November 5th: We have reviewed how to study using the method in class of marrying your notes with the document over the Russian Revolution setting the stage and primary document Lenin's statement of Bolshevik Demands, October 24th, 1917. We reviewed for the quiz tomorrow in class.
BLOG: Causes and Effects of the Russian Revolution: Remember that it took place during WWI (1914 - 1918). There were two revolutions in 1917, but the causes of both are the same. For example, Czar Nicolas II, King of Russia, would not listen to the people when they wanted to end Russian involvement in WWI, food and fuel shortages, unemployment was on the rise, no raw materials in order to create products (no manufacturing), and refugees due to people having to leave their home due to the war. Both Nicolas II and the Provisional Government (Duma) were overthrown by the people of Russia due to these reasons. Also, the leader of the Bolshevik Party, V.I. Lenin is responsible for the creation of a communist government in Russia (Effect).
November 6th: Students will take the Russian Revolution Quiz, and then begin learning how to use the Treaty of Versailles primary and secondary document to answer the historical question: "How did the Versailles Treaty help to bring about WWII?" Students will complete an outline using the textual evidence from analyzing the documents to support their answer.
November 7th: Students will be in groups analyzing the documents with the document based question (DBQ) packet. Once they complete the documents they will begin building their own outline with textual evidence to answer the historical question written above.
November 8th: Students will continue to work on creating their outline to answer the historical question: "How did the Versailles Treaty help to bring about WWII?"
Here is a link to the DBQ that you can use on the web if needed: http://www.esperanzahs.net/ourpages/auto/2013/3/18/48074207/How%20Did%20the%20Versailles%20Treaty.pdf
November 11, 2013: Students will be working on answering the Primary or Secondary Documents with the Treaty of Versailles (DBQ). They should finish answering these in class today, Monday, November 11, and if they do not they will need to work on them for homework. We did not start the outline last week due to retesting over the Unit 2 Part 1 test. Students who did not need the grade recovery retest received 5 extra bonus points on their original test if they made an 80 and above. This shows that they are retaining the information being taught and studied. Yea!
November 12, 2013: Students will begin creating their own outline in order to answer the essential historical question: "How did the Versailles Treaty help to bring about WWII?" Any student who would like to research other causes of WWI and include this in their outline would be working on an advanced level. Students DO NOT have to be in an advanced class to work at this level... the grading will be done based on the rubric that is assigned, as well as student ability level.
November 13, 2013: Students will continue their outline if they have not finished over the Treaty of Versailles. Students will be asked to complete the writing of the essay at home, and it will be due November 21, 2013, the day of the test.
November 14, 2013: Students will begin their study of WWII and the Holocaust.
November 15, 2013: Students will take a short quiz over the Treaty of Versailles. Students will continue their study of the Holocaust.
December 2, 2013: Re-teaching the Systems of Governments using a PowerPoint, which can be found under the Photos and Documents tab. Students were given study notes from the PowerPoint, and a they will use this to complete their homework tonight over the adavanatages and disadvantages of the systems of government: Unitary, Federal, and Conferderation.
BLOG: It is very important to understand that these are not easy definitions and concepts of government to work with. Students will need to study every night in order to master the use of these terms. Discussing them with you child is an excellent way to help them express their understanding.
IMPORTANT: The only systems of government that we will associate within a country are federal and unitary. Confederation systems are where many countries work together to solve economic and political problems. The governments give some power to a central government to solve problems, but not all countries in the confederation have to follow along with the laws or procedures that are decided upon within the confederation.
12-03-13: Student reviewed the terms Capiatalism, Socialism, and Communism (refresher on Russian Revolution) in order to understand that our economic and government systems were born from these ideas. Students need to complete the front of their pocket foldable Unitary, Federal, and Confederation, except second period. Study for the Quiz on December 06. Here is a link to the video that we watched in class in order to understand how our modern governments and economic systems came into being: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmRgMAZyYN0
12-09-13: Students took a quiz on December 6th, and if they did not do well over the systems and types of government then they should be working on a reteaching graphic organizer, so that they can see it presented in a different way. I have instructed them to try and fill out the governments that they are confident with on their own, so that we can add to them in red pen the information they may have left out. The governments that they have missed they should use the notes or the PowerPoint on the website to answer the graphic organizer dated December 9th, 2013.
Governments are very difficult to learn, and so we will have to work them like you would a math problem with doing them over and over again until students are secure in what they mean.
12-10-13: Today we went back over using a RED pen to add to our understanding of the Systems of Government. Many students had not attempted the Types of Government as their home work last night :(. I have given them a brochure to work on in class over the governments of the UK, Russia, and Germany. Students were completing the UK today, and we will complete the countries of Germany and Russia tomorrow. The Quiz is scheduled for 12/12/13.
See the Photos/Documents tab for an answer key to the recovery graphic organizer.