US History | Aligned IWitness Activities

Tuesday March 17, 2020

Topic/Subject

IWitness Activity
and Aims

Subject/Skill
Aligned Aim
 Enduring Understanding

World War II

Essential Question:

How does the American desire to maintain the four freedoms (from want, from fear, of speech and of worship) change the United States' role in the world?

 

Concepts:
America's involvement in WW2, Impact on America, 4 freedoms, Rise of Nazi German, Pearl Harbor, Exploring US Neutrality

IQ: Fighting in the Face of Racism

By completing this activity, students will:

·       Develop an understanding of the effects of racism.

·     Develop an understanding of the nature of testimony

·   Develop a visual representation of their learning

·    Draw evidence from primary and secondary resources 

 

IQ: Howard Cwick

By completing this activity, students will:

·      Develop an understanding of one person's story in the U.S. army

·    Develop an understanding of the effects of racism.

·     Develop a visual representation of their learning

·    Draw evidence from primary and secondary resources 

 

As a result of this activity, students will…

·     Draw connections between the causes of WWII with events occurring in the U.S.

·    Draw evidence from primary and secondary resources

·    Analyze the impacts of war on individuals

The Cold War

Essential Question:

How have Americans addressed the tension between liberty and security to protect the idea of freedom?

Concepts:
Cold War, Civil Rights Movements; Foreign Policy

ML: Elie Wiesel Talking About Indifference

As a result of this activity, students will:

·      Compare two forms of text on the topic of indifference,

·      Analyze an individual's perspective to gain insight about the personal impact of events,

·     Participate in an academic discussion on the topic of indifference.

 

 

As a result of this activity, students will…

·       Draw evidence from primary and secondary resources

·      Synthesize how policy can be informed by past events

·     Develop their speaking and listening skills.

Cold War - Civil Rights and Other Domestic Policies 

Essential Questions:

How effective was American society in resolving the tensions between liberty and security while pursuing the idea of freedom for all Americans?

Why did the Civil Rights Movement intensify after World War II?

How did individuals and groups use political, legal, and social means to strive for freedom and equality?

How successful was the Civil Rights movement?

 

Concepts:

Jim Crow; Civil Rights; Civil Disobedience; Protest Movements

MQ: Finding Your Seat on the Bus

By completing this activity, students will:

·       Learn about what it means to be a social innovator

·        Be introduced to Rosa Parks and other individuals who showed grit, resilience and determination

·       Listen to individual testimonies

·        Develop a sense of their own grit, resilience and determination

As a result of this activity, students will…

·     Analyze the actions of key civil rights leaders

·     Determine the impact of civil disobedience   

·     Reflect on the value of using one's voice to impact society and self

Growing Turmoil at Home and Abroad

Essential Question:

How did domestic and international events both affect and reflect the changing meaning of freedom and equality in the United States?

Concepts:
Civil Rights Continued, Vietnam War

ML: Analyzing Informational Text: Dolores Huerta and Elena Nightingale

As a result of this activity, students will...

·     Analyze stories of civic participation

·   Be able to explain the role of civic participation in a democracy

IQ: Immigrants and the American Dream

As a result of this activity, students will...

·       Develop an understanding of the concept of the American Dream. 

·  Connect the concept to the experiences of individuals who have immigrated to the United States. 

·    Improve primary source analysis skills.

 

As a result of this activity, students will...

·    Describe issues challenging America

·    Determine the role of civic participation in the shaping of a democracy





As a result of this activity, students will...

·     Through the use of audiovisual testimony, a primary source, consider various perspectives why people have chosen to immigrate to USA. 

·    Compose an evidence-based written response demonstrating their understanding of why people immigrate to America.  

 

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