For this week


This week we will study the Age of Andrew Jackson. We will have a test on this time period at the end of the week.

Reconstruction The Presidency of Andrew Johnson Restoring the Union The American Civil War The Last Campaigns The American Civil War Behind the Battlelines The American Civil War's Western Theater Part 2 The American Civil War's Western Theater Part 1 The American Civil War's Eastern Theater Part 2 The American Civil War's Eastern Theater Part 1 The American Civil War Begins Secession The Republican Party Begins Bleeding Kansas Reconstruction Ends

Upcoming Assignments

Friday, December 2, 2016

The 50 States Map is Due Today! Our Essential Question is “Should you have the right to vote in an election?” You will write an essay on if those below the age of 18 should have the right to vote. The Essay Question is: “In the United States, the minimum age to vote in a primary election (such as the presidential election) is 18. Should people younger than 18 be allowed to vote for president? Why or why not?” We will try to get in a couple of rounds of the Geography Bee. We will end class with the current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the “Common Man” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” Work on the Gettysburg Address.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our Essential Question is “Who was Andrew Jackson?” We will review “The Common Man” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” We will watch a video clip on Andrew Jackson and may watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Age of Jackson Begins” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” Work on the Gettysburg Address.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What was the Spoils System?” We will review “The Age of Jackson Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” We might play a card game on United States Presidents. We will watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Study the Gettysburg Address.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What name was given to the right of states to not follow some federal laws?” We will review the “Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” We will participate in the Geography Bee. If we didn’t do it yesterday we might play a card game on some of the first Presidents of the United States. We will see a short video on Andrew Jackson’s life. Will will end class with a section from the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Age of Jackson Ends” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position. Study the Gettysburg Address.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What were some differences between George Washington and Andrew Jackson?” We will review “The Age of Jackson Ends” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position.” We will examine the differences between the people who supported George Washington, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s test on: The Common Man, The Age of Jackson Begins, Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges, and The Age of Jackson Ends. An Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” Another essay question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” Another essay question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Another essay question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position.”

Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you Know and Think about Current Events?” You will have your tests today on The Common Man, The Age of Jackson Begins, Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges, and The Age of Jackson Ends. An Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” Another essay question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” Another essay question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Another essay question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position.”

Homework:

Read and download The Oregon Country lesson power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?”Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Monday, December 12, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What four countries claimed the Oregon Country?” We will review “The Oregon Country” Basics and Narrative Lessons. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” We will look and attempt to decipher a painting titled “American Progress.” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Texas Revolution” Basic and Narrative Lessons Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What happened at the Alamo?” We will review “The Texas Revolution” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” We will watch a video clip on the Alamo. We will watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Mexican-American War” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Our Essential Question is “How did the United States obtain a large part of the southwestern United States from Mexico?” We will review “The Mexican-American War” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” We will play the Stratego Game.

Homework:

Read and download “The California Gold Rush” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Our Essential Question is “How successful would you have been during the California Gold Rush?” We will review “The California Gold Rush” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” We will begin our Gold Rush Activity. We might see a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s test on The Oregon Country, The Texas Revolution, The Mexican American War, and The California Gold Rush. One of the essay questions is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” Another essay question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?”Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Friday, December 16, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you remember about the time period of Manifest Destiny?” We will test have our test on The Oregon Country, The Texas Revolution, The Mexican American War, and The California Gold Rush. One of the essay questions is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” Another essay question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Monday, December 19, 2016

Our Essential Question is “How successful would you have been during the California Gold Rush?” We will continue our Gold Rush Activity.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What events caused the American Civil War?” We will complete our Gold Rush activity. We will have our final SLO (Student Learning Objective) test. You will complete Pre Test #3, which covers the period leading to the American Civil War, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Homework:

Read and download the materials for the Privacy vs. Security Debate that we will have on Thursday January 5th. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will research privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Thursday, January 5th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”). Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will research privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Thursday, January 5th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”). Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will continue our research on privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Thursday, January 5th.

Homework:

Prepare for Thursday’s debate. Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will finish our research on privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Thursday, January 5th.

Homework:

Prepare for tomorrow’s debate. Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will have our Privacy vs. Security Debate.

Homework:

Read and download “The Compromise of 1850” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” Study the Gettysburg Address (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”).

Friday, January 6, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” The Gettysburg Address is Due Today! We will review “The Compromise of 1850” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” We will watch a little of the “Young Mr. Lincoln” video. We will finish class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the “Bleeding Kansas” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.”

