What do you want to know about WORLD WAR I?- Some opening info …

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The Legacy of WWI

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We can’t wait to see how you will teach the public about America’s involvement in the Great War and commemorate the service of American men and women over there and over here!

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In class February 14-15 – Analyzing Imperialism Cartoons

For each of the cartoons that follow, annotate the various components of the toon, and then identify the issue and editorial comment. Use the document provided in class (along with the digital cartoons tomorrow). You should see a variety of perspectives … want to draw your own?

Here are the cartoons in more detail (and some with a little helpful analysis)

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Learning Experience for Feb 14-15 – American Imperialism

I can describe and evaluate the causes, events, and impact of American imperialism.

We will have a quick drive by  about American imperialism in our next class –  not because the topic isn’t important, but more due to the calendar and the amount of time allotted to NHD.  It’s a decent trade off, if you ask me.

While the US was pushing for reform at home, the country was also expanding abroad in the era of IMPERIALISM.  Should the US have been an imperial nation?  That’s our essential question!  How will we answer it?

We will be examining editorial cartoons in our next class regarding American imperialism.  To be PREPARED for the activity, you should spend 30 minutes (yup, it’s timed) watching America in the 20th Century: America Becomes a World Power (usmstudent, wildcats).  As you watch, consider the reasons why the United States became an expansionist country in the late 1800s, and then consider each example of American imperialism – ESPECIALLY THE SPANISH AMEIRCAN WAR.  Should the US have been an imperial nation? That’s your goal!

 

Want more? Check out our friend John Green!

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In class Feb 12-13 – Hexagonal Thinking and the Progressive Movement

Hexagons for Progressive Example

CLICK THE HEXAGONS!

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Preparation for February 12 – Here come the Progressives!

As you have seen from our investigation of the Gilded Age, there was great of progress in the American  economy, industry, urbanization, and immigration during the late 1800s early 1900s. However, progress comes with a price.   Politics were controlled by the wealthy, and political machines were challenging they ideals of democracy in many of the cities. The income gap between the wealthy and the rest of the nation was enormous.  The environment was ignored for industrial growth, and pollution and destruction of resources became problematic. Cities were overcrowded, and tenement living was unhealthy at best, deadly at worst. People didn’t know what was going into their medicine or food. Monopolies were formed with large corporations controlling many of the major industries of the time, and workers’ worries were ignored or opposed by business and government.  Women were second class citizens, lacing political, economic, and social equality.  African Americans continued to face challenges in all parts of the country.

Who will respond to these problems?

THE PROGRESSIVES

The Progressive Movement emerged in the late 1800s and early 1900s to push for reforms in response to the excesses of the Gilded Age.  We will examine what they did in their attempts to make America a better place on Monday – but you will definitely want to get some background.  So, spend about 27 minutes and 48 seconds this weekend meeting the Progressives (before you watch the Super Bowl). How?  Here you go …

WATCH America in the 20th Century – The Progressive Era.  Use usmstudent, wildcats as your username and password. What should you be looking for?  A general idea of what the Progressive Movement was, an understanding of some of the reforms Progressives pushed for, and some info on the Progressive Presidents (including the big guy – I mean the REALLY big guy). You can (and should) use the Progressive Era Intro as a guide – but no writing is necessary.

You can also watch my buddy John and his Crash Course on the Progressives … but make sure you watch the above video first!

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The Rising Tide of Immigration – Week of Feb 5

The growth of industry and the rise of cities involved a third key component – the great wave of immigration that arrived in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. You will investigate this HUGE change in American culture by using some online materials in this blendspace.

Then, you can explore Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century:

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Or play a simulation on immigrating to the US at the turn of the century:

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Or explore immigration and the tenements of NYC:

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Target Assessment – Modern America, Then and Now – Tying the Past and Present Together

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR TARGET ASSESSMENT!

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Strolling through the Big Cities of Gilded Age America – Learning Experience for Feb 8-9

Let’s go back in time, shall we?  Imagine taking a stroll in one of the new big cities of the Northeast and upper Midwest in the late 1800s.  You and a friend (maybe it’s an early Valentine … how romantic) spend an entire day in one of these new urban locations that is booming with technology, big business, leisure activities, social experiments, entertainment, and mass culture.  There is a dark side to the city as well, one of political corruption, slums and tenements, child labor, and flight to the suburbs.  What would you notice as you waltz around the city?

Browse through Big City Life from Creating America, City Life in Industrial America from the LOC, and IF YOU HAVE TIME check out John Green and Crash Course talking about political machines in the video below. Jot down some of your observations as you read and watch – and  get ready for a major tour of the big cities of the late 1800s in our next class meeting! This browse should only take you about 20-25 minutes – you have to get back to work in the factory! If you don’t get it all done, do not fret – management will come down on you if you spend too long!

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In Class February 2/5 – Organized Labor!

We have seen the side of the guys making the big bucks … but what about the men (and women and children) that were toiling in the factories during the age of industrial growth? Let’s find out …

To begin, check out Organized Labor from US History to find out the major complaints of workers in the Gilded Age and the early formation of unions.

Now it’s time to negotiate.  You will be given a role – LABOR or MANAGEMENT.  Read the situation carefully, talk with your fellow laborers of managers, and get mentally preapred to negotiate a successful contract.

Once the negotiating is over, consult Labor vs. Management from US History to review the conflict between the two groups.

Still want more (and have some time)? Play the Labor in the Gilded Age simulation from Text Adventures. It has some solid content but some so-so graphics and text.

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