I shared this parody of the popular "What Does the Fox Say?" video with my students back in November, but I decided I should add it here too - just in case anyone missed it. It was created by Mr. Betts, an educator from New York who is building quite a video library on his YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out in order to get a transcript of the John Locke video and see his other works - including George Washington's take on Lorde's "Royals."
In their Room for Debate series, the New York Times invites experts on both sides of the aisle to discuss news events and other important issues. Each entry provides a bit a background information followed by a series of open-ended, thought-provoking questions along with 4-6 short responses what the site labels as "knowledgeable contributors." This layout is ideal for an AP US Government class as it forces students to consider multiple perspectives before drawing their own conclusions. It also provides a blueprint for how a teacher might go about setting up a similar debate in her own classroom...something I think I am going to try after the Holidays.
Below I have collected some of my favorite Room for Debate entries, organized according to the units I use in my AP US Government class. Then I threw in a few "bonus" entries that would work well in an AP US History class.
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In it, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 Americans were killed, 1,282 were wounded. The United States declared war on Japan the following day, formally entering into World War II.
I've just updated the resources in the Pearl Harbor post, which includes video of President Franklin Roosevelt's "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" speech.
All of my posts about World War II can be found here.
Today the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa whose 27 year imprisonment became a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. Listed below are some of the resources I have collected on Mandela's remarkable life and legacy. More can be found in The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela and Mandela Day posts.
My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach AP US History and AP US Government & Politics. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.