Thursday, April 17, 2014



CONTINUED




Yup - SBAC testing for MATH is continued this week. So Monday and Wednesday will be regular days - Tuesday and Thursday, not as much....but you are pioneers - you can do it!





 










SUBJECT: The Reform Era 1820-1860

"No government is lawful or innocent that does not recognize the moral law as the only universal law, and God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Judge, to whom nations in their national capacity, as well as individuals, are amenable."

Charles Finney


Let's face it - we started out as a "Christian" nation.
And that Christian mindset, which brought about the Second Great Awakening, as well as the empowering of "Universal" Male Suffrage (the right to vote), opened up an eruption of REFORM in our early nation.

We will continue our analysis of the Era of Great Reforms in our growing nation; the move to deal with alcoholism, the momentum to equalize women's rights, and the constant struggle to end slavery....a struggle which will eventually lead to a great war - the Civil War!

A storm is coming...


Count on another QUIZ this week!
REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


***KNOW UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS WEEK***
You know the drill...first and last name - dates of their administration... 






DUE next Monday (April 28th):



  • READ Reform Era, pp. 1-4
  • QUESTIONS pp. 1-2




    • DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 28th)




      KEEP staying aware... 
      ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



      DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  







       




      The INFOGRAPHIC is due on May Day (May 1).

      FOR THIS WEEK - work on your final concept and continue your research.

      The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


      Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.




      DON'T FORGET THE









      DUE: Thursday, May 15

      Saturday, April 12, 2014












      This week will be the Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing for LANGUAGE ARTS. So Monday and Wednesday will be regular days - Tuesday and Thursday will be a bit mixed up....but you will survive and do just great!










       





      SUBJECT: North/South Different Paths 1800-1845

      "The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised."

      John C. Calhoun


      We analyzed the NORTH last week.
      Now what about the SOUTH? This week we will be observing and discussing the southern states during the Pre-Civil War era as our nation continues moving west and going through its growing pains.

      A storm is coming...


      Count on a QUIZ this week!
      REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


      ***KNOW UP TO 28 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS WEEK***
      YUP!...first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 





      DUE next Monday (April 21st):

    • READ North and South, pp. 5-8
    • QUESTIONS pp. 3-4





      DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 21st)




      Stay aware of your world! 
      ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



      DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  







       




      CURRENTS now have a real purpose - you will not only be DEBATING a topic drawn from the class CURRENTS assignments, but also producing a table team INFOGRAPHIC, to help you research and prepare for your debates.
      The INFOGRAPHIC will be due on May Day (May 1).

      FOR THIS WEEK - thesis statement and outline - Due Thursday, April 17

      The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


      Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.




      DON'T FORGET THE









      DUE: Thursday, May 15

      Friday, April 4, 2014


























       


      SUBJECT: North/South Different Paths 1800-1845
       
      "This Union is my country. The thirty states is my country."

      Henry Clay
      Speech: Preserving the Union (1850)

      With the growth of a new, flourishing country came SECTIONALISM and even DIVISION...but not bloodshed.
      At least not yet...


      As we analyze the early 19th century in our nation's history, we will see a blossoming new nation, vibrant and eager to expand and grow...yet old unfinished arguments (slavery and states' rights) start festering...
      ...a storm is forming just beyond the horizon!...

       
      Count on a QUIZ this week!
      REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


      ***START LEARNING UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
      YUP!...first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 



      DUE next Monday (April 14th):




      DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 14th)




      You will only be required to provide ONE CURRENTS entry for each week until the end of the year (yeah!).



      This is to keep you informed about your world...  

      DUE: Completed in class each Thursday 





       



      CURRENTS now have a real purpose - you will not only be DEBATING a topic drawn from the class CURRENTS assignments, but also producing a table team INFOGRAPHIC, to help you research and prepare for your debates.
      The INFOGRAPHIC will be due on May Day (May 1).
      The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


      Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.



      DON'T FORGET THE







      DUE: Thursday, May 15


      Saturday, March 29, 2014

















      YOU GUYS HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK!
      You earned it! See you in April...

      .

