Month: February 2018

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (.pdf)

I want you to read the chapter on Habit 1: Be Proactive (pgs. 56-76). I want you tell me about this habit, the examples he uses, and how it could apply to your life.

About 1 page, maybe a little more. Not being too specific on this guideline.



Guns in America

VOX: America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

BBC: America’s Gun Culture in 10 charts

CNN: How U.S. compares to the world in 5 charts

CNN: There is a gun for every person, but only a 1/3 own guns

Why AR-15s keep appearing at America’s deadliest shootings

Collinwood Dual: Bombs, Flu, social unrest, labor strife…and the Great War

There were a couple of years around 1918-1919 were it felt like everything was about to come unraveled. Anarchism was a legitimate political ideology. And we rarely mention these events. It’s all talk of creating a League of Nations and politics and debate in the Senate about its impact on U.S. sovereignty.  Forget that. Let’s do some social history.

The 1918 Flu. I first learned about this when I read “The Given Day” by Denise Lehane. The book is a blend of history of real people, real events, and a fictional story. One of these events was the flu outbreak.

ASSIGNMENT: Watch the PBS American Experience on the 1918 flu. Use this as the guide for how to write about it. Same length as previously (around 500 words). I you write long, I usually add extra points for extra work.

  1. What I knew going into the doc.
  2. Briefly summarize
  3. Your thoughts.

WashPo story on flu

PBS Am. Experience on the flu

WG: Detroit’s rise and fall…and it’s comeback

NY Times: Anatomy of Detroit’s decline

Click on the link above to get an overview of Detroit’s rise as the economic center of the U.S. following WWII to its bankruptcy in the late 2000s.

What are three things the article talks about as the causes of Detroit’s decline?

BBC: urban exploration Detroit

Google Street View of Detroit neighborhoods going to ruin

Use these links or go find your own photos about the city’s abandoned buildings. The Silverdome and the train station are easily the most haunting. Take a look.

LASTLY, look for an article about Detroit’s economic recovery over the last few years. Try to include anything about why and how the city has improved.