The Final Argument

What do you wonder about?

What do you wonder about?


What’s a topic you’ve always wondered about? For our last prompt, choose a topic and make an argument. This is a class on Global Studies, so it should be outside the United States. You argument should be stated immediately:

Imperialism was immoral

After you’ve stated your argument, provide 3 essential questions that will be answered in your presentation. Then, launch in to proving your argument!

Here are your options:

  • write a 1000 word paper
  • create a 5 minute podcast
  • create a 5 minute documentary
  • write 1000 word movie review
  • write a 1000 word book report

Before you decide on an option, submit your topic to Mr. Sturtevant for approval.

How Should we Defeat Isis?

Isis Flag...“There is no god but Allah [God]. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Isis Flag…“There is no god but Allah [God]. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.”

You have now been promoted to presidential advisor. What an honor! Yourself, amongst others, will form a council. Individually, you will each develop a plan as to how the United States should address the threat of ISIS and terrorism.

Please follow this link if you’re interested in this mission!

Israel-Palestinian Unit: Creating a Path to Peace Documentary



This is an AWESOME challenge. You’re going to solve in 5 to 10 minutes what the world has been unable to solve for 70 years…that being, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

You’re going to create a 5-10 minute documentary on Moovly. This documentary must include the following:

  • Background or a timeline of events leading up to the creation of Israel.
  • Background or a timeline of events since Israel’s creation…to the present
  • Explanation of the current state of affairs
  • A proposal on how to solve the problem
  • Obstacles to implementation of your plan

Like all presentations, I’m going to challenge you to drastically limit the amount of text in your documentary. Use your wonderful expressive voice to tell a story.

Once you’ve completed your Moovly, upload it to YouTube, then include your link on your blog post. Good luck! THIS IS A TOUGH ONE!

Independence Movements Enrichment…Living Wax Museum, Poetry Slam, Cartoon Quest Global Studies 2

At it’s very best, imperialism improved the standard-of-living of residents of conquered territories. That’s the best thing that can be said about imperialism. Check out the negatives:

  • Exploited native resources and people for foreign gain
  • Imposed alien culture on unwilling inhabitants
  • Encouraged racism
  • Fostered feelings of superiority and inferiority
  • Created resentment among native peoples that resulted in devastating armed conflicts that are still present

Imperialism, quite frankly, tarnished Western Civilization’s image. We’re going to explore this intense topic over the next few weeks, but from a distinctly non-western perspective. Here are our 3 activities:

  1. Creation of the Living Wax Museum video
  2. Poetry Slam featuring Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden”
  3. Cartoon Quest

Creation of Living Wax Museum

I’d like you to research a native who fought against foreign domination. There are many examples, both male and female. Their efforts could be non-violent. Let me approve your choice, then research your figure focusing on the following:

  • Describe my subject’s early life
  • What influenced him or her to take action?
  • What form did this action take?
  • How successful were their efforts?
  • Why is your figure significant?

Now…THE CHALLENGE! You’re going to create a short video in which you, or perhaps a friend, assumes the role of the figure. Address the essential questions above. You don’t have to dress up or speak in an exotic accent, but if you’re so inclined…go for it!

Will John Kennedy start talking?

Will John Kennedy start talking?

Once you’re done with your interview, upload it to YouTube and post it to your blog.

Poetry Slam

You have 2 options in this portion of the enrichment:

  1. Analyze a poem
  2. Create a poem

The inspiration for either option is Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden”.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Original title: “The White Man’s Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands”

Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man’s burden, In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit, And work another’s gain.

Take up the White Man’s burden, The savage wars of peace—
Fill full the mouth of Famine And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man’s burden, No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper, The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter, The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living, And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man’s burden And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better, The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
“Why brought he us from bondage, Our loved Egyptian night?”

Take up the White Man’s burden, Ye dare not stoop to less—
Nor call too loud on Freedom To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper, By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the White Man’s burden, Have done with childish days—
The lightly proferred laurel, The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood, through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom, The judgment of your peers!

For option 1, research this poem, then respond to the following prompts in a blog post.

For option 2, research this poem, then create a new poem which refutes Kipling’s argument. There are plenty of examples on the internet, but I want you to create your own, then post it on your blog.

Cartoon Quest

One of my favorite imperialism cartoons is of the British adventurer Cecil Rhodes.

Cecil Rhodes straddling the continent of Africa

Cecil Rhodes straddling the continent of Africa

From our vantage point, the cartoon seems arrogant and racist. In the late 19th Century, this cartoon was celebratory…towards Rhodes and Western Civilization! How odd!

Using a Google Advanced Image Search, or a Public Domain Image search, find an example of an imperialist era cartoon. This cartoon must convey a strong message that is interpreted differently today. Post the cartoon on your blog with an identifying caption. Then, address the following prompts:

  • What’s the cartoon’s context?
  • What’s the cartoon’s message?
  • What’s the cartoon’s perspective?
  • Is the cartoon racist?
  • How do you perceive the cartoon from your modern vantage point?


Cold War Enrichment Projects Global Studies 2

We’ll engage in two fascinating projects this unit:

  1. Create a podcast interviewing a Cold War original source
  2. Craft a movie or book review

Cold War Podcast


Show Notes:

  • Listen to the brief podcast example above
  • Include an intriguing public domain image to go with your podcast
  • You also may wish to include an image of your interviewee
  • Attach your podcast to your post in the form of a sound file
  • Include your questions in your show notes
  • Evaluate your podcast in your show notes. Utilize the Analyzing an Original Source template

Analyzing an Original Source

Movie or Book Review

You have interesting choices for this portion of the enrichment. Below, are 3 trailers. Take a look at each and see which appeals to you:

“Bridge of Spies”:

“Dr. Strangelove”:

If you’d like to watch Dr. Strangelove, here’s a link to try. It may, or may not work with your technology:

“The Fog of War”:

The “Fog of War” is available online. “Bridge of Spies” is being released on DVD on 2/2/16. “Dr. Strangelove” is available at the Sunbury Community Library.

If there’s a Cold War book you’d prefer to read, please promote it. One option, is to read “Strangers on a Bridge“. This is the book “Bridge of Spies” is based upon.

Once you’ve made your decision, I’ll give the proper review template.


Blog #1: Set up your Blog, then Tell me About how you’ll Grow in History 1181

Job 1:

Step 1: Go to EDUBLOGS.ORG

Step 2: Select SIGN UP

Step 3: Select STUDENT


Step 5: IMPORTANT!!! For USERNAME…go last name/first name (sturtevantjim.)  This will allow our blogs to be displayed in alphabetical order.

Step 6: Make certain to remember your password! Then, select SETUP YOUR BLOG.


Step 8: Once your blog appears, go to DASHBOARD, select MY CLASS. Then, select JOIN A CLASS. Type PJSTURTEVANT in the search bar, and then select SEARCH.

Job 2:

I want you to have 2 pages:

Home…where your blog posts appear.

About Me…where you give the reader some brief information about yourself. You can add more later.

Please allow your creative juices to flow!

Please allow your creative juices to flow!


Job 3:

You first blog post should be based on the following prompt:

How will you grow in History 1181?

Will you be a different person in May???

Will you be a different person in May???