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AP US History: Discussion Starters

  • Voices - Ch 2: Europeans & Africans Reach the Americas

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Answer the following question and then respond to two other classmates answers.

    Compare the Marquette, Cabeza de Vaca, and Columbus descriptions of the indigenous peoples they encountered.  What do the descriptions reveal abut the preconceptions of their New World and about the values of their own cultures?
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  • Quran Burning - Planned Burning of the Quran to Commemorate 9/11

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    What are your views on Pastor Terry Jone's planned burning of the Quran to commemorate the terrorist attack of 9/11?
    Comments (13)
  • Nash Text - Review & Reflection

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis

    Question:  Tension between the demands of national security and the protection of citizens’ basic rights has

        been another recurrent theme of our history.  Why did that tension become so severe during the

        1790s?

    Respond to the question and then read your classmates response, and reply to at least one of their entries.

    Comments (4)
  • Discussion - Confederate States

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Should the North have let the South go to form their own nation?  Why?
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Civics

  • Thesis Statement - Foundations of Democracy

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Are there parts of the Magna Carta and English Bill of Rights which can be seen as foundations of democracy?

    Each student needs to post a rough outline of the evidence they would use to answer the question, and their thesis statement.  You may work with your group to come up with ideas, and what a good thesis statement could be. 
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  • Thesis Statement - Foundations of Democracy

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Are there parts of the Magna Carta and English Bill of Rights which can be seen as foundations of democracy?
    Comments (2)
  • Thesis Statement - Why Democracy

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Why do we have a democratic government?
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Discussion Starters

  • AP US History - Chesapeake vs Massachusetts

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Compare & contrast the colonial regions of the Chesapeake bay and Massachusetts.
    Comments (0)
  • AP US History - Islamic Slave Trade vs Atlantic slave Trade

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    On page 45 there is a map of the Islamic Slave Trade.  Answer the following question and then respond to one of your classmates answer.  

    "Why has the Islamic slave trade received less attention that the Atlantic slave trade?
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  • Civics - Government

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Why do we need to have a structured form of government?

    Answer this question and then respond to one other classmates answer.  
    Remember to be respectful at all times, whether you agree, or disagree.
    Comments (0)
  • US History - Why History?

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Why should we, or shouldn't we, study history?

    Answer the above question in a paragraph or more.  Then respond to one of your classmates answer.
    Remember to use only appropriate language, and be respectful at all times.
    Comments (18)
  • US History - History?

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Why should we, or shouldn't we, study history?
    Comments (4)

Modern US History

  • Government - US Military Intervention in Iraq

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Did the United States base it's decision to militarily invade Iraq on hard, reliable evidence?

    Each student will include the following in their reply:
    A. Rough draft of evidence & information which will answer the above question.
    B. Thesis Statement.
    C. Introductory paragraph (last sentence is the thesis statement)
    This paragraph sets the scene or situation for the body. 

    Work together in your groups to develop the evidence and the thesis statement.  Each student will post their own reply with the required information.
    Comments (43)
  • Government - Two Party System

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Is the two party system still working for the United States, or has the nation outgrown the system?
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Prom 2010

  • Prom 2012 Suggestion - Prom Ideas

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    What I want you to give me is your ideas on what we want to do for prom.  Prom is April 21, 2012
    Give your suggestion for:
    Colors - set of 2 or 3
    Theme 
    Theme Song

    This is the schedule for the 21st.  
    Pictures 5:00 pm (subject to change)
    Grand March 5:30 pm
    Meal 7:00 pm
    Dance 9:00 pm to Midnight
    After Prom - Starts after Midnight
    As of right now, after prom is going to be at the new school.  

    Juniors are required to clean up, the following day.  Generally this will start at 4:00 pm

    Those who have not paid their fines, have failing grades, or missing assignments will not be allowed to set up on April 20th.
    Those who fall into any one of these categories will attend their classes for that day.  
    Comments (13)

US History

  • Why History - Jamestown vs Plymouth

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Can we, as historians, find significant comparisons between the first time settlements of Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620)? 

    Each student will include in their post:
    A. Rough draft of an outline of evidence they would use to answer the above question.
    B. Thesis statement

    Work together within your group to come up with the evidence and thesis statement.  Each student will post their own reply.
    Comments (46)
  • Why History - Founding Fathers

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    Why do we need to study the causes of the Revolutionary War, and the Founding Fathers?

    File for this Topic: Founding Fathers
    Comments (49)

What does the Death of Osama Bin Laden mean to you

  • War on Terror - War on Terror

    Posted by: Steve Jarvis
    What does the Death of Osama Bin Laden mean to you, and what does it mean for the United States?
    Comments (167)