Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Interactive World Map- Potential New Borders

Interactive World Map-Systems of Government



Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery

George Washington Pumpkin Carving


Take the Halloween Quiz:

Halloween Infographic:

A More Perfect Union

Monday, October 29, 2012

"We the People"

Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention- Charlie Brown

Getting to Know George Washington

National Geographic- 7 Billion

Mapping the Nation's Happiness

Use this link to answer the questions below:

For the last three years, Gallup has called 1,000 randomly selected American adults each day and asked them about their emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels and other indicators of their quality of life.

It’s part of an effort to measure the components of “the good life.” The responses are plugged into a formula, called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and then sorted by geographic area and other demographic criteria. The accompanying maps show where well-being is highest and lowest around the country.

Which part of Wisconsin reported the lowest percentage of health care coverage?

Which part of Wisconsin reported the highest percentage of health care coverage?

What percentage of people living in southwest Wisconsin reported not having enough money to buy food in the past month?

Which part of the state did people feel the least safe walking alone at night?

Which part of the state did people report the highest rate of depression?

Which part of the state reported getting at least 30 minutes of exercise three days out of the last seven days?

What percentage of people in southwest Wisconsin reported feeling happiness for a greater part of the day yesterday?

In general, what part of the United States did respondents feel the least safe?

In general, what part of the United States reported feeling the most happy?

What parts of the United States did the most people report getting the most exercise?

What part of the United States was the least likely to report learning something new or interesting yesterday?

The Changing Face of America,31813,1549971,00.html

Prosperity Index

Population Growth

Child Mortality


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200 Countries, 200 Years

Sunday, October 28, 2012

50 Facts About Rape

50 Facts About Rape
  1. Low estimate of the number of women , according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000
  2. High estimate of the number of women raped, according to the CDC: 1.3 million
  3. Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent
  4. A woman's chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5
  5. Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely
  6. Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000
  7. Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation: 31
  8. Chances that a woman's body "shuts that whole thing down": 0 in 3.2 billion
  9. Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th
  10. A woman's chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
  11. Chances that a Native American woman in the U.S. will be raped: 1 in 3
  12. Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent
  13. Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (Texas ranked second in nation for "forcible rape")
  14. Number of adult men accused of repeatedly gang raping 11-year-old girl in Texas: 14
  15. Quote in the New York Times regarding the rape: "They said she dressed older than her age."
  16. Age of woman raped in Central Park in September, 2012: 73
  17. Number of rape kits left untested in Detroit, listed by Forbes as one of two the most dangerous places for woman to live in the US: 11,303
  18. U.S. state in which, in September 2012, mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her "kicking, biting, scratching" in objection to her rape: Connecticut
  19. State seeking to reduce childcare welfare benefits to women cannot provide proof of their pregnancy-causing rapes: Pennsylvannia
  20. Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent
  21. Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent
  22. Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 perent
  23. Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent
  24. Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: 2-8 percent
  25. Number of rapes reported in the military last year: 16,500
  26. Pentagon's estimated percentage of military assuaults not reported: 80-90 percent
  27. Percentage of military rape victims who were gang raped/raped more than once: 14%/20%
  28. Percentage of military rape victims that are men: 8-37 percent
  29. Percentage of military victims who get an "involuntarily" discharge compared to percentage of charged and accused who are discharged with honor: 90 percent involuntary to 80 percent with honor
  30. Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10
  31. Increase in chance that LGTB prisoner is raped: 15x greater chance
  32. Number of men raped that could be counted as legally raped before the FBI changed its definition in December of 2011: 0
  33. Number of rapes noted in commonly used World War II statistics: 0
  34. Number of rapes of WWII concentration camp inmates: Untallied millions
  35. Number of rapes of German women by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII: between 1m and 2m
  36. Number of women raped in 1990s Bosnian conflict: 60,000+
  37. Number of women raped per hour in Congo during war: 48
  38. Country where 12 year old was forced to participate in the rape of his mother: U.S.
  39. Country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan
  40. Age of Moroccan rape victim who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist: 16
  41. Worldwide number of "child brides" under the age of 18 forced to marry every day: 25,000
  42. Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, 15
  43. Estimated number of people, primarily children, sexually abused by priests in the U.S. versus the number of senior Catholic officials found guilty of sexual abuse related crimes in the U.S.: 10,667 to 1
  44. Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus gets breast cancer: 2 to 1
  45. Chances that a victim is "Emergency Raped" by a stranger versus percentage of victims who consider their rapes emergencies: 7 percent versus 100 percent
  46. Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent
  47. Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence
  48. State where in 2012 a doctor is facing the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas
  49. Country where doctors (but not the rapist) were excommunicated for performing a life-saving abortion to nine-year-old incest rape victim: Brazil
  50. Country where major party's vice-presidential candidate wants to criminalize all abortions including rape-related ones, because rape is just "another method of conception": U.S.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Pros and Cons of Independence

