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American History Class Assignments:Semester Two:

Week One

Class:  "The Depressing 30s" We are going to examine the causes, course, and consequences of the Great Deression


Depression ppt  DepressionNotes.ppt



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     1/28 Week Two




Workbook pages 
     2/4 Week Three


 See Great Depression Above!

 EOC Review Packet  Semester 1 EOC DBQ.pdf 


Workbook pages



     2/10 Week Four

Class: "The World at War, AGAIN" We are going to take the American perspective on WWII and try to understand why America wanted isolationism, but eventually joined in.




Red Tails Movie Extra Credit:

See the attached movie guide,  you will answer all of the discussion questions and complete one of the activities.


Saving Private Ryan Extra Credit:

See the attached document, you will answer all of the discussion questions.


  1. During the opening scene Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) successfully leads the invasion to break through the enemy lines.  How is his leadership here different from his leadership in other situations during the movie?What emotions did the film produce in you? Were you surprised by any of them?
  2. To what extent do you think the way that war is portrayed so graphically in this film is justified?
  3. What are the major issues that the film raises?
  4. Do you think the mission to save Private Ryan was justified? On what basis can those kinds of questions be answered?
  5. Do the Second Rangers follow Captain Miller because of his title, or do they follow him for other reasons?  If so, why?
  6. Was the mission a success, even after all of the sacrifice and losses?


  1. Answer in a paragraph: This is a war film that has clear messages about war.  What ideologies are being reinforced by this film?  What ideologies are being undermined or questioned?  How do you know? Remember that you need to look at what Spielberg's message is and how it is communicated, not whether or not you happen to agree with the message.







Students will create a timeline: arrange in proper order and give a description




  1. Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor
  2. Germany Invades Poland
  3. Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany
  4. Italy invades Ethiopia
  5. Mussolini founds Fascist Party
  6. Atlantic Charter
  7. Militarists assassinate Japanese Prime Minister
  8. Allied Forces invade North Africa
  9. Allies launch assault on Italy
  10. Battle of the Bulge
  11. Doolittle’s bomber raid on Tokyo
  12. Roosevelt and Churchill meet in DC



WWII ppt  WWII.pptx 

WWII Note Guide   WWII Wksht.docx 

Japanese Internment Directions/Reading  Japanese Internment Lesson Plan-1.pdf     

Japanese Internment Organizer   Japanese Graphic Organizer.pdf 

SHEG Video Website https://archive.org/details/Japanese1943





Workbook pages



     2/18 Week Five

See WWII above for class work




Workbook pages 103-108

     2/25 Week Six

Class: "The Cold War" How and why did the US and the Soviet Union become enemies. What were some of the ways that American foreign policy dictated Cold War issues.


Cold War Worksheet    Cold War Worksheet.pdf

Cold War Notes ColdWar.pptx



1950- Preparing 4 EOC- DBQ- McCarthyism.pdf



          Cold War Movie Extra Credit: Truman (1995)
          PLease answer the following questions in one paragraph. You should use examples from your own knowledge,a s well as the movie to answer them.
1. In your opinion, what were the greatest highlights of Truman's presidency? What progress did he make in settling        The Cold War? What deeply held values carried him through seven years and nine months in office?  2. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III of Illinois remarked that Truman's life was "an example of the ability of this society to yield up, from the most unremarkable origins, the most remarkable men." What do you have to learn from Truman's life? Did Truman epitomize the American dream? Explain.  




 Homework:Workbook pages 109-114

     3/4 Week Seven





Workbook pages 115-120

     3/10 Week Eight

Quarter 3 Review Questions:

  1. What were the effects of the second Red Scare on domestic policy in the US?
  2. Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the early years of the Cold War? (i.e. Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, NATO, Warsaw Pact)
  3. Identify and explain the significant foreign policy events during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
  4. Identify and explain the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War
  5. What were the successes of the 1960s era presidents’ foreign and domestic policies?
  6. What were the causes for Post-WWII prosperity and its effects on American society? What were the differences between the Laissez-faire tactics of the 20s and the regulations in the 50s?
  7. What were the non-violent and violent approaches utilized by the African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement?
  8. Who were the key figures and organizations in shaping the Civil Rights movement and Black power movement?
  9. What are the significant Supreme Court decisions relating to integration, busing, affirmative action, the rights of the accused, and reproductive rights? (i.e. Brown vs. Board of Education, Roe vs. Wade)
  10. How did Watergate and Vietnam change the way that people viewed  government?
  11. What were the major domestic policies of Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton? (Be sure to include economic policies)
  12. In the period after the Cold War, what were the major international conflicts that America aided in?





