Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Meaning of Life

"Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination."  
-Christopher Isherwood

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life.  It goes on."  
-Robert Frost

"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."  
-Mark Twain

I love mankind, it's the people I can't stand.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Don't be mediocre.

Live, don't merely exist.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

CBS News story:

PBS American Experience:

Watch Triangle Fire on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Dead Poets Society (Carpe Diem Poster Assignment)

Choose a quote reflecting what Carpe Diem means to you. Design a poster illustrating how the quote relates to you. 

Your poster must include the quote and either pictures or illustrations. The quote must be typed, not written on the poster. 

Quote Suggestions:

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." 
-Elbert Hubbard

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
-Abraham Lincoln

Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out! break out now is the time! from, Dead Poets Society

"Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity."

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

"It is not the length of life but the depth of life."

"What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful."

“Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.” -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”-Helen Keller

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all”-Oscar Wilde

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Young People's History Chapter 10

Finish chapter 10 from A Young People's History of the United States.
Finish chapter worksheet.
Additional information about the role of labor unions and reforms:

Research one reform of the Labor Movement in American history. Create a poster informing the public about the reform you selected. All information must be typed. You must include at least one image on your poster.

Workplace safety, fair wages, overtime compensation, training, procedures for resolving grievances like harassment, sick time, benefits, etc.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New book...Population 485

Keeping with my regional author fixation, I've started Population 485 by Michael Perry. The first chapter left me in tears. The topic was still a bit too close to home. Death. More specifically, death by car accident. In spite of the tears, I plan to continue.

Howard Zinn's words.

Howard Zinn's words.

Social Justice Quote

Social Justice

Map Work- Europe (Physical Map)

Find and label:
Norwegian Sea
North Sea
Celtic Sea
Atlantic Ocean
English Channel
Bay of Biscay
Strait of Gibraltar
Balearic Sea
Mediterranean Sea
Black Sea
Caspian Sea
Baltic Sea

Find and label:
Balkan Mountains
Cambrian Mountains
Caucasus Mountains
Ural Mountains
Carpathian Mountains

Find and label:
Thames River
Seine River
Rhone River
Tagus River
Tiber River
Elbe River
Po River
Danube River

Find and label the following peninsulas: Iberian Peninsula, Scandinavian Peninsula, Jutland, Balkan Peninsula, Kola Peninsula

World Studies- European Map Work

1. Find, outline, and label all European countries.
2. Find, and label all European capitals. 
3. Draw a red circle around every capital.
4.Find and label the following micro countries/small countries:
Vatican City
San Marino
5. Draw a green line representing the border between Europe and Asia.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good advice.

Life Goes On.

Human Stupidity

Very true

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

Life's Truths

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” 
 Albert Einstein

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
― Dr. Seuss

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
― Mark Twain

“Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Gloria Steinem

"Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Quotes about making the most out of life.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. 
-Elbert Hubbard

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. 
-Abraham Lincoln

Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out! break out now is the time! from, Dead Poets Society

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all.
-Oscar Wilde

Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

"It is not the length of life but the depth of life."

Wildcat Mountain

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gather ye rose buds while ye may.

Gather ye rose buds while ye may.

Central America and Mexico Map Work

Using the "Land Use and Resource", "Climate", "Vegetation", and "Environmental Issues" maps, answer the following questions:

1. The western coast of southern Mexico and most of Central America has what type of climate?

2. What type of vegetation grows best in this climate?

3. Name one other country that shares this climate.

4. Looking at the Land Use and Resources map, what major resources can be found in Central America?

5. In what part of Mexico do you find most of the land being used for livestock ranching?

6.  Is oil a major resource in Mexico?

7. What is the major type of vegetation in Central America?

8.  Which Mexican city has been designated as a city suffering from poor air quality?

9.  Which Central American countries have experienced wide-spread deforestation?

10. Are there any areas in Mexico or Central America affected by acid rain? How can you tell?

Map Work- Mexico and Central America

1. Outline and label Mexico and all Central American countries.
2. Locate and label all capitals in Mexico and Central American countries.
3. Locate, label, and shade brown the following land features: Isthmus of Panama, Mosquito Coast, Sierra Madre (Occidental, Oriental, del Sur), Yucatan Peninsula
4. Locate, label, and shade blue the following water features: Rio Grande, San Juan River, Lake Nicaragua, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Panama

Chapter 10: The Other Civil War

What was the "Myth of Jacksonian Democracy"?

Briefly discuss some of the issues the Labor Movement confronted in mid to late 19th Century America.

List three strategies the Labor Movement utilized to accomplish their goals.

Do you think the goals of the Labor Movement were reasonable? Explain your answer.

Briefly discuss what if any state and federal laws existed to protect workers.

trade union

Extra Credit: What do you think "working-class consciousness" means?

