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Why do you think we study history? Take out your syllabus & two spiral notebooks Day 1 Directions: On Day 1 of your Bellwork, answer the following question.

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1 Why do you think we study history? Take out your syllabus & two spiral notebooks Day 1 Directions: On Day 1 of your Bellwork, answer the following question. You need to write a one paragraph response, so fill out all of Day 1. There should be no talking during the Bellwork. 1

2 So… why?

3 Ms. Sullivans Theory I believe the main reason we study history is to find out how we got to where we are today.

4 Ms. Sullivans Theory Example: Have you ever had a movie ending spoiled for you by a loud-mouthed friend? Is knowing the ending to a movie the same as seeing it?

5 Ms. Sullivans Theory If I told you that Batman saves Gotham City, would that be the same as seeing the movie from start to finish?

6 Ms. Sullivans Theory Is knowing the ending to a movie the same as seeing it?

7 Ms. Sullivans Theory Is knowing the ending to a movie the same as seeing it? No! Half the enjoyment of seeing a movie is enjoying the entire story, not just knowing the outcome.

8 Ms. Sullivans Theory History is the same way! You dont just want to live your life today without a single care about how you got there. Instead, you should care why Americans (and people all around the world) act the way we do or why we do certain things.

9 Ms. Sullivans Theory Why did we go to war with Iraq? Why did we get attacked by terrorists on 9/11? Why was the election of Obama such a big deal? (Talk about Boston taxes) (Talk about old people and saving money)

10 Read the two statements below and decide which is true: a)History we learn in class is fact b)History we learn in class is opinion

11 It is both A & B

12 So much of history is interpretation 12

13 Example: I broke up with Mark because he cheated on me with my best friend even though I was working all the time while he sat at home unemployed!

14 Example: I broke up with Mark because he cheated on me with my best friend Sally even though I was working all the time while he sat at home unemployed! Heck no! It didnt work out with Cheryl because she was working all the time and I felt ignored and alone. And I was so upset after being laid off! Jenny was there for me when Cheryl wasnt.

15 Example: Are there two sides to the story? Are both sides correct? I broke up with Mark because he cheated on me with my best friend Sally even though I was working all the time while he sat at home unemployed! Heck no! It didnt work out with Cheryl because she was working all the time and I felt ignored and alone. And I was so upset after being laid off! Jenny was there for me when Cheryl wasnt.

16 Example: During World War II in the 1940s, the United States and Japan were fighting each other, trying to get each other to surrender. The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan killing over 200,000 innocent civilians (not soldiers). This did cause the Japanese to surrender and probably saved several thousand United States soldiers lives. Do you think that Japanese History textbooks and American History textbooks talk about this event in the exact same way?

17 Ms. Sullivans Theory In conclusion, ALL history is biased. History is biased because it is an interpretation of the past. There are a lot of things in your textbook that are not completely true. As a student, try to be a skeptic. Question everything! The smartest people in this world didnt believe everything they were told; they went out and discovered the truth for themselves.

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20 USE THE BOOK (TO DO THE FOLLOWING: On the World Map (pg ) : Find and label South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, & Africa Find and label Iceland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Italy, Morocco, Ethiopia, Australia, Iceland, Norway, China, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, US, & Canada On the US Map (pg ) : Label the rest of the states and correct When finished read page 3, 5-19 in your book silently. I want you to write down at least 8 notes that you about what you learned or found interesting on page 3 of your notebook.

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