Archive for January, 2012

Intro to World War II PowerPoint

January 27, 2012 4 comments

Here is the Introduction to WWII PowerPoint we have been covering the last two days of class: WWII Presentation

Also, if you were absent and did not get the homework due on Tuesday that I passed out today, here it is: Ch. 23.Sec. 2 – Europe at War (Hitler’s Early Moves)

Have a good weekend.

Categories: Assignments

WWII – The Rise of the Dictators

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

January 25, 2012

Today we will begin the unit on World War II! I know that you covered much of this material thoroughly with Mr. O’Neil last year, so much of what we cover will be review. A lot of the WWII material is “fair game” on the OGT, so it is important that we review it so that the material is fresh in our minds.

Your first homework for chapter 23 is here: Ch. 23.Sec. 1 – Rise of Dictators (due Sunday night at 11:59 on SpringBoard).  I have changed the format of this homework. It is not the traditional Guided Reading format we have used. We will see this format works. Everyone will be required to do this homework because it contains many core OGT terms and concepts that we need to know.

This lesson is about how economic and political turmoil, crisis and uncertainty in the world (particularly Europe) led to the rise of charismatic, totalitarian dictators. It is important to remember that most of these men did not seize power by force, but were supported by many in their countries and viewed as “saviors.” History shows that hard times often produces extremism. Thankfully, the “zeitgeist” (spirit of the times) of totalitarianism did not hit the United States (because, as we learned last chapter, we were not immune from the hard times of the 1930’s!).  It is important to remember that even though extreme and “land hungry” men like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were the direct cause of World War II, they were a product of their age and certain historical trends brought these men to power. We will see that the cause of World War II is not as simple as: it was all Hitler’s fault (though he certainly caries the majority of the blame).

P.S. NO ONE has answered the OGT practice question for Tuesday. Please get over to the OGT blog sometime today and work on that question.

Categories: Assignments

New OGT Practice Blog

January 22, 2012 1 comment

Hello sophomores,

I just wanted to let you all know that I have created a new blog for OGT practice.

You can find it here:

Here is how it will work:

This is a new blog will have interactive discussions on OGT vocabulary terms. Every couple days, I will post a few terms and concepts that frequently show up on the OGT test. What I would like you to do, is look them up and when you feel you understand them, write out a brief definition/explanation of each in the comments. By looking at all the different explanations, it is our hope that you will gain fuller knowledge of the various topics. This is open and interactive meaning you are free to not only write explanations, but discuss the topics among yourselves (and with me) and ask questions. Please check this page frequently and make use of it. Your graduation may depend on it!!!!!!

Please subscribe to this page for the next month as we prepare together for the OGT.

Categories: News, Uncategorized

New Deal PowerPoint

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The New Deal PowerPoint is here: New Deal PP Presentation

Categories: Tests

Great Depression/New Deal Test Study Guide

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

January 18, 2012

The Study Guide for the Great Depression/New Deal test on Friday is posted here: Great Depression-New Deal Test Study Guide

This test is over two chapters. Make sure you go back and review thoroughly your Guided Reading for the Great Depression, the chapter text & the PowerPoint we viewed in class (located in “Uploads”).

Study smart. Get rest. Eat a good breakfast. Ace the test.

PS: Don’t forget to get your New Deal Guided Readings uploaded to SpringBoard by Wednesday at noon!!!!!

Categories: Tests

New Deal Guided Reading Extension

January 16, 2012 1 comment

Hello everyone,

A student pointed out to me that they were having problems uploading to SpringBoard. I extended the deadline for the New Deal Guided Reading to Wednesday (January 18) at noon (11:59 AM).

Mr. Jones

Categories: Uncategorized

The New Deal Presentation & Guided Reading

January 10, 2012 2 comments

Wednesday January 11, 2011

I am looking forward to being back today!

Today, we will see where we are on the New Deal projects and (hopefully) begin some of the presentations. I know some of you are confused about this assignment, but we will try to work that all out tomorrow. I understand that it has been difficult since I have not been there to give guidance this past week.

There is now a dropbox folder on SpringBoard for your finished PowerPoints. When you have finished, please upload it there so I can grade it (remember to include ALL names of those in your group!!!).

Also, there is a new Guided Reading on the New Deal (Chapter 22) here: Ch. 22 – New Deal GR  (Due Monday January 16 on SpringBoard).

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