After a brief introduction, students in TBL groups will be working together to generate a list of the great entrepreneurs in American history. They will then rank the entrepreneurs according to which was most influential. We will then compare their findings to a list created in 2013 by Baylor University. Questions to consider:
Collectively speaking, who has had more impact on the course of American history, presidents or entrepreneurs?
Why don’t we as Americans venerate the great entrepreneurs in US History?
Afterward, begin the Lecture/Discussion – “The Rise of Big Business”
Turner Thesis Assignment – Students will use this assignment as a vehicle for discussion about Turner’s contributions to American historiography and his theory that the frontier played a central role in the development of the U.S. until the turn of the 20th century.
After the video, students will debrief their analysis of excerpts from Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise Speech” and the critique of the speech by Du Bois.
Time permitting, Mr. Harper will lead a short writers’ workshop over the CCOT essay.
Study for the Unit 3 Exam, which is Tuesday (A) and Wednesday (B). Be sure to not only review Harper’s lecture notes in the Green Book, but to also use the Unit 3 Study Guide on p. 77 to prepare for the exam.
Students will be using class time to read “The Frontier Thesis” on pp. 74-75 in the Green Book. Afterward, they will be answering a series of focus questions that will serve as a vehicle for an in-class discussion.
Students are to read the excerpt from Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech on pp. 68-69. Afterward they are to read W.E.B. Du Bois’ critique of Booker T. Washington on pp. 70-72. Reading focus questions have been assigned to facilitate a class discussion.
Students should also start preparing for the Unit 3 Exam, which is Tuesday (A) 12/11 & Wednesday (B) 12/12. Students are strongly encouraged to use the Unit 3 Study Guide on p. 77 to maximize their readiness for this major assessment.
Mr. Harper is available most mornings, barring a required meeting, after 8:15 am, and after school until 5:00 pm for tutorials. (If possible, give him a heads-up that you’re coming in so he can be ready to help you.) As a rule, Mr. Harper avoids Friday afternoon tutorials like the plague.