Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where are we now?

Content from Last Week: Causes of WWII
You were to identify and analyze the causes of WWII as a means of independent/group study/research (depending on your learning style). If you feel you need to review this material, here are some sites that I have used and that students have shared with me:

http://www.rpfuller.com/gcse/history/6.html (website)
http://search.discoveryeducation.com/ (video segments...pvmac pvmac)
http://www.johndclare.net/RoadtoWWII7a.htm (expansive articles and intrepretations)
http://www.history.com/search?search-field=causes+of+WWII&x=0&y=0 (a variety of topics from WWII including causes, leaders, the Homefront...which is what your web page is called hint hint, and so on...)
*Please find some sites on your own and share those here...

New Content...all of this is fair game this week :)
*Maybe divide this content knowledge up in your groups, maybe not, but here are your topics:
  • Hitler's Rise to Power
  • America's Involvement in WWII (Battles/Pacific/Homefront/Pearl Harbor)
  • Global Perspective (you must do this site and then branch out: http://www.history.com/shows/wwii-in-hd/interactives/inside-wwii-interactive
  • Battle Strategies (key battles/tactics)
  • World Leaders/Govt./Famous Faces/Famous Words
  • Mystery Category
  • American Presidents: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/index.html

COMPLETE PVONLINE...THE HOMEFRONT UNIT...work at your own pace. :) PVONLINE is due Friday. When you do the pacifism response, you only need to do yours.

***IT WOULD BE INCREDIBLY WISE TO KNOW THE WORDS FOR a date which will live in infamy*****

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hi kids,

Here's the round-up of what's going on in our :)DLC7 world.
  1. The final showcases MUST be on your Finale web page on Monday, May 16th. We will start viewing them at that time. If you finish early and you would like me to assess it, then post it on your page and drop me an email. I can get that grade in early for you. Please don't email your friends to watch it before the class views it.
  2. When you post your final showcase, please post what your vision (Think about...how you came up with your idea, what you wanted the reader to gain....and so on) was and a self-reflection of this process. (You may need to look up what a self-reflection is to do this correctly....also...remember that this reflection is specific to ONLY THE FINAL SHOWCASE.
  3. Monday, May 16th from 5-6p.m. in the Sunrise Cafeteria, we will be presenting exemplary student work. Please plan on attending.
  4. I would like to add that if you find something interesting in class, you are welcome to explore it further at home. It just make help you make sense of some things. :)
  5. Presenting bills (live keynote presentation) will be Monday, May 16th.
Here's your "homework" and/or "prep work" for this evening.
Give this game a shot and see how it goes...................
The WWII Experience: Interactive/Downloadable Game

During WWII, ciphers were used to code messages. Your job is to decode this message to determine what you will be doing in class tomorrow.

Gur Frpbaq Jbeyq Jne unq gjb glcrf bs pnhfrf: haqreylvat naq vzzrqvngr. Lbhe zvffvba vf gb svaq nyy gur haqreylvat naq vzzrqvngr pnhfrf bs gur Frpbaq Jbeyq Jne. V jbhyq unir n jbexvat xabjyrqtr bs guvf pbagrag. Orfg bs yhpx fghqragf.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

5/3 Recap and Homework (A Simple Version)

What should I have finished in class?
  • Periods 1 & 6 - Luke Hellum gave a presentation on the rise of Osama bin Laden yesterday and today he gave the information on the current situation in Libya and what led up to it. For these presentations, you need to be aware of key concepts (you don't have to know how to spell names or cities), resources, types of government, geopolitics, and locations on the map. This will provide the background for a future simulation.

  • Periods 2 & 8 - Today in class, you focused on creating a list of events (problems) for the 1920s and how it directly ties to an event (problem) in the 1930s. You then determined which theme (only one per event pair or set: community, conflict, justice, or wealth). THIS LIST SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BEFORE YOU LEFT SCHOOL TODAY. :) If you do it with key words and then make it into sentences later, then you will have your script for tomorrow done. :) Work smarter...not harder. You should email Miss Bailin when this list is done.

  • Periods 3 & 7 - In your groups, you discussed ways to change the state of the nation by cleaning up the Dust Bowl from a national level. You were thinking as congressmen and basing your ideas on what historically was done and making improvements. You committed these ideas in writing on your group's Google Doc.

What is my homework/prep work for success?
  • Periods 1 & 6 - You may email Luke any questions or request resources for further learning (optional, but interesting).

  • Periods 2 & 8 - Plan out your events for your DNP and write your script. You MAY work on it at home. You will have ONE period tomorrow to put it together, record, and export it. It should be roughly 1 minute-2 minutes. Think about the tools you can use to make the process easier for you. Think of yourself as a "technical assassin." You get your objective, make your plan, and then execute it the most effectively = "technical assassin."

