Wednesday, November 30, 2016


  • Read this link of a soldier's account on the Trail of Tears as your DBQ#7.
  • Answer questions 3, 4, 8, 10 in 2 sentences each (these are on the right margin of the link)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TUE 11-22

CNN Student News


  1. We finished the notes (see Monday's attachments)
  2. Students read and C.U.R.E.'d a narrative account of a nine-year-old's journey on the Trail of Tears
  3. Story Link


Monday, November 21, 2016

MON 11-21

Warm-up:CNN Student News 

1) Quiz
2) Picture Analysis: Students looked at 1 of the following 5 pictures and answered the following questions

3) Students then got in groups of 5 - and each group member had a different picture from above.  They shared their own observations, then answered the following questions as a group:

4) We ended by looking at the painting that all of these pictures came from depicting the Trail of Tears.  We began taking notes using a guided notes sheet and powerpoint.


Friday, November 18, 2016

FRI 11-18

CNN Student News - Today's Episode


  • Students watched two brief clips on Andrew Jackson from the History channel.
  • Students read and analyzed some text and pictures related to Jackson's presidency and decisions.  
  • Quiz Monday - Review concepts from this week listed below

Thursday, November 17, 2016

THU 11-17

CNN Student News

We took guided notes on James Monroe's presidency.
We looked at and analyzed several political cartoons related to the Monroe Doctrine.

Link to slides
Link to guided notes

Add *impressment*, *Monroe Doctrine*, and *Nationalism* to your flip-chart.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WED 11-16

CNN Student News - Today's Episode

1) Students watched a brief video on the War of 1812.  Students took notes on significant events during and leading up the war (1807-1814).
2) We discussed these events and made sure notes were complete - see mine below.

3) We reviewed with some guided true/false and fill-in-the-blank based on the video and notes.

None tonight

(Answer Key for Worksheets)
TRUE FALSE: (1)TRUE, (2)TRUE, (3)TRUE, (4)FALSE, (Maryland to Illinois), (5)FALSE (greatly harmed)
FILL IN THE BLANK: (1) ignored, (2) American Indians, (3) interference with US shipping, (4) fur trading, (5) Russia, (6) beheaded, (7) New Orleans, (8) Constitution, (9) on Lake Erie, (10) Fort McHenry
TRUE FALSE: (1)TRUE, (2)TRUE, (3)FALSE-decreased by millions of dollars, (4)TRUE, (5)FALSE-gained no territory

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TUE 11-15

Warm-up:CNN Student News

We read, summarized in the margins, and answered comprehension questions on the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Reading Handout

Make a vocabulary flip-chart and complete *3* flaps for the following concepts using the reading from class as a guide:

(1) Louisiana Purchase
(2) Manifest Destiny
(3) Lewis and Clark Expedition


  1. On the *FRONT* flap, write the word and draw a picture.
  2. On the *INSIDE* flap, use the word in a sentence and write the definition.

Monday, November 14, 2016

MON 11-14

No CNN today


  • Students watched Episode 3 ("Westward") of America: The Story of Us.  
  • Students answered the following *big idea* questions in their notebooks as they watched.

Monday, November 7, 2016


I will update this post each day with where we are in the novel.  Please remember that if you miss lightning time (any or all of it), you are responsible for making up the missed pages/assignments for that day.

Week of 11-7 through 11-10

 Pages 134-146
 No lightning time


 No school

FRI 11-4 & MON 11-5

Warm-up:CNN Student News

Students were given two blank timelines to complete for several key events during Washington and Adams' presidencies.  Using the indicated pages in their textbook, they wrote a one-sentence summary and drew an illustrated picture for each event listed in the document below.

Important Dates / Events for Timeline
Book Pages for Timeline (due Tuesday!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WED 11-2

Warm-up:CNN Student News


  • We went over the notes on Washington's presidency from yesterday.
  • We listened to a background interview on the play Hamilton.
  • Some classes listened to the first rap battle; the others will listen to it tomorrow and analyze the lyrics

9th period only:
Click here to Complete your notes on pages 290-293.

