The first timed and graded LEQ writing was today! We will have these back to you before you have to write again next week. We also discussed the War of 1812 from the Atlantic and Western perspectives. If your class period did not get to complete the DocBlock HAPP over The Monroe Doctrine, then make sure to finish that up this weekend. Also, Chapter 13 is due Monday and Chapter 9 on Tuesday.
Jefferson's administration was the topic of the day today as we discussed the election of 1800 and the issues of the Embargo and the Louisiana Purchase. We also took time to develop some practice thesis statements in preparation for tomorrow's LEQ1 writing session.
Tomorrow you will be given a essay question drawn from the significant topics of Period 3. You will have 5 minutes to prep & plan and develop a thesis statement followed by 10 minutes to write one body paragraph. Please review the information on the "Writing Tips" page of this site if you have questions. Below, I have included the rubric items we will be examining for your grade and I have also provided you with a couple of practice questions you can use tonight to hone your skills. This Friday's writing will provide 10% of the overall grade on your first LEQ.
Note - More practice questions can be found on the AP Classroom
1) Evaluate the extent to which trans-Atlantic interactions from 1600 to 1763 contributed to maintaining continuity as well as fostering change in labor systems in the British North American colonies.
2) Evaluate the extent to which the Seven Years’ War (French and Indian War, 1754–1763) marked a turning point in American relations with Great Britain, analyzing what changed and what stayed the same from the period before the war to the period after it.
3) Evaluate the extent to which trans-Atlantic exchanges affected colonial culture in British North America in the period from 1700 to 1770.
After a bit of a day off yesterday because of the ACT Exam, we used class today to take your first of four major exams. Hopefully you all feel confident afterwards! We will be covering the most missed questions from the multiple choice portion this Friday during tutorials if you are interested. It will take a bit longer than that to grade the short answers however, so the exam grades may not be ready to go until the first of next week.
Tonight you need to make sure you have your next reading notes ready for tomorrow. The remainder of Chapter 8, Chapter 10, and Section 1 of Chapter 11 are the assignment. Yes, we are starting to do some of the Chapters out of order, that is on purpose, not an error. Make sure you are checking the new due dates on the class calendar since we had to make shifts after the last snow days!
Today we finished up the remaining details from Period 3. We started out exploring Washington's Indian Policy and how one historian's account compared to the primary sources. We then discussed the early complications surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights, including a brief discussion on the Second Amendment and evaluating the challenge to the First Amendment represented by the Sedition Act under John Adams.
Tonight you need to submit your rough draft body paragraph at THIS LINK if you haven't already. Tomorrow is the ACT exam, so we will not have class. PLEASE REMEMBER to bring your calculator and a photo ID to the exam! Lastly, you will be taking your first exam on Wednesday!
Last note: The class calendar on this website has now been updated with the correct due dates for the rest of the year in response to the snow disruptions.
UPDATE: 6:26 pm
WCPSS has CANCELLED school for tomorrow due to the lovely snow! This means the following for you: 1) Monday we will finish up our content for Time Period 3, 2) Tuesday all Juniors will take the ACT exam and miss 1st through 3rd periods to do it, and 3) your exam will now be on Wednesday next week! We will shift all other assignments accordingly on the calendar, so look for the new dates to be ready sometime tomorrow. One last note, Hutchison's kiddos still need to share your rough draft intro paragraphs using the link in yesterday's blog BY MONDAY! Thank you, that is all, have a lovely day off!
Today was an early release day due to weather, but with the time we had we checked off our Chapter 8a textbook notes and then dove into a discussion over the early years of the new nation under George Washington. We spent a few minutes discussing Hamilton's economic plan, then looked in more detail at the resulting Whiskey Rebellion by analyzing a secondary, a primary, and a digital timeline source. We will use our conclusions from this activity next class as we wrap up some of the big moments of the Early Republic up to the election of 1800.
As you know, weather is unpredictable, so keep watching this blog for updates as the evening progresses!
WCPSS has called an Early Release tomorrow, meaning classes will only meet for ~45 minutes per class. We can't bring everything together on Time Period 3 in that short of a period, so the Exam will be moved to MONDAY, 2/24! Please check back on this blog in WCPSS announces any other changes. If there are any further changes to our school schedule, we will post class schedule modifications here! :)
We started out today honing our thesis skills then shifted into content mode to examine the debates over ratifying the Constitution. We completed a DocBlock HAPP analysis over the political cartoon The Federal Edifice, then spent the following portion of class analyzing excerpts from the New York Constitutional Ratification Convention debates. Tonight you need to use your take aways from that analysis to respond to the questions posted below.
We ended up class with a brief discussion over how to write body paragraphs for our in-class essays. You can find the slideshow we used HERE. This includes the sample paragraph we looked at in class. Your task is to use the essay question and thesis statement you have already developed to write and submit ONE, rough draft, body paragraph by Monday (Mr. Hutchison's classes, use the Google Form linked HERE.)
Don't forget to have your Chapter 8a notes ready for tomorrow and be reviewing for Friday's exam! Below you will find the list of items I will be grading as you take the exam, so be sure you have them ready to turn in at the beginning of class that day!
Today we examined the roles played by various events in the early governments after the Revolution. We started out with a debrief discussion over last night's reading on Republican Motherhood, then proceeded to evaluate the government under the Articles of Confederation. We then used the various reactions to Shay's rebellion to complicate the historical narrative from the textbook to make it more reflective of historical realities. We ended the day by extending this to the topics the early governments of the United States had to face and compared our initial conclusions based on the textbook readings to information found in primary sources to discover the early governments actually spent much more time and effort on issues the textbook downplays, such as our example of relations with Indigenous nations, than on the topics and issues it highlights. This also allowed us to critique some of the conclusions asserted by the textbook authors.
You are now facing a nice long four day weekend! Make sure you have the Chapter 8a notes ready for Thursday and don't forget your first exam will be Friday!
We continued examining the American Revolution today after starting out class with a quiz over Chapter 7. We took some extra time to complete and debrief an HAPP DocBlock over an excerpt from the autobiographical A Soldier's Narrative by Joseph Plumb Martin. We then examined two different historian's interpretations of the Declaration of Independence and tied them back to the DocBlock selection.
Tonight is your first break from chapter notes in a while, but you do need to read the short selection under Period 3 on the website about "Republican Motherhood" and be prepared to discuss it tomorrow.
One additional note. Starting tomorrow, Friday tutorials, second half, we will be discussing the most missed questions from whatever is the most recent quiz and/or exam. Students are encouraged to come to these tutorials if they are performing more poorly on quizzes and exams than they would prefer.
We continued examining the American Revolution today by foaming on some of the precipitating events. After discussing some broad take-aways from Chapter 6, we completed a Doc Block HAPP analysis of an excerpt from Common Sense by Thomas Paine. We then used some brief historical documents to look more closely at the implications to be drawn from the debates over the Stamp Act and the first fighting of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord.
Don't forget that Chapter 7 is due tomorrow!
Today we tackled the American Revolution. We first debriefed Chapter 5 with team discussions then we analyzed and compared four different historians and the interpretations of the Revolution as to just how revolutionary it was. For anyone absent, you can find the four brief historians arguments under Period 3 on the website. We also took a few minutes to discuss the common problems needing editing in your first drafts of your practice thesis statements.
Tonight you need to post your revised thesis statements on the board as a reply to your original post. You will also need to have Chapter 6 notes ready for tomorrow!