Monday, January 9, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review the “Bleeding Kansas” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.” We will watch a little of the Young Mr. Lincoln video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Republican Party Begins” power points and pdfs.The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review “The Republican Party Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?” We will watch a clip from the video Young Mr. Lincoln. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Secession” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led the American Civil War?” We will review the “Secession” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” We will look at original newspapers during the period of the Harpers Ferry Insurrection, the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the secession of South Carolina. We will watch a little of the Young Mr. Lincoln Movie. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War Begins” power points and PDFs. The Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?”

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?” We will play the Stratego Game for the final time.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?” We will start our Civil War board game competition. We will end class with the current event competition.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.”

Monday, January 16, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” We will watch a little of the Gettysburg movie.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater.” We will watch a little of the Gettysburg movie.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” We will watch a little of a movie on African American soldiers titled “Glory.”

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War The Last Campaigns” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War The Last Campaigns” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Restoring the Union” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would be different today if President Lincoln had not been assassinated, and had finished his second term of office?”

Friday, January 20, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review the “Restoring the Union” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would be different today if President Lincoln had not been assassinated, and had finished his second term of office?” We might watch a little of the Roots video. We will end class with our final current events competition.

Homework:

No Homework. Have a great time in Science!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What are the Expectations for American Cultures?” Today’s class will be an introduction to American Cultures. On the front page of mrhousch.com, click on the Overview tab to view the Course Expectations and the How We Know What We Know lessons.

Homework:

Bring an Artifact which you can share/explain to the class what it is. Bring in your completed Personal Information Sheet. Bring in your parent’s guardian’s signature on the Course Expectations Sheet.Acquire a notebook (at least 2 inch) if you have not already acquired one.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How Do We Know What We Know?” If we didn’t do it yesterday, we will have a presentation on How We Know What We Know. You will tell the class about the artifact that you brought. We will also perform our first Student Learning Objective (SLO). If we have time, we will go over the Preamble to the Constitution. We may have time to look at some of our Lessons.

Homework:

Think of Group Name and the design of your Group Poster. If you did not bring an artifact today, bring an Artifact which you can share/explain to the class what it is. Bring in your completed Personal Information Sheet. Bring in your parent’s guardian’s signature on the Course Expectations Signature Sheet. Acquire a notebook (at least 2 inch spine width) if you have not already acquired one. Read and download the rules and schedule for the Washington, D.C. field trip.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What is the schedule for the Washington, D.C. field trip?” We will go over the schedule and rules for the Washington, D.C. field trip. You will work on your group posters. We might have time to go over the Preamble to the Constitution. We will end the class period with our Current Events Competition.

Homework:

On mrhousch.com, read and download the Basics and Narrative power points and/or pdfs for the Jamestown lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in England to how they lived in Virginia.”

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Washington Field Trip paperwork is due Today! Our Essential Question is “Where were the first English colonies located?” We will go over the “Jamestown” lesson. The Essay question for this lesson is: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in England to how they lived in Virginia.” To have you become familiar with the businesses/organizations that funded the colonists, we might have time to play the Joint Stock Company Game.

Homework:

On Mrhousch.com read and download the Basics and Narrative power points and pdfs for the Lesson on “Plymouth.” The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in Jamestown, Virginia to how they lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Why did the Pilgrims want to leave Europe?” We will go over the “Plymouth” lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in Jamestown, Virginia to how they lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.” To have you become familiar with this time period we will watch some short video clips on the Colonies and Jamestown. If we didn’t get to it yesterday, we will play the Joint Stock Company game. We will review the Preamble to the Constitution.

Homework:

Read and download the Basics and Narrative power points and pdfs for the New England Colonies lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and Contrast the way Plymouth was founded and established to how other colonies in New England were founded and established.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the founding of the other New England Colonies?” We will go over the “New England Colonies” lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way Plymouth was founded and established to how other colonies in New England were founded and established.” We will fill out questions for a map showing how and where colonies were established. To have you become familiar with American slavery, we will watch a brief clip from the “Roots” video.

