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