May 30

Blog #110 – Oral Interviews about the Great Recession

Subject: The Great Recession of 2007-2009.

Suggested equipment: paper and pen/cil for notes; maybe a phone to record the interview.

Procedure:

  1. Get permission to take notes / record interview.
  2. You can use the questions below or add more / different questions – try to make questions that elicit more than a “yes” or “no” answer. You can always ask follow-up questions for clarification, explanation.
  3. Keep eye contact, nod and smile at appropriate times.
  4. Thank them for their time after you’re done. Also, ask them if they’d like a written transcript of the interview. Provide them w/ one if they say yes.  (For this assignment, you can direct them to the blog website: grovesapush.edublogs.org).

Potential questions

  1. What is your name? How old were you in 2008?
  2. What is your strongest memory of the Great Recession?  Why is this your strongest memory?
  3. How did your child’s lives (meaning you) change during the Recession?
  4. Did you know any family members or friends directly affected by the bank closings, foreclosures, layoffs, etc?  How were they affected by the Recession?
  5. Did you or anyone you know have to leave their homes b/c of foreclosure?  How did that feel to move everything?
  6. Did you or anyone you know lose their job during this time period?  How long were they out of work?  How did you make ends meet during that time period?
  7. Were you aware of the sub-prime mortgages that were being done at that time?  What were your feelings about them?  Why?
  8. How did your family feel about the government bailout of banks and investment / insurance companies?  Why?
  9. How did your family feel about the threat of Chrysler and General Motors potentially closing?  What did they feel about the auto company bailouts?  Why?
  10. Did you take advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program or the home refinance programs offered by Congress?
  11. Did your investments take a major hit during the Recession?  How did that change your plans or make you feel?  Why?
  12. Who do you think is to blame for the Great Recession?  Why?
  13. Now that it’s been almost 10 years since the Recession, how do you think America has changed since then? Why?

Your job:

Share a minimum of five questions and answers on Blog #110 (300 words minimum) and include your personal reaction to the interview and the shared memories of the Great Recession (100 minimum).  If you interview more than one person for this blog, please indicate the persons’ names.

Due Thursday night by 11:59 pm, June 7th.  

Sources: 

Federal Reserve History – https://www.federalreservehistory.org/essays/great_recession_of_200709

The Balance – Auto Bailouts – https://www.thebalance.com/auto-industry-bailout-gm-ford-chrysler-3305670

NPR: Did the repeal of the Glass- Steagall Act cause the Recession? – https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/14/448685233/fact-check-did-glass-steagall-cause-the-2008-financial-crisis

Timeline of the Great Recession – https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2013/0908/Timeline-on-the-Great-Recession

 

May 23

RBG

This biography highlights the life of Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  It shows a variety of archive footage from her early years as a law student, law professor, and lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court in the 1970s.  You see clips of her as a grandmother, clips of her long time love and husband, Martin, and you hear funny interviews with Ginsburg’s children recounting their mother’s lack of cooking skills and calm demeanor.  She has become a cultural icon among the young and old, much of it coming from her opposition to the Court’s conservative opinions that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, made George W. Bush president in 2000, and allowed for religious reasons why a company can refuse to pay for birth control.

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Questions:

  1. How is Ginsburg’s story a typical American success story?  How is atypical?  Explain.
  2. What kinds of discrimination did Ginsburg face in her earlier career?  Do you think things have changed much since the 1960s for women in the legal profession?
  3. How has Ginsburg act as a champion for women’s rights throughout her career?  Explain w/ specifics.

Due by Monday, June 4 by class.  

May 16

Final Book Assignment #3 – 2018

Due Friday, June 8 by 11:59 p.m.  500 words minimum.  

Please include the title of your book in your response.  

a. Summarize your reading for that part; also, this might be the part to examine bias in the book w/ specific examples.

b. Connect a historical thinking skill to your book segment – contextualization, comparison, change and continuity over time, synthesis, cause and effects, periodization (including turning points).

c. Connect your reading to something we’ve studied in APUSH.

d. Make predictions as to where your story will go (in your last assignment, this needs to be an evaluation – Give the book a grade – A, B, C, D, F – and a recommendation to keep the book for next year or ditch it and why).  This would also be where you can examine your connection (or lack thereof) to the characters or events.

 

May 16

Book Assignment #2 – 2018

Due Friday, 6/1 by 11:59 p.m.  500 words minimum.  

Please include the title of your book in your response.  

a. Summarize your reading for that part; also, this might be the part to examine bias in the book w/ specific examples.

b. Connect a historical thinking skill to your book segment – contextualization, comparison, change and continuity over time, synthesis, cause and effects, periodization (including turning points).

c. Connect your reading to something we’ve studied in APUSH.

d. Make predictions as to where your story will go (in your last assignment, this needs to be an evaluation – Give the book a grade – A, B, C, D, F – and a recommendation to keep the book for next year or ditch it and why).  This would also be where you can examine your connection (or lack thereof) to the characters or events.

 

May 16

Book Assignment #1 – 2018

Due Friday, 5/24 by 11:59 p.m.  500 words minimum.  

Please include the title of your book in your response.  

a. Summarize your reading for that part; also, this might be the part to examine bias in the book w/ specific examples.

b. Connect a historical thinking skill to your book segment – contextualization, comparison, change and continuity over time, synthesis, cause and effects, periodization (including turning points).

c. Connect your reading to something we’ve studied in APUSH.

d. Make predictions as to where your story will go (in your last assignment, this needs to be an evaluation – Give the book a grade – A, B, C, D, F – and a recommendation to keep the book for next year or ditch it and why).  This would also be where you can examine your connection (or lack thereof) to the characters or events.

 

April 11

Ch. 20 Google Docs – Progressive Era

1st Hour – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JtoxPrW4_X08jO1hSwG3dGWo70-xBsQ42QxGM4pyqpY/edit?usp=sharing

3rd Hour – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xzEutHM4T4MGRFEh6l1kog2qb8ljxkfs51_RHJEusRM/edit?usp=sharing

5th Hour – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZIuLM5vADU1P0P-zFdrnurCzwG-ObzLhmZs5VACjMmE/edit?usp=sharing

Due Saturday night, 10 p.m.   

Practice reading for Ch. 20 due Saturday night by 11:59pm.  

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