Today in U.S. History: 9/30

Sep 30, 2011

The Story of Us:  "Westward"
TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Random States Quiz (3rd Block Only)
  • Binder Check #4
  • Scrapbook:  "Westward"  
    • On Youtube:

                                                                                                   

COMING UP/REMINDERS:

  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due
  • Next Thursday (10/6)
    • 50 States Test

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/30/11

Greece:  The Age of Alexander

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Binder Check #4
  • Scrapbook:  The Age of Alexander
    • On Youtube:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due

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Are "We the People" Responsible?

Sep 29, 2011

A House Divided?

This CNN article, written by political analyst David Gergen, asks whether or not the American voters should be looking in the mirror when it comes to our government's problems.  According to recent studies, true moderates (those who don't identify with either Democrats or Republicans) are disappearing, which could be leading to a more divided government via more divided constituents.  What do you think?  When our government isn't getting the job done, who's responsible?  Is it the people making the decisions, or those who hired the decision-makers?

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Historic Collapse... Times Two


If you stayed up late enough Wednesday Night, you had the opportunity to witness history.  If you didn't, you missed not one, but two teams simultaneously setting the record for the biggest flop in the history of Major League Baseball.  Inhistoric has a breakdown of the Red Sox and Braves' epic collapses.

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CNN Student News for 9/30/11

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Today in U.S. History: 9/29/11


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
COMING UP/REMINDERS:
*Don't forget:  If you aren't sure about any aspect of your Scrapbook assignment or grade, ASK!!!

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/29/11

"The Senate and the People of Rome"

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Middle East Map Quiz!
  • Notes:  The Roman Republic
    • What is a republic?
    • What set Ancient Rome apart from other Ancient Civilizations?
    • What attributes do you think Rome and it's people had that set it up to be successful?
    • Why do you think the republic might be doomed for failure?
  • IWT

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Middle East Map Quiz
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due
*Remember:  If you have a question about any aspect of the Scrapbook assignment or how it's been graded thus far, ASK!!!

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CNN Student News For 9/29/11

Sep 28, 2011

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Today in U.S. History: 9/28/11


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Lewis and Clark Journal Activity
    • Essential Questions:
      • What stood to be gained by this expedition?
      • What are some dangers that they faced on the expedition?
      • What are some things that you think helped this expedition to be a successful one (i.e. the qualities of the leaders, etc.)?
COMING UP/REMINDERS:
*Don't forget:  If you aren't sure about any aspect of your Scrapbook assignment or grade, ASK!!!

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/28/11

The Senate and the People of Rome

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Turn in Map Activity
  • TAG:  Foundations of the Roman Republic
    • What is a republic?
    • What set Ancient Rome apart from other Ancient Civilizations?
    • What attributes do you think Rome and it's people had that set it up to be successful?
  • Begin E/E:  Rome (w/questions)

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Middle East Map Quiz
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due
*Remember:  If you have a question about any aspect of the Scrapbook assignment or how it's been graded thus far, ASK!!!

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CNN Student News for 9/28/11

Sep 27, 2011



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Is Our Government Broken?

James Madison, "Father" of the Constitution

In this article from CNN, William J. Bennett argues that while things aren't pretty right now, our government is doing exactly what it's supposed to.  He says that though it is frustrating to watch stalemates, filibusters, and gridlock, slow and stable change, which prevents radical reactions and disastrous decisions, is precisely what our founding fathers had in mind when the constitution was written.  What do you think?

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/27/11

Topographical Map the United States


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Turn in Newsletter
  • Using Maps Activity (Make sure you have your partner calendars)
  • Middle East Map
  • "Ancient Rome"  Vocabulary

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Tuesday (Tomorrow!)
    • Newsletter Due at The Beginning of Class
  • Thursday
    • Middle East Map Quiz
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due
*Remember:  If you have a question about any aspect of the Scrapbook assignment or how it's been graded thus far, ASK!!!

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Today in U.S. History: 9/27/11

Westward Expansion

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • "A Growing Nation"  Vocabulary
  • Notes:  America Discovers it's Manifest Destiny (Click for the presentation!)
    • Essential Questions for Today:
      • What is manifest destiny?
      • What ideas made Americans think they had the right to expand?
      • What actually gave America the right to expand?
      • Why did some think that we shouldnt expand?
      • What problems existed when it came to expansion?

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Random States Quiz #1
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due
*Don't forget:  If you aren't sure about any aspect of your Scrapbook assignment or grade, ASK!!!

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CNN Student News for 9/27/11

Sep 26, 2011

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On This Day in...

Kennedy-Nixon Debate, 1960
1960:  The first televised presidential debate took place, pitting John F. Kennedy against Richard Nixon.  The debate was a game-changer in the '60 election.  Nixon had been ill, and insisted on campaigning right up until hours before the debate began.  As a result, he looked pale, sickly, and tired.  He also refused to wear makeup.  Kennedy, on the other hand, was well-rested, and took time to prepare extensively for the event.  He looked young, vibrant, and confident.  Most believe this was the turning point in the closest election in the history of the United States.  Ironically, a majority of those who listened to the debate on the radio actually thought Nixon won!  Here's the debate in it's entirety.  Who would you vote for?

















