Today in Western Civilizations: 10/31/11

Oct 31, 2011


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • CNN Logs for 10/31/11-11/4/11
  • Reading Graphs Activity
  • Video:  The History of Halloween
  • Skyward/Binder Check
REMINDERS/COMING UP:
  • Graded Papers in the  tray (on right).
  • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
  • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
  • Monday 
    • Binder/CNN Log Check
    • Skyward Check
  • Thursday
    • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #31-45)
  • Friday
    • Scrapbooks Due:  Civil War

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CNN Student News for 10/31/11

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Today in U.S. History: 10/31/11


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • CNN Logs for 10/31/11-11/4/11
  • Notes:  Fighting the Civil War pt. 3
    • Total Destruction in the South
    • The Surrender
    • Lincoln's Final Days
    • Final Results
  • Video:  Stealing Lincoln's Body
    • Scrapbook Responsibility
  • Skyward/Binder Check
REMINDERS/COMING UP:
  • Graded Papers in the  tray (on right).
  • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
    • Same #s
    • 2nd Block:  Red
    • 3rd Block: Blue
  • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
  • Monday 
    • Binder/CNN Log Check
    • Skyward Check
  • Wednesday
    • Civil War Test
    • Get on board w/ Skyward!
    • Vocabulary Due
  • Thursday
    • Cities Quiz #23 (Cities #31-45)
  • Friday
    • Scrapbooks Due:  Civil War





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Safety Net or Anchor?

Oct 30, 2011

Just a reminder for tomorrow:  We're checking binders (now including your CNN Logs) and Skyward access tomorrow!  Totaled together, that's 65 points.  Throw in your vocabulary (due Wednesday), that's 120 points!  The question is, what will YOU do with the opportunity?  These things should create a nice safety net for you - if you take care of business.  If not, you're getting ready to attach a huge anchor to your grade.  Make the right decision; TCB!

Click the graphic below to check on your Skyward access and check your classroom guidelines for instructions on how to set up your binder.  If you've lost it or don't have it with you, click here (Western Civ:  the guidelines are the same for you as for U.S. History).


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"See You Tomorrow Night!"

Oct 28, 2011


Wow.  What a game!  The question is, how many people actually stuck around to watch it?  If you gave up and changed the channel or never turned on game 6 to begin with, you missed what many are calling the greatest battle in the history of the World Series.  Regardless of whether or not you were watching, we are now going to a game 7, which rarely happens, and hasn't at all in the past 10 years.  In other words, this series just went "from good to great" as the writer of the above-mentioned article points out.  

So, did you stay up, or give up?  How do you think last night's game will be remembered in the years to come?  Or the series itself?  How about the Cardinals' season as a whole?  How important do you think the game of baseball is to American culture?  Does it still matter?

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CNN Student News for 10/28/11

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Today in U.S. History: 10/28/11


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Turn in "Villain of the Week" (tray)
  • CNN (News logs are due on Monday.)
  • Video:  Gettysburg
    • Remember, you are accountable for this video on your scrapbook!
REMINDERS/COMING UP:
  • Graded Papers in the  tray (on right).
  • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
    • Same #s
    • 2nd Block:  Red
    • 3rd Block: Blue
  • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
  • Thursday
    • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
  • Monday 10/31
    • Binder/CNN Log Check
    • Skyward Check
  • Wednesday 11/2
    • Civil War Test
    • Get on board w/ Skyward!
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in Western Civilizations: 10/28/11


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
  • Turn in "Villain of the Week" (Tray)
  • CNN (Keep up with your News Log, it's due Monday!)
  • Video:  "Death Masks"
    • List 25 important people, places, events, ideas, etc.  
    • Turn in lists at the end of class
REMINDERS/COMING UP:
  • Graded work in the tray (on right)
  • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
  • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
  • Thursday
    • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
  • Monday 10/31
    • Binder/CNN Log Check
    • Skyward Check
  • Wednesday 11/2
    • Age of Change Test
    • Get on board w/ Skyward!
    • Vocabulary Due

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Today in Western Civilizations: 10/27/11

Oct 27, 2011


TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

  • Cities Quiz #2
  • Calendars (let me know before CNN starts if you do not have one for some reason)
  • Women of the Renaissance Activity
  • IWT/Vocabulary
    REMINDERS/COMING UP:
    • Graded work in the tray (on right)
    • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
    • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
    • Thursday
      • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
    • Monday 10/31
      • Binder/CNN Log Check
      • Skyward Check
    • Wednesday 11/2
      • Age of Change Test
      • Get on board w/ Skyward!
      • Vocabulary Due

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    CNN Student News for 10/27/11

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    Today in U.S. History: 10/27/11


    TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

    REMINDERS/COMING UP:
    • Graded Papers in the  tray (on right).
    • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
      • Same #s
      • 2nd Block:  Red
      • 3rd Block: Blue
    • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
    • Thursday
      • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
    • Monday 10/31
      • Binder/CNN Log Check
      • Skyward Check
    • Wednesday 11/2
      • Civil War Test
      • Get on board w/ Skyward!
      • Vocabulary Due

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    The Return of McRib-Mania

    Oct 26, 2011

    People are 'maniacs' about lots of things in America (i.e. Harry Potter, Star Wars, sports teams, bands, etc.)  So what inspires people to be so dedicated to things like the McRib?  Does dedication to something like a sandwich signify a problem in America?  What do you think about McDonald's marketing technique of making certain products available "for a limited time only"?  Are you a "McManiac"?




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    Today in Western Civilizations 10/26/11


    TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
    • Map
    • Anticipation Guide:  Life in the Renaissance
    • Vocabulary
    • IWT
      REMINDERS/COMING UP:
      • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
      • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
      • Thursday
        • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
      • Monday 10/31
        • Binder/CNN Log Check
        • Skyward Check
      • Wednesday 11/2
        • Age of Change Test
        • Get on board w/ Skyward!
        • Vocabulary Due











      Unit Vocabulary For The Age of Change:
      Top 10:
      1. Renaissance
      2. Secular
      3. Perspective
      4. Printing Press
      5. Utopia
      6. Protestant Reformation
      7. Circumnavigate
      8. Capitalism
      9. Joint-Stock Company
      10. Mercantilism
      All-Stars:
      1. Leonardo Da Vinci
      2. Martin Luther
      3. Johannes Gutenberg
      4. Christopher Columbus
      5. William Shakespeare
      2nd Tier Terms & People:
      1. Niccolo Machiavelli
      2. Galileo Galilei
      3. Michelangelo
      4. Nicholas Copernicus
      5. Sir Thomas More
      6. Balance of Trade
      7. Humanism
      8. Indulgences
      9. 95 Theses
      10. Predestination
      11. Amerigo Vespucci
      12. Henry the Navigator
      13. Magellan
      14. Hernan Cortes
      15. Henry VIII

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      CNN for 10/26/11

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      Today in U.S. History: 10/26/11

      TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

      REMINDERS/COMING UP:
      • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
        • Same #s
        • 2nd Block:  Red
        • 3rd Block: Blue
      • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
      • Thursday
        • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
      • Monday 10/31
        • Binder/CNN Log Check
        • Skyward Check
      • Wednesday 11/2
        • Civil War Test
        • Get on board w/ Skyward!
        • Vocabulary Due










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      Today in Western Civilizations: 10/25/11

      Oct 25, 2011

      TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
      • Engineering an Empire:  "Da Vinci's World" (write these main ideas down now!)
        • Waking up after the long sleep following the fall of Rome
        • The rise of tiny republics
        • City-States create alliances and struggle with one another to gain control of Italy
        • Famous masters of art and architecture were also some of the greatest military and civil engineers of the age.
      • IWT:  Vocabulary/Cities
        REMINDERS/COMING UP:
        • Remember to check your folders (green) if you've been absent!
        • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
        • Thursday
          • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
        • Monday 10/31
          • Binder/CNN Log Check
          • Skyward Check
        • Wednesday 11/2
          • Age of Change Test
          • Get on board w/ Skyward!
          • Vocabulary Due


        Unit Vocabulary For The Age of Change:


        Top 10 Vocab:

        1. Renaissance
        2. Secular
        3. Perspective
        4. Printing Press
        5. Utopia
        6. Protestant Reformation
        7. Circumnavigate
        8. Capitalism
        9. Joint-Stock Company
        10. Mercantilism
        All-Stars:
        1. Leonardo Da Vinci
        2. Martin Luther
        3. Johannes Gutenberg
        4. Christopher Columbus
        5. William Shakespeare
        2nd Tier Terms & People:
        1. Niccolo Machiavelli
        2. Galileo Galilei
        3. Michelangelo
        4. Nicholas Copernicus
        5. Sir Thomas More
        6. Balance of Trade
        7. Humanism
        8. Indulgences
        9. 95 Theses
        10. Predestination
        11. Amerigo Vespucci
        12. Henry the Navigator
        13. Magellan
        14. Hernan Cortes
        15. Henry VIII

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        How Bad are the Colts?


