Monday, May 15, 2017



The following extra credit opportunities are available through June 2nd.

All students have looked at a fun times in the Great Depression Poster.  To create a poster, using colored pencils, do a character/symbol or advertisement from the 1930s.  Here are some of the characters that were created that time:  Flash Gordon   Little Orphan Annie   Captain Midnight  Buck Rodgers  Shirley Temple  Mickey Mouse (early types)  Snow White Wizard of Oz  Dionne Quintuplets   Monopoly   Wheaties box  Tom Mix   Jack Armstrong 

Make sure it is just on a 8 x 11 1/2 standard size paper.  Make sure you use colored pencils.  Most kids love this extra credit have fun, despite the great depression there were some neat characters developed to help people take their minds off their troubles.

You can also view the following

The Birdman of Alcatraz (the feature film)  This film is about Robert Stroud, a convicted murdered who studies birds and their behaviour and becomes a leading expert--even though he remains in solitary confinement

A documentary on Dorothea Lange, the iconic photograph of the Great Depression:

Color documentary on Hitler:  This is just worthwhile for the pictures that have now been colorized.  You may not understand all of this.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Information for the 1920's Exam to be given on May 1st

Here is the information you will need to know for the multiple choice test I will be giving you on May 1st (all classes).  We may still be studying the 1920s, but the test will be given on this date.  Note I have moved back the date to the MAY 1st as we will not finish the unit until then..

1.  After immigration laws were tightened, and Chinese and Japanese and Eastern Europeans were limited in their ability to immigrate to America, jobs went to immigrants from Canada and Mexico.

2.  The Red Scare which was about supposed Communists coming into the United States was a response to the Russian Revolution.

3.  Productivity rose in the 1920's because of new resources, new technologies, and new management methods.

4.  Some states banned the teaching of evolution in their schools because it contradicted or opposed the Bible's account of the creation of man.

5.  No doubt, the most exciting hero of 1920s baseball era was Babe Ruth

6.  President Harding and President Coolidge based their foreign policy on isolationism..

7.  On unexpected result of Prohibition during the 1920s was the rise in organized crime.

8.  The Ku Klux Klan targeted these groups in the 1920s:  African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and immigrants.

9.  Republican presidents in the 1920s generally favored policies that promoted the growth of business.

10.  Charles Lindberg and other heroes meant that Americans recognized the virtues of the good old days.

11. One group that suffered economically in the 1920s were farmers.

12.  Clubs in Harlem New York were the place to hear Jazz music.

13.  Flappers represent women's desire to break free from the past.

14.  African Americans moved to the North to find jobs.

15.  At first women did not vote in great numbers (after they were given the right to in 1920) because of many reasons:  some did not feel comfortable voting, they could not leave their children to go to the pools, or their families discouraged them from voting.

16.  Many Americans believed that Sacco and Vanzetti were executed because they were immigrants with radical beliefs during the Red Scare.

17.  The economy grew in the 1920s as consumers began to buy goods on credit.

 18.  This desire for exciting new products led to an increase in personal debt.

19.  Henry Ford's dream was to sell cars that ordinary people could afford.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 3rd through April15th

We are busy in Social Studies during our first few weeks back from Spring Break:

1.  Students have received their main handout on the 1920s
2.  Students will be doing many activities that will show up on the gradebook:  they include the following:

Fact or Opinion about the African American migration out of the South
1920s Prohibition Pro and Con Argument with Primary Documents
Reading about the Alaskan Diptheria Run
Learning about Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and other heroes of the 1920s.

We are going to also have centers---and students will hold some artifacts and letters from the National Archives in their hands.

Extra Credit opportunities that were posted before Spring Break are due by April 14th---whereupon the they will expire.  I will post new opportunities on the 15th.

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?