Class: "50s Culture" We are going to look at what life was like in the 50s for the mainstream culture. We will be using music, vocab, and the movie "Pleasantville" to show how life changes through this time.




1950s ppt Notes   1950s.pptx

PLeasantville Movie Analysis Sheet   Pleasantville.docx  



1950- Preparing 4 EOC- DBQ- Levittowns.pdf 



Workbook pages 127-132 DUE 3/30 or 3/31


     4/6 Week Ten








America: Story of Us                                                                                           Episode 11: “Superpower”

Answer the following questions

  1. President Eisenhower, in the 1950s, changed America by investing in what “biggest engineering project in America history?
  2. In the 1950s America was building what percentage of the world’s automobiles?
  3. Why were the suburbs created?
  4. Why did more people move to the South, Florida and California in the 1960s?
  5. More than many years after the Civil War (“the freeing” of slaves) did the Civil Rights Movement begin?
  6. What act was passed one year after the March on Washington?
  7. Prompted by WWII and the Cold War , the US spends how much on nuclear weapons?
  1.  What two threats were American’s most afraid of after WWII, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile crisis?





Workbook pages 133-138

     4/11 Week Eleven

 Class: "The Civil Rights Movement" We are going to look at how life for African-Americans was very different in the South, than in most other places. 


Civil Rights PPT Civil Rights Presentation.pptx

Civil Rights Worksheet   Beginning of Civil Rights.docx  

Reading for the Civil Rights Acts on the back of sheet   civilrightsarticles.docx  

Pound Cake Speech   Civilrightsreadings.docx  


Transforming America: All God’s Children (Civil Rights)  https://gln.dcccd.edu/asx/ta/TA_Captioning.htm

  1. What was important about the March on Washington? Why is King’s “I Have A Dream” speech significant?
  2. How and why did the sit-ins and freedom rides give the movement new momentum?
  3. What was the significance of MLK, jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail?”
  4. Why did Lyndon Johnson emerge as a champion of civil rights and social reform?
  5. Why was Malcom X an intriguing figure in the 1960s? Why was he important?
  6. How did the assassination of MLK, jr. and Robert Kennedy affect the civil rights movement?



Gateway Book:





 Workbook pages 139-144

     4/14 Week Twelve




 Class: "The Civil Rights Movement" We are going to look at how life for African-Americans was very different in the South, than in most other places. 

Civil Rights Events-Find 3 facts

1. 1942-Formation of CORE

2. 1947-1st black baseball player

3. 1948-Desegregation of the armed forces

4. 1955-1956-Montgomery Bus Boycott

5. 1960- First lunch Counter sit-in

6. 1961-Freedom Rides

7. 1963-Birmingham Campaign

8. 1959-The Hate That Hate Produced Aired

9. 1965-Watts Riot

10. 1969-Congressional Black Caucus formed

11. 1971- Swann vs Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Ed

12. 1977-Roots Aired


 Workbook pages 145-150

     4/21 Week Thirteen


Class: "60s Culture and Tensions" We are going to analyze the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, as well as the counterculture


60s PPT   Kennedy.pptx







1964- Preparing 4 EOC- DBQ- Great Society.pdf


Dr Strangelove EC assignment   1.docx   


Workbook pages 151-156

     4/28 Week Fourteen

Class: "Vietnam and the 70s" We are going to look at Vietnam and examine how the war effected life at home.


Vietnam War Timeline Events:

1. 1945:Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnamese independence

2. 1954: Battle of Dien Bien Phu

3. 1955: Ngo Dinh Diem becomes president of South Vietnam

4. 1959: First American military personnel killed in Vietnam

5. 1964: Gulf of Tonkin incident

6. 1965: First American Combat troops arrive in Vietnam

7. 1965: First Anti-war teach-in

8. 1965: Viet Cong and NVA begin guerilla warfare

9. 1965: Nearly 25,000 attend anti-war rally in nation's capital

10. 1968: Protests at the Chicago Democratic National Convention

11. 1971: NY time vs. the US (supreme court case)

12. 1972: 26th Amendment

13. 1972: Christmas Bombings

14. 1975: Fall of Saigon

15. 1982: Vietnam War Memorial built


Workbook 157-162

     5/6 Week Fifteen


 Class: "From Nixon to Modern Times" How events like Watergate influence our decisions about the US leaders today.













     5/12 Week Sixteen




     5/19 Week Seventeen  
     5/27 Week Eighteen  
     6/3 Week Nineteen