Friday, May 30, 2014

Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation Activities

Click here to complete the activity:
Cuban Missile Crisis Activity

After completing this activity, answer the following questions and email me your score.
Who was the leader of Cuba at the center of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
What did Castro do that angered Americans?
Cuban exiles staged an invasion at:
The invasion was a fiasco because:
America had missile bases in:
Kennedy decided to confront Castro by:
The Cuban Missile Crisis ended when Khrushchev sent Kennedy:
Kennedy promised to remove missiles from Turkey:

If time permits, you may complete this simulation:
Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Room 167: Bay of Pigs

Room 167: Bay of Pigs: Using the infographic below, answer the following questions about the Bay of Pigs Invasion. What was the Bay of Pigs Invasion? Name the co...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk Discussion Questions

Eyes on the Prize: “No Easy Walk”

The Albany Movement
Chief of Police Prichett was ready to respond to the massive number of protestors. What strategies did he use to do this?

How was his approach different from the response of previous cities?

Do you think Albany a success or failure? Explain.

March on Washington
What was the purpose/goal(s) behind the March on Washington?

Briefly describe the process of planning, organizing, and implementing the march.

How did some of the participants in the march describe what it was like to attend the March on Washington?

Did the march achieve its purpose/goal(s)? Explain.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Why did King write his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”?

What reasons did King give for coming to Birmingham?

Why does King use nonviolent direct-action as a means of bringing about change?

Who does King express disappointment in and why?

How does King address the timing of his actions?

How does King define "just" laws?

How does King define "unjust laws"?

Why does King believe it is a mistake for moderates to label his actions "extremist"?

Who does King believe is earning undeserved praise? Why is this praise misguided?

Who is really deserving of praise? Why? 

Freedom Writers Quote Project

Freedom Writers Final Project:

For each diary entry, select a memorable quote. Record these quotes daily. Use the quote sheets I provide in class. (Don't forget to record the diary number and the page number for each quote.)

When we finish the book, choose twenty of your favorite quotes. Highlight your favorite quotes.

Retype your favorite quotes. You may select different fonts, sizes, etc. Before you print, proofread and use spell-check. Print and cut out your quotes. Glue your quotes on your poster board, tagboard, or construction paper. Incorporate images from the book on your poster. If you wish, you may illustrate your poster with your own drawings.

This project is worth 100 points. Turn in both the quote recording sheets and your poster on the due date.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

English 510 Deep Reading Exercise

Who Made That?

Pick a topic to explore.

Send me an email with the following information:
1. What topic did you choose to explore?
2. Tell me the title, author, and date of the story.
3. In one sentence, tell me why you chose this object.
4. Are there any images in the article? If so, describe them.
5. Who made/invented this object?
6. Why did they make it?
7. When was it invented/made?
8. What was the most interesting fact you learned about this object that you didn't know before?

Book Domino Chain World Record

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tuesdays with Morrie final project

Assignment: Using your "ABC Brainstorming Sheet" for inspiration, create an acrostic poem using the words:




You will need tagboard or large construction paper. I have some available. You will also need newspapers and magazines. Bring magazines and newspapers you don't mind getting cut up. I have some available in the classroom if you don't have any of your own. I also have scissors and glue you may use.

What is an "acrostic poem"?

An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a phrase.

China Infographic- Questions

China in Numbers

1.True or False? China is currently the most populous country in the world.
2.True or False? The United States is the second most populous country in the world.
3.True or False? The United States is the number one importer of Chinese goods.
4.True or False? The Chinese export over $107 billion worth of clothing per year.
5.True or False? The Chinese executes more people every year than the rest of the world combined.
6.True or False? There are 100 crimes on the books that are grounds for execution in China.
7.True or False? The Chinese have the second largest standing army in the world.
8.True or False? China does not have a nuclear arsenal.
9.True or False? The Chinese military budget is $607 billion.
10.True or False? 74% of the world's rice comes from China.
11.True or False? In 2009 the Chinese produced over 22 trillion cigarettes.
12.True or False? Turtles are a common source of food in China.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New 7 Wonders Cities Assignment

Vote for your favorite cities.
7 Wonders Cities

The New Seven Wonders of the World

7 New Wonders of the World
Refer to the link above to complete this assignment.
You will need a blank world map and an atlas to complete this assignment.

The winners were selected by over ________ million people who participated in the voting. The winners were announced in 2007.

Find all 7 winners on a world map and mark and label each with a red dot.
Find and label the remaining finalists on a world map. Mark with a black dot.
Circle all North American winners and finalists with a yellow circle.
Circle all South American winners and finalists with an orange circle.
Circle all European winners and finalists with a pink circle.
Circle all African winners and finalists with a purple circle.
Circle all Asian winners and finalists with a blue circle.
Circle all Australian winners and finalists with a brown circle.

Choose two winners and two finalists to research. List three interesting facts about each. You can learn more about the winners and finalists by clicking on their pictures.