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

Room 167: Civics Study Guide

Room 167: Civics Study Guide: Civics Study Guide (New Stuff in Color) Purposes of Government(List 3): 1. 2. 3. Democracy (Features of Electoral and Liberal Democraci...

Room 167: Constitution

Room 167: Constitution: Use the infographic below to answer the questions about the Constitution. What is the title of this infographic? List one "Fun Fact...

Room 167: States of Play

Room 167: States of Play:

Room 167: World Studies- Extra Credit Opportunity (U.S. Capi...

Room 167: World Studies- Extra Credit Opportunity (U.S. Capi...:

Room 167: A More Perfect Union

Room 167: A More Perfect Union: Watch A More Perfect Union on PBS. See more from Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

Room 167: New Poll: Americans Know More About the Simpsons t...

Room 167: New Poll: Americans Know More About the Simpsons t...:

Room 167: Take the First Amendment Quiz

Room 167: Take the First Amendment Quiz:

Room 167: Teen Suicide- Warning Signs

Room 167: Teen Suicide- Warning Signs: Teens who are at higher risk: Teenagers who have attempted suicide previously, especially if problems and other recurring concerns were no...

Room 167: Room 167: Teen Depression Symptoms

Room 167: Room 167: Teen Depression Symptoms: Teen Depression Symptoms The following are some of the most common symptoms of teenage depression. These symptoms don't dir...

Three Branches of Government
Branches of government

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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Unit 1 Exam (Civil Rights History)

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part I:
(Answer all questions in Part 1)

1. What lesson was Jane Elliot trying to teach her students in the Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes experiment?

2. Do you think her lesson was effective? Explain. 

3. In class we discussed the negative effects of prejudice in society. List and explain two examples discussed in class.

4. What is white privilege? Give two examples from the checklist we discussed in class.

5. Some argue modern racism (which is more subtle) is more difficult to combat than racism of the past (which was more overt). Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.

6. What is institutional racism? Please give one example of institutional racism in the criminal justice system.

7. What is the "hidden curriculum"? Give an an example of the "hidden curriculum."

8. What is a hate crime? 

9. What clues do investigators look for when determining a crime a hate crime?

10. What is "backlash"? Give an example of backlash from American history. 

Part II:
(Answer any seven questions)

1. What was Jim Crow?

2. What was the purpose behind Jim Crow?

3. List four examples of Jim Crow laws (in education, housing, marriage, etc.)

4. What strategies did many African Americans utilize in an effort to physically and psychologically survive in the Jim Crow south?

5. What does the noose represent in American history?

6. What is a "noose-related" incident? What are the societal impacts of "noose-related incidents"?

7. Briefly explain the impact the Plessy v. Ferguson decision had on race relations in the South.

8. Briefly explain the differences between race riots of the past and race riots today.

9. What is groupthink? Explain how groupthink has played a role in race riots and lynchings in American history.

10. What was the Rosewood Massacre? Years later, how did the Florida state legislature try to rectify the Rosewood tragedy?

11. (From the Scottsboro documentary, 2 part question) INorris v. Alabama (1935), the Court ruled that the exclusion of blacks from jury rolls deprived black defendants of their rights to equal protection under the law. What was the main evidence that blacks had been excluded from jury rolls? 

Why would this exclusion deprive black defendants of their rights to equal protection under the law?

What the World Eats- Hungry Planet Assignment (World Studies)

Use the resource linked below to fill in your grids:
NPR Hungry Planet

Room 167: What the World Eats- World Studies Project

Room 167: What the World Eats- World Studies Project: Choose five families from five continents to analyze. For each family, provide the following information: -Name of the family -...

How Much Food Can You Buy For $5 Around The World?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Social Studies 400 Project Idea

Create an infographic (visual depiction of data) based on the topic you chose to investigate for Project #2. For example, if your topic is domestic violence in Wisconsin, you could create an infographic comparing domestic violence related incidents in Wisconsin to the rest of the United States.

 Some students are interested in researching the prevalence of corporal punishment in public education. You could create an infographic demonstrating where corporal punishment is most common in the United States. You could also create an infographic illustrating debate over the psychological effects of such punishment.

Another idea some students have expressed interest in is surveying classmates on career goals. You could create an infographic illustrating the results of your research.

A couple easy infographic creating tools you may want to use are or Venngage

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Social Studies 400 (Project 2)

1. Visit the link below. Look for an a article/topic that appeals to you. Print the article. Read it. Color-code highlight the 5 Ws (Who-Yellow, What-Pink, When- Light Green, Where-Light Blue, Why-Orange).

NY Times- Teens in the News

2. Decide what project you want to do relating to your topic.

3. See me for help with the Wisconsin Social Studies Standard you will focus on.

4. Begin filling out your purple sheet.