Well, the time has come for me to step out for a few days for treatment. That doesn't mean work stops, however, and I will be posting regularly to the HutchBlog and PowerSchools during the next week! I also have a homework assignment for you! Yay!!! ;) In class we hinted at the debate over ratifying (approving) the Constitution. Under the Period 3 DocBlock you will find the Federalist Papers and Antifederalist Papers excerpts as well as a brief set of questions you need to answer and turn in on Thursday! I will be having these delivered to me so I can grade them. I will also finish up grading your essay's over by short "break." I will collect your binders to grade Skills and DocBlocks NEXT FRIDAY. I will be available to discuss questions via email while I am out as well. I will post some info about Monday's exam later this week, so be looking for that ! See you soon!
Following the Quiz over Chapters 7 & 8 today, we discussed some of the issues surrounding the representation of minority groups in the process of crafting the Constitution through letters between John and Abigail Adams. We extended our analysis of Abigail's letter to begin developing our DBQ skills in preparation for our first full DBQ essay coming up in a couple of weeks!
At the end of class, each of you were given a name. Tonight's homework is to :
c. The role and powers of the Executive Branch
3. Prepare a one sentence introduction of your delegate, in first person, to read at the class convention tomorrow!
Tomorrow in class we will be holding a SHORT simulation of the Constitutional Convention. You will be expected to act IN CHARACTER as the delegate you were assigned today. The scoring rules for your grade are:
See you tomorrow!!!
We took an in depth look at the effects of the Revolution on various groups of the colonial population. Tomorrow we will be wrapping up the Revolution and you will be doing your first in class essays!!!
We spent the day rotating through learning stations in a gallery walk activity covering may facets of the American Revolution today. I also collected the rough draft intro paragraphs which I will return with comments tomorrow. Your homework tonight is to construct a rough draft body paragraph for peer review tomorrow. The requirements of a good body paragraph that we discussed in class today are posted under "APUSH Exam Review" - "Writing Tips." Don't forget to be doing your reading! Chapters 7-8 Quiz is next Monday!!!
Posts don't seem to be "sticking" when I submit them from home, so... there's that... :(
Today we wrapped up analyzing the background to the Revolution and took a few minutes to look at the Declaration of Independence. We will be moving on to examine briefly the events of the Revolution and Revolutionary War tomorrow.
Don't forget to brush up your edits on your intro paragraphs so you can turn those in to me tomorrow. You can hand them in on paper or by email just like the thesis statements. I will limit my comments to the paragraph as a whole since I have already discussed the thesis statements specifically.
We didn't get to watch the attached film clip in 4th period because we ran short on time, so for your viewing pleasure, here's a peek into how the Declaration was written, which may help you settle some of your debate on the motivations behind its writing:
For a bonus, here's a picture of the actual first draft in Jefferson's own writing with Franklin's handwriting making the revisions and edits! Even the Founders had to put up with peer editing!!!
Today was somewhat leisurely as we wrapped up the outcomes of the French and Indian war with a role playing exercise then read about mercantilism. Part of your homework tonight is to continue exploring the ramifications of mercantilism with the reading on Salutary Neglect in the period materials under DocBlock files. We also discussed the construction of introductory paragraphs. I have placed a PDF with some samples under the APUSH Exam Review link above on the Writing Tips page. I also collected revised thesis statements which I will read and critique tonight. You also received the Unit 1 & 2 timeline assignment which is due next Tuesday. I will load the requirements and a blank form in case you misplace yours (about 10 were left in my room today, children...) on the Period Materials for Period 2.
We wrapped up today with our first Theme Teams exercise. The blank form (again, some of you were less than responsible as I have about 10 of those on my table that were left behind, children...) is attached to this post. We will be returning to those posters again after we have completed a few units to do some further work and analysis. We will post "prime examples" on the site tomorrow. Don't forget the next quiz covering chapters 4-6 and all of this week's class work is Monday! Be reading, taking notes and studying!
Attached here is the slide show I used tonight at the Meet the Teacher session. I enjoyed seeing all of you that were able to make it out tonight! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email!
After turning in the Colonies maps today, we took a brief colonies map quiz! We then discussed the French and Indian War from the perspective of one participant to examine how all history is individual and personal. We followed that by spending some time peer editing your thesis statements. Revised thesis statements need to be handed to me tomorrow or emailed to me by the end of the school day tomorrow so I can comment on them and return them Friday! We finished the day discussing the course themes and beginning work on our new theme teams summarizing Units 1 and 2. We will finish this tomorrow.
We made a change to the next quiz!!! It will cover Chapters 4, 5 & 6!!! That quiz is scheduled for Monday!!!
You took your first quiz today. The average across all four classes of APUSH this semester was around 75% with the stimulus based questions pulling the worst of the performance. We will be targeting that type of assessment throughout the semester as EVERY multiple choice question on the APUSH exam is stimulus based. We also discussed the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening today and examined some documents related to both. We finished the class discussing historical writing, specifically focusing on crafting a thesis statement. We identified the following five steps:
Tonight's homework is to do all of the above pre-writing and then write a rough draft thesis statement on the following question:
Don't forget your Colonies maps are also due tomorrow... I might look back over them if I were you...
We plowed our way through lots of data in various forms today to draw some conclusions about life in the English Colonies in America in the mid 1700's. We will continue talking about major developments of the period leading to the Revolution next week. Homework this weekend is to read the selection by Jonathan Edwards "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" posted under the DocBlock section of the Period Materials for Period 2 and answer the five questions posted there as well. You should also study for your Chapters 1-3 Quiz on Tuesday and the map you got today is due next Wednesday! Enjoy your long weekend!