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?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Conflict Minerals Project- Hallway Display


Project:
Create a poster informing your audience about the conflict mineral issue and what can be done about this problem.

Your poster must include:

A Title:

Information about the issue (Facts, statistics, graphs, charts, maps, etc. taken from the videos and packet we read in class.
1. Map
2.
3.
4.
5.

Solutions (Taken from the videos and packet read in class.)
1.
2.

A minimum of two images (found on the internet) You may use maps, charts, graphs, pictures, etc.

Women's Invisibility in the Ninteenth Century


Read Chapter 6 from A Young People's History of the United States.

"The Women of Early America"
List ten examples of how women's lives were different from men's in the ninteenth century.

List five examples of how some courageous women tried to improve the condition on women in the United States.

Why was the World Anti-Slavery Society Convention of 1840 the birthplace of the women's rights movement?

Give the date and location for the first women's rights convention in the world.

What was Sojourner Truth's message?


Which two states were the first to grant women's suffrage?
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072424362/student_view0/chapter21/interactive_maps.html

When did Wisconsin women win full suffrage?

Women's Suffrage Scripted Play:
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/woman-suffrage/script.html

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finally reading The Land Remembers by Ben Logan...


I'm ashamed I haven't read this book sooner. It's always been on my "must read" list...just never seemed to get around to it. I finally picked up a copy at Bramble Books in downtown Viroqua Saturday morning. I'm half-way through. I'd probably be finished if I didn't stop after every chapter to do a little online research about various details of the book.

I have to admit I've had a grin plastered on my face through most of the book. It's pretty cool when you read a book and you know exactly what the author is talking about.. the sights, sounds smells of the land. I grew up only a few miles from his "Seldom Seen Farm" in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. I've driven past his farm as an adult. I wish I wouldn't have missed the guided tour/hike of his farm yesterday. It would have been the perfect day to visit the farm. It was a beautiful fall day in southwest Wisconsin. Maybe next time.

Bramble Books Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bramble-Bookstore-Viroqua-WI/110288965674325

The Land Remembers:
http://www.itchycatpress.com/the-land-remembers.html

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wonders of Natural World Lesson



Visit the link below:
7 Wonders of the Natural World
http://www.new7wonders.com/28-finalists


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:
http://world.n7w.com/ancient-wonders/the-seven-ancient-wonders/
Visit the "New 7 Wonders of the World":
http://world.n7w.com/the-official-new7wonders-of-the-world/

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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Virtual Van Gogh on CBS 60 Minutes....pretty cool

Conflict Minerals Project


Conflict Minerals Project

Watch 60 Minutes video:
As you watch, write down three new facts you learned about the issue of conflict minerals. (10 points)
Watch Time Magazine Video:
As you watch, write down two new facts you learned about conflict minerals. (10 points)
Is There Blood on Your Laptop?
Read, highlight, and discuss:

Create a poster informing your audience about the conflict mineral issue and what can be done about this problem.

Your poster must include:

Title:

Information about the issue (Facts, statistics, graphs, charts, maps, etc. taken from the videos and packet we read in class.
1. Map
2.
3.
4.
5.

Solutions (Taken from the videos and packet read in class.)
1.
2.

A minimum of two images (found on the internet) You may use maps, charts, graphs, pictures, etc.

Resources:
About conflict minerals:
How to make a great poster:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Assignment


Visit the wall display located in the hall outside my classroom.


Take a few moments to look at the display. 


Choose three posters to study.


What are the three posters about?




Look for a poster or posters defining "domestic violence." What is domestic violence?


How prevalent is domestic violence?

Find information about what to do, where to go, who to talk to, etc. if you are a victim or you know a victim of domestic violence. 

What are two things you can do if you are a victim or you know a victim of domestic violence?


What do the purple ribbons symbolize? 



What did you learn about domestic violence that you did not know before visiting this wall display?

Monday, October 17, 2011

World Food Day Project

Take the Quiz....How much do you know about World Hunger?


NY Times Lesson:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/world-food-day-addressing-hunger-around-the-globe/


Map:
http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/communications/wfp229328.pdf


Meet the children:
http://www.wfp.org/dreams


Hunger in the United States:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/helping-the-hungry-researching-the-causes-of-hunger-and-related-charities/


Statistics:
http://www.stopthehunger.com/


Causes:
http://www.wfp.org/hunger/causes


Assignment #1:
1.  What causes hunger? 
2.  List five African countries with a very high number of undernourished people.
3.  List three Asian countries with a moderately high number of undernourished people.
4.  What is the total number of undernourished people worldwide?
5.  2 out of 3 of the world's hungry live in 7 countries. List them.
6.  Of the 19 million people suffering from hunger in America, what percentage are children?
7.  How many children die of hunger in the world every 60 seconds?
8. What food powers the world's people more than any other?
9. Name five aid organizations fighting global hunger. (If you don't know, how would you find the answer to this question?)
10. Tell me one thing you can do to fight global hunger.


Extra Credit:
What is Plumpy Nut? What does it do?


Assignment #2:
Create an infographic about world hunger.


Tips in creating a useful and attractive infographic:
  • Keep it simple! Don’t try to do too much in one picture.
  • Decide on a color scheme.
  • Research some facts and statistics.
  • Think of it as a visual essay.
  • Remember that it’s all about quickly conveying the meaning behind complex data.
  • Draw conclusions.
  • Reference your facts in the infographic.


