Remember back in February, when you learned all about the fun world of editorial cartoons?  Here’s another cool tidbit of info – cartoonists LOVED the Cold War, because they always had something to draw about if they had artist’s block! Let’s see what you can do with cartoons and the Cold War!

I can create an original and effective editorial cartoon using cartooning techniques.

Your task is to draw an ORIGINAL EDITORIAL CARTOON about ANY topic (specific or general) dealing with the Cold War.

  • Make sure you have an ISSUE as the subject of your cartoon.  The reader should be able to identify the historical topic (without too much obvious info)
  • Utilize some of the TECHNIQUES you have seen in the past few months – symbolism, analogy, stereotype, exaggeration, caricature, references, sarcasm – but you can’t use them all
  • Have a clear and insightful comment (or thesis) – but not one that is too obvious
  • Pay attention to neatness and detail, and make it more than just a series of scratches on a piece of paper
  • Draw it on a full sheet of unlined printer paper, and hand it in WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK.

HINT – The easiest way to create a cartoon is to think of your comment (thesis) first, then apply one or two of the techniques. Take a look at your trading cards for a topic!

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Assignment May 26/27 – The Cold War keeps getting hotter …

How are those trading cards going?  Ready to add some more?  Use the links provided below (or ones that you find) to 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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The Korean War – Please don’t forget it

Do you have a good idea of the causes, events, and impact of the Korean War now, young Cold War historians?  Do you understand the importance of the Korean War Veterans Memorial that we visited in DC? To review, check out some of the following resources for a few minutes –  The Korean War from the History Channel,  The battles, weapons and casualties of the Korean War  infographic from Prafulla, videos – (usmstudent, wildcats) – Start of the Korean War,MacArthur Dismissed and Korean Armistice,  Days that Shook the World – Korean War – June 25, 1950Turning Points in US History – The Korean War

Want to see more about the ongoing tension between North Korea and South Korea today? Curious about how the Korean DMZ is a sober reminder of uneasy truce? Check out the Border Battle infographic, and the video below will give you more info about the DMZ, if you are interested!

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I can explain the major events and ideas of the Cold War and discuss their impact on domestic and international relations.


 Now that you understand the big picture of the Cold War, it’s time to start to dig into the events and ideas that dominated American foreign-policy and, for the most part, America on the domestic front for almost 40 years.

Your first task is to ask your parents about their Cold War memories – it should make interesting dinner conversation!

Your assignment for our next class meeting is to examine the early years of the Cold War.  Begin by readingAllies to Enemies: Origins of the Cold War from ABC CLIO (usmstudent, historyrules) to get a solid overview of the beginning of the conflict.  Then, dig into the era by creating a series of online trading cards about the major events and ideas listed below.  You can create these using this template – or you can go with Google docs as well.  Split the topics up – don’t try to do them all in one sitting!     For each, you should have a title, an essential image, and a brief description of the topic and its impact.  You can use the Yalta Conference card as a guide.

Try to get as far as you can … hopefully you will enjoy this last major topic in 8th grade American Studies!

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In class May 23 – Has MLK’s “DREAM” been realized?

Has it been realized?  Or is it a dream deferred? Let’s find out today … and then work on YOUR LESSON FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

Also, make sure you complete the online CRM Quiz on MyUSM by WEDNESDAY MORNING!

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Weekend assignment – Civil Rights Today

It’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 – for all people? 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?

Over the weekend, your task is to take about 20-30 minutes and pre-load on a few topics …

First (10 minutes) – What are the major civil rights issues in society today? Search CNN and Google News, chat with your parents, and add to this common bulletin board with any links, images, stories, statistics, or anything else you find.

Then (10-20 minutes), check out the resources HERE and start to THINK about what the statistics show in regards to the status of Americans today.  Try to do comparison of various qualifiers of people – gender and race are obviously the top two. We will look at this information in large groups on Monday. These numbers are great conversation topics at home!

Finally (as much as you want), consider your lesson from the movement, and how you think the lesson can benefit both society and you as an individual.

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In class May 20 – A Meeting of the Minds

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.40.39 PMWe have seen many of the seminal moments of push for African American civil rights, and hopefully you are all understanding not only what happened during the movement but also how we can learn from the movement today. However, the movement expanded to other groups and races, and we will focus in these groups in class today.

Head over to “A Meeting of the Minds”  and get going on developing an small presentation on your assigned perspective!

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Assignment May 18 – Keep learning lessons from the CRM

Keep going on the major events of the CRM by completing Learning from the CRM Part 2. As you do, make sure you are thinking about your own Lesson from the Civil Rights Movement!

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May 18 – I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream background / I Have a Dream Signpost Analysis / I Have a Dream Slides

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The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement is one of the defining events in American history, during which Americans fought to make real the ideals of justice and equality embedded in our founding documents. When students learn about the movement, they learn what it means to be active American citizens. They learn how to recognize injustice. They learn about the transformative role played by thousands of ordinary individuals, as well as the importance of organization for collective change. They see that people can come together to stand against oppression.
Teaching Tolerance

For one of our final topics of study this year, we will be surveying the Civil Rights Movement, one of the major turning points in America’s story … and one that is still being experienced and told. Unfortunately, we will not be able to dig extremely deep into the movement, but we will see many of the seminal moments from the push for equality and make connections to our current society and our own lives.

You will have two different assessments for this Civil Rights Movement – an online quiz (open web) and a small project about a lesson from the movement.

To learn about the movement, you must witness it – your first task is to examine the early events of the movement, find out what happened, and start to examine the the lessons we can learn.  Get going on this, and make sure you split it up!

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