Your four boxes' headings:
1) Define ALL blue vocab words in the section
2) Explain how the two political parties emerged
3) Compare the political views of the Republicans and the Federalists
4) Discuss the results of the Election of 1796

Reminder - All Classes 

Infographic due FRIDAY.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TUE 11-1

CNN Student News

Students read and took notes on Washington's Presidency.
Link to text pages
Note-taking Guide

Homework:Finish notes / flashcards if you didn't in class

Monday, October 31, 2016

MON 10-31

1.  Continue working on infographics - due FRIDAY.
(Link to checklist and rubric above)

2.  Just save your infographic (like you have been at the end of each class) and wait for further instructions on how to officially turn it in.

3.  If you finish early, click on the link below, put on your headphones, read the instructions, and play the "3 Branches of Government" simulation to learn more about how the executive, legislative, and judicial branches work together and apart to balance the power in our government. 

**Don't sign in, just click "No Thanks" if if prompts you to sign in or sign up**

Thursday, October 27, 2016

THU 10-27


Infographic Instructions - READING VERSION
Infographic Instructions - VIDEO VERSION 

  1. "5 Things the Government Has Done Right"
  2. "How to Change the Illinois Constitution"
  3. "Declaration of Independence"
  4. Feel free to peruse the "Featured" infographics on Piktochart as well.  These are some of the best on the website!
LOGGING IN (only after you have checked off the first 4 steps)

  • Username/email:
  • Password: lufkin
Don't forget to SAVE AND TITLE.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TUE 10-25

CNN Student News

Who Do You Side With?



  • Read the two sections entitled "The Antifederalist Position" and "The Ratification Debate" (you don't need to start the final "Bill of Rights" section until tomorrow.
  • Answer the 2 checkpoint questions in your notebook (2 sentences each).  
  • You may continue where you left off on Monday night.

Monday, October 24, 2016

MON 10-24

  • Students researched key debate issues using the links / guidelines in the post below in preparation for a "Who Do You Side With" survey we will take tomorrow.

Read the following passages below.  Answer the two "Checkpoint" questions in your notebook in 2 sentences each.


Checkpoint Questions:
(two sentences each)

  1. "What was the 3/5 Compromise?"
  2. "What did Alexander Hamilton mean by his quote?"

Issues Research In Class

Pick FOUR issues to research in more depth.

  • Jobs and the Economy
  • Education and College
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Immigration
  • Tax Policy
  • Health Care
  • Foreign Policy and Defense
  • Social Issues
  • Terrorism
  • Guns and Violence
  • Criminal Justice
Use the following websites to discover:
1) Hillary Clinton's position / thoughts / feelings on the issue
2) Donald Trump's position / thoughts / feelings on the issue

Variety of Issues (all in one place)

Specific Issues (only one at a time)

By Candidate:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WED 10-19

Cause and effect matching review

Quizizz Review link and instructions

1. Open in your browser
2. Enter the 6-digit game code 231385  , and click "Proceed"
3. Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
4. You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TUE 10-18

Notebook Entries - Unit 4

1) Update your table-of-contents in your notebook
2) Glue your pages in (in order) and number them.
3) Finish any incomplete notes/questions/assignments on pages 1-7

For homework:
1) Flashcards 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

TUE 10-11

Students watched today's and yesterday's episodes of CNN Student News and submitted their reflections from last week and today for a classwork grade.

Students copied the attached chart in their notebook and listed five major outcomes of the Revolutionary War.  In groups, they brainstormed possible problems/solutions that would likely result from these outcomes.

