Obama Meets with Congressional Republicans

Really found this interesting on many levels.  President Obama met today with congressional Republicans.

Very good conversations from both sides.  This is the full video and it runs long.  About 66 minutes.  It's run like a press conference, but instead of the Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC folks asking questions, it's the GOP (grand old party) doing it.

Agenda: Friday, January 29th, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America." Jimmy Carter, American President

Learning Targets: 
* What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?  What purpose does it serve?
* What is the United States doing to preserve Human Rights and what are other countries in the world doing?
* Present posters and teach the class about each of the 30 articles of the Universal Decalaration of Human Rights

1.  Present Posters in order 1-30
2.  Discuss Renaissance - We will finish Chapter 12 next week.
3.  Discuss the State of the Union Address.  30 students watched, took notes and turned in extra credit.

Homework assignment for Chapter 12 is due Monday.
Quiz is Tuesday.
Test is next Friday.

The "Stimulus Package" Where is the spending going?

This is a great and graphical look at the spending bill that the government enacted last spring:
It is interactive and you can click on each of the dots to learn more.  Very interesting.
Stimulus Tracker

Extra Credit: State of the Union Address 2010

Gain extra credit on your last project:
Watch the State of the Union Address tonight.
Take Notes.
Write a summary of what you learned and what your thoughts are on the President's address to Congress and the nation. 
Turn in the Notes/Summary in 2605 before the first bell on Thursday morning (by 9:25).  Anything turned in after that will not be counted.

Poll - What would you like to hear in tonight's State of the Union Address?
FOXNEWS Obama SOTU Speech to focus on Jobs, Education
MSNBC "Obama to outline hopeful track, focus on jobs"

Agenda: Wed. & Thu. Jan. 27th, 2010

Quote:  "Each person must live their life as a model for others."  - Rosa Parks

*Understand how humanism develops during the Renaissance time period and also impacts the Reformation
*Nobility becomes more sophisticated, in that a classical education & military training
*Who is Machiavelli?  What did he believe about politicians and leaders?

1.  30 minute timed writing "How has Rosa Parks, MLK, and the civil rights movement impacted & changed my life?"
2.  Notes - Finish the Renaissance - Machiavelli
3.  Philosophical Chairs
We will do a discussion/debate on one of these questions (chosen by the class):
I.  After the earthquake in Haiti there is a crisis involving orphaned children.  The United States should encourage and increase the adoption of Haitian children and open pathways for citizens of Haiti to come to America.  (yes or no)
II.  In Machiavelli's "The Prince" the focus of the book was on practical success by any means, even at the expense of traditional moral values.  Machiavelli's scheme earned a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty.  Do you agree with Machiavelli and therefore understand if President Obama lies or deceives the public in the State of the Union address, but good comes of it that it is justified?  (in other words is ruthlessness, deception and cruelty acceptable in our leaders if they lead the country to greatness?)  (yes or no)

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City, Italy.   Michaelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the chapel ceiling.  It is believed to be his best work as a painter.  The iconic image above is of the hand of God giving life to Adam.  It is probably the best known fresco from the chapel, but there are hundreds of others.

The couple of images below are not actually from the Sistine Chapel.  :)

Agenda: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered."  - Al Capp

Learning Targets:
*Understand the impact of Michelangelo's art on the Renaissance world.
*Understand the impact of Machiavelli's "The Prince" on political thought - even to today.

1)  CNN Student NewsShe's been to space twice, and now she's going back to school to persuade young people to aim high. In today's show, follow an astronaut on an inspiring ground mission. Also: See where $787 billion in stimulus money is going, and note how the American public feels about this economic program.

--Collect the Essays from the Human Rights Project during Student News-- Poster is due on Friday.!

2)  Students will have the chance to "Act Out" vocabulary and people from the Renaissance and Reformation in front of the class.  Great review for vocabulary.

3)  Notes Chapter 12 - Renaissance.  Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, David, & Political thought in the Renaissance era of Humanism.

Agenda: Monday, January 25th, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "You must do the things you think you cannot do."  - Elanor Roosevelt

* Who was da Vinci?  What was his impact on the Renaissance world?

* What is a "Renaissance Man"?
* Who was Michelangelo?   What was his impact on the Renaissance world?

1.  Chapter 12 Video - "Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci" (10 Min) take notes
2.  Explain "Act it out."  The students will have the opportunity at the beginning and end of the period during this chapter to act out or do charades on vocabulary words and people from the chapter.  This is a great way to review for the test.
3.  Notes Chapter 12 - da Vinci, Michelangelo, Renaissance Art
4.  Class Picture
5.  Answer any questions about the Human Rights project

Human Rights Project essays due tomorrow.  -10 points per day that they are late. 

