Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Skills 400- Wellbeing (Helper's High Assignment)

Helper's High

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy

The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

More reason to do good:
ABC News story:

More on "helpers high"

Christian Science Monitor Article:

Take the "Compassion Quiz"

Why Good Things Happen to Good People

Read one of the articles above. Write a brief reflection. In your reflection, discuss one thing you learned from the article. Also, discuss one time you helped someone and how it made you feel. Did you expect anything in return?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Harlem Children's Zone- Video and Questions

Life Skills 400/Social Studies 400/Current Events Assignment:

Watch this video and answer the questions below.

1. Why do you think this program works? (Describe four specific aspects of the program that you believe makes this program a success.)




2. What criticisms do you have regarding this program. Describe two aspects of this program that you find concerning.


3. What elements of the program would you like to see implemented in our program? What challenges do you foresee with regard to implementation of these elements? Is there anything that could be done to deal with these challenges? If so, what?

You may either post your answers in the comments or email your answers to me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Investigating Power: Watergate Timeline Assignment

Investigating Power: Watergate Timeline Assignment

Who were the “White House Plumbers”? (What did they do?)

What were the Pentagon papers?

Who was Daniel Ellsberg?

What did the Watergate burglers do at the Democratic National Headquarters?

Who are Woodward and Bernstein?

Who was “Deep Throat”?

What was the first connection between the Watergate breakin and the White House?

Who was H.R. Haldeman?

What is the role of Chief of Staff to POTUS?

Who was Bernard Barker?

What was the “Massive Campaign” reported by Woodward and Bernstein on October 10th?

What was the significance of Walter Conkrite’s Watergate coverage?

Room 167: United States History Final

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Monday, May 18, 2015

"Crash" Assignment

"Crash" Assignment

Define stereotype.

What is racial profiling?

How is stereotyping and racial profiling related?

Write about two examples of racial profiling in the news.

Why does racial profiling matter?

"Crash" contains multiple examples of racial profiling. Discuss three examples from the film. Discuss the behavior of both the victim and the perpetrator.

Who do you think would benefit from watching this film? Why?

American Indian Boarding Schools Assignment

Define the word "assimilation."

Define the word "discrimination."

How was assimilation used as a tool to discriminate against American Indians?

Interactive Map
Between 1880 and 1902, how many off-reservation boarding schools were established?
How many American Indian children were educated in these schools?
What was the "purpose" of these boarding schools?

What is the Sherman Indian High School?
What was its purpose?
Does it still exist today?

Compare the American Indian boarding schools with the "aboriginal integration” program you learned about in the movie "Rabbit Proof Fence." Describe three similarities. 

Look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

How many member states have ratified it? How many have not? Which member states have not ratified it?

Which provisions were denied Aboriginal and Native children through the boarding school programs set up in Australia and the United States?


Thursday (May 21st) Sub Plans

1st Period: Social Studies 400
Some of my first period students eat breakfast in my room. This is okay as long as they clean up after themselves.
We've been watching the movie "Rabbit Proof Fence" on Netflix. We are far enough into the movie, the kids should be able to complete the assignment linked above. I have sent this link to their school email.

Our guest speaker planned for Friday has rescheduled to next Wednesday.

2nd Period: Independent Study Current Events
Please check school email for Current Event and Life Skills 400 Assignments

3rd Period: English 509
Continue to read from Freedom Writers. We usually read about ten pages a day. You may choose to read aloud or silently.
Begin compiling favorite quotes from the book in preparation for the final project. I told the kids they need to choose twenty quotes from the book. They should write their favorite quotes in a notebook  or they may type their quotes and send via email. They need to have their favorite quotes selected by Monday.

4th Period: Prep/Independent Study
Levi goes to the Library 4th period. He checked out a new book yesterday. He should continue to read his book.

Bailey should continue to work on her e-school assignments.

5th Period: English 510

A handful of kids eat lunch in class this period. As long as they clean up after themselves, I don't mind. (Darren, TJ, Nolan, Andrew) I also have another student who comes into my room the first half of the class. He's not a member of the class.  He sits with the class, eats his lunch and sometimes participates in discussion. (Darrion) He leaves at the bell.

