Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Students are studying the Russian Revolution and other revolutions before Spring break.

Here are some extra credit opportunities.  They will be due no later than April 14th--Friday--which will be the CUT OFF DATe.  hopefully some of you can watch the videos over spring break.

 One, students can draw an Imperial egg from the Faberge Jewelry Workshop.  I have the actual worksheet for that---so it needs to be done on that.

 I can give some extra credit for the following viewing opportunities---just have your parents sign a slip that you watched them.  Please be honest (really don't need to say that--but am, anyways)

On NETFLIX--look for Raiders of the Lost Art---there is an episode on the Faberge Eggs, the one that was found in 2014, and speculation where the other lost eggs may be.

The film REDS is about the American John Reed and his involvement in the early days of the Russian Revolution.  This film was rated R, so there are some more adult parts.  Please write a brief paragraph about what he saw during the early days of the revolution.

We will be studying the 1920s directly after this--so here are some more films about this time--again, since this is out of class, I am not responsible for any violence or adult parts that may be in them:

UNTOUCHABLES--great film about Al Capone and Chicago during Prohibition
The STING--another film about a "set up" of small time criminals  during the 1920s
THE SPIRIT of ST. LOUIS (the film with James Stewart)  We will be learning about Charles Lindbergh's historic flight so this film is a great introduction to the story.  The special effects are a bit dated--but it's still good.

You can also watch any documentaries on BONNIE and CLYDE that run at least over 45 minutes long--make sure they are documentaries.  I will not give credit for the movie which is something I will not give credit for.

ALSO:  we will be having a Multiple Choice Quiz on the Russian Revolution so here is the information that will be on it---we will probably be taking it on Wednesday or Thursday March 22 and 23rd depending on what period your class is.

1.  The ideas of the Russian Revolution came out of the Industrial Revolution
2.  Communists believed that Russia was the ideal place for the Revolution to occur because it was not as industrialized--so the industry that grew would be owned by the state instead.
3.  Religion was not considered part of the Communist beliefs.
4.  World War I was a short term cause of the communist revolution
5.  Even before the overthrow and assassinations of the Tsar and his family, there had been many protests about unfair conditions in Ruissa.
6.  Sometimes the Tsar blamed Jews for the problems in Russia and they were targeted for violence.
7. Vladimir Lenin was not able to take power immediately in 1917--he actually had to escape to nearby Finland---and then he returned to take power.
8.  In order to end World War I, and get Russia focused on the Revolution, Lenin offered to give up vast amounts of Russian land to German control
9.  These lands, however, did not remain in permanent control of the Germans---after the Germans lost World War I---these countries became separate nations
10.  At the end of World War I--Germany had many smaller revolutions caused by communists--however, German soldiers who were returning from the war still had guns and they killed the communists or eliminated the threat of a revolution
11.  Stalin was successful in having two of his FIVE YEAR PLANS to industrialize Russia.  He got money by selling off paintings and jewels and even the eggs from the Romanovs to pay for tractors.  He ordered FORD and JOHN DEERE tractors to be shipped over to Russia to help transform farming.  However, because of World War II, he was not able to get the third of the five year plans finished.
12.  A lot of Russian industry that had been created by the two five year plans was ruined by the destruction on World War II.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

World War I TEST coming on March 7th and 8th

A 41 question test will be given about World War I on March 8th (Period 6) and March 9th (Periods 2,3,4).  Most of the material is covered in class and on your guided notes.  However, I did not have time to cover everything, so here is some extra material for you to review.

I have NUMBERED them, but the number is NOT THE SAME on the test.

1.  Many of the leaders were related to each other.  The king of England, the Tsar of Russia and the Kaiser of Germany were all cousins.  As relatives, they were rivals and often saw their family relationships reflected in the power of their country.
2. Each side thought the war would be over by Christmas
3.  Americans were divided because over 1/4 were descended from Germans.
4.  The Zimmerman telegram--which tried to get Mexico to attack America was the most ludicrous reasons for the U.S. to enter the war--but many took this threat seriously.
5.  You must know the years of the war.
6.  When Russia gets out of the war because of a peace treaty signed with Lenin, the new communist leader, remember that the German soldiers who were fighting the Russians now move over to the Western front.
7.  Airplanes were mainly used to scout enemy positions.
8.  Communist revolutions, though not as large as what was happening in Russia, also occurred in Germany during the last days of the war.
9. Germany lost the most men in  World War I,
10.  The Germans at first refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles.
11. During the war, the U.S. used price controls to prevent unfair profits because of war.
12.  Remember what sedition is:  limiting free speech that might harm the war effort.
13.  We now pay for our wars with taxes.
14.  Remember, the United States did not join the League of Nations.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Each film will be 10-15 points depending on content and length.  All extra credit slips must be just a piece of paper signed by parent that you watched the film.  Slips will be due no later than March 3rd--approximately when we finish World War I.

