The TRUTH About Somalia Today


Today, you will be an investigative reporter and you will be collecting research for a story on the famine and humanitarian crisis in Somalia.  Like most Americans, you know a good deal about the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” Battle of Mogadishu and have heard of the Somali pirate attacks.  But most Americans’ knowledge of Somalia stops there.  You are going to change that with your research.  You need to CHANGE the attitudes of Americans by your research, and show the average American that Somalia’s situation is extremely complex and does not stop in 1993, and also that ordinary people can play a role in helping the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

WARNING: Some of the images you will see are quite graphic and disturbing.  But to tell this story accurately, you need to see what is actually happening right this moment in Somalia.

Stop #1: What is the current situation in Somalia?

Questions to consider include the following:

  •  What environmental factors are causing problems in Somalia?
  • How is Somalia still not unified today, and what problems does this cause for people who live there?

Resources to use include all New York Times coverage of the famine in Somalia, including not only news stories and photographs, but also the editorial “Starving in Somalia”; the videos “Driven by Drought” and “Somalia’s Child Soldiers”; and the graphics “Somalia: A Country Broken Into Pieces” and “Conflict Exacerbates Drought and Famine in Somalia.” and the TimesCast video “Photographing Somalia”

Stop #2: U.S. Involvement today in Somalia

In January 2014, the U.S. sent advisers to Somalia for the first time since the “Black Hawk Down” incident of 1993.  Read this article and answer the following question:

  • Why did the U.S. send advisers to Somalia, and what are their goals?

Stop #3: How YOU can help!

Nothing is worse than reading about horrible situations and feeling powerless to help.  In many ways, raising awareness can go a FAR way in helping in Somalia.  The more people understand the situation, the easier it will be to pressure lawmakers to take action, both here in the U.S. and in the U.N.

View the following ways to help by visiting these sites:

10 Ways to Help in Somalia

UNICEF: Somalia

Now answer the following question:

  • What are at least 3 things that YOU can do here (in Rocky River!) to help alleviate the suffering in Somalia?


Lesson credits:  New York Times Education and PBS

APUSH: Unit 14 Helpful Stuff


Here it is…I bet you never thought we’d get here…THE LAST UNIT! (*applause*)  Think about how far you’ve come and how much work you’ve put in to get here, and pat yourself on the back.

Now, onto business!  Here are some helpful notes and stuff that will make Unit 14 a little easier:

Conformity in the 1950s and the Red Scare: Conformity and Red Scare

Notes on the Civil Rights Movement can be found here: Civil Rights Movement

Please view the following video and the times listed for a few important events:  The Murder of Emmett Till (10:43-25:32) and the Montgomery Bus Boycotts (47:26-53:00)

And for some unbelievable footage from Little Rock, AR, view the following from 7:41-11:50 AND 13:58-20:28:

Birmingham became, quite literally, the front line of the Civil Rights Movement.  View from 27:00-end of this clip to see Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the Birmingham demonstrations/Bull Conner/Governor George Wallace, and the March on Washington.  Think about how what King was doing paralleled the earlier views of Abolitionists, and even related to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.

Helpful stuff on Kennedy and LBJ can be found here: New Frontier and Great Society

Domestic Issues from George H.W. Bush to the election of George W. Bush: Domestic Issues 1988 to 2000

Here are some Critical Thinking HINTS:  Stop by for help if you need it!

Chapter 29: #1 = 15, #2 = 1 (So now you know the first AND last event)

Chapter 30: 11 Cs, 9 Ls

Chapter 31: 6 Fs, 6 Ts

Chapter 32: 5Rs, 4, 5Ds, 1N

Chapter 33: I’d be happy to help you with these, but no way to really give “hints.” Slight update on #9, though–”from 1976-2004…”

World History: Modern Africa Helpful Stuff


Hi there, World History! Here is some helpful stuff for our Modern Africa Unit. Your study guide can be found here: Modern Africa Study Guide and your test is scheduled for May 6.

Here are the notes on our first case study, Nigeria: Simulation Nigeria

Here are some notes on another case study of Apartheid in South Africa: The Rise of Apartheid in South Africa

We will discuss the events that unfolded in Somalia in 1993, and be reminded that Somalia is a “worst-case scenario” for African nations, too.  Here is some background information on Somalia: Why Somalia

Furthermore, we’ll look at the causes and effects of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.  Here is some important information on this event:  Genocide in Rwanda

Africa is a continent with great potential and growth.  Here is some information on how the economies of many nations are changing as well as positive things that are occuring in these countries:  Development in African Nations Today



APUSH: Unit 13, Foreign Policy 1945-2001


Here are some helpful things for Unit 13! I will add to these as we go.

