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Monday, April 21, 2014

For the Remainder of the Semester...

Check the Edmodo site and not this. It is much easier to post everything on Edmodo (where we can actually link to files). Check it EVERY DAY!!! There's a ton of good new stuff there. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Upcoming Test Dates

Ch. 21 April 22
Benchmark: April 25
Ch. 22/23 Test: April 29
STAAR: May 8

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SATs (Wednesday April 16, 2014)

Attention All Juniors : 
Juniors have registered at school for the SAT that is being given at Bellaire HS on Wednesday, April 16th. All juniors need to log back into their Collegeboard.org account (a great place to get SAT tips and hints) and click on SAT registrations and print out their Admission Ticket. Students will need to bring these with them to school on April 16th. Also bring a calculator and regular #2 pencil (not mechanical).

Here are some helpful links:
SAT Practice; News Article on SAT Prep; Chron.com Article on SAT Prep; Khan Academy SAT Prep; Article on Khan Academy SAT Prep; College Board and Khan Academy; SAT Practice Test

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ch. 22 Overview

USH: Unit 6 - Ch. 22 – THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (1960-1978)
OVERVIEW: Public frustration with the federal government grew in the 1970s as the Watergate scandal broke, the energy crisis emerged, and the economy continued to weaken. Democrat Jimmy Carter was elected president with a promise to reform government. Numerous obstacles, including a worsening economic situation, hampered his presidency. In this chapter you will learn how Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 and set out to reform the economy and foreign relations.
VOCAB: Nonviolent Resistance, Sit-Ins, SCLC, MLK, SNCC, Congress of Racial Equality, Freedom Riders, James Meredith, Medgar Evers, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Council of Federated Organizations, 24th Amendment, Freedom Summer, People Getting Hurt in this Fight, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Voting Rights Act, Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Black Power, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Black Panther Party, Kerner Commission, Poor People’s Campaign, Busing, Affirmative Action, Quotas, Ralph Abernathy, University of California v. Bakke, Carl Stokes, National Black Political Convention
THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – AN OVERVIEW: African Americans continued to work for equality during the 1960s, a decade dominated by the civil rights movement. Under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. the civil rights movement utilized nonviolent resistance to end segregation and work for equal rights. These efforts led to the passage of major legislation. Other civil rights leaders advocated separatism and violent resistance, however.
1. Professional sports begin to be integrated when Jackie Robinson begins to play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
2. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declares school segregation is unconstitutional.
3. In 1955. Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
4. In 1957, President Eisenhower sends the National Guard to integrate Central HS in Little Rock, Arkansas…The Little Rock 9: Nine African-American students who 1st integrated Central HS.
5. In 1961, sit-ins in segregated restaurants begin in Greensboro, North Carolina.
6. In 1962, Freedom Riders reveal that interstate transportation remains segregated in the South
7. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads demonstrations against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.
8. MLK leads demonstration against restrictions on voting rights in Selma, Alabama.
9. In 1963, a massive March on Washington demands federal action on civil rights.
10. In 1964, Congress enacts a Civil Rights Act banning segregation in public accommodations.
11. In 1965, Congress enacts a Voting Rights Act to forbid restrictions on voting by blacks and other groups based on race and ethnicity.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ch. 20 Test Study Guide (April 8, 2014)

1. Textbook Page(s) to Look Over: 617 #s 1, 3, and 4
2. Define: Fair Deal, Taft-Hartley Act, National Highway Act, GI Bill of Rights, LULAC, Brown v. Board of Education, Civil Rights Act of 1957, Little Rock 9, Urban Renewal (and who it hurts), Modern Republicanism, Baby Boom
3. Know the following people: Dwight Eisenhower (R), Harry Truman (D), Martin Luther King Jr, Felix Longoria (know his story)
4. Read over ALL of the Graphic Orgs, except section 2, and especially Section 1!!!

*UPDATE: Please make sure you go over the study guide above. Next week is the 1st week of the final 6-weeks of this school year!!! Wow! Project grades are coming, along with notes grades and this test, so let's try and start out as strongly as possible! Grades trended downward during the 5th 6-weeks and hopefully that will change during the last 6-weeks! Do not forget April 16 (SATs), May 8 (STAAR US History), and EVERY Tuesday is a test day in class!!! Do not give up and keep working hard (or start working hard for some of you)! Please do great work, we are rooting hard for you!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ch. 19 Test Study Guide (Test Wednesday April 2, 2014)

1. Study these from the textbook: Pg. 587 #s 1-3
2. Define: Potsdam Conference, Nuremberg Trials, United Nations, Cold War, Containment, Satellite Nations, Berlin Blockade, Berlin Airlift, Truman Doctrine vs. communism, Marshall Plan, Domino Theory, NATO, CIA, U-2 Incident, HUAC, the Hollywood 10, Sputnik
3. What is mutual assured destruction mean in context with nuclear weapons?
4. Know who the following people are: Joseph McCarthy, Alger Hiss, The Rosenbergs,

This is not a hard test. Please study hard and come in and do great work! See y'all next week!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Have a Great Spring Break and Project Directions!!!

Coach Durning and I wish you all a great Spring Break! Rest up, have some fun, and do some good studying! You will see overviews below and there will be some study guides and other assortedness posted in the coming days! Please be advised that when we get back we are going to hit the ground running! You will need to bring your A-games because we have a lot to cover before SATs and STAAR hit, so be prepared!!! No excuses please! Come in, get great work done, and then let's move on! Have fun and below I will post what the picture project directions!