Paths of Glory (black and white film---interesting content)
Sergeant York (black and white film--Alvin York won the Medal of Honor, and this film outlines his growing up years and courageous deeds)
Flyboys (rated PG-13)  This is the story of the American pilots who went over before the US joined the war.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Information for the Checkpoint Quizzes

Socials Studies 9 students are studying World War I.  They will have two checkpoint quizzes.  The first checkpoint quiz will include this information that you will need to know.  The quiz is multiple choice.  Each quiz is 15 questions.

The first checkpoint quiz will be given between February 6-10th  and the second check point quiz will be given between period 13-17th.  STUDY these questions (which are mostly from your notes) AND YOU WILL DO WELL.  I will be double weighting the exams.

Checkpoint quiz 1:

1.  Was the assassination of the archduke unexpected?
2.  Why were the Serbian anarchists angry?
3.  Know these alliances:  France+Russia+England  Germany+Austria-Hungary+Italy   England+Belgium
4.  The invasion of this country brought England into the war
5.  What is the lesson from the rapid start of World War I that should be remembered for future world history?
6.  Were most propaganda posters fair and balanced?
7.  Did the Pals battalions continue through the war?
8.  What country instituted the first gas attack?
9.  Did the type of gas remain the same through the war?
10.  What was the number one mistaken belief about what would end the war?
11.  Why were they not able to end the war after the first few months?
12.  How did Germans find out about what cargo was put onto enemy ships?
13.  What does the term "Loose Lips Sink Ships" which was a saying and also used on posters mean?  14.  What is the correct word for the massive killing and bloodshed in World War I?

Checkpoint quiz 2

1.  What war weapon killed the most men in World War I
2.  What group led the peace movement and went overseas to put pressure to end the war?
3.  What country usually had their soldiers depicted as abuse beasts or apes, of women and children?
4.  What country was blamed for the sinking of the Lusitatinia?
5.  What is the area called No Man's Land?
6.  What battle still holds the world record for most men kill in one day of battle for one side?
7  Did the Germans continue to honor the Sussex Pledge about U boat attacks?
8. What was the American attittude toward the Zimmerman telegram which encouraged Mexico to attack America and gain parts of Texas back?
9. Did all Americans agree with going to war for Europe?
10.  What were the main reasons for the United States going to war?
11.  What did Alvin York do to win the Medal of Honor (just have a general idea)
12.  Out of the Selective Service Act, how many were selected for service?

Monday, January 30, 2017

SECOND SEMESTER BEGINS: Welcome students---including a few new ones!

Second semester began on Monday, January 30th.  Students were barely alive, but we began with a crash---by learning about the sinking of the Titanic.  Students also went on the National Geographic 100 Titanic site and watched a few CGI reproductions about the wreck.  They also took a brief quiz.

The story of the Titanic is important:  it foreshadowed the hubris---or pride that many countries in Europe had at the eve of World War I.  It seemed as if the major countries of Europe were sleepwalking toward disaster.  

Like the Titanic's unpredictable sinking....war broke out unexpectedly with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand...soon, within two months, over half a million Europeans were dead.  The war would not end for four more years and the final death toll would be 17 million.  America would also become involved a provide the final push to defeat Germany.

We will be spending the next few weeks studying the war---after all, we hope that there will only be two World Wars to study for the next ten thousand years....two world wars are enough!

We will be learning about all the different weapons developed, how the war couldn't be ended with just one battle, and why the United States eventually entered the war.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PROGRESSIVISM EXAM---you have the scantron--now get answering! Due JANUARY 5th and 6th.

Choose the most correct  answer!
Most of these questions are on your large sheet, HOWEVER, some are not.  ALSO, I loaded this test just as the blizzard hit and notice that some questions are repeats.  Just go ahead and answer them and you will pick up some extra points.   There may also be very few questions we did not cover in class--they will reward those who listened carefully during lectures and class discussions.  Of course, you are free to look up the answers on line.  Please fill out on your green scantron.  If you have lost the scantron, number on a piece of lined paper.

