Our first class scored discussion was today and I was very pleased with how they went! We will be conducting a number of these this semester and I believe we have a good start under our belt. For those of you that were absent or that did not share the required amount in class today, there is an online follow up board available by clicking the "Discussion Boards" tile on the main page of this site. I will also post the names of the folks I need to hear more from on that board later this evening once I have the chance to look back over the data.
Your next Scored Discussion will be on Monday! The materials for this one are already posted under Period 5. The pre-discussion activity is a bit different this time, so be sure to read the directions!
Tomorrow, Chapter 9 is due. Mr. Richardson and Mr. Hutchison will be out the next two days as they are each presenting at a conference in Greensboro. The assignments for the next two days in class will be located under Period 5. See you all Monday!
We extended our conversation over the period before the Civil War today to take a look at the various reform movements in the United States as well as the movements which energized those reforms: Transcendentalism and the Second Great Awakening. Today was a DocBlock heavy day as we first analyzed and discussed "Sinners Bound to Change their Own Hearts" by Charles G. Finney, comparing it to the earlier text from Jonathan Edwards. At the other end of the class, we did our first DocBlock Lit Circle, this on examining four different reform movements through the lens of primary sources. You can find these documents under Period 4 (Angelina Grimke, John Quincy Adams, Letter from a fugitive slave, and complaint of the Lowell factory worker).
Tomorrow is you first scored discussion, this on one the extent of democracy during Jacksonian Democracy, so make sure you are prepared!
We resumed our exploration of the Jacksonian Era today with a quick review of the major issues identified in Chapter 13than an analysis of some political cartoons from the time. We spent the last part of class focusing in on Indian Removal as a critical issues from the period. We specifically started analyzing and interpreting some Editorials from newspapers which opposed the Indian removal Act. You need to finish you analysis tonight and we will discuss and debrief at the start of class tomorrow.
Also, please be sure to check the due dates of Chapters over the next few days! We are entering the critical period for this class where you have multiple chapters due per week. Once we get past the next couple of weeks, the intensity drops back off slowly all the way to the AP exam.
Today we wrote our first LEQ Essays! It will take a bit to grade all of these, but I will have a time frame to share with you on Monday. Remember that I want to grade you fairly and to give you useful feedback, so it takes me 10+ minutes per paper under normal circumstances.
Chapter 13 is due on Monday and next Wednesday you will have our first Scored Discussion in class. The readings selections for this discussion as well as the directions for your pre-discussion work will be posted under Period 4 on the website later this evening.
Today we wrapped up our look at developments in America after the War of 1812, the "Era of Good Feelings." We completed a HAPP over the Monroe Doctrine and briefly discussed the American System. The rest of class was dedicated to analyzing and interpreting four different historian's points of view on Andrew Jackson's presidency so that we have a handle on the historiography prior to diving into the content, similar to our approach with the American Revolution and the question of just how revolutionary it was.
Tomorrow you will write your first in class, timed LEQ. Attached to this post you will find the College Board rubric for LEQ Essays and the single point feedback rubric we will be using as we evaluate your arguments. If you have any questions, let us know!
Today was the ACT exam, so class period 1-3 did not meet. 4th period classes did a little "catch up," of things already posted on the blog.
Today we started class with a quick peer review session for our practice LEQ essays. You final revisions are due this Thursday! You will be graded on evidence of revision for improvement, so you need to turn in everything you have generated: rough drafts, revised copies, etc.
After the peer review, we dove into the Jefferson administration and the War of 1812. In particular we examined the causes of the War of 1812 from a western point of view in an attempt to bring more meaning to the event. In that process, we looked in particular at the conflict over the Indiana Territory which led to a pan-Indian resistance movement led by Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet.
We will not meet tomorrow for the first three periods of the day due to the ACT test. Make sure that in the meantime you have familiarized yourself with the major cases of the Marshall Court. You can find a set of court briefs under Period 4 on this website.
Most of class today was taken by the Chapter 8b Quiz. When we had all finished the quiz, we briefly discussed the Election of 1800, also called the Revolution of 1800 since it was the first peaceful exchange of power between political factions in the United States.
Today was our annual "Hamilton!" day with the Theatre and Tech Theatre classes! I hope you enjoyed AND learned a lot from this different way of engaging with American History!
Tomorrow, Chapters 8b, 10, and 11.1 are due!
Today was your first exam! The scored on the multiple choice portion so far look good. It will take me a few days to grade all of the short answer questions so don't expect the grades before Monday :)
Tomorrow, all APUSH classes need to report to the auditorium, not the classroom!!! Also, don't forget that Chapter 8b, 10 and 11.1 are due on Friday.