Monday, February 01, 2010

U.S. History for Friday and Monday, January 29 & February 1

While I'm not a huge fan of the movie (too cheesy, bad acting, etc.), there are some worthy scenes from the film Pearl Harbor.   I have to admit the trailer above does make a person want to see the film.  Take a look for yourself.  In the meantime, here is what we did in class:
  1. Notes:  Road to War--Japanese Aggression.  Copy from a classmate.
  2. Clip from Pearl Harbor, notes.  Copy notes from a classmate.
  3. Listened to portions of Franklin Roosevelt's so-called Day of Infamy speech the day after Pearl Harbor.  Have a listen here.
Below, I've copied and pasted the 11th grade state standards for World War II.  This is the stuff about which you may be asked on April's STAR test.  Pay attention well during this unit so when the test comes you can rock it!

11.7 Students analyze America’s participation in World War II.
  1. Examine the origins of American involvement in the war, with an emphasis on the events that precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  2. Explain U.S. and Allied wartime strategy, including the major battles of Midway, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge.
  3. Identify the roles and sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well as the unique contributions of the special fighting forces (e.g., the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Navajo Code Talkers).
  4. Analyze Roosevelt’s foreign policy during World War II (e.g., Four Freedoms speech).
  5. Discuss the constitutional issues and impact of events on the U.S. home front, including the internment of Japanese Americans (e.g., Fred Korematsu v. United States of America) and the restrictions on German and Italian resident aliens; the response of the administration to Hitler’s atrocities against Jews and other groups; the roles of women in military production; and the roles and growing political demands of African Americans.
  6. Describe major developments in aviation, weaponry, communication, and medicine and the war’s impact on the location of American industry and use of resources.
  7. Discuss the decision to drop atomic bombs and the consequences of the decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
  8. Analyze the effect of massive aid given to Western Europe under the Marshall Plan to rebuild itself after the war and the importance of a rebuilt Europe to the U.S. economy.
See the state standards for every subject here.

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