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U.S. History

Instructor
Bret Polish
Term
2017-2018 School Year
Department
Independent Study
Description

Welcome to U.S. History with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Tuesday from 9:30 – 11 am and your attendance there is required. Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work. My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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W. Bush - Obama:  Extra Credit Outline
Read the W Bush through Obama Review Reading and fill out the accompanying outline for extra credit.

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The Cold War Essay Test Final

Was the Cold War a necessary conflict or was the fear of Communism an excuse for the U.S. to become a global superpower? 

Using examples from the U.S. History textbook, craft an argument that addresses whether or not U.S. involvement in the Cold War was morally righteous.  In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

Why did the U.S. get involved in the Cold War?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1950s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1960s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1970s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1980s?

This entire essay will be written in class without notes on the day of your class final.  However, since this is your first 7 paragraph essay test, you will be allowed to bring a pre-written introduction.

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For Extra Credit, read the "Nixon through Clinton Review Reading" and print and fill out the accompanying outline.

Past Assignments

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The Cold War Essay Rough Draft

Was the Cold War a necessary conflict or was the fear of Communism an excuse for the U.S. to become a global superpower? 

Using examples from the U.S. History textbook, craft an argument (at least 7 paragraphs) that addresses whether or not U.S. involvement in the Cold War was morally righteous.  In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

Why did the U.S. get involved in the Cold War?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1950s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1960s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1970s?

Was U.S. foreign policy just in the 1980s?

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Print and fill out the attached “End of the Cold War” outline using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached “Nixon and the Watergate Scandal” and “Foreign Policy Troubles” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached the “U.S. Involvement Grows,” “War Divides America” and “The War’s End and Impact” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached “Kennedy and the Cold War” and “Origins of the Vietnam War outlines using the big blue textbook.
 

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Print and fill out the attached “The Korean War,” “Cold War at Home,” and “Cold War Expands” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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The Civil Rights Movement Take Home Essay

Was the Civil Rights Movement a success or a failure?

Using examples from the U.S. History textbook, craft an argument that addresses whether or not the Modern Civil Rights Movement succeeded.  In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

What did the Modern Civil Rights Movement accomplish in the 1940s?

What did the Modern Civil Rights Movement accomplish in the 1950s?

What did the Modern Civil Rights Movement accomplish in the 1960s?

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Bring your big blue U.S. History textbook to class.

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Print and fill out the attached “Women’s Rights Movement” and "The Rights Revolution Expands" outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached "The Movement Gains Control" and “New Successes and Challenges” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached "Cold War Begins" and “Early Demands for Equality” outlines using the big blue textbook.
 

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WWII Take Home Essay

Did the U.S. play a positive or negative role in WWII? 

Using examples from A People’s History of the United States, the U.S. History textbook, and the “Truman on Trial” readings craft an argument that addresses whether or not U.S. involvement in WWII was morally righteous.

In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

Why did the U.S. get involved in WWII?

Did the U.S. conduct itself justly during WWII?

Did the U.S. end WWII in a just way?

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Bring your big blue U.S. History textbook to class.

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Print and fill out the attached "Home Front" and “Victory in Europe and the Pacific” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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For extra credit, print and fill out the attached "“The Holocaust” and “Allies Turn the Tide” assignments using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached "Dictators and Wars," "From Isolation to Involvement," and “America Enters the War” outlines using the big blue textbook.

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The Great Depression Take Home Essay

What should the government do to help the economy during an economic downturn?

In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

What were the causes of the Great Depression?

How did Herbert Hoover respond to the Great Depression?  Was his response a success?

How did Franklin Delano Roosevelt deal with the Great Depression?  Did his response stimulate the economy?

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Bring your big blue U.S. History textbook to class.

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Print and fill out the attached "FDR Offers Relief & Recovery" and "The Second New Deal" outlines using the big blue textbook.

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For extra credit, print and fill out the attached "Booming Economy," "Social & Cultural Tensions," and "Harlem Renaissance" outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Print and fill out the attached "Business of Government," "Causes of the Depression," “Americans Face Hard Times,” and “Hoover’s Response Fails” outlines using the big blue textbook.
 

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American Foreign Policy from 1898 to 1919 Take Home Essay

Should the U.S. have tried to be an imperial power or should the U.S. have stayed out of world affairs between 1898 and 1919? 

Using examples from the “The Empire and the People,” “From Neutrality to War” and “Wilson, War, and Peace” sections from A People’s History of the United States and the U.S. History textbook, craft an argument that addresses whether or not U.S. foreign policy has historically played a positive role in the world.

In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

Was the Spanish-American War a just war?

Was the U.S. right to get involved in WWI?

Did the U.S. bring WWI to a just resolution?

If you don't still have the outline, the information for "Empire and the People" can be found on this website:

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnempire12.html

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Bring your big blue U.S. History textbook to class.

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Print and fill out the attached "From Neutrality to War," "Home Front," "Wilson, War, and Peace" and "Effects of the War" outlines using the big blue textbook.

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Bring your big blue U.S. History textbook to class.

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The Progressive Era Essay Test

Were oppressed people able to make progress toward equality during the Progressive Era?

In your essay, make sure you talk about all the groups we have studied -- people of color (African Americans and Native Americans), white women, and immigrants – and the struggles they faced in their attempts to achieve full citizenship in the U.S.

This entire essay will be written in class without notes on the day of your class final. However, since this is your first essay test, you will be allowed to bring a pre-written introduction.

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The Progressive Era Essay ROUGH DRAFT

Were oppressed people able to make progress toward equality during the Progressive Era?

In your essay, make sure you talk about all the groups we have studied -- people of color (African Americans and Native Americans), white women, and immigrants – and the struggles they faced in their attempts to achieve full citizenship in the U.S.

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Using the People's History textbook (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnempire12.html), fill out the "Empire and the People" outline.  

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Women Make Progress" Outline and answer the "Wilson's New Freedom" Questions.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Issues of the Gilded Age/Struggle Against Discrimination" Outline.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Drive for Reform" and "Roosevelt's Square Deal" Outlines.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "South and West Transformed" Outline for extra credit.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Triumph of Industry" and "Immigration and Urbanization" Outlines.

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Bring your U.S. History textbook and a blank “Triumph of Industry” outline to class.

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Civil War Essay

Was the Civil War worth fighting? In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:
 
What were the causes of the Civil War?
What was accomplished during the Civil War?
What were the consequences of the war?

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Reconstruction Era" Outline.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Union in Crisis" and "Civil War" Outlines.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Reform and Westward Expansion" Outline.

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The American Revolution Take Home Essay

Was the American Revolution worth fighting?

 In crafting your argument, make sure to answer each of the following sub-questions:

Why did colonists start the American Revolution? 

What kind of national government did the 13 states adopt in 1781? Was this government effective?

What kind of national government did the states adopt in 1787? Was this government better than the colonists’ previous government?

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Using the big blue history textbook, fill out the "New Republic" outline for extra credit.

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Bring your U.S. History textbook and a blank “Reform and Westward Expansion” outline to class.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "Constitution" Outline.

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Using the People's History textbook (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnvil3.html), answer the attached questions from "Persons of Mean and Vile Condition" for extra credit.

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Using the big blue U.S. History textbook, fill out the "American Revolution" Outline.

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Using the People's History textbook (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncolorline.html), fill out the "Drawing the Color Line" Outline.

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Using the People's History textbook (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncol1.html), fill out the "Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress" Outline.