Continue with general questions and theme ideas posted a week ago. EdCafe is Wednesday–don’t forget your 10/15 pages of notes!
~Describe the work Mattie does with the Free African Society.
~Under what circumstances do Mattie, Eliza, and the children return to the coffeehouse?
~Why does the market suddenly reopen on October 24th?
~How did the Peale family survive their quarantine?
~Who followed the procession back to Philadelphia led by George Washington?
At the beginning of chapter 29 there is quote from a letter dated 1800 from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush. Jefferson said, “The yellow fever will discourage the growth of great cities in our nation.” Thinking of city life vs. suburban life today (and considering that you all live in the suburbs), to what extent was Jefferson correct?
Welcome class of 2016! This blogs helps us connect topics and events we learn about in class to things that are happening in our world today. This summer London hosted the Olympic Games–a long tradition that we will be discussing the origins of at the end of term 2. At each games the host country puts on an Opening Ceremony, where the athletes parade into the stadium and the torch is lit. As part of the ceremony as well each host country puts on a show that describes their history, culture, and influence on the world. Watch this clip from the 2012 London Opening Ceremony:
In the comment section below write your thoughts on this production. You may answer one or more of the following questions, or note your own observations.
Why was the industrial revolution part of the games?
What message did the London Olympic Committee hope to send with this performance?
What images from the industrial revolution do you recognize?
What images or scenes do you think were missing that could have helped the London committee get their point across?
Please note that comments will be held in moderation until I approve them. Also, Weymouth Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy states high school students will use first initial and last name when commenting on-line.
This week we spent some time learning about the Arab Spring Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that began in December 2010-January 2011 and still continue today. View the following image of Egyptian protest art taken about one year ago, then answer the questions that follow.
What symbols do you recognize? What is the meaning of these symbols?
What languages does the artist use? How and why are these languages used?
To what extent are images distorted? What effect does distorting and/or presenting images in a realistic way have on the overall effect of the artwork?
Honors must complete number 1. CP students may choose to complete either 1 or 2:
1. Read this short story: The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty. Write a “Response Essay” using the proper form: paragraph on author’s purpose, paragraph on your opinion relative to author’s and paragraph on how this piece has influenced you.
2. view the following and tell me the meaning of his bumper sticker 26 + 6 = 1 ?
Post your answer to 2 as a comment below. Question 1 will be passed in on separate paper.
On Sunday, Russian voters elected current prime minister and past President, Vladimir Putin, to a third term as head of the government. Under current laws Putin will serve 6 years, and then can be re-elected to an additional 6 year term. To justify the limits this seems to place on democracy in Russia, Putin’s campaign referenced history, according to an article in this week’s The Economist:
State propaganda has demonised the 1990s—the period which laid a foundation for growth and for Mr Putin’s own career—as the darkest period in Russian history. In his endorsement of Mr Putin the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church likened the 1990s to the Napoleonic invasion…, Hitler’s aggression and civil war. Mr Putin’s campaign is based almost entirely on the idea that his departure would throw the country back into such chaos
Supporters and critics alike often use historical references to back their claims that Putin is either justified in his actions, or another incarnation of Josef Stalin. In September 2010 this Kevin Kallaugher cartoon appeared in the The Economist, a London-based magazine.
Explain the meaning of this editorial cartoon paying particular attention to historical references using terms from our class.
Last week Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich caused a political firestorm when he claimed he was a Zionist, and used not often remembered historical facts to deny Palestinians have a right to independence from Israel. Here is the snippet of an interview:
Over vacation I would like you to respond in a creative way that uses another reason from history why something today should or should not take place.