1.               This president was assassinated shortly after he took office, before he could put forward some reforms.  A.  Chester Arthur  B.  James Garfield  C. Abraham Lincoln  D.  John F. Kennedy
2.               This president surprised everyone by putting forward reforms throughout his term. A.  Chester Arthur  B. James Garfield  C.  Abraham Lincoln  D.  John F. Kennedy
3.               The Temperance movement had this as a goal (hint:  both Finn Reardon’s father and grandfather had problems with this) A) Women were allowed the right to vote  B) Alcohol was prohibited  C) Child labor would be limited.
4.               The right to vote for women was finally established A) 1902  B) 1920  C)1945  D)1888
5.               These writers highlighted unsafe working conditions, poor meat preparation, and unfair business practices.   A)NAACP  B)Populists  C)Grangers  D)Muckrakers
6.               During the era after the Civil War, African Americans were sometimes “lynched” which means  a) they were put in prison  b) they were sent to school  c) they were murdered  d) they received a fair trial
7.               The initials of the NAACP have to do with this group of people:  A) Anglican Americans  B)Chinese Americans  C)Hispanic Americans  D)African Americans
8.               Women’s right to vote was this amendment  A) First  B)Fifth  C)eleventh  D)nineteenth
9.               During the late 1800’s many of the major strikes were called “The Great Strikes,” because  a) they ended peacefully, and had large numbers of people.  B) violence occurred while they were being broken up
10.           Did African Americans receive separate but equal conditions after the Civil War?  A) yes  b) no
11.           The Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Preparation Act were a result of  a) people wanting tastier food  b) Muckrakers told the truth about labels and food preparation.
12.           (General Knowledge—you might have to guess)  Today, people who work inside a factory or company and report unsafe or corrupt conditions are called  A) Tarbells  B)Rats  C)Whistle Blowers  D) Muckrakers
13.           The Jungle was a book written by this man  A)Mavis Upton  B)Upton Sinclair  C)Sinclair Lewis
14.           A vaudeville character that made fun of African Americans was used to name these discriminatory laws  A)Jim Crow  B)Jim Speakes  C)Elmer Gantry
15.           Hull House was a settlement house bought by Jane Adams to help this group of people adjust: A) Chinese Americans  B)Immigrants  C)Sailors  D)Middle Class
16.           Carrie Nation attacked these places in order to stop the drinking of alcohol.  She was part of the movement to ban the sale of alcohol.  This movement was called:  A)Progressivism  B) Temperance   C)Suffrage  D)Reservations
17.           Carrie Nation’s most famous weapon was an A) Gun  B)Whip  C)Axe  D)Bat
18.            Prior to the changes in education, did most small towns have high schools?  A) yes  b) no
19.           Physical punishment, involving a paddle in most cases, would be called  A)General  B)Important  C)Fair  D)Corporal
20.           In the Hull House maps, what was the only group that lived in larger numbers next to the African Americans?   (this is from memory—if you don’t know, just guess) a) Polish  b) German c) Irish  d) the White group
21.           A prejudice against other people who were not born in America  is called  A)Racism  B)Segregation  C)Nativism  D)Quota
22.           This group was excluded from the U.S. by an actual law, even though they helped to build the railroads:  A)Irish B)Mexicans  C)Canadians  D)Chinese
23.           The decision reached in Muller vs. Oregon meant that A)the work day was increased  B)the work day for women was limited  c)child labor was increased  D)child labor would be limited
24.           In 1920, the 18th Amendment was passed.  What substance was banned after its passage  a) tobacco  b) narcotics  c) alcohol  d) aspirin
25.           General Knowledge (you may have to look up) The Civil Rights Act, allowing full equality and desegregation for African Americans, was finally passed in  A)1972  B)1969  C)1964  D)1942
26.           The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed shortly after the publication of THE JUNGLE, in a)1880  B)1960  C)1906  D)1990
27.           The use of electricity, for workers especially, meant  A)work shifts day and night  B)more convenience  C)more money  D)more production
28.           What was not a major industry during the Progressive Era?  A) computer technology  b)electricity  c)steel production  d)oil and gas
29.           Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt were all called this negative term that originated in the middle ages  a) Robber Barons  b) Captains of Industry  c) Billionaires
30.           Andrew Carnegie helped to pay for half of the library built in Salem, Oregon a) True b) False
31.           A monopoly  controls  a)many different industries  b)the same industry 
32.           A trust controls  a)competing industries  b)many different industries  c)the same industry
33.           What group was squeezed financially the most by the trusts/monopolies?  A)robber barons  b)merchants  c)working class
34.           Trusts and Monopoly were broken up over time.  Which president actually broke up the most trusts?   A) Taft  b) Roosevelt
35.           In today’s business world, are companies watched and regulated to prevent future monopolies?  a) yes b) no.
36.           The idea of Social Darwinism meant that  a) the best businesses make the most money doing whatever it takes  b) businesses should compete fairly against each other.
