Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ted Talk: Rethinking Teen Motherhood (Quiz)

Part I:
Danielle cites a number of statistics in her presentation. Answer the following questions as "T" or "F."

Every single year, in America alone, almost 600,000 children will be born to mothers between the ages of 15-19?

Over the next ten years, there will be 5.5 million children born to teen mothers.

A teen mother is statistically more likely to have another child within two years.

A teen mother is more likely to drop out of high school.

A teen mother is statistically more likely to marry someone who is abusive (psychologically, physically, or both.)

A teen mother who marries, is statistically more likely to divorce at a young age.

Nevada has the lowest teen pregnancy rate in the nation.

Part II:
What does Danielle mean when she says we need to "reinvent teen motherhood"?

Do you agree or disagree with Danielle's message? Explain.

Visit Danielle's Blog:

Racial Profiling in America - Is it Real or Imagined?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ballot Battles Assignment

Ballot Battles Part I: The Voting Rights act of 1965

In the Jim Crow era south, list three tactics that were used to disenfranchise African Americans.

Which Southern city was especially bad with regard to the number of African Americans registered to vote?

What percentage of voting age African-Americans were registered to vote?

What percentage of whites were registered to vote?

This disparity inspired a voting rights campaign led by ____________________ and other civil rights leaders.

The first march was known as ___________ Sunday, where police and state troopers violently attacked nonviolent demonstrators.

How did John Lewis describe that day?

The incident received national attention and motivated president Johnson to send a Voting Rights Act to Congress. By _________ he had signed the historic piece of legislation into law.

Within 19 days of the Voting Rights Act becoming law, how many African Americans in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi had registered to vote?

In the first two years, in Mississippi alone, the number of African Americans registered to vote jumped from ____% to ____%.

Did the Voting Rights Act prohibit literacy tests?

Section _____ of the Voting Rights Act was a key part of the law.

What criteria was used to determine if a jurisdiction was discriminatory in its voting practices?

By the 1970s, _____ states were targeted for oversight by the U.S. Justice Department.

If a state had a history of voter discrimination it was labeled "covered for _____________."

In order for those jurisdictions to change their election laws, they had to get approval from:

In order to qualify for a release from pre-clearance, counties had to be free of voter discrimination for at least _______ years.

Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in _______,  ________,  _______, and _________.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Social Studies 400 Assignment: Career Exploration

Select five career clusters based on your interests. For example, I would select "Social Studies,” “Law,” and "Teaching" as my career clusters.
Next, select three careers within each career cluster you wish to explore further. Complete the grid below:
What do they do?
Describe the work environment.
What is the median pay?
What education or training is required?
List two similar occupations.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Social Studies 400 Living Wage Assignment

Living Wage Calculator: Wisconsin
What is the living wage model?

What is a basic needs budget?

Define "minimum wage."

Define "living wage."

What is the minimum wage in Wisconsin?

What is a living wage for a single adult with no children in Wisconsin?

What is a living wage for a single adult with one child in Wisconsin?

What is a living wage for two adults, one child in Wisconsin?

What is the average monthly food expense for a single adult?

What is the average monthly food expense for a single adult, one child?

Since the living wage model looks at "basic needs," what do you think that means with regard to food?

What is the average monthly housing expense for a single adult?

What is the average monthly housing expense for a single adult, one child?

What is the average monthly transportation budget for a single adult?

What is the average monthly transportation budgeted for two adults, one child?

What is the average annual income for a single adult, (before taxes) you must earn to cover basic living expenses?

Look at the "other" column. For a single adult, what is the amount listed? Do you think "other" includes monthly smart phone bill? Cable? Explain your answer.

Do you think basic living needs included in the living wage model includes Netflix? Culvers? Designer clothes? XBox? Vacation?

Look at the typical hourly wages for the most popular occupations in Wisconsin. What occupation offered the highest wage?

What occupation offered the second highest wage?

What occupation offered the lowest wage?

How many occupations were highlighted in red?

Now choose the county you are most likely to live in after you graduate from high school.
Wisconsin Counties

What is the living wage for a single adult? Is it higher or lower than the state average?

Now select Economic Policy Institute Budget Calculator.
Select 2 adults, two children, rural. What are your monthly and annual expense totals?

Now select CNN Cost of Living Calculator. Measure how far your salary would go in another city.
Compare a 35,000 salary in Madison, Wisconsin to San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Do you think you could afford to live in any of these cities on $35,000 a year? $40,000 a year? $50,000 a year?

Now select Minimum Wage Calculator. Can you survive on minimum wage in Wisconsin?
Enter information (housing, utilities, transportation, etc.). Can you survive on minimum wage? If not, how much debt will you acquire annually?

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Newsletter

River Valley High School Alternative Education

November, 2014

Service Learning and Social Studies 400 students with Passages staff with donated items from the October drive.