Wednesday: Begin Dead Poets Society

Read from "Dead Poets Society"

Journal assignment: What does "carpe diem" mean to you?
Project: Create a collage illustrating what "carpe diem" means to you.
Step 1: Review your journal entry from yesterday.
Step 2: What images come to mind after reviewing your journal.
Step 3: Look for images in magazines representing these images.
Step 4: Cut out pictures.
Step 5: Arrange your pictures on a piece of construction paper.
Step 6: Type and print (using a large font) the words "Seize the day" or "carpe diem."
Step 7. Cut and glue these words to your poster.


"The Road Not Taken"

Sunday, January 22, 2012

United States History....1968 with Tom Brokaw

Watch "1968 with Tom Brokaw."
As you watch the documentary, complete your 5 Ws and an H graphic organizer. When the documentary is finished, each person will contribute three ideas to the graphic organizer drawn on the whiteboard.


What? List the significant events of 1968. (for example, assassination of Martin Luther King)
Why? List reasons why these events occurred.
How? List how these events occurred.
Who? List the names of significant individuals mentioned in the documentary. (for example, Nixon)
When? List months and days of significant events.
Where? List the names of locations mentioned in the documentary? (for example, Haight-Ashbury)

Harriet Tubman Quote

Monday, January 16, 2012

United States History Exam

The purpose of Columbus's voyage(s) was...

The result of Columbus's voyage(s) was...

In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then J __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians.The winter of 1609-10, known as the "STARVING TIME," may have been the worst of all. Disease and hunger ravaged J __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __. Two desperate colonists were tied to posts and left to starve as punishment for raiding the colonies' stores. One colonist even took to cannibalism, eating his own wife.

Some 100 people, many of them seeking religious freedom in the New World, set sail from England on the Mayflower in September 1620. That November, the ship landed on the shores of Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts. A scouting party was sent out, and in late December the group landed at Plymouth Harbor, where they would form the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England. These original settlers of Plymouth Colony are known as the 
P __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

Taxation and other issues continued to build tension between Britain and the colonies. The tension between the colonists and the British soldiers peaked in Boston. The townspeople resented the soldiers and treated them poorly, often harassing them verbally and physically. On the night of March 5, 1770, tensions burst. This event is known as the 
B __ __ __ __ __   M __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

Angry and frustrated at a new tax on t __ __  , American colonists calling themselves the  S __ __ __   of Liberty and disguised as
Mohawk Native Americans boarded three British ships (the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver) and dumped 342 whole crates of British tea into B __ __ __ __ __   harbor on December 16, 1773.

C __ __ __ __ __  Sense, written by Thomas Paine was the most popular pamphlet in colonial America. It was the first pamphlet to make the bold claim that the colonies should separate themselves from British control.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the 
D __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __  of 
I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ . The opening words were: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are _______________,  ______________, and the pursuit of _______________.

The main purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to announce the colonies separation from _________________.  It also stated the principles that were the foundation for seeking independence.

The Structure of the Constitution:
P__ __ __ __ __ __ __
A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ (7)

B__ __ __ of R__ __ __ __ __ (1-10)
A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (11-27)

Civil War Amendments: 13, ____, ____

Voting Amendments: 15, ____, ____

Life for slaves was filled with many hardships. List three ways slaves resisted their treatment.

What was the greatest fear of southern plantation owners?

True or False? Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 doubled the size of the United States.

True or False? The Lewis and Clark expedition began in May, 1804.

What were two goals of the expedition?

What would you take with you on your voyage? (enough food for the two year trip or plenty of paper?)

Who was Charbonneau's teenage bride who undertook most of the voyage?

How did various Native American tribes help along the way?

M __ __ __ __ __ __ t   Destiny - fate or purpose in settling all of North America, became a slogan for expansionists.

On October 1, 1838, the first group of C h __ __ __ __ __ __ __  
set out on what came to be called the 
T __ __ __ __  of T __ __ __ __.   
Four thousand died of hunger, thirst, sickness, or exposure to the elements in the stockades or on the brutal march westward.

In 19th and early 20th century America, women had very few rights. For example, women couldn't ____________________ or _____________________ or _____________________.

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

True or False? Women's work in the abolitionist movement helped inspire a movement for women's equality.

The first women's rights convention in history took place in S __ __ __ __ __  Falls, New York in 1848. The two organizers of the convention were Elizabeth Cady S__ __ __ __ __ n  and Lucretia Mott.

In February 1848, Mexico and the United States signed the Treaty of G__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __   Hidalgo.  In the treaty, Mexico gave the entire Southwest and California to the United States. It also agreed that the border between the United States and Mexico would be the 
R __ __   G__ __ __ __ __.  The United States agreed to pay Mexico $15 million in return.