37.           “Survival of the Fittest” is the philosophy associated with this scientist  a)Darwin  b)Dickens  C)Newton  D)Pascal
38.           Boss Tweed was the head of the political machine in a) Chicago  B)New York City  C)Los Angeles  D)Philadelphia
39.           The Political Machine helped immigrants in order to gain votes  A)  True  B) False
40.           This act created a system of employee selection based on tests, instead of favoritism.  Three presidents worked to get it passed, including Hayes, Garfield, and Arthur.  A)Pendleton Act  B)Potter Act  C)Setter Act  D)Anti-trust act.
41.           A main goal of the Robber Barons would be to  a)pay high wages  b)stop monopolies  c)limit trusts  d) use horizontal or vertical integration to gain the most profits.
42.           The lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire had to do with  a)labor unions  b)unsafe work conditions  c) low pay  d)right to vote
43.           In the period following the Civil War (1865) to the turn of the century (1900) labor strikes were always peaceful  a)True  b)False
44.           Scabs and Black Listing were methods used to control labor unrest….So what is a SCAB?   A) a piece of crusted blood b) a replacement worker in a strike  c)  someone from another company
45.           Before the Progressive Movement, government often sided with businesses against workers.  A) True  b) False.
46.           Social Darwinists believed in survival of the fittest.  What would not be an example of social Darwinism in business  a) low wages  b) making use of every bit of the product (such as meat)  c) long hours  d) generous benefits
47.           Tariffs on goods coming into the country have this long term effect:  a) they make things made in the United States cheaper by comparison  b) they do not affect the price of goods  c) they can make things in the United States more expensive
48.           A precinct captain was at the top of the Political machine  a) yes b) no
49.           The New York City Courthouse cost twice the price paid for Alaska Territory.  Money went into the Political Machine because the actual building did not cost that much. What is this called?  a)corruption b)trust  c)monopoly  d)infrastructure
50.           What was the title that most Robber Barons preferred to be called?  a) Barons of Profit  b) Captains of Corruption c) Captains of Industry
51.           Did parents really want their children to work in factories ?  A) Yes b) No
52.           A tenement apartment was known for this  a) fresh air  b) large rooms  c) indoor plumbing  d) noisy and crowded
53.           Pogroms were violent attacks against this group of people, who later left their homeland to come to America.  Hint:  this was a major PUSH factor  a) Polish  b) Irish  c) Jews  d) English
54.           The spoils system that Presidents Rutherford, Garfield, and Arthur worked to end had to do with  a) meat  b) grain  c) jobs handed out as favors  d) trains
55.           The suburbs of a city were located  a) in the inner city  b) in the apartment buildings  c) they surrounded the city
56.           The steerage was an area in the ship where this group stayed while they crossed the ocean to come to America  a) the very wealthy b) the middle class c) the immigrants from other countries.
57.           Though given as a “birthday present” to the United States in 1876, the Statue of Liberty was meant to let this country know the builders were unhappy with their own government  a) China  b) Ireland  c) England  d) France
58.           In the Novel, Finn Reardon, and in real live, did the Newsboys actually win their strike?  a) yes  b) no.
59.           Yellow Journalism came out of the newspaper owners goal to a) be truthful with their public  b) sell more papers by exaggerating stories
60.           From our book, Finn Reardon, did Finn participate in “exaggeration” when he sold papers, thereby supporting the idea of yellow journalism?  A) Yes, Finn exaggerated to a certain extent, but not as bad as other boys  b)  Finn never exaggerated his stories
61.           In Finn Reardon, did the political machine reach down into Finn’s own home?  A) yes, his father was recruited for the Irish Brotherhood Association  b) no, his father never was involved in politics and voted independently
62.           The Salvation Army, the Union Gospel Mission, the YMCA, all work to help people.  Their missions are based on the teachings of  a) Jewish faith  b) Muslim faith  c) Christian faith  d) Buddhist Faith
63.           What was America’s most popular sport in the 1800’s?  a) Baseball  b) Football  c) Basketball  d) Skating
64.           The Temperance movement was about  a) liquor consumption  b) abolishing monopolies  c) crowded conditions in cities  d) child labor
65.           The treatment of animals was of great concern.  What raised awareness about the better treatment of animals ?   a) movies  b) newspaper articles  c) minstrel shows d) novels that gave animals human traits
66.           The music we know as Jazz originated in this city  a) New York  b) New Orleans  c) Chicago  d) Philadelphia
67.           The Social Gospel Movement believed that this could be used to solve most of the problems in the cities  a) the teachings of Jesus Christ  b) food kitchens  c) better housing  d) all of these
68.           During the late 1800s, this was the number one source of information for city dwellers  a) radio  b) television  c) magazines  d) newspapers
69.           Chemawa Indian School has was built and established within the last twenty years ago  a) True b) False
