"
"The Long Walk Home"
"Good Night and Good Luck"
"Malcolm X"
"Thirteen Days"
"Apollo 13"
"Good Morning Vietnam"
"We Were Soldiers"
"Born on the Fourth of July"
"The Most Dangerous Man in America"
"All the President's Men"
"The Killing Fields"
"Black Hawk Down"
"World Trade Center"

Art and Poetry

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Hit the Road" Top 10 Historic Destinations (History Project Suggestion)

Visit the following link to find the answers to the questions below. You will take a journey through the United States visiting 10 historic destinations. You will need to visit all ten destinations to find the answers to all the questions on the final.

1. Where is Yosemite National Park?

2. How many people visit Yosemite National Park each year?

3. What is the name of Yosemite’s most recognizable rock formation?

4. The oldest institute of higher learning is near what city?

5. What is “The Big Dig”?

6. Where was the first major battle of the American Revolution fought? When was it fought?

7. The Battle of Little Big Horn is also popularly known as:

8. The battle was fought over the issue of:

9. What can be found on Last Stand Hill?

10. Where is the Alamo?

11. The Alamo serves many different purposes during its three century existence. List three.

12. Why was the Alamo attacked?

13. True or False, the battle left only two living defenders?

14. Where was Martin Luther King assassinated?

15. What is Sun Studio?

16. Explain the reason behind a plan for the Soldiers National Cemetery.

17. Who oversaw the construction of the cemetery and the dedication ceremony?

18. Lincoln’s words spoken at the dedication ceremony became knows as:

19. Philadelphia is a city of many “firsts.” List four.

20. List four museums and or monuments to visit in Washington D.C.

21. What do you need to do if you want a guided tour of the White House?

22. What are three different nicknames for New York City?

23. List five places you might visit in New York City.

24. Where is the “Space Coast”?

25. Why is it called the “Space Coast”?

U.S. History Project Suggestions- W.W. II

PBS Video (History Channel video on WWII):

Answer the questions below. Visit the History Channel Interactive site to find the answers to the questions.

Interactive (W.W. II)

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?

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?

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?

U.S. History Project Suggestions- "Found Poetry"

U.S. History:
The Children's March (Civil Rights)
"Found Poem" assignment- topic of the poem "The Children's March" video (Teaching Tolerance video)

Found Poetry (definition):
A found poem is shaped from a collection of words or phrases found in one text. A found poem may be created by students after a text has been read, in part or in whole .

Found Poem (What is it?):

(This project can be modified to relate to any topic in U.S. History)
For example, you can create a "found poem" on the Civil War, The Roaring Twenties, World War II, The Vietnam War, The Watergate Scandal, etc.)
Click on the link below for examples of "Found Poems"

U.S. History Project-The Pentagon Papers

Watch the videos and answer the questions below:

1.What are the Pentagon Papers?

2.What is prior restraint?

3.Why did the government seek a prior restraint against the New York Times and the Washington Post?

4.How do you think ordinary citizens in the late 1960's and early 1970's felt about their government? Why?

U.S. History Project Suggestions- Born on the Fourth of July

Movie: Born on the Fourth of July
Watch the Movie
Answer the questions below in the comments section: (Spend some time looking at the resources above to help you answer these questions.)

1. What were the psychological ramifications for Vietnam veterans who were either treated as criminals or were virtually ignored (public apathy in general and/or poor or neglectful treatment by the V.A. for some) unlike veterans from other wars who were embraced by the country?

2. How did this type of treatment transform Ron Kovic's perception of the war?

3. Look for news stories focusing on the psychological effects of war. Look for news stories pertaining to the current war in Iraq. Read one of the stories you found. Relate what you learned from this story to what you learned about the psychological effects of war after watching "Born on the Fourth of July."

Examples of news stories (you may use one of these):
Neglectful treatment at Walter Reed:

Walter Reed and Beyond (Links to slideshows, resources, archives, etc. This link included information on P.T.S.D., and other mental health disorders affecting veterans.)

Wikipedia (Walter Reed Neglect Scandal)

NPR coverage of Walter Reed, etc. (read or listen to stories):

A Veteran's View of Walter Reed (read or listen to story):

Military diagnosing more cases of P.T.S.D.

NPR (Dealing with P.T.S.D. after war) Listen to story:

Virtual Reality for Returning Vets:

U.S. History Project Suggestions- Online Activities

U.S. History Geography Game (Spend 30 minutes on this activity to earn one project. Print off your final score- make sure you only print ONE page! You must earn a score of at least 90% to earn credit.)

Interactive Game (PBS) "Scavenger Hunt Through History"

Name that Founding Father (Game) Must play until you earn at least 90% correct:

United States History Project Suggestions- Vietnam

History Project Suggestions:
The war in pop songs:
Find the lyrics to a pop song from the Vietnam era that refers to the war. Distribute the lyrics to the class and, if you have access to a recording, play the song as well. Then discuss the song: What is its message? Does it simply express an opinion about the war, or does it also call on listeners to take some action? What sorts of reactions might different people (such as a young person eligible to be drafted, a soldier serving in Vietnam, or the parent of such a soldier) have to the song?

Hollywood goes to war:
Working with a partner, select a film about the Vietnam War -- either the war itself or its effects on those who fought in it -- and present your choice to your teacher for approval. Once your selection has been approved, watch the film with your partner.

As you view the film, consider how it portrays the war and the soldiers who fought in it. Does it appear to support U.S. involvement in the war, or not? Are American soldiers presented as heroes, as victims, or in some other way? Also note any particular scenes that dramatically symbolize the film's message.