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.
We wrapped up Period 3 today with a brainstorming session over what you learned from the textbook reading about Washington's administration, followed by an opportunity to illustrate your take on one of the issues in particular with a political cartooning activity. We then discussed Washington's Farewell Address as our DocBlock for the day then finished up the day with a document based analysis and discussion over the Sedition Act passed during John Adams' time as President.
Tomorrow will be your first Exam! It will cover everything we have learned so far this semester, including the material from Chapters 1-8a. You also need to have your binders of day work ready to be graded (the list of required items was posted in yesterday's blog) and you should have you revisions of your Intro and First Body paragraphs to turn in to me as well.
NOTE: Thanks to the person who told me the blog was not showing up!
Today we focused our conversations on the construction and ratification of the Constitution. We first looked at some various historical interpretations for the fact that the Constitution allowed the continuance of slavery in the United States, and then proceeded to do a DocBlock HAPP analysis of our first political cartoon, the "Federal Edifice." We finished the day with an extended analysis of excerpts from speeches at the New York ratification convention. Finish up your reflection on this exercise tonight by responding to the questions below and make sure you are prepared to debrief first thing tomorrow.
Wednesday will be your first exam. It will cover Chapters 1-8a, everything we have discussed in class to date, up to the election of 1800. The exams in this class are 45 stimulus based multiple choice questions in 45 minutes followed by 2 short answer questions in 25 minutes. I will be checking binders on exam day and you can see the list of required contents in the file linked below. You should also have your revisions fo the rough draft of your intro paragraph and first body paragraph ready to turn in on Wednesday as well.
Ratification Debates questions:
We started out today with a brief examination of Shay's Rebellion, specifically we tried to bring some nuance to the traditional narrative that it was the triggering event for the creation of the Constitution. We followed this with a DocBlock over a set of personal letters between Abigail and John Adams. After this, the remainder of there class was spent in Writer's Block, learning how to write intro and body paragraphs for LEQ Essays. You can find the slides we used in class on the "Writing Tips" page. Your task this weekend is to write your rough draft Intro and ONE Body paragraph. You also need to have Chapter 8 ready on Monday!
The strengths and weaknesses of the American government under the Articles of Confederation was the framing topic for today's discussions. We began by finishing up our DocBlock over Joseph Plumb Martin then proceeded to analyze the functions of effective government and compare various aspects of the Articles government to our list. We paid particular attention today to the issue of Native American relations and the western frontier during the Articles government and the first years of the Constitution.
Tomorrow will be our Writer's Workshop to help you prepare for writing the LEQ essay. We will take that workshop after a few more brief discussions related to the early governance of the U.S. Make sure you are planning to have Chapter 8a ready for Monday and that you are starting to review for your first Exam next Wednesday!
We started off today with a brief discussion over Chapter 7, including some particular emphasis on Republican Motherhood among other topics. Afterwards, we took some time to discuss our take-aways from the historiography exercise in class on Monday comparing differing historians interpretations of the nature of the American Revolution and its outcomes. We finished up the day with some analysis of historical documents related to the battle at Lexington Green which marks the onset of the American Revolutionary War.
Tonight, you need to finish up reading the DocBlock selection from Joseph Plumb Martin and prepare for a brief discussion at the top of class tomorrow!
Chapter 6 was the focus today. We started out with a brief discussion over the Chapter followed by a Quiz. Afterwards, we did a DocBlock HAPP analysis over an excerpt from "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. We spent a bit more time discussing some of the early events of the Revolution as well.
Chapter 7 is due tomorrow!
Today we started out with a brief discussion over Chapter 5, the lead-up to the American Revolution. We then spent the rest of class analyzing and interpreting four different historian's points of view on the Revolution.
Tomorrow, Chapter 6 is due and Chapter 7 is due on Wednesday!
Today we started the day well with a quiz over the English Colonies in America. We then shifted to a debrief over you DocBlock yesterday by Nathan Cole. We shifted the conversation then to examine the pattern of conflicts in North America by discussing the French & Indian War.
We ended class today with a discussion over historical writing and the specific expectations for thesis statements. Your homework this weekend is to write a rough draft thesis statement to the essay question at the end of this post. Remember that your thesis statements should be a SINGLE sentence and should 1) assert a position of argument on the question, 2) identify a plausible counterposition, and 3) identify 2-3 categories of analysis (main points). Don't forget that the powerpoint slides I used in class today to explain thesis writing are on this website on the "Writing Tips" page, accessed by a tile on the home page or by hovering "APUSH EXAM REVIEW" in the site menu. You will also find a one page "Helpful Thesis Terms and Phrases" on that same page which may help you out if you get stuck.
Post your rough draft thesis statement by Saturday evening so that I can provide you with feedback on Sunday. Post your thesis by clicking the "Discussion Boards" tile on the home page of this site then clicking the link to the board for your specific class period. Also, Chapter 5 is due Monday!
ESSAY PROMPT: To what extent and in what ways did European powers develop different patterns of colonization in N. America? Support your answer with specific and relevant historical information from the period 1607 to 1754.