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In which John Green teaches you about recent history. By which we mean VERY recent history. John covers the end of George W. Bush’s administration presidency of Barack Obama (so far). Some people would say, “It’s too soon to try to interpret the historical importance of such recent events!” To those people we answer, “You’re right.” Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile to take a look at the American we live in right now as a way of looking back at how far we’ve come. Anyway, John will teach you about Obama’s election, some of his policies like the Affordable Care Act, the 2009 stimulus, and the continuation of the war on terror. If you still can’t reconcile a history course teaching such recent stuff, just think of this one as a current events episode.
Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. President Barack Obama leaned in to discussions on race in his 2013 remarks on the Trayvon Martin ruling: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/president-obama-s-remarks-on-trayvon-martin-ruling
President Obama responded to economic inequality and partisanship in his 2015 State of the Union Address: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/president-obama-s-remarks-on-trayvon-martin-ruling
So what’s next? Crash Course Literature! We’re starting on February 27, 2014. Here’s the reading list:
The Odyssey by Homer http://dft.ba/-7V5t
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles http://dft.ba/-7Uo8
Hamlet by Bill Shakespeare http://dft.ba/-7VDy
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley http://dft.ba/-7U9n
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë http://dft.ba/-7U9o
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee http://dft.ba/-7V8z
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut http://dft.ba/-7U9p
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe http://dft.ba/-7VDB
Beloved by Toni Morrison http://dft.ba/-7VDC
Get to reading, we’ll be covering them in that order!