Continue reading The Secret Life of Bees. We usually read about 10 pages a day. You may choose to read aloud (popcorn reading) or read silently.
Work on The Secret Life of Bees final project. We started working on this assignment yesterday. Everyone needs to choose six characters from the book and make a "flip book." They may use the computers to look for pictures or to type quotes for their projects.

Several kids eat lunch in my room everyday. (Jade, Savannah, Tennessee)

6th Period: U.S. History
Continue watching "Born on the Fourth of July." Jade will help you get the movie ready if you need help with the smartboard,

7th Period: Prep/Independent Study
Bailey and Fae.
They should check school email for assignments.

8th Period: World Studies
Finish working on Rabbit Proof Fence/American Indian Boarding School assignment. Students may either email me their answers or print the assignment and turn in the printout.

I have two Independent Study students this period as well. (Bailey and Joselyn) They may either work on a computer or in the cafeteria.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Domestic Violence/ Dating Violence Resources and Assignment

Types of Abuse:
List the five types of abuse described:

Dating Violence Statistics:

True or False?
One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

True or False? 
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.

True or False?
Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

Dating Violence Statistics:

How Does Your State Measure Up?
Wisconsin Report Card

List four things a protective order is intended to prevent:

What grade did Wisconsin earn on "State Law Report Card" on Teen Dating Violence:

Power and Control Wheel

What is "economic abuse"?

What is "male privilege"?

What is "emotional abuse"?

Signs to Look for in a Battering Personality:

List four signs to look for in a battering personality:

Relationship Quizzes:
Take one of the four quizzes (or take all four if time permits). You do not need to share your results.

Where to get get help in Wisconsin if you need it:
List two resources in your area (shelter, hotline, etc.)

Safety Plans:

What is a Safety Plan?

What should you do during an explosive incident? List two suggestions.

What are two suggestions as you prepare to leave?

After you leave, what should you do? List two suggestions.

List three additional considerations if you have children:

Restraining orders in Wisconsin:

What type of abuse must be alleged to receive a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) or injunction?

How much does it cost to file a petition for a R.O.?

What is the "clothesline project"?
Why are the shirts color-coded?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ted-Talk (Tony Robbins)

What does Tony Robbins mean when he says “emotion is the force of life”?

What is a “therapy culture”?

Have you ever failed to achieve something?
Why do you think you failed to achieve your goal?

Why did Al Gore answer the question with “The Supreme Court”?
What failed goal was he referencing ?

What childhood event changed Tony Robbins’ perspective on humanity/changed him as a human being (a belief that strangers care)?
What did Tony decide to do after that?
What was the result of this decision?

List 15 emotions you have felt in the past week:

Of the fifteen, how many emotions were positive?

How many were negative?

Do you know someone who no matter what happens, they will find a way to be happy?

Do you know someone who no matter what happens, they find a way to be p$@#%* off?

Which person would you rather be around, the positive or negative person?

Why does Tony Robbins believe the thing that brings true, long-lasting happiness is “giving”?

When does Tony believe most people REALLY start living?

If you found out you were going to die and were given enough time to call one person, who would it be? Think about what you would say to that person.

What was the most important message from this Ted-Talk?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ted Talk Lesson: What is the Crisis Text Line and How Does it Work?

Only Social Studies 400 Students and Current Events/Life Skills:
Watch the Ted Talk in class.

Answer the questions below:

What is Crisis Text Line?

How does it work?

What do you think it means to help people move from a “hot moment to a cool calm”?

Think about a time you helped someone move from a hot moment to a cool calm or a time someone helped you do that. Briefly discuss the situation.

Briefly discuss the role of the crisis counselor?

How are crisis counselors trained?

The Crisis Text Line page has links to many organizations offering help to victims of specific problems including (Name the issue and the helping organization):

Only Current Events and Life Skills Students:
You are in charge of designing a bulletin board based on this lesson.

The bulletin board must be completed by the end of next week.