Today we took a quest. It was a great opportunity to express our knowledge and understanding of the Gilded Era.
Your homework tonight is to:
Read Chapter 20, Sections 2-5
Answer the following questions:
1.How did the Cuban Revolution impact the United States?
2.What drove the United States to war with Spain?
3.How did the Spanish-American War impact Teddy Roosevelt?
4.What was the result of the Treaty of Paris?
5.How did the Platt Amendment impact American relations with Cuba?
Today is a review day for your quest (quiz+test) tomorrow.
Today we talked about Gilded Era politics! We focused especially on the Election of 1884, Grover Cleveland, and James G. Blaine. We talked about corruption, big business, and sordid affairs.
Your homework is to finish the 8-16 bar raps we started in class about the candidates in 1884. You have a review period tomorrow.
Today we simulated the formation of unions by playing a game in class. We demonstrated how difficult it is to focus on the group when each individual has their own intrinsic motivations and needs (Maslow's Hierarchy, for example). Then we talked about unions at the turn of the century and decided that working conditions must have been atrocious if people were willing to go through the difficulty, violence, and risk of forming a union.
You have no homework over break. Nice work on your Huck Finn essays. Use the break to relax and take care of yourself.
You also have a test next Wednesday. I've attached the study guide here.
Today we talked about:
Your homework is to complete the attached question sheet using the textbook.
Your homework tonight is 3-fold:
1. Define success.
2. Identify someone you consider to be successful and explain why they are successful.
3. Explain what about that person enabled them to be successful.
Today we talked about politics in the inner cities during the Gilded Era. We discussed how the federal government became closely aligned with big business and partisan-politics, which created a lack of focus on local issues. Then we discussed the people who took advantage of this power vacuum- political bosses.
Your homework is to finish the Boss Tweed Cartoons started in class. Here are the instructions:
A political cartoon of Boss Tweed as either a Superhero or Supervillain
• A name for your character
• Exaggerations of his character
•I.e. utility belt, super powers, gadgets, etc.
• 4 annotations of your picture with examples of how he took advantages of/helped people
Today we talked about economics! We defined some key terms (all of which are listed below), looked at types of goods, and prepared ourselves for some Gilded Era econ next week.
Your homework is to finish the "American Before and After" assignment we started yesterday. Here are the instructions:
Create a visual metaphor to represent the United States before and after the Civil War:
House, Kitchen, Car, Sports Team, Phone, Clothes, etc.
On the before label 6 facts (using evidence/quotes from the text) about life in the United States before the Civil War
3 Positive, 3 Negative
On the after label 6 facts (using evidence/quotes from the text) about life in the United States after the Civil War
3 Positive, 3 Negative: Chapter 13 will help here
On the back write a thesis statement for the following prompt:
How did the Civil War change the United States?
And here are some terms:
The Invisible Hand (just as creepy as it sounds)
The idea that a capitalist market functions best when left alone.
Theory claiming that the allocation of resources will be taken care of by “the invisible hand”
Laissez Faire Government: “Hands off” Government
Producers: Those who make things (or own business)
Consumers: Those who buy things
Investors: Those who fund inventors
Inventors: Those who create new products
Supply: The amount of goods available
Demand: The amount of goods desired
Surplus: When supply is greater than demand
Scarcity: When demand is greater than supply
Equilibrium: When demand is equal to supply
Types of Goods (Supply)
Inferior Good: Goods that see a drop in demand when income increases. eg. “value” brands
Normal Good (Elastic Goods): Goods that see an increase in demand when income increases.
Luxury Good: Goods that see a high increase in demand when income increases eg. Tesla Cars
All luxury goods are normal goods, but all normal goods are not luxury goods
Complementary Goods: Goods that are used together
Substitute Goods: Goods which have alternatives
Types of Demand:
Elastic Demand: A change in supply/price will cause a large change in demand
Inelastic Demand: A change in supply/price will cause a small change in demand
During the Gilded Era, large corporations begin to create monopolies
Monopoly is a supply side function in economics
Today we talked about populist movements in the United States that arose as a response to the railroad industry. We analyzed the roots of these movements before discussing their goals.
Then we shifted our focus to seeing how the Civil War acted as a catalyst for revolution in the United States.
You'll have time to finish your visual in class tomorrow.
Today we talked about the Westward Expansion that occurred in the United States before, during, and after the Civil War. We looked at how the railroad industry worked its way into politics, implemented lobbyists, and prompted conflict with Native Americans. Mr. Buker also made a great Wid Wild West reference that was thoroughly unappreciated.
Your homework is to read Chapter 13.2-13.5 and be able to answer the question, "How did the Civil War change the economy of the United States?"