Homework:

On Mrhousch.com read and download the Basics and Narrative Lessons for “The Middle Colonies.” The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way the Middle Colonies were founded and established to how the colonies in New England were founded and established.”Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were the Middle Colonies?” We will go over “The Middle Colonies” lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way the Middle Colonies were founded and established to how the colonies in New England were founded and established.” We will watch a brief video clip on the colonies. We will fill out questions for a map showing how and where the English colonies were established. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Study for your quiz, your essay, and your map test on Jamestown, Plymouth, the New England Colonies, and the Middle Colonies. The Essay Questions are: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in England to how they lived in Virginia,” and “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in Jamestown, Virginia to how they lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts,” and “Compare and Contrast the way Plymouth was founded and established to how other colonies in New England were founded and established,” and “Compare and contrast the way the Middle Colonies were founded and established to how the colonies in New England were founded and established.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What do you Know about the English Colonists at Jamestown, Plymouth, the New England Colonies, and the Middle Colonies?” You will have your quiz, your essay test, and your map test on Jamestown, Plymouth, the New England Colonies, and the Middle Colonies. The Essay Questions are: “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in England to how they lived in Virginia,” and “Compare and contrast the way that English settlers lived in Jamestown, Virginia to how they lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts,” and “Compare and Contrast the way Plymouth was founded and established to how other colonies in New England were founded and established,” and “Compare and contrast the way the Middle Colonies were founded and established to how the colonies in New England were founded and established.” We will practice for the Geography Bee. We will end class with our Current Events Competition.

Homework:

On Mrhousch.com, read and download the Basics and the Narrative Lessons for “The Southern Colonies.” The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way the Southern Colonies were founded and established to how the Middle Colonies were founded and established.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Monday, February 6, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What classes will you take in high school?” You will not have American Cultures today because the high school guidance counselors will be in our classroom going over the courses that you might want to take in 9th grade.

Homework:

On Mrhousch.com, read and download the Basics and the Narrative Lessons for “The Southern Colonies.” The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way the Southern Colonies were founded and established to how the Middle Colonies were founded and established.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were the Southern colonies?” We will go over “The Southern Colonies” lesson. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the way the Southern Colonies were founded and established to how the Middle Colonies were founded and established.” We will look at a reproduction newspaper on the colonies and some original newspapers from the colonies. We might watch a brief clip from the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Become familiar with the Immigration Debate that we will have on on Friday, February 10th. Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our Essential Question is “If you were running the country, what would be your Immigration policy?” We will research immigration for a debate that we will have on Thursday. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Study the Preamble to the Constitution.Continue your research for the immigration debate.

Thursday, Feburary 9, 2017

Our Essential Question is “If you were running the country, what would be your Immigration policy?” We will research immigration for a debate that we will have on Thursday, September 22nd. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Complete your research for the Immigration Debate that we will have on on Thursday, September 22nd. Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Our Essential Question is “If you were running the country, what would be your Immigration policy?” We will research immigration for a debate that we will have on Thursday, September 22nd. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Complete your research for the Immigration Debate that we will have on on Thursday, September 22nd. Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Our Essential Question is “If you were running the country, what would be your Immigration policy?” Today we will have our immigration debate.We might have time for our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the “Becoming Americans” Basics and Narrative Lesson power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is “Compare and contrast the Enlightenment with the Great Awakening. Explain what you think is the most important movement.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What factors led to an American Way of Life developing in the British colonies?” We will review the “Becoming Americans” Basics and Narrative lessons. The Essay Question is: “Compare and contrast the Enlightenment with the Great Awakening. Explain what you think is the most important movement.” We will have you write proverbs such as Benjamin Franklin wrote for Poor Richard’s Almanack. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study the Preamble to the Constitution. Read and download The French and Indian War Lesson Power Points and PDFs. The Essay Question is: “You are the King of Great Britain. You have won the French and Indian War. What will you do to make sure that the Indians/Native Americans will be friendly to your country in the years to come?”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What are some military ranks?” We will review the French and Indian War Basics Lesson and the Narrative. The Essay Question is: “You are the King of Great Britain. You have won the French and Indian War. What will you do to make sure that the Indians/Native Americans will be friendly to your country in the years to come?” We will play a game to have you become familiar with military rank.

Homework:

Study the Preamble to the Constitution. Read and download the “Taxes” Lesson Power Points and PDFs on mrhousch.com. The Essay question is: “We live in a republic in which we elect leaders to represent us in the state legislatures and the national Congress. For what reasons would you think of taking up weapons against your country?”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What do you Know and Think about Current Events?” The Preamble to the Constitution is due today! We will prepare for the Washington, D.C. trip by looking at presentations on the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and go over the general rules, information, and the schedule again. We will watch a video on Arlington National Cemetery. We will practice a round of the Geography Bee. We will end class with our Current Events Competition.

