This course will cover US history from the discovery of the New World to contemporary times. We will look at history from a humanistic perspective, what were these great men and women of history really like? How were they different from the historical accounts? We will also work on reading and writing skills, as well as note taking and projects, in order to better prepare you for life after high school.
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If you are missing any sparks so far this year for any reason you make download them here and write them, along with a 3-5 sentence response, in your journal. There are 4 sparks in each word document and they are organized by week. If there are not four sparks in a document it means we had a day off of school or maybe (if you were lucky) you didn't have a spark that day. Sparks are part of your Journal which is 10% of you grade. You are graded on the following criteria:
- 1 pt - Title
- 1 pt - Prompt
- 3 pts - Writing 3-5 sentences in your response
If you are missing any activities or assignments for this year so far you may download some of them here. Please note this is not all of the assignments we have done, as I do not have copies of everything on the computer in a downloadable format. If you are missing something that is not here please see me and I can give it to you. Activities and assignments are worth 30% of your grade.
Columbus' Journal - See me for worksheet. Read this excerpt from Columbus' journal after he reached the New World, then answer questions.
After the Mayflower - We will watching this movie over the course of a few days. Use the link below to watch the movie After the Mayflower, and answer the questions on the worksheet.
The Great Disease Migration - Read the following article about diseases that traveled from the Old World to the New World and answer the questions.
"The Chesapeake Indians" - See me for a reading from the journal of John Smith, and Powhatan's speech responding the John Smith and his actions. Then answer the questions on the following worksheet.
Natives vs. Colonists Essay - You will be writing a one page essay using information that we have learned so far about the relationship between the Native Americans and the first colonists in the New World. Follow the directions on the worksheet below and use the rubric on the back to guide you.
The New England, Middle & Southern Colonies - Jigsaw activity. Read your assigned section of the packet and answer the questions, then meet up with your home group to find out the answers for the remaining sections. See me for packet.
Colony Recruitment Poster - Follow the guidelines on the worksheet below to create an advertisement encouraging people living in England to come to live in one of the 13 colonies.
Taxation without Representation - See me for packet, then read it and answer the following questions.
Crash Course: Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution - Watch the following YouTube video:
American Revolution PowerPoint - Read the following PowerPoint and answer the questions on the notetaker below.
The Patriot - We are watching the movie The Patriot. Before you watch start a KWL chart (follow the directions on the paper below). As you watch the movie, fill in the final column and explain what you have learned about the Revolutionary War from watching this movie.
Experimenting with Confederation - Read the section of your book called "Experimenting with Confederation" starting on page 132 and answer the questions below.
Founding Brothers - Watch parts 1-4 of the following Youtube documentary on the Founding fathers of the United States and answer the questions below.
Drafting the Constitution - Read the section of your book titled "Drafting the Constitution" (starting on page 140) and answer the questions below.
Amistad Parent Notice - Take home the following note to your parents to inform them that we will be watching the movie Amistad in class soon.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade - Read the following information on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and answer the questions.
Amistad - Watch the movie Amistad and answer the following questions.
Causes of the Civil War - Visit www.sascurriculumpathways.com and complete the worksheet below. There are directions on the worksheet about logging in and finding the correct module.
Causes of the Civil War Timeline - Follow the instructions on the rubric below to create a timeline detailing some of the events that lead up to the Civil War. Make sure you don't forget to write about the historical significance of each event.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates - Fill out the following worksheet using the link provided to you to answer the questions.
North vs. South - Copy the following table into your notes and answer the question at the bottom to predict who will win the Civil War.
The Civil War Begins - Listen to the audio excerpts in class and use them to answer the questions on the worksheet below.
"Was Lincoln a Racist?" - Read the following article titled "Was Lincoln a Racist?" and answer the questions about it.
Lincoln & The Civil War - Visit www.sascurriculumpathways.com to answer the questions on the worksheet below. There are directions to log in and find the correct module on your worksheet.
Civil War Photographs - Complete the following worksheet in which you will analyze photos from the Civil War.