Light Reading Material…

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Below is the small list the good people at TExES exam give for preparation purposes. I just ordered the teachers edition of One of Many, the US Hist text from Amazon for a whopping $5.47! Chris and I were sitting here wondering if any smart high schoolers scour the earth for the teachers editions of their texts. I mean, come on, wouldn’t you? While I wait for my textbook to arrive, I am reading a 10th grade world history book(found at half price books for $9.97.) Not the most fascinating thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on but it is helping give me some recollection of what I think I learned in high school.

Alvermann, D. E., Moon, J., and Hagood, M. (Eds.) (1999).  Popular Culture in the Classroom:
Teaching and Researching Critical Media Literacy.  Newark, DE:  International Reading
Association.
Baerwald, T. J., and Fraser, C. (2002).  World Geography:  Building a Global Perspective.  Upper Saddle
River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Bahmueller, C. F. (1991).  Civitas:  A Framework for Civic Education (Bulletin No. 86).  Calabasas, CA:
Center for Civic Education.
Banks, J. A. (1998).  Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies (5th ed.).  Reading, MA:  Addison-
Wesley Publishing Company.
Bergman, E. F., and Renwick, W. H. (2002).  Introduction to Geography:  People, Places, and
Environment (2d ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Boyes, W., and Melvin, M. (1999).  Economics (4th ed.).  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company.
Calvert, R. A., and DeLeón, A. (1995).  The History of Texas (2d ed.).  Arlington Heights, IL:  Harlan
Davidson, Inc.
Davidson, J. P., Reed, W. E., and Davis, P. M. (1997).  Exploring Earth:  An Introduction to Physical
Geography.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Expectations of Excellence:  Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Bulletin No. 89) (1994).
Washington, D.C.:  National Council for the Social Studies.
Faragher, John M., Buhle, M. J., Czitrom, D., and Armitage, S. H. (2000).  Out of Many:  A History of the
American People (3d ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

Alvermann, D. E., Moon, J., and Hagood, M. (Eds.) (1999).  Popular Culture in the Classroom:
Teaching and Researching Critical Media Literacy.  Newark, DE:  International Reading
Association.
Baerwald, T. J., and Fraser, C. (2002).  World Geography:  Building a Global Perspective.  Upper Saddle
River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Bahmueller, C. F. (1991).  Civitas:  A Framework for Civic Education (Bulletin No. 86).  Calabasas, CA:
Center for Civic Education.
Banks, J. A. (1998).  Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies (5th ed.).  Reading, MA:  Addison-
Wesley Publishing Company.
Bergman, E. F., and Renwick, W. H. (2002).  Introduction to Geography:  People, Places, and
Environment (2d ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Boyes, W., and Melvin, M. (1999).  Economics (4th ed.).  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company.
Calvert, R. A., and DeLeón, A. (1995).  The History of Texas (2d ed.).  Arlington Heights, IL:  Harlan
Davidson, Inc.
Davidson, J. P., Reed, W. E., and Davis, P. M. (1997).  Exploring Earth:  An Introduction to Physical
Geography.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.
Expectations of Excellence:  Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Bulletin No. 89) (1994).
Washington, D.C.:  National Council for the Social Studies.
Faragher, John M., Buhle, M. J., Czitrom, D., and Armitage, S. H. (2000).  Out of Many:  A History of the
American People (3d ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

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Beer Summits Started Long Long Ago…

egyptbeerpouringPresident Obama’s “Beer Summit” was surely not the first time leaders sat with their citizens and enjoyed a glass of the tasty beverage. Beer is actually one of the oldest beverages in the world, next to tea. Beer can be traced back to Sumer,  African tribes and Egypt. The oldest proven records of beer are about 6,000 years old and refer to the Sumerians.  Sumeria is between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers including Southern Mesopotamia and the ancient cities of Babylon and Ur.