Homework:
Tuesday February 21, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How do governments raise money?” We will review the “Taxes” Basics Lesson and the Narrative. The Essay question is: “We live in a republic in which we elect leaders to represent us in the state legislatures and the national Congress. For what reasons would you think of taking up weapons against your country?” We will play a game to have you become familiar with taxation practices during the colonial period.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

6th Period Class is in Washington, D.C. Today! Our Essential Question is “What will you experience on your Washington, D.C. trip?” We will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Read and download the American Revolution Begins Lesson Power Points and PDFs on mrhousch.com. The Essay Question is: “If it is not right to take up weapons against our country today, why was it right for American colonists to take up weapons against their fellow countrymen, the British?” Study the Star Spangled Banner..

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Revolution?” We will review “The American Revolution Begins” Basics Lesson and the Narrative. The Essay Question is: “If it is not right to take up weapons against our country today, why was it right for American colonists to take up weapons against their fellow countrymen, the British?” We will see a video on the first battle of the American Revolution. You will be introduced to some American Revolution tactics.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner. Read and download the “Declaring Independence” Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The essay question is: “Were the Americans who rebelled against Great Britain during the American Revolution traitors?”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Our Essential Question is “From whom or what do you want to declare your independence?” You will review the “Declaring Independence” Basics Lesson and the Narrative. The Essay question is: “Were the Americans who rebelled against Great Britain during the American Revolution traitors?” You might be declaring your independence, and you could see a movie about colonists who had to make a choice to be loyalists or patriots. If the weather is good, you might reenact a little of the Battle of Bunker Hill. We might end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the “American Revolution Northern Battles Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The essay question is: “George Washington lost more battles than he won during the American Revolution. Why do many Americans consider him to have been an effective leader?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What battle is considered to be the “turning point” of the American Revolution?” We will review “The American Revolution Northern Battles” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “George Washington lost more battles than he won during the American Revolution. Why do many Americans consider him to have been an effective leader?” We will watch a video on George Rogers Clark. If the weather is good, we will take you outside and reenact the Battle of Bunker Hill unless we have already done that.

Homework:

Read and download the “American Revolution Southern Battles” lesson Basics and Narrative power points/pdfs. The essay question is: “Why did the British decide to put money and resources into fighting the Americans in the Southern colonies?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were some of the Revolutionary War battles that occurred in the South?” We will review “The American Revolution Southern Battles” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “Why did the British decide to put money and resources into fighting the Americans in the Southern colonies?” If the weather is good, we will go outside and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. If not we might work on basic military drills inside the school building.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7th Period Class is in Washington, D.C. Today! Our Essential Question is “What will you experience on your Washington, D.C. trip?” We will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner. Read and download the “Yorktown” power points/pdfs.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What was the Last Major Battle of the American Revolution?” We will review the “Yorktown” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “How did the Americans achieve Victory at Yorktown during the American Revolution?” We will watch a video on Benjamin Franklin. We will practice the Star Spangled Banner. We might see a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Articles of Confederation” Lesson Basics and Narrative power points/PDFs on mrhousch.com. The Essay question is: “What are the advantages and disadvantages of a state government being mostly independent from a national government?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?” We will review “The Articles of Confederation” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson.The Essay question is: “What are the advantages and disadvantages of a state government being mostly independent from a national government?” We will perform a play on Shay’s Rebellion. We may have some time to review the Star Spangled Banner. We will watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Confederation Era” lesson power points/PDFs on mrhousch.com. The Essay question is: “How did the Founding Fathers realize they needed a better national government than the Articles of Confederation was providing?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What does 40 acres look like?” We will review “The Confederation Era” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “How did the Founding Fathers realize they needed a better national government than the Articles of Confederation was providing?” If the weather is adequate we will attempt to walk outside and show you an area of 40 acres.

Homework:

Read and download the “Constitutional Convention” Lesson Basics and Narrative power points/pdfs. The Essay question is: “”What were some strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution in 1787?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Can you name a compromise in the U.S. Constitution?” We will review “The Constitutional Convention” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “”What were some strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution in 1787?” We will watch a video on the Constitutional Convention.

Homework:

Read and download the Constitution lesson power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution in 1787?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7th Period Class is in Washington, D.C. Today! Our Essential Question is “What will you experience on your Washington, D.C. trip?” We will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Read and download the Constitution lesson power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution in 1787?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Why did compromises lead to the adopting of our constitution?” We will review “The Constitution” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson.The Essay question is: “If you could add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what amendment would you add and why?” To have you become familiar with the Constitution, you will create a poster on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that interests you.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner (Due Tomorrow). Study for tomorrow’s test on The Articles of Confederation, The Confederation Era,The Constitutional Convention, and the Constitution. The Essay Questions are: “What are the advantages and disadvantages of a state government being mostly independent from a national government?” and “How did the Founding Fathers realize they needed a better national government than the Articles of Confederation was providing?” and “What were some strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution in 1787?” and “If you could add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what amendment would you add and why?”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What Type of Government is the Best Government?” You will decide if you want to live in a country without any laws, or in one with very strict laws. We will do our Student Learning Objective (SLO) activity. We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Become familiar with the Constitution using a version that you can find in the related documents section of The Constitution page. Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What are some of the Bill of Rights?” We will study some Bill of Rights court cases.

