New (and last) Unit: Civil Rights Movement

Essential Questions:

  1. Who decides how laws or rules are applied? How can we ensure that laws and rules are applied to everyone in the same way?
  2. What are civil rights? Who decides? How can we respond when our civil rights are violated? What can be done to strengthen the civil rights of individuals and groups?
  3. Is civil disobedience the most effective means of achieving racial equality?
  4. Is violence or non-violence the most effective means to achieve social change?
  5. How did the civil rights movement of the 1960′s effectively change the nation?
  6. Do the ideas of the 1960′s still have relevance today? Why? How?



Civil Rights Movement Textbook PPT

Civil Rights Movement – The Leaders

Review the following pages: 385 – 395, 399 – 401, 492 – 494, 496 – 497, 530 – 531, 598 – 600

Read the following pages in the textbook: 658 – 663, 711 – 712, 904 – 932

Eulogy for Malcolm X

Eulogy for Martin Luther King Jr.

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

“I Have a Dream”

Also if you would like to listen to the speech here is an audio file.

Assessment Questions

  1. It has been said that the Depression changed forever the relationship between the American people and the government of the United States. How and in what ways is this true?
  2. What impact did the Dust Bowl have on the American economy and society? What efforts were made by the Federal government to address these problems?
  3. To what extent did the legislation produced in the Roosevelt years “cure” the Great Depression?

NPR Story: The Race Card

When You’re Mixed Race, One Box is Not Enough

Six Words: Ask Who I Am, Not What


Homework – Due April 5

Complete the Dust Bowl questions and bring a hard copy to class.  In addition please complete the reading for the Great Depression – pages 721 – 725 in your textbook and answer questions 1, 2 and 4.

Change to our test date and format – we will have an open book writing assessment in class on Wed, April 10th.

Homework and In-class Assignment (Wed, April 3) – DUST BOWL


Your homework assignment is to review the questions you will answer in a small group format IN CLASS on Wednesday.  Also you should review ALL the websites/sources so you are familiar with what they contain.  There will some additional questions/assignments once you get to class.



Learning Objectives:

  • List problems ordinary Americans faced during the Great Depression.
  • Cite examples of the attempts of the government and citizens to solve these problems.


  1. What was the Dust Bowl? When did it occur?
  2. Where was the Dust Bowl?
  3. How were people affected by the Dust Bowl?
  4. Howt did the people who were affected by the Dust Bowl respond to the crisis?
  5. What did the United States government do to address the crisis?
  6. What was life like on the Great Plains before the settlers/farmers arrived? (Use Sweet Search or Google Scholar)
  7. How did the activities of the farmers create the environmental conditions that contributed to the Dust Bowl?
  8. Many scientists and social commentators at the time said that the Dust Bowl was nature’s way of telling humans to go away.  What do you think? Was nature’s “message” effective?  How so?



Dust Bowl Timeline

The Drought

Surviving the Dust Bowl

Exodus from the Plains

The Migrant Experience

Dust Bowl Migrations

Photographs – Dust Bowl

Eyewitness Account

Voices from the Dust Bowl

SENIORS – Second Semester Presentation Date – May 10 (Friday)

Dear Seniors,

Well, the new exam schedule is certainly a challenge for a class like ours.  Luckily one date stood out – May 10th! Yes, your last day in high school witll culminate with your PowerPoint Presentation.  Trust me, this date is not my first choice but I think you will come to see why it is the only option.  Please mark your calendars now – and DO NOT be absent on that date.  If you are, you will have to come in the next week to present and you really don’t want to do that.


Ms. Corning

Homework Due – Monday, April 1 (No Joking!)

Ok, it is time to have that homework talk.  First please allow me to remind you that homework benefits YOU and not me.  I already know this stuff – homework is to help you process the information we are learning in class.  Those students who are doing very well in class are those who always have their homework done – there is a connection between practice (ie, homework) and performance (ie, your tests).  This has been a bad, bad week for homework (my apologies to those who have submitted it) – it is time to get it together and get back into a routine.


Read pages 694 – 707.  On page 700 answer questions # 2 and 3 and on page 707 questions # 2 and 3. Hard copies due at the beginning of class.  We will have a short small group discussion based on these questions so come prepared!

Also please listen to FDR’s First Inaugural Address – what was his main message to the American people?

Unit 10: Great Depression and the New Deal – Outline, PPT and Essential Questions

Yes, we are skipping Unit 9 which covers WWI and the Jazz Age (thanks seniors!) and moving right into the cheerful topic of the Great Depression.  Outline, PPT and Essential Questions are below.  Homework is to print all of these documents plus read the following pages in your textbook: pages 669 – 683.  Also answer the following questions – page 677 # 1 and 4 and page 683 # 1 and 4.  Future reading assignments will cover pages 684 – 689, 694 – 707 and 721 – 725.  Feel free to read in advance.

Unit 10 Outline

Great Depression PPT

Essential Questions:

  1. Why beliefs or assumptions led to Hoover’s failure to adequately deal with the deteriorating economic situation during his years as President?
  2. Discuss how the decade of the 20s paved the way for the collapse of the American economy in the decade of the 30s.
  3. It has been said that the Depression changed forever the relationship between the American people and the government of the United States. How and in what ways is this true?
  4. Why wasn’t there a radical revolution in the United States when it’s economy failed in the late 20s and its government apparently could not deal with the disaster?
  5. Why didn’t all of the legislation produced in the Roosevelt years “cure” the Great Depression? What did end it?

Unit 8 Imperialism Quiz changed to Tuesday, March 26th

Due to the assembly today, our quiz on Friday has been moved to Tuesday, March 26th.  Identifications are also due that day.  Please listen again to the NPR story about the issue of independence vs. the greater good.  We will discuss this at the beginning of the next class – what is your world view?  How does it affect the positions you take on social/political issues?

Greater Good vs Individual Rights