Excerpt from A History of Beer:

“It is said that the Sumerians discovered the fermentation process by chance.  No one knows today exactly how this occurred, but it could be that a piece of bread or grain became wet and a short time later, it began to ferment and a inebriating pulp resulted. These early accounts, with pictograms of what is recognizably barley, show bread being baked then crumbled into water to make a mash, which is then made into a drink that is recorded as having made people feel “exhilarated, wonderful and blissful!” It could be that baked bread was a convenient method of storing and transporting a resource for making beer. The Sumerians were able to repeat this process and are assumed to be he first civilized culture to brew beer. They had discovered a “divine drink” which certainly was a gift from the gods.

The Egyptians carried on the tradition of beer brewing. They also used unbaked bread dough for making beer and added dates to the brew to improve the taste. The importance of beer brewing in ancient Egypt can be seen from the fact that the scribes created an extra hieroglyph for “brewer”.

Although beer as we know it had its origins in Mesopotamia, fermented beverages of some sort or another were produced in various forms around the world. For example, Chang is a Tibetan beer and Chicha is a corn beer and kumis is a drink produced from fermented camel milk. The word beer comes from the Latin word bibere, meaning “to drink”, and the Spanish word cerveza originates from the Greek goddess of agriculture, Ceres.”

Sources:

http://www.alabev.com/

http://www.herestobeer.com/

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PICTURES: Pioneer Flights

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History of Lipstick

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When did we all start painting our lips? Much before the common era, Cleopatra was known to grind carmine beetles and ants to get a rouge color for her lips. Women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Ancient Egyptians extracted purplish-red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, which resulted in serious illness. Anthropologists suggest  the lips remind us of another pair of so called lips below the belt because they flush red and swell when they’re aroused which is why, if this theory is correct, red lipstick still remains the most popular color.

Lipstick Banned!

In Medieval Europe, lipstick was banned many times by the church and was thought to be used as an ‘incarnation of satan’, cosmetics being ‘reserved’ for prostitutes and whores. This is a funny concept or thought, “Sorry miss, this lipstick is reserved for that prostitute over there. No you cannot have it.”  Lipstick started to gain popularity in England the 16th century, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who made piercing red lips and bright white faces a fashion statement. By that time, lipstick was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants. It was only to be banned again by queen Victoria calling it immoral. In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law condemning lipstick, stating that “women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft.”

In America in the 1930’s-40’s women were proud to “put their face on.” To support the troops and look a little more like their favorite movie stars. Since then, lipstick has proved to be a standby for many, many women. And men…

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Michael Jackson’s History (song)

I found this fascinating video setting images to Michael jackson’s song, History. It’s long but I found it fascinating.

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Eleanor Roosevelt: Rockstar First Lady

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I always knew Eleanor Roosevelt had a hand in the policy in FDR’s three term presidency, but I had no idea how progressive she was on civil rights and human rights. Even after FDR’s death, she was a part of the first UN and wrote a column up to six weeks before her death in 1962.

A recent Time Magazine article writes, “Forget First Lady; Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the master politicians of the 20th century, period. F.D.R.’s legacy cannot be understood apart from hers. While some First Ladies are remembered for redecorating the White House, Eleanor was the first to hold press conferences (more than 300 of them), to visit — alone — U.S. soldiers at war overseas and to shrewdly maneuver her agenda through the back corridors of the White House for 12 years, chipping away at segregation, poverty and injustice. She may be the only First Lady ever to have had a Ku Klux Klan bounty on her head.

How did she do it? Modern First Ladies would recognize almost nothing about Eleanor’s life. She declined Secret Service protection and carried her own gun (and permit) when necessary. She kept an apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village — in a house owned by a lesbian couple with whom she was good friends — and spent much of her time there when her husband was President.”

Excerpt is from Time Magazine’s The Relentless Mrs. Roosevelt. It’s worth the read!

