Tuesday, June 13, 2017

final project

Here is the assignment, and here are some more specific guidelines:
- Please remember that you need to create a product that has both writing and a visual piece.  
- You may work with a partner or on your own.
- To show your understanding of the scope of U.S. history you learned this year, you will need to trace the theme by demonstrating how it appeared in 5-10 historical eras or events within the timeframe of the course.  Be sure that the other periods you select are varied (e.g. don't use four different examples from the Age of Jackson). 
- You will have class time to work on this (Wednesday 6/14 and Friday 6/15).  The final is due Wednesday 6/12 at 8 a.m.  (no exceptions or late work).
- If you can bring a device (laptop or tablet) to work with next week, please do so.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Due Tuesday 6/6 and Monday 6/12

Due Tuesday 6/6:  attach (with tape or a gluestick/glue) the cause and effect pairings from class today onto a blank sheet of paper.  Work chronologically from top to bottom - i.e. put the first event that happened chronologically at the top of the page, and the last to happen at the bottom.  Here is the handout from class.  If you were absent, you should try to match the causes and effects together as best as you can.  You may also refer to the textbook (chapter 10 section 4) for help.

Due Monday 6/12:  choose one of the two projects described in this document.  If you need help with the events of the 1850's, refer to the textbook (chapter 10 sections 1-3).

Friday, June 2, 2017

due Monday 6/5 and meet in room 236 on Monday

*We will have class in room 236 on Monday. 236 is one floor down from our usual room (336) and right across the hall from the Downs House Office. Please go directly to 236 for the start of D block - do not go to 336 (there's science MCAS testing in 336 on Monday).*

Due Monday: Choose two of the following prompts below.  Answer each one on one of the sticky notes given out in class today.  Write a 3-4 sentence response.  Write your name on the back of each sticky note.
  1. Describe a time you had to compromise with someone about something, how you reached the agreement, and how you felt about it after.
  2. Describe a piece of literature that you had a strong emotional reaction to, and that stayed with you and you thought about long after reading it.
  3. Describe a time when you and your peers had to make an important decision on your own about a divisive issue (meaning that members of the group had differing opinions) without the help of adults (teachers, parents, coaches, etc.).
  4. Describe a time you defended the reputation of a friend or relative, and why you felt you had to stand up for him/her.
  5. Describe a decision made by someone of authority (in the government, or an authority figure, like a school administrator, teacher or parent) that you strongly disagreed with.
  6. Describe an action you took to publicly express your opinion about an issue you believed in strongly. 
  7. Describe a time you took a drastic action to achieve a goal you strongly believed in.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

due Friday 6/2

Work from Old Hall on Tuesday, if you did not do it, is due by Friday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

classwork for Wednesday 5/24 and homework due Friday 5/26

Open this link in class when directed.  In the last five minutes of the class (or for homework) NEATLY write or type (and print) a one paragraph response to your experience on the (virtual) trail.  What decisions did you have to make?  What challenges did you face?  Did everyone in your wagon train make it to Oregon?  Why/why not?  For our purposes, paragraphs are 5-8 sentences in length.

Monday, May 22, 2017

homework due Wednesday 5/24

On the outline map given out in class (which you can find here), write 3-5 ideas for images that you might include to represent the economic or social features of each region:  North, South and the Old Northwest.* (See below for definitions of each region).   Focus on what America was like in the 1840's and 1850's.   You do not need to actually find or create the images, but you do need to be able to thoughtfully list ideas of what you *might* include later.

You can use the following sections of the textbook to help you with ideas:
chapter 7 section 2:  "Early Industry"
chapter 7 section 3:  "The Land of Cotton"
chapter 8 section 2: "A Changing Culture"
chapter 8 section 3:  "Reforming Society"
chapter 8 section 4:  "The Abolitionist Movement"

*Definitions of each region:
The North was made up of the current day states on the east coast between Maine and Pennsylvania.

The South are the states on the east coast between Maryland and Florida, as well as the states of the Deep South along the Gulf Coast (Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi), and the more inland states like Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.

The "Old Northwest" is basically the current-day Midwest:  modern-day states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan.

Monday, May 15, 2017

homework for 5/15-19 and classwork from last week

Due Friday 5/19:  read pages 251-256 and complete this organizer (the first page only!) given out in class.  It's up to you what you find surprising, interesting or troubling, but just make sure you include at least 3 facts from the reading in each category.

If you missed class last Friday, complete this organizer based on the stations in these documents (industry in the U.S., the Erie Canal and these stations about immigration (you can skip documents A, G, J and L).  This is worth 10 points for quarter 4, so be sure to make it up in a timely manner.  (Turn in by next Monday at the latest - talk to me individually if you think you won't be able to make that deadline).

If you were absent today (Monday), please read and complete this guided reading for the section of the textbook covered in class. This also counts for points, so be sure to make it up if you missed it.