Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29-December 3

United States History:

Finish "All the President's Men"
Discuss questions 1 & 2 in class- Monday
Tuesday discuss questions 4-6
Wednesday: Threaded Discussion on the whiteboard (questions on the back of the worksheet)
Washington Post Coverage:
Scholastic Magazine Article:


Continue "Dead Poets Society"
Viewers Guide
Review: Themes of the story
Journal: Discuss the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.
A-Z Brainstorming Activity
Lab Day Thursday: Create a Wordle Word Cloud using the words from your A-Z Brainstorming worksheet

World Studies:
Read chapters 1-5 Three Cups of Tea
Discussion Questions:

How do people really make a difference?
What is their approach? Their vision?
What are the steps or process to making a difference?
What kinds of people are good at this? Are there common characteristics and/or personal attributes that visionary problem-solvers have?
What do you care about?

Beyond the Fire Activity:
Visit CNN Heroes:
Suggested Grades: 7-12, College

General Discussion Questions

1. How would you define the word "hero"?

2. What are some common attributes among people we classify as heroes?

3. Name some individuals you would classify as heroes, and explain why you believe each one is a hero.

4. Do you think heroes are "born" or "made"? Explain.

5. Visit the CNN Heroes website and read some of the heroes' profiles. Are there any stories that are especially inspiring to you? If so, talk about the contributions that these individuals are making to improve the lives of others and why they are inspirational.

Monday, November 22, 2010

"You Be the Judge" Game

Fourth Amendment Interactive Games

New Jersey v. TLO:
"Do I Have a Right?"

World Studies: Historic Destinations Activity

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.

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”?

If you have time:

Place the State Game:
Timed State Capital Game:
GeoSpy Game:

The power of harm

Opinion piece from the NYT:
Discussion Questions:
•What gives slurs power?
•Why are slurs so offensive?
•Why do some slurs have more power than others? How do you explain why different people respond to the same slur differently?

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Library of Congress Interactive:
National Geographic Interactive:

Super Cool Interactive Art Games and Activities!

Meet Me at Midnight:

Digging for Answers:
Art History Matching Game:
Salvador Dali Elimination Game:

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 22-24

United States History
U.S. v. Nixon Lecture
Background on Watergate
"All the President's Men"
"All the President's Men"
Watch "All the President's Men" and answer the following questions in class:

1. Who were the Washington Post reporters portrayed in the movie?

2. What techniques were used by investigative reporters in an effort to get information from their sources?

3. What ethical standards did journalists follow? Ethical standards for editors?

4. What risks are involved in running a controversial story such as the Watergate scandal? (include a brief discussion of the use of anonymous sources, challenging government leaders - even alleging criminal activity)

5. Discuss the competing interests in U.S. v. Nixon.

6. Briefly discuss the legacy of both the case and the scandal as a whole.
Discuss these questions as well:

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.
Part I
Questions to consider before watching the video:
• As you watch the program, think about why the Watergate scandal took place. How does it compare to other scandals in recent history?
• What attitudes and beliefs of the president and his staff led to the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up?
• What revelations led to President Nixon's resignation?
Questions to consider after watching the video:
• Analyze the role of the press during political scandals such as Watergate.
• How did Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate story and keep it alive?
• Debate how reporters should balance respect for the role of the government with the public's right to know.
Suggested activity
• Research President Nixon's foreign policies with China and the Soviet Union.
• Compare Nixon's accomplishments with his failures and debate his overall success as president.

Part II
Questions to consider before watching the video:
• What do you know about the effects and consequences of Watergate?
• How did it affect President Nixon's place in history?
• How did it change the way Americans feel about their government?
• Think about why Watergate is still important to Americans.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
• The identity of "Deep Throat" remains a big mystery. Discuss the responsibility of journalists to protect their sources.

Read in class
Continue watching "Dead Poet's Society"
Viewers Guide

World Studies
Begin Three Cups of Tea
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Sunday, November 14, 2010


November 15-19

United States History
The Bill of Rights

Monday: First Amendment: Rights contained in the First Amendment
Values served by protecting the First Amendment
Absolutist, Balancing and Categorical Approaches to protecting the First Amendment
Speech: What is it? Pure, Speech Plus and Symbolic
In notes, draw a continuum and label least to most protected speech.
What is protected and what isn't protected? Brainstorm.
Monday and Tuesday discuss "Time, Place, Manner" restrictions, libel and slander, "fighting words", "clear and present danger", obscenity and threats to security.
Tuesday -Thursday
Landmark Cases
Schenck v. United States
In notebooks: Draw a big question mark. Divide into six parts. Label each: Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? As I lecture, complete the question mark.
Tinker v. Des Moines
Activity: Classifying Arguments
Past blog post on First Amendment:
Worksheet (Complete in class)

Five Freedoms:
The 5 First Amendment Freedoms
The First Amendment says that people have the right to speak freely without government interference.

The First Amendment gives the press the right to publish news, information and opinions without government interference. This also means people have the right to publish their own newspapers, newsletters, magazines, etc.

The First Amendment prohibits government from establishing a religion and protects each person's right to practice (or not practice) any faith without government interference.

The First Amendment says that people have the right to appeal to government in favor of or against policies that affect them or that they feel strongly about. This freedom includes the right to gather signatures in support of a cause and to lobby legislative bodies for or against legislation.
The First Amendment says that people have the right to gather in public to march, protest, demonstrate, carry signs and otherwise express their views in a nonviolent way. It also means people can join and associate with groups and organizations without interference.

Continue reading from Dead Poets Society
Carpe Diem Posters
Present Posters on Thursday
Quiz on the book on Friday
(Setting, Plot, Theme, Characters)

World Studies
Blood Diamond Poster Project
(Create an Ad-Buster style poster illustrating the illegal diamond trade and its effects on the people involved)
Posters are due on Friday.