Friday, September 27, 2013

All Classes: HW - 3 Branches of Gov't due Mon Sept 30th

Create a 3 column chart of the 3 branches of government - Legislative, Executive & Judicial.

Use the reading, "Anatomy of the Constitution" to help you with the answers.
If you've lost your copy, click here for another reading packet. 

Each column should have the following:

  • Name of branch
  • Purpose
  • Who is in that branch
  • Responsibilities and Powers
Honors: Using a triangle as your graphic, explain how the three branches of government check and balance each other's powers. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Periods 2, 4, 6 - History Day homework due!!

History Day notes due Thursday, September 26th. 

10 primary source notes/facts due
10 secondary source notes/facts due 

Remember to check your history day packets for the due dates! 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Periods 5 & 7 - HW: Constitutional Convention Essay due Thurs, Sept 26th


Due Thursday, September 26, 2013

Constitutional Convention Essay - Write a 4 paragraph essay to describe the controversies and compromises at the Constitutional Convention.

Introduction - Why did the Founding Fathers meet after the Articles of Confederation was established? Why did they want to replace the Articles of Confederation? Explain the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. 

1st Body - Describe the problems at the Constitutional Convention

* Representation - debate between the large and small states
* Slavery

You can also include the following controversies:
- trade
- taxes
- power of central government

2nd Body - Describe the solutions to the controversies/problems that happened at the Constitutional Convention.

Conclusion - summarize the above information and talk about the importance of the Constitutional Convention. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Periods 2, 4, 6 - Homework due Wed September 25


1. Constitutional Convention Essay - Write a 4 paragraph essay to describe the controversies and compromises at the Constitutional Convention. (if you didn't finish in class)

2. Chapter 5 Section 3 - Notes, answer questions 2-5, define: Bill of Rights and ratification. 

I haven't been marking down points for late homework but starting this assignment, for every day the assignment is late, I will mark down points. Please turn it in on time. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Periods 2, 4, 6 - HW due Sept 18th

Take notes on Chapter 5 Section 1 and 2.
Section 1 - Answer questions 3-4 at the end of the section.
Section 2 - Define the following terms:
  • Great Compromise
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Federalism
Answer questions 3-5 at the end of the section

*Period 2 - please pick up your notebooks for your homework, otherwise turn it in on lined paper. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Periods 2, 4, & 6 - Declaration of Independence Classwork

If you went to the library to continue to research for History Day, please answer the following questions by Monday, September 16th. 


Please answer them in complete sentences. 


1. What were the reasons for writing the Declaration of Independence?

2. What are the four parts of the Declaration of Independence?

3. What arguments does the Declaration of Independence make in support of the colonies' independence?

4. What complaints did the colonists have against the King of Britain?

5. What is the purpose of government as described in the Declaration of Independence?

6. What does the Declaration say about people have the right to do if a government does not protect their rights?

7. What do the following phrases from the Declaration mean?

  • "all men are created equal"
  • "consent of the governed"
  • "self-evident"
  • "unalienable rights"

All Periods - Test Tomorrow! Friday, Sept 13th

You were given study guides today in class to help you study for the test we are having tomorrow in class.

If you lost your copy or didn't get one, CLICK HERE for a copy. 

The ones given in class were fill-in-the-blank but the one you can download from the link above has the answers to help you study. 

P.S. Periods 2, 4, & 6 - If you haven't already, click here for instructions for homework due tomorrow.(Fri 9.13)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Periods 2, 4, & 6 - HD Topic Due TODAY, Sept 11th

Topics were due today. 


I checked on you during class to make sure you had your topic. IF you were absent, you need to email me or comment below with your topic.

Again, you need to try to narrow your topic. Find a specific event to focus on. Civil rights is great, but it's too broad. Find an event you can focus on, what are the rights of that event? What were the responsibilities?

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Periods 2, 4, 6 - American Revolution

watch the video here - on YouTube. While you're watching, answer the following questions.

...or not. I just really wanted you to check out the video. It's all for enrichment. :)

Crash Course Video  American Revolutionary War

  1. What was the strategy of British at the beginning of the war?


  1. What advantages did Americans have?


  1. What was the most important battle? Why?


  1. Who was the American’s general?


  1. What did you learn about Revolutionary War?


  1. Why did the slaves join the British? What were they promised?


  1. How were the Native Americans affected by the Revolutionary War?


  1. How were women affected by the Revolutionary War?


  1. What was so “revolutionary” about the American Revolution?


  1. What did Jefferson call for a “separation of”?


  1. What was the difference between the North and South states?


  1. Why was it considered hypocritical?


  1. What were some of the ideas of the Declaration of Independence?


  1. What changed after the Revolutionary War?


  1. What does it mean “birth isn't destiny”?
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...or not. I just really wanted you to check out the video. It's all for enrichment. :)

Periods 5 & 7: Crash Course video - American Revolution

Period 5 & 7 - We finished answering the rest of the Declaration of Independence questions from "We The People" (aka - the questions in this post.)

