This is the home of the online journals and musings of my American history students at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Michigan begun in the fall of 2006. At this site, students will share their thoughts and feelings about the topics in American history that interest them. They will respond to journals as well as be responsible for posting once a week. I hope you enjoy your visit, and please feel free to leave a comment or two.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Blog #6 - Pick a student question and react
On Friday after the test, I asked you to think hard and long - reflect - about our unit and come up with some questions that wouldn't have easy answers. These questions were supposed to be ones in which you compared eras or people, asked "what if..." questions, evaluated ideas and reflected on concepts that maybe you still weren't sure about.
These questions couldn't start with a "who", "what", "when" or "where". These questions usually started with "Why..." I want you take one of these questions below that interests you the most and answer it in 200 words or more.
1. Who would you have voted for in the 1912 election and why? - Amanda
2. Do you think President Roosevelt was correct in breaking up monopolies? Why or why not? - Jason
3. How did you feel / react to the information about the sterilization of over 70,000 people who were deemed "unfit" according to eugenics laws? - Derek
4. Why is it a bad idea for one person to have so much power (over the economy) like JP Morgan? - Megan
5. Why do you think Thomas Nast drew political cartoons? If you were a cartoonist today, what would be your main subject and why? - Richard
6. The French gave us the Statue of Liberty but we had nothing to put it upon like a pedestal. Do we raise taxes in New York City (or a nationwide tax) to pay for it or would you just wait until the city could raise the money from wealthy individuals to help pay for the pedestal? - Carter
7. Is America a unified nation today? - Channel
8. What is your take on the 700-mile border wall w/ Mexico? Should we build it or not? Why? - Lauren
9. What was the reason why there were so many inventions and innovations during this time period that we're studying (late 19th Century/early 20th Century)? - Maher
10. Can you think of any groundbreaking inventions today that can be compared to the designing of the skyscrapers and bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge? How has this invention helped us? - Rachael
11. Was school education in the late 1800s on the right track compared to where we are today? Why? In your opinion, what seems to be more or less important today than in the 19th Century school systems? - Paige
12. Why do people vote for third party candidates if they never win? - Blake, Allison, Ben
13. What if Rockefeller didn't believe in God? Would he be as rich as he ended up? Who would he have given credit to for all that money if he did end up w/ all that $$$? - Mary
14. List some similarities and differences between TR and George W. Bush. - Collin
15. Do you think building a 700-mile fence along our southern border w/ Mexico to stop terrorism is a good idea? Why or why not? - Lauren
16. Do we need a new Progressive Party today? Why or why not? - Symonne, Melanie, Ben, David
17. Who stands behind the information that appears on the television/newspaper/internet? - Marta
18. Where does all of our income tax money go? - Casey, Marta
19. What are the positive/negative effects of allowing illegal immigrants to stay in America? - Stefanos, Sara
20. Do you think Boss Tweed was a bad guy? Why or why not? - Sarah Z.
21. Who might be the "next Irish" minority group after the Mexicans? - Jumi
22. What would America be like without Susan B. Anthony? - Gabe, Phil
23. In your opinion, which was the most important invention in this era (for example, skyscraper, steel, telephone, electricity, airplane, advances in the camera) and why? - Pat
24. What would have happened to the U.S. economy in 1895 and in 1907 if J.P. Morgan had not helped bail it out? - Jessie, Phil
25. What if the government hadn't decided to help build the Transcontinental railroad? - Josh D.
26. What if Abe Lincoln had never been shot and was able to serve out the rest of his 2nd term? - Matt B., Josh D., Jake
27. What would America be like if women hadn't won the suffrage movement? - Josh L., Allie
28. Do you think there is a political machine in America today? Explain. - Justin
29. If America is about freedom and equality, why is it that we've never had a woman, black, Asian, Latin or Jewish President yet? - unsigned