Today we tackled the Jackson Administration and its many controversies. We focused on a few of the controversies through an analysis of political cartoons. We then switched gears and focused in depth on the issue of Indian Removal by examining editorials from newspapers in the 1830's which debated the appropriate response to the policy.
Tonight, you need to finish your Chapter 13 notes and answer the questions below using your analysis of the Indian Removal Editorials. (If you need to refer to the editorials again, they can be found under Period 4)
Today we took the Chapter 10 quiz, then explored some of the challenges facing America in the early 1800's including the War of 1812 and the significant decisions of the Marshall Court. We completed a DocBlock over the Monroe Doctrine as well.
Tonight, you need to read the selection from Natives and Strangers on Indian Relations found under Period 4. Chapter 13 is due WEDNESDAY and Chapter 9 is due on Thursday!
Today we discussed some aspects of the Jefferson Administration through the analysis of a political cartoon relating to the Embargo Act, documents illustrating varied responses to the Louisiana Purchase, and finally some maps and documents illustrating the conflicts in the Northwest Territory. This weekend, make sure you are ready for the Chapter 10 Quiz on Monday and that you have completed a DocBlock HAPP analysis of the documents by Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison under Period 4.
Today was our first exam! Grades will be in as soon as possible at the first of next week!
We took the first Exam today! Those grades will be in before Monday, which is also the quarter interim!
As I graded DocBlocks, I was actually very disappointed. After being very clear during our first two in class regarding the depth of analysis i expected and what that would look like on the page and even after intervening midway through the quarter to say I was seeing DocBlocks that were far too minimal, I still received MANY, MANY, MANY assignments today that were far below the expectations for AP work. I have no doubt many of you were not happy with your grades, but to be honest, I was lenient this time. That sort of work in the future will result in far more appropriately stringent grading. We will discuss this on Friday in class as well and if you have questions, please feel free to come see me on tutorials and we can look at them together.
Homework over this day off tomorrow is to finish up your Chapter 10 notes (due Friday) and to finish writing up your essay ROUGH DRAFT. I will collect these Friday and next week I will schedule a meeting with each of you that needs feedback. Remember that these are practice essays. Your four graded essays will take place timed and in class, so we will be adding some activities over the next two weeks to help prepare you for that.
Enjoy the day off
We wrapped up our exploration of Period 3 today with activities and discussion covering Washington's and Adams' administrations. We also talked about tomorrow's exam. Don't forget the exam will be times at 55 minutes for 55 multiple choice questions and 25 minutes for 2 (out of 4 choices) short answer questions. Take advantage of the exam review resources on the APUSH Exam Review page of this website as well as looking over your textbook and class notes.
I will also be looking at your DocBlock analyses from the start of the year while you test. You can find these documents on the Period 1-3 pages on this website:
Today we explored the debates over the creation and adoption of the Constitution. We looked at the evidence surrounding the choice to include slavery in the Constitution including some of the differing views posed by historians. We also completed a DocBlock over the political cartoon The Federal Edifice and peer critiqued the rough drafts of your first body paragraphs.
Tonight you need to read the selection "Republican Motherhood" on the Period 3 page. Also, you should start reviewing your notes as you prepare for your first exam on Wednesday!
Today we took on our annual Hamilton! day where we examine alternate ways to tell history and look specifically at how the Broadway musical Hamilton! tackled the history of the Early Republic.
Don't forget that Chapter 8 is due Monday and make sure you have your rough draft body paragraph ready for peer critique as well.
After taking the Chapter 7 Quiz, we talked about the American Revolution today. After working in teams to analyze four different points of view on the Revolution argued by four different historians, we compared and discussed their differences of opinion and use of evidence then did a little meta-cognitive reflection on our own thought processes and understanding of the Revolution. We followed this discussion with a quick survey of the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation followed by a little "historical debunking" on the impact of Shay's Rebellion.
We ended class with a Writer's Block discussion on crafting Body Paragraphs for historical writing. I will spend the next couple of nights posting comments on your thesis statements and intro paragraphs so you can revise those as necessary. By Monday you need to write a rough draft of ONE body paragraph and bring it to class for peer review. Also, don't forget that Chapter 8 is due Monday!
We completed two DocBlocks today, both focused on the experiences of less powerful and influential groups in the American Revolution: Poor western farmers represented by Joseph Plumb Martin, and Women represented by Abigail Adams. We also examined some secondary sources on the Revolution to analyze the contributions and experiences of African Americans and Native Americans during that period of time. We ended the day by discussing Introductory Paragraphs.
Tonight, you need to finish up your Chapter 7 notes for tomorrow and also write and post a rough draft Intro Paragraph as a reply to your original Thesis Statement post.