Today we dealt with the Vietnam War, focusing on both the wartime experience for the average combatant and on the opposition to the war at home. We explored some of the wartime policies that made it more difficult for soldiers to prosecute the war and on the dangers of relying solely on memory to reconstruct the past.
Monday, Readings #5 are due and your online contributions for the last scored discussion are due by 10:00 pm Monday night as well. Have a great weekend!
We continued our discussion over the Civil Rights era today by first debriefing the Martin Luther King and Malcolm X documents you dealt with last night. We then did a DocBlock over the "Southern Manifesto" to explore the resistance to change during the time. We finished up the day by looking at ways the Civil Rights movement expanded to other sub-groups of America's population in the 1960's and 1970's using some digital stations.
Readings #4 are due tomorrow and we will begin discussing the Vietnam War.
Today we started off with a quiz over Chapter Readings #3. You now have only three quizzes remaining this semester! After the quiz we started to explore the Mid-century civil Rights movement by focusing first on the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. We ended class with an analysis of competing essays from Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Below you will find a brief video clip to accompany your readings from class today. We will finish debriefing those readings tomorrow at the start of class. Your next Chapter Readings are due on Friday and your online comments for the most recent scored discussion are due Monday by 10:00 pm.
One final item: the American Indian Studies class will be conducting a brief Land Acknowledgement activity in the Media Center at the beginning of lunch tomorrow. I will provide tutorial credit for anyone who attends. It will be at the beginning of lunch and only lasts 10-15 minutes. We would really appreciate a nice turn-out! Thanks!
VIDEO LINK HERE
We continued discussing the issue of nuclear weapons today as our opening to some conversations about the Cold War. After reading and debriefing an essay by George Orwell on atomic weapons, we explored briefly the causes of the Cold War then proceeded to examine some opposing views on domestic and international policies through our DocBlock Lit Circle on the voices of the Cold War. We ended the day with some very brief stations on Cold War actions taken by the US.
Tomorrow, Chapter Readings # 3 are due as we move to talking about the Civil Rights era.
Today was our most recent scored discussion, this one on the use of nuclear weapons at the end of WWII. I understand there was a bit of confusion on the topic and that the items on the website may have contributed to that, so my apologies. We will change up how we name the scored discussion materials on the Period pages to try to fix this issue in the future. Overall however, I thought we had some good conversations today. As usual, there is an online follow-up which also provides opportunity for those that did not make it to school today to engage in the conversation. The online portion is due Next Monday by 10:00 pm!!! That time is a bit of a change from past discussions, but we are trying out something different this time.
Tomorrow, Chapter Readings #2 are due. You can find what this entails by going to the class calendar and clicking or tapping on the "Readings #2 Due" notification on tomorrow's date. A pop-up window will give you the details. If you have questions, let me know!
UPDATE: Richardson's point totals here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16y5LajewVI6ekye8IcXO_B1lTvdH8_BYaZbCJMrXPks/edit?usp=sharing
Today we focused on youth and women's roles and experiences in the postwar years and 1950's. We looked at a set of documents to try to understand the experiences of American youth more fully and then we used a combination of documents and various other media to analyze the "happy housewife" role promoted for women in the 1950's.
To follow up on that discussion, take a look at this short clip from an episode of ABC News Australia from the 1950's: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5K-pIRUnbY
Enjoy your break!
NOTE: Richardson's kiddos are doing scored discussion on Tuesday after the break.
Today you took Exam 3. We are now starting our last quarter of the course! We will be covering the postwar period tomorrow and Chapter Readings # 1 are due. You can find the list of what you need to read for each of the Chapter Readings over the next few weeks by clicking on the Reading event in the class calendar. The description for each Reading will open up when you click it.
Monday when we return from break will be your next scored discussion. The readings are already posted under Period 8 on the website and deal with the use of atomic weapons at the close of World War II. Your usual pre-writing assignment is due for these discussion readings as well.
P.S. Here's the description of Textbook Readings # 1, just in case:
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 wrote our first in-class, timed DBQ essay. This will serve as a practice essay and. we will give you feedback after the break next week. Monday is your third exam, this one covering Chapters 17-27, Periods 6 & 7 (Westward expansion after the Civil War through the end of WWII. Your binder this time will only cover the textbook chapter notes.
Hutchison was out at the doctor yesterday, but you took on a few issues related to the causes of WWII and the effects on the American home front. Today we dedicated most of the class to talking about Writing DBQ's. If you still have questions, there is a discussion board posted on the "Discussion Boards" page of this site and I will be available to answer questions until around 9 this evening!
We continued our examination of the Great Depression today with a focus on Roosevelt's messaging regarding the New Deal in the first two of his Fireside Chats, followed by an analysis of public response to the speeches in the form of letters to the President. We ended the day by interpreting some political cartoons and comparing the media response to the general public.
Chapter 26 was due today, but you are still responsible for that material tomorrow. In addition, chapter 27 is due tomorrow. I will be out at the doctor, but you will be starting your exploration of the causes of World War II, which I will continue when I return Thursday. We will also be talking about how to write DBQ essays a bit more.