Today was our first exam! ACT pre-bubbling made for an interesting test day, apologies to anyone who now needs to come to tutorial to finish up the short answer portion. I have tutorials on Monday and Thursday and I will be available the entire lunch. There are also a few folks who need to make up some quizzes, so take advantage of next week's tutorials!
This weekend, you need to take care of your Chapter 10 notes... Yes, that is correct, Chapter 10. We do some chapters out of order because, textbooks, ugh, am I right? Keep checking the calendar for the order of readings. Relax and breathe, your first exam is over! Enjoy the weekend!
We wrapped up Period 3 today with a discussion over aspects of the Washington and Adams administrations. Because of time, we modified these activities today so they will not be required in the binder tomorrow. Also please note that the Runaway Slave Advertisements activity was one form per group so you can drop that off the binder list. The last binder item I've been asked a lot is the Jamestown Documents. We did that immediately following the passenger lists activity and it was only one question: Based on the evidence in the documents and data charts, why was the life expectancy for new arrivals to Jamestown so low?
Tomorrow I will collect your binders at the top of class then we will roll directly into the exam. Make the most of your review time tonight, but don't stay up late stressing! Research shows cramming the night before doesn't help and panicked reviewing on the day of the exam actually results in lower grades! Just breathe and relax, do a reasonable review tonight and you'll be fine. :)
Today we looked on elast time at your practice LEQ essays for peer critique. Finish them up tonight and have everything (Your peer critique slips and rough drafts copies showing revisions or share your online document so I can see revision history) ready to turn in tomorrow. We also examined some of the issues surrounding the ratification of the Constitution by completing a DocBlock over the Federal Edifice political cartoon then analyzing a collection of speeches from the ratification debates in New York state.
Tonight, you need to read the selection Republican Motherhood under Period 3 activities and be prepared to discuss it tomorrow, in addition to finishing up your LEQ essays. Be sure to check the PDF file on last night's blog to see the class activities that I will be looking over on Friday's binder check as well.
For those asking how to study for the exam on Friday, a few ideas. We always recommend reviewing your textbook notes as well as the extra connections we made from class activities. In addition to that, looking at released APUSH exams from college board as practice questions or using the practice questions available on albert.io are also helpful. If you are looking for a bit more review, you can always check out the review sites and guides on the APUSH Exam Review page of this site.
Happy Valentine's Day!
We started class today with a DocBlock over excerpts from the autobiography of Joseph Plumb Martin, a soldier in the American Revolution. We next talked about the Articles of Confederation in terms of how they match up with the goals of good government, followed by a brief examination of textbook coverage of Shay's Rebellion versus the more nuanced reality from historical documents. We then wrestled with the issue of slavery in the Constitution and ended the day with a second DocBlock over two letters between Abigail and John Adams.
Don't forget Chapter 8 is due tomorrow as well as your revisions to your LEQ practice essay and your rough draft of your next body paragraph. Below you will also find a list of the DocBlocks and class Content Block activities that should be in your binder on exam day this Friday.
Mr. Hutchison was out sick today, but classes forged ahead, dealing with some of the behind the scenes and less talked about issues resulting from the American Revolution. You started class with the Chapter 7 Quiz, followed by some time to read and peer critique your progress so far on the LEQ Essay. The rest of class you worked in stations to examine and analyze some information about the roles played by and outcomes from various subgroups of the American population in the Revolutionary War.
Chapter 8 will now be due Wednesday and tomorrow we will continue looking at the outcomes of the war and early American national government.
Early Release day today and we had a great writing workshop, knocking out the expectations for LEQ intro and body paragraphs and giving a chance for rough drafting, informal peer feedback, and one-to-one questions and critique from me. Hopefully we will see improvements in the thesis statements after this second round of revision. My apologies to those of you in 4th period that did not have electronic versions of your critiques due to website issues. I have the digital file of what I handed you today as commentary so I will try to get those to post once Weebly is cooperating again.
This weekend, you need to prepare Chapter 7 notes for Monday and also write a rough draft of your intro and first body paragraph. Chapter 8 due date has been moved to Wednesday! Also, you will have revisions to the intro and first body paragraph due on Wednesday for peer critique and the final revisions and full draft will be due to be turned in to me next Thursday! Be sure to check out the information on the Writing Tips page if you get stuck and email me if you have questions!
Today Richardson's class followed an alternative plan since he is out at a conference. Hutchison's classes meanwhile discussed the early American Revolution.
We first had a brief discussion around the difficulty of historical periodization, specifically, historical disagreement about the beginning of the American Revolution. We then completed a DocBlock over a brief excerpt from Thomas Paine's Common Sense. After this we worked in teams to examine historical documents about the Stamp Act resistance, Lexington & Concord, and historian's clashing interpretations of the Declaration of Independence.
Don't forget to post your revision to your thesis statement of the board for your class if you have not yet done so. Also, Chapter 7 is due Monday!
Don't forget to remind your parents that I have a conflicting engagement and will not be at Meet the Teacher Night tonight. If they have questions, they can see the presentation and handout posted on the parent page of this website and email me any questions!
I will miss you on Thursday and Friday! Please be on your best behavior for your sub.
Thursday: you will take your ch 5 quiz, then in small groups complete the following to gain an understanding of how the American Revolution impacted different social groups:
HAPP DocBlock analysis of Joseph Plumb Martin and Abigail Adams readings under period 3.
Then, for the four readings (Women, Native Americans, African Americans, and Loyalists) create a chart that shows how each group participated in the revolution and how they were affected by the revolution.
Finally, write an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement at the end and ONE paragraph of what could be developed into a full LEQ responding to the following: Evaluate the extent to which the American Revolution truly represented a revolution in social relations for varied populations.
You may work in small groups but must have your own answers to these assignments.
Friday, you will spend some quality time with Dr. Joanne Freeman. Working in pairs or individually, peruse the sessions of her Yale course and choose one lecture to listen to (found here https://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-116 ). You must post which lecture you are choosing and each group must choose a different one. Then, listen to that lecture. You may want to utilize the transcript online or the youtube function to speed up the lecture to 1.25x/1.5x. As you listen, create a brief summary of the main points, gather at least one quote from a primary document, choose the most important takeaways our class should know, and finally prepare those to share with our class on Monday. I hope you will find this interesting and eye-opening!
Again, I will miss you. Please be on your best behavior. See you Monday :)
If you didn't get in your consent form, please print and bring it in on Monday. http://www.nbpts.org/wp-content/uploads/Student_Release_Form_English.pdf
We started examining the American Revolution today, first with a Quiz over Chapter 5, then by analyzing and critiquing four different perspectives on the revolutionary nature of the Revolution written by four different historians.
We also took a good chunk of time to discuss the rough draft thesis statements. Remember to submit your revision to the thesis board for your class period (submit it as a reply to your original thesis statement post) by the end of the school day tomorrow! I will read and post comments tomorrow so that you have that feedback for our in class writing workshop in Friday. Attached below and on the Writing Tips page you will find a idea sheet for writing thesis statements if you get stuck!
Also be sure to have Chapter 6 notes ready for tomorrow!