Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facing History and Ourselves....an inspirational video for teachers

Interactive Map- Learn Place Names

PBS Link:
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/5683/preview/

Facebook in Education

100 ways teachers can use facebook in the classroom:
http://www.onlinecollege.org/2009/10/20/100-ways-you-should-be-using-facebook-in-your-classroom/

United States History- Pearl Harbor


Lesson:
http://www.cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2001/fyi/lesson.plans/05/24/pearl.harbor/index.html
Time Magazine Photos
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2052497,00.html
Fact vs. Fiction (Time Magazine)
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,128107,00.html
Other Resources (Time Magazine)
http://www.time.com/time/2001/pearlharbor/
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/ngbeyond/

The Century America's Time- Over the Edge

Discussion Questions
http://www.history.com/images/media/pdf/Century5.pdf

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

World Studies- Cambodia


Brief Review:
Be the Change:
http://www2.facinghistory.org/Campus/bethechange.nsf/home?OpenForm
Do you remember what Arn Chorn Pond would put in his "Toolbox for Change"?
Click on "Toolbox." What would Arn Chorn Pond put in his "Toolbox for Change"?

Create your own "Toolbox for Change."
Toolbox for change: Everyone will receive a photo copy of a toolbox. Fill your toolboxes with "tools" for change (things used by Civil Rights/Human Rights leaders that proved successful in the struggle for civil/human rights). We will brainstorm a list of 5-10 things as a class. Each individual must come up with five additional "tools". You will need to find pictures of these things/words from magazines. Cut out your pictures and glue them in your "toolbox". Write a brief explanation of why you selected each tool on the back of your "toolbox".

Helpful: Think about these questions as you complete this project:

•How does an individual stand up for a principle or a belief?

•What are the skills required to take such a stand?

•What are the challenges and risks involved when someone takes such a stand?

We will work on this project for the remainder of the week. The final project is due by the end of class on Friday.

Posters are worth 50 points. 15 points for words/pictures. 10 points for written portion. 10 points for appearance. 10 points for time spent wisely. 5 points for the quality/appropriateness of images/words.

Continue "The Flute Player":
http://movies.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70022296&trkid=2361637
(You may want to take notes. What are some additional "tools" you would like to put in your "Toolbox for Change"?

The Civilian Conservation Corps- Threaded Discussion on the White Board


Be prepared to answer these questions from the PBS video:
When was the CCC created?
What was the purpose behind the CCC?
Who were the primary beneficiaries of the CCC?
Describe a typical day working for the CCC.
What were some of the more well known projects of the CCC?
How many CCC camps did Wisconsin have?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/image/ccc-camps-across-america/
How many men worked in these camps?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/image/ccc-camps-across-america/
National Forest work:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/image/ccc-camps-across-america/
State Forest work:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/image/ccc-camps-across-america/
State Park work:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/image/ccc-camps-across-america/
Name one CCC camp in Wisconsin. What type of work was performed here?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/map-widget/ccc-map/
When did the CCC end?

PBS link:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/ccc/player/
The CCC in Wisconsin:
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=14890&term_type_id=3&term_type_text=things&letter=C
Wisconsin Public Television:
http://video.wpt2.org/video/1676653524/#

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tuesdays with Morrie (Open book test)



Open book exam (Thursday and Friday)


1. Where does this story take place?


2. Who is Morrie? Describe him.


3. Who is Mitch? Describe him.


4. What is wrong with Morrie?


5. What is "wrong" with Mitch?


6. Draw a Venn diagram. Compare Mitch and Morrie.


7. What do you think makes Morrie such a likeable person?


8. Is Mitch a "likeable" person?


9. In the book Morrie describes his perfect day. How would yours be different?


10. How does Mitch change as a result of his "Tuesdays with Morrie"?


11. What was your favorite part of the book? Why?


12. Who is more like you, Mitch or Morrie? Explain.


13. What did Morrie teach Mitch about life?


14. How has this book changed you as a person?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lesson Plans.... March 28-April 1


United States History:
Watch PBS video
Threaded discussion on the white board:
What does CCC stand for?
When was the CCC created?
What were the qualifications to join?
What was the purpose of the CCC?
Who benefited from the CCC?
Briefly discuss segregation in the CCC.
What were some of the more well known CCC projects?


The Century America's Time



http://www.history.com/images/media/pdf/Century5.pdf
English:
Finish Tuesday's with Morrie
Open book exam (Thursday and Friday)
Where does this story take place?
Who is Morrie? Describe him.
Who is Mitch? Describe him.
What is wrong with Morrie?
What is "wrong" with Mitch?
Draw a Venn diagram. Compare Mitch and Morrie.
What do you think makes Morrie such a likeable person?
Is Mitch a "likeable" person?
In the book Morrie describes his perfect day. How would yours be different?
How does Mitch change as a result of his "Tuesdays with Morrie"?
What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
How has this book changed you as a person?



