Thursday, December 17, 2009

Reading Guide for Chapter 16

For those of you who will not be here tomorrow or would like it early--here's the reading guide for Chapter 16!

Chapter 16 Reading Guide

This is due on the Tuesday after break.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Monday, December 14, 2009

1. Lecture: The Civil War, Part 1

HW Study for test. Test on THURSDAY.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

1. Lecture: The Civil War, Part 2

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

1. The Presidents: Abraham Lincoln
2. Civil War review timeline

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Test: Unit 5 (Chapters 13, 14, 15)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Go over DBQ essay

Homework: Reading Guide, Chapter 16. Due the Tuesday, January 5

Monday, December 7, 2009


Monday, December 7, 2009

1. Lecture: The Road to the Civil War: Slavery and Compromise

Chapter 13,14 Reading guide due on Wednesday

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

1. Lecture: Fireball in the Night: Dredd Scott and John Brown
2. Video: The Presidents

Reading guide for Chapter 13,14 due tomorrow.

Wednesday December 9, 2009

1. Lecture: Lincoln, the Election of 1860 and Secession

Reading Guide: Chapter 15, due on Monday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

1. Lecture: The Start of the Civil War

Bring book tomorrow.

Friday, December 11, 2008

In Class DBQ—the 1850s

Reading Guide for Chapter 15 due on Monday.

Test over Unit 5 on WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Notes About the Nature of History Papers

1. Before you can even write your paper, you need to define for yourself:


It is apparent that most of you have no idea about what the definition of history is. And, if you are throwing around words such as “fact” and “truth” you better make sure you know what it means and the context in which you are using the terms.

It may help to define those terms for your reader.

2. Paul Revere was NOT a historian----he never wrote history. Captain Preston was not a historian. The John Adams HBO film is not a documentary.

Don’t equate what people said and did in the past as being the same thing as history. By pointing out that Paul Revere was biased doesn’t make history biased. After all, most of you know that Paul Revere was biased. How do you know that? Through the study of history.

3. Don’t act like the “Boston Massacre” is unique.

Yes, there were two (or more) “sides” to the story. The witnesses claimed different things. But that is the same thing in every court case that has ever occurred on
planet Earth, past or present.

4. Don’t simply recount the inaccuracies found in Paul Revere’s drawing or in the eyewitness testimonies that we discussed in class.

Don’t tell me what I already told you in class and pretend that you are telling me something new. Be original. The inaccuracies themselves are not important. The analysis of those inaccuracies in regard to the study of history is what your paper is about.

5. Research.

In order to present a logical argument, you need to gather information from outside of class. If you are talking about perspective and bias in the study of history, then you need to find evidence of that from historians who have written about the event.
Remember, Paul Revere was not a historian. He was a patriot (or a terrorist, depending on your view).

6. Context for the argument.

Your introduction sets up your argument. Therefore, make sure your introduction has the context necessary for understanding what you are setting out to prove. Don’t ask rhetorical questions. People ask rhetorical questions only when they don’t know what else to say. If your argument is about bias, make sure your introduction is about bias.

Don’t just jump in with your argument. Gently place your argument in the pool.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Monday, November 31, 2009

1. Go over history papers. Discuss.
2. Begin reading guide for Chapter 10 in class. Due on Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1. Lecture: Slavery and Abolition

Reading guide for Chapter 10 due tomorrow.

Wednesday December 2, 2009

1. Finish lecture on slavery, if necessary.
2. Introduction to the DBQ.
3. In groups, analyze documents pertaining to a Reform Movement DBQ.

Finish reading and analyzing documents in DBQ for tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

1. Practice ACT
2. Finish discussing DBQ.

Complete DBQ organizer for tomorrow. Bring book tomorrow.

Friday, December 4, 2008

1. Go over practice ACT.
2. Start working on the Chapter 13-14 reading guide. Due on Wednesday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Reading Guide Chapter 9

Many of you were not here on Friday and were unable to view the Chapter 9 reading guide key in class. You can view it here:

Chapter 9 Reading Guide Key

Monday, November 16, 2009


Monday, November 16, 2009

Periods 1, 2: Lecture: Jacksonian Democracy, #1
Period 8: The Presidents: Madison Through Jackson

Reading Guide (Chapter 9) due Wednesday

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Periods 1, 2: The Presidents: Madison Through Jackson
Period 8: Lecture: Jacksonian Democracy, #1

Reading Guide (Chapter 9) due tomorrow
Wednesday November 18, 2009

Lecture: Jacksonian Democracy, #2

Thursday, November 19, 2009

1. Jackson Through Cartoons: Cartoon Analysis
2. Go Over Reading Guide Ch 7

Friday, November 10, 2008

1. Go over Reading Guide Ch 9
2. Wrap Up Unit


Friday, November 13, 2009


Here are the lecture notes for November 12, 2009, for anyone who missed them.