Notes - Chapter 12 Renaissance Part I

Chapter 12 Renaissance Part I                                                    

Agenda: Friday, Jan 22, 2010

Quote of the Day:  “The future doesn't just happen - it's shaped by decisions.” Paul Tagliabue (1940 – )

Learning Targets:
* What is the Renaissance?
* What distinguishes Renaissance art from other art?
* Human Rights Project questions answered

1.  Pass out the Targets for Chapter 12
2.  Notes Chapter 12 - "Renaissance"
3.  Time in class to discuss your essays for the project, get help, and read over other essays for examples.

Human Rights Project Essay is due on Tuesday.  If you want help on a rough draft, email it to me!

Human Rights - Current Events

During the Human Rights Project we have the opportunity to look at the world around us and understand how lucky we are to live in a country where Human Rights are usually well protected.  I want to highlight a few articles and websites that might help uncover some of the human right's issues in the world today.

You might be able to use a few of these for your project.  I will add to them as I find some internet sources that could be of use to you.

General Human Rights Sites:
Cyberschool Bus - UN Page that puts the Declaration of Human Rights in Plain English
Full Text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Human Rights Watch
UN Human Rights Site
Human Rights First
United for Human Rights

US And Human Rights:
Obama Gets Mixed Reviews on Human Rights (Torture)

How American and Democratic Values are Waning in the Age of Obama

China versus Google - Information and freedom of speech
What's Really At Stake in Google v. China
Clinton: Internet 'information curtain' in China
China warns U.S. over Clinton’s criticism:  Beijing denies restricting Internet freedom, alleges ‘unjustified accusations’
Journalists in China face e-mail hijacking

Haitian Earthquake:
Gen. Honoré: Evacuate most vulnerable Haitians
U.N. chief calls on world to help crisis-hit Haiti

Justice, Law, Legal Issues:

“Where Darkness Knows No Limits”  Incarceration, Ill-Treatment and Forced Labor as Drug Rehabilitation in China
US ReDoubles Efforts to Close Guantanamo Bay Facility (Also Torture)
Human Rights Blame Game Over International Court

Middle East Peace:
Livni willing to face arrest over UK warrant

Scores Die in Nigerian Religious Violence
Angola Arrests a Third Rights Activit in Cabinda
7 Charged Over Violent Protest in Kenya

Pakistan: U.S. terror suspects in torture claim

French academic's trial ends in Iran
Vietnam Sentences Democracy Activists to Up to 16 Years in Prison

Social Issues:
Migrants leave Italian town amid violence
Stop Torture in  Health Settings

Help on Your Project?

Need help with your research?  The AHS Library has a GREAT resource page:

Library Resource Page

Superb links, help and support.  Don't forget about all the wonderful databases that the school has access to!

Roadtrip Nation Teacher of the Month

I was very honored to be awarded the very first ever Roadtrip Nation Teacher of the Month award.  Read all about it here:
Roadtrip Nation Blog

Agenda: Wednesday & Thursday, January 20 and 21, 2010

Quote of the Day: 

“The measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during challenge and controversy.” The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


1.  Student News - We will watch the first 4 stories (about 13 min.) of the NBC Nightly News Podcast from last evening.

2.  Rosa Parks "Might Times" - we will discuss the video and prepare for the timed writing next Wednesday over the question - "How has Rosa Parks, MLK, and the Civil Rights Movement Changed Your Life?"

3.  Introduce Chapter 12 Renaissance and Reformation

On Friday - Bring your rough draft from your Human Rights essay.  We will work with them in class and we'll also begin Chapter 12.

Chapter 12 Renaissance and Reformation Targets

CH 12 Targets                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Tuesday, January 19, 2009

Quote of the Day:  Donations to Haiti Earthquake Reach $200 Million Dollars!  The American Red Cross has raised the most money, with nearly $103 million in donations as of Sunday evening, according to a spokesman.

We will watch the video "Mighty Times:  The Legacy of Rosa Parks"
Students will write what they know about Civil Rights on the left side of the page.  They will write what they learn on the right.  They will also write a summary on the back.

We will be writing an in class timed writing with this prompt (next week):  "How has Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the Civil Rights Movement changed my life?"
Sample from Youtube here:

Agenda: Friday, January 15, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "In 36 hours donations made by mobile phones topped $7 million (Over $5 Million to the Red Cross)."  - Mobile Giving Foundation
You can give a $10 donation to the Red Cross by Texting 90999 with the text "HAITI"

TEST on China and Japan - Chapters 3, 8, 16 and 22
Also we'll be passing out the rubric for the Human Rights Project

Haiti Earthquake: CNN Video "An Absolutely Horrible Scene."