Due Date: Mintz: Tuesday March 25 and Durning: Friday March 28, 2014.
Project Directions: Recreate a famous picture/moment from Chapters 13-18 (like we did last semester). Then using Pixlr.com, or the photo editor of your choosing (i.e. Photoshop, etc), cut yourselves out and insert into the original picture (making it look like the original). Use whatever app to place both photos side by side and then you are done with this part.
Turn in Directions: I will put a link into Edmodo to turn in. Turn in the photo and the following mini-report - 1. Names of all group members, 2. Why your group choose this project (2-3 sentences), 3. How your group liked this version of the project vs. last semesters (2-3 sentences), and 4. Anything else your group would like us to know about the project or your effort. Thanks for your work and Coach Durning and I cannot wait to see the results!!! Email smintz@houstonisd.org if you have any questions!!! Turn in through the Edmodo link, please do not email in. **Only email in the mini report if it proves to hard to turn in through Edmodo (I'm not sure if it will let you attach multiple things). The pictures must be turned in through Edmodo.

Ch. 20 Overview

USH: Unit 5 - Ch. 20 – SOCIETY AFTER WW2 (1945-1960)
OVERVIEW: The end of WW2 renewed Americans' optimism about the future. Soon, however, the country was caught up in a Cold War with the Soviet Union. President Truman's commitment to contain the spread of communism led to greater US involvement in Korea and a growing suspicion that there were spies at home. The Cold War intensified as President Eisenhower stepped up the nuclear arms race. In this chapter you will learn how Americans adjusted to the domestic transition from war to peace.
VOCAB: GI Bill of Rights, Employment Act, Council of Economic Advisors, Taft-Hartley Act, Committee on Civil Rights, Dixiecrats, The Election of 1948, Fair Deal, Automation, Baby Boom, Juvenile Delinquency, Rock ‘N Roll, Modern Republicanism, Highway Act, Building the Burbs, The Growth of TV, Consumerism, Social Activities, Elvis, Beats, Urban Renewal, Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall, Little Rock 9, Rosa Parks, Montgomery Improvement Association, Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Act of 1957, Felix Longoria, LULAC, Ralph Ellison, Jack Kerouac
POST-WW2 SOCIETY – AN OVERIVEW:
1. THE POST-WW2 US SAW MANY CONFLICTS
- Conflicts over LABOR UNIONS, CIVIL RIGHTS, and any EXPANSION OF THE NEW DEAL into such areas as national health insurance, housing, full employment, welfare benefits
2. RAPID GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY:
- Allowed many Americans to move to suburbs and have more children; Became known as the BABY BOOM
- Apparent in the rapid spread of TV
3. TRUMAN and the FAIR DEAL:
- Promised: FULL EMPLOYMENT, HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE, NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, INCREASED AID TO FARMERS, EXPANSION OF WELFARE BENEFITS
- FAIR DEAL had limited success in an INCREASINGLY CONSERVATIVE postwar political climate
- Americans had become LESS ENTHUSIASTIC about reform programs that would further expand the gov
- Most people, weary of the upheaval of recent years, just wanted PEACE, STABILITY, and PROSPERITY
4. THE RISE OF YOUTH CULTURE:
- High school attendance becomes universal
- ROCK ‘N’ ROLL arises
- Others also questioned CONFORMITY, especially the BEATS
5. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT BEGINS:
A.  BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION, 1954
- Reverses PLESSY V. FERGUSON (1896), which had established the legality of “separate-but-equal” schools; Shown through the hardships of the LITTLE ROCK 9
- Declares segregation in public schools ILLEGAL
B. MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT: After desegregation in school efforts succeeded, the fight moved towards desegregating transportation, such as forcing African Americans to ride in the back of buses
- Begins in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama when ROSA PARKS refused to move to the back of a city bus.
- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (MLK) was MIA’s spokesman
- MLK was a Baptist minister, who was an ENERGETIC and MOVING SPEAKER
- White protesters used INTIMIDATION and VIOLENCE to try and stop the protests
C. SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE ROCK, 1957: Integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, can only take place after President Eisenhower sends in the National Guard
D. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957: Congress passed the 1st new civil rights law since Reconstruction; Also passed laws to protect voting rights and to study violations of civil rights
E. HISPANICS, ASIANS, and INDIANS became increasingly motivated to also fight for their rights
- FELIX LONGORIA: Deceased Mexican American WW2 vet, from TX, whose remains were turned down for burial by the only funeral home in his hometown; TX Senator LBJ had him buried at Arlington National Cemetery after a huge outpour of criticism
- LULAC: Formed in 1929 – fought for Hispanic rights in the same way that the NAACP championed African American rights
- LULAC, like the NAACP, fought against segregation: Menendez v. West Minster School District (1945) and Delgado v. Bastrop ISD (1948) found that school segregation in CA and TX was illegal for Mexican American students
- ASIAN AMERICAN Challenges: Discrimination; Belief that they did not fit the American “IDEAL”; Continued nativism
- AMERICAN INDIAN Challenges: Relocation and termination policies; Gov pressure to assimilate
6. THE NONAFFLUENT SOCIETY:
- Late 1950s: 30-40 million in the US living in poverty
- The RURAL POOR: Rural residents, particularly farmers, represented the poorest segment
- Although FARMING PRODUCTIVITY INCREASED from 1950-1960, FARM INCOMES SHRANK b/c foreign countries were importing less food after WW2
- AGRICULTURE PRICES FELL DRAMATICALLY, small farms were hurt, and migrant workers struggled w/ employment
- Many still had NO INDOOR PLUMBING OR ELECTRICITY
- By 1960 more than 20 million city-dwellers were LIVING IN POVERTY
- AFRICAN AND MEXICAN AMERICANS were moving into cities in greater #s, though were faced with poverty and discriminatory real estate pricing