Students Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Fae Dilley

October was domestic violence month. The statistics regarding domestic violence are alarming. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Each year an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence against their mothers or female caretakers by family members. (American Psychological Association, Violence and the Family: Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family,1996)

River Valley Service Learning and Social Studies 400 students worked together throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this issue and help those in need. Students created a Wall of Ribbons and bulletin board in the high school to raise awareness. In addition, students wrote domestic violence statistics and facts on the sidewalk outside the high school the first week of October.
Due to lack of funding from all levels of government, it is difficult for Wisconsin domestic violence shelters and programs to accommodate domestic violence victims requesting services.  Mid-October, Service Learning and  Social Studies 400 students organized and implemented a school supply, art supply, and book drive for Passages, a shelter in Richland Center for victims of domestic violence. River Valley High School students and staff donated over a hundred items in the week-long drive. "I am very proud of all the hard work Service Learning and Social Studies 400 students put into the awareness campaigns which included inviting guest speakers to speak to students about the issue. I am also proud of the students for organizing and implementing the drive for Passages, especially Fae Dilley because it was initially her idea and she's put the most time into these projects” Lea Hansen, RVHS Social Studies 400 teacher said.

Students also invited guest speakers to visit their classroom to speak about the topic of domestic violence. Officer Andy Kurek spoke to Social Studies 400 students early in the month and later in the month staff from Passages gave a presentation to the class. Officer Andy Kurek shared this piece of advice with the students, “Young people need to know, domestic violence is not normal behavior.  Everyone doesn't do it.  If you are a victim of domestic violence, leave the relationship.” Marlee J. Gromoshak, a student in first period Social Studies 400 said, “I learned that there actually is a bigger problem with domestic violence than I really thought.  I thought that it was a valuable learning experience to have the speakers come in.”

If you are a victim of domestic violence there is help available. Passages in Richland Center, a program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault has a 24 hour hotline for those in need of help. The number is 1-800-HEAL (4325).

What’s Happening in Alt-Ed?

Social Studies 400 Students are embarking on their 30 Day Challenges this month. Ask your child what positive change they are making in their lives this month.

To learn more about the idea behind this project, visit:

What students are saying about the project:

“My 30 day challenge is a journal. Every day for 30 days I’m writing about a different topic. So far I am really enjoying my project. I designed a journal and decorated it. I also wrote in it everyday so far.” – Shalee Swartwood

Fabson Jepson and Tyler Noble are giving random people compliments every day for a month. Fabson thought it would be a good project because that person might be having a bad day and saying something nice might make their day better.

Emily Joyce said, “I'm going to learn how to play a new instrument in 30 days. The instrument being oboe. It's going well so far. I learned 4 notes!”

United States History 510 students are preparing to take and pass (with 90% accuracy) the United States Citizenship Test (the same test immigrants must pass to become U. S. Citizens).

If you would like to learn more about this test or what we are doing in class, visit:
English 509 & 510 have been reading Perks of Being a Wallflower. We’ve been working on a variety of projects relating to the book this past month.

World Studies 509 students are just finishing up a unit on North America. For their final assessment, students are working on their “Sell a State Projects.”
To learn more about this project, visit this website:

Fabson Jepson helps with the Passages Drive.

Officer Andy speaks to Social Studies 400 students

Monday, November 3, 2014

Social Studies 400: 30 Day Challenge Project

Brainstorm ideas.
Register on http://www.my30dc.com/site.
Complete the challenge.
Turn in your completed purple sheet at the end of your 30 days.

Need help? Here are some ideas:
Raise Awareness and Do Something About Homelessness:
30 Day Reading Challenge:
30 Day Journal Challenge:
30 Day Challenge to Raise Awareness of an Issue:
Write a Novel in a Month:

When is the last time you did something new?

WPR Program: When was the last time you did something new?

ABC News: Margot Stern Strom Encourages Students to Explore History

Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers

White House - Fun Fact Series EP28 | Mocomi Kids

Niagara Falls : Fun Fact Series EP08 | Mocomi Kids

Friday, October 31, 2014

World Studies Assignment (25 Maps and what they tell us about Wisconsin)

What is the second largest religion in Wisconsin?

Hindu is the second largest religion in ____________.

What is the most common language spoken in Wisconsin other than English or Spanish?

Polish is the third most common language spoken in _________.

What is the most popular brand in Wisconsin?

Apple is the most famous brand from this state____________.

What is the most popular TV show set in Wisconsin?

What is the most iconic food chain in Wisconsin?

Is Wisconsin a dog state or a cat state?

The most popular baby girl name in Wisconsin (in 2013) was:

The most popular baby boy name in Wisconsin (in 2013) was:

How much is $100 worth in Wisconsin?

What job is most unique to Wisconsin?

