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OLD Day 2: Course Organizer and American Dream

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Transcript of OLD Day 2: Course Organizer and American Dream

Course Organizer and American Dream
Materials
- Notebook (have by Tuesday!)
- Pen/Pencil
- Course Organizer Sheet
- Lined sheet

Objectives
- I can organize the course
- I can analyze the American Dream

Opener
On your lined sheet answer the following question:

Why do you think many people see the US as a desirable place to live around the world?
Course Organizer
Why: Organizes and previews the course as well as providing a road map for what we are going to cover this semester.
American Dream
On your lined sheet, draw a line under your previous response.

In your opinion,
what is the American Dream?

This is often debated and has changed over time. It means something different to each person.
Discussion Rules
1. Answer the prompt
2. Begin when the music starts
3. Stop when the music stops
4. Be prepared to share with the class
What is the American Dream?
Wild West: American Dream?
- Many white & black Americans were moving west
- Cheap land
- Escaping the South
- Individualism
- Native Americans pushed onto reservations or forced to assimilate
Discussion: How was some people's American Dream another people's American Nightmare?
American Dream: Frontier Thesis
American Nightmare: Assimilation and Reservations
American Dream: A Concept Map
On your concept map sheet, let's look at how to do a concept map.

We will be doing these throughout the course.

Why: Solidifies ideas and connects them together
(2:00)
- Let's annotate

S
ummarize in the margins
U
nderline/highlight important evidence
P
ut it all together (purpose)
How did the Frontier Thesis show the American Dream?

Discussion rules:
1. Answer the prompt
2. Begin when the music plays
3. Stop when the music stops
4. Baker will have people share out
Flip your sheet over

Let's annotate

S
ummarize in the margins
U
nderline/highlight important evidence
P
ut it all together (purpose)
How did the Native American experience with Westward Expansion reflect the American Dream?

Discussion rules
1. Answer the prompt
2. Begin when the music plays
3. Stop when the music stops
4. Baker will call on people to share out
Yesterday's Prompt
Generally good structure (complete sentences, evidence)

Reasoning must become more complex.

Take a second, answer the question I posed at the bottom of your sheet.

We will have a class discussion about the nature of morality.

I suspect most of us will not agree.
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