Nov 29, 2007

Homework due Friday, 11/30

Nothing is due.

You will have a work period from 8:30 to 9:15.

The "Growth of the U.S." packet is due Monday, but you shouldn't have to work on it this weekend if you work tonight and in class tomorrow.

There is a quiz on Thursday, 12/6.

Nov 28, 2007

Homework due Thursday, 11/29

The CIW/Benitez poster is due tomorrow (Thursday). See directions below.

For Friday, please finish pp. 71-81 in Mastering U.S. History (hereafter known as MUSH) and the packet on the growth of the United States. You will need colored pencils or light-colored markers for the map, and a textbook/atlas for reference. Please do the work in the order it is presented.

You will eventually have a quiz over this material. The goal is for you to learn on your own from texts.

Nov 27, 2007

Homework due Thursday, 11/29


Using the website for the Coalition of Imokalee Workers (, do research on any aspect of their work that interests you, including the "Exploitation King" campaign.

Create a poster on paper which is at least double-sized and unlined, but could be bigger.

Make this work neat and special.

Use color and good graphic design. It could be handmade or use computer graphics, or both.

Make a clear headline with the purpose stated (could be about these workers' issues in general, or it could be about one specific campaign).

Mention the Coalition, Lucas Benitez, and the website address.

Give at least five supporting facts.

Mention human rights somewhere in your poster.

Mention at least one Millennium Development Goal.

Provide illustrations that enhance your message.

Put your name somewhere on the front of the poster.

These posters will adorn the Auditorium for Human Rights Day, so they are much more than just "homework." They are a part of our campaign to end modern slavery!

Nov 26, 2007

Homework due Tuesday, 11/28

Based on your viewing of the BBC film about all of Afghanistan's wars, the film about its constitutional process, the podcast of the Afghan teenager, and the strange Danish film about the pilot who goes to Kabul, reflect on this question:

How possible is it for countries like Afghanistan to develop successful constitutions and governments? What obstacles do they face compared to the U.S. in 1787?

Write a thoughtful, edited paragraph (that is, at LEAST 5 sentences) and type it.

Nov 19, 2007

Homework due Tuesday, 11/20

1. Read over your Freaks and Geeks scripts and be prepared to "act" tomorrow. Bring scripts and the following items to to Auditorium at 8:30 or 9:15 tomorrow.

Bring these items: script, planner, pen or pencil, your homework.

2. Other homework =

Write a letter to your buddy (see previous post).

Bring an envelope and have the letter ready IN the envelope with your name, and your buddy's name.

Get your essay signed. Have it in class next week for editing!

Finally, on two index cards, print neatly or type 1) your thesis statement, and 2) a quote from your essay (and who said it -- could be the Constitution).

Nov 16, 2007

Homework for Monday, 11/19, and Tuesday, 11/20

Bring your buddy's CD, and be prepared to share a song excerpt on Monday.

Write a letter to your buddy and bring it to school on TUESDAY. Tell him/her about your essay topic, about the high school process, the Christmas Fair, your Thanksgiving plans, and whatever else you can think of. Make it special, and BRING YOUR OWN ADDRESSED ENVELOPE.

Nov 15, 2007

Homework due Friday, 11/16

Please bring two copies of your carefully edited final draft of the Supreme Court essay. You will not have homework this weekend.

Nov 14, 2007

Homework due Thursday, 11/15

Your rough draft of the essay is due on Thursday (tomorrow). Be sure to include a title and your name (no SLS heading) and a bibliography. Use signal phrases so you don't have to put sources in parentheses afterwards.

TWO COPIES of the FINAL DRAFT are due FRIDAY. Edit like crazy tomorrow night.

Bring in your folders from parent/teacher conferences.

Great job at the Amnesty meeting today!

Nov 13, 2007

Homework due Wednesday, 11/14

1. Finish the audio program about Hyder Akbar.

2. Write the next paragraph of your essay. Work on the quotes and the bibliography. Rough draft is due Thursday; final on Friday.