They can be viewed here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Monday, November 9, 2009

1. Lecture: The War of 1812

Read p. 191-221. Complete reading guide for Thursday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1. Finish lecture on War of 1812

Reading Guide due on Thursday

Wednesday November 11, 2009

No School! Veteran’s Day!

Thursday, November 12, 2009 LATE

1. Lecture: Monroe and John Q. Adams

HW: Sectionalism chart

Friday, November 13, 2008

1. Collect and discuss sectionalism chart
2. Using book, start on Chapter 9 reading guide. Due on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Work on Chapter 8 and 11 in class

Reading Guide for 8 and 11 due on Thursday

Wednesday November 4, 2009

Work on Chapter 8 and 11 reading guide

Reading Guide due tomorrow.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

“SPILL YOUR BRAINS”---studying by categorization


Friday, November 6, 2008

1. TERMS TEST: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 11 (Units 1-3)
2. Finish discussing article

Homework: Read p. 191-202. Nature of History Papers due on Monday!

Monday, October 26, 2009


Monday, October 26, 2009

Lecture: The Administration of John Adams, Election of 1800 and Marbury v. Madison

HW: Finish Chapter 6 reading guide

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1. Go over Unit 2 essay
2. Go over Unit 2 test
3. Writing do’s and don’ts

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1. Lecture: The Administration of Thomas Jefferson

Homework: Test tomorrow!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

TEST: UNIT 3 (Chapter 4, 5, 6)

Read, "Secret Life of a Developing Country"

Friday, October 30, 2008

1. Discuss Social History and “Secret Life of a Developing Country”

Homework: Start reading Chapter 8. Complete terms for Tuesday. Bring book on Tuesday and Wednesday!

TERMS TEST NEXT FRIDAY! (Also, Nature of History papers changed to Monday, November 9)

Monday, October 19, 2009


Monday, October 19, 2009

1. Discuss paper proposals
2. Read, “The Greatness of George Washington” in class and complete reading guide. Due on Wednesday.

New date for the “Nature of History” Papers: November 6

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1. Lecture: A Republic of Virtue: The Constitution and its ratification

"Greatness of George Washington" due tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1. Lecture: The Administrations of Washington and Adams

Homework: Complete reading guide for Chapter 5.2 Due Friday.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 LATE

1. Go over ACT reading Test

Reading Guide (5.2) due tomorrow.

Friday, October 23, 2008

1. Video: The Presidents: Washington, Adams and Jefferson

Homework: Start reading Chapter 6. Complete Chapter 6 outline.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1. Go over RG Ch 4.2
2. Study for test tomorrow

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

1. Test: Unit 2
2. Take home essay due tomorrow. Must be typed.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

1. Discuss Test
2. Lecture: The Birth of a New Nation

Reading Guide: Chapter 5.1 due Monday

Friday, October 16, 2008

1. Video: “Creating a Constitution”

Homework: Chapter 5.1 Reading Guide due on Monday.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Monday, October 5, 2009

1. Discuss Paper proposals
2. Continue watching John Adams: Independence

Paper Proposal due on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

1. Finish film
2. Discuss film and Declaration of Independence

Reading guide, Chapter 4 part 2, Due Friday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

1. Lecture: The Course of the War
2. Go over Reading Guide Ch4.1

Thursday, October 8, 2009

1. American History Mystery
2. Lecture: The Unsung Heroes of the Revolutionary War

Reading guide due tomorrow.

Friday, October 9, 2008

1. The Revolutionary War Soldier

Homework: Test over Unit 2 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1. What is History? Lecture
2. Introduction to the paper

Paper proposal due on October 6. Reading guide Ch 4.1 due tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1. Lecture: The War Begins

Read: Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

Thursday, October 1, 2009

1. Complete Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” analysis in groups
2. Discuss as a class

Read Declaration of Independence and complete worksheet for Monday.

