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Week 5/11-15

posted May 11, 2015, 8:02 AM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated May 14, 2015, 7:47 AM ]

1. What is the biggest complaint civil liberties groups have about Pres. Obama's drone policy? (paragraph 2)
2. What is the "notice to public" provision? (section "Seeking Warrants")
3. Which groups are mostly in charge of developing and enforcing "privacy standards"?
4. What did Senators Markey and Welch require in their proposed legislation? (Section "Markey, Welch")

T. 5/12
Last day to turn in missing work is TOMORROW!!!!! and we will finish round 2 as well.Some of you have experienced the exploding zombies...Thanks, Jeremy!

Th. 5/14

1. Focus on the ways law enforcement abuses its power (tactics).
2. What ways have law enforcement agencies tried to address the criticisms against them?
3. What structures/processes/attitudes/assumptions/perceptions contribute to the problem?

Week of 5/4-8

posted May 5, 2015, 1:51 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated May 10, 2015, 2:19 PM ]

We finished the trial today. Lt. Calley was convicted in period 1, but not in period 7. Tomorrow you will be writing an editorial agreeing or disagreeing with the verdict. This is the last big grade for the year...make it good!

The witness statements are attached below AND all other docs are attached to earlier posts.

W. 5/6
In-class writing time for the editorial due tomorrow.
Lt. William Calley has been convicted of first degree murder. Write a letter to the editor of the New York Times supporting or condemning the verdict. No more than 4 paragraphs, persuasive writing with facts/reasons to support your position.  Due Thursday, 5/7.

Week of 4/27-5/1

posted Apr 27, 2015, 1:02 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated May 1, 2015, 12:16 PM ]

M. 4/27
Your Price of Freedom hw is posted on last week's assignments. So are the resources.

W. 4/29
First page...(1) what are the different structures of a court-martial? (2) Understand the military defense rules about following orders

Next section...what are the policies and rules of engagement that Lt. Calley was trained in and should have shaped the actions taken/orders given in Vietnam?

Th. 4/30
Prep for trial. Juror profiles and how to use them should be posted by tomorrow.

F. 5/1
Here are the juror profiles. I found one nurse's story that you could base a character on, but haven't found much luck finding more.

Use these docs to create a character for yourself. Adopt the actual soldier's perspective and experience of the war and use it to interpret the facts and evidence as it is presented.

Juror Profile F_Bob Leahy is a letter scanned from a book of war letters.Here are the directions that should appear at the end of the document:

Use this account of a real US soldier to build a character for yourself. You aren’t a Colonel; but as a Lieutenant, Captain, or Major who is like Bob Leahy, how would you view the events in My Lai? How would you judge your fellow soldiers as they testify at the trial of Lt. William Calley?

We start the trial on Monday. If you are a witness who has had no contact with your attorney, please make sure you have developed direct exam questions to hand to an attorney during the presentation of your side's case. That way you will be standing solid to get a great grade!

Week of 4/20-24

posted Apr 20, 2015, 1:14 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 1:49 PM ]

M. 4/20
Period 1 only:
Wrote in class and began annotating a current event on the Islamic State. (Attached below if you lost it) Due:T, 4/21

Also, many were absent for the quick processing we did in class before break. Here it is. Be sure to use Iceberg form when making your connections. This is not event focused, but rather structures/processes...attitudes/perceptions. I won't take this after Friday.

"What are 3 specific relationships between attitudes/perceptions and Structures/Processes during the early Cold War? (To do this you need to make a quick list of each, then identify the relationships.)"

T. 4/20
P7: Finish annotating the "Islamic State" article

Both classes: 
(1) Finish the "Vietnam Beginnings" article.
    a. Section 2 focus: track the actions taken by both sides and the perceptions about the war that cause those choices.
    b. Section 3: Answer the following questions...How did we try to limit our involvement in the war? Why were we not successful in limiting our involvement?

(2) Print out the Vietnam Conflict Slides...or be prepared to write a lot?

F. 4/24
Attached below is the note guide for the "Price of Freedom" exhibition (Word Doc: Vietnam_The Price of Freedom Exhibition). You can find the website here: http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html

Section 1: Fighting the War Due Tuesday, 4/28
Section 2 & 3: American POW's & Honoring the Dead Due Wednesday, 4/29

If your computer doesn't have FLASH things could go badly. I've included a hard copy of the info.
For those of you looking at the PDF's, here is the note left with the Colt 45 can at the wall:

Note states:

"Hey Bro!, / Here's the beer I owe you - 24yrs late. You were right - I did make it back to the world. Great seeing you again. Sorry not to be with you but I"ll be along soon. / Thanx / Sarge"

Week of 4/13-17

posted Apr 13, 2015, 3:27 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 9:23 AM ]

M. 4/13
Period 1: Finished Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism notes.

T. 4/14
Period 1: AIMS science today...
Period 7: Finish Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism notes. Start script for Marxist puppet theatre.

