Month: September 2013

Geography: Suburbanization & Levittown Assignment


I want you to write a short essay (2 to 2.5 pages), using your notes and the handout (Levittown_The_Archetype_for_Suburban_Development) you were given on the Levittown’s construction and early history. The following can be used for the topic sentence of the first paragraph: “The landscape of US cities began to change following the end of WWII.” Use the following as a guide for what to put in each section of the paper.

Introduction paragraph: 3-4 sentences that are a general overview of the topic. Include generally explanation of what suburban cities are

Body paragraphs:

1: The move to suburbs after WWII: Why then? How were they able to? Earliest examples of suburbs? Why did people want to move? Role of interstates.

2: Levittown: Using the handout & video, describe the building of this community, reaction to it, and the reasons for its construction.

3: Race and Suburbs: Use the notes and the information covered in the reading on Levittown.

Conclusion: Suburbs today

Geography: Wal-Mart Plans to buy more products ‘Made in America’

I want you to read the following story on Wal-Mart’s plans to increase purchase on products made in the U.S. Wal-Mart plans to buy more made in America. You can stop reading when you get to the section on COMMITMENT HELPS SOME SUPPLIERS. I chose this article because it goes with what we had covered on manufacturing jobs moving overseas during the last 30 years. In about 1 page, I want you to answer the following:

1) Tell the basics of what Wal-Mart is promising to do.

2) Why is it that Wal-Mart can buy — and companies can make — products produced in the U.S. now and they couldn’t 10 years ago?

3) Considering the article we read on fast food workers and wages, how could an increase in manufacturing jobs in the U.S. help those same families and the country as a whole.

4) Do you think advertising that emphasized products being produced in the U.S. would impact buyers in general? Your family specifically?

5) Do you think America companies have a responsibility to attempt to make goods in the U.S. if at all possible? Explain.

Geography: Fast Food Workers Strike


Click on Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay and read the story that follows. I chose this story because we have be going over economies, jobs, and trade. In a one-page summary I want you to do the following: (1) effectively summarize the arguments for why workers are striking, what companies say would happen with wage increases, how widespread the strikes, and some of the fast-food chains impacted; (2) How you feel about this story and where you stand on the issue. Remember something has to change is wages increase.

AP: ‘Revolutionary Characters: Thomas Paine’

I have attached a .pdf of Gordon Wood’s chapter on Thomas Paine. What I’m looking for from this reading are responses similar to what you write on the document readings or ‘John Adams’ video, which are great by the way. Here are the questions:

1. How would you describe the place of Thomas Paine in relation to the other revolutionary leaders?

2. Describe his origins. How do you think it shaped him and his writing?

3. Paine is the definition of a liberal for his day. VERY different from today. What does this mean?

4. What do we learn about Paine’s view from the ‘The Rights of Man’?

5. Paine has the same views as Jefferson. A humble origin story like Franklin. What does Wood believe kept Paine from “fitting in”?

6. What did you learn about Paine and religion from the reading? Does this change your views of him? Does this have a role in our memory of Paine?

Thomas Paine

AP: ‘John Adams’ Independence


This episode details the struggles of Adams and other patriots to convince the delegates at the Second Continental Congress to move for independence. Classic Adams yelling, getting frustrated, and rubbing people the wrong way. Classic Franklin being the smartest, coolest guy in the room. Here are the questions I want your to think about as we watch?

1. Imagine this period through the eyes of Abigail and the children.

2. Do you believe the two sides at the SCC are portrayed fairly or is one side presented more favorably? Explain.

3. Considering what takes place prior to the Declaration of Independence (Lexington and Concord, Fort Ticonderoga, Boston) do you think there was another option besides independence?

4.  What have you taken away from watching these two episodes? Specifically how has watching HBO’s John Adams changed/shaped/impacted your understanding of this period.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense and Colonial Reaction

One of the problems with reading documents from the Revolutionary Period is the effort writers took to sound “informed” and “reasoned” and “educated” and “literate.” The modern world doesn’t have time for such luxuries. Information has to be concise, questionable accurate, simplistic and inflammatory. This is why we have Twitter. Let’s give the revolutionary debate a dose of modernity.

I have given you three documents: Common Sense, as well as praise and criticism of the pamphlet. I want you turn the information in the documents into Twitter posts. Accurately summarize into a post each of the sections of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense #Paine. Then do the same for the document praising it #Liberty! and the one attacking it #Loyality.

common sense excerpt

Praise for common sense

Crack-brained zealot