70.           The main goal of the Indian Reservation schools was to teach Indians how to  a) assimilate  b) appreciate their culture  c) re learn the old ways of the tribe
71.           The Indian Reservation Schools were always run by the government  a) yes  b) no
72.           This branch of the government oversees Chemawa Indian School today: a) State  b) Federal  c) municipal (city)
73.           Was “Jim Crow,” a real African American person?  a) Yes b) No.
74.           During the time after the Civil War, how were African Americans depicted in advertisements?   A) they were depicted the same ways as white people b) their facial characteristics were exaggerated to incite ridicule
75.           What park in Oregon did Teddy Roosevelt establish?  A) Yosemite b) Crater Lake c) Silver Creek Falls d) Mount Rainer.
76.           Today, are lumber companies required to pay for the re planting of young trees in the area where they cut trees down?  a) yes  b) no
77.           Teddy Roosevelt supported the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act  a) True b) False
78.           Teddy Roosevelt is perhaps known best for this in regard to U.S. history  a) Support of Pure Food and Drug Act  b) Support for the miners in the 1902 strike c) support for conservation and the environment d) support for equal rights for African-Americans
79.           Upton Sinclair’s important book, THE JUNGLE, changed the conditions of  a) unfair business practices  b) meat preparation c) child labor
80.           Muckrakers were writers who a) were under the control of the Robber Barons b) were corrupt and lied about social conditions  c) wrote about harmful conditions in society or corrupt business practices
81.           Does the Pure Food and Drug Act still exist today to help protect consumers from harmful foods or drugs being sold without adequate labels?  A) Yes, it exists today  b)  No, it does not exist—it ended in 1906.
82.           The Federal Reserve System has to do with the establishment of  a) National Parks and federal lands  b) 12 federal banks that regulate and distribute money c) Indian Reservations
83.           Were women active in the Progressive movement, even though they did not have the vote until 1920?   A) yes, they were very active  b) no, they were not
84.           Socialists were people who wanted to end the capitalist system and distribute wealth more equally  a) true b) false
85.           Oregon was the first state, in 1904, to allow voters to elect their federal senators.  Did the United States eventually adopt this into the Constitution  a) yes, we now elect our federal senators  b) no, we do not elect our senators
86.           Did the Political Machine become less powerful and corrupt during the Progressive Era  a)  yes, the political machine began to become less powerful, but it was a slow process  b) the political machine ended immediately and no longer had any influence in large American Cities.
87.           The 17th amendment change the way that this political office was chosen  a) senators—they would now be elected by the people  b) senators—they would still be chosen by the state governments.
88.           What group gained the least during the Progressive movement?  A) women  b) working children  c) workers  d) African Americans
89.           The Clayton Anti Trust Act strengthened the government’s ability to curtail large business trusts and anti-competition practices by big business.  However, it also allowed for  a)  longer working hours  b) peaceful picketing and labor strikes  c) the government could hand out jobs as favors d) business owners could use violence on workers
90.           Of the many things which highlighted the abuse of animals in the olden days, this raised the most awareness of cruel treatment of animals to the general public  a) novels about animals  b) speeches about animals  c) formation of humane society
91.           Nellie Bly and Dorothea Dix are well known for their connection to helping this group of people  a) criminals  b) women  c) the mentally ill  d) animals
92.           Did the Progressive leaders know that the changes they made would make a difference long after they themselves were forgotten?  A) yes they did b) no, they did not
93.           The Progressive movement has often been called the “bridge” to our modern world.  What does that mean?  A) Laws and changes made during that time helped to shape modern laws and attitudes  b) Not that many changes occurred and our life is not that different from others in the 1800s

94.           Which Robber Baron contributed money to build our library here in Salem, Oregon?   A) Rockefeller  b) Carnegie  c) Vanderbilt  d) Astor

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY through December 16th

FIRST:  Extra Credit opportunity

Student will be given an extra credit opportunity that will run through December 16th.  It will be awarded the same extra credit points as a reading novel.  The movie is THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN.  This film, though it takes place in a later era, correctly describes some of the obstacles orphaned children faced--or children who had lost one parent.

Students did a FOR of AGAINST on the Orphan Trains which took children out west to be adopted---and I want them to gain better understanding of what it was like for children whose lives were disrupted when their parents died or had to leave home to seek work.

Students are to write a list of just five obstacles or challenges that Natty faced and turn the slip into the IN box with their parent's signature.