Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Should a President's Character Matter?

Here is a link to a 2012 Republican debate.

The candidates are discussing how much weight we should put on a presidential candidate's character.  This is largely in reaction to the public's questioning of Newt Gingrich's character (in light of his affairs).

I am using this as a lead in to my discussion of Bill Clinton.  My objective is to have students use evidence to support an argument for Clinton's presidency as a success and for Clinton's presidency as a failure.  

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bill Clinton Impeachment Lesson Plan


Here is a link to a lesson plan about Bill Clinton's impeachment.  I haven't totally looked through this lesson plan yet but I may want to reference it for my lesson this week in U.S. History.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

This movie from CNN reports on the fall of communism in Bulgaria. It is a great movie, in addition to the 30 of 30 ESPN movie called "Once Brothers" that focuses on the Yugoslavian fall of communism.

The Bulgarian movie is called "Autumn of Change" and is on the CNN video website. 


A young CNN reporter talks in a video about the fall of communism in Bulgaria.  

This would be good to look in to communism and East vs. West Europe.

WWII Movie

A student recommended the movie "Empire of the Sun" to me because she had watched it in her AP World History class.  She said it was a great way to learn about WWII in Japan.  It is an older movie with Christian Bales as the main character (he was 10 years old at the time).  She said you could watch it instantly on Netflix.

This same student recommended the movie "7 Years in Tibet" as well.