United States History Classes

Mr. Ferlazzo’s Classes at Burbank High School

Who Do You Think Are The Greatest Americans?

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 30, 2009

A television channel did a poll to find out who people thought were the Greatest Americans, and then ranked them from the most important to the one hundredth most important.

Think about all the Americans we have studied so far.  Pick who you think are the top five Americans and rank them one-through-five.  Find a picture of them, write about what you think was their major accomplishment, and explain why you ranked them where you did.

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Working For A Better Tomorrow

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 30, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Watch this movie on Fighting Hunger and take the quizzes.

WITH A PARTNER:

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America Since The Year 2000

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 23, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Learn about the Presidential Election of 2000.

Watch this movie about September 11th terrorist attacks and take the quizzes.

Go to Mr. Ferlazzo’s blog and look at the links about the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Prior to the September 11th attacks, in 1995 there had been the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Watch this movie about terrorism and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about Airport Security and take the quizzes.

Watch all the movies on this page.

Go to Mr. Ferlazzo’s blog and look at the links about the present Iraq War.

Watch this movie about the Internet and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about the Stock Market and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about Stocks and Shares and take the quizzes.

Watch this video to learn what caused the present financial problems we are in right now.

Now that you’ve learned what caused the Recession, go to Mr. Ferlazzo’s blog and look at links to learn what is happening right now.

WITH A PARTNER:

Read more about Osama Bin Laden.

Read about what caused the economic problems our country is in right now.

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A Changing Nation

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 23, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Learn about the Internet and the History Of Computers.

Watch this movie about Recycling and take the quizzes.

Watch all the videos on this page.

WITH A PARTNER:

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The United States As A World Leader

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 23, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Learn about the end of the Cold War.

Learn How They Tore Down The Iron Curtain.

Learn about the first Iraq War.

The United States has been involved in the Middle East.  A future post will deal with the present (second) Iraq War, but now please go to this site on Mr. Ferlazzo’s blog which will provide links to places to learn about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

WITH A PARTNER:

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The United States And Its Neighbors

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 23, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Watch this movie about Mexico and take the quizzes.

Learn more about Mexico.

Learn about Canada and answer the questions.

Learn about North American Free Trade.

Learn about Immigration to the U.S.

WITH A PARTNER:

Read about immigration to the United States.

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War In Vietnam

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 12, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this movie about the Vietnam War and take the quizzes.

Watch this slideshow about the Vietnam War era.

Use this map and watch the video.

Watch these videos about the war.

Watch this video.

Watch this video and look at the other images.

This is not necessarily directly connected to the Vietnam War, but watch these videos on President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

WITH A PARTNER

Learn about the Jungle War In Vietnam.

Read about the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the war.

Read about the Hmong and the war.

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President John F. Kennedy

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 12, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Look at this slideshow about Kennedy.

Go here and click on “Kennedy.” Then watch the videos.

Complete this exercise about Kennedy’s assassination.

WITH A PARTNER:

Read about Kennedy’s life.

Read more about President Kennedy here.

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Cesar Chavez And The Farm Workers

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on March 6, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this movie about Cesar Chavez and take the quizzes.

Watch this video about Chavez.

Learn about the short-handled hoe and make a museum “exhibit.”

WITH A PARTNER

Read more about Chavez.

Read and answer the questions here.

Copy and paste this cloze on your Posterous blog and complete it.

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Americans Travel In Space

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on February 15, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this movie on the Apollo Project and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about the International Space Station and take the quizzes.

Watch these videos about the U.S. experiences in space travel.

Here’s more history of space travel.

Learn more about space travel here.

Learn more about space travel at the Animated History of The Space Program. Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner to see the words that are spoken, and use the menu on the upper right to explore all the great activities.

Watch these videos.
WITH A PARTNER

Copy and paste this cloze about John Glenn on your Posterous blog and complete it.

Copy and paste this cloze about Sally Ride on your Posterous blog and complete it.

Complete this exercise on the first Moon Landing.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on February 15, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch these movies and take the quizzes:

Civil Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X

Learn about Rosa Parks.

Learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Listen To Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and find the mistakes.

Watch this video of King

Here’s another video about King.

Learn about Ruby Bridges.

Watch this movie about the Civil Rights Movement.

If there’s time, you can watch the short videos on this page.

Learn about the Freedom Rides.

WITH A PARTNER

Read about King and answer the questions.

Read about the Civil Rights Movement and take Quiz 1 and Quiz 2.

Read more about King and answer the questions.

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America During The 1950′s

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on February 15, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Learn about Technology in the 1950′s. Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner so you can see the words that are being spoken.

Watch this slideshow about the 1950′s.

Watch this movie about Elvis Presley and take the quizzes.

African-Americans won the right to a good education in 1954. Watch this movie about the court case and take the quizzes.

Learn about school segregation in 1952.

Watch these videos about the polio vaccine that was made in the 1950′s.

Learn about Senator Joseph McCarthy and his attack on people he claimed were Communists.

Watch the videos on this page about issues in the 1950′s.

Watch this video about President Eisenhower.

WITH A PARTNER

Read about President Harry Truman.

Read about President Dwight Eisenhower.

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The Cold War

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on February 15, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this movie about The Cold War and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about the United Nations and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about The Korean War and take the quizzes.

Learn more about the Korean War.

Learn more about The Cold War.

Learn about Europe after World War II. Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner so you can see the words that are spoken.

Learn about Southeast Asia in 1954,

Watch the videos on this page.

Watch some of these videos about The Cuban Missile Crisis.

Learn more about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Click on “subtitles” so you can see the words as they are spoken.

Look at this chart about the Cold War.

WITH A PARTNER

Take this test about what happened after World War II. Play this game, too.

Here’s another test about the Cold War.

And here’s one more test.

Learn about The Berlin Wall.

Read this report and answer the questions.

Read more about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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The End Of World War II

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on February 15, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch these videos on World War II.

Watch these two movies about the Holocaust and take the quizzes:

* Holocaust

* Anne Frank

Learn more about The Holocaust.

Please read the first two paragraphs on this page about the Holocaust (click MP3 Listening so you can hear the words spoken). The do this exercise.

Watch these videos about The Holocaust.

Complete this activity about D-Day and watch the video.

Watch this movie about the Allied Victory.

If there’s time, go to The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust and look at the sites on that list.

WITH A PARTNER

Read about the Holocaust, starting with Hitler Comes To Power.

Read about World War II Remembered.

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Internment Of Japanese-Americans

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 20, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Read this short summary of what happened to Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Watch this video and do the three activities under “Explore.”

Click on some of the names on the left side of this webpage and then click “Listen To Clip.”  These are Japanese-Americans who were sent to camps.

Watch this slideshow about what happened to Japanese-Americans.

Look at these pictures from one of the camps.

WITH A PARTNER

Read more about Japanese-American internment camps.

Read more on this website.

Read even more here.

ON YOUR OWN

One of the major reasons Japanese Americans were put into camps was because other Americans were afraid that they might help Japan in the war against the United States. In other words, it was an example of people doing bad things to other people because of fear.

Have you ever done something bad to someone else because you were afraid (Start a fight? Say something nasty to someone?)? Has a person you know ever done something bad to someone else because they were afraid? What happened?

Has someone ever done something bad to you or your family because you think they were afraid of you?

Write your answers on your website.

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World War II Begins

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 20, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this movie about the causes of World War II and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about World War II and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about Adolf Hitler and take the quizzes.

Learn about what happened in the War in 1941
. Click on “Go” when you get to the page.  Be sure to click on the lower-left corner to see the words as they are spoken.

Learn about the war in Europe and Africa.  Clickon “Go” when you get to the page.

Learn about the war in the Pacific.

Watch this video of Adolf Hitler.

Look at these newly discovered color photos of Hitler.

Learn about Albert Einstein and take the quizzes.

Explore these sites about Pearl Harbor:

EL Civics has A Pearl Harbor Day Lesson

Holt, Rinehart & Winston have a Pearl Harbor Interactive.

