For this week


This week we will study the American Revolution. On Friday the Star Spangled Banner is due. On Friday we will have a test on the lessons that we cover this week. We will have the history quiz and the map test. Because of shortened class periods, we will not have the Essay part of the test.

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Upcoming Assignments

Friday, September 13, 2019

Our Essential Question is “How do governments raise money?” We will watch a video on Colonial occupations and the movement towards the Boston Tea Party.

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, September 16, 2019

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, September 17, 2019

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 Preamble.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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 accomplished 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 Preamble.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Our Essential Question is “What were some of the Revolutionary War battles that occurred in the South?” The Preamble to the Constitution is due today!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 tomorrow’s test on The American Revolution Begins, Declaring Independence, The American Revolution Northern Battles, and The American Revolution Southern Battles. The Essay Questions are:
“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 Preamble.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Preamble is due today! Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the American Revolution?” Today you will have your quiz, your map test, and your essay test on The American Revolution Begins, Declaring Independence, The American Revolution Northern Battles, and The American Revolution Southern Battles. The Essay Questions are:
“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 might have time for Current Events.

Homework:

Read and download the Yorktown 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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Our Essential Question is “What will you do after high school?” We will not have class today because you will have your college visit.

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.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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.

Friday, September 27, 2019

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.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Our Essential Question is What do you know about the end of the American Revolution, the Confederation period and the Constitutional Convention? You will have your quiz, your essay test and your map test on Yorktown, The Articles of Confederation, The Confederation Era,The Constitutional Convention. The Essay Questions are: “How did the Americans achieve Victory at Yorktown?” and “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?” You will study the Star Spangled Banner and the 50 States. We will end class with our current events competition.

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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 of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that interests you.

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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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. You will receive a general understanding of the articles and amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We will watch a little of the “Roots” video. We will practice the Star Spangled Banner, and the 50 States.

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.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

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 Thursday, October 10th. We might have our current events competition.

Homework:

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

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 Thursday October 10th.

Homework:

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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 Thursday, October 10th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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 Thursday, October 10th. We might watch a little of the “Roots” video.

Homework:

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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?” Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Friday, October 11, 2019

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. Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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. Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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:

Read and download “The Presidency of John Adams” Basics and Narrative power points or pdfs. The Essay question is: “Was John Adams an effective president?”Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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: “Was John Adams an effective president?” We will take Pre Tests to prepare you for tomorrow’s test. We might watch a video to have you become familiar with the Founding Fathers.

Homework:

Prepare for tomorrow’s test on “Forming the New Government,” and “Young America’s International Relations” and “Political Parties Begin” and “The Presidency of John Adams.” 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?” and
“Was John Adams an effective president?”
Study the Star Spangled Banner.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Star Spangled Banner is due today! 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.” and “The Presidency of John Adams.” 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?” and
“Was John Adams an effective president?”
We will end class with our current events competition.

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.

Monday, October 21, 2019

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: “What do you think was more effective: the changing of power in the United States’ national government from the Federalists to the Democratic Republicans, or the changing of power in the national government of France during 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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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 Lewis and Clark expedition, 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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Our Essential Question is “Who were Lewis and Clark?” We will review the “Jefferson’s International Challenges” Basics Lesson and the Narrative Lesson. If we didn’t do it on the previous day, we will look at a newspaper related to Lewis and Clark. We might play a round of the Geography Bee. The Essay Question is: “Is it more effective for a country to have a shooting war or 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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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: “Why should a country declare war on another country?” We will play our Stratego Game based on the War of 1812.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s Quiz, map test, and essay test on The Age of Jefferson Begins, The Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson’s International Challenges, and The War Hawks. The essay questions are:
“What do you think was more effective: the changing of power in the United States’ national government from the Federalists to the Democratic Republicans, or the changing of power in the national government of France during the French Revolution?” and
“Besides the Lewis and Clark expedition, what other exploring expeditions have been funded by the United States government and why were they important?” and
“Is it more effective for a country to have a shooting war or an economic war?” and
“Why should a country declare war on another country?”
Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Today you will have your Quiz, your map test, and your essay test on The Age of Jefferson Begins, The Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson’s International Challenges, and The War Hawks. The essay questions are:
“What do you think was more effective: the changing of power in the United States’ national government from the Federalists to the Democratic Republicans, or the changing of power in the national government of France during the French Revolution?” and
“Besides the Lewis and Clark expedition, what other exploring expeditions have been funded by the United States government and why were they important?” and
“Is it more effective for a country to have a shooting war or an economic war?” and
“Why should a country declare war on another country?”
We will end class with our current events competition.

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.

Monday, October 28, 2019

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 might practice a couple of rounds from the Geography Bee.

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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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. We might have our current events competition.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s (Friday’s) test on The War of 1812, America’s Industrial Revolution Begins, Moving West, and the Era of Good Feelings.
The essay questions are:
“For what reasons should a country declare war on another country?” and
“What were the advantages and disadvantages of a factory system versus the cottage industry where craftsmen made goods mostly on their own property?” and
“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?” and
“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, November 1, 2019

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the time period from the War of 1812 through the Era of Good Feelings? Today you will have a test on The War of 1812, America’s Industrial Revolution Begins, Moving West, and the Era of Good Feelings.
The essay questions are:
“For what reasons should a country declare war on another country?” and
“What were the advantages and disadvantages of a factory system versus the cottage industry where craftsmen made goods mostly on their own property?” and
“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?” and
“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?”