Homework:

Read and download the “Gun Control Debate” power points and/or pdfs. Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should citizens not be allowed to own guns?” We will research gun control for a debate that we will have on Monday, March 20th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Read and download the Gun Control Debate materials. Research the gun control debate. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should citizens not be allowed to own guns?” We will research gun control for a debate that we will have on Monday, March 20th. We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the Gun Control Debate materials. Research the gun control debate. Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Star Spangled Banner is Due Today!

Our Essential Question is “Should citizens not be allowed to own guns?” We will research gun control for a debate that we will have on Monday, March 20th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Read and download the Gun Control Debate materials. Research the gun control debate. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should citizens be allowed to own guns?” We will have our gun control debate today. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Forming the New Government” Lesson power point and PDFs. The Essay question is: “In your opinion, what is the most important branch of the U.S. federal government: Legislative, Executive, or Judicial?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Why do we need a Census?” We will review the “Forming the New Government” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “In your opinion, what is the most important branch of the U.S. federal government: Legislative, Executive, or Judicial?” We will fill out a census form.

Homework:

Read and download the “Young America’s International Relations” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What was the Whiskey Rebellion?” We will review the “Young America’s International Relations” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “In your opinion, after the American Revolution, should the United States have supported France in its wars against Great Britain?” We will play a game/act out a play to have you become familiar with the Whiskey Rebellion. We might have time to work on the 50 states map.

Homework:

Read and download the “Political Parties Begin” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What Political Parties Developed During the Federalist Period?” We will review the “Political Parties Begin” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “If you lived in the United States in the 1790s, which political party would you have supported (Federalists or Democratic-Republicans), and why would you have supported that party?” We might play a game to have you become familiar with the first Presidents.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s test on “Forming the New Government,” “Young America’s International Relations,” and “Political Parties Begin.” The Essay questions are: “In your opinion, what is the most important branch of the U.S. federal government: Legislative, Executive, or Judicial?” and “In your opinion, after the American Revolution, should the United States have supported France in its wars against Great Britain?” and “If you lived in the United States in the 1790s, which political party would you have supported (Federalists or Democratic-Republicans), and why would you have supported that party?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today you will have your Quiz, your map test, and your essay test on “Forming the New Government,” “Young America’s International Relations,” and “Political Parties Begin.” The Essay questions are: “In your opinion, what is the most important branch of the U.S. federal government: Legislative, Executive, or Judicial?” and “In your opinion, after the American Revolution, should the United States have supported France in its wars against Great Britain?” and “If you lived in the United States in the 1790s, which political party would you have supported (Federalists or Democratic-Republicans), and why would you have supported that party?” We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download “The Presidency of John Adams” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were some of the differences between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans?” We will review “The Presidency of John Adams” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “Describe the positive and the negative aspects of the Presidency of our second President, John Adams.” We will watch a video to have you become familiar with the Founding Fathers.

Homework:

Read and download “The Age of Jefferson Begins” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. Work on locating and correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our Essential Question is Who was Thomas Jefferson? We will review “The Age of Jefferson Begins” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay question is: “If you lived in the United States in the 1800s how would you have compared the changing of power from the Federalists to the Democratic Republicans to the change of power in France from the national government to the French Revolution?” We will look at documents related to Thomas Jefferson and answer questions about the documents, and then answer a Document Based Question (DBQ) on the documents. We will watch a video on Thomas Jefferson.

Homework:

Read and download “The Louisiana Purchase” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Who were Lewis and Clark?” We will review “The Louisiana Purchase” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Besides the Louisiana Purchase, what other exploring expeditions have been funded by the United States government and why were they important?” We will watch a video on Lewis and Clark. We will practice our 50 States Map. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Jefferson’s International Challenges” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Who were Lewis and Clark?” We will review the “Jefferson’s International Challenges” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. We will look at a newspaper related to Lewis and Clark. The Essay Question is: “What are the advantages of having a shooting war versus an economic war?” We will watch a video on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Homework:

Read and download “The War Hawks” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Friday, March 31, 2017

You will not have American Cultures class today, because your PIP reward is today.

