Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The sixties

Watch the video below and answer the following questions:

1. What were the major issues that confronted America during the Sixties? List and describe at least three.

2. Did the counter culture of the hippies, rock stars... Etc recieve complete support from all Americans?  Explain.

3. How did the Vietnam War change America?

4. What role did music play in the 60s? How did music and counter culture impact white and black Americans?

5. What role did population size play in in 60s.  Baby boom anyone?

The Sixties: The Decade That Shaped A Generation

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Cold War Videos

Please watch the following videos and answer the questions below them:
Duck and Cover Video

1. What is the purpose of the above video? How do you think this video affected school aged children psychologically during the 1950s-60s?

Nuclear Test Timeline

2. How many nuclear tests have there been in the last half-century?  Why do you think it was necessary to do test so many? Was it really to see if they worked?

Anti Communist Propaganda

3. What is "ISM?" What are its consequences? Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Communist Propaganda Film

4. What is the message/messages of this film?  Do you agree or disagree with them?

Friday, April 11, 2014

WW2 Assignment

Please choose to watch at least five the following videos.  You must watch the first and last episodes, but you can choose from the rest.  Once you finish each video, respond to the following questions for each, and submit your responses all together on the blog.  I will give extra credit or each additional video watched and written about, beyond the minimum five required.

Question 1: Summarize the episode in one paragraph.
Question 2: Describe the two stories or events from the film that you found most memorable and emotionally engaging.

WW2 in HD - Ep. 1 Darkness Falls
WWII in HD examines the initial phases of the war preceding American entry into the conflict. The United States sends troops to Guadalcanal and North Africa.

WW2 in HD - Ep. 2 Hard Way Back
WWII in HD follows United States soldiers as they begin their fight against the Axis in the Battles of Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Attu.

WW 2 in HD - Ep 3 Bloody Resolve
WWII in HD looks at the battles in of Tarawa, New Britian, and the Invasion of Siciliy.

WW2 in HD - Ep. 4 Battle Stations
WWII in HD looks at the war leading up to D-Day offering first hand accounts of the Battle of Kwajalein and the bombing raids over Germany.

WW 2 in HD - Ep. 5 Day of Days
WWII in HD looks at first hand accounts of the Battle of Saipan and the Normandy Invasion.

WW 2 in HD - Ep. 6 Point of No Return
WWII in HD examines for hand accounts of the Battle of Peleliu and the invasion of Germany.

WW 2 in HD - Ep 7 Striking Distance
WII in HD looks at first hand accounts of the Battle of Leyte, the Tuskgee Airmen, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the rescue of the "Lost Battalion".

WW 2 in HD - Ep 8 Glory and Guts
WII in HD looks at first hand accounts of the Battle of Iwo Jima, the invasion of Germany, and the war in the skies over Europe

WW2 in HD - Ep. 9 Edge of the Abyss
WWII in HD looks at first hand accounts of the Ardennes Offense and the invasion of Okinawa.

WW 2 in HD - Ep. 10 End Game
WWII in HD looks at the end of the war from the fall of German to the bombing of Hiroshima.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scopes Monkey Trial

Read the following description of the Scopes Monkey Trial


Watch the following clip from the 1960 movie about the trial "Inherit the Wind." There are more to watch if you like.


Answer the following questions in your own words?

1. What was the Scopes Monkey Trial about?

2. What was the long term significance of this event?

3. In the video, what is the lawyer (Henry Drummond) trying to convince the witness (Matthew Harrison Brady) to admit?  Why is this important?

4. How do the arguments being made in this trial relate to our modern situation?  Should evolution or create be taught exclusively?  What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Segregation: Can it still happen today?

Check out the following links:

Plessy v. Ferguson

Gay wedding cake controversy

Religious liberty law



1). Explain the concept of separate but equal as applied in Plessy v. Ferguson.

2). Do you agree or disagree with the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson.  Explain why in detail.

3). Do you agree with the judge's decision to order a Christian baker to bake a cake that would be used in a "gay wedding?"

4). Do you think that there are some similarities between the law recently passed in Arizona, and segregation laws in the post-Civil War South?  Why or why not?  Explain in detail.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Modesty: what is it, and why should I care?

This video talks about the issue of Christian Modesty.  The speaker's short talk is an excellent of persuasion.  Please watch the video and respond to the following questions.

1. What is modesty, and how do we identify it?

2. What can the history of the bikini teach us about how standards change over time? On what do people base their standards of modesty?

3. Who is responsible for keeping modesty: men or women?

4. What principles can we as post-modern Christians develop socially appropriate definitions of modesty?