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May 2017

Details for the project submission

Details for your final-unit project can be found here in the handout distributed in class Tuesday, May 30th.  Your product should be ready to submit on Friday, June 9th.

If you have chosen option 2 or option 3, you will be turning your process in before class on Friday, June 9th.  You will also submit a draft to turnitin.com before 7:25am on Friday, June 9th.  Your process will include:

  • your annotated bibliography of at least six articles.  Annotations should inform the reader about the value of the source to your research.
  • Your critical reading of at least one substantive work (see handout for details).
  • your peer editing sheet (completed by an editor)
  • any other process steps you did beyond the minimum expectations (brainstromings, etc.) you invested in your project

 

If you have chosen option 4, you also will be turning your process in before class on Friday, June 9th. You will also submit a draft to turnitin.com before 7:25am on Friday, June 9th.  Your process will include:

  • A critical reading of the article by David Brooks
  • Research and critical readings of at least 4 articles from different political perspectives
  • Research on this subtopic
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Here are the details for option 1

Don’t forget to take notes as you read these sections.  They are due at the beginning of the class on the date given below:

Chapter 36:

Due 5/31 – The Reagan Revolution – 1391-1396; Reagan’s first Term 1396-1403

Due 6/1 – Reagan’s Second Term 1403-1412

Due 6/2 – The Bush Administration 1412- 1420

Chapter 37:

Due 6/5 – America’s Changing Mosaic 1423-1426; Cultural Conservatism 1426; Bush to Clinton 1427-1431

Due 6/6 – Domestic Policy 1431-a1432; Republican Insurgency 1433-1435; Clinton Years at Home 1435-1439

Due 6/7 – Foreign-Policy Challenges 1439-1443; Election of 2000 1443-1446; Compassionate Conservatism 1446-1447

Due 6/8 – Global Terrorism 1447-1457

Due 6/9 – Second-Term Blues 1457-1466 and 1466-1473 THIS IS A LONG SECTION!

It is likely that the test is 6/9.

Please bring ALL OF YOUR NOTES from each reading section to the test.   Please do the following before the start of class:

  • Label each section with page numbers and due date (see above)

  • Put your name on the front of this packet of notes.

  • Turn them in before the test

Homework 5/30

If you are choosing option 1, then your homework is: arrive at class with notes on the following Tindall and Shi selection –

  1. The Reagan Revolution – 1391-1396; Reagan’s first Term 1396-1403

You will be assigned one section each day.  And don’t forget to bring your textbook to class tomorrow and each day thereafter.

If you’ve chosen one of the other options, arrive with a research question that will drive your investigation.  Please assume you will need to conduct research in class.  We will be in the library during 1st period.

If you’re interested in seeing your final exam review scope list, it is here – Sem 2- Review 2017.

Final Unit

Congrats –

We are down to our final Unit and you have some choices. Given that we don’t have enough time to do everything, you have the chance to make some choices about how you’d like to approach learning U.S. history in the last half century. There is a lot to choose from. The good news is you don’t have to know everything, but you will have do have something to show for yourself. You will get to choose the content and the method of learning the material. The only stipulation is that you cannot study something you have already investigated for your IA or for another class. Your choices are below.

Before you make your choice, know this:

  1. we will devote class time (8+ periods) and any needed additional time to learning the material
  2. the intent of the scope of this work is that you should have less than :20 minutes of work per night at home
  3. the more independence you have, the greater your need to keep me informed of your progress and learning
  4. you will have four facets of your product:
  • Note-taking or critical readings as you research
  • The documentation of works consulted
  • The organization of your learning (an outline, a mind-map, etc.)
  • A written product of your learning

Beyond studying the content of the last fifty years, the learning objectives include that you are making connections between the historical era you are studying and the modern day.

All choices/options will have the same total point value. All will include process (50 pts), participation (50), and culminating product (50). All will be due on the same day – no sooner than June 9th.

Choice 1 – The simplest method: overview

The last two chapters of Tindall and Shi cover the Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations. You can meet the expectations above by reading and taking notes on the chapters. I have done the work of breaking the readings into 9 tidy one-hour segments. We have eight plus days. You would have minimal homework and would not have to do independent thinking in order to determine what to do. Consider this your silver platter.

Your end products will be:

  • notes on the sections you have read,
  • a multiple-choice test to evaluate your understanding,
  • and two essay responses you create based on what you have learned.

Chapter 36:

  1. The Reagan Revolution – 1391-1396; Reagan’s first Term 1396-1403
  2. Reagan’s Second Term 1403-1412
  3. The Bush Administration 1412- 1420

Chapter 37:

  1. America’s Changing Mosaic 1423-1426; Cultural Conservatism 1426; Bush to Clinton 1427-1431
  2. Domestic Policy 1431-a1432; Republican Insurgency 1433-1435; Clinton Years at Home 1435-1439
  3. Foreign-Policy Challenges 1439-1443; Election of 2000 1443-1446; Compassionate Conservatism 1446-1447
  4. Global Terrorism 1447-1457
  5. Second-Term Blues 1457-1466
  6. A Historical Election 1466-1471; The First One Hundred Days 1471-1473​

Choice 2 – The leaders:

Choose a President:

  • Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama

Then, choose a facet of his economic, domestic, or foreign policy plan to evaluate in comparison to modern-day realities. Your primary questions for consideration is:

  • What role did this President have in creating modern-day realities?

In addition to the consideration of what role this President played, you should also evaluate his missed opportunities as well as his successes.

Your products will be:

  • An annotated bibliography regarding at least six articles that inform your understanding of this topic and the related presidential evaluation
  • Your critical reading of at least one essay/blog entry/book that argues that the President changed the American Economic Outlook/American society/Foreign Policy/ in at least one significant way (10+pgs in length)
  • An essay that evaluates the impact of the President and the issues raised by the introduction of his policies. What is it that we should remember about this President’s contributions as we look to tackle modern problems? What is the lasting impact?   Paper 3 rubric.