      Friday, March 21, 2014












      SUBJECT: Different Paths  [1800-1845]

      "Our Constitution is no longer a doubtful experiment, and at the end of nearly half a century we find that it has preserved unimpaired the liberties of the people, secured the rights of property, and that our country has improved and is flourishing beyond any former example in the history of nations."
      Andrew Jackson
      Farewell Address
      March 4, 1837

       
      The Era of Good Feelings makes way for the dynamic time of the Andrew Jackson Era. But as our nation grew, underneath was bubbling division - division that would eventually erupt into the violence that would be the Civil War. We are still years away from this tragic event - but it is there...
      ...just on the horizon...

      We will begin discussing the different paths the three major regions of our nation (North, South and West) brought about fantastic growth (and disruption) in our nation's history.
       
      TEST this week! Wednesday!
      The test will cover from Jefferson to the Era of Good Feelings.


      ***KNOW THE FIRST 22 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
      As you know, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration must be known... 





      NO READING THIS WEEK!
      (IT'S SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK)








      DUE THIS THURSDAY!
      Think about what you want to debate!
      We will work on this in-class.


      We will talk about your DEBATES this week...
      We will work on these after SPRING BREAK. 

      Sunday, March 16, 2014













      Hey folks - we have been getting a bit sloppy in my classroom, leaving things behind and not picking them up later at the end of the day.

      SO....from now on, anything left in the LOST AND FOUND in my class will be tossed out at the end of EACH WEEK!!!
      So if you are missing anything and can't find it in the school's LOST AND FOUND, check the one in my class...

      ...or I'm selling it all!!!
      (I'll get my cat paid off one way or another...)










      SUBJECT: A Changing Nation 1815-1840 [continued]
       
      With the end of the War of 1812 the Era of Good Feelings was just starting with the administration of James Monroe. He solidified our nation even more with his Monroe Doctrine concept of keeping Europe out of our hemisphere. Following a "panic" depression, that left John Quincy Adams politically crippled, our nation entered a new era of democracy - the Andrew Jackson Era. 
       
      Expect a QUIZ this week!
      A TEST NEXT WEEK!!!

      ***THIS TIME KNOW THE FIRST 18 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
      Yes, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 
      _________________________________________

      DUE next Monday (March 24th):




      DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (March 24th)
      _________________________________________


      DUE THIS THURSDAY (DEBATES will be in a couple of weeks - look for topics you want to debate!)
      We will work on this in-class.

       _________________________________________


      DON'T FORGET YOUR










      The assignment we discussed last week is available here, in case you need the RUBRIC or INSTRUCTIONS (if you lost your copy and need to make another one). BE CREATIVE - provide at least TWO MAJOR EVENTS from each President's Administration time period - and HAVE FUN!!!
      DUE: Thursday, May 15












      CONGRATULATIONS to:
      • HUNTER ANDRES, DREW HOLLEY, OTIS JEFFORDS, BILL PARKER & ABIGAIL THOMSON - FIRST PLACE Team Exhibit Win
      • MEGAN HATROCK, NORA PARKER & ALLISON RUSSUM - FIRST PLACE Performance Win
      • ELLIE THOMSON - SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
        (Unfortunately, Alexis Kuenkler and Daphne Carroll were unable to attend. Daphne had a prior engagement do Ellie stepped in to help Alexis in the competition. Sadly, Alexis caught a bug and was too sick to perform. Ellie went on anyway, without costumes and prepared to answer questions for a different topic -- she WOWed the judges anyway. Because of the special situation of the team not present, she was given a special mention for her outstanding efforts, even if she can not proceed to the next competition. WHAT A TEAM PLAYER!!!)
      These awesome teams and individuals are to be congratulated for their wonderful work! The First and Second Prize winners are invited to attend the STATE NHD COMPETITION on April 12th in Caldwell at the College of Idaho.

      When you see them - applaud a bit for their achievement!

      Saturday, March 8, 2014



      SUBJECT: A Changing Nation 1815-1840
       
      Our nation is just starting off - and growing...
       
      We will discuss the War of 1812 and the Era of Good Feelings that followed...up to the change in American Democracy with the Andrew Jackson Administration.
       
      Expect a QUIZ this week!

      ***BE PREPARED FOR THE FIRST 15 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
      Yes, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 
      _________________________________________

      DUE next Monday (March 17th):




      DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (March 17th)
      _________________________________________


      DUE THIS WEDNESDAY (DEBATES will be in a few weeks - look for topics you want to debate!)
      We will work on this in-class.

       _________________________________________

      VERBAL SPARRING Indian Removal Act - THURSDAY!


