Social Studies Update Information.

    May 11, 2020

Our class is going to go back to reinforce information which we learned about starting last September.  We will be reviewing civil rights issues for different groups of people that we covered this year.

For this week the optional assignment is to read pages 36 to 41 in the online textbook.  After reading these pages, use the information to answer the five questions below.  Be prepared to participate and discuss these questions on Thursday during our optional class meeting.  Remember, these optional meetings are intended to be a class discussion and learning time so students must actively participate to make the time spent worthwhile for everyone.

  1. Why do you think it was necessary to use mainly Northern troops to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1866? (P.36)

2.  How would you go about trying to convince everyone in the South that the Freedmen’s Bureau was worth supporting and continuing?  How might the program be improved? (P.37)

3.  Which Reconstruction Amendment do you feel was the most important and why? (P.39)

4.  Which African American senator from Mississippi was born in Virginia?   When was the next African American senator elected?

5.  What do you think was the biggest barrier to increased African American rights during Reconstruction? (P.40-41)

I will send out a separate email through the Hub with the optional Zoom class instructional meeting times for Thursday, May 14, 2020.  It will be sent to students and their parents.

    May 3, 2020
Please remember you can use my office hours on Tuesday afternoons to contact me if you have a question, need help with a weekly assignment, or need my help with any previous assignment.  In addition to the scheduled office hours, I will continue to periodically check my email throughout the week.  During Tuesday's office hours I will be available during via email or Zoom.  If you would like to contact me through Zoom, please ask for that and I will send a Zoom invitation to you.  In order to better serve all of my students, I have split my office hours into two blocks of time.

  • Periods 1 and 2 - 1:30 to 2:15 PM
  • Periods 3 and 4 - 2:15 to 3:00 PM 

On Monday, I will email to students and their parents a Zoom meeting invitation for each class period’s Thursday instructional time.

  • Period 1 is 8:30 to 8:45 AM;
  • Period 2 is 8:50 to 9:05 AM;
  • Period 3 is 9:10 to 9:25 AM;
  • Period 4 is 9:30 to 9:45 AM.

Before coming to your class period’s optional Thursday meeting time, read the pages, answer the six questions about what you read, and be prepared to participate either verbally or by typing in your answers and comments.  Remember, these optional meetings are intended to be a class discussion and learning time so students must actively participate to make the time spent worthwhile for everyone.

This week’s optional assignment is to read pages 158 and 159 in the online textbook about the Holocaust in Europe during World War II.  Then answer these six questions.

  1. Why do you think Jewish children were not allowed to attend public schools under Nazi rule?
  2. What was Kristallnacht and why was it important?
  3. What was the significance of Auschwitz?
  4. Why do you think the Nazis would put a sign at the entrance to Auschwitz that said “Work makes one free?”
  5. In your opinion, why did the Nazis continue to kill the Jews and try to hide the death camps even when they knew they were losing the war?
  6. How can we today better recognize those that risked their lives to help the Jewish people during the Holocaust?               Mr. Duffey

     
    April 26, 2020
As a reminder, my office hours are on Tuesday afternoons.  Please use the office hours to contact me if you have a question, need help with a weekly assignment, or need my help with any previous assignment.  I will be available during office hours via email or Zoom.  If you would like to contact me through Zoom, please ask for that and I will send a Zoom invitation to you.  In order to better serve all of my students, I have split my office hours into two blocks of time.

  • Periods 1 and 2 - 1:30 to 2:15 PM
  • Periods 3 and 4 - 2:15 to 3:00 PM

In addition to the scheduled office hours, I will continue to periodically check my email throughout the week.

On Monday, I will email to students and their parents a Zoom meeting invitation for each class period’s Thursday instructional time.

  • Period 1 is 8:30 to 8:45 AM;
  • Period 2 is 8:50 to 9:05 AM;
  • Period 3 is 9:10 to 9:25 AM;
  • Period 4 is 9:30 to 9:45 AM.

Before coming to your class period’s optional Thursday meeting time, read the pages, answer the four questions about what you read, and be prepared to participate either verbally or by typing in your answers and comments.  These optional meetings are intended to be a class discussion and learning time so students must actively participate to make the time spent worthwhile for everyone.

This week’s optional assignment is to read pages 164 and 165 in the online textbook about the use of the atomic bombs on Japan and the end of World War II and answer the four following questions. 

  1. How would you demonstrate the power of these new atomic bombs without killing 100,000 people?
  2. In your opinion were the atomic bombs dropped to make Japan surrender or to show the Soviet Union American power?  Explain why.
  3. Do you think it is more important to punish an enemy after a war or to rebuild war damaged countries?  Should one have priority over the other?  Explain why.
  4. Do you think the American government today should apologize for using the atomic bombs to end the war with Japan?  Explain your reasons.

