We started today by writing the last LEQ of the course! We then discussed FDR's Four Freedoms speech and the rise of Fascism in Europe as the alternative they took to addressing the Great Depression. Don't forget that Monday Chapter 27 notes are due and the online portion of last week's scored discussion is due on Wednesday!
There is light at the end of the tunnel! We are almost through the most packed week of the course! Four chapters (Chapter 26 quizzed today) and a scored discussion down, tomorrow be prepared to finish strong with your last LEQ!
We explored the Great Depression today by looking first at the causes behind the economic collapse then completing stations giving us a peek at the human toll of the Depression. We then explored Roosevelt's response to the Depression and how he sold his approach to the public. We ended the day with a brief reading outlining the differing historical interpretation of the New Deal and its success in an essay by Alan Brinkley to give you a framework for encountering the reading selection for tomorrow's scored discussion over the reading selection from Howard Zinn.
Scored discussion and Chapter 26 tomorrow, LEQ on Friday, and the toughest week of the course in terms of workload will be past! We only have three more weeks of new content then we review for the AP exam!
We talked about the 1920's today, first completing a graphic organizer detailing unique features of the decade, then completing a DocBlock analysis over Andre Siegfried's "New Society" relating an outsider's view of the changes occurring in America during the 20's. We finished up the day with document stations on less familiar aspects of the 1920's which illustrated the essential conflict between tradition and modernity through which the decade is often analyzed.
Tomorrow we will begin the Great Depression. Don't forget Chapter 25 is due as well!
We discussed the American homefront during WWI today then examined various interpretations of the reasons America joined the war. Interestingly, Hutchison's 2nd and 3rd period classes were almost unanimous in their agreement with Howard Zinn's thesis on the causes of American intervention, while 4th period was split pretty evenly three ways between Zinn's economic theory, Wilson's "moral imperative" justification, and the textbook's more practical causes argument.
After exploring the causes, we came back to the effects for Americans with a discussion over sedition in WWI, then wrapped up the period analyzing some propaganda posters in our DocBlock.
Don't forget, Chapter 24 is due tomorrow!
The last DBQ of the first DBQ window was today! Next week we will move back to LEQ writing for one Friday and then your final DBQ of the year will be after Spring Break.
We also discussed the background causes of WWI. We will continue our WWI discussion on Monday and Chapter 23 is also due that day. Next week is the pinnacle of this course, with four chapters, a scored discussion and your second LEQ, so be prepared!
The Chapter 22 Quiz was today, meaning you only have two more chapter quizzes! If I were you, I would expect one more before Spring Break and one afterwards. ;)
We also talked about the results of Imperialist policies in the Philippines and some of the resistance to Imperialist policies within the US.
Tomorrow is your next DBQ then next week is the toughest week of the curriculum as we tackle four chapters, a Scored Discussion, and your last LEQ at the end of the week! Hang in there folks, we are closing in on Spring Break then quickly afterwards, the end of new content before the AP exam!
Today we took to the table tops with dry erase markers to annotate and analyze four different historian's points of view on American Imperialism. Keep these points of view in mind as we explore primary sources tomorrow. Continue to evaluate these historian's works through the lens of the history you learn as you interpret sources on the Philippine War and debates between Imperialists and Anti-Imperialists.
Also, DON'T FORGET Chapter 22 is due tomorrow!
We began today by conducting some historical contextualization using one page from a Montana newspaper from 1870, tying together all of the various elements we have studied in Period 6. We focused the rest of the day on the Progressive reform movement of the late 1800's, investigating exemplar issues in terms of advocacy, opposition, and legacy in African American Civil Rights and Women's Suffrage.
Chapter 22 is due Thursday and Friday will be the last of the first cycle of DBQ essays! Next week is the toughest week of the entire quarter with four chapters, a scored discussion and an LEQ at the end of the week! We told you this week would be coming from the first day of class, so hopefully you have a plan in place! The good news... it begins to wind down after next week with only three weeks left of new content before the AP exam! :)
We took the Chapter 20 Quiz today then discussed more aspects of the Gilded Age, specifically focusing on machine politics. We then did a Lit Circle DocBlock, reading four different points of view on how government, economics, and society should be structured according to Gilded Age leaders and reformers.
Don't forget, Chapter 21 is due tomorrow and Chapter 22 on Thursday.