Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Yodaism


The Secret Life of Bees Quiz (Chapters 7 and 8)

1.     What gift did Zach give Lily that made her realize she would never find a better friend than him.? (pages 134-135)

2.    When August asks Lily what she loves, what is the first thing that came to Lily's mind? (page 139)

3.     Why did Big Mama think women made the best beekeepers? (page 143)

4.     What reason does August give Lily for never marrying? (page 146)

5.     Why did August paint their house pink? (pages 146-147)

6.     When a bee bumps your forehead, what does it mean? (page 149)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

World Exploration Game

Click on the link below:
Click 6th to 8th Grade.
Skip the "Introduction".
Find the answers to 15 of the following questions:

What natural resource can be found in Antarctica?
The physical characteristics of Antarctica are:
Which is the northernmost national capital city in the world?
True or False? The official language of Angola is French.
What type of government does Algeria have?
True or False? Liberia is named so because it was a settlement for freed slaves from the U.S.
Madagascar exports the following products:
True or False? The Soloman Islands experience extreme weather conditions.
The official language spoken in Antigua and Barbuda is:
What form of government does Costa Rica have?
True or False? The United States is the third largest country in the world according to population and size.
The type of government in Mexico is:
The capital of Uruguay is:
True or False? Argentina is the largest country in South America.
True or False? A quarter of Denmark's people life in its capital city Copenhagen.
True or False? Germany is the second most populous country in Europe.
True or False? The people of Armenia do not use cell phones.
Which of the following languages is spoken in Kyrgzstan?
True or False? Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam?
True or False? The currency used in India is the Rupee?
True or False? The total number of islands in the Philippines is over 7,000.
True or False? Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 islands.
True or False? The country of Canada is the second largest (by area) country in the world.
Canada borders which oceans?
What type of government does the United States have?
Where in the Pacific does the Marshall Islands lie?
True or False? Australia is the world's smallest continent.

Ismael Beah Interview (The Hour)

The Century America's Time: Over the Edge

1. Germany hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics.  How did Hitler use the 1936 Olympics 
to promote his Nazi Party? 
2. American Jesse Owens’ stunning victory in the 100-meter race angered Adolph 
Hitler.  How did Owens’ victory shatter the Nazi propaganda about Aryan 
3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a master of the media.  How did he use the media to 
do battle in the Great Depression?  How did he use the media to rally support during 
World War II? 
4. Discuss the impact of radio on American history and American culture in the 
twentieth century. 
5. How did Adolph Hitler use propaganda and the media to achieve his desired goals? 
6. In the late 1930s, the Nazi Party in Germany burned books.  Why did they do this?  
How can books be considered such a threat that some might find it necessary to burn 
7. What were the Nuremberg Laws?  How did they affect the Jewish population of 
Germany and German-occupied states? 
8. World War II was not the first time anti-Semitism reared its ugly head.  Discuss the 
history of anti-Semitism in Europe. 
9. England and its Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, seemed to appease Hitler.  
Why did they choose this passive strategy? 
10. What was Kristallnacht?  What prompted this show of Nazi aggression? 
11. Why did the United States refuse to let the St. Louis dock in the United States and 
allow its passengers to emigrate? 

I Like Big Books

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cool Bandaids

World Studies- Ishmael Beah Assignment

Click on this link:

Record two things you learned from each segment:

About the book 1:

About the book 2:

Why I wrote the book:
For Example: The propensity for violence and brutality isn't unique to the people of Sierra Leone or the people of exists in all people, depending on the situation/circumstances.

The War in Sierra Leone:

The Realities of War:
For example: War is not romantic. War is not glamorous. When someone describes it as such, Beah can tell this person has never been in or anywhere near a real war.

Sharing My Experience:

Today's Child Soldiers:

Raising Awareness:

Monday, March 26, 2012

World Exploration Game

Explore the world using the CIA Fact Book as your guide.

Ishmael Beah

Public Radio International:
CBS interview:

The Century America's Time: Stormy Weather

1. What was the Bonus Army? What were its demands? How did the Bonus Army
exemplify the frustration of the American people during the Great Depression?

2. The Great Depression was the most severe economic crisis in American history. What
were some of the causes of the Great Depression?

3. Almost everyone in the country felt the effects of the Great Depression. How did the
depression affect average Americans?

4. Even though the economy failed, many Americans blamed themselves for their
unemployment and hard times. Why did so many unemployed Americans blame

5. People still went to the movies in droves despite the hard times of the depression.
Why did the motion picture industry continue to thrive when most other businesses

6. What was the Dust Bowl? How did it exacerbate the Great Depression?

7. Why did more Americans join the Communist Party in the 1930s than any other time?

8. Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party came to power during the German depression. Why
were Hitler and Nazism so appealing to Germans in the 1930s?

9. How did Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president during the Great Depression, use
radio to help restore American confidence in their government and the economy?

10. Was FDR’s New Deal radical? Why or why not?

11. What finally ended the Great Depression?

12. What is the legacy of the Great Depression?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ten Reasons Congo is the Most Dangerous Place in the World for Women

Fact Sheet:

Powerful Infographic:

Examples of Jim Crow Laws

Looking for examples of Jim Crow Laws dealing with education, housing, marriage/family, or other? Look at the link below to find examples.

Free to Choose


The True Size of Africa

Hotel Rwanda (Lesson Plans)

Rwandan Genocide

Questions for students to consider after watching "Hotel Rwanda":

1.Why do you think people are willing to commit the barbaric acts seen in Rwanda and in other genocides?