CBS News story "Blessings in a Backpack" Video link and story:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/15/eveningnews/main3369975.shtml
CNN Story:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/02/02/food.stamps.economy/index.html
World Hunger
Via: OnlineSchools.org

My favorite quotes about fall...

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Robert Frost


Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
Carol Bishop Hipps

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mapping our Happiness


New York Times Lesson:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/mapping-happiness-analyzing-an-interactive-about-a-nations-well-being/

Ten Happiest Countries:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/mapping-happiness-analyzing-an-interactive-about-a-nations-well-being/

Economic Injustice

"One percent of the nation owns a third of the wealth. The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreign-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and the unskilled. These groups have resented one another and warred against one another with such vehemence and violence as to obscure their common position as sharers of leftovers in a very wealthy country."

-Howard Zinn

Don't forget, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month....a few comments from me:

The issue of domestic violence has been in the news a lot lately...and for good reason. Although the number of domestic violence-related deaths are down slightly in Wisconsin, the past two years have seen record high numbers in domestic violence-related deaths.  Wisconsin loses an average of one person every week due to domestic violence. Another important fact to consider is that firearms were used in 61% of those homicides. November 1 is just around the corner. As the number of people who carry concealed weapons in the state increases, I worry the number of domestic violence-related deaths will also increase.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Raising awareness is one step we must take as a society to eradicate this problem. We also must support victims.The news is filled with stories of states and  municipalities cutting programs which aid victims of domestic violence. I'm most alarmed by the recent decision by the city council of Topeka, Kansas to decriminalize domestic violence. Their rationale...they can no longer afford to prosecute these cases. The message I get from that decision is victims of domestic violence don't matter.

The costs of domestic violence on its victims (both the target and the children witnessing the violence) as well as society as a whole, must not be ignored. These costs include medical costs, mental health services, and lost productivity. More information about the societal cost of domestic violence can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/ipv_cost/ipvbook-final-feb18.pdf

Domestic violence is a shameful reminder of how far we as a society have yet to go, especially with regard to respecting and protecting the rights of women and children. More information about domestic violence in Wisconsin can be found here: http://www.wcadv.org/2010-wisconsin-domestic-violence-homicide-report-released

Wall of Ribbons- River Valley High School

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Resources for Young Victims of Domestic Violence

For Children:
http://www.thehideout.org.uk/under10/default.aspa
For Young People:
http://www.thehideout.org.uk/over10/default.aspa

Powerful Anti-Violence PSA

Backsliding on Protection Against Domestic Violence Victims



NPR:
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/12/141287214/topeka-repeals-domestic-violence-law
Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/topeka-kan-repeals-city-law-against-domestic-violence-to-save-money/2011/10/12/gIQAZTgVfL_blog.html
New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/us/topeka-moves-to-decriminalize-domestic-violence.html
Christian Science Monitor:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/1012/Why-Topeka-Kan.-repealed-its-ban-on-domestic-violence
Forbes:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/10/12/topeka-kansas-has-decriminalized-domestic-violence/
Kansas City Star:
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/11/3202008/topeka-repeals-law-against-misdemeanor.html
AP:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iSUqqT9rApShhVH7iJLNnaR_kp4g?docId=545ce83738e04e82b080b9a94a66b63e
CBS News:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/13/ap/business/main20120110.shtml
Center for Disease Control Study on the Costs of Domestic Violence (2003)
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/ipv_cost/ipvbook-final-feb18.pdf

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Freedom Writers Poster Project (Choose a quote and design a poster based on one of the themes from the book Freedom Writers.)


Assignment: Find a quote that illustrates one of the themes in Freedom Writers. Create poster which includes both the quote and pictures relating to the quote. You may also incorporate art (illustrations, photographs, painting, etc.) into your poster.

Themes:
Tolerance
Courage
Peace
Making a Difference

"Don't think you're on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path." ~Author Unknown


“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”
Ralph W. Sockman


“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers”
Kahlil Gibran



The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
- Margaret Chase Smith



Knowledge is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior,
- Martha Nussbaum


Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
- Booker T. Washington

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
 - Martin Luther King Jr.


'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.' -Margaret Mead





Liberty Kids- Boston Tea Party

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Star Wars Family Tree

http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2019756,00.html

Jamestown Interactive

http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,1619206,00.html

The Worst Places in the World to be a Woman

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/jun/15/gender-afghanistan

Land and Water Features (Review Resources)


Flashcards:


No More Kings

Boston Massacre

Lessons on Reading

Reflecting on your own reading history:
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/learning/pdf/2010/20100304readinghistory.pdf
NPR Series (You Must Read This)
http://www.npr.org/series/you-must-read-this/
1001 Books to Read Before You Die:
http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die

Census Data (NY Times Interactive Map)

NY Times Interactive Map:
http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer?ref=us


America by the Numbers:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/01/07/us/CENSUS.html

Using Infographics in the Classroom (NY Times Lessons and Sources for Infographics)

NY Times Lesson:
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/data-visualized-more-on-teaching-with-infographics/


List of Great Infographic Sources:
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/01/04/the-best-sources-for-interactive-infographics/

Where Children Sleep

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/where-children-sleep/

Geography Terms Games

Crossword:
http://www.proprofs.com/games/crossword/geography-terms/

Trivia Game:
http://www.actionquiz.com/quiz.php?trivia=geography