3. Bring an electronic copy of your essay to work on during Computers tomorrow.

4. Bring $2 for Amnesty if you need to.

5. Bring the folder from parent/teacher conferences if you haven't already.

Nov 12, 2007

Homework due Tuesday, 11/13

1. Continue working on your rough draft. Tomorrow, bring the third (second body paragraph) paragraph of your essay. Include the first paragraphs. I will give you feedback on what you wrote so far tomorrow.

2. Optional: Bring $2 for Amnesty.

Nov 9, 2007

Homework due Monday, 11/12

1. Bring in a CD player with headphones, or an MP3 player with headphones and the audio files downloaded onto it. You may also bring a pillow.

In the second part of class, and also on Tuesday, we will be listening to a radio broadcast, "Come Back to Afghanistan."

2. Revise your intro. paragraph and write your first body paragraph for the essay. Please include both for me to review. You may also wish to work on your bibliography. Be sure, also, to properly cite cases.

OPTIONAL: Bring $2 for Amnesty.

Nov 8, 2007

Homework due Friday, 11/9

1. Download the audio CD onto an MP3 player or have a portable CD player available for Monday. On Monday, everybody will be ready to go with headphones so they can can listen to the "Come Back to Afghanistan" CD. Please bring back the CD.

2. Go to the Wide Angle/"Hell of a Nation" program website and browse the photo essay and the info-graphics. Here are the links:

Spend about ten minutes on each section.

You may also work on your essay. The rough draft is due next Thursday.

Nov 7, 2007

Homework due Thursday, 11/8

1. By Friday, have a usable MP3 or CD player available for the weekend. You will be given a CD to download.

2. Do pp. 2-3 in the Afghanistan packet.

3. Send an email to the president of Pakistan (from his website) and an email to the two ministers and the ambassadors (you can send one email to all three). PRINT UP ONE OF THE EMAILS. They don't have to be long -- talk about protecting a few prisoners (use some names), about their safety, and about the importance of respecting the Constitution.

INFORMATION:UA 292/07 Illegal detention/prisoner of conscience PAKISTAN
Asma Jahangir (f)Hina Jilani (f)Iqbal Haider (m)I. A. Rehman (m)Brigadier (rtd) Rao Abid Hameed (m)Shahtaj Qizilbash (f)Imran Qureshi (m)

At least 48 other human rights defenders detained in the state of emergency

Asma Jehangir, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has been placed under house arrest following the state of emergency imposed on 3 November by General Musharraf.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible:- expressing concern for the safety of human rights defenders and others who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained under the country’s preventive detention orders;- urging the authorities to ensure that no one is subjected to torture or any other form of cruel inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment;- urging the authorities it immediate provide medical treatment to detainees who are suffering from ill health;- calling on the authorities to release immediately human rights defenders and others arrested under preventive detention measures, who are not charged with recognizably criminal offences, or are detained solely for the exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association or assembly;- urging the authorities to cease arbitrary arrests and detentions under the state of emergency;- calling on the authorities to protect and uphold the constitutional human rights guarantees, including safeguards on life and liberty.

E-mailPresident Pervez Musharraf via website:

Mr Aftab Ahmed Khan SherpaoMinister for the Interior
E-mail: Dear Minister

Mr Zahid HamidMinister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
E-Mail: Dear Minister

Ambassador Mahmud Ali Durrani

Nov 6, 2007

Homework due Wednesday, 11/07

Bring in two copies of your introductory paragraph.

Nov 5, 2007

Homework due Tuesday, 11/6

Continue revising and adding to your outline. Get all of the quotes (minimum six -- but good ones that will help your paper). Be ready to start writing the paper Tuesday night.

Nov 2, 2007

Homework for Monday, 11/5

1. Community Service Report for October. Remember to use complete paragraphs for each event, or the report will be returned to you to do again. Make sure it's typed.

2. Detailed Outline. Consult the project packet for particulars. All of your quotes and research need to be done by Tuesday.