2.Why do you think people who were fundamentally good and decent cross the line into behavior that was profoundly wrong?

3.In situations of conflict, people can be classified as perpetrators, rescuers, bystanders and victims. It is estimated that generally the category of bystanders contains far more than all the other categories combined. Why is the bystander category so large?
Reference the "Holocaust Triangle" attached to this lesson plan. It is estimated that during the Holocaust, some 85 percent of non-Jewish Europeans were bystanders, 10 percent perpetrators and a small percentage rescuers. The critical element of this analysis is that each of those in the non-victim categories made a personal choice or series of choices about what role they would play.

4.Does it matter what one person does in such situations?

Watch CBS News Video Online

Newsweek article:
Child Soldiers:,9171,1584807,00.html

Friday, March 16, 2012

Interactive Timeline of the Crisis in Darfur

Current Maps (Sudan and South Sudan)

60 Minutes story on Darfur

Where is Darfur?

What is happening in Darfur?


How long has this been going on?

Who is Jacob?

Why was "60 Minutes" trying to find him?

What has been the United States' reaction to what is going on in Darfur?

What has been the reaction of the United Nations?

What can you do as an individual with regard to what is going on in Darfur?

Spend 10 minutes on this simulation activity and answer the following questions when you are finished:

Which character did you choose (name and age)?

What was your mission?

What was most challenging about your mission?

Did you succeed?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Timeline of Segregation


United States History (Jim Crow)

Read "A Town Called Rosewood." Complete the worksheet.

Fannie Taylor
Sheriff Walker
Jesse Hunter
Sam Carter
James Carrier
Sylvester Carrier
Sarah Carrier
Jim Crow
Race Riot

Additional information: 

Listen to "Remembering Jim Crow"
Take notes while listening. Your notes should include answers to the following questions:
What is Jim Crow?
What are some examples of Jim Crow Laws (in education, housing, marriage, other)?
What was the purpose behind Jim Crow laws/customs?
How did Southern Blacks resist/deal with life under Jim Crow. (Briefly describe several examples.)

Resource (Jim Crow Laws) 


Watch CNN Investigation Unit: The Noose: An American Nightmare

Interactive Maps:
(First, click on "Go to the Maps." Next, click on "Lynchings and Race Riots." First choose lynchings. Click on Wisconsin. Did any lynchings take place here? Now choose "Race Riots." Did any race riots occur here? Now click on "Jim Crow Laws." Choose a topic. Slide your cursor over Wisconsin to see if we had any Jim Crow Laws in each of the areas listed.)

In class, we will participate in a "threaded discussion." You will respond to two of the following questions/prompts:

What is "backlash"?
Examples of "backlash" discussed in class (from the readings, video, class discussions) include:
What was Jim Crow?
How did some Southern Blacks "resist" Jim Crow?
What is a race riot?
How have race riots changed in the past one hundred years?
What are reparations?
Why is this a controversial issue?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Protest in the Middle East Lesson

What is The Arab Spring: it refers to the pro-democracy uprisings currently sweeping the Middle East and
North Africa.

Introduction (Video):

Most of the information you need can be found here: Interactive Timeline:

1. The first of the Middle Eastern protests started here. Name the country, the date, and the event that sparked the first of many protests throughout the Middle East.

2. When was the first recorded international response to these uprisings? What country/leader motivated the response? What was the response?

3. (February 25, 2011) Thousands join "___________________" across the Middle East.

4. Protests on this day took place in _____________, ______________, _________________, ______________, _______________, _________________, and _____________.

5. List four examples of reforms protesters are demanding. Find reasons for unrest here:

6. (September 25, 2011) Saudi women will be given right to vote by (year) _______________. Within weeks of the King's announcement,  (September 29, 2011) a Saudi woman sentenced to be lashed ten times for defying the country's ban on _____________ has had her punishment overturned by the king.

7. Look at this interactive map. Where is Saudi Arabia on the list Best/Worst Places in the World for Women? Why?

Find answers to 8, 9, 10, and 11 here:
and here:

8. Tunisia's leader first took power in ______________When did Tunisia experience regime change?

9. How long did President Hosni Mubarak hold power in Egypt? When did Egypt experience regime change?

10. How long had Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi held control of power in Libya?  When did Libya experience regime change?

11. The most recent country in the region to experience regime change _______________.

12. (November 28, 2011) Report to UN human rights council accuses Damascus of _________________ and operating shoot-to-kill policy. Syria troops have killed more than ___________, UN report finds.

13. What has been the most common governmental response to protests in Syria? Give two examples including dates and a brief description of the governmental response.)

14. How has the United States reacted to the unrest in Syria? (Find Syria on the map and click on it. Read the information in the box to the right of the map.)

15. Looking at the Timeline/Map/Video below, answer the following questions:
Self-immolation has been recorded in a number of these countries experiencing unrest. What is self-immolation? Why do you think this form of protest is used? List five countries where this form of protest has been recorded.


Additional Coverage:

Inspirational Quote

Lego Crayons

Star Wars Crayons

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women's History Quotes

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
― Virginia Woolf

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."
-Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady, 1776

"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."
-Roseanne Barr

"In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."
Margaret Thatcher, British politician

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
Janis Joplin, American singer

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."-Eleanor Roosevelt

"History is herstory too."  -Author Unknown

"I have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat,” -Rebecca West, 1913.

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." ~ Timothy Leary