Civil War Slavery


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Follow the directions on the documents.  Write your reaction paper in your blog.  Be prepared for a seminar on Monday May 7th.

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An 11 Year Old With a Legacy


I just had to post this as an example for your legacy writing. It is worth your time to watch this TED video.

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Your Legacy


John Maxwell wrote, “It’s been said that there are two kinds of people in life: those who make things happen and those who wonder what happened. Leaders have the ability to make things happen. People who don’t know how to make things happen for themselves won’t know how to make things happen for others.”

Maxwell went on to say, “What you do with the future means the difference between leaving a track record and leaving a legacy.” Legacies aren’t just wishful thinking. They’re the result of determined doing. The legacy you leave is the life you lead. You just never know whose life you might touch. What you do know is that you can make a difference. You can leave this world better than you found it.

A legacy comes from the idea that everyone, regardless of their rank or position, can make a difference.
Adopted from

Your assignment:  Choose among these writing prompts. 

1.  What is the legacy you will leave behind?    What will you be remembered for?

2.  Is it easier to create change now compared to the 19th Century?

3.  Have you thought about how you can make a difference in our school, community, or world?  What is your idea?  How will you accomplish this?

Due Date:  Wed. Feb. 22

Comment on 4 classmates blogs by Feb. 24th

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TJ V Alex


Go to this website called “Create Debate.”  I have created a class debate. Use the Link provided for background information that extends beyond the classroom and text book. Add an argument and watch the pie chart shift as our class participates in this debate.  After you add an argument,  add a DISPUTE or SUPPORT to someone else’s argument for full credit.

Additional support:  College debate over this topic




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Skype with Scotland


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Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?


1. Read this–

2. Watch this–

3. Respond to the writing prompt: Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal? Use historical evidence to back up your point of view. Elaborate….write at least 2 paragraphs (with at least 6 sentences in a paragraph)

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Cell Phone Implant


Respond to this prompt:

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Just War Theory: The French and Indian War


1.  Read the Principles of Just War

Principles of the Just War

  • A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.
  • A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.
  • A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the cause is not sufficient–see point #4). Further, a just war can only be fought with “right” intentions: the only permissible objective of a just war is to redress the injury.
  • A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success. Deaths and injury incurred in a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable.
  • The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace. More specifically, the peace established after the war must be preferable to the peace that would have prevailed if the war had not been fought.
  • The violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered. States are prohibited from using force not necessary to attain the limited objective of addressing the injury suffered.
  • The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Civilians are never permissible targets of war, and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

2.  From the perspective of your assigned French and Indian War character:  write a post in which you first introduce yourself.  Use enough information so that the reader can understand your frame of reference.

3.  In the next paragraph explain your rational for going to war based on the information in just war theory and the viewpoint of your assigned character. Elaborate, be detailed and informative.  DUE:  Wed. October 12th

4.  Comment at at least 3 classmates blog entries .  DUE:  Friday 14th


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What is an American?


Welcome to you first real blog assignment of the 2011-2012 school year!  This task will complement your first PBL assignment and will also act as a research piece for that project.    Go to the following link:

1.  Read about the new Americans.  (Click Meet the New Americans)   Read each episode transcript for each personal story.

2.  Browse through the section called “Cultural Riches”

3.  Take the Quiz

4.  Next, create a new Blog Post with the title “What is an American?”  Write a post that defines what you believe an American is.  You must include at least one reference from history…that could be a primary source, a quote, or a certain stated fact from any time period before 1865.  This must be at least 2 complete paragraphs. (at least 6-8 sentences) Do not use IM/Text  language.  Be professional, creative and remember that others are reading your work.

DUE DATE:   September 21st

5.  Comment on at least 3 classmates blogs for complete credit on written communication.

DUE DATE:  September 26th

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