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Week of 5/9-13

posted May 9, 2016, 7:17 AM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated May 11, 2016, 3:12 PM ]

Here are the questions for tomorrow's quiz:
1. What is a "sovereign citizen coalition".
2. What common concern unites many of the groups mentioned in the article?
3. What is the concern about the U.N. among militia groups mentioned in the article?
4. What does Viren Swami say about "proof as evidence"?
5. What is "selective skepticism"?
6. What are conspiracy thinkers optimistic about?
7. What four personality characteristics are found in combination and stronger among conspiracy thinkers?

#8(Bonus): What makes the oath keepers different from the other groups described in the article?
W 5/11
Here are the Extraordinary rendition quiz questions:
1. What is extraordinary rendition? (Resource #1)
2. What has the assertion that "foreign nationals" detained under the rendition program are unprotected by federal and international law allowed  US agents and their counterparts to do? (Resource #1)
3. What did Congress establish by passing both the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 and  Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for the Iraq War and Tsunami Relief, 2005? (Resource #1)
4. How did the rendition program change after 9/11? (Resource #2)
5. What was the Bush administration's "New Paradigm"? (Resource #2)
6. According to Administration lawyers, why didn't President Bush have to comply with Geneva Conventions when handling detainees of the rendition program? (Resource #2)
7. In what two ways is "coercive interrogation" ineffective? (Resource 3)
8(bonus) How should this situation be remedied?

Week of 5/2-6

posted May 2, 2016, 1:05 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated May 21, 2016, 3:05 PM ]

Civil Rights memorial due on Wednesday. Annotation focus for the 2 resources handed out in class:
Resource #1:
a. Identify the trend regarding anti-government groups
b. For each anti-government group give the following info: who are they, what are they fighting for/against, and how are they trying to attain their goals?

Resource #2
What are the personality characteristics shared by most conspiracy theorists?

T. 5/3
Change in plans...let's have a quick quiz on the assassination of JFK. We'll come back to the other resources later this week. Quiz Questions:
1. Who allegedly assassinated JFK?
2. What is the "magic bullet" theory?
3. How does the rifle allegedly used in the assassination add to the evidence of a conspiracy?
4. Why was the President visiting Dallas?
5. Why might the alleged assassin want to kill JFK.
6. What U.S. government entity did the killer seem to have several coincidental connections to? (Keith Hughes "WTH" video)

So I just spent 1.5 hours perusing the following site. All of the certainty I felt about conspiracy has been diminished. Well spend about 20 minutes tomorrow exploring the site individually. Here is the site:http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

Week of 4/25-29

posted Apr 25, 2016, 3:59 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 4:46 PM ]

M. 4/25
Resource #1: Booklet for Black Students During the Boston Bus Crisis
*Check the date...What has changed since 1954?  What has stayed the same?
*Make inferences about how the tone/circumstances relate to out non-violent and militant protest movements.

Resource #2: The assassination of MLK
*What in this situation would affirm non-violent protesters' worldview? What would affirm militant protesters' worldview
* How was MLK spending his time at the end of his life? How has his focus shifted? How is it the same?

T. 4/26
(We did a mini-quick write in class: What is the role of non-violent and militant protest in dismantling institutional racism? Which is more effective in your view…explain. )
Today students began quick research on the degree to which prejudice and discrimination are still part of our society. Here are the requirements:
(1) Your research must include five resources in all (the foundation article, 2 of the resources listed below, and 2 additional resources)
(2) For each resource provide the following information:
a. Website with title and URL
b. Brief summary that includes the perspective of the group your information is coming from.
c. Specific information about prejudice/discrimination in our society today.
(3) You can focus on other types of discrimination in our society, but make sure you have parent permission to investigate alternate types of discrimination not covered in this class.

Other possible resources:





F. 4/29

Finish Civil Rights memorial by W. 5/4.

Week of 4/18-22

posted Apr 19, 2016, 2:26 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 2:28 PM ]

M. 4/18
Annotate the Non-violence resources to identify the worldview beliefs that guide the actions of the non-violent protest movement.

T. 4/19
New batch of assignments are posted. Missing work from 3/22 to 4/11 will be accepted no later than Tuesday, 4/26

Week 4/11-15

posted Apr 12, 2016, 3:32 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 2:25 PM ]

T. 4/12
Annotate the 2 resources (attached below, if you lost yours). Identify and explain the “mechanisms” that preserve racial inequality present in the U.S. (circa 1955). Due Thursday.

Th. 4/14
Annotate the DOJ report on Ferguson (attached below if you lost it). Focus on the specific economic structures that are in place that preserve inequality. Also look for evidence of prejudicial attitudes that support a culture of discrimination. How do these reinforce each other to preserve inequality in the institution of law enforcement? Due Friday, 4/15

Week of 4/4-8

posted Apr 4, 2016, 6:45 AM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 2:13 PM ]

M. 4/4

Grades being posted on ParentVUE this evening. I will accept this batch of late assignments until Monday, 4/11; after that they will remain zeros.