      DON'T FORGET YOUR










      The assignment we discussed last week is available here, in case you need the RUBRIC or INSTRUCTIONS (if you lost your copy and need to make another one). BE CREATIVE - provide at least TWO MAJOR EVENTS from each President's Administration time period - and HAVE FUN!!!
      DUE: Thursday, May 15



      Thursday, March 6, 2014












      Andrew Jackson started it - Martin Van Buren continued it - and it lead to the ousting of countless Native American souls from their ancestral homeland to the foreboding and desolate region that would become Oklahoma.

      The Five Civilized Nations, consisting of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee-Creek, and Seminole, were well established in the Southeastern United States when the Louisiana Purchase was acquired from France. With this new addition, unexplored territory was used as a "prison" or "holding place" for the Natives that happened to be in the way of expanding American farmers and businessmen (mostly plantation owners).


      Do you agree with this landmark decision?
      Do you disagree?

      We will debate it in a VERBAL SPARRING match on Thursday, March 13th.

      You and your table team will chose to become one of the Five Civilized Nations then you will prepare to defend your homeland in a mock-Senate debate. One table will take on the Cabinet of Andrew Jackson's Administration and defend the policies of America.
      • Remember everyone begins with 10 our of 20 points
      • You may only increase your points by participating!!!
      • Your Tribal Chief (or the Secretary of State, if you table has chosen the Jackson Administration) will have 3-4 minutes to provide a general overview of your position. That means you and your team must coordinate and organize a presentation that will amaze the Senate and the Vice President Calhoun (that would be your teacher, Mr. Johnson)
      • The debate then will be opened to anyone who wishes to particpate in 15 second points and counterpoints.
      • 5 second rebuttals will then be provided to anyone who wishes to join in the debate (and they go very fast - be concise and clear to your point)
      • The debate will continue until all points have been presented from all sides and all have had a chance to join in.
      • Vice President Calhoun (Mr. Johnson) may bring in other points, if the debate starts to slacken or slow...

      ASSIGNMENT: In case you lost the one provided in class, click here for another copy. Follow the directions and come with information you can present to the class. 

      DEFEND YOUR POSITION!!!












       





      REGIONAL CONTEST WINS!
       
      CONGRATULATIONS to the following students have been invited to move onto the REGIONAL COMPETITION!

      •  Jessica Millard [8th] - DOCUMENTARY (single entry)
        "Media"

      • Ethan Major, Caleb Koop [8th] - DOCUMENTARY
        "2nd Amendment Rights"

      • Kayla Garcia [8th] - EXHIBIT (single entry)
        "Berlin Wall"

      • Nathan Wood, Cade Conboy [7th] - EXHIBIT
        "The Pony Express"

      • Alyssa Mills, Elyse Mills, Caleb Johnson, Garrick Brown, Nicolai Epling [7th] - EXHIBIT
        "The Pilgrims"

      • Henry Schmick [7th] - EXHIBIT (single entry)
        "Fishing Rights"

      • Jack Wirick [6th] - EXHIBIT (single entry)
        "A. Philip Randolph"

      • Isaac Chamberlain [6th] - EXHIBIT (single entry)
        "The U.S. Presidency"

      • Nora Parker, Megan Hatrock, Allison Russum [5th] - PERFORMANCE
        "Rosa Parks"

      • Bill Parker, Hunter Andres, Otis Jeffords, Drew Holley, Abigail Thomson [5th] - EXHIBIT
        "Japanese Interns of WWII"

      • Alexis Kuekler, Daphne Carroll [5th] - PERFORMANCE
        "The Great Depression"

      The REGIONALS will be held at Kellogg Middle School on Saturday, March 15th (time will be announced later, but last year the competition began at 9 AM - more details will follow as I learn of them). 


      DIRECTIONS
      From Coeur d'Alene, head East on I-90, about 35 miles to Kellogg, ID in the Silver Valley.
      Take Exit 49 ( Bunker Avenue ) and turn right at the light. 
      Go down and around Bunker Avenue about 1/10th of a mile.
      Kellogg Middle School will be on your left.
      810 Bunker Avenue.


      There is an $8 entry fee for all participants (that's each student, not each team). I will need to collect that fee no later than Thursday, March 13th (or you will need to bring payment to the competition on the day - come early to make sure that is dealt with beforehand)


      Please fill out the Registration Form and bring that to me or to the competition. Late registration begins at 8 AM.

      Thursday, February 20, 2014




      THIS IS IT!!!
       
