Week 0 – Homework Due Before the First Class

1. Read Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood by Nathan Hale

This short graphic novel will give you a great overview of World War I, which is the background starting point of our class.

2. Read this New York Times Article on World War I.

This short article focuses on what did and did not change following World War I.

3. Watch these YouTube videos.

Capitalism, Socialism & Communism Explained Simply

Rules for Rulers

4. Select a cultural topic from the 1920s to do a 5-minute presentation on. 

CLICK HERE to put your name next to the topic you want to do. 

You’ll be doing your presentation the second week of class, and you’ll get more information about the presentation in the first week.

5. Bring the name and email of a Writing Mentor that you will work with throughout the year. 

Your writing mentor will review your writing and give you feedback. First semester, this will only be a few paragraphs most weeks. Second semester, they will help you work on your multi-page research paper.

I’ve attached two pages that describe who to look for in a writing mentor and what you (as the scholar) are expected to do in return. Please note that siblings, other mentors at ASA, and parents CAN NOT be your writing mentor.

(Note: These documents say you will meet weekly with your writing coach. However, in this class you will only meet with them on weeks where you have a writing assignment for them to review.)

6. Please get the following books so you are ready to read them throughout the year.

Fall Semester

History of US – Book 9 

Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood by Nathan Hale (due on the first day of class)

The Hiding Place



Winter Semester

History of US – Book 10

Black Like Me

Warriors Don’t Cry

Most Dangerous

Ground Zero

(Here’s the link if you want to buy the entire series of History of US combined.

(Note – If you are a voracious reader, there are a few additional books you may want to consider reading during fall semester to enhance your study. We will not be studying these in class.)

Out of the Dust – Great Depression

Farewell to Manzanar – Japanese Internment

A Night Divided – Berlin Wall

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