Monday, December 16, 2013

Schedule December 16-20, 2013

Monday, December 16

Finish video:  The Story of U.S.: Cities  There is a sheet that goes with it.

Tuesday, December 17

Lecture:  The West in American History

Wednesday, December 18  MEET DOWN IN THE THEATRE TODAY

Forum:  The West and Pop Culture.

Thursday, December 19

The Robber Barons v. Workers

Friday, December 20

Finish lecture

We have basically one week of class after break.  This is a good time to get everything in that you may be missing.  Also, work on your re-writes as well.  Everything is due by Friday, January 10.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Schedule December 9-13

Monday, December 9

Finish lecture and note-sheet on Reconstruction

Tuesday, December 8

Review for test.  Go over Reading Guides.

Wednesday, December 9

Test Unit 4.  50 Multiple Choice.  1 MEL-Con.  NOTE:  This is the last unit test of the semester!

Thursday, December 10

Start Unit 5.  This unit will cover the "Gilded Age," the West, Industrial Revolution and the Progressive Age.

Lecture:  "The Gilded Age"

Friday, December 11

Lecture:  The Second Industrial Revolution and the "Robber Barons"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Schedule December 2-8, 2013

Monday, December 2

Lecture:  The End of the Civil War

The Civil War reading guide is due tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 3

1.  Counselors will come to talk with the class in regard to registration
2.  Lecture:  The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Homework:  Read p. 374-403.  There is a Specific Definition sheet for this section.  However, the sheet will be optional.  You will have to show it to me on Friday in order to receive extra credit.

Note:  Even though the sheet is optional, you still need to read.  Your test over the Unit is on Monday!

Wednesday, December 4

Lecture:  Reconstruction

Thursday, December 5

You will be meeting with counselors today to register for classes.

Friday, December 6

1.  Finish Reconstruction lecture
2.  Discuss reviewing for the test

Your test over UNIT 4 will be on Monday.  You have a Unit Sheet for Unit 4.  This has everything that you need for the test.  The test will be 50 multiple choice and a MEL-Con.  There will also be

1.   A map showing the progress of Manifest Destiny (Look on your note sheet for manifest Destiny)
2.   A matching section in which you have to identify the characteristics of the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War
3.   A Matching section of specific definitions/terms from this unit

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Story of Us: The Civil War

Today, we watched an episode from The Story of Us.  This episode is on the Civil War.  Much of what you need to know about the war comes from this video.  The sheet is essential and can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Schedule November 25-27

Monday, November 25

Finish DBQ on Secession.  The two paragraphs are due tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 26

Lecture:  The Civil War Begins

Read p. 338-373 and complete the reading guide (Unit 4, # 3) for Monday.

Wednesday, November 27

Lecture:  The End of the Civil War:  Gettysburg and Beyond

Finish reading guide for Monday.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Schedule November 18 - 22

Monday, November 18

1.  Lecture:  The Mexican War
2.  Return DBQ and Test Essay---discuss rewrites.  You will have the opportunity to rewrite both of these assignments.  But---you will need to do the following or it will not be accepted:

     a.  Have a conference with me to discuss the writing
     b.  The rewrite will need to be word-processed and printed out
     c.  You will need to turn in the original graded essay along with the rewrite

Tuesday, November 19

1.  Reading Guide Quiz: Manifest Destiny
2.  North v. South:  Setting the Stage for War

Wednesday, November 20  BRING YOUR BOOK TODAY

1850s Timeline Activity

While you are working on the timeline, I will be available to conference with you in regard to your essays.

Thursday, November 21

Lecture:  The Coming War:  Failure of Compromises

Read p. 338-373.  Complete Specific Definitions #3.  Due on Wednesday.

Friday, November 22

DBQ:  The Causes of the Civil War.  You will be doing this today in class and writing the introductory paragraph.

The Reading Guide is due on Wednesday.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Schedule November 3-7

Monday, November 3

1.  Finish discussing Industrial Revolution
2.  The Presidents:  Monroe and Adams.  As you watch the video, you will be answering some questions.  The sheet can be found here.  Click on the tab at the top of the page to view the videos.

Tuesday, November 4

Lecture:  The Presidency of Andrew Jackson, part 1

Read pages 240-265.  Complete the Reading Guide entitled, "Reforming American Society."  This will be due on Friday.