Scholastic has another interactive on the Pearl Harbor attack.

National Geographic has its well-known Remembering Pearl Harbor site.

This is a very accessible Thinkquest site developed by students about Pearl Harbor.

Learn About Pearl Harbor comes from Pearson.

Beyond The Textbook from McGraw-Hill has some online clozes (fill-in-the-gap) activities related to Pearl Harbor.

The National Park Service has many good photos of the Arizona Memorial and ones that were taken on the day of the attack.

TIME Magazine has a photographic timeline of the event.

How Stuff Works has a series of online videos about Pearl Harbor and its aftermath.

You can find the transcript and audio, along with images, of President Roosevelt’s “Infamy” speech at the History Place.

Attack on Pearl Harbor is an interactive graphic from the Orange County Register.

Remembering Pearl Harbor is a short slideshow from the Sacramento Bee.

Learn about Albert Einstein and take the quizzes.

WITH A PARTNER

Read about the causes of World War II.

Complete this cloze and then this quiz.

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The Great Depression

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 20, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch this move about what caused the Great Depression and take the quizzes.

Watch this second movie about the Great Depression and take the quizzes.

Learn more about The Great Depression. Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner so you can read the words as they are spoken.

Watch this slideshow about the Great Depression.

Watch these videos about The Great Depression.

Watch this video about The Great Depression.

Watch this movie about Franklin Roosevelt and The New Deal. Take the quizzes, please.

Read about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Watch this video about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Watch this movie about Amelia Earhart and take the quizzes.

Read about Amelia Earhart.

Learn about the Tennessee Valley Authority.

WITH A PARTNER

Read more about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Read more about The Great Depression.

Take this quiz on The Great Depression.

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The 1920′s Bring Change

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 20, 2009

ON YOUR OWN

Watch these videos about the 1920′s.

Learn about the beginning of Communism in Russia.

Watch this movie about Communism and take the quizzes.

Learn about “Prohibition.”

Watch these two videos to learn about the “Roaring Twenties”

Learn about the Harlem Renaissance and take the quizzes.

Learn about Louis Armstrong and take the quizzes.

Watch this movie about the Scopes Monkey Trial and take the quizzes.

Listen to this presentation on income levels in the U.S. Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner so you can see the words as they are spoken.

Learn about the Boulder Dam.

Learn about Assembly Lines and take the quizzes.

Watch all the videos on this page — if there’s time.

Look at pictures from “The Roaring Twenties.”

WITH A PARTNER

Read more about Prohibition.

With your partner, try to answer these questions about prohibition. You can use the website to find the answers.

Do you think prohibition was a good idea? Why or why not? Write your answer on your website after talking about it with your partner.

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World War I

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 10, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Watch this movie about World War I and take the quizzes.

Watch this slideshow on a Soldier’s Life in the war.

Learn about trench warfare.

This is a movie taken during the war.

Learn more about trench warfare. Be sure to click on the lower-left corner to see the words that are being spoken.

Learn about Europe in 1914

Learn about World War I in 1918.

Watch these videos on World War I.

Watch more videos on World War I.

Watch all the videos on this page – if there is time.

Watch this movie about The League of Nations and take the quizzes.

WITH A PARTNER:

Copy and paste this cloze about World War I on your Posterous blog and complete it.

Play a trench warfare game.

Complete this activity about trench warfare.

Read about the Christmas Truce.

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Working For Reform After 1900

Posted by Larry Ferlazzo on January 10, 2009

ON YOUR OWN:

Watch this video on the Progressives.  Also, watch all the videos listed next to it under “Related Videos.”

Watch this slideshow on the Progressive Era.

Watch this video on The Progressives.

Though this is not connected to this chapter, it is important for students to learn about the Panama Canal.

Also, even though this is not exactly connected to this unit, it is important for you to learn about the great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. You can learn about it here.

WITH A PARTNER:

Read about W.E.B. Du Boise.

Read about President Theodore Roosevelt. Learn more about him at President Theodore Roosevelt.

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