        Note even two full seasons after the two teams met in the Super Bowl, the Saints beat the Colts 62-7.  If I could put numbers in "all caps", I would.  I know Peyton Manning is great, but wow.  The Colts have already lost more games this season than they have in any other single season in the past 10 years.  On the other end of the spectrum, Drew Brees, like Tom Brady, is on pace to break Dan Marino's single season yardage record.  Several other Saints are on a record-breaking pace.  You can check out more historical happenings from what was an otherwise pretty boring weekend in the NFL in this article at Inhistoric.

        So, after seeing what the Colts have done this year, how much do you think one player can mean to a team?  What do you think about teams that run up the score?  Is it more on the team that's doing the scoring, or the team that's being scored on?

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        CNN Student News for 10/25/11

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        Today in U.S. History: 10/25/11

        TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
        • Story of US:  Civil War (write these down now!)
          • A capable and impressive Confederate Army
          • The Union's Technology Advantage
          • New weapons in a modern war:
            • Railroads
            • Supply Lines
            • The Telegraph
          • The Transcontinental Railroad
          • Farmers settle the continent
          • The Cowboy as a new American icon
        • IWT:  Vocabulary/Cities
          REMINDERS/COMING UP:
          • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
            • Same #s
            • 2nd Block:  Red
            • 3rd Block: Blue
          • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
          • Thursday
            • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
          • Monday 10/31
            • Binder/CNN Log Check
            • Skyward Check
          • Wednesday 11/2
            • Civil War Test
            • Get on board w/ Skyward!
            • Vocabulary Due

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          Today in Western Civilizations: 10/24/11

          Oct 24, 2011


          TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
          • CNN News Log for 10/24/11-10/28/11
          • Turn Renaissance Outline
          • Major Players of the Age of Exploration
            COMING UP:
            • Remember to check your folders (green) if you've been absent
              • #s today
            • Graded binders and scrapbooks in back.
            • Thursday
              • Cities Quiz #2
            • Friday

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            Villains of the Week for 10/24/11-10/28/11


            Your villains of the week for 10/24/11-10/28/11:
            • Western Civilizations:  Agrippina the Younger
            • U.S. History:  Henry Wirz
            For 5 pts. extra credit, turn in a 1 paragraph writeup (hand-written)  on why the individual would be considered a historical villain.  Due by the beginning of class on Friday.

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            CNN Student News for 10/24/11

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            Today in U.S. History: 10/24/11


            TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

            • Weekly CNN Log for 10/24/11-10/28/11 (Up Front)
            • Graphing Civil War Data
            • IWT:  Vocabulary/Cities
              REMINDERS/COMING UP:
              • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
                • Same #s
                • 2nd Block:  Red
                • 3rd Block: Blue
              • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
              • Thursday
                • Cities Quiz #2 (Cities #16-30)
              • Tuesday 11/1
                • Civil War Test
                • Get on board w/ Skyward!

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              Today in Western Civilizations: 10/20/11

              Oct 20, 2011

              TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
              • Cities Quiz #1
              • Remember to check your folders (green) if you've been absent
                • #s today
              • Finish Renaissance Outline
                COMING UP:

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                CNN Student News for 10/20/11

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                Today in U.S. History: 10/20/11

                TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

                • Cities Quiz #1
                • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
                  • Same #s
                  • 2nd Block:  Red
                  • 3rd Block: Blue
                • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
                • Finish Conflict to Compromise Activity (Short Version)
                  COMING UP:
                  • Thursday
                    • Cities Quiz #1
                  • Tuesday 11/1
                    • Civil War Test
                    • Get on board w/ Skyward!

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                  Today in Western Civilizations: 10/19/11

                  Oct 19, 2011


                  TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
                  • Remember to check your folders (green) if you've been absent
                    • #s today
                    • 2nd Block:  Red
                    • 3rd Block: Blue
                  • Renaissance Outline
                    COMING UP:

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                    Today in U.S. History: 10/19/11

                    TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

                    • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent!
                      • Same #s
                      • 2nd Block:  Red
                      • 3rd Block: Blue
                    • Pick up Graded Scrapbooks and Binders
                    • Conflict to Compromise Activity
                      • Calendars! (Again)
                    • New Vocab (Below)
                    • Cities Map (Below)
                      COMING UP:
                      • Thursday
                        • Cities Quiz #1
                      • Tuesday 11/1
                        • Civil War Test
                        • Get on board w/ Skyward!