      This next week is totally devoted to working on your National History Day project (each of my Social Studies classes will be dedicated to finishing up the final work). That means - only THREE WORKING DAYS LEFT!

      The SCHOOL CONTEST will be held in Mr. Johnson's room this Thursday during your classroom time.

      TWO TEAMS WILL BE SELECTED FROM EACH CLASS AS FIRST & SECOND WINNERS WHO WILL GO ON TO THE REGIONAL COMPETITION IN KELLOGG (Saturday, March 15th).
      More details will come on the REGIONAL, but be aware there is an entry fee of $8.00 for those going onto the next level!

      For the FIVE CATEGORIES make sure you use the official NHD grading rubric/checkoff-list that was passed out in class. If you need another form, click below:
      This is a 200 point assignment - so be diligent!
      CHECK THE RULES for each project type if you have questions on your entry.

      DUE DATE: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      •  Your entry must be ready to present by the end of school, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - you should be able to simply come into class on Thursday and present immediately (You may deliver your project before school on Thursday, February 27 if you make prior arrangements with Mr. Johnson)

        WEBSITES must be ready to present on Thursday - the url for your site must be presented to Mr. Johnson no later than the end of school on Wednesday. You will also upload your final website to NHD by the end of Thursday for final approval.

        PAPERS may be partially read during your class presentation, if you wish - but you will still be held to 3-5 minutes. PAPERS are also sent for final approval on Thursday.

      • Your entry must include, along with the project, itself:
        • Your team's clean, printed THESIS STATEMENT & OUTLINE
        • Your personal, clean, printed ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
        • Your personal, clean, printed PROCESS PAPER
      • Your team must come ready to present your project with a 3-5 minute talk about your work. After your presentation, the judges will be allowed to ask questions and consider the entries.




      • The Idaho State History Day site is located here.
      • The Regional Contest is in Kellogg on Saturday, March 15, 2014
      • The Idaho State History Day competition will be in Boise held on April 12, 2014.

      The National History Day competition will be held in Maryland on June 15-19, 2014.

      The official rule book may be downloaded here.
      The theme overview sheet may be downloaded here.
      The sample topics sheet may be downloaded here.

      Go to http://www.nhd.org/ for more information (or click the logo below).

         

      Friday, February 14, 2014













      An odd week...but a useful one!
       
      You have a TEST on Wednesday (The time periods of Washington & Adams). We will review on Tuesday, then you will have the rest of the period to work on projects - NHD is over in ONE WEEK! This is a week to get some things done!

      TEST on Wednesday!!!! Be ready to know the information from Washington's time to John Adams' - and the FIRST SEVEN PRESIDENTS of the United States (yes, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration)...





      NO READING THIS WEEK!








      NO CURRENTS THIS WEEK








      NHD is over next week!
      Stay focused and use your time wisely!











      The assignment we discussed last week is available here, in case you need the RUBRIC or INSTRUCTIONS (if you lost your copy and need to make another one). BE CREATIVE - provide at least TWO MAJOR EVENTS from each President's Administration time period - and HAVE FUN!!!
      DUE: Thursday, May 15 -- YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR THIS!!!



      Sunday, February 9, 2014



      SUBJECT: Jeffersonian Era! (CONTINUED) 1800-1815
       
      We will continue our discussions about our THIRD PRESIDENT, our New Republic, and our new backyard we purchased from the French that opened up our nation in ways never thought of before - the LOUISIANA PURCHASE!

      Expect a QUIZ this week!
      ***TEST NEXT WEEK!!!! 

      ***YOU WILL NEED TO RE-LEARN THE FIRST 11 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS BY NEXT WEEK!***
      Yes, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 
      _________________________________________

      READING due Tuesday (February 18th):




      DEADLINE: due next TUESDAY! (February 18th)
      _________________________________________


      DUE WEDNESDAY (we will do them in class)
      START searching for topics you want to DEBATE...


       _________________________________________



      ONLY 5 IN-CLASS,WORKING DAYS!
      Stay focused and use your time wisely!












      The assignment we discussed last week is available here, in case you need the RUBRIC or INSTRUCTIONS (if you lost your copy and need to make another one). BE CREATIVE - provide at least TWO MAJOR EVENTS from each President's Administration time period - and HAVE FUN!!!
      DUE: Thursday, May 15 -- YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR THIS!!!