Today was the ACT Exam. Since this pulled all Juniors out of class for the first three periods of the day, the only class that did meet did not cover new information. Don't forget, this is a packed week of reading! Chapter 12 is due tomorrow, Chapter 14 on Thursday, and Chapter 15 on Friday. Also, don't forget the Nat Turner webquest which is due tomorrow and you need to make your required contributions to the online portion of yesterday's scored discussion by Sunday at midnight.
DON'T FORGET!!! If you are planning to take the AP exam, you MUST register online by 3:30 TOMORROW!!! See Student Services if you have any questions!
Today was our second scored discussion, this time over the links between Manifest Destiny and the Mexican-American War. There was some good discussion, but next time, I'd like you to spend a bit more of your time interrogating the historians. What do you think about the way they have structured their arguments? What about their use of evidence? How would each historian account for the evidence selected by the other?
Tomorrow is the ACT test, so everyone needs to remember to bring a photo ID tomorrow. Also, the testing means we will not have class for 1st through 3rd periods. Don't forget that Wednesday, Chapter 12 is due, Chapter 14 is due on Thursday, and Chapter 15 on Friday!
The online follow up portion of today's discussion will be opened later today and will close Sunday night at Midnight!!! Make a plan now so that you aren't posting your comments at the very last minute!!!
We wrote the second of three LEQ's in our first LEQ window today. The final essay will come next Friday, then we will move on to adding the DBQ skills to your writing toolbox. Following the LEQ, we discussed Manifest Destiny through the analysis of a painting (American Progress, by John Gast) and a DocBlock (Manifest Destiny by John L. O'Sullivan). Don't forget Monday is our next scored discussion and your online portion of the first scored discussion is due Sunday night by Midnight!
We spent the day today exploring the reactions to the early waves of immigration prior to the Civil War and interpreting some political cartoons associated with Andrew Jackson's presidency. At the end of class, you got a summative activity over this time period asking you to identify six cause and effect steps between the election of 1800 and the Trail of Tears. You need to finish that for homework tonight. Also, we assigned the Nat Turner webquest, which you can find under Period 4. That webquest will be due next Wednesday. Don't forget to be reading and analyzing the selections for Monday's scored discussions as well! You can find these under Period 5!
After wrapping up our discussion on Native American issues in antebellum America, we looked at some of the forces in mainstream America driving the calls for removal. We analyzed some data on the changing economy in the market revolution, read some debates over the American System, and explored a set of documents by reformers attempting to make sense out of and improvements in the American society and its upheavals during this period of time.
Tonight, you need to read the selection on the cult of Domesticity under Period 4. You can also begin working on the readings and prewrite for Monday's scored discussion on Manifest Destiny in America. You can find the documents for this discussion under Period 5.
Today we explored the complex relationships between Native Americans and the early American nation and the roles played by each in both frontier conflicts, national policies and actions, and international relations. We emphasized the fact that the histories of Native peoples are inextricably interwoven into the fabric of the history of the nation and understanding Native histories is crucial to building more complete and accurate understandings of the past.
Tonight, Mr. Hutchison's classes need to finish up the reading and analysis of the editorials on Indian Removal. Chapter 9 is also due tomorrow.
Our first full Scored Discussion for a grade today went very well! Some insightful discussion over both the nature of Jacksonian Democracy and historiographic analysis of the two historians you read. You will need to continue your discussion online now by clicking the "Discussion Boards" tile on the main page of the website then opening up the Discussion 1 board. The directions and requirements are posted on that page. The discussion board will close at midnight, Sunday, February 26, so have all of your required posts submitted before then!
Tonight, you need to finish up Chapter 13 for tomorrow and read the selection from Natives and Strangers on Indian Relations, also found under Period 4. The reading selections for next Monday's scored discussion will be posted tomorrow!
For those who missed points, either by missing the discussion or (THIS WILL NOT ALWAYS BE AN OPTION) by not earning pts in discussion, you may make them up by earning 3 points for original posts with quote, 1 point for responses. Responses should be substantive. This is in addition to the expected 1 original and three replies.
Today you wrote your first LEQ. A random one third of those will be pulled for grading this time. Next Friday we will have another LEQ and different random third will be graded. The final third will be pulled from the following week's LEQ. We also did a DocBlock over excerpts from the Monroe Doctrine today.
Monday will be your first graded Scored Discussion. You will find the directions for the prewrite assignment and the two reading selections under Period 4. The other work to be completed this weekend is the Marshall Court chart, also found under Period 4.
OK, I have been making notes on essays all day long and have come to the conclusion that I have made the same few notes over and over and over. So instead of posting comments on each paper as I had planned, I want to make a few specific observations I want you all to focus on for tomorrow:
OK, I think I have ranted enough in my flu-ridden state. Heed this advice and you will do FINE tomorrow!
First test today! Hope it's going well! I am awake now for a little bit so I'm going to be making commentary on your practice essays. I will post my comments by your student ID# by Thursday afternoon so you can look them over as you prepare for Friday's in-class essay. Just as a reminder, on Friday you will have 5 minutes prep and plan time after you see the question. Use this time to brainstorm on the question sheet and get to the point of having a thesis ready to go. You will then have 35 minutes writing time. You only need TWO main points for full credit, but please DO NOT attempt more than three main points for your argument. Conclusion paragraphs are not scored, so if you run short on time, you can drop that. I'll post the grading rubric we will be using tomorrow as well.
Tonight, don't forget, you should finish your notes on Chapter 10 (the next few weeks the chapters are out of order! Check the calendar on this website!). If you have any questions, email me or message me on Twitter! Anything else important that comes up, I will post here, Twitter, and SnapChat! :)