This course will examine the major events and themes over the last 20 years in American History. This course begins with the origins and events of the 9/11 attacks and traces its effects into an in-depth study of the United States’ War on Terror. We will analyze the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and evaluate their effectiveness and interpret American events such as the election of 2000, the financial crisis of 2008, Obamacare, the death of Bin Laden, the social media phenomenon, school violence, and social legislation such as the Matthew Shepherd Act of 2010. This course includes a semester long research project that concludes the course. This course offers students an exciting opportunity for all students to exercise their reading and writing skills to access fun and interesting historical topics that truly are a part of the world we live in.




2015-2016

Date
Class Work
Homework
8/26/2015
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus & Course Expectations
8/27/2015
What makes an event historical verses popular culture?
Lets look at some events...
  • Sign-up for Remind.
  • Signed Syllabus in Binder with Loose Lea Paper,& Writing Implement DUE on Monday 8/31.
8/28/2015
Review Current Events Friday Assignment
Being Reading Columbine & answering the comprehension questions
  • Finish reading Columbine & answering questions
  • Sign-up for Remind.
  • Signed Syllabus in Binder with Loose Lea Paper,& Writing Implement DUE on Monday 8/31.
8/31/2015
Learning Target: Engage in a discussion regarding the who, what, why and how of the Columbine HS shooting.
Begin watching The Road Home & answer the video guide questions

9/1/2015
Learning Target: Explain how school shootings had affected the survivors.
Finish watching The Road Home & answer the video guide questions

9/2/2015
Learning Target: Create a personal definition/interpretation of the Second Amendment by reading the document and answering questions.

9/4/2015
Learning Target: Develop an argument for why the U.S. has more gun violence than other developed countries by criticially viewing Bowling for Columbine.
Continue watching Bowling for Columbine & answer the questions on the video guide.

9/8/2015
Learning Target: Develop an argument for why the U.S. has more gun violence than other developed countries by criticially viewing Bowling for Columbine.
Continue watching Bowling for Columbine & answer the questions on the video guide.

9/9/2015
Learning Target: Develop an argument for why the U.S. has more gun violence than other developed countries by criticially viewing Bowling for Columbine.
Continue watching Bowling for Columbine & answer the questions on the video guide.
Loaded: The Duel Over Gun Laws

9/11/2015
Learning Target: Identify the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Second Amendment by reading excerpts from D.C. v Heller (2008) and responding to questions embedded in the text.

9/15/2015
Learning Target: Identify the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Second Amendment by reading excerpts from D.C. v Heller (2008) and responding to questions embedded in the text.

Learning Target: Explain the task, purpose, requirements & grading criteria for the gun control position paper unit assessment.

9/16/2015
In the Library researching articles for gun control position paper unit assessment.
Annotated Bibliography of sources found while researching in the Library DUE Tuesday 9/22
9/18/2015
Learning Target: Apply my own reasoning and that of the SCOTUS to different peices of proposed legislation regarding gun control.
Finish 2nd Amendment &Firearms Regulation
Annotated Bibliography of sources found while researching in the Library DUE Tuesday 9/22
9/21/2015
Learning Target: Apply my own reasoning and that of the SCOTUS to different peices of proposed legislation regarding gun control.

Begin to Describe the major components of President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence by reading a portion of his proposal & presenting it to the class.

9/22/2015
Finish working in groups to Describe the major components of President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence by reading a portion of his proposal & presenting it to the class.

9/25/2015
Learning Target: Respond to questions concerning mass killings & gun violence while engaging in a webquest

9/28/2015
Learning Target: Describe the major components of President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence by reading a portion of his proposal & presenting it to the class.
Gun Control Position Paper DUE 10/9!
9/29/2015
Learning Target: Analyze the differing views of the Second Amendment by reading an annotating excerpted primary sources; Examine data about international gun ownership and gun violence in order to draw conclusion about the relationship between the data points.
Gun Control Position Paper DUE 10/9!
9/30/2015
Learning Target: Assess the role the National Rifle Association plays in the politics of gun control by watching a documentary and taking notes.
Gun Control Position Paper DUE 10/9!

Unit 2: Race in America

10/2-9/2015
Learning Target: Explain how the present situation of race relations and racism is related to the past by listening to an oral history, reading along with the story teller, responding to questions & engaging in a class discussion about those questions.
Gun Control Position Paper DUE 10/9!
10/9 & 13/2015
Learning Target: Trace the racial conflicts of the U.S. from 1991 to today by researching your assigned event and inputting the essential intofmation about the event in the class timeline.
Period 3 Timeline
Period 5 Timeline

10/14/2015
Learning Target: Trace the racial conflicts of the U.S. from 1991 to today by completing a timeline in order to identify a trend/pattern in modern day race relations in a paragraph reflection.

10/16/2015
Finish Race Relations Timeline
Learning Target: Prepare for a Socratic Seminar on race, privilege and stereotypes by reading an article and responding to margin questions.
Read "When Whites Just Don't Get It" & respond to the questions in the margins
10/19 & 20/2015
Learning Target: Prepare for a Socratic Seminar on race, privilege, and stereotypes by watching a video mash-up and taking notes & reading and annotating an article concerning "White Privilege"
Bill O'Reilly & Megayn Kelly Discuss White Privilege
Bill O'Reilly on White Privilege
Bill O'Reilly & Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
Prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Wednesday 10/21
10/21 & 22/2015
Learning Target: Actively participate in discussion with peers by using textual evidence to support my claims.

