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November 2010 Blog Posts (11)

First LCP posted...

Ok everyone, get excited. I posted my first LCP. I am trying to link it everywhere to make sure that it does not get missed! (:


Added by Erika Rhodes on November 27, 2010 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Agency: shades of grey

After many wild and wooly burning questions, I have returned to the question of agency that nearly caused a riot in my Alaska Studies class earlier in the year. When exploring Russia's "colony" my students again fell prey to using the lens of victimhood to analyze history...i.e. "the whites came and destroyed everything..." but then we moved into Kat.li.an as hero-warrior, and the pendulum swung the other way. Black and white--victims or heros. Viewing history as black or white. What of the… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on November 22, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Let's talk about ethnic slurs

Today I introduced the term "Iron Chink" into my Alaska Studies class. The graphic comic is so pasteurized that it almost perverts history at times. Two chinese, "Yin" and "Yang" go to Alaska to work in the canneries. It skirts the issue of native industry, but it's main goal is to introduce economic terms and concepts so can you really fault it? Yes, when it gives incorrect information. The mechanized butchering machine was not invented by a Chinese laborer named Yin, it was invented by A. E.… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on November 18, 2010 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Industrious children in poverty

For the past week I have been exploring the idea of children who have had to become industrious in order to survive poverty in the 19th century. I have invited our principal (who is here on her first visit of the year, she lives in Thorne Bay) to share with my class some of her experiences she has had in Rwanda with children who must make money in order to buy food to survive. I am looking forward to it and I hope it will especially be an eye opener for my older students.

Added by Crystal Nelson on November 17, 2010 at 9:06pm — 1 Comment

Vampires Deconstructed

Reading an article in Harper's entitled "Twilight of the Vampires" in which author Tea Obreht journeys to Eastern Europe to find the source of eternal un-rest, I found the essence of what disturbs me about the Twi-hard craze:



" If we consider the vampire as a cultural necessity, an adaptable product of a society's fears and obsessions, then his role in the Western world is not so different. ...the Americanized vampire is the ultimate fantasy for… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on November 10, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Story Telling Notes

Artic Hunter by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Bobbies history of her Bunnik
make parkies with my students
Bobbies daughters mukluks
Kitap Goes Ice Fishing by Margaret Micolai
The Magic of Spider Woman by Lois Duncan

Have the class respond to Bobbies story and her parkies and mukluks on the Garageband or Imovie. Let kids record their parkies and responses.

Lesson plan - Refer to District Standards - integrate technology

Added by Crystal Nelson on November 10, 2010 at 6:31pm — No Comments

My Corps by Mark J Biberg

Today, by tradition, is the birthday of the US Marine Corps' It isa very speccial day for Marines around the world. Having spent my early 20s (1990-94) in the Marines, it is a a very specail day for me as well.

On Nov. 10th,1775 by an act of the 2nd Continental Congress, 2 battalions of Marines were raised. From that point forward there have always been Marines on duty somewhere in the world, usually protecting America's interests abroad, and securing our coasts at home. (from…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on November 10, 2010 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

Teaching With Quotations by MJB

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Added by Mark J Biberg on November 5, 2010 at 9:27pm — 2 Comments

thoughts on history by mjb

In history we study the past to gain and understanding of what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen in the future.…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on November 5, 2010 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Culture by Mark J BibergCulture is very important to me. And I do not mean the culture that is studied in some of these feel good "multi-culture" parts of many curriculums. (and I have u…

Thoughts on Culture by

Mark J Biberg



Culture is very important to me. And I do not mean the culture that is studied in some of these feel good "multi-culture" parts of many curriculums. (and I have used them) I mean culture in its most basic and human form.

Culture is what people do, what people eat and grow, what they read and think about, what they believe and ponder, how they earn a living and use resources, and how they put food on the table and the…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on November 5, 2010 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Contingency

In an effort to incorporate the 5 c's of history and encourage more critical thinking, we are discussing contingency in terms of the Klondike gold rush. Students still confuse this with causality, although when we examine causes of the gold rush and contingencies side by side, this seems to clear up. Students can grasp that improved technology and transportation (locomotives, transcontinental railroad, steamboats, telegraphs) helped create the "stampede" of over 100,000 people that rushed for… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on November 1, 2010 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

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