Harriet Tubman made nineteen dangerous trips back into slave territory, 
helping slaves escape on the U __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __  Railroad.

True or False? The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made it easier for slave owners to recapture runaway slaves even after they had fled to the Northern states.

Briefly discuss the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. (1852)

True or False? The Supreme Court declared in 1857 that the slave Dred Scott, even though he had lived for some time in free territories, could not sue for his freedom because he was property, not a person.

What happened at Harper's Ferry? (1859)

True or False? When Lincoln was elected president in 1860, seven Southern states seceded, or left the Union.

On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the 
E __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __  Proclamation, 
freeing slaves in areas that were fighting against the Union.

True or False? The Civil War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history up to that time. It killed 600,000 people out of a population of 30 million.


Be open-minded...but not too open-minded.

Robert Frost's Words...

Constitution Posters (Examples)

State Park Bulletin Board

Personal Timeline

Complete the "Graphic Life Planning Sheet." Staple the Graphic Life Planning worksheet to your timeline when it is ready to turn in to me. (20 points)
Create a personal "Positive-Negative Timeline" using graph paper or construction paper.(30 points)

Your grade will be based on the following:
All information is clearly presented.
You have included both text and visuals (pictures, illustrations)
Spelling accurate.
Attractive appearance/creative.


Threaded Discussion- Events leading up to the Civil War

Read: "Did a Novel Start the Civil War?" from Upfront Magazine

Answer the following questions on the white board in a "threaded discussion."

What was the Fugitive Slave Act? (1850)

Briefly discuss the impact of Harriet Beacher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. (1852)

Briefly discuss the impact of the Supreme Court decision in the Dred Scott case. (1857)

What happened at Harper's Ferry? (1859)

Be open-minded...but not too open-minded.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Drug and Alcohol Unit- Tobacco

First, take the "quiz":

Go to the Health Moodle Page http://rivervalley.mrooms2.net/course/view.php?id=32 and look for Alcohol/Drug Unit Powerpoint-Tobacco for the correct answers (very bottom).

True or False? Cyanide (chemicals used to make numerous products like plastics, also used in pesticides), Formaldehyde (a colorless, flammable chemical, used in building materials and to produce many household products) and Arsenic (poison in pesticides, herbicides, insecticides) are ingredients in most cigarettes.

Now complete this chart (using resources below the chart to answer your questions): 
What is in a cigarette?
Where else is this chemical found?
Carbon monoxide

Look at the powerpoint and http://www.mydr.com.au/addictions/animation-effects-of-smoking# or http://www.thetruth.com/facts/?fact=3 for information to help answer the following questions:

List five common physical effects of smoking.

List three diseases of the respiratory and three diseases of the circulatory system that are results of smoking.

List 9 risks associated with smoking while pregnant.

True or False? Smokeless tobacco is much safer than smoking cigarettes.

True or False? Nicotine is more addictive than heroin or cocaine.

(Use the infographics below to answer the following questions:)

______ out of every _______ people in the world smoke. _____ million people in the world die every year from cigarette smoking.

Tobacco is responsible for approximately ____ in _____ deaths in the United States every year, more than ________, ________, ________, ________, _________ and ________ combined.

The average life expectancy for a U.S. adult is _____. The average life expectancy for a U.S. smoker is ______.

If someone wanted to quit smoking, where could you direct him or her for help?

Click the link below for a MUCH larger view of the infographic:

Extra Credit:
If you smoked one pack a day, how much would you spend in a week, a month, a year?
What could you buy with the money spent on a year's worth of cigarettes?

Drug and Alcohol Unit- Alcohol

1. True or False? Alcohol is a depressant. (Powerpoint)

2. How would you define "binge drinking"? (Powerpoint)

3. Is binge drinking a problem in Wisconsin?
or look at the map of the United States at the very bottom of this blog post.

Click on this link:
and answer all three questions.
Long-Term Effects of Alcoholism:
 View the slide-show or view the powerpoint on the Moodle page. List 4 long-term effects of alcoholism.

Briefly describe the three stages of alcoholism. (Answers in the powerpoint)

How to Spot a Problem Drinker (answers can be found either in the powerpoint or links below):
14. What is "CAGE"? 

15. What is "TWEAK"? (Powerpoint or link)

16. How many people on average die every day as a result of drinking and driving? (Look at "The Real Effects of Drinking and Driving" infographic.

17. True or False? Early to mid-teens are more likely to develop alcohol dependency than people who start drinking at age 21 or older. (Powerpoint)

List three medications you should NEVER mix with alcohol. The combination could be deadly. (Powerpoint)

Click to enlarge this image
How you will die from drunk driving

Drunk Driving by Car Insurance Comparison.org

Infographic by Criminal Justice Degree Schools