World Studies:
Monday: "The Flute Player"
Lesson Plans:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/film-files/study_guide_lesson_plan_0.pdf
Beyond the Fire: Teenage Refugees in times of War:
http://archive.itvs.org/beyondthefire/
Click on "John" in Sudan. What happened to his village? What happened to his family? Where did he go? What is his life like now? 
Darfur Unit
Map Activity
Background information, lecture, vocabulary
Online activities

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy....a unit plan

I found this on the Zinn Education Project site:
http://zinnedproject.org/posts/9887

March 21-25

United States History
The Century America's Time: Boom to Bust

Video Guide
Create a Board Game (Two examples/Assignment and Rubrics):
http://vms.vale.k12.or.us/sites/vms.vale.k12.or.us/files/u13/Game%20Board%20Project.pdf
http://southcobbhs.typepad.com/files/board-game-rubric.pdf

Tips and Templates:
http://www.microsoft.com/canada/home/memories-and-crafts/articles/all-a-board-create-a-personalized-board-game.aspx
http://donnayoung.org/f11/homeschooling-f/boards/sf-03.pdf
Printable Money:
http://www.esl-lounge.com/phprint.php

English:
Tuesday's with Morrie
Discussion Prompts:
http://s4hpmorrie.wikispaces.com/file/view/student_questions_PDF.pdf

World Studies
"The Killing Fields"
Watch "In Pol Pot's Shadow"
Discussion questions in the link below:
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2010/04/world-studies-cambodia.html
Pol Pot's Shadow:
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/cambodia/
Listen/Watch the podcast/ Answer the following questions:
Answer the following questions after watching/listening to the podcast (extra credit):
1. What was the Khmer Rouge?
2. When did the Cambodian Genocide take place?
3. How did it affect Pond's life? What happened to his family? How did he survive?
4. How did Pond's story affect you?
Additional Activities and Resources on the Cambodian Genocide:
http://www2.facinghistory.org/campus/BeTheChange.nsf/ArnPodcastClassroom?OpenForm
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2010/04/world-studies-cambodia.html
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/world/cambodia_5-09.html

Internet Scavenger Hunt- The Middle East in Crisis
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2011/03/uprisings-in-middle-east-lessons.html

Friday, March 11, 2011

Uprisings in the Middle East (Lessons and Resources)

NYT Learning Network Lesson:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/the-basics-understanding-the-upheaval-in-the-middle-east/

Special Coverage from The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/middleeast/2011-spreading-revolutions.html#intro

View Video, discuss

Share special interactive on NYT page.

Twitter (share and discuss)

Activity:
Working in small groups, complete the 5 Ws and and H worksheet.
Groups:
Bahrain
Libya
Yemen
Iran
Egypt
Algeria
Iraq
Jordan
Tunisia

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/21/world/middleeast/update-mideast-countries.html

Take a Stand Against Hate

Tuesdays with Morrie Fake Facebook Page Assignment

Overview of the assignment (includes template, instructions, and rubric.)
http://techtoolsforschools.blogspot.com/2010/01/facebook-project-template.html

Choose which person you are going to create a facebook page for....Mitch or Morrie.

Do a google image search for either Morrie Schwartz or Mitch Albom for your profile picture. Find an appropriate picture. Save the picture.

Do the same when searching for pictures of "friends."

Create at least one status update for each chapter of the book.

Before you create your fake facebook page on http://www.myfakewall.com/, complete the template I handed out in class.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wisconsin Protests

From Zinn Education Project:

What is Badgercare?

Official Site:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/

FAQ:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/faq.htm

Information (Brochure)
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/pubs/p-10170.pdf

Apply online:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/F1/F10182.pdf

Services for people with disabilities:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/programs/disabilities.htm

Teens:
Birth Control Resources for Teens:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/pubs/p-10160.pdf
Health Care for Pregnant Teens:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/pubs/p-10161.pdf

"Take a Stand Against Hate" Webquest


Today is International Women's Day!


Official Website:

Word List:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

History....What "Matters"?

Teaching Tolerance Lesson "What Counts as History?"
http://www.tolerance.org/activity/what-counts-history
"Why The People Speak"

Three Cups of Tea Lesson


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? 

What are you going to do to make a difference?

Person of the Week:

Three Cups of Tea (Official Website)
http://www.threecupsoftea.com/