Thursday, September 6, 2012

Money... And American History

Please note:  Periods 3 and 4 will have their scores on Learning Styles Assessment inputted by 1:00 PM on Saturday.  Periods 7 and 8 will have their scores inputted by 1:00 PM on Sunday.

We commence our study of industrialization this week.  The game of Monopoly sets our stage to understand the condition of wealth and acquisition of money that spawned both the rise of the world's greatest industrialists as well as the greatest emergence of the robber baron.  In this study, students will understand the power of industrialization, the undercurrent of economics that runs through American History, as well as the balance of power between those who possessed wealth and those who did not.  The resonance of theories of rights and government as advocated by Marx and Smith will be delved in this unit as well as reading the work of Howard Zinn.  We will study the world of illiteracy and discuss the obligations of the promises and hope of a great democracy.  From the inventions to the unions to Swami Vivekenanda to a world of Yertle the Turtle, this unit will be a whirlwind to begin our study of American History.

That's fairly good for the first content unit.

This week, students will receive their at home copies of the textbook.  They will also start working out of their textbook, as well as out of their packets.  My hope is that students will be able to rise to yet another challenge of being able to work well in class and outside of it.

I also look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday.  If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All best.
Mr. Kannan

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