Link to chart/notes

Friday, October 7, 2016

FRI 10-7



Students took their test on Unit 3 - Revolutionary War



Thursday, October 6, 2016

THU 10-6

No Warm-up

Students watched the second episode of America: The Story of Us as a review for tomorrow's test

Review vocab / short answer topics for tomorrow's test

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WED 10/5

Warm-up: CNN Student News


  • We watched this video version of the Declaration of Independence, pausing at each stopping point on the handout to paraphrase/discuss the meaning.
  • Students completed the Resolution (Part 4) of the Declaration on their own and submitted their work for a grade.
Continue reviewing vocab words for test Friday

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TUE 10/4

CNN Student News


  • Students listened to me read a "break-up letter" that I "found" left on my classroom floor.  They discovered that it was actually a modern-day Declaration of Independence, by which the 13 colonies were "breaking up" with Great Britain.
  • Students then watched the video "Too Late to Apologize" to review the reasons for this separation.
  • We began reading the Declaration of Independence together and paraphrasing.  For each section, students were expected to:
    • Stop at each vertical line
    • Circle and define any unfamiliar vocabulary (link to glossary here)
    • Determine what the text says
    • Paraphrase in the second column; re-write it as you would explain it to a friend or younger sibling.
    • Continue reading / repeat process.
Finish any parts of sections 2 & 3 that you did not read/paraphrase at home.  
Study Unit 3 Vocab for Friday's test

Monday, October 3, 2016

MON 10/3

Students watched CNN Student News and completed their reflection.

Students continued working on the reflection for "The Patriot."  This counts as a test grade and is due Wednesday at the beginning of class.

Homework:Finish movie reflection.
Unit 3 Test Friday

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WEEK OF 9/6 - 9/9

No warm-ups this week

  • Students with permission are watching the historical fiction film The Patriot and evaluating the historical accuracy / inaccuracy of the people, events, and themes in the movie.
  • We will be watching the movie Tuesday - Thursday in class, and beginning our reflection/critique on Friday.  
  • Students who did not receive permission should be working on their alternative assignment.

Friday, September 2, 2016

FRI 9-2

Warm-up:CNN Student News

Lesson / Assignment:

  • Students began working on a "Battles of the Revolution" webquest (just the research portion) using the link below:
  • Example for Battles of Lexington and Concord is attached below; please use this as your model for length AND types of answers.

Battle chart should be completed by next Friday, 9/9.  Students should plan to work on this each night Tuesday through Thursday of this week.
Battles of Revolution Webquest

Thursday, September 1, 2016

THU 9-1

Warm-up:CNN Student News


  • Finish filling in notes
  • Check PowerSchool daily to ensure you have no missing assignments; grades are finalized on Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WED 8-31

Students watched CNN Student News and filled out sheet.

Lesson/Assignment:We went over the stations assignment answers and discussed in more depth.
Students completed a review for their quiz tomorrow.

  • Finish review puzzle.
  • Quizizz Practice:
    • Open in your browser 
    • Enter the 6-digit game code 017917, and click "Proceed"
    • Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
    • You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!
      • Make sure you type YOUR NAME for credit.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TUE 8-30

CNN Student News 


Students worked in "stations" to complete more detailed readings on the causes of the revolutionary war.

Links to readings if you need to finish

Monday, August 29, 2016

MON 8-29

CNN Student News - new sheet for the week


  • Students participated in a simulation of the Stamp Act that led to the Revolutionary War. 
  • There was an "elected" king, tax collectors, and colonists, who were taxed M&M's for the king's profit for qualities or characteristics possessed by individual students such color, siblings, articles of clothing, materials possessed, etc.  
  • The king ended up with most of their M&M's, and the "colonists" grew quite irate at the injustice :)
  • Students completed a reading and reflection at the end to learn why colonists began to rebel and protest the British royalty.

Homework:Finish reading/questions; answer in complete sentences.  

Link for Parents Guide to The Patriot

Friday, August 26, 2016

FRI 8-26

Students watched CNN Student News and filled out their sheet.