  • Periods 3 & 7 - Read the content from the provided sites on the 5/3 Homework Post (posted earlier today). This has the links, background, and format for the bills you will be writing. Since you are congressmen, it makes sense that you would be writing bills. :)

What can I work on if I know I will be busy the next couple of nights?

  • Pres. FDR's 100 Days, Pres. Obama's administration, & Pres. Woodrow Wilson (compare and contrast....you already started this Google Doc)
  • The War on Terror/Death of Osama bin Laden & the Cuban Missile Crisis (compare and contrast...you already started this Google Doc)
  • Final Showcase is due Monday, May 16th
  • You can create another page on your website titled Finale. This will be where your final showcase will be housed, the video of what you want to be when you grow up (we will be taping when you present), your "One Day Miss Bailin and Miss Leland Went for a Drive" video, and some end of the year stuff.


All Chrome Notebooks due on Friday. You must provide your notebook and the charger.

Miss Bailin

A little help...

For your Period 3/7 groups, you are using your 2011 eyes too look back at what was done historically to clean up the dust bowl, but you have the benefit of improving on what was already created an a vast knowledge at your fingertips on better was to do it.

You also need to remember ALL of the aspects that need to be covered. Please read ALL my previous entries about various topics.

Helpful Links
There are ways that Homeland Security responds to natural disasters.
National Agricultural Library: http://search.nal.usda.gov/nalsearch/result-list/fullRecord:dust+bowl/
How will jobs be created? What about the California issues?

:)Miss Bailin

5/3 Homework


*We will be creating a new web page on your Google Site for this project. You will
also put your Miss Bailin and Miss Leland went for a drive project on it and a few
other things.
*This page will be titled Finale

BLOCK HOMEWORK (from what wasn't done today)
-Directly connect a problem (cause) in the 1920s with a problem (effect) in the 1930s
-Next to each pair (or more if you can find multiple links) write which theme it covers:
community, conflict, justice, or wealth. For each one, you may ONLY choose
-Make sure you understand: what a stock is, what the stock market is, how the stock market
works, and why it crashed....
***Tomorrow you will be asked to make a visual interpretation of this information in a short
amount of time (maybe one period).

Helpful Links (vids and articles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnJCOof2HJk (vid)
http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/financial-planning/stock.htm (article)
http://www.ehow.com/video_4756825_stock-market-crashes.html (vid)
http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/Bierman.crash (article: Economic Historic Services)
http://www.pbs.org/fmc/timeline/estockmktcrash.htm (PBS timeline of the 1929 crash)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJpLMvgUXe8 (vid: 1929 Wall Street Stock Market Crash)

TOPIC: How to Write a Bill

  • Preamble: This section should provide your reasons for the necessity of your bill. Why is your topic something that should be addressed by the government? This section's clauses should always begin with a "Whereas..."
  • Body: This section should be separated into sections and subsections. Each proposed idea for the implementation of the bill should be a section. Subsections should be used to provide further detail and clarification (definitions, etc.) for their appropriate bill sections.
  • Enactment Clause: This is the final section of the bill (and can be labeled as a section as normal). EACH BILL MUST HAVE AN ENACTMENT CLAUSE!! The enactment clause tells your fellow congressmen when your bill will take effect if passed. It may specify a future date (September 30, 2005) or a certain number of days following the passage of the bill (60 days after passage). Enactment dates within 30 days of passage are used for EMERGENCY legislation only. Enactment dates more than 90 days after passage is used for most legislation and is the enactment period for normal legislation.
Read over @http://www.auburnschools.org/ahs/wbbusbin/bill_guide.htm
Phase 1: Planning
Phase 2: Writing
the scoring rubric (not final)
the sections at the bottom of the page.

***HAVE ONE PERSON SET UP THE FORMAT IN A GOOGLE DOC, SO YOU CAN JUST PLUG THINGS IN, OR USE the bill template provided here. The only issue with the template is that not all group members can work on it at the same time and make edits. Only one person can. You might want to pull up this format next to your Google Doc. THE FORMAT MUST BE CORRECT. The sections go in the body. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011


Hi kids,

You should be well on your way to realizing the magnitude of the 1930s.
We have identified problems of the 1920s that set the U.S.A. up for disaster in 1929.
We have evaluated the status of the nation in the 1930s and projected what would happen if people were not there to fix it. Now, you are trying to identify a plan to solve the status of our nation after the Dust Bowl. You will be drawing ideas and improving on what was historically done (hint - I guess this means you have to know what was historically done before branching out).

We have been looking at FDR's first 100 days and the start of President Obama's administration (don't kid yourself if you think that Pres. Wilson isn't coming back in a little bit).

We also have been looking at the War on Terror with the death of Osama bin Laden and the Cuban Missile Crisis led by Pres. JFK.

We have quite a mix of topics going on, given the recent history that has been made, but through intertwining these events, we are providing our mental schema to grapple with the concepts and we eventually will construct our own knowledge/thoughts/beliefs on these topics. It will come full circle and make sense. :)