Our BIG huge massive slides of notes that we’ll be gradually working our way through can be found here: Foreign Policy Truman to Bush

Here are some political cartoons we will analyze together in class: Foreign Policy Cartoons

Here is a link to information for the OPTIONAL, extra credit book for the quiz given in seminar on Wednesday, 4/16.  You can get the book from me, find it at the library, or purchase online.

Remember to READ CAREFULLY all the assigned pages in the book.  The first page of your unit packet should be a good checklist for you of what you need to know.  Here are the terms you should know for the test (out of your packet):

Chapter 29: “massive retaliation,” Iron Curtain, “defensive perimeter,” Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Francis Gary Powers

Chapter 30: “search and destroy,” Vietcong, SALT I, Operation Mongoose, Robert S. McNamara, Lee Harvey Oswald, George Ball, Henry A. Kissinger

Chapter 32: glasnost, perestroika, strategic defense initiative, space shuttle, WIN, Camp David Agreement, Yom Kippur War, Anwar Sadat, Cyrus Vance, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, Mikhail Gorbachev

Chapter 33: “ethnic cleansing,” World Trade Center, Kosovo, Boris Yeltsin, Manuel Noriega, Norman Schwarzkopf, Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Qaddafi, Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, Taliban



World History: Cold War Helpful Stuff


Here is everything you need to succeed on the Cold War Test.

Our study guide can be found here: Cold War Europe Study Guide

Our notes on the introduction to the Cold War, including events from 1945-1962, can be found here: The Cold War Begins! And here is a video where I walk you through these notes and the  early years of the Cold War.

Intro to Cold War, Part 1

And here is some good stuff on Crash Course!  You only really need the beginning to 5:42, and then 9:03-the end.

Here are the class notes on the 1989 Revolutions that we discussed on Friday, 3/28: 1989 Revolutions

Here is a link to where you can watch video of these revolutions. THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL FOR YOUR 1989 NEWSCASTS!

Here is some information on the fall of the Soviet Union: Fall of USSR and just for fun, here’s a little song about it, too! Watch the video below for an explanation on the fall of the U.S.S.R.:

APUSH: How to Tackle a DBQ


So I’m at a workshop today, which means you get to hear my voice that I recorded last year in my really warehouse-y room (sorry for the echo!).  I’ll walk you through how to create your DBQ outline, and then you can use your notes, book, etc. to create your OWN outline!  I am mostly concerned with your thesis, brainstorm, and your GENERAL setup.  IT’S AN OUTLINE…do NOT write the whole essay!  Don’t worry, you’ll get to do that in later units.


APUSH: Homework due FRIDAY, 3/21

Howdy, APUSH!

We’re a little behind with OGTs last week.  For that reason, please check out this 12-minute video sometime before Friday at classtime, and comment on this post with the answer to the question:  What year did Mrs. Z’s grandpa graduate high school, and what role did he play in the war effort at home?  Pay special attention to how we FUNDED the war, and the important changes brought about by WWII.  Comment using your name and school email (no website needed).  This way, we can hit a few more points in class yet you still will understand the vast changes at home resulting from the war. Bonus: some of your presentation topics are covered in here, too!

APUSH: Unit 12 Helpful Stuff

Here are some things to help you on Unit 12!


N: 3, B:5, I: 4, II: 3

Our notes from 3/19 covering the beginning of WWII can be found here: The US responds to War

Our notes on WWII on the Homefront  (3/21) can be found here:  WWII On the Homefront

Click HERE for our assignment that is due on FRIDAY, MARCH 21!

Here are some good notes on winning the war in the Pacific:  WWII in Pacific

Here is a link to a helpful video outlining the strategies used to win the war as well as the mobilization of the home front.

Here is a video lecture on the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb.  This is especially vital for those on the Choir Trip!

And here is some information on the formative years of the Cold War: The Cold War Begins as well as a video lecture walking you through these notes here:

Here is a link to a video explaining the Korean War.


And of course, some CRASH COURSE!  Part 2 has lots of good stuff for your presentations, so check it out!

Part I:

Part 2: WWII on the Homefront:

APUSH: Unit 11 Helpful Stuff

Here are some things to help you succeed on the Unit 11 Test!

Here is a copy of our syllabus: AP -Unit 11 Syl

Here are some of our class notes from Chapters 25 and 26:  The Roaring Twenties

Notes on the Great Depression and the New Deal can be found here: SORRY–could not upload due to the large amount of pictures and media I had on there!

Click here for some audio of FDR’s Fireside Chats, as well as some audio from our next unit (WWII) like his “Day of Infamy” speech and the prayer he gave on D-Day.

Critical Thinking HINTS:

Chapter 25: You will use F. Scott Fitzgerald TWICE.  The other authors are mentioned in the chapter, but you may need to do a little digging online to connect them to the clues!

26: 4Ts, 5Os, 3Fs

27: 5Ts, 4Os, 3Fs