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My Road to Teaching (is Paved w. Good Intentions…)

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So lets start at the semi-beginning. I wrote down somewhere that I want to “inspire people” for a living. Great. That limits my options. And then, one day I thought intensely about my lack of inspiration and started to long for the days of my academic past and the high school history teacher I still remember so well (and had a dream about recently, no details for you all on that one!) And somehow the idea of teaching started to sound brilliant. And somehow, history was the only option. After all, it couldn’t be that different than Art History right? (Ha!) So after I made the decision, I started looking for programs and realized w/o history credit in college I will have to take the state social studies exam that covers everything that has happened in the world at large from before time to the present and US Government, and Econ. That’s all?  Oh, and some psychology and sociology for good measure. But, once I pass the exam this January, I will find my way to a program and  be in the classroom by next August.

I have 5 areas or “domains” that the TeXes exam covers. These are broken down into competencies, of which there are 23. I have 30 weeks until the test. What’s the best way to tackle them? If I do one week per competency, if that’s even possible, I would finish 7 weeks early. If I do one domain per 5 weeks, I just get in by the deadline. Should I study 1 comp per week   and then pick up the pieces and test myself after I finish them all? I’ve pasted the domains and competencies below. Tell me what you think.

Domain                  Competency
I World History    001 Ancient World Civ.
I World History    002 World 476 AD-1350
I World History    003 World 1350-1815
I World History    004 World 1815-Present
II US History    005 Exploration/Colonization
II US History    006 Revolutionary Era
II US History    007 Expansion/Civil War
II US History    008 US as World Power
II US History    009 Pol/Eco/Soc 1877-Present
III Geography/Culture/Soc Sci    010 Physical Geography
III Geography/Culture/Soc Sci    011 Cultural and Human Geo
III Geography/Culture/Soc Sci    012 Humans and environment
III Geography/Culture/Soc Sci    013 Soc/Anth/Psych
IV Government and Citizens    014 Democratic Govt
IV Government and Citizens    015 Citizenship and Pol. Process
IV Government and Citizens    016 Types of Pol. Systems
V Econ and Sci/Tech/Society    017 Econ Systems/Concepts
V Econ and Sci/Tech/Society    018 Free Enterprise System
V Econ and Sci/Tech/Society    019 Sci/Tech/Soci
VI Soc St Foundations/Skills    020 Soc St Foundations/Skills
VI Soc St Foundations/Skills    021 Sources of Soc Info
VI Soc St Foundations/Skills    022 Soc St. Research
VI Soc St Foundations/Skills    023 Soc Instruction/Assessment

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An Ode to Billie

An ode to billie on the anniversary of her death. Strange Fruit is said to be the first anti-racism song to hit mainstream culture.

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more about “An Ode to Billie“, posted with vodpod

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History of Coffee

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I was under the impression that coffee had been a way of life since at least the greeks, but it is a very recent discovery! (Well, recent as far as history goes)

The act of roasting and brewing coffee is traced back to Arabia in the 15th century CE. Stories date coffee to as early as the 6th century CE, but there is no evidence of its existence until the 15th. The most popular tale states that an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi found his goats “stimulated” after nibbling around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red berries in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula.  Kaldi soon determined that it was the bright red berries on the shrub that were causing the peculiar euphoria and after trying the cherries himself, he learned of their powerful effect.  The story continues that he then took these berries to his teacher who angerly threw the berries into the fire. This produced an enticing aroma and the beans were quickly taken out of the fire, ground and made into a drink.

While this is a fun tale, there is little evidence that this is exactly what happened. We do know that Yemen is the closest we can come to a birthplace for coffee and it was used in monestaries before spreading to most of the middle east, Italy and the rest of Europe. Imagine the world without coffee. I know to many of us, that is quite a scary thought. But they did get by without it… somehow.

Sources:

The world of caffeine By Bennett Alan Weinberg, Bonnie K. Bealer

http://www.coffeeresearch.org/coffee/history.htm

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PICTURES: Statue of Liberty

These rarely seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty were posted on National Geographic. Visit the site for more pics and information! Enjoy!

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