Homework:

Read and download “The War Hawks” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Who were the War Hawks?” We will review the “War Hawks” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson.The Essay Question is: “For what reasons should a country declare war on another country?” We will play our Stratego Game based on the War of 1812.

Homework:

Read and download “The War of 1812” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The essay question is: “For what reasons should a country declare war on another country?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Why did we fight the War of 1812?” We will review “The War of 1812” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson.The Essay Question is: “For what reasons should a country declare war on another country?” We will learn about the Battle of New Orleans by a power point, a song, and a video. We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

Read and download the “America’s Industrial Revolution Begins” Lesson power points and PDFs. The essay question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of a factory system versus the cottage industry where craftsmen made goods mostly on their own property?” Work on your 50 States Map.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were factory conditions like in the Industrial Revolution?” We will review “The America’s Industrial Revolution Begins” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of a factory system versus the cottage industry where craftsmen made goods mostly on their own property?” You will get a small idea of what factory conditions were like was we do our Conestoga Wagon making activity.

Homework:

Read and download the “Moving West” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of having goods and people moved on a canal versus having them move along a road? Why did railroads replace canals as a method of moving goods and people?” Work on your 50 States Map.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were some challenges to westward expansion?” We will review the “Moving West” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of having goods and people moved on a canal versus having them move along a road? Why did railroads replace canals as a method of moving goods and people?” We will learn about the Erie Canal, see a brief video clip on westward expansion, and watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Era of Good Feelings” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons should Americans today have pride in the region in which they live? What are the strengths and weaknesses of regions in the United States?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What is the difference between Nationalism and Sectionalism?” We will review the “Era of Good Feelings” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons should Americans today have pride in the region in which they live? What are the strengths and weaknesses of regions in the United States?” We will work on the 50 States Map.

Homework:

Read and download “The Monroe Doctrine” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “Should the United States government only protect the area within our borders? Should we protect a larger region such as North America and South America. Should the United States continue to be “the policeman of the world?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What was the Monroe Doctrine?” We will review the “Monroe Doctrine” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Should the United States government only protect the area within our borders? Should we protect a larger region such as North America and South America. Should the United States continue to be “the policeman of the world?” We will watch a brief video clip on the “Era of Good Feelings.” You work practice on your 50 States Map. We will try to do a couple of rounds of the Geography Bee. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Common Man” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Who was Andrew Jackson?” We will review “The Common Man” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the similarities and differences between the people who supported John Quincy Adams, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” We will watch a video clip on Andrew Jackson and may watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Age of Jackson Begins” Basics and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What was the Spoils System?” We will review “The Age of Jackson Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spoils System?” We might play a card game on United States Presidents. We will watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What name was given to the right of states to not follow some federal laws?” We will review the “Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” We will participate in the Geography Bee. If we didn’t do it yesterday we might play a card game on some of the first Presidents of the United States. We will see a short video on Andrew Jackson’s life. Will will end class with a section from the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Age of Jackson Ends” Basics and Narrative power points or PDFs. The Essay Question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position. Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What were some differences between George Washington and Andrew Jackson?” We will review “The Age of Jackson Ends” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position.” We will examine the differences between the people who supported George Washington, and the people who supported Andrew Jackson. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Oregon Country” lesson power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What four countries claimed the Oregon Country?” We will review “The Oregon Country” Basics and Narrative Lessons. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” We will look and attempt to decipher a painting titled “American Progress.” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s test on Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges, and The Age of Jackson Ends, and “The Oregon Country.” An Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Another essay question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position,” and “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” The 50 States Map test will also be tomorrow if you have not yet taken it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The 50 States Map is Due Today! Our Essential Question is “What do you Know and Think about Current Events?” You will have your tests today on Andrew Jackson’s National Challenges, and The Age of Jackson Ends, and “The Oregon Country.” An Essay Question is: “Do you think it was right for the United States Federal government to forcibly remove Native Americans from their lands? Fully explain why or why not. If you do think it was wrong, are you willing to give up land where you live to Native American groups?” Another essay question is: “If you were running to be President of the United States, how would you position yourself to receive the most votes? Would you present yourself as a ‘smart’ successful person who is very qualified to lead the government, or as a person of the Common People? You are just like them, and you know their challenges. Explain fully the advantages and disadvantages of taking each position,” and “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?”

Homework:

Read and download “The Texas Revolution” Basic and Narrative Lessons Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What happened at the Alamo?” We will review “The Texas Revolution” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” We will watch a video clip on the Alamo. We will watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Mexican-American War” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How did the United States obtain a large part of the southwestern United States from Mexico?” We will review “The Mexican-American War” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” We will play the Stratego Game.

