For this week


Welcome to American Cultures. This week we will introduce you to the course, and show you the expectations for this class. On Wednesday you will bring in an artifact to show the class. On Friday the Washington, D.C. Permission slips and Chaperone paperwork is due. We will go over the schedule and the rules for the Washington, D.C. trip, and you will have your first current events competition.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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. 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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What are the Expectations of Good Digital Citizens?” Today we will go over Digital Citzenship Lessons. You will receive a writing prompt on the presidential election, and if those under the age of 18 should be allowed to vote. If we have time we will start on our group posters.

Homework:

Think of a group name and a group design for your group poster.

Friday, September 2, 2016

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.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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:

Study for your quiz, your essay, and your map test on Jamestown, Plymouth, and the New England Colonies. Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you Know about the English Colonists at Jamestown, Plymouth, and the New England Colonies?” You will have your quiz, your essay test, and your map test on Jamestown, Plymouth, and the New England Colonies. 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 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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our Essential Question is What do you want to do after high school? Mr. Toomey will have you in a computer lab looking at college choices in preparation for your college visit next month..

Homework:

No Homework.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our Essential Question is “How well do you know how to write? You will be receiving a lesson on writing. We will finish our Student Learning Objective (SLO). We will then take the PreTests for American Cultures to assess your previous knowledge on this subject. If we have time, we will go over the Preamble to the Constitution. We will practice for the Geography Bee. We might watch a little of 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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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:

On Mrhousch.com, read and download the Basics and the Narrative Lessons for “The Southern Colonies.” Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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 help you to locate the 13 English colonies on a map. We will look at a reproduction newspaper on the colonies. We might watch a brief clip from the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s quiz, essay, and geography test on what he have covered this week: the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the English colonists in the Middle Colonies and in the Southern Colonies?” You will have your quiz, your essay test, and your map test on “The Middle Colonies”, and “The Southern Colonies”. If we did not do it earlier this week, to have you become familiar with options on raising children,we will read an article about a Chinese-American “Tiger Mom” and hear your thoughts about what she writes about bringing up her daughters. Another option is that we will see a video on the White House. We will end class with our Current Events Competition.

Homework:

Become familiar with the Immigration Debate that we will have on on Thursday, September 15th (or Friday September 16th if the schedule is pushed back a day). Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Note: If Mr. Toomey is having you do your college choices this week, our schedule will be pushed back a day. 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Note: If Mr. Toomey is having you do your college choices this week, our schedule will be pushed back a day. 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 15th (or Friday September 16th if the schedule is pushed back a day). 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 15th (or Friday September 16th if the schedule is pushed back a day). Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Note: If Mr. Toomey is having you do your college choices this week, our schedule will be pushed back a day. 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 15th (or Friday September 16th if the schedule is pushed back a day). 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 15th (or Friday September 16th if the schedule is pushed back a day). Study the Preamble to the Constitution.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Note: If Mr. Toomey is having you do your college choices this week, our schedule will be pushed back a day. 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 watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

Study the Preamble to the Constitution. If we had our immgration debate there is no other homework for tomorrow. If the immigration debate is tomorrow, your homework is to prepare for the immigration debate..

Friday, September 23, 2016

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. 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:

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 Star Spangled Banner..

Monday, September 26, 2016

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 Star Spangled Banner. 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?”.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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 Star Spangled Banner. 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?”.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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 for your test on Becoming Americans, French and Indian War, and Taxes. The essay questions are: “Compare and contrast the Enlightenment with the Great Awakening. Explain what you think is the most important movement.” Also, “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?” Also “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?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the English colonists Becoming Americans, the French and Indian War, and how Taxes were a major cause of the American Revolution?” You will have your quiz, your essay test, and your map test on Becoming Americans, French and Indian War, and Taxes. The essay questions are: “Compare and contrast the Enlightenment with the Great Awakening. Explain what you think is the most important movement.” Also, “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?” Also “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 watch a video on employment practices before the American Revolution. We will end class with our Current Events Competition.

Homework:

No Homework.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What education will you have after high school?” You will take your “college visit” today.

Homework:

Study the Star Spangled Banner. 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?”.

Monday, October 3, 2016

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?”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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.

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.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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 for your test on The American Revolution Begins, Declaring Independence, The American Revolution Northern Battles, and The American Revolution Southern Battles. The essay questions are: 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?” and “Were the Americans who rebelled against Great Britain during the American Revolution traitors?” and “George Washington lost more battles than he won during the American Revolution. Why do many Americans consider him to have been an effective leader?” and “Why did the British decide to put money and resources into fighting the Americans in the Southern colonies?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the How the American Revolution Began, about our Declaring Independence, about the American Revolution Battles in the North and the American Revolution Southern Battles?” You will have your quiz, your essay test and your map test on The American Revolution Begins, Declaring Independence, the American Revolution Battles in the North and the American Revolution Southern Battles. The essay questions are: 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?” and “Were the Americans who rebelled against Great Britain during the American Revolution traitors?” and “George Washington lost more battles than he won during the American Revolution. Why do many Americans consider him to have been an effective leader?” and “Why did the British decide to put money and resources into fighting the Americans in the Southern colonies?” We will end class with our current events competition.

Homework:

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

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Washington, D.C. Permission Slips and Chaperone paperwork is due today!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Your Jamestown, Plymouth, and New England Colonies Test is today!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your Middle Colonies and Southern Colonies Test is today!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our Immigration Debate is Today!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Preamble to the Constitution is Due Today!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Your "Becoming Americans," "French and Indian War," and "Taxes," Test is today!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Your "The American Revolution Begins," "Declaring Independence," "American Revolution Northern Battles" and "American Revolution Southern Battles" Test is today!

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Star Spangled Banner is Due Today!

Friday, December 2, 2016

The 50 States Map is Due Today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Gettysburg Address is Due Today!