USII- Period 2 and 7 Modern American History Design and present a Pecha Kucha style presentation on a specific topic in modern American History. Each slide must be only 20 seconds long and the text must be limited. You will be working in groups of 2. There must be 18 slides total. (No longer than a 5 minute presentation). Your goal will be to present why your event/person/topic is important to American History http://www.thethinkingstick.com/learning-through-presentations Day 1 Task: Choose your topic and tell me your angle by the end of class today Suggestions: 9/11-factual. What happened that day? Why? How did it change US? Technology: What are the 5 most important inventions of modern America- What social, economic and political effects might they or do they have on society? How did the Cold War end? What were the aftereffects? What happened to all those weapons? How did the US emerge as the lone Superpower? Do you think we still are? Economy Impact of “quants” Recent financial collapse .com bubble Tax debate Outsourcing to other countries What is “Reaganomics”/ “supply-side” economics Degrees of social inequality Impact of government (safety, environmental, etc...) regulations-too many/ not enough? Occupy Wall Street Politics Election of 2008 Influence of lobbyists on politics Party partisanship in the 2000s Impact of the TEA party Clinton- love him Clinton- hate him G>H.W> Bush- underrated/ineffective, etc... Creation/impact of Fox news/ 24hour news Natural disasters/tragedies ’93 WTC bombing Virginia Tech/ Columbine shooting Y2K Oklahoma City bombing Rise of AIDS Society/ Culture Cyber bullying- have we become hyper sensitive? Too much political correctness Hip Hop movement/culture (gangs, violence, baggy pants, drugs, glorifying lack of education) Rise of and evolution of gangs- Bloods/ Crips Social networking sites Are we in an age of narcissism? Changing demographics- any aspect (problems associated with it, illegal aliens, Arizona law, proof of “the shrinking world,” benefits of diversity) “going green” / global warming Rise of West Coast market Overdiagnosed diseases and/or Rise of autism/ADD and/ or Peanut allergies Rise of “McMansions” –why do we all of a sudden need so much space? International creation of the European Union- Euro Fall of the Berlin Wall Somalia Invasion of Panama Grenada Kosovo Persian Gulf War Iraq War (2003) North Korea- when did they become so crazy? America’s connection to Osama Bin Laden before September 11th Rise of Al Qaeda-terrorism/freedom fighters in the Middle East. Why? How? 1980 Olympics Capture of Osama Bin Laden “Arab Spring” Scandals Monica Lewinksy sandal Election of 2000 Enron Tupica and/or Biggie Bernie Madoff Natural Disasters Hurricane Katrina Tsunami 2004 Exxon Valdez and/or BP oil spill Entertainment Was all 80s music really that bad? Music-Boy bands What do popular movies/TV shows tell us about the country? Popular entertainers Impact of MTV Rise of reality TV Popular toys/videogames Trends/Fads Fashion trends- what and why? How do they cycle back?