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Assignment – The Cold War Gets Hotter

How are those trading cards going?  Ready to add some more?  Use the links provided below and “The Cold War” research list on ABC-CLIOto develop a decent description for each event or idea from the middle years of the Cold War. This information will help with context for our final major topic in the Cold War – the Vietnam War. Each entry should have an essential image and complete detailed information.  Use the first entry as an example for detail – bulleted points are fine. Fun facts are optional.

After you are done, you should be able to discuss how each of the events led to greater tension between the two sides of the developing Cold War.

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DETAILS – A postwar meeting near the end of WWII – the big 3 met to discuss post war Europe – they agreed that …
  • Germany will be divided, controlled by the Allies
  • Liberated Eastern European countries will have new elections
  • USSR is eventually given great influence over Eastern Europe, and new government must be “Soviet friendly”
  • United Nations will be formed
  • FDR and Churchill will later be criticized for handing E Europe and parts of Asia to the USSR
HOW DiD THIS INCREASE TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES OF THE COLD WAR?
The roots of the Cold War are established – the US and USSR will conflict over Germany and Eastern European countries – and will argue in the United Nations!
 
 
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Assignment – Don’t Forget the Forgotten War

THE FORGOTTEN WAR

It lasted three years, led to the loss of over 50,000 Americans, hundreds of thousands of people from multiple countries (including over a million Korean civilians), and made the Cold War hot.  In DC, you visited a beautiful memorial to the American soldiers that served there.  Why should we make sure that we don’t forget the Korean War?

You should have a decent overview of the causes and major flow of the war from class today.  Your closing task is to create a page in your online notebook that uses images, text, links, video, and whatever else that you can add to describe the importance of the Korean War.  Focus on the short term and long term impact of the war.  Open your page with your OWN PERSONAL STATEMENT about why the Korean War must be remembered, and then add your additional material.

A quick rubric:

  • Your page should contain a personal statement (1-3 complete sentences).
  • Your page should have some reliable text and information, images, links, and whatever that helps explain the importance of the Korean War (and not just thrown up there because it mentions the war).
  • Your page should demonstrate that you understand why the Korean War was “unforgettable”.

Want to see a recent tour of the DMZ?

And, here is Taft’s overview of the general flow of the war –

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Assignment May 26

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It didn’t take long for the Cold War to get hot – very hot – and play an important role in the change in American foreign policy.  .  To get an overview of the origins of the Cold War, begin by reading Allies to Enemies: Origins of the Cold War (usmstudent, historyrules) from ABC-CLIO.

How can we describe the major events of the early years of the Cold War?  Simple –  we find out about the origins of the Cold War and create some (kinda) trading cards.   Use the links provided below and “The Cold War” research list on ABC-CLIO to develop a decent description for each event or idea from the early years of the Cold War. This information will help set the stage for our next activity. Each entry should have an essential image and complete detailed information.  Use the first entry as an example for detail – bulleted points are fine. Fun facts are optional.

After you are done, you should be able to discuss how each of the events led to greater tension between the two sides of the developing Cold War.

 

 

 THE YALTA CONFERENCEyalta.jpg
DETAILS – A postwar meeting near the end of WWII – the big 3 met to discuss post war Europe – they agreed that …
  • Germany will be divided, controlled by the Allies
  • Liberated Eastern European countries will have new elections
  • USSR is eventually given great influence over Eastern Europe, and new government must be “Soviet friendly”
  • United Nations will be formed
  • FDR and Churchill will later be criticized for handing E Europe and parts of Asia to the USSR
HOW DiD THIS INCREASE TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES OF THE COLD WAR?
The roots of the Cold War are established – the US and USSR will conflict over Germany and Eastern European countries – and will argue in the United Nations!
 
 
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Assignment May 21 – CRM Online Quiz

As we close the Civil Rights Movement, let’s see if you learned some of the basic content by taking a quick online, open notebook, solo quiz.  Head over to myUSM and start the quiz.  It is untimed, but you only get one shot.  Remember the covenant!