Students began a 2-part timeline of the major events leading up to the Revolutionary War.

The events from today included:
  • Boston Massacre
  • Tea Act
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Intolerable Acts
  • First Continental Congress
  • Lexington and Concord
Homework:Finish last six boxes.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

THU 8-25

Students watched CNN Student News and filled out their sheet.

Students began a 2-part timeline of the major events leading up to the Revolutionary War.

The events from today included:
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • Sugar Act
  • Quartering Act
  • Stamp Act
  • Townshend Acts
Homework:Finish first six boxes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TUE 8-23

Warm-up:CNN Student News; watch and update viewing guide

  • Students added detailed pictures to each of their 10 Unit 2 Vocabulary flashcards.
  • Students played a new review game, Quizizz, to review for their test tomorrow.  Students were expected to record their incorrect answers on a tracking sheet; they should use this information to guide their studying at home.
  • Students are also encouraged to REPLAY the game from class AND play an additional review game.
      • Open in your browser 
      • Enter the 6-digit game code 309456, and click "Proceed"
      • Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
      • You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!
      • Open in your browser 
      • Enter the 6-digit game code 525328, and click "Proceed"
      • Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
      • You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!

Monday, August 22, 2016

MON 8-22

Students watched CNN Student News and started a new reflection sheet for the week.


Unit 2 Test Wednesday - study your map and flashcards! Finish flashcards if necessary
Primary Sources for Unit 2 Test - Take a Preview (optional)

Friday, August 19, 2016

FRI 8-19

CNN Student News - link to episode
(no viewing guide to complete today)


  • Students took a quick quiz on Southern Colonies.
  • We reviewed answers for the reading guide from Thursday.
  • Students worked in groups to write summary statements for each section of the notes that addressed ALL important pieces of information.

None. Enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THU 8-18

Students watched CNN Student News and completed their first week's response sheet. These were turned in for a grade.

Students participated in "The Amazing Race" in teams to get a wealth of information on life during colonial times in a competitive amount of time (candy may have been involved...)

Finish guided notes for chapter four if you didn't in class.
Review your notes on the Southern Colonies for a *quick* quiz tomorrow.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WED 8/17




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TUE 8-16

CNN Student News - link to today's episode
Fill out next section of viewing guide.


  • Students had a few minutes to finish their concept map from Monday.
  • Students took notes on the Middle Colonies.
  • Students read a variety of primary and secondary sources and answered reading questions to learn more about William Penn and the Quakers of Pennsylvania.

None tonight

Monday, August 15, 2016

MON 8-15

Today we began watching CNN Student News as our warm-up.  While watching, students completed the viewing guide which is due Friday. 


  • Students received their Unit 1 Tests back today - my apologies for the delay!
    • Grades are updated in PowerSchool as two separate assignments.  The multiple choice was one assignment worth 100 points, and the short answer was one assignment worth 30 points (so about 1/3 of a test grade).  
    • We went over the questions together, but students are welcome to discuss their test results with me during team time this week if needed.  
  • Students worked on a concept map (see image below) to process their notes on Pilgrims and Puritans.  
  • Finish at least 2/3 (15 outer boxes) of the concept map using your notes by tomorrow.
  • If you still need the notes, the fill-in handout AND powerpoint slides are on last Wednesday's post; just scroll down until you find it.

LIGHTNING TIME 8/15 - 8/19

1) Label
2) Color
3) Make a key

Friday, August 12, 2016

FRI 8-12

Students had time to complete the questions from yesterday's reading. 

Students completed an open-notes quiz using their 13 colonies map and notes on Pilgrims/Puritans.

Witch Trial questions due MONDAY (beginning of class)

FRI 8-12

Students had time to complete the questions from yesterday's reading. 

Students completed an open-notes quiz using their 13 colonies map and notes on Pilgrims/Puritans.

Witch Trial questions due MONDAY (beginning of class)