10/26/2015
Learning Target: Compare our Socratic Seminar discussion from last week to new learning by annotating a recent article.
Finish Reading & Annotating the Article
10/27/2015
Learning Target: Compare our Socratic Seminar discussion from last week to new learning by using your annotations on a recent article to engage in a small group discussion of the connections.

10/28/2015
Learning Target: Explain what happened during Hurricane Katrina by recording information about the storm, its effects and the government's response after watching the documentary "Trouble the Water."

10/30/2015
Learning Target: Explain what happened during Hurricane Katrina by recording information about the storm, its effects and the government's response after watching the documentary "Trouble the Water.

11/2/2015
Learning Target: Explain what happened during Hurricane Katrina by recording information about the storm, its effects and the government's response after watching the documentary "Trouble the Water.
Read Breach of Faith & respond to the questions
11/5 & 6/2015
Learning Target: Analyze the impact of structural racism on the lives of those living in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Study for Test on Race in America
11/9/2015
Race Relations in America QUIZ


Unit 3: Terrorism & the U.S.'s War on Terror

11/12/2015
Learning Target: Discuss the events of September 11, 2001, the reactions of the American public and government officials, and the consequences of this terrorist attack after watching and taking notes on a documentary.

11/13/2015
Learning Target: Trace the changes in terrorism by reading an article and responding to
questions.
Finish watching 9/11: State of Emergency from Monday. Use this link: http://bit.ly/1GXH9y0
11/16/2015
Review the work the class completed from Ms. Muraca's absences last week
Finish The Origins of Terrorism and answer the study guide questions
11/17/2015
Learning Target: Identify the various motive terrorists have for committing attacks and connect each motive to September 11, 2001 by completing a graphic organizer.
Read Weighing the Threat of Terrorism and answer the Study Guide questions.
11/19/2015
Learning Target: Identify why bin Laden advocated jihad by using the APPARTS strategy to analyze his 1996 fatwa after viewing a short interview with bin Laden from 1997.
Finish reading President G.W. Bush's speech from 9/20/01 and respond to the questions that follow it.
11/20/2015
Learning Target:
Read Responding to Terrorism and Answer the Study Guide Questions
11/23/2015
Learning Target: Compare and contrast the reasons President Bush articulates in his Sept. 20th speech with those given by bin Laden by completing a Venn diagram.

11/24/2015
Learning Target: Interpret political cartoons from the Nation and International Press regarding terrorism, 9/11, and the "war on terror" by examining and responding to questions.

11/25/2015
Learning Target: Develop an interpretation of the Preamble and Fourth Amendment in preparation to analyze the USA PATRIOT ACT.
Read & annotate "Department of Justice Summary of the PATRIOT ACT
11/30/2015
Learning Target: Identify the central ideas & purposes of the PATRIOT ACT and the constitutional principles it may/may not violate by participating in a review of the DOJ Summary of the Law.

12/1/2015
Learning Target: Engage in a silent debate over the constitutional principles regarding the PATRIOT Act by engaging in a Twitter War.

12/3/2015
Learning Target: Analyze U.S. civil rights and security issues through the lens of a personal narrative.
Read "DUE PROCESS AND FAIR TRIALS" and answer the questions attached to the reading.
12/4/2015
Learning Target: Evaluate Supreme Court decisions regarding fair trial, due process and the war on terror by first paraphrasing the pertinent portions of the Constitution & responding to comprehension questions.

12/7& 8/2015
Learning Target: Apply the Constitution and past precedents to render a judgment on a habeas corpus case
Study for Quiz on Sept. 11th
12/10/2015
September 11th QUIZ

12/11/2015
Learning Target: Use supplied websites to research and build a foundation of knowledge about Afghanistan as evidence by response to the webquest questions.
Finish Webquest for Monday.
12/14, 15, 17 & 18/2015
Learning Target: Identify the various aspects of warfare in Afghanistan by viewing a documentary, taking notes, and writing an essay.
Restrepo Essay DUE Monday 12/21.
12/21/2015
Learning Target: Identify important information about the history of Iraq and U.S. involvement in the nation by reading an article and responding to comprehension questions.
Finish reading the article & answering the questions
12/22/2015
Learning Target: Explain why the US, and in particular the Bush administration, took the nation to war in Iraq by watching a documentary and answering viewing questions.

12/23/2015
Learning Target: Explain why the US, and in particular the Bush administration, took the nation to war in Iraq by watching a documentary and answering viewing questions.
Finish "Voices of the Fallen" assignment. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, Chart
1/4/2016
Learning Target: Describe combat and the soldiers' experience in Iraq from 2003-2006 by teaching your peers about your assigned year & taking notes to complete your chart.

1/5/2016
Learning Target: Explain how the U.S. "lost" Iraq by watching and taking notes on a documentary.

1/7/2016
Learning Target: Explain how the U.S. "lost" Iraq by watching and taking notes on a documentary.

1/8/2016
Learning Target: Research the effects of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan & Iraq on both civiliians and the military by engaging in a webquest shared to your NPSCT Google Drive.
Finish & PRINT webquest for Monday 1/11/16!
Exam Overview