                      CIVIL WAR VOCABULARY:

                      TOP 10:
                      • Popular Sovereignty 
                      • Wilmot Proviso
                      • Total War
                      • Compromise of 1850
                      • Kansas-Nebraska Act
                      • Confederate States of America
                      • Conscription
                      • Emancipation Proclamation
                      • Battle of Antietam
                      • Battle of Gettysburg
                      ALL-STARS
                      • Abraham Lincoln
                      • Jefferson Davis
                      • Robert E. Lee
                      • Ulysses S. Grant
                      • William Sherman
                      2ND TIER TERMS & PEOPLE
                      • Fire Eaters
                      • Henry Clay 
                      • Harriet Beecher Stowe
                      • John Brown
                      • Dred Scott Decision
                      • Stephen Douglas
                      • Crittenden Compromise
                      • Battle of Bull Run
                      • Thomas Jackson
                      • Anaconda Plan
                      • Clara Barton
                      • Copperheads
                      • 54th Massachusetts Infantry
                      • Gettysburg Address
                      • Siege of Vicksburg

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                      CNN Student News for 10/19/11

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                      Today in Western Civilizations

                      Oct 18, 2011


                      TODAY'S RUNDOWN:
                      • Remember to check your folders (green) if you've been absent
                        • #s coming soon
                        • 2nd Block:  Red
                        • 3rd Block: Blue
                      • Finish The Dark Ages
                        COMING UP:
                        • Thursday
                          • Cities Quiz #1
                        • Skyward!!!

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                        CNN for 10/18/11

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                        Today in U.S. History: 10/18/11

                        TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

                        • Remember to check your folders if you've been absent
                          • Same #s
                          • 2nd Block:  Red
                          • 3rd Block: Blue
                        • ?s on Slavery in pairs
                          • Calendars!
                        • New Vocab Tomorrow
                          COMING UP:
                          • Thursday
                            • Cities Quiz #1
                          • Tuesday 11/1
                            • Civil War Test
                            • Get on board w/ Skyward!

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                          Today in Western Civilizations: 10/17/11

                          Oct 17, 2011


                          TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

                          • CNN Log:  10/17/11 - 10/21/11
                          • Finals and Scrapbooks are still being graded
                            • Grades updated by the end of the night
                          • A New Term
                          • Cities, etc. Quiz Sheet
                          • The Dark Ages w/ WS
                            COMING UP:
                            • Thursday
                              • Cities Quiz #1

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                            It's a New Day...


                            and a new term.  It's time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  Here are some new policies and procedures we are starting today, along with some tips and recommendations for improvement this quarter:
                            • CNN Sheets - Start on Mondays, turn in on Fridays
                            • A new seating chart is coming.
                            • Check your folders!
                              • 2nd: RED
                              • 3rd: BLUE
                              • 4th: GREEN
                            • What to do with materials from last 9 weeks?
                            • Cities Quizzes:  A little different approach; NO packets.
                            • Skyward:  GET ON BOARD.
                              • All Tests now online.
                              • Mandatory Grade Checks Weekly
                            • Makeup work/late work
                              • Still 1/2 credit if it's late
                              • After 1 week, late work is no longer accepted
                            • IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, ASK!!!
                            • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES!

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                            CNN Student News for 10/17/11

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                            Today in U.S. History: 10/17/11

                            TODAY'S RUNDOWN:

                            • CNN Log:  10/17/11 - 10/21/11
                            • Finals and Scrapbooks are still being graded
                              • Grades updated by the end of the night
                            • A New Term
                            • Cities, etc. Quiz Sheet
                            • The Presidents:  1849-1865
                            • Pre-Civil War Geography WS
                              COMING UP:
                              • Thursday
                                • Cities Quiz #1

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                              D-Day

                              Oct 14, 2011

                              PLEASE READ!!!
                              • MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WRITING UTENSIL, YOUR BINDER, AND YOUR TEXT BOOK IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING NEXT 9 WEEKS!
                              • Stack your binders (NEATLY!) on the floor next to my computer.
                              • Take your seat, and get focused.  
                              • Be quiet and considerate; don't bother those around you, or anyone else.  Concentrate on getting yourself ready.
                              • There will be NO CNN, so you can have as much time as possible to work on your exam.  That means NOW is the time for any last minute preparations or questions.
                              • GOOD LUCK!!!
                              WHEN FINISHED
                              • ABOVE ALL, BE CONSIDERATE AND STAY QUIET!
                              • Make sure you exam is stapled in order correctly, and turn it in to the tray up front.  
                              • BINDERS ARE GRADED, GRAB YOURS FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM.
                              • If you need to go get your textbook or binder from your locker, let me know.
                              • If you are unsure of whether or not you will be in here next 9 weeks, let me know and I will look into it.
                              • When everyone is finished, we can all relax and talk QUIETLY.

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                              D-1

                              Oct 12, 2011


                              Time is running short!  Use your time wisely, and ask questions!  It's YOUR grade!!!

                              1. Grab a laptop if needed.
                              2. Scrapbooks are due at the end of the hour.
                              3. All makeup work is due at the end of the hour.
                              4. Binders will be checked tomorrow.
                              5. Review for your test:

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