Don’t forget about your CRM Mural Contribution as well!

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In class May 21/22 – Has MLK’s Dream Been Realized?

t’s been over 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. outlined his dream to 250,000 Americans in Washington D.C. and millions more watching and listening at home. Has America become the land of equality that King spoke of in his famous speech? Are all Americans judged by the content of the character, and not by the color of their skin? What about gender? Any other areas that apply?

 
One way to begin to answer this question is to examine some recent statistics and statements from the U.S. Census Bureau and other reputable resources. Your task is to analyze the data on major areas of the life of Americans, both QUANTITATIVE and QUALITATIVE, keeping in mind MLK’s “dream”.
 
This is a challenging exercise – it will require concentration and deep analysis of information. 
Utilize THESE RESOURCES to develop and justify your evaluations of America and present some recommendations.
Utilize THIS TEMPLATE for your report card – make a copy and link directly to your online notebook.

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Assignment May 19/20 – Closing the CRM

It’s time to close out your tweets on the Civil Rights Movement – please complete the final section of your CRM tweets, making sure you have some great historical content as well as creativity. Have fun with them! You will be submitting the link to your tweets on Google Classroom, and I will evaluate them after Friday. Make sure you put both names if you have a partner! Your tweets will be evaluated for essential content, completeness, and creativity (pics, #hashtags, @people).

You should also take some notes on the movement for women, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. Use the resources posted on CRM – Women, MA, NA to get a solid overview of these three components of the overall movement. You can also add to your Methods of Protest site.

You should also make sure to have your Civil Rights Movement Timeline Contribution by Friday.  The rubric for the contribution is very helpful in leading you to success, and having an awesome overall collaborative timeline.  An example is below – but remember, you have a lot of artistic license on this assignment.

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An online quiz will be available Thursday evening – this will provide us with a barometer of your understanding and you with closure to the era. Unless you want an in class, no notes quiz …

 


WHAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR ONLINE NOTEBOOK SO FAR?

  • Setting the Stage for the CRM – hypernotes
  • Witnessing the Civil Rights Movement – your reactions and questions
  • CRM Tweets – complete – submit the link on Google Classroom
  • Right Book at the Right Time – hypernotes about TKAM
  • Methods of Protest – completed comparisons
  • CRM in Short Stories and Music – song lyrics
  • I Have a Dream – annotated speech, using the notice and note signposts
  • I Have a Dream – abridged, illustrated speech
  • CRM – Women, MA, NA – bulleted notes about three groups
  • Has MLK’s Dream been realized? – Report Card using census, links to current events

 

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May 15 – I Have a Dream

Let’s take a look at the greatest speech of the 20th century, young historians – head over to MLK’s Dream and get ready!

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May 15 – Assignment – Civil Rights Primary Source Mural

Together, the 8th grade will create a series of murals in the hallways outside our classrooms depicting the Civil Rights Movement; each student will be assigned to one of three murals. The murals will represent the Civil Rights Era through creative, artistic interpretations and analyses of primary source documents. Each student will create a physical piece of the mural that tells the story of their chosen primary source document. When all of the stories of the primary sources are put together, the mural should encompass the larger saga of the Civil Rights Movement.

Check out the assignment and rubric, and take a look at the source you will be analyzing and representing.  Your completed mural entry should be brought to class on Thursday, May 21.

 

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Assignment May 13/14 – The Movement Continues … and MLK Leads

We have seen the movement progress from the schools of Topeka to the busses of Montgomery to the schools of Arkansas to the lunch counters of Greensboro and Nashville – and yet there is still a lot of work to be done. Continue with your tweets, completing the second section of events and ideas and submit at least one of your best tweets in this form.

The individual emerging in the movement is one you all know – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We visited his memorial only three weeks ago – do you have a picture of one of the quotes? King will be our focal figure in class on Friday, so it would be helpful to spend a little time with him this evening.  Check out the biographies and videos below for about 15 minutes, and think about the ideas, actions, and impact of one of America’s greatest leaders.

MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE CONTEXT FOR THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON!!

 

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