Archive for February, 2008

WWI Lecture Slides

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

In reverse order.

This slideshare is on WWI as a revolution in military affairs where new weaponry was lethally mismatched with old tactics.

This slideshare is on the origins of WWI and the Alliance System


New Unit: The First World War

February 26, 2008 Leave a comment

We have begun a unit on World War I. that looks at The Great War as the watershed event in world history that divides the 19th and 20th centuries.

In Flanders Field
by Lt. Col. John McCrae

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Categories: History, units, World history

Lecture Slides for America in the Age of Imperialism

February 13, 2008 Leave a comment

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Sharpening the Saw – the Dreaded “Daily Board Question”

February 12, 2008 Leave a comment

One of the practices that I frequently use in the classroom to start a lesson is the Daily Board Question”, which each student must address individually (at times collaboratively) in their Social Studies notebook. 

Technically, the “DBQ”, which usually takes anywhere from two to ten minutes to do and discuss, isn’t every day nor is it a factual-recall question, but the activity serves a number of purposes:

  • A mental prompt or “anticipatory set”
  • To foreshadow the conceptual theme of the day or week. 
  • To introduce new material
  • To review old material with a different analysis or perspective
  • To practice making coherent, logical, arguments based upon evidence
  • To challenge preconceived notions, assumptions, premises
  • Orientation to the mindset of the classroom instead of the passing period
  • Present a visual format (Diagram, Graphic Organizer, Taxonomy etc.)
  • Novelty – to stimulate interest in what comes next
  • Synthesis – to combine old concepts into new ones
  • Imaginative, counterfactual, scenario thinking and analysis

For example, the daily board question for today in Social Studies was as follows:

Which terms from Column A best match terms from Column B and explain WHY:

Column A                                                                                Column B

Monopoly                                                                        Sphere of Influence

Oligopoly                                                                                 State

Corporation                                                                            Citizen

Sole Proprietorship                                                              Empire

This question was useful for two reasons: first, it served as a basic review of terms from the two sections of our unit; secondly, it led the students to connect the terms in the form of an analogy.

The more I read about scientific studies on the brain and neurolearning, the more clear it becomes that the public schools need to bring more “right -brained” thinking skills into the classroom next to the traditional analysis, application and comprehension activities. We need to integrate synthesis, metaphors, analogies, alinear exercises and visual models with traditional methods in order to maximize student learning.

Study Guide for the Unit Test on Friday

February 11, 2008 Leave a comment


Study Guide for Unit Test: Gilded Age/Age of Imperialism

Write a brief explanation about the following concepts, terms, people and events. Use your Social Studies Notebook, handouts etc.

Economic/Industrial Revolution/Gilded Age Section:


Economics (inc. Micro-and Macro-) __________________________________________________

Agricultural, Industrial & Information Revolutions_______________________________________



Free Market Capitalism___________________________________________________________

Scarcity, Wants & Needs___________________________________________________________

Law of Supply___________________________________________________________________

Law of Demand__________________________________________________________________

Equilibrium Price_________________________________________________________________

Sole Proprietorship_______________________________________________________________



Limited Liability__________________________________________________________________




The Gilded Age__________________________________________________________________

Robber Barons/Captains of Industry__________________________________________________


John D. Rockefeller_______________________________________________________________

Adam Smith & The Wealth of Nations_________________________________________________

The Physiocrats___________________________________________________________________

Age of Imperialism Section


Imperialism ( Traditional & New)______________________________________________________



Nationalism ______________________________________________________________________



Sphere of Influence_________________________________________________________________



Coaling Station_____________________________________________________________________



Justifications for Imperialism__________________________________________________________


Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine______________________________________________

Yellow Journalism__________________________________________________________________

Spanish-American War______________________________________________________________

Panama Canal_____________________________________________________________________

Rough Riders______________________________________________________________________

Theodore Roosevelt________________________________________________________________

Frederick Jackson Turner____________________________________________________________

Alfred T. Mahan & The Influence of Sea Power in History__________________________________