Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MODCIV 11/30/11 - Causes of WWI

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GOVT 11/29/11 - Kansas free speech, PPACA, Final Project

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Monday, November 28, 2011

MODCIV 11/28/11 - Nationalism Heightens or "This Place About to Blow"

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MODCIV - Vocabulary Project

Please refer to the list of Vocabulary Projects to choose the assignment that is right for you:

If you want to download a quick and easy vocab template, you can find it here:

Here are your terms.  They can be found in Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10.  This assignment is due FRIDAY, December 2.
  1. realpolitik
  2. anarchist
  3. "The Sick Man of Europe"
  4. pogroms
  5. penal colonies
  6. home rule
  7. Zionism
  8. imperialism
  9. paternalism
  10. Armenian Genocide

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Minute Waltz - Fryderyk Chopin

Morning from Peer Gynt - Edvard Grieg

Morning' From 'peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg Listen on Posterous

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Ma Vlast (My Country) - Bedrich Smetana

Má Vlast (My Country): Ii. Vltava (The Moldau) by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Antal Doráti Listen on Posterous

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Slavonic Dance #8 - Antonín Dvořák

Finlandia - Jean Sibelius

Finlandia by London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult Listen on Posterous

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Pines of Rome - Ottorino Respighi

Pines Of Rome: The Pines Of Villa Borghese (I Pini Di Villa Borghese) by Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert Von Karajan Listen on Posterous

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Walther's Prize Song - Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg: "Morgenlich Leuchtend" by Ben Heppner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, José Van Dam, Karita Mattila, René Pape & Sir Georg Solti Listen on Posterous

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The Ride of the Valkryies - Richard Wagner

Wagner The Ride Of The Valkryies by Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Semkow Listen on Posterous

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Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland

Fanfare For The Common Man by Philaedelpia Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, St Louis Sympony Listen on Posterous

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

GOVT - "The Conspirator" Extra Credit

Now that you have viewed the film The Conspirator, pretend you are a movie reviewer of the 19th century (you therefore must also pretend that movies exist in the 1800s as well J). Write a one-page, typed newspaper editorial from the point of view of:

Ø  a Northerner (if your last name is A-M)
Ø  a Southerner (if your last name is N-Z)

Explain, in your Northern or Southern point of view, how the film portrays our system of criminal justice in America.  Remember that you are writing a commentary on the film from a specific (Northern or Southern point of view) and not necessarily commenting on the facts of the case itself.  Use specific examples from various points in the film to support your argument.  This assignment is due by next Friday, December 2, 2011.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MODCIV 11/16/11 - Roots of German Nationalism

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We began today with our journal, then read 7:1 together in the textbook.  We finished by reading an excerpt from Otto von Bismarck's "Blood and Iron" speech, and did a short activity on that.  You can download a copy HERE.  For homework, read 7:2 and prepare for a reading quiz Friday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GOVT 11/15/11 - PPACA and Bill of Rights Wrap-Up

We started with the PPACA journal.  We read this reading HERE.  The topic was:

"What is the PPACA and why has the Supreme Court agreed to rule on it?  What are the potential outcomes of the case?  What impact could it have on the 2012 Presidential election?"

We then finished the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" packet, discussing the outcomes of key Supreme Court cases as they deal with the Bill of Rights.  You can find that packet HERE.  These cases are VERY important to the exam you will take Thursday.

In those classes that had time remaining, we went over the Citizenship Test answers.  Your homework is to study for Thursday's big written exam.  Good luck!!

GOVT - Written Exam Questions for 11/17 exam

On Thursday, November 17, you will take a written exam covering all we have learned in the past five weeks.  The following questions (some or all) may appear on Thursday's written exam.  In each response, I will expect you to use specific examples and details from what you have learned:

1.  The President of the United States has many roles in our government.  Describe three different roles the President has and what he does in each of those roles.
2.  Explain how the Electoral College works, what a candidate needs to win the Presidency, and how it's possible for the most popular candidate in an election to lose the Presidency.

3.  Explain the concept of judicial review, and the story of how the Supreme Court first exercised this power.

4.  Describe the rights and limitations held within the principle of "Freedom of Speech."  Use an example of at least one Supreme Court case that demonstrates protected speech (what you can say) and one case that demonstrates unprotected speech (what you can't say).
5.  Explain the difference between the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause.
6.  Describe three different Supreme Court cases you have learned about that deal with an issue other than free speech.  Name the case, explain the details (including the specific amendment it deals with), and give the outcome of the case.
7.  List and explain the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment.
8.  If there were a "Bill of Rights Museum," chances are the First Amendment would get the largest section of the museum.  In your opinion, what other amendment (besides the First) should be prominently featured in the Bill of Rights Museum?  Why is this amendment so important to Americans?  Explain your answer.

