We took Quiz 1 today over Chapter 3 of the textbook. Those grades and the summer assignment and assessment grades will be going into PowerSchools very soon. Today's activities were more along the lines of what you can expect going forward in APUSH, namely, a large percentage of class dedicated to working in one way or another with historical sources then discussing our findings and drawing historical understandings out of them.
Today we focused on the early colonization of North America by the English through the analysis of some passenger lists and of primary sources from Richard Hakluyt, who advocated for English colonization, and from various Jamestown settlers to determine what life was like for them and why.
Tonight, you need to read the selection on Indian Slavery in South Carolina under Period 2 Materials (it's item #3 at the top of the page) and be prepared to discuss it at the beginning of class tomorrow. No notes are required, but are always optional if you choose for this type of homework assignment.
A quick note before i close today. Chapter 5 due date has been moved from Friday, September 8 to Monday, September 11. All other chapter due dates remain the same.
Today we explored some of the diverse outcomes of the Columbian Exchange, from radical reshaping of the environment to the vast changes to human populations. We also discussed briefly the HAPP heuristic for analyzing and interpreting primary source documents. Tonight you need to complete an HAPP analysis of the selection from History of the Indes by Bartolomé de las Casas. You can find this document under Period Materials>Period 1> DocBlock. I have posted a reminder below for what the HAPP stands for. Remember, a good, in depth HAPP analysis should take about the front side of one sheet of paper.
Also due tomorrow is Chapter 3 and don't forget to have a binder with at least three tabbed dividers by Friday and to complete and return any forms you owe us.
Great second day, folks, and welcome to those that just joined us in APUSH today! Our focus today was on moving us from theory to rudimentary application of historical thinking skills. We took our understanding of the approach to history from the summer reading on Silas Deane and used it to poke holes in the common representations of Native American populations before and after the arrival of Europeans. The video clips we watched and the primary source documents we examined to critique the video clips and to create a more complete and accurate picture of Native life are posted under the activities in Period 1.
We also spoke briefly about the required note taking for this class. Remember that all textbook notes must be handwritten and follow the modified Cornell Notes format. Additionally, each chapter should be summarized using the foursquare analysis of Continuities & Changes, Cause & Effect, Comparison & Contrast, and Historical Context (Defining the Period). The PDF attached below details these requirements. Remember that these requirements start with Chapter 3! Chapter 2 notes (in whatever format you like) are due tomorrow.
Great first day! Our agenda today was pretty straightforward as we covered class expectations and procedures and got the syllabus into everyone's hands. We also did the Summer Assessment, which we are grading now and will go in the gradebook as a Quiz grade by Wednesday. We are also starting to pour over your summer assignment work, but that, obviously, will take a bit longer to grade.
Don't forget to check the calendar and start planning for the chapter notes due dates. The password for the Textbook page is "apush" if you didn't see that on the summer assignment directions. Chapter 2 is due this Wednesday and Chapter 3 on Thursday!
Also, don't forget to get the academic contract filled out and signed if you didn't turn it in today (here's a link to the form if you need it) and the two sided Student Information Form/Honor Code Acknowledgment is due by Friday. Second Period folks, also remember to get the student handbook forms back to me by Friday as well.
Welcome to APUSH, Fall 2017!!!
We are excited to start up again and about the great things we have planned for APUSH this year! Everyone should be prepared for the first day and the Summer Assignment Exam, because we hit the ground running in in class. We have two semesters worth of college level course work to wrestle with in one high school semester, so this can be a challenging class. That said, however, we are always here to help you, support you, and encourage you. If you ever have questions or need direction, please seek us out and we will be more than happy to work with you.
A few notes that will help you be successful in this class:
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we get started with the Fall 2017 semester. See everyone tomorrow!