Human Rights Project Rubric

Here is the Rubric for the Human Rights Project.  We will be getting these in class after the test on Friday. 
Rubric Human Rights Project                                                                                                                                                

Chapter 8 Japan Notes

604 – New Constitution for Early Japan

Agenda: Tuesday, January 12, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade” - Chinese Proverb

*Students will review the Mandate of Heaven and the Dynastic Cycle of China.
*Understand the relationship between the Silk Road and The Great Wall of China.
*Further their understanding of how geography is connected to the reasons why China and Japan are isolated and have grown as a civilization as a culture of isolation.

1.  Spend 10 minutes with the vocabulary prequizzes from Chapters 3 & 8 and also from Chapters 16 & 22.
2.  Notes on Chapter 8 China and Japan
3.  Discuss the test for Friday.  It is heavy on information from Chapters 3 and 8.  Know the Mandate of Heaven and Dynastic Cycle very well.  Study the vocabulary prequizzes and review homework questions.  Spend time with your notes. 

Monday, January 10th, 2010

Quote:  "Study the past if you would define the future."  - Confucius


·         From about 400 to 200 B.C., powerful Chinese states engaged in bloody civil war. The state of Qin eventually defeated its rivals, and its young leader, Qin Shihuangdi, declared a new dynasty.
·         Qin adopted Legalism as his guiding principle, and political power became more centralized and bureaucratic. The emperor created a monetary system and built a vast network of roads. He also expanded the empire and started the building of the Great Wall of China.
·         However, civil war broke out again after Qin's death. Under the Han dynasty China became more stable. The Hans adopted Confucianism, rather than Legalism, as their guiding principle. Yet they built on many of Qin's bureaucratic innovations.

·         China suffered three hundred years of disorder and civil war following the collapse of the Han dynasty. The three dynasties that followed reunified the empire.
·         The Mongols brought the entire Eurasian land mass under a single rule, creating the largest land empire in history. After the death of Genghis Khan, the Mongol empire was divided into Khanates. The Mongol armies continued their invasions, eventually conquering China.

1.  New Seating Chart ~ Collect Homework
2.  Notes for Chapter 3 and 8 - China and Japan
3.  PreQuiz on Chapters 3 and 8.  Work on in class for a few minutes.  Answers on Tuesday in class.

Quiz on China/Japan on Wed/Thu
Test is Friday

Friday, January 8, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." - Confucius

Learning Targets:  Understand how China developed into a technically advanced civilization that became one of the world's greatest empires.

Mr. Duez is absent.  Aidan is sick.  He'll be back on Monday.

You will watch a video about the development of the Chinese Empire.  (Examples of what was shown below from Youtube).
Homework is due on Monday
Quiz is Wed/Thu
and test is next Friday.
Reminder... the Human Rights Project is due - Essay on January 26th, Poster on January 29th.

Human Rights - Socratic Seminar Texts

Human Rights:  Tiananmen Square                                                                                                                                                

Human Rights:  Tiananmen Survivors                                                                                                                                                

China & Japan Targets Chapters 3, 8, 16, 22

China Japan Targets                                                                                                                                                

Human Rights Project Power Point

Essay is due on Tuesday, January 26
Poster is due on Friday, January 29

Human Rights Project                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Wed/Thu 1/6 and 1/7, 2010

Quote of the Day: “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

Mary Pickford (1892–1979)
Canadian actress
Co-founder of United Artists

Learning Targets:
* What is a Human Right?
* Who was "Tank Man"?
* How can China improve it's civil and human rights?

1.  Introduce the "Human Rights Project" - Discussed the power point on Human Rights Project.
2.  Socratic Seminar - Over Human Rights Packet.  We will also discuss the article of the Declaration of Human Rights that have been assigned during the small socratic groups.
3.  Discuss the Tank Man and Tiananmen Square article and the profiles on Tiananmen Survivors: Exiled, Marginalized and Harassed.


Agenda: Tuesday, January 5th, 2009

Welcome back for a new semester.  Very excited to get started.  

Quote of the Day:  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Learning Targets:
*Look back at 2009 and the Decade in Review
*What is a resolution?
*What is a Human Right?

1.  What is your New Year's Resolution?  What was the best gift you received this year?
3.  Discuss tomorrow's Socratic Seminar on Human Rights in China.  Pass out the handout on Human Rights in China.  Read for tomorrow and annotate.  Also write at least one question on the handout.
4.  Hand out the Targets for China/Japan unit.  We will begin the chapter on Friday.