Monday, November 21, 2011

Here are the WWI videos on Trench Warfare that we looked at while taking notes today. Depth Charge (video couldn't be imbedded so I gave you the link) The U-571 clip that shows how a depth charge works: All Quiet on The Western Front clip that shows how Trench Warfare worked:

Friday, November 18, 2011

WWI Trench Warfare Game

I decided to post the link to the Trench Warfare game that we used in class to explain how trench warfare worked. If you want you can play as much as you like.

WWI Alliances Video

This video explains some of the strategies used by Germany to attack France and explains how each nation was allied with the other, which caused the war to break out after The Archduke was killed.
Outbreak of World War I
More social studies videos on World War I at  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

US Presidents Video McKinley - Wilson

These videos are the Presidents videos that we watched during class on WIlliam McKinely, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wislon. Watch only the parts specified:

Video one on McKinley and Roosevlet:

Questions For McKinley and Roosevelt:

1. How did McKinley win the election?
2. When was McKinley president?
3. What were 3 of McKinley’s personality traits?
4. How did McKinley change the presidency?
5. What war did McKinley fight in as a young man?
6. Why did people believe that gathering colonies was important?
7. What were the economic reasons for going to war with Spain?
8. Who were the Rough Riders?
9. Why was Theodore Roosevelt selected to be McKinley’s Vice President?
10. What happened in September 1901 in Buffalo?

Theodore Roosevelt:

1. When was Theodore Roosevelt President?
2. Name two of the contradictions of Roosevelt.
3. Identify three character traits of TR.
4. How much coffee did Roosevelt drink a day?
5. What helped Roosevelt be a good politician?
6. What did Roosevelt think was the biggest evil in America when he became President?
7. Why did they call him a trust buster?
8. Why did Roosevelt stop the coal strike?

Starts with Roosevelt foreign policy and then finishes up Taft:

9. Why did Roosevelt want the Panama Canal?
10. How did Roosevelt get Panama to let him build the canal?
11. Why did Roosevelt use the Monroe Doctrine?
12. What was Big Stick Diplomacy?
13. What was the Jungle about?
14. What did the Antiquities Act do?


1. When was Taft President?
2. Name three character traits about Taft.
3. Why did Taft run for president?
4. What was Taft’s dream job?
5. How were Taft and TR different?
6. What was Taft’s ultimate embarrassment?
7. What did Taft do to TR’s programs? (allegedly)
8. What happened to the friendship between Taft and TR? Why?
9. What job did Taft do after being President?

This video begins with the Election of 1912 and you are only to watch to 4:45.

Questions for Wilson:

1. Who was involved in the election of 1912?
2. How did Wilson win the White House?
3. When was Wilson President?
4. What degree did Wilson have?
5. Identify three character traits of Woodrow Wilson.
6. How did he give his state of the Union Address?
7. What was Wilson’s management style like?
8. Why did he create the Federal Reserve?
9. What happened to Wilson’s first wife in 1914?
10. What was Wilson’s response initially to WWI?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Notes on Imperialism

Notes on imperialism that we took in class this week.

Questions that went with the notes.

1. What is Imperialism?
2. Do all Empires have to have an Emperor? What constitutes an empire?
3. Who was practicing imperialism in the late 19th century?
4. Describe the Belgian solution to Imperialism.
5. What were the results of the Belgian occupation of the Congo?
6. Describe the trading situation between the US and Japan.
a. WHO:
b. What:
c. Where:
d. When:
e. Why:
7. What island did the United States become interested in the 1890s? Why?
8. Define Yellow Journalism.
9. Identify the two examples of participants in yellow journalism.
10. What President is elected in 1897?
11. What happened to the Maine and why was that important?
12. What did Hearst report happened to the Maine? What do we now know really happened?
13. Who was supposed to win the Spanish-American war? Why?
14. What was the American response once war was declared on Spain?
15. Describe what happened in the battle of San Juan Hill and who becomes a hero out of that battle.
16. Name the places America gained control after defeating the Spanish.
17. What was the big decision that McKinley had to make after defeating the Spanish? What did he decide to do and why did he decide that was the best thing to do?
18. What does the word annex mean?
19. What are the consequences of annexing the Philippines?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gatling Gun Demonstration

Here is the 1st Gatling Gun Demonstration from class.

Here is the second Gatling Gun demonstration that has a more accurate wheel design. This shows what it looks like when fired quickly and the wheel design is more accurate. This one is more modern in design than true to the period.

President Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Roosevelt's speech to the Naval War College as Secretary of the Navy

This is the video we saw in class of San Juan Hill. Now remember that this is Hollywood's reproduction of the event and not actually what happened.