Memorial Day 2010 - Remembering John Finn

John Finn died this week at 100 years of age.  Before he died he was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.  He fought that infamous day on December 7th, 1941.  John was a real American hero.

He is the kind of man we honor today.  They found, shed blood and many died for our country.  They have given us the freedom we so often take for granted.

Thanks John Finn!

Agenda: Wed/Thu May 26/27, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "That's All Folks!"

Learning Targets: 
* Students will learn from others about colleges and careers as they present their last projects of the year.
* Students will review information from the semester to prepare for the final exam.

1.  College and Career Project Presentations
2.  Review for Finals

Have a great week.  See you on Exam Day... or see you over the summer (if you get a summer job at a store or restaurant in the area, shoot me an email and I'll stop by over the summer) ... or see you next year!  That's for a great year.

Friday - 5, 6, and 7
Tuesday - 2 & 4
Wednesday - 1 and 3

Agenda: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quote of the Day:  
This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again 

- Jim Morrison, The Doors

Learning Targets:
* Finals Review

1.  End of the Year Video.
2.  End of the Year Reflection and Survey.
3.  Review for the Final Exam.

We will finish the Career and College projects next time and review.  

World History Pre-AP Year End Survey & Reflection

Year End Reflection-WH
Quote of the Day:  "What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."  ~Gertrude Jekyll

Learning Targets:
* Present projects to the class (College and Career) - Teach the class about your future choices, learn from others about options that may present themselves.
* Review for the Final Exam.

1.  Career and College Project Presentations - We will present as many as we can today through 1/2 the period.  We'll do the other 1/2 tomorrow.  Answer these three questions with your presentation:
A.  What college did you chose and why?
B.  What career did you chose and why?
C.  What will it take for you to reach your desired college/career choices?
2.  Review for the final exam.  We will look at the FINAL EXAM TARGET SHEET.  We'll also play a review game if there is time remaining.  

Agenda: Friday, May 21st, 2010

Quote of the Day:
May 21st, 1970
Clovis, New Mexico
Cannon Air Force Base
"History was made!"

Karen E. Duez + Terry E. Duez = David J. Duez
Yep, I'm 40 today!


1.  Turn in DBQ before the test.

We will present College and Career projects and review for the Final Exam on Monday.

You can pick up exemption forms from secretaries starting on Tuesdsay.

Final Exam Targets - Review Sheet for the Final Exam - Spring 2010

2010 Spring Final Targets

Emily's Wish

Balloon Launch

Meeting in Red LGI for AP/Dual US History Students for Next Year

This was a note from Mr. G about the meeting that he wanted me to pass along to you:

Could you briefly tell your kids that Mark and I would like to see anyone signed up for AP/dual US in the Red LGI today, tomorrow, or Thursday after school? It will take about 5 minutes. Sorry for the short notice!
John Gillespie
AP Dual Credit US History
Social Studies Department Head

From Mr. Gillespie's website the reading materials are linked on the front page.  Your summer reading will be chapter 1 and 2 of the text.  You will also be reading Lies My Teacher Told Me.  That is a GREAT book.  I have it at home and have read through it several times.  Here is a link to the book (with the first chapter available to read for free):

Here is a link to the unit plan:

Text Book Return

Mr. Duez has had a mixup with the date to return our text books for World History.  Because of that I am asking that you please return your World History book when another class is going down to the book room.  Please take care of this.

If you need assistance, let me know.

Notes - Chapter 24 and 26 - WII The Pacific

Chapter24 26 War in Pacific

AGENDA: Wed/Thu May 18 and 19, 2010

Quote of the Day:  Bombings of Japan ....
In a Newsweek interview, Eisenhower again recalled the meeting with Stimson:
"...the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing." - Ike on Ike, Newsweek, 11/11/63

Learning Targets:
* How did the war in the Pacific differ from the European theatre of War?
* What strategy did the United States employ to win against the Japanese?
* Should the United States have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan to end WWII?

1.  Notes on the War in Japan.
2.  We will view a 20 minute documentary by HBO on the Making of the "The Pacific" 10 part mini series.  This will setup how the war in the Pacific was fought, where and how the battles were fought and the valor and courage of the men who fought the battles.

3.  We will do a philosphical chairs discussion on this questions:  "If you were Harry S. Truman, would you have made the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan to end World War II?"

Take Home DBQs for Friday, May 21st

Choose only ONE of the two DBQs.  They are due on Friday and will be handed in before the test.

Remember these tips:
Paragraph Form.
Strong Thesis statement (answer the prompt).
Intro/Conclusion introduces your case and gives your final argument.
Use the documents as a source within your essay.