Homework:

Read and download “The California Gold Rush” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How successful would you have been during the California Gold Rush?” We will review “The California Gold Rush” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” We will begin our Gold Rush Activity. We might see a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s test on The Oregon Country, The Texas Revolution, The Mexican American War, and The California Gold Rush. One of the essay questions is: “In your opinion, should the United States have attempted to acquire ALL of the Oregon Country, or is it good that we decided to negotiate for the amount of land that we did receive?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, should Texas have been able to break away from Mexico with its slaves, or should Texas have stayed a part of Mexico without slaves?” Another essay question is: “In your opinion, was the United States correct to expand past our Rocky Mountain borders all the way to the Pacific Coast? Would America be the country that it is today if we did not acquire that land? Should we have gone further by attempting to acquire all of Canada and Mexico?” Another essay question is: “You travel to California in 1849. What do you think will be a better decision: becoming a gold miner, or operating a business where the miners will spend their money?” Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How successful would you have been during the California Gold Rush?” We will continue our Gold Rush Activity.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events caused the American Civil War?” We will complete our Gold Rush activity. We will have our final SLO (Student Learning Objective) test. You will complete Pre Test #3, which covers the period leading to the American Civil War, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Homework:

Read and download the materials for the Privacy vs. Security Debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will research privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”). Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will research privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”). Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will continue our research on privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th.

Homework:

Prepare for Thursday’s debate. Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will finish our research on privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th.

Homework:

Prepare for tomorrow’s debate. Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Friday, May 5, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will finish our research on privacy versus security for a debate that we will have on Monday, May 8th.

Homework:

Prepare for Monday’s debate. Research the privacy versus security debate Proposition and Opposition positions. Work on the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3”).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Essential Question is “Should the government be allowed to collect private information about its citizens in order to better protect its citizens?” We will have our Privacy vs. Security Debate.

Homework:

Read and download “The Compromise of 1850” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” Study the Gettysburg Address (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review “The Compromise of 1850” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” We will watch a little of the “Young Mr. Lincoln” video.

Homework:

Read and download the “Bleeding Kansas” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review the “Bleeding Kansas” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.” We will watch a little of the Young Mr. Lincoln video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Republican Party Begins” power points and pdfs.The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review “The Republican Party Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?” We will watch a clip from the video Young Mr. Lincoln. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s quiz, map test and essay test on “The Compromise of 1850,” “Bleeding Kansas,” and “The Republican Party Begins.” An essay question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” Another essay question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.” Another essay question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Friday, May 12, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” Today you will have a quiz, a map test and an essay test on “The Compromise of 1850,” “Bleeding Kansas,” and “The Republican Party Begins.” An essay question is: “In your opinion, who gained more from the Compromise of 1850, the free states or the slave states?” Another essay question is: “Describe how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision contributed to the American Civil War.” Another essay question is: “How do you think the United States would have been different if Stephen Douglas was elected President of the United States in 1860?”

Homework:

Read and download the “Secession” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led the American Civil War?” We will review the “Secession” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” We will look at original newspapers during the period of the Harpers Ferry Insurrection, the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the secession of South Carolina. We will watch a little of the Young Mr. Lincoln Movie. We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War Begins” power points and PDFs. The Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events led to the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War Begins” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?” We will play the Stratego Game for the final time.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?” We will start our Civil War board game competition. We will end class with the current event competition.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” We will watch a little of the Gettysburg movie.

Homework:

Study for your quiz, your map test, and your essay test on “Secession,” “The American Civil War Begins,” “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1,” and “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2.” An Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” Another Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?” Another Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?” Another Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” Today you will have your quiz, your map test, and your essay test on “Secession,” “The American Civil War Begins,” “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 1,” and “The American Civil War’s Eastern Theater Part 2.” An Essay Question is: “Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” Another Essay Question is: “If you had been in charge of the United States’ armed forces during the American Civil War, what would have been your strategy to defeat the Confederate states?” Another Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of United States army commanders in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War? What do you think are the characteristics of an ideal military commander?” Another Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Eastern Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.”

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater.” We will watch a little of the Gettysburg movie.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.”Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” We will watch a little of a movie on African American soldiers titled “Glory.”

