The online discussion board for Discussion #3 over the Ned Blackhawk reading is now open under the Period 6 Materials! This is due by next Wednesday!
Today we discussed Native American relations on the Western Frontier and in general with some Content Block notes and our third Scored Discussion. The online portion of the discussion will open tonight and will be available through next Wednesday. This weekend, in addition to putting yourselves into a Halloween sugar rush, and studying for the Quiz on chapters 22-24, you need to listen to the podcasts at the links below and then answer the questions in the third link.
Podcast: Part I Part II Questions
We worked to unravel a historical mystery today in class with a set of primary sources related to the Bitzer-Ah Chow murder incident in 1870's Montana. Your homework tonight is to tell me everything you now know about the"Wild" West based on what you encountered in today's activity. Be sure to include any stereotypes that may have been challenged by what you learned.
Also tonight is the last night to post on the online discussion board for last week's scored discussion and to prepare and do the pre-discussion reflection for tomorrow's scored discussion #3 over the selection by Ned Blackhawk!
After a day off, we came back to an exam today. We took Exam Two and that was all there was time for today! Tomorrow we are chugging right along with Westward Expansion during and after the Civil War, aka the Wild West! (expect some myth-busting again!) This Thursday the online discussion for last Thursday's scored discussion closes so make sure you get your online contributions completed before then! This Friday is our third scored discussion over the Reading selection "Look How Far We've Come" by Ned Blackhawk. You can find the reading under Period 6 activities at the top. As usual you need to do the pre-discussion reflection paper and bring it with you to discussion day to turn in. the in-class discussion on this document will be a bit shorter and your participation goal will only be 10 points in class instead of the usual 15.
Reconstruction was the theme for today as we wrapped up the last details of Period 5 and the material covered in next Tuesday's exam! I also collected the Mapping Routes to Freedom projects, which will be on NEXT Quarter's grades. Make sure this week you have all of the DocBlock and SkillBlock assignments completed and NEATLY filed in your binders so I can grade those while you take the exam Tuesday. The exam will cover chapters 11-22 and everything we have done in and out of class since the last exam. There are three or four questions from the first part of the year, but the majority of the exam focuses on Periods 4 & 5. As always, it will be 55 multiple choice in 55 minutes, 2 short answers pulled from 4 choices in 25 minutes. Despite the exam Tuesday, please enjoy your extended weekend!
GREAT discussions today guys! Some good issues raised and some interesting ideas shared! The online forum is open now and your posts are due by Thursday of next week! I think you will like the posting format of this forum much better. Make original posts by clicking the red "oComments" link and make response posts directly to others by clicking the "Reply" button on their comment. You may also comment back to people who make replies to your original posts for reply credit.
Tonight, in addition to finishing up your "Mapping Routes to Freedom" projects, you need to read the Emancipation Proclamation under the Period 5 DocBlock files and answer the 6 questions that accompany the document.
Today was another learning stations day, but with a twist as we incorporated a more in depth comparison of different Lincoln documents and questions over a Crash Course video as well. Tomorrow is your second scored discussion! The reading we will be discussing is Chapter 9 of Zinn's A People's History of the United States, "Slavery without Submission, Emancipation without Freedom." Don't forget to do the pre-discussion written response and to bring it to class tomorrow!
If you are interested and have time, here's the link to Part II of John Green's Civil War episode of Crash Course.
We spent the day online completing a Civil War webquest today. If you didn't finish in class, you need to finish it up for homework and turn it in at the beginning of class tomorrow. We will be back in the regular room tomorrow.
Other ongoing assignments to be aware of include the second scored discussion which will be on Thursday and includes the pre-discussion written reflection just like last time. We have a different format for the online follow up that should be MUCH easier to use this time! You also need to be working on your Mapping Routes to Freedom projects which are due Friday and don't forget the Exam on Tuesday next week! The exam will once again be 55 multiple choice questions and 2 short answers.
Quiz # 6 is now in the books, meaning we only have four more quizzes to go! Before we get there however, we have our second exam next Tuesday! It will primarily cover information we have studied since the last exam, but expect there to be a few comprehensive questions reviewing earlier material as well. As always, it will be 55 multiple choice questions in 55 minutes plus two short answers (four to choose from) in 25 minutes. The exam will go on NEXT quarter's grades!
Today we also did a DocBlock on the essay "Impending Crisis on the South" by Hinton Helper. Tonight's homework is to write a two paragraph position paper including two points of comparison and/or contrast between Helper's essay and this weekend's DocBlock document by George Fitzhugh. Your comparison or contrast MUST use an analysis of H, A, P, or P in the documents to support your contention!
Tomorrow we will be in the computer lab to complete a webquest on the Civil War. 1st period should report directly to the Media Center, 4th period should report directly to Mod 4, Room 3!!!
Don't forget the ongoing assignments: Tomorrow night the online comments on the first scored discussion are due by midnight, Thursday we will have our second scored discussion and you can find the reading under Period 5, and Friday your Mapping Routes to Freedom projects are due. Monday you DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL :) but have your Doc & Skills blocks ready to be graded during the exam on Tuesday.
Today we wrote our first full DBQ essay! Those grades will be on this quarter, btw! We also finished up the scored discussion in 4th period for those that were out testing yesterday. The online portion of the discussion is now open. Go to Period Materials-Period 5 and the Scored Discussion Forum will pop up. If it shows you as email@example.com, click on the "sign out" link then log-in or sign up using any email you want. You need to post ONE original post and at least THREE comments on others posts for your 10 points remaining on the discussion. If you were absent, you need to do extra posts to make up the 15 points you missed in class. 3 points per original post and 1 point per reply comment. The board will close Tuesday night at midnight. You will notice the board is for ALL APUSH sections this semester, so you will get to see some of the issues that were raised and discussed in the other class periods as well! To get points for a reply post, you have to do ACTUAL DISCUSSION, not just post "Yeah, I agree" and restate their post!!!
I also gave you the assignment for the "Mapping Routes to Freedom" project today. Those directions can be found in Period 5 activities and the project is due next Tuesday! Also, don't forget the Quiz Monday on chapters 17-19!
BTW, attached you will find the chart of how many points you scored in class listed by Student ID. If you were out testing or just absent, you can make up all 15 points with extra online posting. If you were in class but didn't get to 15, you can earn three extra points as "mastery" by posting more online for this discussion only.