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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/26/11

The Battle of Issus

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Engineering an Empire:  "The Age of Alexander"
  • Middle East Map
  • "Ancient Rome"  Vocabulary
  • Scrapbooks are Graded!  (Grab them up front)

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Tuesday (Tomorrow!)
    • Newsletter Due at The Beginning of Class
  • Thursday
    • Middle East Map Quiz
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due

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Today in U.S. History: 9/26/11

"American Progress"

TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Story of US:  "Westward"
  • "A Growing Nation"  Vocabulary

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Random States Quiz #1
  • Friday
    • Binder Check #4
  • Next Tuesday (10/4)
    • Scrapbooks Due

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Western Civ. "Villain of the Week" for 9/26-9/30

Sep 25, 2011

Judas Iscariot
Summaries are due Friday, 9/30.  Remember, it must be hand-written!

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U.S. History "Villain of the Week" for 9/26-9/30

Aaron Burr
Summaries are due Friday, 9/30.  Remember, it must be hand-written!

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CNN Student News For 9/26/11

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Satellite Paranoia

Sep 23, 2011

Via Informed Comment:

Worried about Satellite fragments raining from space?  BBC says "don't".  According to their report, NASA says you have a one in twenty trillion chance of being hit by fragments from the Satellite that will be falling back to earth this weekend, which makes it 20 million times less likely than your chances of being hit by lightning this year.  Video from The Telegraph:

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Today in U.S. History: 9/23/11
















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Test:  "A New Nation"
  • Vocab Due
  • Complete Video:  "The First Invasion" w/Worksheet


COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • States Quiz #5
    • States Packet Due
  • Friday
    • New Nation Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/23/11














TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Test:  Ancient Greece
  • Complete Video:  Hercules

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Europe #3 Quiz
  • Friday
    • Ancient Greece Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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CNN Student News for 9/23/11

Sep 22, 2011



EXTRA CREDIT:  For 2 points, leave a comment on this post regarding today's broadcast.  Your comment must be in the form of a complete sentence.  It must also be thoughtful and relevant.  If you do not have internet at home, the IMC is open before and after school, and you can also use the department laptops during independent work time.  You are allowed to comment daily, but make sure you use your first name and last initial so that you receive credit!

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Western Civ. Review: "Ancient Greece"

REVIEW!
  • Vocabulary
    • "Top 10" - Fill in the Blank
    • "Second Tier" - Matching
    • "All Stars" - Short Answer, T/F, and/or Multiple Choice
  • Other Short Answer Topics:
    • What two factors led to Ancient Greece being made up of a large group of independent city-states rather than one large, unified country?
    • Despite living in and being intensely loyal to individual city-states, what things did all Greeks have in common?
    • How did the last stand of 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae contribute to the world that Americans live in today?
  • True/False section over Alexander the Great (study your anticipation guide).
Questions?  Leave a comment!

VIDEO REVIEW!
Ancient Greece



The Persian Wars



The Peloponnesian War



Alexander the Great



FINISH YOUR VOCAB AND STUDY!

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U.S. History Review: "A New Nation"

REVIEW!
  • Vocabulary
    • "Top 10" - Fill in the Blank
    • "Second Tier" - Matching
    • "All Stars" - Short Answer, T/F, and/or Multiple Choice
  • Other Short Answer Topics:
    • Problems with the Articles of Confederation (3)
    • The 3 Branches of Government and who they consist of.
    • Why was George Washington's decision to leave office after two terms so important?
    • For what reasons did President Madison declare war on Great Britain in 1812?
    • Why was the U.S. military ill-equipped to take part in a war with Great Britain in 1812?
Questions?  Leave a comment!

VIDEO REVIEW!

The Articles of Confederation



The Constitutional Convention



The Presidency of George Washington



The Louisiana Purchase




The War of 812



FINISH YOUR VOCAB, AND STUDY!

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/22/11















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • MAP QUIZ #5
  • Complete Ancient Greece Project:  Front Page News
    • Publisher/News Letter (Front Page Only)
    • 3 Stories at least 6-8 Sentences Long:
      • City-States/Persian Wars
      • Peloponnesian Wars
      • Conquests of Alexander the Great
    • Include Title of Newspaper
    • Title and Picture for Each Article
  • IWT/Review
    • All-Stars and other individuals
    • Finish Vocabulary

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Europe #3 Quiz
  • Friday
    • Ancient Greece Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in U.S. History: 9/22/11














TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • States Quiz #5
  • Video:  "The First Invasion" w/Worksheet


COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • States Quiz #5
    • States Packet Due
  • Friday
    • New Nation Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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CNN Student News for 9/22/11

Sep 21, 2011



EXTRA CREDIT:  For 2 points, leave a comment on this post regarding today's broadcast.  Your comment must be in the form of a complete sentence.  It must also be thoughtful and relevant.  If you do not have internet at home, the IMC is open before and after school, and you can also use the department laptops during independent work time.  You are allowed to comment daily, but make sure you use your first name and last initial so that you receive credit!

