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Weekly Reflection, 5/16

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how President Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal forced him to resign from office.

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I’ve realized that the Watergate scandal raised questions of public trust that still affect how the public and media view politicians today.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more information about the steps that the White House took in trying to cover up its involvement in the Watergate break-in, as well as the significance of Nixon’s taped conversations.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

If Nixon had admitted to and apologized for the Watergate break in, how might things have been different?

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American Dream ~ Pre-Reading Reflections

1. What is the American Dream?

I think the American Dream has changed over time. Initially, the American Dream represented the pursuit of material prosperity and unrealistic goals of instant and easy wealth. People often overlooked individuality and hard work, and desired acceptance and material goods instead. However, today, I think the idea of the American Dream means much more than fancy cars, big houses, and loads of money.  The American Dream has become less focused on financial gain and more focused on living a simple and fulfilling life. It’s the idea that anyone can succeed through hard work and that everyone has the potential to live happy and make individual choices. The American Dream has become something to work for, not a shortcut to wealth.

2. Is fiction sometimes more effective than fact to convey the “truth”?

Yes, I think fiction is sometimes more effective than fact to convey the truth because fiction can teach a reader many things about life that non-fiction, or fact, can overlook. In my opinion, fiction does more to show the truth on human feelings, thoughts, and ideas because it helps you understand different point of views and exposes you to things in life that you may not be aware of.

3. What is the purpose of a Tall Tale?

A Tall Tale is an exaggerated story about a larger-than-life character that can be fictional or based on a real person. I think the purpose of Tall Tales is to influence people to believe exaggerated stories, wether they’re based on actual events or not. Many newspapers during the late ninteenth century used yellow journalism by publishing exaggerations of news events in order to get more people to read and buy their paper. I think yellow journalism was similar to the telling of tall tales in the sense that they both used exaggerated information and unrealistic details.

Weekly Reflection, 4/20

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how during the Holocaust, the Nazis systematically executed more than 6 million Jews and 5 million other “non-Aryans.”

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I’ve realized that since the atrocities of the Holocaust, many agencies have been formed to publicize human rights and continue to remain powerful forces in today’s world.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about the life of the Jews in the concentration camps in Germany during the Holocaust, and how the very few managed to hang on to life and survive.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

How did concentration camp doctors and gaurds justify themselves to the death and suffering they caused other human beings?

Weekly Reflection, 4/12

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used many government programs in the New Deal to combat the Great Depression after becoming president in 1932.

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I learned that Americans still benefit from programs begun in the New Deal, such as bank and stock market regulations. Second New Deal programs continue to assist homebuyers, farmers, workders, and the elderly today as well.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about how the New Deal policies affected various social and ethnic groups.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

How did the New Deal make a lasting impact on increasing the government’s role in the struggle for equal rights?

 

Weekly Reflection, 3/25

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how the worsening conditions during the Great Depression caused the government to become more involved in the health and weath of the people.

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I learned that the Great Depression has had lasting effects on how Americans view themselves and their government.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about the social and psychological effects of the Great Depression because I think that would be interesting to research.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

In what ways did the Great Depression affect people’s outlook on American life?

An estimated 1 million dead sardine fish clog marina near Los Angeles

An estimated one million dead and rotting fish washed up on Tuesday in a Southern California marina, creating what U.S. officials fear a terrible pollution and public health hazard. The deceased fish completely covered the surface of the King Harbor Marina, located in Redono Beach, near Los Angeles. Authorities say the carcasses piled as high as 18 inches upon the marina floor, enough to impress and shock locals at King Harbor, which shelters about 1,400 boats. Andrew Hughan, a California Fish and Game spokesman that was at the scene, says that “all indications are it’s a naturally occurring event.” It is assumed that the fish had sought shelter from rough seas and soon exhausted the water’s oxygen supply. Recent research from a Los Angeles Conservation Corporation at Redondo reveals that testing of some of the water showed oxygen levels near zero. The water samples clearly did not present any oils or chemicals that could have caused this sudden wave of death among the fish. A simple explanation for this is that the fish most likely couldn’t find their way out of the marina and got lost. While pelicans and other sea life enjoy the plentiful and generous supply of food, the local fire department as well as the Harbor Patrol are working on scooping up fish in nets and buckets, where they will be taken to a landfill specializing in organic material. City officials estimated the cleanup will cost close to $100,000.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12682145

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/03/08/us/AP-US-Fish-Die-Off.html?_r=1&ref=us

Steep rise in gas prices will potentially affect the US poorly

Due to the recent unrest in the Middle East, Americans are being forced to deal with the climbing costs of  crude oil. Not only will they be bleeding dollars at the pump, but, according to the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, it could also cause a rise in inflation of the dollar which would affect them across the board. He also warned that “a prolonged rise in oil prices would pose a danger to economic growth in the US.” Due to the chaotic uprising in Libya, its oil exports have almost been stopped completely. The renewed unrest in key exporters like Iran, Iraq, and Oman has also caused the governments in these countries to tighten their oil shipments as well, even as Saudi Arabia has rushed to fill the vacuum of Libyan supplies by pumping more oil from its fields. Because of this, international worries about the oil supply cause fear that this will pose a threat to economic growth and to overall price stability, as stock markets are already concerned with the higher cost of energy slowing economic recovery. Bernanke also adds that rising food prices and weak home prices are to be expected, as it will prompt U.S. consumers to spend less. “We will continue to monitor these developments closely are prepared to respond as necessary to best support the ongoing recovery in context of price stability,” he says in a statement in BBC.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/business/02oil.html?pagewanted=2&ref=business

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12612430