9.  On Election Day, Mississippi citizens voted on an amendment to the Mississippi State Constitution, Amendment 26.  What was Amendment 26 about, what specific changes would it have made, and what was the outcome of the vote?
10.  What is the PPACA and why has the Supreme Court agreed to rule on it?  What are the potential outcomes of the case?  What impact could it have on the 2012 Presidential election?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

GOVT 11/10/11 - Bill of Rights, Pt III


Class began when we read two articles about next year's Presidential election.  The two articles are in the Digital File Cabinet.  We watched a quick video from last night's Republican Presidential debate here:

And then we answered the journal topic titled, "Who Will Win?"

Finally, we completed the Bill of Rights PowerPoint.  If you were absent, you can get the PPT in the Digital File Cabinet.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

GOVT 11/8/11 - Amendment 26, Bill of Rights Pt II


First, we read the article titled "Mississippi Personhood Amendment Poised to Pass" (digital copy available in the Digital File Cabinet).  Then we watched this video from

The we responded to this journal prompt:

Finally, we continued our notes on the Bill of Rights (PowerPoint also in the DFC) and reviewed the Citizenship Test questions #1-40.

Monday, November 7, 2011

MODCIV 11/7/11 - Karl Marx and Socialism


We STARTED the Karl Marx reading, but not finish it, nor did we start the questions today.  You can find the Marx reading, just like all handouts from this class, in the Digital File Cabinet.

MOD CIV - Industrial Revolution Written Exam

The following questions (some or all) may appear on Monday's written exam on the Industrial Revolution.  In each response, I encourage you to use specific examples from what you have learned:

1.  How did advances in agriculture contribute to the Industrial Revolution?
2.  In your opinion, what were the three most important scientific advances of the Industrial Revolution?  Explain the importance of each.
3.  Explain how the textile industry was transformed by the Industrial Revolution.
4.  What was life like living in a tenement?
5.  How did the Triangle Fire tragedy represent the worst of working conditions in the Industrial Revolution?
6.  Why did child labor become so common during the Industrial Revolution?
7.  Why did Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels write The Communist Manifesto?  What was their message?
8.  How did the ideas of Jeremy Bentham, Thomas Malthus, Adam Smith, and David Ricardo contribute to the Industrial Revolution?

Friday, November 4, 2011

GOVT 11/4/11 - The Bill of Rights, Part I

We began with a journal entry with this prompt:

"What does it mean to have freedom of speech in America?  What should we be allowed to say?  What kind of speech should NOT be allowed in this country?"

We then watched (in some classes the Internet connection was better than others) a video from Time Magazine on the First Amendment, here:

Finally, we began our discussion on the Bill of Rights.  We didn't get very far today, but we did get a good start on the First Amendment.  This presentation will take multiple days, but here's the PPT if you'd like to check it out:

Finally, for homework you have the same United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Civics Test that is given to immigrants seeking US citizenship.  This will be half of your FINAL EXAM at the end of the semester, so please take it seriously.  Answer questions #1-40 by the time we have our next class.  You can download the exam here:

There are some great resources to help you with the Civics Exam right on the USCIS website.  I would encourage you to try to answer the questions for yourself FIRST, before simply getting all the answers from the website, but do what you think is going to help you learn the best.  That site is here:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

GOVT 11/2/11 - The Supreme Court

We began class today with a journal entitled "Conflict."  Here's the prompt:

"How does conflict shape who we are as individuals?  Thinking back at the history of our nation, how has conflict shaped the United States into the country we are today?"

We then began reading, in class, about the Supreme Court and the power of judicial review.  We took notes as a class, and you should pay particularly close attention to the Marbury v. Madison case, as it helped to shape the concept of judicial review.  The homework is to finish reading and taking notes on the rest of 18:3.

We concluded class by watching a video about the 2000 Presidential election, where a serious conflict about the counting of ballots ultimately had to be settled by the Supreme Court.  You can watch the video here:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MODCIV - "Beyond Their Years" - Children in the Industrial Revolution

MODCIV 11/1/11 - Labor in the Industrial Revolution

The Engels reading is in the textbook.
"How the Other Half Lives" and "Child Labour in England" reading and questions are both available for download in the "Mod Civ Handouts" section of the Digital File Cabinet.

For the "Wall Post" homework, please remember that once an image has been posted to Facebook, you cannot repeat it.  Make sure you get your first choice posted ASAP!

MODCIV - The History Place - Images from the Industrial Revolution

Here's the link to the site with the great photos from Lewis Hine.

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