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Today in U.S. History: 9/21/11

















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Louisiana Purchase/Inflation Activity
    • Inflation Calculator
    • HOW TO GET PERCENTAGE CHANGE:
      • Take the initial amount, and subtract it from the current (today's) amount to get the difference.
      • Take the difference, and divide it by the initial amount.
    • HOW TO MARK YOUR GRAPH:













COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Map Quiz #5
    • Map Packet Due
  • Friday
    • New Nation Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/21/11
















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Finish Video GIST:  Ancients Behaving Badly
  • Begin Ancient Greece Project:  Front Page News
    • Publisher/News Letter (Front Page Only)
    • 3 Stories at least 6-8 Sentences Long:
      • City-States/Persian Wars
      • Peloponnesian Wars
      • Conquests of Alexander the Great
    • Include Title of Newspaper
    • Title and Picture for Each Article

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Europe #3 Quiz
  • Friday
    • Ancient Greece Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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CNN Student News for 9/21/11

Sep 20, 2011



EXTRA CREDIT:  For 2 points, leave a comment on this post regarding today's broadcast.  Your comment must be in the form of a complete sentence.  It must also be thoughtful and relevant.  If you do not have internet at home, the IMC is open before and after school, and you can also use the department laptops during independent work time.  You are allowed to comment daily, but make sure you use your first name and last initial so that you receive credit!

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/20/11












TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Anticipation Guide:  Alexander the Great
  • Video GIST:  Ancients Behaving Badly

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Europe #3 Quiz
  • Early Next Week
    • Ancient Greece Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in U.S. History: 9/20/11

















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Notes:  A New Nation in a Dangerous World
  • Worksheet:  Getting to Know Your Constitution

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Map Quiz #5
    • Map Packet Due
  • Friday
    • New Nation Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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CNN Student News for 9/20/11

Sep 19, 2011

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A 12 Year-Old's $100,000 "Hobby"


Props to this kid for his commitment and dedication!  Jordan Brown is 12 years old, and has currently raised $87,000 for a World War II memorial featuring the likeness of Major Dick Winters (Major Winters was the commanding officer of Easy Company for much of WWII, and was a leading character in the Band of Brothers series).  He's raised all the money through donations, as well as by selling wristbands, which can be purchased at his website.  His goal, which he will probably reach very soon after being featured on CNN, is $100,000.

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Week 2 in the NFL a Historic One


A look at the NFL's record-breaking week 2, via Inhistoric.

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Today in U.S. History: 9/19/11



TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Map Packet #5
  • Notes:  The Constitution Becomes a Reality
  • IWT
    • Geo Worksheet:  Ratification
    • Vocab
    • Map Packet

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Map Quiz #5
    • Map Packet Due
  • Friday
    • New Nation Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in Western Civilizations: 9/19/11



TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Europe #3 Map
  • GIST:  Section 5.2 (pg. 134)
    • List the 25 Most important Words
    • 4-6 Sentences Summarizing What You Read
  • IWT
    • Vocab
    • Map 

COMING UP/REMINDERS:
  • Thursday
    • Europe #3 Quiz
  • Early Next Week
    • Ancient Greece Test
    • Vocabulary Due

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Western Civ. "Villain of the Week" for 9/19-9/23

Sep 18, 2011















This weeks villain of the week:  Herostratus.  Summaries are due Friday, 9/23.  Remember, it must be hand-written!

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U.S. History "Villain of the Week" for 9/19-9/23


This weeks villain of the week:  Fletcher Christian.  Summaries are due Friday, 9/13.  Remember, it must be hand-written!

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Happy Constitution Day!!!

Sep 17, 2011


Constitution Day was actually observed yesterday, but the document itself was signed on September 17th in 1787.  It took another couple years filled with heated debates and sly propaganda to actually get the Constitution ratified and put into action, but this was probably the easiest day to pinpoint for some recognition, so September 17th it is!

More info on the signing of the United States Constitution.

By the way, remember this?


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The Streak is Over!

Sep 16, 2011


Talk about historic!  The Tigers just ended a streak that was a decade and a half old with their 20-17 win over the Newton Eagles.  Keep it rollin' fellas!

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Red Sox Try To Avoid Historic Collapse

Via Inhistoric:


The Sox are trying to avoid the biggest September collapse in the history of baseball...

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Today in Western Civilizations

Sep 15, 2011




TODAYS RUNDOWN
  • BINDER CHECK #3!
  • 5 Ws on the Greco-Persian Wars
  • Video:  The Battle of Thermopylae

REMINDERS:
  • Mid-Terms
  • Vocab
  • Get caught up!
  • Skyward
  • Blog Location

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Today in U.S. History





















TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • BINDER CHECK #3
  • Video: "A Healthy Constitution" (w/ worksheet)


REMINDERS:
  • Mid-Terms
  • Vocab (End of Next Week)
  • Get caught up!
  • Skyward
  • Blog Location



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Today in Western Civilizations

Sep 14, 2011


TODAYS AGENDA
  • MAP QUIZ! (Europe #2)
  • Notes:  Athens vs. Sparta
  • IWT:  Ancient Greece Vocabulary


COMING UP:
  • Binder Check Tomorrow (Friday)!

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