We have already talked about this in class, so it should be no surprise that I’m absent today. Just a few general reminders: you should receive your notification of which Harkness discussion you’re responsible for this unit in the next couple of days. Also, please make sure you check the blog posting with all the due dates for this unit– I think I may have goofed on the A-B scheduling on my handout (I think I flipped them?), so there are some minor changes to when things are going to be due.
Here’s what you’re going to do today through Friday:
- Help the substitute to take roll. Our rosters are obviously going to have a lot of your classmates missing due to the trip, so help the substitute figure out who is present and who isn’t for each class, and then have a volunteer take the rosters up to the office.
- This work is designed to be spread over the three days you have until the break, and it doesn’t particularly matter what order you do it in. If Dr. Roach’s work is more structured, please do that first, and then move on to your Comparative work. The thing that matters most is that you have ALL of the following work done before you come back to class on the 27th, so you will need to focus.
- Pick up a map of the Russian Federation, and the list of the political and physical characteristics I want you to be able to identify. You may use the green atlases in the back of the room as sources, your phones (IF YOU ARE BEING PRODUCTIVE), the map on the first page of your 3.2 reader, or the laptops to help you find all of the relevant locations. You can choose to use color or not—I am NOT collecting this map, so it’s really up to you. (Just remember, though—even if I’m not collecting this map, I WILL be asking questions about it on the quiz during this unit, so you’d best take this seriously.)
- Once you’re done with your map, get out a laptop (or use your phone). You’re going to do work on Models of Nondemocratic Regimes, and you’re going to need to download a copy of this worksheet: Models of Nondemocratic Rule. I want you to type directly into the worksheet, as it will make the chart easier to fill out. Follow the directions exactly—first you’ll need to read an article on Freedom House about their methodology so you understand how they come to their decisions re: Free, Partly Free, and Not Free designations, and THEN you’ll need to use your 3.1 reading packet AND Freedom House to define, describe, and identify modern examples of each model of nondemocratic regimes. You will need to PRINT OUT this worksheet and turn it into the box up front by the 27th of November– regardless of whether or not you have my class that day.
- Once you’ve finished both your annotated map AND the Freedom House work, please complete your first Current Event for this unit. You can follow this link to get to the blog entry where the Google form is located. While I will let you use a non-Russian source for this assignment (please use ONLY the resources I’ve linked to), I do also suggest that you use a Russian source for at least ONE of your current events. Learning to read through material and understand potential bias is critically important, and I want you to learn to identify propaganda when you see it. Remember, your first current event will be due on November 27th, no matter what class you are.
- It is absolutely critical that you guys make it through this work over the next few days; I’m going to be working under the assumption that when I see you again you’ll have a solid understanding of this material. I’m relying on you to do the work I ask of you, so please don’t let me down on this. Work hard, be good for the sub, happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you soon!