• Daily Calendar

    Below you will find brief descriptions and links to materials for what happens in class.  Use this page to stay up-to-date when you miss class and to review materials after class or before a test.


    Unit 1 – Pre Columbian & Colonial Era 

    *Week 1 (8/19) Review Summer Reading - Chapter 1 (The New Global World: 1450-1620); 4 sections, Chapter 2 (Invasion & Settlement of North America: 1550-1700); 4 sections & Chapter 3 (Creating a British Empire in America: 1660-1750); 3 sections

    Wednesday August 21st

    Day 1:

    QOD: What is your context?  History is the context for our lives....

    HW: Read Zinn piece, see note-taking


    Thursday August 22nd

    Day 2:

    Introductions: If you could live in another time of history when and where would it be and why?

    • Howard Zinn and historical perspective discussion
    • Secondary Source: Purpose + Evidence

    “These new societies were based on exploitation, not equality.”(7)

    “For most peasants, survival meant constant labor, breaking the soil with primitive wooden plows-”(18)

    • The Course and exam: Content-Your responsibility

                                                Skills-My responsibility                                            

    • Sourcing Experience: Primary   [Community-building]
      • Read source/Examine source (all from summer reading) 
      • Identify perspective
      • Find someone who has a source that has the same context as yours
      • Find someone with a source that has something OTHER THAN context in common with yours.

    HW: Read advice from last year's students.

    Friday August 23rd

    Day 3: 

    QOD: What were the political, social, and economic reasons people immigrated from England?

    • CH 1 Review - Lecture and thesis writing practice

    HW: Cornell Notes on Ch. 2


    Week 2 (8/26) Review Summer Reading - Test on Wednesday. Begin Chapter 4   Ch. 4 & 5 Terms

    Monday August 26th

    Day 4:  Review Ch. 2 and Short Answer

    Tuesday August 27th

    Day 5: Review Ch. 3 and Note Taking

    QOD:  Look at the passenger lists for the following: ratio of males to females, age distribution, # married, # travelling with families. Use this information to write a thesis addressing the following prompt: How did the differences in the population of the colonies reflect the economies of the regions?

    HW: Review Ch. 1-3 for test on Block.

    Wednesday August 28th

    Day 6: Test + Primary Source Work

    • 40 Question MC On Ch. 1-3 [40 minutes]
    • 1 Short Answer Question

    HW: Read "Benjamin Franklin on Education"  With primary source break-down sheet

    Friday August 30th

    Day 7: Comparison: New England and Middle Colonies

    QOD: Franklin on Education

    • Summer LEQ feedback + return assignment
    • Comparison New England and Middle Colonies--Analysis of Franklin source
    • Use 2019 SA sample from Summer Seminar 2019

    HW: Begin Ch. 4 (4 sections, read one over the weekend, 1 Monday night, 1 Tuesday night, 1 Wednesday night)..there may be additional readings..


    *Week 3 (9/2) Chapter 4 (Growth & Crisis in Colonial Society:  1720-1765); 4 sections   Ch. 4 & 5 Terms

    Tues. 9/3--Colonial Evolution & Distinctions

    • Skill: Comparison
    • Groupwork--Predictions
    • Lecture

    HW: Read Ch. 4; Notes Cornell Style (Due Friday) 

    Wed. 9/4 [Block] Midcentury Turning Points

    QOD: Howard Zinn noted that: "The Middle Class was expanding [in 1750] and should they sympathize with the poor migrant or the negro, then the power structure would be upended."  Why might this be important to note?

    • Group investigation: How did the French and Indian War alter the political, economic and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies?
    • Documents, Evidence + Questions
      • Step I: Brainstorm response to Q
      • Step II: Documents
      • Step III: Add background information [for each document]
      • Step IV: Connect Documents to Prompt
      • [Note, we are leaving out the next steps of organization and writing...]

    HW: Find background information for question with documents if necessary; finish notes for Ch. 4

    Friday 9/6--Ch. 4 Notes Due in Spreadsheet

    QOD: Was the Great Awakening important because it coincided with the Enlightenment or was it important because it created divisions among colonists?

    • Complex Analysis w/QOD--connect to argument and other criteria for a 2
    • Rubric and Exercise (HERE)

    HW: Begin Ch. 5

    Unit 2 – The Early Republic

    Week 4 (9/9) Chapter 5 (Toward Independence:  1763-1776); 3 sections

    Monday 9/9-- Imperial Reform

    QOD: What was the significance of the French and Indian War?