Best of luck.  I will be in tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday if you need help after school.

DBQ Theaters of WWII

DBQ Great Depression or WWII Impact US

Agenda: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Dec. 8, 1941.

Learning Targets:
* How did America react to the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
* Why was Stalingrad a turning point in World War II?
* Describe the nature and importance of D-Day.

1.  Mr. Duez's Pearl Harbor Video.

My Trip to Pearl from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.

2.  Notes on Chapter 26 - Stalingrad, D-Day, Hitler Surrenders.  
3.  Begin the war in the pacific.

View video clips from Enemy at the Gates and Saving Private Ryan.

Agenda: Monday, May 17, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Never in the field of human conflict, has so much, been owed by so many, to so few!" - Winston Churchill - September 1940

Learning Targets:
* Understand Hitler's 2 big mistakes and how they impacted the war in Europe.
* Know the significance of these dates:  December 7, 1941 and June 6, 1944
* How did the entry of the US into WWII change the dynamic of the war.

1.  Collect College and Career projects (resume and essays).
2.  Notes on Chapter 24 and 26 World War II.  Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Hitler Invades USSR, Pearl Harbor, Stalingrad, D-Day, Hitler Surrenders.  (Tomorrow and Block Day - The War in the Pacific)
3.  Play a game of Pepper if time remains.  

Agenda: Friday, May 13, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds." - Neville Chamberlain, British PM in 1938 after negotiating with Adolf Hitler.

Neville Chamberlain showing the piece of paper upon which the agreement was written to a crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938.

Learning Targets:
* How did WWII Begin?
* Why did Appeasement fail as a policy?
* How as the Blitzkrieg different and effective for the Germans?

1.  Why We Fight - Band of Brothers Concentration Camp scene.  Students will write a reflection.
2.  Notes Chapter 24 & 26 - The Beginning of War in Europe.
3.  We will discuss the project due on Monday.



Band of Brothers - Why We Fight

Tomorrow we will begin class with a scene from Band of Brothers - "Why We Fight."
Last class we discussed the Holocaust and saw video about it.  To finish our look at the Holocaust, I know of no other piece of video that can explain how devastating these camps were than this one.  It is quite emotional.

As it finishes, students will write a reflection.  It will be the final piece of writing they will do on the Holocaust. Mr. Duez will collect it in class.

Agenda: Wednesday and Thursday, May 12 and 13, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair." - Elie Wiesel 
THEN:  Former Buchenwald prisoners - Elie Wiesel's face is visible on the second row, seventh from the left, by the vertical wooden beam.

NOW: Elie Wiesel, telling his story.

Learning Targets:
*  Students will show a mastery of the vocabulary from Chapters 24 and 26.
*  Students will understand The Holocaust and genocide.

1.  Quiz on Chapter 24 and 26
2.  Video from Chapter 26 a man's story of the Holocaust.  (10 minutes) and discussion.
3.  Video documentary (first 10 minutes) "A Survivor's Story."
4.  Video documentary (40 minutes) "Night and Fog" discussion at the end.

Monday the project is due.
Next Friday the Test and DBQ - May 21st (Mr. Duez's Birthday!)

Resume Templates - Resume Project due on May 17th

The college and career project is due on Monday, May 17th.  You need to hand in:
* A resume written as if you were 22 years old.
* An essay written as yourself, currently a high school student who is looking forward to their college choice and career.

Here is a link to the project rubric
Here is a link to the power point on the project.

Here are a few resume templates that you might want to choose to use:

If you are needing any help, I'll be here for tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday after school.  Or you can shoot me an email.

Obama Chooses New Supreme Court Nominee - Elana Kagan

Elena Kagan is President Obama's choice for supreme court nominee.

  • Elena Kagan, current solicitor general, has reputation as consensus builder
  • Kagan, 49, was dean of Harvard Law School; she has never served as judge
  • Clinton named her associate White House counsel, appointed her to Domestic Policy Council
  • "I have no doubt her heart beats on the left," said Charles Fried, a Harvard colleague

Agenda: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem." - Joseph Stalin

Learning Targets:
* Understand the vocabulary for Chapter 24 and 26 better by writing and listening to poems.
* How did Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, & Franco rise to power.
* How did WWII begin?

1.  We will read the "I Am Poems" and collect them (15 min)
2.  Notes Chapter 24/26 "Rise of Dictators" - Finish Hitler and then cover Mussolini, Stalin and Franco.
3.  Chapter 24 Video on Rise of Hitler 

Notes - Chapter 24 and 26 "Rise of Dictators"


Agenda: Monday, May 10, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done."
Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Swiss cognitive psychologist.