Wednesday, November 5

1.  Finish Andrew Jackson lecture
2.  Andrew Jackson supporting details

Thursday, November 6

Lecture:  Reform Movements, Part 1

Don't forget, the reading guide will be due on tomorrow!

Friday, November 7

Reform movement activity.

Your Unit Test will be on Wednesday, November 13

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Schedule October 29-November 1

Tuesday, October 29

Finish War of 1812 Lecture

If you didn't finish the reading guide, make sure you turn it in tomorrow for full credit.  After that, it will be late!

Wednesday, October 30

War of 1812 DBQ.  Today, we will be doing a DBQ for the War of 1812.  Since the results for the last DBQ over ratification was not so good, we are going to use this one instead for the grade.

Thursday, October 31  Happy Halloween!

1.  For the first 20 minutes, you will be writing an introductory paragraph for the War of 1812 DBQ with a well-developed thesis statement.

2.  Introduction to the The Industrial Revolution.

Friday, November 1

Video:  How the States Got Their Shapes:  Plains, Trains and Automobiles
There is a sheet that goes with this video.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Schedule October 21-25

Monday, October 21

Lecture:  The Presidents:  Washington and Adams

Read p. 180-196. The Reading Guide will be due on Wednesday (Extra credit if you get it in tomorrow!)

For this week, you will be filling in Note Packets for the Presidents:  Washington and Adams and Jefferson.

Tuesday, October 22

Lecture:  The President:  Adams

Make sure you get the reading guide in tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 23

Lecture:  Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, October 24

1.  Watch the Presidents:  Thomas Jefferson
2.  Start the War of 1812.  There is a note sheet/timeline to go with this.

Read p. 197-207 and complete Reading Guide for Tuesday 

Friday, October 25

Quiz:  Washington, Adams and Jefferson.  For this quiz, you will have several questions relating to the policies and events of the first three presidents.

Finish the War of 1812.

Complete the reading guide for Chapter 6, sections 3 and 4.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Schedule October 15-18

Tuesday, October 15

Activity:  Freedom of Speech:  You Be the Judge

Don't forget:  Mary Beth Tinker presentation 7th Period!

Wednesday, October 16

DBQ: The Ratification of the Constitution, Part 1

Today, you will be going over several documents and determining what they state.

Thursday, October 17

DBQ: The Ratification of the Constitution, Part 2

Today, you will take the documents and create a thesis.  Then, you will write an introductory paragraph for a DBQ.  Due at the end of the period.

Friday,  October 18

Lecture:  The Administration of George Washington

Read pages 180-196.  Complete reading guide.  Due on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Schedule October 7-11

Monday, October 7

Lecture:  Illinois Constitution and the Flag Code

Tuesday, October 8

Review for Constitution

Wednesday, October 9


Thursday, October 10

Practice ACT--Benchmark

HW:  Mary Beth Tinker reading

Friday, October 11

Mary Beth Tinker Prep---The Court and Freedom of Speech

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Schedule September 30 - October 4, 2013

This week we are doing the Constitution.  So bring your packet each day and notes.

Monday:  Terms and Concepts
Tuesday:  The Three Branches:  Executive, Judicial and Legislative
Wednesday:  Ratification and Intro to the Bill of Rights
Thursday: The Bill of Rights
Friday:  The other Amendments

Your Constitution test is NEXT WEDNESDAY, October 9.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Schedule September 23-27

Monday, September 23

1.  Distribute test scores
2.  Discuss writing of THESIS statements

Tuesday, September 24

DBQ  Writing #1:  Go over documents; identify information

Wednesday, September 25

Writing a DBQ paragraph

Thursday, September 26

Begin Unit 2:  The Constitution.  For this unit, you will be filling out a packet of information to help you prepare for the Constitution Test.

Lecture:  The Articles of Confederation

Finish Page 1 of Constitution Packet--"Articles of Confederation"

Friday, September 27

Lecture:  The Constitutional Convention

Finish 2(B) Writing the Constitution from the packet

Monday, September 16, 2013


Monday, September 16

Lecture:  The Revolutionary War

Test over the unit is this FRIDAY.  Start studying.  Use the Unit 1 Overview as a guide.

Tuesday, September 17

The Revolutionary War Soldier

Wednesday, September 18

Today, after taking attendance we will walk down to the theater to attend a forum on the people who lived in this area before colonization.

