Week Nine: Was it Worth It? [Due Oct 21]
Weekly Article Topic:
Discuss why you agree or disagree with the blogging assessment system used in this course. Your opinion will not affect your grade. You will be assessed on how you formulate your argument.

  1. Which blogging topic was your favorite from first quarter?
  2. Was your learning different when blogging, as compared to writing just pen and paper? Explain.

Week Eight: Industrialization Nation [Due Oct 15]

Weekly Article Topic:
There is no weekly article topic this week. Enjoy Homecoming.

  1. Factory workers often created music that servd as a form of protest and a way to get them through the long hours of the workday. After reading the lyrics from the "Song of the Shirt", describe what life must have been like for these textile factory workers.
  2. Explore the primary doc photographs from the Ellis Island website. (You may have to register.) After exploring the photographs, discuss what feelings and experiences immigrants coming to the United States at the turn of the century must have been feeling.
  3. Find a primary doc that tells the story of an Immigrant family and their journey to the United States and link to it in your post. Give a summary of their story.

Week Seven: N/A

There will be no blog dailies or weekly article in Week Seven.

Week Six: Moving West [Due Oct 01]
Weekly Article Topic:
John Wayne and Hollywood have portrayed the American Cowboy (http://youtu.be/MHVSCribt3U) in a way that has made this "man" an icon in the history of the United States. While Wayne's portrayal was not always historic in nature, cowboy photographer Erwin E. Smith's was. Choose a photo from Smith's collection and discuss in your article the the truths about the American Cowboy. Some things that you could discuss are the struggles and realities of the job, or how Hollywood's portrayal differed from real life.

  1. Create a "Six Word Story" for the tale of a family making the journey West. (We will discuss the Six Word Story in class.)
  2. Watch an episode of "Gunsmoke" on Hulu. Analyze and write about what stereotypes you saw in the television show, one of the most popular shows of its time.
  3. Play Oregon Trail. Discuss how gaming could potentially connect with learning.
  4. Listen to the Beatles track titled, "Rocky Racoon" off of their White Album. Dicuss how the Beatles portray the wild west through song? Is their piece accurate?

Week Five: N/A

There will be no blog dailies or weekly article for Week Five.

Week Four: Civil War [Due Sep 17]

Weekly Article Topic:
Discuss the relationships between the treatment of African-Americans during Reconstruction with the treatment of the same peoples during the United States Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

  1. Find a historical image that is appropriate for the academic nature of your blog. Post your image and discuss why you chose the photo and what the viewer should take away from the photo.
  2. During Reconstruction there was great debate over whether the South should be granted amnesty. What are your thoughts? Defend your argument.
  3. What effect did Reconstruction have on former slaves? Were they better off after Reconstruction than they were before the Civil War?
  4. How were former slaves educated and what roadblocks did they encounter? (from @johnsonmaryj via Twitter)

Week Three: Civil War [Due Sep 10]
  1. When Thoreau said, "that government is best which governs least", what do you think he meant? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  2. Why do you think that stereotypes are so widely known by so many in our society?
  3. Why was Abraham Lincoln's concern more focused on preserving the Union, rather than slavery?
  4. Watch http://youtu.be/Aw8Tm550SJ0. Was Lt. Col. Chamberlain right? Can a moral idea win a war? (from @Becky_Ellis_ via Twitter)

Week Two: Lies [Due Sep 03]

You should complete two of the following on your blog.
Please use two seperate blog posts for your answers.
This is due by Friday Sep 03.

  1. "History is the lie commonly agreed upon." What did Voltaire mean by this quote?
  2. Does history matter? Explain.
  3. Should countries leave pieces of their history out, especially that which is negative, when documenting these stories? Explain.
  4. Other than the examples we discussed in class, give one example of a United States historic event which was not documented the way it actually happened.
  5. Should we change the way we teach younger students about the history of the United States? Explain.