HW: Read and take notes on the two "ALL" links list below. Remember that we are looking at how conformity strengthens and weakens our society.

Investigate conformity training through mass media (TV)

"Leave it to Beaver"
All: Start here and read the "Key Question"

NEXT, All should read "NEED TO KNOW": http://popculture.abc-clio.com/Analyze/Display/1831913?cid=11

T. 4/5
Now, each person in your group of three should read one of the following. Remember that you are looking for information to link conformity with unity, security AND conflict in American society.

DILEMMA PERSPECTIVE 1: http://popculture.abc-clio.com/Analyze/Display/1831913?cid=13

DILEMMA PERSPECTIVE 2: http://popculture.abc-clio.com/Analyze/Display/1831913?cid=14

HW: You can web a response to the Quick-write prompt. All guidelines of quick-writes apply - use resources, use specific examples and abstract concepts, explain all your ideas, use information from past learning and multiple resources, define your terms.
PROMPT: How does conformity strengthen our society. How does conformity weaken our society. Evaluate the value of conformity given the unique characteristics of our nation.

(Also, "Savings application quiz" is attached below)

F. 4/8
Annotate the Q&A about Ferguson looking for instances where the judicial system led to injustice and where things were done to ensure justice. If you think there might be something, but you aren't sure, ask questions/identify what you would need to know to make a determination.

Week of 3/21-15

posted Mar 21, 2016, 2:39 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 24, 2016, 5:09 PM ]

M. 3/21
We are watching videos and looking at tactics and language used to talk about issues of conflict.

T. 3/22
Analyzing primary sources from the 1950's and identify patterns of discourse we've already identified and look for new patterns as well. (resource attached below)

Th. 3/24
Reading and annotate the article on conformity. Highlight key defining information about what conformity is, when it happens, why it happens and non-conformity. This will be the first domestic conflict we will look at using the 1950's as our comparison to today. (Lost article? It is attached below0

Week of 3/14-18

posted Mar 14, 2016, 12:28 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 4:01 PM ]

Finishing the European vacation assignment? Here are the European vacation questions for those who lost your direction sheets:
1.Do you and your friends have enough money to have a satisfying trip to Europe? If not, how much do you still need to save? What are some ways you could accomplish your saving goal?
2.Give an example of something you chose to spend less on so that you could spend more on something else. Why did you make this choice?
3.Give an example of something you might need to compromise on so that everyone in the group will have a good time (this might also apply if you are staying with family). How might your choices be different if you traveled alone? If you did travel alone, how might your choices be different if you traveled with others?
4.Make three connections between this practice and making decisions about a household budget. (Similarities and differences)

T. 3/15
Here are the investment processing questions we started in class:

1. What information is most 
important to understand about 


2. What types of investments might 
be best if the economy is very stable? What about during times when the economy is not stable? How do interest rates affect investments? (Explain your answer for each!)


3. What are the pros and cons when 
comparing income investments (like 
CDs) and growth investments (like mutual funds)?

As a reminder, for the current event on rising sea levels, use the information in the article to make 5 predictions and/or recommendations about investing based on the situation in the short and long term. Be sure to make them complex, fully explained predictions/recommendations. )In class I called them connections. They are a type of connection, but applying the investment notes to a real situation describes your task better.)

W. 3/16
Today we accessed our prior knowledge about U.S. history by creating the solar system of domestic policy. (What fun we have!)

Week of 3/7-11

posted Mar 7, 2016, 2:01 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 7:35 AM ]

M. 3/7
Collect resources on prices for the needs/wants of your vacation. Direction sheet attached.

Bring print outs or hand written information about the prices you researched. I will have some resources for a trip to Europe available to you in class if you don't want to do your own research.

T. 3/8
Students began work on their vacation budget. The class resources are attached below - except for the airline fares since we decided you might find cheaper flights on your own.
Final budget and questions due Monday, 3/14

W. 3/9
Credit card basics quiz questions:
1. List three benefits of having a good credit score
2. What information does a credit score give about a person?
3. List 3 of the 5 major categories that make up a credit score.
4. List two types of information that can be found in the "fine print".
5. Why should you review your statement?
6. List 3 of the five things you should pay attention to when choosing a credit card.
7. Should you even have a credit card?
8. what is APR? Is a low or high APR better?

There will also be an application question.

Week of 2/29-3/4

posted Feb 29, 2016, 1:02 PM by Ec Mary Givens

We started personal finance today. Mini-quiz on Saving tomorrow. No notes!

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