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2001 Multiple Choice Vocab
Emerson/Baldwin Vocab


Logos, Ethos, and Pathos in Rhetoric

Find examples of logos, ethos, and pathos in this video:

The Grapes of Wrath and The Crucible

  • The Reality Behind The Grapes of Wrath:
Todd/Sonkin Collecting Expedition

(Becker interview: mention of Grapes of Wrath; description of camps)
(Higginbotham interview I: Getting forced off land)
(Government Camp Song)
(Interview with Jose Flores)
(Interview with Jose Flores - American Citizenship and American Families)
(Fight for Union Recognition)
(Sunny Cal)
(Government Camp Song)

  • The Crucible and McCarthyism:
Edward Murrow and McCarthyism
NPR: Walter Cronkite's Take on Murrow/McCarthy Exchange 50 Years Later
Murrow's Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy (text)
Murrow's Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy (CBS video)
The End of Murrow's Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy (audio)
McCarthy Reply to Edward Murrow (text)
McCarthy Response to Murrow Report (Audio)
McCarthy's Reply to Edward Murrow (CBS video)

Check out this video on McCarthyism:

A somewhat less engaging but historically accurate video on McCarthyism:


How should success in one's life be measured?

How well has the United States lived up to its image as the "land of opportunity"?

How well does it do that now?

  • The Great Gatsby:

In what ways was America of the 1920's the "land of opportunity"? In what ways was it not?

How well does The Great Gatsby capture modern American ideas about success? Are its lessons regarding success timeless, or merely the product of its time?

The Great Gatsby Primary Resources

McCord Museum - 1920's Game

Definition of the American Dream: Institute on the American Dream

Library of Congress: The American Dream

Brookings Institution: "Five Myths about our Land of Opportunity"

Other Gatsby activities/resources:
Gatsby Treasure Hunt by Valerie Arbizu
Wordles for Each Chapter of The Great Gatsby
Daisy Lullaby

Gatsby Research Paper:

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God:

Zora Neale Hurston's Hometown Legacy Video

Alachua County's "Big Read" of Their Eyes Were Watching God:
(This video contains some information about the movement in the 1970's to bring more attention to Hurston's life and writing.)

Zora Neale Hurston Festival 2009:
(There's not much substance to this video, but it does reflect Hurston's popularity today.)


What is an ideal public high school education?

Some "ideal high school" questions:

  • Should school start later?
  • How can teachers engage students more?
  • How should MBHS ask students to use technology?
  • Is it an educator's job to make sure a student succeeds?
  • [My rewording of the previous question.] How can we provide students with more independence to help them succeed?
  • Should students be required to take a broad range of subjects?
  • Should classes be shorter?
  • How much homework should students get?