Thursday, September 19

Wrap up the unit.  Discuss the test.  Go over last Specific Definition sheet.

Friday, September 20

Test:  Unit 1.  The test will consist of 50 multiple choice and matching questions.  The matching sections:

  • Match the description with the colonial region
  • Match pictures with the historical event
  • Match definitions with terms
  • Match the advantages/disadvantages with Britain and the American colonies
Then, there will be short essay as well.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


I came down with pneumonia last Thursday, so I am stuck at home sick as a dog.  So I will not be in Monday or Tuesday.  I am hoping to make it back by Wednesday.  Thanks for being so great with the sub---got great reviews for Friday.  Keep it up!

Monday, September 9

Today, we will begin watching the movie, America: The Story of Us episodes 1 & 2.  These will take all period both today and tomorrow.  There is a sheet that goes with the film to filled out while watching.  You can get that here.  Also, if you are not here for any of these day you can---thanks to the beauty of the internet---watch them online!  The first episode is called "Rebels."

Your homework (Specific Definitions #3) from last week, has been extended to Wednesday!  So make sure you get it in! 

Tuesday, September 10
Continue watching the series.  This episode is called "Revolution"

Don't forget:  Specific definitions #3 is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11
Lecture:  The French and Indian War and the beginning of Resistance
Homework:  Start reading chapter 4.  The Specific Definitions for this section is due on Monday.

Thursday, September 12
Lecture:  The Boston Massacre
Read "The Boston Massacre Who was right?"  Then, write a MelCon paragraph.  Due tomorrow.

Friday, September 13
Lecture:  The Revolutionary War
The Specific Definitions are due on Monday! Your Unit 1 test will be on Thursday!

Monday, September 2, 2013


Tuesday, September 3

Lecture:  From Puritans to a National Identity

Be sure to have read all of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.  You will need that information for tomorrow's "quiz"

The Specific Definition #2 and Map due tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 4

The American Colonies Activity.  As a class, you are going to need to work together to create a chart of the characteristics of the American colonies.  This will be counted as a quiz and the entire class will get the same score.

Read pages 94-102 and complete the Specific Definitions #3, plus flow chart.  This will be due on Monday.

Thursday, September 5

No School.  Happy New Year!  Year 5774!

Friday, September 6

Lecture:  The French and Indian War

Make sure you finish the Specific Definitions #3 for Monday!

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Monday, August 26

1.  Lecture:  The "discovery" of America
2.  Go over the reading and identify the supporting details that are used to make each claim.

For homework, you will need to write a MelCON paragraph that argues whether or not Columbus can be viewed as a hero or villain.

Tuesday, August 27

Lecture:  The English settlement of America

Wednesday, August 28

Introduction to Specific Definitions

Homework:  Read pages 52-54. Complete the Unit 1, #1 Specific Definition sheet.  Due Friday.

Thursday, August 29

Lecture:  The Puritans in America

Be sure to finish the Specific Definition #1 for tomorrow!

Friday, August 30   BRING YOUR BOOK TODAY!

1.  Finish discussing the Puritans
2.  Work Time.  You will have some time in class to work on the the Specific Definitions #2.  I will be around to help, if you are having difficulty.  Also, you can work on the 13 colonies Map.  Everything will be due on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 3, 2013



Welcome to class.  We will discuss the expectations and hand out books.

Homework:  Read the article, "The Corn God" by Michael Caduto.  Annotate the reading, underline important passages.  Why, you ask?  You will be having a short quiz over the reading on Friday!  (It's about corn--and, living in America in 2013, there is nothing you eat more).


Lecture:  America before Columbus

Homework:  Make sure you have read the article:  Quiz tomorrow!


1.  Quiz over the article
2.  Lecture:  The History of Corn

Homework:  Read the two articles about Columbus:  Was Columbus a Hero or Not?  On Monday, we will discuss the articles and you will write an argumentative paragraph, using evidence from the articles. Have a great weekend!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!

Hi everybody.  Welcome to the new school year.  I am pleased to be with you at Elk Grove this year. This is our class website.  Here you will find everything you need in order to be successful.  All homework assignments are downloadable, the textbook is available online and a weekly schedule will be posted so that you can always know what we are doing and what is coming up in the future.

Welcome back!  I look forward to a great school year!