Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Driftless, by David Rhodes

NPR Interview with David Rhodes (author of Driftless)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98657406

Constitution Infographic

Marley Extras

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Podcast:
Marley Goes to School:
http://www.johngroganbooks.com/audio/johngroganfinpod.mp3
Browse inside Marley Goes to School:
http://browseinside.harpercollinschildrens.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061561511
John Grogan discusses Marley and Me:
http://authorsontourlive.com/john-grogan-podcasts-marley-and-me/

Virtual Field Trip- Wisconsin State Parks

Create a tourism brochure highlighting the top five state parks in Wisconsin.

Resources:

Find a Park:
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/findapark.html


Looking for the best of the best?
http://www.travelwisconsin.com/article_detail.aspx?articleid=90

Wisconsin State Parks Guide:
http://www.travelwisconsin.com/PDF/2011%20STATE%20PARKS.pdf



Hadley George, Wildcat Mountain State Park, Wisconsin

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trail of Tears Assignment

http://www.pbs.org/indiancountry/history/interactive_map.html
http://www.pbs.org/indiancountry/history/assimilation.html

http://www.pbs.org/indiancountry/history/trail.html


Visit the link above and answer the questions below:

How many Cherokees were forcefully removed from their homes in 1838.

How many soldiers were used to round up the Cherokees before they were removed?

Before they were removed, they were placed in stockades. What is a stockade?

What diseases did many Cherokee succumb to before being removed?

How many died in the "camps"?

List the states the Cherokees had to cross to reach their final destination.

How many miles were the Cherokees forced to walk to their final destination?

Briefly describe some of the hardships encountered along the way?

When did the last group of Cherokees reach Oklahoma?

In total, how many Cherokees died along the Trail of Tears?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Women's Suffrage Around the World

Women's Suffrage Posters in History:



http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/interactive/2011/jul/06/un-women-vote-timeline-interactive
Were women allowed to vote before 1900 anywhere in the world?
List the first two countries where women won the right to vote in the 20th Century.
Explain why one country has two dates listed after it.
When did women in the United States win the vote?
When did women in Canada win the vote?
When did women in Mexico win the vote?
In the 1950s, which continent had the most countries which still prohibited women from voting?
As of 2000, name one country where women are still forbidden to vote.

Friday, December 2, 2011

World Studies....U.S. Cities and Notable Features

Willis Tower (Sears Tower), Empire State Building and Twin Towers compared to the world's other tallest buildings.

World Trade Center Interactive Exhibit:


How the Towers Collapsed:
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

New Orleans
Trailer for "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts"


History....told in Lego





Awesome Family Photos


Read Online....The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

http://www.online-literature.com/upton_sinclair/jungle/

Chapter 14:

The People Speak


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Lesson- Life Skills 400


Take the Quiz:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/quiz.html

How did you do?

Watch:



What was the main message of this new story?
What evidence was presented in the news story?
Who is the intended audience for this news story? Expectant mothers? Women of child-bearing age? Expectant fathers? All men? Teens? Doctors? Social Workers? All adults?
Taking it further----What can you do to spread the message of this news story?
What Would You Do?


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Discussion Questions:
Would you have intervened? Why or why not?
If you would have intervened, what would you have said to the pregnant mother and/or the bartender?
Do you think drinking and/or smoking is a form of neglect/abuse (to the fetus)?
Do you think there should be laws prohibiting expectant mothers from smoking and/or drinking while pregnant? Why or why not?


8 week old "normal" brain and 8 week old Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Brain:




Fact Sheet:

Drinking and Reproductive Health
View Video:
Minnesota Public Radio Resources (Audio)
Time Magazine:

John Brown's Raid


History Channel-"Chalk Talk" Series-John Brown's Raid from Colin Evoy Sebestyen on Vimeo.

Gettysburg Address


Gettysburg Address from Adam Gault on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What's the data behind the Occupy Movement? Discussion Questions



The richest 1% in America own what fraction of its net worth?
How many millionaires are there in the United States?
How many billionaires are there in the United States?
Who are the three wealthiest individuals in the United States?
What was the average yearly income in 2010?
Where is most of the average American's wealth invested?
Where is most of the richest 1% of American's wealth invested?
Today, how many Americans are at or below the poverty line?
How many Americans do not have health insurance?
What is the current minimum wage in America?
What does it mean to be "food insecure"?

Occupy Legoland




Monday, November 14, 2011

Toolbox for Change


Toolbox for Change Activity:


Toolbox for change: Everyone will receive a photocopy of a toolbox. Fill your toolboxes with "tools" for change (things used by Civil Rights leaders in their struggle for civil rights). We will brainstorm a list of five things as a class. Each individual must come up with ten additional "tools". You will need to find pictures of these things (or pictures of things that symbolize your "tools"), or words from magazines. Cut out your pictures/words and glue them in your "toolbox". Write a brief explanation of why you selected each tool on the back of your "toolbox".

For extra credit, use google images to find pictures of famous Civil Rights activists. Print, cut, and paste the pictures in the margins of your poster.

My letter to the editor...

My letter to the editor (domestic violence awareness):
http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/news/opinion/letter-raising-awareness-of-domestic-violence-supporting-victims-are-ways/article_cd0a987c-0b0c-11e1-9be8-001cc4c03286.html

Sunday, November 13, 2011

World Studies Assignment (Examining Poverty and Health Care)



1.  Spend 10 minutes playing this budget simulation "game". Write a paragraph reflection of your experience.
http://www.playspent.org/


Causes of Poverty
Spend a few minutes looking over the results of this npr online poll on public attitudes about poverty:
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/poll/poverty/


2.  When was this online poll conducted? (Hint: look at the copyright at the bottom of the page.)


3.  Why do you think it is important to know when the poll was conducted?


4.  Do you think public attitudes about poverty have changed since this poll was conducted? Why or why not?


5.  According to the results of this poll, what do most Americans perceive as the causes of poverty?


6.  According to the results of the poll, how do black and white Americans differ in their perceptions of poverty. Four examples are given. Please list two of them (include percentages).