Please continue to check the class website at https://potomacms.pwcs.edu/class_pages/social_studies/thomas_duffey for learning opportunities, Power Point presentations, videos, Newsela readings, and other materials.

Mr. Duffey

    April 19, 2020
As we discussed last Thursday during our class meeting, the weekly schedule moving forward for social studies has Office Hours on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.  In order to better serve all of my students, I have split my office hours into two blocks of time.

  • Periods 1 and 2 - 1:30 to 2:15 PM
  • Periods 3 and 4 - 2:15 to 3:00 PM

As mentioned last week, the office hours are for if you have a question, need help with the weekly assignment, or need my help with any previous assignment.  I will be available during those times via email or Zoom.  I will only send Zoom invitations for office hours if you ask for it.

On Monday, I will email to students and their parents a Zoom meeting invitation for each class period’s Thursday instructional time.

  • Period 1 is 8:30 to 8:45 AM;
  • Period 2 is 8:50 to 9:05 AM;
  • Period 3 is 9:10 to 9:25 AM;
  • Period 4 is 9:30 to 9:45 AM.

I will periodically check my email throughout the week outside of my office hours and instructional time.

This week’s assignment is to read pages 162 and 163 in the online textbook about four important battles of World War II.  Use the information on those two pages to answer the four questions below.  We will be discussing the information from those pages and your answers to the optional questions during our class discussion on Thursday during your assigned time.  Please come prepared if you are planning to attend our optional class meeting.

  1. Why was the result of the Battle of Midway such a huge blow to Japan?  Which one of the three things the Japanese lost at the Battle of Midway would be the hardest for them to replace?  Explain why.
  2. Create a new slogan for Stalin to use to inspire his Russian soldiers to defend Stalingrad.  Try to be creative.
  3. Why do you think it would take months to plan a military operation like D-Day?  Do you think the number of Allied forces or the skills of those individual soldiers played a larger role in defeating the Nazis on D-Day?  Explain why.
  4. Why was Iwo Jima a “must have” for Allied forces fighting in the Pacific?  Do you think the Battle of Iwo Jima was worth the number of American lives lost to win it?

Please continue to check the class website at https://potomacms.pwcs.edu/class_pages/social_studies/thomas_duffey for updates, Power Point presentations, videos, Newsela readings, and other materials.

Mr. Duffey


    April 14, 2020
Starting today we are beginning the next phase of our Distance Learning as outlined by PWCS.  According to the school system’s schedule, Social Studies office hours are on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.  Social Studies instructional time is on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM for lessons.

On Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM I am available for students by email or via Zoom if they have concerns or want to ask questions regarding distance learning.

During Thursdays’ instructional time of 8:30 to 10:00 AM, we will cover and discuss our distance learning.  I will also be available to answer questions during this time.  I have allotted 15 minutes for each class.  The times for each class are as follows: Period 1 is 8:30 to 8:45 AM; Period 2 is 8:50 to 9:05 AM; Period 3 is 9:10 to 9:25 AM; Period 4 is 9:30 to 9:45 AM.

I will periodically check my email throughout the week outside of my office hours and instructional time.

We will continue our lessons on World War II which will include information about the Holocaust, the bombing of Japan, and the how the end of World War II led to the Cold War.  After that during the fourth quarter, we will go back and investigate how issues we previously studied earlier this year impact today’s society.  Subjects such as Reconstruction, Westward Movement, Gilded Age, American Imperialism, World War I, the 1920s and the 1930s, and how they relate to the increased civil rights for African Americans, other minorities, and women will be explored.  Over the next two months we will watch videos, use Power Point presentations, work together on document based lessons (DBL’s), Historical Assessments of Thinking (HAT’s), complete webquests, and go over other  information on these subjects.

This week’s assignment is to read pages 154 and 155 in the online textbook about President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Using the information in those two pages, answer the following two questions:

1. Pick one thing about FDR that inspires you and explain why.
2. Which of the four essential human freedoms from FDR’s 1941 State of the Union message do you believe is the most important?  Explain why you chose that freedom.

Please continue to check the class website at https://potomacms.pwcs.edu/class_pages/social_studies/thomas_duffey for updates, Power Point presentations, videos, Newsela readings, and other materials.  This coming Thursday, our classes will use Zoom to access their instructional time.  Instructions about how each class period can access their Zoom session will be sent out Wednesday, April 15th after 3:00 PM.

Mr. Duffey