Honors U.S. History News Letter

By Mr. Ball, Vol. 1, Issue 13, 5/6/16

Update on the past few weeks.

We finished the Early Cold War Unit

We took our last test on Friday, April 22, which covered the early stages of the Cold War. The students did a really good job and the test scores are in Canvas.

Current Unit

Vietnam and the end of the Cold War

Over the last two weeks we've discussed image and the role of the media in elections (1960 presidential election 4/25). We analyzed President Kennedy's inaugural address. (4/27) We learned about the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis under President Kennedy (4/28), and we analyzed President Johnson's Great Society domestic policy (4/29 & 5/2)

This past week we dug into the war in Vietnam with a map on Monday (5/2), a timeline of US involvement in Vietnam (5/3), the Tonkin Gulf incident and Resolution (5/4), and we finished up this week by researching and presenting our findings about the American service member's experience in Vietnam. The class was assigned homework which cover's 1968, the Tet Offensive, and the media's role in the war. There are two videos and a set of questions posted in Canvas. Students are to watch the videos and answer the questions. The assignment is due Tuesday, May 10.


During the week of May 9 we will learn about President Nixon's foreign policy and how he brought the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam to an end; and how President Reagan brought the Cold War to an end. We will finish up the week with our next test on Friday, May 13 covering Vietnam and the end of the Cold War.

Soldier's Experience During Vietnam

Next Unit

The Civil Rights Movement and the End of the Year.

We will learn about the Civil Rights Movement during the weeks of May 16-31. We plan to test on the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, June 1.


We will finish off the school year with a current event project (group or individual) that will require several days of research and presenting.

June 17 will be here before we know it!

District Recognition

What a Cool Honor!

I just wanted to share one last thing. HCPSS does a staff focus on their webpage, which highlights and HCPSS staff member. I was privileged to be featured this week. I want to thank all of you for your support as I've been able to try a whole lot of new things in class to try to keep your students engaged.

http://www.hcpss.org/news-posts/2016/05/staff-focus-demetrius-ball-howard-hs/

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