    HW: Read Ch. 5, Sect 2 

    Tuesday 9/10--Political Perspectives on Rebellion

    QOD: Was Benjamin Franklin a moderate?

    • How the Stamp Act kicks off the Road to choosing sides in the colonies HERE.
    • Conservative v. Progressivism
      • Radicals-Moderates-Loyalists
    • 15 min Story of US: Revolution
      • Studyguide: https://cropper.watch.aetnd.com/cdn.watch.aetnd.com/sites/2/2016/12/America_Episode2_guide_FIN.pdf

    HW: Read Ch. 5, Sect. 3

    Wednesday 9/11 [7-period Day]--

    QOD: What does the Yale historian believe are the chief characterisitics of Loyalists?

    • 15 min of "Revolution" What perspectives are represented? Video HERE.
    • Introduction: Group LEQ
    • Thesis building and organization

    HW: Do background work for LEQ

    Thursday 9/12 [Block]--

    QOD: Pitt v Townshend

    • Here are the sources you will use...there will be hardcopies in class
    • Continue work on LEQ

    HW: Review for MC & SAC; Finish LEQ

    Week 5 (9/16) Chapter 6 (Making War & Republican Governments:  1776-1789); 4 sections Ch. 6 & 7

    Monday 9/16--MC Test Ch. 4 & 5 + SA

    [Group LEQ Due]

    • MC--30 quest. /30 min.
    • SAQ--12 min.

    HW: Read Sect 1, Ch. 6


    Tuesday 9/17-- Course of the War [And Why it Matters]

    QOD: What was the significance of the Battles of Lexington and Concord? Video (8min)

    Follow up: How does the Declaration of Independence add a different dimension?

    • Events leading to war
      • Timeline (handout & pg. 162)
      • How do the details of the war demonstrate why and how the patriots/Americans were able to overcome the superior resources of the British?
    • Slideshow: Patriot Militia, General Howe, Continental Congress, victory at Saratoga, financial crisis, Valley Forge

    HW: Read Sect. 2 & 3 (pp.178-193)


    Wednesday 9/18 (block) --Perspectives on the Revolutionary War

    QOD: Who was to blame for Britain’s failure to win a quick victory?

    HW: Finish Ch. 6 notes;  Be sure your reflection or critical thinking about your notes is evident; Prep Tavern discussion.


    Friday 9/20--Tavern Talks Note: CLASS will meet in ROOM 182

    [Ch. 6 Notes due by 5pm in this spreadsheet]


    • Begin Republican Institutions...
    • Tavern Talks in Room 182

    HW: Begin Ch. 7, sect. 1 (notes due on this chapter, Friday 9/27)


    Week 6 (9/23) Chapter 7 (Politics & Society in the New Republic: 1787-1820); 3 sections

    Monday 9/23--Tavern Talks contin.: CLASS will meet in ROOM 182

    • Finish last 2 Tavern Talks--taking on perspectives while considering events
    • What happened to the Loyalists after the revolution?

    HW: Read Ch. 7 Sect. 1--

    Tuesday 9/24-- What comes after the revolution?

    HW: Work with Partner outlining the arguments for your assigned Fed Paper.

    Wednesday 9/25-- Constitutional Debates

    • Polish Dialogue for Federalists and Anti-federalists
    • Perform raps--notes on the 12 topics
    • We will  consider the developments of the young republic: Slideshow

    HW: Read Ch. 7, Sect. 2; Slide for HW Question


    Friday 9/27: Synthesis Ch. 6 & 7

    Obstacles of the new Republic--Slideshow

    Questions from Slides--

    • How do we establish a specific, relevant context? (Quest. 1)
    • How do we develop a thesis? (Quest. 2)
    • How do we analyze historical events/developments? (Quest. 3)

     HW:Finish Ch. 7; Notes due Monday in Spreadsheet

    DBQ Practice-- War of 1812 What background information is important?


    Week 7 (9/30) Chapter 8 (Creating a Republican Culture:  1790-1820); 4 sections  Ch. 8 & 9 Terms

    Monday 9/30--The War of 1812

    QOD: [Check for remaining slides] Who was more revolutionary, Hamilton or Jefferson?

