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