Today was your first full LEQ essay. These will take a while to read, give quietly feedback, and grade. We will keep you updated as we progress.
There's no school for students on Monday, it's a teacher workday! Chapter 10 notes are due on Tuesday!
Today's focus was the Jeffersonian years. We started with a brief discussion about the election of 1800 and then dove into the international relations issues which prompted the Embargo act. We completed an AP style Short Answer question over a political cartoon (the "Ograbme" cartoon) as we continued our embargo discussion. We next took a minute the explore other opposition to Jefferson's policies with a discussion about the Federalists objections to the Louisiana Purchase. Finally, we explored international relations from a western perspective as we looked at conflict and compromise in the Indiana Territory with primary sources from Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison.
Tomorrow is your first in-class LEQ. Please see the earlier blog post for information!
Your first LEQ will be tomorrow, Friday, September 27. The question to which you will be responding is posted below. Remember to treat this as if you didn't get the question until tomorrow right before writing, meaning, don't go and do a bunch of extra research to collect tons of facts to dump in the essay. Your goal is to EXPLAIN the facts and EXPLAIN HOW THEY SUPPORT your thesis, not to comply a list of facts.
You took your first exam today! We will have those grades in ASAP, but it is a lot of short answer responses to read, so give us a little bit of time, please.
Tonight you need to finish up your notes over Chapter 8, part b and section 11.1 of Chapter 11.
Today we wrapped up Period 3 with a DocBlock HAPP analysis of an excerpt from George Washington's Farewell Address. We then took a deep dive into the Sedition acts by interpreting and discussing a set of documents ranging from an address to Congress by John Adams, to excerpts from the congressional debate that followed, to text from the actual law. We also briefly discussed the format for tomorrow's exam.
Make sure you study up tonight in preparation for your first exam tomorrow. It will cover time periods 1-3, chapters 1-8a, and everything we have done in class since day 1!
Mr. Hutchison was out last Friday and was without internet access over the weekend, so apologies for the lack of a blog post at that time. Today was dedicated to wrapping up our conversations over the ratification of the Constitution with an analysis of the debates in the New York state ratification convention. We then discussed Hamilton's economic plan and the resulting Whiskey Rebellion, then wrapped up the day with a textbook notes guided brainstorm over the major issues Washington faced during his presidency and an activity explaining and illustrating one of those issues with a political cartoon.
Tomorrow we will wrap up Washington's presidency and talk about John Adams as president as well. Wednesday will be your first exam!
NOTE: For Mr. Hutchison's classes, the list off items that will be graded on Wednesday during the exam are posted below.
Today we wrapped up our conversation over the actions of the early US governments, focusing on the representation of Native American issues in the textbook sources. We then completed DocBlock HAPP's over a pair of personal letters between Abigail and John Adams and over a political cartoon: the Federal Ediface. We also looked at debates over creating and ratifying the Constitution, including the debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
We took a few minutes also to discuss body paragraphs for your LEQ essays. Remember that you can always find the writing materials we use in class on the "Writing Tips" page of this website. Hutchison's classes need to rough draft ONE body paragraph and have it ready to turn in on Monday. Mr. Hutchison will be out tomorrow, so his classes should report to class and as soon as the substitute has taken attendance, they will take you to the auditorium for our annual "Hamilton!" day with other APUSH classes and the Theatre classes.
Such great conversations today!
Today we talked about impostor syndrome as a warmup. Then we discussed the Constitution using three sets of primary documents.
1) Thomas Jefferson's reaction to Shay's Rebellion
2) Abigail Adam's "Remember the Ladies," with John's reaction
3) Slavery in the Constitution documents
Tonight please watch this video about the electoral college: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUS9mM8Xbbw
Then, please watch this sequel: "The Trouble with the Electoral College" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wC42HgLA4k and be prepared to discuss tomorrow. NB – this was made before 2016, so our “failure” (is it a failure?) rate is now higher.
If you're interested in alterative electoral systems, you may enjoy a few of the videos from this playlist: the “Politics in the Animal Kingdom” playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_818923015&feature=iv&index=1&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638&src_vid=l8XOZJkozfI&v=s7tWHJfhiyo
We began today with a debrief over the selection on Republican Motherhood which you read for homework last night. We then proceeded to explore the events leading up to the creation of the constitution by analyzing Shay's Rebellion in terms of how it is usually told in textbook narratives and then analyzing some action of the early governments of the United States, specifically the acts of the first congress under the constitution and the treaties negotiated during the years immediately following the Revolutionary War.
Tonight you need to finish up your notes over Chapter 8a.
The Chapter 7 Quiz was our first order of business today, following which we wrapped up some of our conversations about the American Revolution. The classes that faced interruptions yesterday had the opportunity to finish the social groups and the Revolution activity we started yesterday, then we spent some time practicing thesis statement development. We ended the day with a quick revisit of our opening question from four classes ago: How revolutionary was the Revolution.
Tonight you need to read and be prepared to discuss the selection on "Republican Motherhood" under Period 3 on the website. You also need to revise your intro paragraph (and possibly thesis statement) based on the feedback you got in class today.
Chapter 8a (see the class calendar for details) is due on Thursday!