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War Behind the Battlelines” power points and pdfs.The Essay Question is: “President Lincoln was of course fighting the Southern/Confederate states during the American Civil War. With what issues did he clash with individuals in the Northern States concerning the goals of the war and how to achieve those goals? Who do you think was correct and why?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War Behind the Battlelines” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. We might have a test on this section. The Essay Question is: “President Lincoln was of course fighting the Southern/Confederate states during the American Civil War. With what issues did he clash with individuals in the Northern States concerning the goals of the war and how to achieve those goals? Who do you think was correct and why?” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The American Civil War The Last Campaigns” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review “The American Civil War The Last Campaigns” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s quiz, your map test, and your essay test on “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1,” “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2,” “The American Civil War, Behind the Battlelines,” and “The American Civil War, The Last Campaigns.” An Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater. Another Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” Another Essay Question is: “President Lincoln was of course fighting the Southern/Confederate states during the American Civil War. With what issues did he clash with individuals in the Northern States concerning the goals of the war and how to achieve those goals? Who do you think was correct and why?” Another The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Gettysburg Address is due today! Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” You will have your quiz, your map test, and your essay test on “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 1,” “The American Civil War’s Western Theater Part 2,” “The American Civil War, Behind the Battlelines,” and “The American Civil War, The Last Campaigns.” An Essay Question is: “What were some strengths and some weaknesses of Confederate States army commanders in the Western Theater of the American Civil War? Explain fully what plan you would have implemented if you had been a Confederate army commander in the Western Theater. Another Essay Question is: “What do you believe was the most important battle of the American Civil War in the Western Theater? Fully explain the importance of that battle’s outcome.” Another Essay Question is: “President Lincoln was of course fighting the Southern/Confederate states during the American Civil War. With what issues did he clash with individuals in the Northern States concerning the goals of the war and how to achieve those goals? Who do you think was correct and why?” Another The Essay Question is: “For what reasons was ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’ very reasonable with Robert E. Lee during the Surrender at Appomattox? How did the event at Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox affect the future of our country?”

Homework:

Read and download the “Restoring the Union” power points and pdfs. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would be different today if President Lincoln had not been assassinated, and had finished his second term of office?”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the American Civil War?” We will review the “Restoring the Union” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “How do you think the United States would be different today if President Lincoln had not been assassinated, and had finished his second term of office?” We might watch a little of the Roots video.

Homework:

Read and download “The Presidency of Andrew Johnson Basic and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “If you have lived during this time period, would you have favored President Johnson’s plan for Reconstruction or Congress’ plan for Reconstruction? Explain fully why you would have favored the plan that you chose.”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the time of Reconstruction?”We will review “The Presidency of Andrew Johnson” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. We might have a test on this section. The Essay Question is: “If you have lived during this time period, would you have favored President Johnson’s plan for Reconstruction or Congress’ plan for Reconstruction? Explain fully why you would have favored the plan that you chose.” We will watch a little of the Roots video and play a Civil War combat card game.

Homework:

Read and download the “Reconstruction” Basic and Narrative Lesson Power Points/PDFs. The Essay Question is: “How did the ending of Reconstruction in the 1870s lead to the Civil Rights Movements in the 1950s and the 1960s?”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the time of Reconstruction?” We will review the “Reconstruction” lesson Basics and Narrative power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “How did the ending of Reconstruction in the 1870s lead to the Civil Rights Movements in the 1950s and the 1960s?” We will watch a video showing race relations in the American South during the 1930s.

Homework:

Read and download the “Reconstruction Ends” lesson power points/pdfs.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What events occurred during the time of Reconstruction?” We will review the “Reconstruction Ends” lesson Basics and Narrative power points/pdfs. The Essay Question is: “How did the ending of Reconstruction in the 1870s lead to the Civil Rights Movements in the 1950s and the 1960s?” We will watch a video showing race relations in the American South during the 1930s.

Homework:

No Homework.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Essential Question is “What will you do at Hershey Park?” We will not have class today because most of you should be at Hershey Park.

Homework:

No Homework.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How does Hollywood attempt to make you excited about the Founding Fathers?” We will watch a video to have us become familiar with one version of the background of the Founding Fathers. Homework:No Homework.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our Essential Question is “How does Hollywood attempt to make you excited about the Founding Fathers?” We will watch a video to have us become familiar with one version of the background of the Founding Fathers. Homework:No Homework. Have a great time in 9th grade!

Dates to Remember

Friday, December 2, 2016

The 50 States Map is Due Today!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Your "Common Man," "The Age of Jackson Begins," "Andrew Jackson's National Challenges" and "The Age of Jackson Ends" Test is today!

Friday, December 16, 2017

Your The Oregon Country, Texas Revolution, Mexican American War, and California Gold Rush Test is today!

Thursday, January 5, 2016

Our Privacy vs. Security Debate is Today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Gettysburg Address is Due Today!