Friday, October 2, 2008

Video: John Adams: Independence

Homework: Finish Declaration of Independence reading guide for Monday. Paper proposal due on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


There has been a slight change in the schedule for this week. The chapter 4 reading guide will be given as homework on Friday. Bring your book tomorrow---you will have time to work on it after the quiz. It will be due on Wednesday.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Monday, September 21, 2009

1. The Boston Massacre: Eyewitness Accounts
2. Begin watching John Adams: Join or Die

HW: Finish reading guide (3.2) for tomorrow

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1. Continue John Adams: Join or Die

Read, John Adams by David McCullough p. 62-68.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1. Discuss video
2. Read Court Transcripts. Complete analysis.

Homework: Complete Court Transcript analysis

Thursday, September 24, 2009

1. Discuss Reading Guide 3.2
2. Discuss film and “historical” Boston Massacre

Study for Quiz. Bring book tomorrow.

Friday, September 25, 2008

1. Quiz: Chapter 3
2. work on Chapter 4.1 reading guide

Homework: Finish reading guide for Wednesday.


Monday, September 21, 2009

1. The Boston Massacre: Eyewitness Accounts
2. Begin watching John Adams: Join or Die

HW: Finish reading guide (3.2) for tomorrow

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1. Continue John Adams: Join or Die

Read, John Adams by David McCullough p. 62-68.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1. Discuss video
2. Read Court Transcripts. Complete analysis.

Homework: Complete Court Transcript analysis

Thursday, September 24, 2009

1. Discuss Reading Guide 3.2
2. Discuss film and “historical” Boston Massacre

Homework: Reading Guide 4.1 due Tuesday

Friday, September 25, 2008

1. Quiz: Chapter 3
2. Lecture: The History of Historiography
3. “Facts Are a Stubborn Thing” essay assignment

Homework: Finish reading guide for Tuesday

Monday, September 14, 2009


Monday, September 14, 2009

Go over Colonies charts. Discuss test.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1. Test over Unit 1

Bring book tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

1. Discuss test
2. Work on Chapter 3, part 1 study guide in class

Homework: Reading guide due Friday.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

1. Lecture: The French and Indian War

Homework: Reading guide (3.1) due tomorrow

Friday, September 17, 2008

1. Lecture: England and the Colonies

Homework: Read the rest of Chapter 3. Complete reading guide for Chapter 3.2 for Tuesday.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Monday, September 7, 2009

No School. Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

1. Go over Chapter 1 Reading Guide
2. Lecture: A Walk Through a Puritan Graveyard
3. Document Analysis: “A City on a Hill”

Homework: Chapter 2.1 reading guide due tomorrow. Finish article analysis if necessary.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1. Lecture: Colonial America

Homework: Chapter 2.2 reading guide. Due Friday. Bring Book for the next TWO days.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Activity: Itemizing the Colonies. In groups, you will complete charts detailing the characteristics of the colonial regions in colonial America.

Homework: Reading guide (2.2) due tomorrow

Friday, September 11, 2008

Finish activity. Discuss.

Homework: Start studying for test. Test over Unit 1 on Tuesday, September 15.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Monday, August 31, 2009

Lecture: History of Corn

Homework: Finish reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and complete article analysis for tomorrow

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1. Lecture: The arrival of the Europeans (15 minutes)
2. Class time to work on Chapter 1 reading guide

Homework: Chapter 1 reading guide. Due Friday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1. Lecture: The English in America
2. Document: “The Starving Tyme”

Homework: Work on Reading Guide.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

1. Lecture: The Puritans and Pilgrims
2. Document: “City on a Hill”

Homework: Reading guide due tomorrow

Friday, September 4, 2008

Video: Massacre at Mystic

Homework: Chapter 2 (part 1) Reading Guide. Due Wednesday.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Course Introduction

Homework: Read Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Chapter 1. Complete article analysis sheet

Thursday, August 27, 2009

1. Quiz on reading
2. “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” song by Buffy St. Marie—complete

Homework: Read "Prologue" in text, pages 3-17. Complete reading guide for Tomorrow.

Friday, August 28, 2008

Lecture: America before Columbus

Homework: Read, "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" (excerpt) by Michael Pollan and complete
article analysis sheet for tomorrow.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Lecture: Lend me Your Ears: A History of Corn

Homework: Start reading Chapter 1. BRING TEXTBOOK TOMORROW!

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Your first assignment is to read the first chapter from Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. The chapter is entitled, "Their Manners Are Decorous and Praiseworthy." Although the chapter will be given in class, you can get a head start by reading the chapter online at GoogleBooks.

As you read the chapter, you will need to complete an "Article Analysis Sheet." There will be a quiz over the reading the next day. Enjoy.


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