May 10, 1992 - Mr. Duez graduated from Juniata College.  Beside July 4th, 1995 (My wedding) and October 27th, 2004 (Aidan's birth) it was one of my best days as a human.  I hope every one of my students experiences the same feeling of accomplishment that I was able to have that day.

Learning Targets:
*Understand why dictators rose to power in the 1930s.
*Compare and contrast the major dictators of the 1930s.
*What were the causes of World War II?

1.  Collect Homework.
2.  Read any "I Am Poems" that are finished.  They are due tomorrow.
3.  Notes Chapter 24 and 26 "Rise of Dictators"
4.  Notes Chapter 26 "World War II Begins"

Tomorrow "I Am Poem" due
Wed/Thu Quiz
Next Monday - Project is due
Friday, May 21st - TEST & DBQ Due for Chapter 24 and 26 - THE LAST ONE!

Happy Mother's Day

Video: A World At War Part I "A New Germany" 1933-1939

The World At War is a tremendous documentary.  This first part shows Germany and the build up to World War II.

Troubled by the harsh peace of the Versailles Treaty and horrible life of the Great Depression...
Hitler is given power.
Early concentration camps are less killing camps, but bullying fields.
Books are burned, cultural history is erased.
An advanced western civilization turns over thinking to unquestioned support and worship for a dictator: Adolf Hitler.

Part I B
Part I C
Part I D
Part I E
Part I F
Part I G
Part I H
Part I I

Agenda: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4th and 5th, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." - Adolf Hitler

Learning Targets:
* What was the impact of the charismatic and dynamic group of world leaders in the 1930s and 1940s?
* Compare and contrast the world leaders - USA: FDR, GER: Hitler, UK: Churchill, USSR: Stalin.

1) Notes - Chapter 24 -- "The New Deal" - on the board
Videos -- Take Notes and write a summary at the end.
2) Video - The World At War "World War II" (Video Quiz at the end, you may use your notes to answer)
3) Video - "Life Under Hitler"

Agenda: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "The only thing we have to fear is... fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Learning Targets:
* List the causes of the Great Depression.
* How does FDR deal with the economic problems in the United States?
* What elements lead to the rise of dictators like Adolf Hitler?
* What is the response to the rise of dictators by the United States and Europe?

1) Pass back the WWI DBQ.  Discuss how it was graded and performance.  Students can rewrite it in tutoring starting on Thursday.
2) Notes - Chapter 24.  The Great Depression and the New Deal
3) Finish scene from Seabiscuit - Quickwrite: "Can you imagine your parents giving you up at the age of 16 because they can no longer afford to keep you?"
4) If time, introduce Adolf Hitler.

On Wed/Thu we will watch 2 documentaries about leaders during WWII era.
On Friday we'll see a documentary about Leni Riefenstahl.

Due Dates:
Homework Questions due on Mon. May 10th
Poetry is due on Tue. May 11th
Quiz will be Wed/Thu May 12th and 13th
Career Project Essay and Resume due on Monday, May 17th
Test for Chapter 24 and 26 is Friday, May 21st (DBQ Also due that day)

Notes Chapter 24 - The Great Depression

Chapter 24 - Great Depression

Agenda: Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Isn't it aMAYzing that it is already May?  One month to go folks!  Sprint to the finish.

Quote of the Day:  Reporter: Bob Johnson, Boston Globe. Two days ago, we ran a story about you giving your relief money back. Can you tell our readers why? 
Jim Braddock: I believe we live in a great country, a country that's great enough to help a man financially when he's in trouble. But lately, I've had some good fortune, and I'm back in the black. And I just thought I should return it. 

Learning Targets:
* Why did the League of Nations fail?
* List the causes of the Great Depression.
* What were the elements that led to the rise of dictators in European countries like Germany and Itally?

1.  Notes - Chapter 24 - The Roaring Twenties & The Great Depression.
2.  View 5 minutes from the movie Seabiscuit and trailers from Seabiscuit and Cinderella Man.  Students will answer this for an exit ticket:  "What was the nature of life in America during the Great Depression?"

Trailers for Seabiscuit and Cinderella Man

After World War I Americans returned triumphantly to the states from their victory in Europe.  This country celebrated and the "Roaring Twenties" were a decade of fun for most.  But, the end of the decade brought on tough times and the Great Depression.  Two films that celebrate underdogs during this time period are Cinderella Man and Seabiscuit.  We'll watch trailers for both on Monday and discuss the time period and what it must have been like to live through it.

Cinderella Man: