2017 – 2018 Trimester 3 Agenda

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Week 1: March 12 – 16

March 12

Teacher Inservice – No School

March 13

Exhibition Night Tonight 5-8 PM

  1. Good News/Bad News
  2. Your Exhibit: "Building a Personal Brand" – fix file errors, spelling mistakes
  3. AWEPA + HoM + E3 – many are missing

March 14

  1. Since the file server went down yesterday...
  2. In the News...

March 15

  1. E4 Lit & Global Studies – back to it!
    • An Awakening in the East or "The Rise of Wahhabism and the Saudis" from Reza Aslan No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam – Circle it up – story time!
    • Keep this framework in the back of your mind: "It is pluralism, not secularism, that defines democracy. A democratic state can be established upon any normative moral framework as long as pluralism remains the source of its legitmacy."

March 16

  1. E4 Lit and Global Studies
    • Discussion: "What is taking place now is an internal conflict between Muslims, not an external battle between Islam and the West. The West is merely a bystander – an unwary yet complicit casualty of a rivalry that is raging over who will write the next chapter in its story."
    • Imagine we, as a class, are members of a cabinet tasked with writing Middle East policy and the above statement is the result of our intelligence gathering and analysis from Middle East experts. We are directed to use the above conclusion as our operandi mundi, or the platform which we need to justify our decision-making in writing policy.
    • Areas we need to discuss:
      1. Which countries/leaders do we need to build/maintain alliances with?
      2. What types of aid, how much aid, and to which countries/regions should we provide as a means of building trust and/or coalition?
      3. How should we address the rise and expansion of IS or ISIS?
      4. How should we approach Iran?
      5. In regards to terrorism networks, how should we actively undermine their ability to recruit, expand, and enact their goals?

Week 2: March 19 – 23

March 19

  1. E4 Lit and Global Studies
  2. Response on a notecard: What do we know of Osama Bin Laden's goals – what did he hope to accomplish from his isolated compound in Abbottabad?

March 20

  1. Conspiracy Theories Surrounding 9/11

March 21

Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 22

Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 23

Parent/Teacher Conferences


Spring Break: March 26 – 30

Week 3: April 2 – 6

April 2

  1. Welcome Back!
  2. E4 Lit and Global Studies

April 3

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
  2. E4 Lit and Global Studies
    • Recap-tcha: Is pulling troops out of Syria a sound policy?

April 4

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
    • Listen to The Daily Podcast from the NY Times for today (Wednesday, April 4th)
    • On a notecard, respond to the following and turn in before you leave:
      • What is your reaction to the pod?
      • How is fear utilized as a tool in political campaigns?

April 5

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
    • Listen to The Daily Podcast from the NY Times for today (Thursday, April 5th) – this episode focuses on what we talked about yesterday: the tariffs imposed by China on US agricultural exports
    • On a notecard, respond to the following and turn in before you leave:
      • What did you learn about tariffs and how can they effect business and the overall economy?
      • What is free trade? Describe in your own words

April 6

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
    • How Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Other Privacy Abuses Could Have Been Prevented from Lawfare
    • Cambridge Analytica Explained: Data and Elections from Medium
      • Write a 1/2 page critical response to the following: As a young adult who has likely engaged in some type of social media from an early age (as opposed to previous generations), how do you feel about protecting your privacy? What strategies, if any, do you employ to protect yourself in the digital world? What type of role or steps, if any, should the government take to ensure privacy is protected in the virtural world? Do you feel social media is a powerful tool in reinforcing ideas that are devisive or do you see social media as a tool to engage in conversation to advance solutions to issues or ideas? What's the balance here?
    • Dropbox your CR in Synergy
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Week 4: April 9 – 13

April 9

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
  2. E4 Global

April 10

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
      • The Gas Attack in Syria

April 11

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
      • Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress
      • Paul Ryan – the Speaker of the House
      • The Russian response to the threats by the President
  2. E4 Global
    • US Foreign Policy in Syria
      1. As the Foreign Policy Committee in the Middle East (4 people in the group), you are tasked with writing a specific outline of the US position in Syria. You must account for what this policy might mean if Syrian allies, specifically Russia, defend Syrian interests (like military positions) against any US (and its allies) actions.
      2. You will present this policy outline on Friday in class like you are giving a press conference. You will be required to take 4-5 questions regarding your policy.
      3. You should outline potential scenarios, what the US response might be to those scenarios, any coalition ally building you will do, and to justify why you think those actions would be best for the US.
      4. You should do some research to help you formulate your plan
      5. You should discuss this as a group first, the formalize your strategies in writing

April 12

  1. E4 Global
    • US Foreign Policy in Syria
      1. As the Foreign Policy Committee in the Middle East (4 people in the group), you are tasked with writing a specific outline of the US position in Syria. You must account for what this policy might mean if Syrian allies, specifically Russia, defend Syrian interests (like military positions) against any US (and its allies) actions.
      2. You will present this policy outline on Friday in class like you are giving a press conference. You will be required to take 4-5 questions regarding your policy.
      3. You should outline potential scenarios, what the US response might be to those scenarios, any coalition ally building you will do, and to justify why you think those actions would be best for the US.
      4. You should do some research to help you formulate your plan
      5. You should discuss this as a group first, the formalize your strategies in writing

April 13

  1. E4 Global
    • US Foreign Policy in Syria – Press Conference Today!
      1. As the Foreign Policy Committee in the Middle East (4 people in the group), you are tasked with writing a specific outline of the US position in Syria. You must account for what this policy might mean if Syrian allies, specifically Russia, defend Syrian interests (like military positions) against any US (and its allies) actions.
      2. You will present this policy outline on Friday in class like you are giving a press conference. You will be required to take 4-5 questions regarding your policy.
      3. You should outline potential scenarios, what the US response might be to those scenarios, any coalition ally building you will do, and to justify why you think those actions would be best for the US.
      4. You should do some research to help you formulate your plan
      5. You should discuss this as a group first, the formalize your strategies in writing
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Week 5: April 16 – 20

April 16

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
      1. Strategic Airstrikes in Syria
      2. The James Comey Interview and Book Release
      3. The Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt
  2. The E4 Pod
    • I'm interested in doing a podcast project but I'm not sure what type of subject I'd like us to tackle
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    • What I need from you:
      1. Send me an email – jeremy.sinks@district6.org – proposal about a podcast you would like to do and why you'd like to do it
      2. We can do this with up to two people – i.e., a two-person group
      3. Many podcasts have a guest and I think this would be awesome but a logistical challenge. We can attempt to have a guest on your pod, but you would need to schedule a time for him/her to come to the Tech Center during school hours

April 17

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
      1. Michael Cohen's "Third Man"
  2. The E4 Pod
    • E4 Pod Idea List
    • Pod Research – based on your area of interest, find a podcast that is similar to the one you would like to do
    • Take notes on the host's technique – focus on things like:
      1. How does the host engage an audience?
      2. How long does the host stay on one topic before moving on to the next?
      3. How does the host bring in outside resources and/or quotes from individuals to create a "launching point" for discussion?
      4. If there is a guest, how does the host interact with the guest and how does the host ask questions and keep the conversation moving?
    • Turn in your notes at the end of the period

April 18

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
  2. The E4 Pod
    • E4 Pod Idea List
    • Create an outline of topics and/or questions to organize your pod – you need to turn this in by end of the period today
    • Since this is around 15 min, you need to keep your scope narrow – in other words, focus on a singular item that you know you can cover (depth over breadth)
    • Do a dry run using a timer – talk through your pod with your partner. If you don't have a partner, grab someone who would be willing to stand in

April 19

  1. The E4 Pod
    • Time for a dry run – talk through your pod with your partner. If you don't have one, grab someone who would be willing listen.
    • Talk for at least 20 minutes
    • After your dry run, respond to the following on a notecard (grab from Craft, turn in before you leave):
      1. Did you notice any "tendancies" in your speech, i.e., ums, or repeated phrases?
      2. Did you have any "lulls" or "dead air" in your conversation? How will you address this for the real thing?
      3. How are you engaging the audience?

April 20

  1. E4 Current Events
    • Teaching by Tweet: What Does Twitter Have to Say About Current Events – What are Your Questions?
      1. Former First Lady Barbara Bush passes away
      2. The Comey Memos Released (redacted)
      3. Report: Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo (now acting CIA Director) secretly met with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend
      4. North Korea drops its position that the US needs to remove troops from the Korean Peninsula (S. Korea) for it (DPRK) to stop its nuclear program, so what does it want in place of those demads?
      5. The President meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago – fail to agree on US tariff exemption for Japan
      6. Democratic National Committe sues President Trump, Russia's government, and Wikileaks – accuses them of a massive conspiracy to help Trump hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election
  2. The E4 Pod
    • Play with the mic setup and software
    • Need to ask these questions about our pod:
      1. What is my pod about?
      2. Who is my audience and what do they care about?
      3. What is my interest in the pod?
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Week 6: April 23 – 27

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26

April 27

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Week 7: April 30 – May 4

April 30

May 1

May 2

May 3

May 4

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Week 8: May 7 – 11

May 7

May 8

May 9

May 10

May 11

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Week 9: May 14 – 18

May 14

May 15

May 16

May 17

May 18

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Week 10: May 21 – 25

May 21

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

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Week 11: May 28 – June 1

May 28

May 29

May 30

May 31

June 1

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Week 12: June 4 – 8

June 4

June 5

June 6

June 7

June 8

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Week 13: June 11 – 15

June 11

June 12

June 13

June 14

June 15

End of Trimester 3

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