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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.

If you missed class on 5/12

We watched the video: 1968 with Tom Brokaw.  We saw about an hour and ten minutes of the video, though the full 1:30 would be useful to review for your exam.  The accompanying worksheet should be completed and submitted with your homework packet due on Monday, May 15th – the day of your test.

Homework Packet due Monday 5/15

Before your test, you will turn in a homework packet of documents and critical reads from this unit.  It will be graded holistically.  I would argue that all in the list would help you prepare for your upcoming test (on Monday 5/15).  Check the blog for required elements.  Please include the following cover sheet (it was distributed in class as well – it’s blue) on top of your packet.  If you’d like to put it into a journal, that would be smart.

Why not join Link Crew?

If you are interested in helping shape a positive school culture come to the make-up Link Crew application meeting, Friday, 5-12-17 @ 2:25 in room 2212/2214.

Wednesday: Protest Music

Consider these three songs and work through the process explained on this handout.  Print out, listen to each song, and respond.

 

The test will be on Monday, May 15th

If you’re wanting to prepare, consider this handout presented in class –Civil Rights Cold War Vietnam Test Prep handout

It will take both 1st and 2nd periods and be comprised of three parts:

  1. a 20-30 question multiple choice question section.  The focus for this section will be domestic events/policies during the 60’s and early 70’s.  It should take you 15-20 minutes.
  2. The 2nd and 3rd parts will be essay questions.
  • one essay will be on the topic of the Civil rights movement. You will be given 2 (or 3) questions and will be asked to write on one of them.
  • one essay will be on the topic of Vietnam.   You will be given 2 (or 3) questions and will be asked to write on one of them.

 

Ideas to review:

Consider this retrospecitve article in the NY Times today.

Reading Schedule

The final assignments for the unit will include Tindall and Shi reading and notes each night.

Tonight, you should read and take notes on 1341-1350 (I would encourage, not require, you to also read 1350-1357).  This is due Wednesday morning.

Wednesday night you should read and take notes on 1356-1364.  This includes the end of the counterculture section and continues into Nixon and Vietnam.  This is due Thursday morning at the beginning of class.

Thursday night, you should read and take notes on 1317-1328 as a review of LBJ’s Great Society.  Have these notes at the beginning of class Friday.

Over the weekend, as you study for the test, it is recommended that you also review pages 1326-1328 on Civil Rights and the Black Power movement.  It discusses Malcolm X.

U.S. Foreign policy and war in Vietnam

Although there is no assigned homework on Wednesday, May 3rd, we have a test coming up and it would be good for you to review.  The material on the test will include Cold War through Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Society and the youth protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States.  Reading and considering these documents will help prepare you for that task.

As we learn about the Vietnam war, there are many perspectives and artifacts we shall consider:

There is assigned homework on Monday, May 1st.  Read Section 7.4 from the IB history textbook.  Consider its’ perspective as a counterpoint to the speech we read today in class and compare it to the historical overview from your in-class notes.

This sort of background info can be helpful for building a coherent narrative.  Here is a sampling of today’s notes taken from page A-2 of the declassified Pentagon Papers

“Consistent with F.D.R.’s guidance, the U.S. did provide modest aid to French–and Viet Minh–resistance forces in Vietnam after March, 1945, but refused to provide shipping to move Free French troops there.”

There is assigned homework on Tuesday, May 2nd.  Please print and critically read this interview of Robert McNamara.  IF you didn’t have notes/answers/timelines to demonstrate you read for Monday’s homework, I will accept evidence of such reading Wednesday before class without penalty.

Although there is no assigned homework on Wednesday, May 3rd, we have a test coming up and it would be good for you to review.  The material on the test will include Cold War through Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Society and the youth protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States.  Reading and considering these documents will help prepare you for that task.  Would Critical Reading be smart?  Up to you.

During class on Thursday, we watched the first portions of the Fog of War, a documentary by Errol Morris. If you missed it, view the first 36 minutes and take notes on details that improve your understanding of McNamara’s viewpoint and justification for his actions.

Although there is no assigned homework on Thursday, May 4th, we have a test coming up and it would be good for you to review.  The material on the test will include Cold War through Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Society, and the youth protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States.  Reading and considering these documents will help prepare you for that task.  Would Critical Reading be smart?  Up to you.

There is no assigned homework over the weekend.

Although there is no assigned homework on Monday, May 8th, we have a test coming up and it would be good for you to review.  Today in class, we critically read an excerpt from A Patriot’s History of the United States.  We compared its’ presentation to the IB textbook.  Students took notes on the presentation of three significant events: the Tet offensive, the attack on Khe Sanh, and Dien bien phu. The material on the test will include Cold War through Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Society, and the youth protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States.

In class on Tuesday, May 9th, we viewed episode 6 from Vietnam: a Television history .  Please take notes and recognize the argument shared by the episode.  Be sure to compare these three events to your notes from the Patriot’s History and the IB textbook chapter 7.4.

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