Thursday, April 12, 2012

Westward Expansion and Delving into the Holocaust: Just another week in 7.8./3 Social Studies

The hamster rolls on, the dog remains loyal, and 7.8/3 student delves deeper into the myriad of complexity that surrounded both the Holocaust and Westward Expansion.  With that, game on!

7.3 Students
*Monday- All Chapter 12 work is submitted.  All technology tasks are due on Sunday, 3.15, at 3:00 PM.
*  Tuesday- Thursday- In class and at home work on Outcome Sentences on Chapter 13.  Draft the starters and keep that list going.  The more collaboration there is on this front, the better off the student will be.
*  Friday- Assessment on Chapter 13- Westward Expansion.

8.3 Students
*  Students will have nightly work in the study of The Holocaust.
*  Friday- Students will have a paragraph due Monday on the nature of evil as outlined in Milgram's experiment, The Perils of Obedience.

Students should be mindful of their academic standing.  Time is rapidly dwindling.  For 7th graders, their Final Assessment will be officially assigned on May 2.  For 8th graders, a deep breath is needed before the plunge of High School Awaits.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

Syllabus for 7.3 Social Studies
Week of 4.16 - 4.20
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Monday:  Finish Outcome Sentences for Chapter 13,  Section 2.
HW:  Keep pace with reading and requirements in Chapter 13.  See packet.
Tuesday:      Finish Outcome Sentences for Chapter 13,  Section 3.
HW:  Keep pace with reading and requirements in Chapter 13.  See packet.
Wednesday:  Finish Outcome Sentences for Chapter 13,  Section 4.
HW:  Keep pace with reading and requirements in Chapter 13.  See packet.
Thursday:      Choose Your Partners for the Assessment on Outcome Sentences.  Must be someone with whom you have not worked with before. 
HW:   Make sure you are ready for your Outcome Sentence Assessment.
Friday:    If we have class, finish your Outcome Sentence Assessment.  If not, we roll with it on Monday.
HW:  If  we have class, finish reading Chapter 14, section 1.  If not, prepare for your Outcome Sentence Assessment on Monday.

Syllabus for 8.3 Social Studies
Week of 4.16- 4.20
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Monday:  Half and half:  Some will be annotating “Notes on Holocaust” while others will be finishing Map Skills and Vocabulary Matchups.
HW:    Network with “the other half” and obtain answers to what you need.
Tuesday:     Read “Background Information on the Holocaust” and “The Verdict.”
HW:  Assess Mrs. Helena.  What do you think of her?  Is she a “sinner?”  Is she heroic?  How do we judge that which we have no ability to judge?  (Now, there’s a toughie.) 
Wednesday:  Discuss Mrs. Helena.  Annotate Diary Entries from Lodz for rights violations in the Holocaust.
HW:  Finish annotations.
Thursday:    Examine the contrast and geography between the Nazi Ghetto, Concentration Camp, and Death Camp.  Geography as a progression. Discuss Arendt’s idea of the Banality of Evil.
HW:   Reflect on the idea that the true horror of the Nazis how it made death and annihilation a gradual and incremental process.  Where do we see the banality of evil in our world today? 
Friday:  Discuss Milgram Experiment.  What does it show about “the perils of obedience?”
HW:  Write your thoughts on the Milgram Experiment.  Will be collected tomorrow.  As part of your writing, assess the following statement:  “Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority" (Milgram, 1974).  In class writing questions on Milgram Experiment will be collected Monday.

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