What is diversity?
Diversity means having alot of differences among people, places, or things.
Example: My tastes are very diverse, I don’t just like pizza! I love nachos, salad, spaghetti, hamburgers, and lo mein.
Is diversity a good thing?
Yes it is!
Imagine if you went home and all your food was the same, or if all of your games were the same. We should all celebrate diversity!
What are the benefits of diversity?
Diversity improves creativity, and more creativity results in greater ability to solve problems.
What is the idenity of the United States?
Today, our nation’s identity is one of diversity. We are a nation of different people, with different beliefs, values, and traditions.
It was not always like that though :(
What does the word identity mean?
Identity is who you are.
A nation’s identity is the identity of a group of people
What is a personal narrative and why is it important?
A personal narrative is a personal story. What is your story?
It’s important to know your own story because your story is part of the History of the United States!
Remember: the word story is in the word History.
What is perception and how does it affect your personal narrative?
Your perception is the way you see and understand information around you.
Your perception will affect the way you tell your story, or personal narrative.
What does it mean to annotate something?
It means to read something with a purpose.
When you’re reading with a purpose, you’re reading with a goal in mind. You must find evidence in order to back up the answer to your question!
How is identity created?
You + Society = Identity
The “you” in that equation is where diversity comes in.
Religion, race, ethnicity, physical appearance, hobbies, gender, sexual orientation, and group membership, are some of the few factors that will affect the “you”.
Is our own identity always freely chosen?
No. Parts of our identity are given to us, while other parts are ones we choose.
What is the difference between a claim and evidence?
A claim is a point of view.
Evidence is specific peices of informaton that support your claim.
What is a label and how do labels affect you?
A label is what society uses to describe people who are similar to you.
A label affects our identity, or the way that we think about ourselves.
What are stereotypes?
Unfounded assumptions that people make about you based on your identity.
Unfounded assumptions are claims that lack any evidence.
Point of View is something you usually learn about in ELA (English/Reading) classes.
What does Point of View have to do with History?
An author’s point of view may be influenced by stereotypes and unfounded assumptions.
Historians analyze an author’s point of view because an author’s streotypes and unfounded assumptions may affect what they wrote.
If we didn’t analyze an author’s point of view, we would just assume everything they wrote was 100% true and factual.
What is Satire?
A form of communication that uses exaggeration and humor to make fun of harmful behavior.
The intention of satire is to bring attention to harmful behavior to initiate change.
What is a generation?
A generation is a group of people born during a certain time period.
Generation Z are people who were born between the years 1995 - 2009.
Generation Alpha are people who were born between the years 2010 - 2024.
What is a legacy?
Something handed down from one period of time to another period of time.
For example, the legacy of racism still impacts the United States to this day.
What is historical context?
It is the background story to a historical event
Why is it important to know what historical context is?
Because the historical background of a situation can change the meaning of a historical event, or reveal information we may have overlooked.
What affects the identity of the United States today?
It’s affected by the legacy from older generations.
All the choices that were made by people who lived before us still affect the world to this day.
What two words greatly impact the identity of the United States throughout all of its history?
The United States had slavery for 246 years.
The United States had legal racial discrmination for another 102 years.
The United States has only existed as a free multi-racial Democracy for 55 years.
Why do you learn about US History in school?
Because you are part of story of the United States and have the ability to influence the next part of the story.
What is resistance?
It’s the act of refusing to accept something. This could be either fighting against it or creating a cultural alternative.
Why does Mr. Kohn not want you to raise your hand in class?
I need to know what you are thinking is I’m going to help you the best that I can. Therefore, I will call on you at random.
All of you matter to me, no exceptions.
What should you have in your hand when you are reading something for class?
A pen or pencil
Why should you have a pen or pencil in your hand when reading something for class?
So that you can annotate your reading.
Annotating means underlining or highlighting words. If you don’t like doing that, you can interact with your reading by writing notes or thoughts you had while reading.
What is a topic sentence?
A sentence that expresses a paragraph’s main idea
What are “supporting details”?
Facts or evidence that help support your claim
What is a concluding sentence?
A sentence at the end of your paragraph that summarizes your main idea
What is reasoning?
Reasoning is the act of providing evidence, or providing a “reason”.
For example, if your parent says you can’t go visit a friend, you’d want to know why.
The “why” is reasoning!