What is the most famous book set in Wisconsin?

What is the most famous book set in Illinois?

What is the most famous book set in Minnesota?

The Great Gatsby is the most famous book set in ____________.

This state's largest immigrant population was born in the Dominican Republic _________.

Wisconsin's largest immigrant population was born in _______________.

Electing a US President in Plain English

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery

Tim Burton's Vincent featuring Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

Thursday, October 30, 2014

National Mall Trivia Game


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Room 167: A More Perfect Union

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Room 167: Take the First Amendment Quiz

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

United States History: Constitution Games/Interactives




Three Branches of Government Game

Checks and Balances Game

Executive Branch Game

Civil Rights History Course: Central High School 50 Years Later

Little Rock: 50 Years Later

Central High School is still segregated. How so?

What is life like for the majority of African American students who attend Central High School today?

What is life like for the majority of White students who attend Central High School?

Themes dealt with in the film (cite examples of each as you watch the film):

Black on Black crime



High Dropout Rate

Discuss whether you think race or class divide the students and staff of Little Rock Central High School.

Although de jure segregation is over, de facto segregation still exists. Why?

Why does integration matter?

Research segregation Wisconsin. Does it exist, and if so, to what extent?


Dejure and Defacto Segregation Defined:
Benefits of attending desegregated schools:

Segregation in Wisconsin:

Infographic- Resegregation in Public Education

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Federalism Venn Diagram

Social Studies 400: What can be done to reduce bullying on social media?

Social Studies 400

Discuss: Have you seen social media used as a platform to bully others? Do you think this is a problem?

Research Wisconsin's cyber-bullying laws.

List three examples of cyberbullying.
Is it a crime to repeatedly call someone, with intent to harass them?

Is it a crime to make a telephone call, without disclosing your identity, with intent to harass?

Is it a crime to make a telephone call and use lewd, obscene, profane language to suggest lewd act with intent to harass or offend?

Is it a crime to send a message to a person and in that message threaten to inflict injury or physical harm to a person or that person’s property?

Is it a crime to message a person and in that message use obscene, lewd, or profane language or suggest lewd act?

Is it a crime to publish or post on the internet a nude or partially nude image or image depicting a person engaging in sexually explicit conduct without the consent of the person depicted?


1.Working in groups of two or three, brainstorm ten ways bullying can be reduced or eliminated on social media? (Think of examples that could be implemented on twitter, Facebook, snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs.)

2. Select your best example to share with the class.

3. Class votes on three favorites.

4. Working individually, or in groups of up to three people, develop a project based on one of the top three ideas selected by the class. Develop a rubric that could be used to judge the effectiveness of your plan.

You have one week to complete this assignment. Individual/Group plans and rubrics are worth 100 points.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

History vs. Christopher Columbus - Alex Gendler

Flocabulary - Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)

Plot Elements

Theme in Literature

Pinterest Assignment (Life Skills)

Part I: 

Create a "Life Skills" Pinterest Board
Pin 20 pins from each category:

Financial Literacy, College and Career, Resume and Interviews, Child Care, Health and Nutrition

Part II:

Select one pin from each category for further examination. Create a "mini-project" based on each of these pins. For example, if you select an infographic, print the infographic and create a ten question quiz based on the infographic. If you select an article, you may want to create a graphic organizer illustrating key points of the article. Other ideas include: make a brochure, create a poster, write a blog post, tweet about the topic, etc.

You have one week to complete the assignment.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Social Studies 400 Project Idea/Independent Study Idea

Who Outside Your Family Has Made a Difference in Your Life?

Tutor Training Prezi


Life Skills Interest/Career Inventory Assignment

1.       Take this interest inventory.

             2. Print the results. Highlight in yellow your top five career clusters.

3. Dig deeper into your top five career clusters. Select two or three careers from each career cluster to explore more fully.
5.  Print the career page and if available, additional information about the program.

6.  What education does your top choices require? (High School, Tech College, Bachelors Degree or above.) Highlight in yellow.

7. Are there any prerequisites to the program/certificate/degree? Highlight in yellow.

8. If your career requires a certificate or degree, how long will it take to earn the certificate or degree? Highlight in yellow.

9. Estimate tuition costs. Highlight in yellow.

10. Is there a list of required courses or syllabi posted for the program(s) you are interested in? If so, spend some time looking over the lists of required courses and/or syllabi.

11. If available, what is the estimated hourly wage or salary for the career/jobs you are interested in.  Highlight in yellow.

12. Now,  click  “Hot Jobs”
Print. Highlight in yellow all jobs that might interest you. Choose your top two favorites. Click on each.
13. What is the average annual salary for those jobs? Highlight in yellow. How many job openings in the area over the coming year? Highlight in yellow.

14. Gather all printouts and staple together. Put all printouts in your hanging file.