10 Things You May Not Know About The Dust Bowl

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Explore 10 surprising facts about the environmental disaster that ravaged the southern Plains in the 1930s.

1. One monster dust storm reached the Atlantic Ocean. While “black blizzards” constantly menaced Plains states in the 1930s, a massive dust storm 2 miles high traveled 2,000 miles before hitting the East Coast on May 11, 1934. For five hours, a fog of prairie dirt enshrouded landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol, inside which lawmakers were debating a soil conservation bill. For East Coasters, the storm was a mere inconvenience—“Housewives kept busy,” read a New York Times subhead—compared to the tribulations endured by Dust Bowl residents.

For more, please visit this link: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dust-bowl?cmpid=Social_FBPAGE_HISTORY_20160712_512364655&linkId=26361466

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Second Semester Finals

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For the 2016/17 second semester final, students were asked to be creative in order to show their knowledge of the terms we learned. These terms spanned the last 100 years of American history. Although I gave them options for their creativity, some students came up with ideas that I hadn’t thought of, such as creating a puzzle or a board game. On the board game, for example, in order to move forward, a question you might be asked is, “What was one cause for the Great Depression?” Other spaces on the board might say, “You fell in love with a flapper. Move back one space.”

Other students created a short video as a team or composed a poem. Here are a few links to some of these projects.

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It’s Been About A Year

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a little over a year since I created this website in anticipation of being a teacher in the States. I have yet to post about some of the fantastic second semester finals that were submitted to me at the end of the 2016/17 school year, and I promise I’ll get to it, but for now, permit me to marvel at the number of people who have visited this humble little spot of mine on the web. Here’s a screen shot from my admin stats page.And here is a breakdown of the number of visitors per country (I cut the screen shot off where the visitors were less than 10 per country).Thanks to all the people – students, parents, faculty, and staff – who have supported me over the course of this first year at Desert Christian High School in Tucson, AZ. God is great!