Choice 3 – The disruptors:

Choose an innovation that has happened in the last 50 years. Consider the ways it has transformed society in the interim. Your primary question for consideration is:

  • In what ways has this technology transformed behaviors, traditions, power structures, and ideas during this span?

In addition to the consideration of how this innovation has disrupted society, you should also evaluate the ethical issues that are raised by its introduction.

Your products will be:

  • An annotated bibliography regarding at least six articles that inform your understanding of this topic and the related technological innovation
  • Your critical reading of at least one essay/blog entry/book that argues that the innovation changed society in at least one significant way (10+pgs in length)
  • An essay that evaluates the impact of the innovation and the ethical issues raised by the introduction of this innovation. What is it that we should consider as we look to the future? What is the way forward?   Paper 3 rubric.

Choice 4 – The thinkers:

Read the linked article by David Brooks. Consider the ways that our current society is being altered by thinkers and leaders who are altering the identity of our culture and changing the narrative that Americans use to craft their sense of self.

Choose an identity listed by Brooks (or, even better, argue for your own), and research the political spectrum presented by these thinkers.

Your end products will be:

  • A critical reading of the Article by David Brooks.
  • Research and critical readings of at least 4 articles along the political spectrum
  • Research appropriate modern-day issues to better inform your essay
  • An essay evaluating the other authors and offering your own vision of the best narrative for the country. Your essay will reference the other articles as well as any relevant modern-day events. A paper 3 rubric will be applied.

 

FYI – No Pre-ToK tomorrow

The final session of Pre-ToK is May 31st.

Watergate Project

Just to be clear – as printed on the overview distributed day one – your test on the Watergate material will be this Friday, May 26th.

Here are a few updates to the extensive information you’ve been given in class.   Your current project involves research, reading(and notetaking), thinking, planning, and construction.  STAY AWAY FROM WIKIPEDIA.  By Wednesday this week, you’ll have a product.  By Friday, you’ll be so knowledgeable that you can hand in a homework packet and celebrate your understanding with a test.  All the details of this you already know – they are on the handout distributed Monday in class.

On the bottom of the handout which includes a calendar of the week, you’ll also see the pages from the IB Textbook (317-322; 322-327; 328-330).  Those will be due on Friday, May 26th  June 2nd before the test.  In addition, it would be good to have a solid understanding of the Watergate Chronology including important actors, ideas (like ‘smoking gun‘) and events.  Here’s a video review.  This timeline was distributed on the back of the end-of-year calendar Monday.

As we look to the project, consider the steps we’ve submitted –  Watergate Poster Design – and the way the project will be evaluated – Rubric for Watergate Poster Presentation – so that your group creates a poster that is more than pretty and engaging.  Don’t forget to present an answer to one of the three questions as an argument.

No politician in history, and I say with surety, has been treated worse, more unfairly.”                           Richard Nixon?  Or Donald Trump?

It is my constitutional responsibility to defend this office against false charges.”                            Richard Nixon?  Or Donald Trump?

The best posters will also make significant comparisons to modern-day events.  How is the Watergate Scandal different from the current investigations into the Russian influence on the 2016 Elections?  Here is a good review of the amazing ten days‘ worth of events that led to the appointment of a special council to the Russia investigation.  An essential question remains: Why is Michael Flynn such a big deal?  Here is one answer from Representative Elijah Cummings.  Here is an article from McClatchy and another from Bloomberg.

Here is a simple, quick list of content to consider with the Russian investigation.  This material will be on Friday’s test and the final exam.  What role did each play?  Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Sergey Kislyak, Vladimir Putin, Rod Rosenstein, John McCain, James Comey, President Donald Trump, Robert Muller III, Jason Chaffetz, and Elijah Cummings.  Almost all can be found in the review above.  Curious about modern-day laws on the books because of Watergate?  Here’s one.

Watergate – What have you learned?

By the end of the day Friday, May 19th, you should be this far:

Can you answer the three questions we started with?

  1. “The Watergate Scandal confirmed that in the United States the democratic process worked.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  2. Examine the following claim: “During the Watergate Affair, investigative journalism saved American Democracy.”
  3. Analyse the political impact of the Watergate Affair in the United States.

Can you identify…

  • CREEP
  • Saturday Night Massacre
  • Plumbers
  • Smoking Gun
  • Nixon vs. U.S.
  • Watergate Senate Committee
  • Special Prosecutor
  • Executive Privilege
  • Articles of Impeachment

Who are the main players behind these events?  What groups/roles are they associated with?   I thought Gerald Ford was the Leader of the House of Representatives…?

Can you build a timeline/chronology of events with dates?  Can you establish causation?

Have you worked to know the events?  Or do you just know they are in your notes or on a website.  You should have invested at least an hour today to learn the material.  How will Mr. B know you’ve learned it?  Should he give you a test?  Ask you to build a timeline?  Evaluate an argument?  Hmmm…

Watergate…

Quiz results check here.

A Change to the date for the Makeup Test for Civil Rights – Vietnam

The Makeup Test will no longer be on Wednesday Morning from 7:45-9:45.   The district is requiring that all teachers attend a training during that time.  I cannot miss.

You will have the same format, but different test questions.

The test will be given during class time on this Friday, May 19th.  Those who are taking the makeup test on that date will have to find time over the weekend to complete the school work that others will be doing on that date as well as coordinate with Ms. Boas to find be able to get her feedback on Monday during class.  IF you did not take the original test on Monday, May 15th, you need to be in attendance and take the test this Friday.

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