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, November 4, 2019

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, or should it 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 will 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: “Who do you think was better for our country, the Federalists who supported George Washington in the 1790s, or the people who supported Andrew Jackson during the 1820s?” Work on correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Our Essential Question is “Who was Andrew Jackson?” We will review “The Common Man” Basics Lesson and Narrative Lesson. The Essay Question is: “Who do you think was better for our country, the Federalists who supported George Washington in the 1790s, or 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 correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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: “Do you think we should still have 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 correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 current events.

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 correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Monday, November 11, 2019

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.” 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:
Homework:

Read and download the Oregon Country lesson. Work on correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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 participate in a “Mountain Man” activity.

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 correctly locating and spelling the 50 states of the United States.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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 play our Stratego Game.

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?” Study for the 50 States Map test which is tomorrow.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The 50 States Map is due today! 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 watch a video on the Alamo.

Homework:

Study for tomorrow’s quiz, map test, and essay test on: The Age of Jackson Ends, The Oregon Country, The Texas Revolution, and the Mexican American War.
The essay questions are:
“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.” 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?” and
“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?” and
“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 correctly identifying and spelling the 50 States.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the time period of Westward Expansion?” Today you will have your quiz, your map test, and your essay test on: The Age of Jackson Ends, The Oregon Country, The Texas Revolution, and the Mexican American War.
The essay questions are:
“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.” 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?” and
“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?” and
“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?”

Homework:

Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Our first Essential Question is what do you know about the events leading to the Civil War, and about Civil War and Reconstruction? We will take a Pre-Test on the time period from 1850-1876. We will take our Student Learning Objective (SLO) test. We might practice for the Geography Bee.

Homework:

Work on locating and on correctly spelling the 50 States of the United States.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Our Essential Question is “What do you know about Geography?” We will practice for the Geography Bee, and/or have a couple of rounds of the Geography Bee.

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 50 States Map.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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:
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 50 States Map.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Our Essential Question is “How successful were you in the Gold Rush?” We will complete our Gold Rush activity. We might practice a couple of rounds of the Geography Bee.

Homework:

Read and download the materials for the Privacy vs. Security Debate that we will have on Thursday December 5th. Work on the 50 States Map.

Friday, November 22, 2019

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, December 5th. We might play our current events game.

Homework:

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

The 50 States Map is due today!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, December 5th.

Homework:

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The 50 States Map is due today!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, December 5th.

Homework:

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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, December 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, December 4, 2019

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, December 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”).

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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, December 6, 2019

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 review when the United States acquired its territories. 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.”Study the Gettysburg Address (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.

Monday, December 9, 2019

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 become more familiar with the Underground Railroad. 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?” Study the Gettysburg Address (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.

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 (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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 (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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 (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.

Friday, December 13, 2019

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 might watch a little of the Roots video.

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 (1st Two Paragraphs for a “3”)which is due January 7th.”

Monday, December 16, 2019

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.”
The Essay Questions are:
“Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” and
“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?” and
“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?” and
“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.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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.”
The Essay Questions are:
“Was John Brown a hero who should be admired, or was he a terrorist?” and
“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?” and
“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?” and
“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.”Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.”

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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.” Study the Gettysburg Map

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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.” Study the Gettysburg Map.

Friday, December 20, 2019

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.” Study the Gettysburg Map.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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?” Study the Gettysburg Address (first two paragraphs for a “3.” Study for the Gettysburg Map Test.

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Gettysburg Address is due today! The Gettysburg Map Test is Today! 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.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

6th Period Class is in Gettysburg Today! Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the Battle of Gettysburg?” We will either watch a video on how Hollywood gets you excited about the Founding Fathers, or we will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Study for the Gettysburg Field Trip Test.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

6th Period class will take their Gettysburg Field Trip test today! 7th Period Class is in Gettysburg Today! Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the Battle of Gettysburg?” We will either watch a video on how Hollywood gets you excited about the Founding Fathers, or we will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Study for the Gettysburg Field Trip Test.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7th Period class will take their Gettysburg Field Trip test today! 8th Period Class is in Gettysburg Today! Our Essential Question is “What do you know about the Battle of Gettysburg?” We will either watch a video on how Hollywood gets you excited about the Founding Fathers, or we will watch the video Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Homework:

Study for the Gettysburg Field Trip Test. 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?”

Thursday, January 9, 2020

8th Period class will take their Gettysburg Field Trip test today! 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.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 video showing race relations in the American South durinjg the 1930s.

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?”

Friday, January 10, 2020

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. 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?”

Dates to Remember

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Preamble to the Constitution is Due Today!

Friday, September 20, 2019

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

Thursday, October 11, 2019

The Gun Control Debate is today!

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Forming the New Government and Young America's International Relations and Political Parties Begin and the Presidency of John Adams Test is today!

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Star Spangled Banner is due Today!

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Age of Jefferson Begins, and Louisiana Purchase, and Jefferson's International Challenges, and War Hawks Test is today!

Friday, November 1, 2019

The War of 1812, and America's Industrial Revolution Begins, and Moving West, and The Era of Good Feelings Test is today!

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Age of Jackson Ends, and The Oregon Country, and The Texas Revolution, and The Mexican American War Test is today!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The 50 States Map is due Today!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Privacy vs. Security Debate is today!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Secession and American Civil War Begins and American Civil War's Eastern Theater Part 1 and American Civil War's Eastern Theater Part 2 Test is today!

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Gettysburg Address is due Today! The Gettysburg Map Test is Today!

Monday, January 6, 2020

6th Period Class goes to Gettysburg Today!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

6th Period Class Gettysburg Field Trip Test is Today! 7th Period Class goes to Gettysburg Today!

Friday, January 8, 2020

6th Period Class Gettysburg Field Trip Test is Today! 8th Period Class goes to Gettysburg Today!

Friday, January 9, 2020

8th Period Class Gettysburg Field Trip Test is Today!