Monday, December 18, 2006

No HW over Holidays--- Merry Christmas!

019 - The magic play area
Enjoy the holidays!

Remember your final is tomorrow...Bring your book and spiral with you. Be prepared to write a full essay and one short answer question.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Clarence Darrow- Quote

This is for those who still need to do this assignment:

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. -- Clarence Darrow

What does it mean? Do you agree with it? Why? (3 paragraph essay)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Prepping for Quizam (Friday)

  1. Organize your notes (use sticky notes to make it easier to access them).
  2. Make sure you have outlined Ch. 6 by tomorrow.
  3. Some topics that will be covered on the quizam:

  • Origin/types of colonies (key people, key events, key trade items)
  • Triangle trade
  • French and Indian War
  • Taxation Issues with Britain (Salutary Neglect, new taxes, Stamp Act, etc)
  • Declaration of Independence and Reasons for Revolution
  • Key Revolutionary events

Thursday, November 30, 2006

No HW Tonight

There is no HW tonight.

However, there will be HW over the weekend. Please remember to take your book and spirals home.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Propaganda Poster

1. Work on your propaganda poster. Get it close to completion because you will only have about 15 minutes of class to work on it tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Chapter 6

1. Preview & Read Chapter 6 (all)

2. Answer questions #12, 17, 21-24 on pages 196-197.


Monday, November 27, 2006

Declaration of Independence

1. Translate the two sentences we read in class (the most important and second most important sentences in American history). They must be in your own words (and NOT what it says in the margin). What do these sentences mean to YOU? How do you feel about them? Why?

2. Make an argument that either supports or refutes this statement: The purpose of government is to protect basic rights. You should have your introductory paragraph plus one or two supporting paragraphs.

Friday, November 17, 2006


1. HW that was due for today (Friday) will be checked on Monday.

2. Reminder: Star Wars Mini-Project is due on Monday (and you may NOT use a HW pass to get out of it).

3. Weekend HW (you MAY use a HW pass for this, BUT it will eventually have to be turned in before your final):

Quotation work:

Take the quotation you agree with the most, and make an argument for why it is correct. Begin to write an essay proving your point. However, you may NOT use personal pronouns. Please type this up and have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. You will be graded on thesis statement, and support points.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

French & Indian War/Taxation

Use your book/outline to help you answer the following questions:

A. Summarize the reasons for the French/Indian War.

B. What was the outcome of the War?

C. What were some of the direct reasons for new taxes being imposed on the Colonists?

D. What were the most egregious (look it up) taxes imposed on the colonists? Why? (Make an argument)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Colonial Homework

Try your hand at the questions on pages 134-135.

  • Complete 1-11 in your spirals.
  • For #10, also answer this question: c) The free enterprise system certainly benefitted many individuals during the colonial period, but not everyone. Who/what groups did it hurt and why? Provide examples.
  • For #11-- you might have to look up "milestone" to understand the question. Try your hand at it.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I didn't have time to get my assignment this means:

You won't have HW tonight. We will do what we can in class tomorrow.

Please have your outline completed.

Bring your textbook too...

Monday, November 13, 2006

Outlining, part 2

1. If you HAVE NOT finished your outline for Chapters 3-5, please try again this evening. This time use the new information. Please follow the same time rule (no more than 30 minutes per chapter).

2.If you HAVE finished
outlining the chapters then outline Chapter 6 tonight. Follow the same time consideration (30 min/chapter), but see if you can get the outlining concept correctly.

Please DO USE the handouts to help your process.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Please view your Star Wars episode and complete the analysis prior to Monday Nov. 20.

Outline Due Monday

The outline for Chapters 3-5 is due Monday.

Remember, don't spend more than 30 minutes on each chapter.

Good Luck...

Friday, November 03, 2006


  • Please study for your Ideology exam. It is scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 7th.
  • You must know the meanings of all the words on the list.
  • Be able to identify cow analogies and make cow analogies.
  • Be able to write persuasively about ideologies (and other words).
  • Be able to discuss the differences between similar ideologies.
  • We will review in class Monday.

Expect the exam to take the whole period. It is worth 100 points.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Taboo Cards

Happy Halloween!

Don't forget your TWO assigned Taboo cards are due Thursday.

We hope to play the game Thursday or Friday of this week.

Don't eat too much candy...


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

INFO: I may not be back tomorrow

Adrian is sick. I may not be back tomorrow. If so, you will have work to do, but NOT your project.
I will make adjustments to the schedule when I return...but it is likely our Taboo game will NOT be on Halloween!


More Ideology Definitions & Cows

  1. Choose 7 words to define from the list. You may NOT define words previously done (this includes the first 10 words, plus the words for last night's hw). Again, all definitions should be in YOUR OWN words.
  2. Make "cow analogies" for THREE of the "-isms" on the list (your choice).

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ideology HW-- Definitions

Define the following words from the list in YOUR OWN (not the dictionary's) words.
Hint: encyclopedias may offer more complete definitions, but they are more careful. Cows are optional ;)

a. totalitarianism
b. feudalism
c. communism
d. fascism
e. federalism
f. confederacy

Upcoming Activities/Tests

Oct. 31st -- Taboo Game

Nov. 2nd -- Ideology/Polybius Quizam

Monday, October 23, 2006

Polybius Cycle

Please record all answers in your spiral:

1. Finish up your journal topic about Fairness/Efficiency if you have not.
2. Now that you have seen Polybius' cycle, answer the following questions:
  • How does this compare to what you predicted?
  • Do you agree with his cycle? Why or why not?
  • Try to find some proof either way. Proof may come from your history book (thinking about our country) or encyclopedia (thinking about other countries).


Friday, October 20, 2006

Cycle of Government

Polybius said governments necessarily follow a cycle:
  • Predict the cycle using the ideologies on your vocab page.
    • (hint: use only ideologies with Greek etymology)
  • Which gov't type would be first? What would it go to next? Would there be other types to follow? When/why would it go back to the first type?
  • Why do you think his cycle is this way?
(Min=2 paragraphs or so) DUE: MONDAY