Later, you may participate in this online poll:

Food Stamp Usage Across the United States on the Rise (Discussion Questions)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-foodstamps.html

7.  Find Crawford, Iowa, Richland, and Sauk counties in Wisconsin. What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in these counties? 

8.  Of these four counties, which county has the highest percentage of children on food assistance?

9. Still looking in Wisconsin, find the county with the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance. What county is it?

10.  What county and state has the highest percentage of people receiving food assistance?

11.  What county and state has the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance?


Read the full story here (not required):
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html

Make your voice heard here (not required):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

Spend some time comparing medical bills by country:

12.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system the United States has (system type).


13.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system Great Britain has (system type).

14.  Briefly describe what kind of health care system Japan has (system type).

List two notable features and two challenges for the health care systems in:
15.  United States
16.  Great Britain
17.  Germany
18.  Japan

19.  Which system do you find most appealing? 
20. Why?


Learn more about health care systems around the world (not required):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8201711.stm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Distribution of Wealth in America (Infographics)


New York Times Multimedia:

Charts/Graphs Income Inequality

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph

Poverty in America





http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57317400/1-in-15-americans-now-rank-as-poorest-poor/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

Bill of Rights Hunt

Time Magazine Special Coverage:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2080345,00.html

Best and Worst Places for Babies

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/multimedia/babies/12.html

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Who is the most "free"?

Go to the Freedom House FAQ Page:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=265
1. What is Freedom House?
2. List three things Freedom House does.
3. Freedom House measures two types of freedom. What are they?

Now go to the 2011 Freedom Around the World report:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=594
First look at the map of the Americas.
http://www.freedomhouse.org/images/File/fiw/FIW2011_AmericasMap_1st%20draft.pdf

4. How free is the United States?
5. How free is Mexico?
6. How free is Cuba?

Now look at the map of North Africa/Middle East
http://www.freedomhouse.org/images/File/fiw/FIW2011_MENA_Map_1st%20draft.pdf
7. Find one country identified as "free."
8. How many countries on this map have been identified as partly-free?
9. How many countries on this map have been identified as not-free?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quotes about Poverty

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
Frederick Douglass


“The mother of revolution and crime is poverty”
Aristotle

“If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.”

― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath: The Play

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”



― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Extreme Poverty in America on the Rise

Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/increase-in-extreme-poverty_n_1072505.html


Share your perspective on the the state of the economy (online activity):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

Food Stamp Usage Across the United States on the Rise (Discussion Questions)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-foodstamps.html

Find Crawford, Iowa, Richland, and Sauk counties in Wisconsin.
What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in these counties? Of these four counties, which county has the highest percentage of children on food assistance?
Staying in Wisconsin, find the county with the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance. What county is it?

What county and state has the highest percentage of people receiving food assistance?
What county and state has the highest percentage of children receiving food assistance?

According to the headline, what percentage of people are receiving food assistance in the United States? What percentage of children are receiving food assistance in the United States?
Read the full story here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html

Make your voice heard here:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/30/business/economy/2009-economy-words.html

World Studies Demographics Research Project (World Religion)

World Religions:

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Source:LiveScience

What are the four largest religions in the world?
What percentage of Christians are Catholic?
What is the second largest Christian sect?
What percentage of the world identify themselves as atheist?
What percentage of the the world consider themselves "non-religious"?
What are the four largest religions in the United States?
What is the largest Christian sect in the United States?
What percentage of Americans identify as Mormon?


CIA Factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Monday, October 31, 2011

Framework of the Constitution (Graphic Organizer Project)

Create a graphic organizer including the following components:

Preamble
Text:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.



Articles 1-7
Each article covers a general topic, divided into sections which are more specific. For example, Article I is the longest. It has ten sections.

Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights added in 1791 to convince the state legislatures to ratify the Constitution.
Time Magazine Special Coverage:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2080345,00.html

Amendments 11-27
Amendments 11-27 were added between 1798 and 1992.


Civil War Amendments: 13, 14, 15
Voting Amendments: 15, 19, 26



Please present your information clearly. Do not clutter your poster with too much information/pictures.

The Constitution Explained:
http://ratify.constitutioncenter.org/constitution/details_explanation.php


Examples of graphic organizers:








Halloween Goodies


NPR (Thriller)
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/28/141803346/the-thriller-dance-a-halloween-tradition

7 Wonders of the Natural World Activity


Visit the link below:
7 Wonders of the Natural World

1. Have you heard of any of the 28 finalists? If so which ones?
2. One continent does not have any finalists. Which one?
3. Which continent has the most finalists?
4. Which finalist is the biggest single structure made by living creatures and can be seen from outer space? (Hint: it is in the Eastern Hemisphere.)
5. How many finalists are located within the "low latitude belt"?
6. Which of the finalists is/are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator (Hint: you can find this finalist in the Western Hemisphere.)
7. Which of the finalists is 420 metres below sea level, its shores are the lowest point on Earth that are on dry land and  with 30 percent salinity, it is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.
8. Which of the finalists is the highest waterfall in the world? It is more than 19 times higher than Niagara Falls.
9. How many finalists are in the tundra climate zone?
10. List two finalists formed by internal forces in the earth (earthquakes and volcanoes).
11. List two finalists formed by external forces (weathering, erosion).
12. Choose your favorite finalist and place your vote. In one sentence, explain why you chose this finalist.

Human-made Wonders:
Visit the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World:
Visit the "New 7 Wonders of the World":

What is the primary difference between the first list and the second list?