F. 4/17
1. Finished the Marxist Puppet Theatre skits...YAY!

2. Period 1: watch the video on the Cuban Missile Crisis and take notes in "plot diagram" format...events that escalate the crisis, tipping point, events that de-escalate the crisis.

3. Here is the link to the "Local Legends" website Jeremy talked about: https://sites.google.com/site/espererofllresearch2014/

Week of 4/6-10

posted Apr 6, 2015, 3:38 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 3:38 PM ]

M. 4/6
PIV is updated (NOTE: work turned in to day not graded or entered yet). All missing work and revisions are due Friday.

Nuclear Bomb paragraphs are due Thursday. The topic sentence is your proposal regarding using nuclear weapons on Japan. Choose 3 fully developed arguments for the body of the paragraph. Finsh with a closing idea that doesn't just restate the topic sentence.

T. 4/7
Both periods have started the Cold War Murder Party!

Week of 3/23-27

posted Mar 23, 2015, 12:06 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 1:58 PM ]

Classes did well in the debate/discussion today. Tomorrow in class you will be writing what you would have decided regarding the use of atomic weapons to end WWII and justifying the decision. You will need to justify your recommendation on at least 3 grounds. For example: explain how your solution is morally correct given our understanding, will help us win the war (strategically sound), and will make the economy strong. These are just examples. There are many reasons you can focus on from will of the people, to definitions of a" just war" to factors that would create an imperative to act to limit collateral damage and stop unsustainable losses...what else have we talked about?

This will be a formal paragraph writing, so planning out your response in advance may be a good strategy for your success. You can write one paragraph, but I suspect one paragraph for each reason might be more appropriate if you have much to say.

T. 3/24
So...no paragraph...attached is the diplomacy web from the past as well as a copy of the political will web. In the attached version of the PW web, "Available resources" is the same as "capacity". Remember that "American economic system" is optional. You need 8 justifications total. You are building support for your decision by using these chunks of content:
Each justification should be specific, accurate, and actually support your decision. You can also use up to 3 justifications to point out the weaknesses of other options. These still have to be tied to one of the chunks of content in the web.

W. 3/25
Attached is the PPT on early Cold War. For tonight, add info to the map through the Korean War (slide 13). We will work on the rest of the notes in class tomorrow. I want to give you some context for the CIA actions.

Band kids: Have a great festival day. Have all notes finished by Thursday.

Week of 3/16-20

posted Mar 16, 2015, 3:18 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 20, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

M. 3/16
Here are the requirements for the Philosophy of war evolution graffiti piece:
Presentation includes:
____ Evolution of definitions of total and limited war over time
____Justification for total war/limited war thru time
___ Non-linguistic rep, it may include words drawn in symbolic "graffiti" style
____ Color, thanks.
____ Can be drawn or electronic

Tuesday is in-class work day as soon as notes are finished. Final due Thursday, 3/18 (Wednesday isn't a work day)

Are you having trouble getting started? Begin by choosing the content you plan to include. Then create symbols for that content. Finally, order the symbolized content on the page in a what that shows me evolution over time.

W. 3/18
Today we started watching a documentary that shows the evolution of American bombing policy in Europe during WWII.

F. 3/20
Attached below are the 3 articles with the 3 possible choices for using nuclear weapons on Japan. Print and annotate so that you are familiar with content and can find arguments quickly for the discussion on Monday.

Week of 3/9-13

posted Mar 9, 2015, 2:10 PM by EC Mary Givens

M. 3/9
Students should print and annotate lightly (rephrase/summarize/define) the ppt notes on the evolution of the philosophy of war for WEDNESDAY, 3/11.

Week of3/2-6

posted Mar 2, 2015, 5:40 PM by EC Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 2:08 PM ]

M. 3/2
CHECK PIV! All assignments turned in today in hardcopy have been added. Remember that "0" in a PSR grade doesn't affect your final grade. When I actually grade those assignments and add the weighted grades, your final grade for this quarter will plummet!

All work due by Wednesday in hard copy form. No late work will be accepted after Wednesday and only hard copy assignments will be graded.

We started our Civil Rights Perspectives assignment. We will work for Tuesday and Wednesday. Final project due on Monday, 3/9.

Conformity & Anxiety in the 1950's
In other words…Conformity is a coping strategy – sometimes positive, sometimes negative – societies use to deal with fear/anxiety. How does this look during the 1950’s and  how did it work out?

Th. 3/5
Today and tomorrow students will be doing a review of WWII content. The direction sheet is attached below.

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