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Unit Four – The Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution

The second quarter starts off with a look at some major innovations and changes in Europe after the Middle Ages.

We will be looking at the Renaissance which started in Italy and spread throughout Europe changing art, science, architecture and more.


The Protestant Reformation which changed religion forever both in Europe and around the world.

Finally, the Scientific Revolution which brought about numerous changes in science and the world.



Presidents have kept company with critters of all types. Theodore Roosevelt turned the White House into a zoo with parrots, horses, ponies, bears, a zebra, snakes and, inexplicably, a one- legged chicken.

John Quincy Adams actually used to love surprising guests in the White House with an alligator he kept in a bathtub.

Pictured above: Brady, Mr. Andrews’ favorite pet!

Pictured above: Mr. Moore and his pet frog!

Pictured above: Lions Quarterback Matt Stafford and his puppies!

YOUR QUESTION: Tell us your best pet story! What kind of pet do you have? What’s it’s name? If you could have any animal as a pet what would it be?  You may also email us a picture of your pet and we will add it to the blog!



If you haven’t heard it already, you will:  Parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, teachers and CNN Student News anchors are almost always willing to give you advice on how to plan your future.  This time around, though, we’re giving you graduating seniors and underclassmen the virtual microphone!

YOUR QUESTION: What advice do you have for the Class of 2012?


CNN Blog – May 16, 2012

Facebook is having its Initial Public Offering (IPO) this week, meaning this is the first time people will be able to buy stock (buy part ownership) in the company.

Your Question is Below:

Your Question: If you had money, would you buy stock in Facebook? Why or why not?

Do you have any ideas that could make you billions of dollars like Mark Zuckerberg had with Facebook?


CNN BLOG: Tuesday, May 15th

JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, first reported a $2 billion loss last Thursday, adding new fuel to the already fiery debate surrounding financial regulation and oversight, and prompted an SEC investigation into the firm’s practices.

The debate in Washington is: what to do with large banks that live and breathe risk.

Listen to Mr. Dimon (CEO JP MORGAN CHASE) describing those bad trades: “[They were] flawed, complex, poorly reviewed, poorly executed and badly monitored.” And again: “We should have been paying more attention to it.”

Many politicians believe large banks are both too complex to understand and too big to fail. The latter has become such an integral part of Wall Street’s conscience that it has its own acronym: TBTF.

Having overly complicated banks makes it all the more imperative to resolve the TBTF dilemma: how to wind down a large institution without forcing taxpayers to bail it out and destroying the financial system.

Meanwhile, the debacle also shines a light on the fact BIG BANKS  are a constant threat to tip over and crush the entire U.S. economy. That will lead to more calls to break up the big banks, to take away the government’s implied backing for them, or at least make regulators more determined to force them to hold more capital against future losses. All of that will make it harder and more expensive for the banks to do business.

Your question: Should federal regulators take over our nation’s largest bank JP MORGAN CHASE to wind down a large institution without forcing taxpayers to bail it out and destroying the financial system? Why or why not?


CNN Blog: Monday, May 14

Recent issues in Greece and Spain highlighted protests by citizens of those respected countries against their governments. These protests mostly come from very poor economic situations in both countries.

Protests in Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain.

Your Question: In your opinion what is a responsible way to protest what your government is doing (whether it involves the economy, civil rights, or other thing) in order to bring about change?

Remember, write three to five full sentences. Which includes capitalization and punctuation, and the use of the spell-check feature as well.

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