I was out today, I've been fighting a bug and I'm still loosing :(
You focused on some particular elements of the Cold War in class today, completing a DocBlock analysis of George Orwell's essay You and the Atomic Bomb. You also completed a set of stations examining particular Cold War events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and American intervention in Guatemala through sets of primary source documents.
Don't forget tonight to finish up the textbook readings for tomorrow (see the class calendar for details). Also, I apologize for the mix-up with the online discussion board from the last scored discussion. It is now active and will remain open through NEXT Monday, 12/4.
Today we looked at Teens and their influence on American culture in the 1950's. If you did not finish the document analysis with this activity, you can find it at the top of Period 8 Activities. Next, we looked at gender roles in the 50's, especially the changes in expectations and opportunities for women. We ended the day with an analysis of some media representations of gender roles. I've included some images below to help you see what those jobs offered to Lucy and Ethel before they ended up in the chocolate factory were like in case you were interested.
Please remember the chapter readings due after the break. There was a typo on the directions sheet which I have corrected below! Also, look at the post from earlier today with an additional opportunity for mastery open to everyone! Have a Great Break!
Textbook readings due Monday:
Comptometer Operator: The comptometer was an early mechanical calculator
PBX Operator: PBX operators worked the phone switchboards for large buildings or companies
As an optional Mastery assignment, you may read Lee Sandlin's essay, "Losing the War." I hope you enjoy reading this - it is an incredible mix of cultural and military history. As always, be a critical reader: how does this compare with, and support, modify, or contradict that which you have read about American involvement in WWII?
Prepare a typical scored discussion pre-write, though we will not have the in-class component. Be prepared to share your reflection on Monday when we're back. This will be a mastery Quiz grade.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving break!
We had our final scored discussion today over competing historical interpretations of the use of nuclear weapons at the end of World War II. Tomorrow we will be tackling the post-war era in America. Make sure you have completed the chapter readings due tomorrow (I have copied them below for your reference, but remember, all chapter due dates are now updated on the class calendar!).
Tomorrow is an early release then we will be away for the rest of the week! Make sure during that time that you get your required chapter readings complete AND that you complete the online portion of this final scored discussion. The online submissions are due by midnight, next Monday, 11/27. Also, look for another blog post tonight or tomorrow detailing an additional opportunity for mastery if you are interested!
Chapter Readings due Tomorrow:
Section 29.1 up to page 866 heading “Kennedy the Cold Warrior,” then page 871
“Tragedy in Dallas” to the end of the section.
Today we spent the entire class working on the skills associated with writing solid DBQ essays in a writing workshop. You can find the documents we were working with in class and more on the Writing Tips page (Shortcut HERE) and we will be adding resources to this page over the next few days as well! Your first in class DBQ will be the Friday after we return from break.
Don't forget, Monday will be a scored discussion on the use of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Make sure you have completed the readings and pre-write! Have a great weekend!
We took our third exam today, this time with a slight reprieve... no short answers! We will move into the post World War II units of our class after taking a short time out tomorrow for a writing workshop focused in writing the DBQ essay.
Don't forget that your online submissions for the last scored discussion are due by midnight tonight!!! Also, your next scored discussion is Monday and be sure you are working on the readings from the textbook that are due over the next few days and after the Thanksgiving break!
Today we wrapped up our study of WWII with an examination of the timing of US intervention in the Holocaust and an in depth look at the arguments in the Korematsu Supreme Court decision regarding Japanese Internment during the war.
Tomorrow is your exam and your binder check! Also, don't forget your online submissions for the last scored discussion are due by midnight tomorrow night and your next scored discussion is coming up on Monday!
FIRST OFF, PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!!
Due to popular outcry from folks with multiple exams on Friday, the exam WILL NOT move after all. To be clear, the APUSH EXAM WILL BE THIS THURSDAY!!! There will NOT be a short answer portion this time, however!
This means the online submission for the last scored discussion will also be due Thursday evening by midnight! The next scored discussion will still be next Monday and the readings can be found under Period 7 on the website.
So on to discussing today... We started off the day with a discussion over essential freedoms and compares our top four list to the one proposed by Roosevelt in 1941 as WWII was ramping up in intensity. We then explored the roots of fascism as a response to political and economic turmoil in Europe after World War I and then expolred its links to Hitler and the Nazi's rise to power and their economic policies. We ended the day be starting work on four WWII Homefront Topic Stations focusing on the Zoot Suit Riots, Women in WWII, African Americans and WWII, and the role of media. Whatever you didn't finish of these stations in class needs to be finished as homework.
One last note: I forgot to include Alfred Mahan's Sea Power and World History on the list of DocBlock assignments I will be checking on THURSDAY DURING THE EXAM! ;)
We took the Chapter 26 Quiz today which means you only have two more chapter quizzes to go! Following the quiz, we took a deep dive into the legacy of the New Deal through an examination of opposing historians points of view.
Tomorrow we will move on to World War II for our focus and Chapter 27 is due. Also, don't forget that your next exam in Thursday, so you should be working on a review and studying plan for that! I have attached the list of DocBlock and Content Block activities that should be in your binders for this exam. I have also attached a summary of the upcoming chapter readings to help clarify the due dates, as Chapters 28 - 30 are divided up according to the topics we will discuss in class.
Our fourth scored discussion was today, this one focusing on the role of labor and labor unions during the Great Depression. (The online discussion board is now open and all comments are due by next Thursday, 11/16, by midnight!) One main focus of the reading was the argument that labor unions were successful, even during desperate economic times, in advocating for the demands of their members. Some interesting things emerged from our discussions which I believe deserve some follow up as they are likely to be the subject of future class assessments and, more importantly, of your responsibilities as a citizen participating in discussions which will shape America's future.
I have linked below a few resources I want you to review. These will feature in our discussions during class on Monday. Also, don't forget that Chapter 26 is due Monday and Chapter 27 on Tuesday! Despite that, I hope you enjoy the extra long weekend!!!
Podcast on labor history, Listen to the portion from 23:25 to 46:15
Reading selection on Socialism and Communism
Documentary Clip on Eleanor Roosevelt's pet project, Arthurdale, WV (I will add this tonight, DVD is at my home)