We watched a video clip about the American Revolution from Crash Course and answered questions.

If you missed today or were unable to answer all the questions, watch the video here - on YouTube. While you're watching, answer the following questions. 

Crash Course Video American Revolutionary War

  1. What was the strategy of British at the beginning of the war?


  1. What advantages did Americans have?


  1. What was the most important battle? Why?


  1. Who was the American’s general?


  1. What did you learn about Revolutionary War?


  1. Why did the slaves join the British? What were they promised?


  1. How were the Native Americans affected by the Revolutionary War?


  1. How were women affected by the Revolutionary War?


  1. What was so “revolutionary” about the American Revolution?


  1. What did Jefferson call for a “separation of”?


  1. What was the difference between the North and South states?


  1. Why was it considered hypocritical?


  1. What were some of the ideas of the Declaration of Independence?


  1. What changed after the Revolutionary War?


  1. What does it mean “birth isn't destiny”?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Period 5 & 7 - Declaration of Independence

We learned about the basic ideas about government that are contained in the Declaration of Independence, the arguments found in the Declaration of Independence that justify the separation of the colonies from Great Britain and why some colonists did not want to separate from Great Britain.


We defined the following terms in your notebook:

  • abolish
  • Loyalists
  • natural law
  • Patriots
  • self-evident
  • Tories
  • unalienable rights


The following questions were to be answered in your notebook and written in complete sentences. (Period 5 answered 1 & 2, Period 7 up to #3)

1. What were the reasons for writing the Declaration of Independence?

2. What are the four parts of the Declaration of Independence?

3. What arguments does the Declaration make in support of the colonies' independence?

4. What complaints did the colonists have against the king of Great Britain?

5. What is the purpose of government as described in the Declaration of Independence?

6. What does the Declaration of Independence say people have the right to do if a government does not protect their rights?

7. What do the following phrases from the Declaration mean?

  • "all men are created equal"
  • "consent of the governed"
  • "self-evident"
  • "unalienable rights"
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If you were absent or unable to answer the questions in class, please do them for homework and turn them in by Thursday, September 12th. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Honors - Library MWTH

Periods 2, 4 & 6 - We'll be in the library on Monday, September 9th, Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th to continue research for History Day. 

If I see that not everyone needs to use the library on Mon and Wed, then we'll come back to class on Thursday. 
In other words, make use of your time in the library to help you with your research. 
Otherwise there's not point in going to the library. 

!Reminders!
Topic is due on Wednesday, September 11th.
20 secondary notes/facts are due on Thursday, September 12th

Periods 2, 4, 6 - HW: Declaration of Independence

Using page 109 in your textbook (or using Google/Bing/Internet Search) - rewrite the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence into present day language. 
due Friday, September 13th

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sample pages of Cause & Effect Comic Book

First page/title page 
Page 2 
Page 3
Next pages...
Next pages...
Depending on if you're doing just the six that's required or if you're doing more, the pages will look different. 
Next
Last page/part 3/last requirement. 
And yes, the Acts and/or events should be in chronological order. 

Email me if you have any questions. 

P.S. I might have this due on Monday, Sept 10th. Maybe. Stay tuned for more details. 

Comic Book project sample





I will have samples pages of the project by tonight. 


Test Makeup Tuesday and Thursday - Action Period

 If you (or your student) missed the test, "Road to Revolution" on Thursday, September 5th, they have two chances to make up that test. 

They can come during Action Period on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays after 7th period. 

. If they are unable to make it to either Action Period, then please contact me via email or phone and I'll see what we can do to help accommodate you.

Retakes for the test are also available during the same time.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Project - Road to Revolution - Cause and Effect Comic Book

Periods 5 & 7 have been introduced to the project on Tuesday, September 3rd. 

Periods 2, 4, & 6 have been introduced to the project on Wednesday, September 4th. 


The project will be due on Friday, September 6th. 
Please contact me if there is any questions. 

Students will have a chance to work on it in class on Thursday and parts of Friday.


2, 4, 6: Chapter 4 HW due Friday 9/6

Chapter 4 Section 2 

Define the following terms:
Common Sense
Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence
loyalists
patriots

Answer question #2 - causes, ideas and results of Declaration of Independence

Chapter 4 Section 3

take notes on pages 116-117

Chapter 4 Section 4

start on page 121 subsection 3
Define: Treaty of Paris
Answer question #4


Tuesday, September 3, 2013