American Identity (Unit 1a)

American Identity - Essential Question: What does it mean to be an American?

To start our unit we will examine the question in class, and move on to discussing how one becomes an American.  Please try to pass one version of a US Citizenship Naturalization Exam, how did you do?  Your assignment was to list 10 words or phrases that describe America or being an American. Put these in your shared US History folder in Drive.

We will be using several short stories to explore the essential question.

We read A Man Without a Country in class, as you read, think about these questions:
  1. What happened during each incident?
  2. Why does it have such the impact on him that it does?
We then answered the following set of questions on our own.


Before starting the second story, look at this Word It Out of the 10 words assignment. (2016) Word Cloud  What do you notice?  Compare the Word It Out to this list of Core American Values.  (or these) For the second short story we will be examining a core value of the "Rugged Individualism", a theme commonly found in US History textbooks.  

The second short story is "To Build a Fire" by Jack London.  As you read please consider the following questions.

The third short story is "Harrison Bergeron" By Kurt Vonnegut.  As you read please consider the concept of equality of opportunity vs the equality of outcome.

The fourth story is "Chamberlain" by Michael Shaara.  As you read pleae consider the following questions.

Your final question to respond to is: What does it mean to be an American?