Vietnam War Notes & Guided Reading

Good morning sophomores!

Today in class we will begin discussing the origin and beginning of the Vietnam War. We will review some material we covered a few weeks ago and proceed forward to the reasons for American  escalation of forces in Indochina.

Here are the materials for the Vietnam War chapter:

Ch. 29 Sec 1 Notes (The War Develops) (not due for a grade)

Ch. 29.Sec 2-3 GR (Vietnam War)  (due on SpringBoard on Monday April 23 at 11:59 PM)

Come to class prepared to take notes and discuss.

A few more announcements…

1. Homework Club tonight will be held at the Central Hower gymnasium. I am watching intermurals for Mr. O’Neil tonight, so we will have to have it there.

2. Chess Club is free to meet as well in Mr. O’Neil’s room. I will leave the chess boards in my room with the door open so you can come in and get them. I won’t be there, but you can still play. Keep track of the matches and who wins. If you would rather bring them down to the Central Hower gymnasium and play there, that is fine too. You would just be responsible for bringing them back to my room.

3. If you are planning on coming to Homework Club on Thursday morning, let me know today.

Have a great day!


Now onto the Vietnam War

Tuesday April 17, 2012

Hello sophomores. Tomorrow we will be moving on to the Vietnam War. This is one of the most controversial and troubling wars in American history. No war was more controversial and more of a quagmire (look it up!) than Vietnam. The Vietnam War is the basis for the protest, discontent and rebellion of the youth of the 60’s and 70’s that we will look at next week. The Vietnam War changed America in many ways. It is important that you leave this class with a solid understanding of it because it is so often the basis for analyzing wars and government action today.

Please do the Chapter Introduction tonight and be prepared to discuss the Vietnam War in class tomorrow.

Ch. 29 Introduction (Vietnam War) (due on SpringBoard Thursday night)

Lyndon Johnson & the Great Society

Lyndon Johnson meeting with Martin Luther King Jr.

Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) took over the presidency after the death of John F. Kennedy. President Johnson’s presidency is marked by two major themes: The Great Society programs he advocated and signed and the escalation of the Vietnam War.

The Great Society can be considered part 2 of the New Deal reforms of the 1930’s under FDR. Johnson increased the power and influence of the Federal Government in order to begin Federal programs that were intended to help the poor, advance civil rights, promote environmental protection and advance the arts. You will learn about how these programs changed American society and how many exist today. This is part of the big theme of an increase in the size and influence of the Federal government that began with TR and the Progressives and continued with FDR’s New Deal program and then Johnson’s Great Society.

Next week, we will begin covering what LBJ is mainly remembered for–the tragedy that is the Vietnam War.

Here is the new Guided Reading. Be prepared to begin working on this tomorrow (Thursday): Ch. 27.Sec. 3 – LBJ & The Great Society (due on SpringBoard Tuesday April 17 at 11:59). Friday, we will have a guest teacher in the room to teach more about the New Deal: Mr. Matthew Ballard.

A Few Reminders…

1. Remember that I extended the due date for the Kennedy Guided Reading to tomorrow night.

2. Remember to fill out question 1 on the JFK Assassination worksheet on your reaction to the clip from “JFK” we watched Friday and make sure to be have that sheet (either hard copy or on the computer) for history class on Tuesday.

3. Plan to stay after school tomorrow for some chess club action. The chess club will meet around 3:10 in Mr. Larry O’Neil’s room. If you can’t play, come learn! If anyone has a chess set they can bring in (just in case we have more come than we have chess boards), that would be great.

I will be subbing for Mrs. Hewitt up in Crouse Hall 4th floor tomorrow if you need me or you need to turn something in.

JFK Assassination

April 6, 2012 4 comments

Friday April 6, 2011

President Kennedy moments before the assassination

JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Many historians believe his assassination marked a turning point in the history of the U.S. and changed the course of events in the 1960′s. It is also one of the most controversial events of American history.

The official history is that one man, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot JFK in Dallas acting alone from the 6th floor of a building with a rifle. Many people in this country believe there was a conspirac

to kill Kennedy and that more than one man shot Kennedy. Some believe the government (CIA/FBI/Lyndon Johnson) conspired to have Kennedy assassinated.

In 1993, a movie titled JFK was released by Oliver Stone that promoted the theory that Oswald did not shoot Kennedy (or did not shoot him alone) and that there was a government conspiracy to kill and cover up Kennedy’s assassination.

We are going to watch a clip of JFK promoting conspiracy and then a documentary presenting the other side. We are going to watch and analyze the arguments and

You will be answering questions from the following document during the videos we will watch.

JFK Assassination Questions & Analysis

The Kennedy Era

The Kennedy family

Good morning sophomores!

Today we are leaving the prosperity and conformity of the 1950’s and moving forward to the 1960’s. The sixties began as a decade of hope with the election of a new young President: John F. Kennedy. Kennedy represented a new generation taking power in Washington DC. He brought youth and energy to the White House. But a decade that began with such vigor and hope ended in tragedy on November 22, 1963. Many historians believe the event on that day changed the decade of the 1960’s and helped lead to the dissatisfaction and unrest that developed through the rest of the decade.

Today, we will work on on this Guided Reading: Ch. 27 Sec. 2-3 (JFK – Cold War & Thousand Days)

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Eisenhower Era PowerPoint

Here is the PowerPoint for chapter 26 for study: The Eisenhower Era PowerPoint

I plan on holding a test study session on Sunday night on the Sophomore Facebook page. I will announce the time on Facebook later this weekend.

Have a great weekend and prepare well for this test! Next week it is on to the Turbulent Sixties!

– Mr. Jones

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