Advantages Disadvantages:

Possibility of foreign aid from France

Legitimacy in the world community

Captured soldiers treated as POWs not spies or rebels

Independence might unite different areas of the colonies

Stating for the world the ideological basis of this new country

Freedom from subservience to the King

Might lose friends in England who supported cause of colonists in regard to representation in Parliament but not independence

Might cause division within the colonies

If Revolution failed, the and leaders might be tried and executed as traitors.

Colonies were poorly prepared for war

Fighting the largest military power in the world

No weapons nor manufacturing to make them

Dependent on England for elements needed to fight a war.

Chances of winning the war were slim.

Colonists would be cutting themselves off from the biggest, freest empire in the

Sentimental attachment to homeland.

Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence

How to Create a Common Craft-Style Video

What Would You Do (Domestic Violence)

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Unit

What is domestic violence?
-abuse in a family or household
-Physical, sexual, psychological, economic

Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence. Abuse occurs in all racial, ethnic, economic, religious age groups and across the lifespan.

Violence against women is about control, domination, and a lack of respect.

Once a person begins a pattern of hitting a partner, the violence usually gets worse (more frequent and more severe).

Power and Control Wheel:

Discuss the "Myths and Facts about Domestic Violence" handout.

How common is domestic violence?
Wisconsin loses an average of one person every week due to domestic violence.

Every nine seconds a woman is abused in the United States. 

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

The majority of family violence victims are female. Females are 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of the abuse victims at the hands of a boyfriend.

Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, exceeding rapes, muggings, and car accidents combined.

A woman has a higher probability of being attacked in the home than a police officer has of being attacked on the job.

Fifty percent of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.Sheehan, Myra A. (1993). An Interstate Compacton Domestic Violence: What are the Advantages?@Juvenile and Family Justice Today, 1(4):12-13,19.

Violence against women harms all women. (Climate of fear)

Has domestic violence always existed?

Violence is learned.

Result of how we set up societies...hierarchies
Women as second-class citizens
History of laws and lack of enforcement ("Rule of Thumb")

In the United States, the legal right of men to batter their wives wasn't rescinded until 1871.

Canadian law didn't recognize marital rape as a crime until 1983.
(Estimated that at least one in seven husbands rape their wives.)

What is its cause?

(Institutions in society- media, legal, government, etc.) trivializing the problem of violence against women and children.

Women and children have historically been viewed as property. Women and children historically denied rights. Objectification of women in the media. Glorification of violence in the media. People have become desensitized to violence.

Attitudes about family (private matter) Discuss the study in which 65% college students intervened when they thought they were overhearing strangers and only 19% when they thought the couple was married.

Attitudes about women...misogyny ("a wife, a dog, a walnut tree: the more you hit them, the better they be."

Brainstorm examples (government officials, movies, music videos, video games, song lyrics, advertisements, court cases, laws...)

Reasons abusers give for battering:
"She provoked me."
"I was abused as a child."
"I was drunk."
"I didn't hit her."
"I hate women. They need to be slapped around to keep them in line."

Discuss the handout "Signs to look for in a battering personality."

Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
-Hope things will change
-religious beliefs
-don't want to disrupt children's lives/separate children from father
-fear of repercussions (put family and friends in danger)
-no financial resources to leave
-no place to go
-fear that leaving will make the abuser angrier
--fear the abuser will follow/terrorize the victim
-belief that if she stays, she can "control" the abuse (keep him calm)

Fact: Most battered women have tried to leave. Most extreme violence (murder) against women occurs after the woman has left.  

Costs of domestic violence:

Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.

Children who witness violence at home display emotional and behavioral disturbances as diverse as withdrawal, low self-esteem, nightmares, and aggression against peers, family members and property. (Peled, E., Jaffe, P.G. & Edleson, J.L. (Eds.) Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.)

The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year. ($4.1 billion of which is direct medical and mental health services.)

What can we do about this problem? 
Education-Raise awareness
Domestic Violence Facts:

Pressure on government officials
Contacting members of Congress:

Safety Plans, Restraining Orders
Get help (phone numbers):
Safety Plans: 
Restraining Orders in Wisconsin (Information):
Process for obtaining a restraining order in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence- Resource Links