Syllabus + Unit Guides
Course Theme Presentations: Trimester 1
Tuesday, November 12th
In class today, students took a reading quiz on KCB Chapter 17. They reviewed the presidency of James K. Polk and began work on a comic book about the U.S. during the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Need blank pages for your comic book? Find one here and another one here.
Need the link to the interactive timeline? Find it here.
Thursday, November 7th
Students practiced multiple choice questions from Chapter 13 before watching episode 3 of Slavery and the Making of America and answering questions about the film.
Thursday, October 31st
In class today, students participated in an Oregon Trail Simulation and completed a reflection about the experience.
Wednesday, October 30th
Students played "Industrial Life: A Game" in class today.
Tuesday, October 29th
Today in class, students examined evidence for conflicting claims about who invented the cotton gin: Eli Whitney, Catharine Green, African slaves, Southern planters.
Each group will present their best evidence, but should also consider what the other groups might say and try to refute their ideas.
While preparing arguments, think about the following questions:
Monday, October 28th
In class today, students explored Irish and German immigration in the first half of the 19th century.
Thursday, October 24th
Students had a work period today. They could work on the Era of Good Feelings DBQ, the Jackson FRQ, or read Chapter 14 in preparation for Monday's reading quiz.
Wednesday, October 23rd
Students watched the conclusion of the PBS documentary Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency before completing a pre-write on the Jackson FRQ.
Prompt: The Jacksonian Period (1824-1848) has been celebrated as the era of the "common man." To what extend did the period live up to its characterization? Consider TWO of the following in your response.
Tuesday, October 22nd
Students continued to watch the PBS documentary Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency.
Monday, October 21st
After taking a reading quiz on KCB Chapter 13, students watched the first half of the PBS documentary Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency.
Wednesday, October 16th
Today in class, students reviewed the tariffs of 1828 and 1832. They examined a map of the slave crops in the American South.
Students then examined a chart showing occupational distribution in 1820 and 1860.
Students then discussed the differences between Northern and Southern economies and considered the impact of the tariffs on each region. Students read the text of the South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification and excerpts from Jackson's Proclamation Regarding Nullification and answered the questions that correspond to each document.
Tuesday, October 15th
In class today, students viewed an interactive map of the Missouri Compromise and did a comparative study of regions and states using the pop-up information. Then, students read and analyzed the text of the Missouri Compromise.
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Monday, October 14th
In class today, students listened to a brief lecture on the era of "good feelings" before beginning work on the 2002 DBQ (also on the Era of Good Feelings).
Thursday, October 10th
In class today, students watched clips from the PBS documentary, The War of 1812. The clips focused on the causes and effects of the war. Then, students analyzed the Treaty of Ghent.
Wednesday, October 9th
In class today, students read documents about Lewis and Clark's journey through the American West. Then, they participated in a structured academic conversation to answer the question, "Were Lewis and Clark respectful to the Native Americans they met on their journey?" Students recorded this discussion and uploaded it to an audio dropbox.
Tuesday, October 8th
Students took an 85 question multiple choice midterm.
Monday, October 7th
Today in class, students watched a brief clip about Manifest Destiny as portrayed through mid-to-late nineteenth century art.
Then, they listened to a lecture about Manifest Destiny, examined maps from 1872 and 1816 and analyzed John Salish's perspective on his 1816 map.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Today in class, students examined three significant Supreme Court cases from early America.