    • Background on war of 1812...what is important to know the significance?
    • Analysis of documents with worksheet
      • Part I, II & III --share out after 10 minutes
      • Read and annotate documents
    • Debrief--Importance of War of 1812

    HW: Annotate document packet to be used on DBQ on Tuesday.  You will have 40 minutes to write

    Tuesday 10/1--DBQ Ch. 4-7

    DBQ--Ch. 4-7; Rubric HERE

    HW: Begin Ch. 8: Read Sections 1 & 2


    Thursday (block, short day) 10/3

    QOD: What is Republican Culture?

    We will consider the influences of American founding ideals with THIS slideshow.

    HW: Finish reading Ch. 8 and EITHER complete notes OR do the assignment on the last slide of today's slideshow.

    Friday, 10/4-- Republican culture

    QOD: How is regionalism replacing states' rights?

    Discuss results of the Missouri Compromise and Marshall Court through Documents

    Share out other questions from Thursday (7)

    HW: Submit notes by Saturday, 3pm; Read Ch. 9, Sect. 1 HERE


    Unit 3 – Antebellum America

    *Week 8 (10/7) Chapter 9 (Economic Transformations:  1820-1860); 3 sections

    Monday 10/7--What were the political consequences of War of 1812?

    QOD: How were the Missouri Compromise and the Supreme Court creating a more federalist country?

    HW: Read Ch. 9, Sect. 2


    Tuesday, 10/8--Economic and Social intersections, 1820-1850

    QOD: How did the documents demonstrate an increasing nationalism?

    • We will begin with 3 documents from yesterday's slideshow.  Your analysis will include use of these sentence frames.
    • Antebellum Industry and Econ
    • Crash Course #12
    • Know Nothings and Irish Immigration

    HW: Finish Ch. 9, Review for Test Friday; Notes due by 5pm Friday.


    Friday 10/11: Ch. 8 & 9 Multiple Choice

    • 30 Multiple Choice Ch. 8 & 9 + 1 SAQ

    HW: Begin reading Ch. 10--Section 1


    Week 9 (10/14) Chapter 10 (A Democratic Revolution:  1820-1844); 3 sections Ch. 10 and 11 Terms

    Monday 10/14-- Democracy in the New Economy

    QOD: Cartoon of Jacksonian Democracy: https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/jacksonian-democracy/sources/142

    What is happening? What is the significance of details? Outside information?

    • Debrief of Unit 2 DBQ..slideshow HERE.
    • Social Classes and Politics: How do the social classes that are emerging through economic expansion alter politics and democracy? See background info from Ch. 9 and Ch. 10, Part I
      • What are the different groups?
      • What are their needs?
      • Where do they live?
    • How does the growth of political parties address the increasing complexity of American society?

    HW: Read Ch. 10, Section 2

    Tuesday 10/15-- Who was Andrew Jackson?

    QOD: What were the interests and needs of the various social groups?

    HW: Begin preparations for trial (Friday)--read and annotate document

    Wednesday 10/16 (block)-- How do politics become synonymous with democracy?

    • Questions and NTK about trial?
    • Jackson’s Politics (slideshow with links to 2 videos-- 15min + 9min)
    • Newsweek reading - Analyze as a secondary source..note the publication date
    • Plan out case for trial

    HW: Finish trial prep; read CH. 10, Sect. 3


    Friday  10/18--Was Andrew Jackson guilty of high crimes?

    We will meet in Room 182

    • Jackson Trial
    • Jacksonian America

    HW: Begin Ch. 11


    Week 10 (10/21) Chapter 11 (Religion and Reform:  1820-1860); 4 sections

    Block 10/23: Ch. 10 & 11 MC 

    Friday 10/25--LEQ

    Week 11 (10/28) Chapter 12 (Slavery and Society:  1800-1860); 2 sections

    Unit 4 – Causes and Effects of Civil War

    Week 12 (11/4) Chapter 13 (Expansion, War & Sectional Crisis:  1844-1860); 4 sections  Ch. 12 & 13 Terms

    Block 11/6: Ch. 12 & 13 MC and SA

    Friday 11/8: Begin Ch. 14: Two Societies at War

    *Week 13 (11/11) Chapter 14 (Two Societies at War:  1861-1865); 4 sections Ch. 14 & 15 Terms

    Week 14 (11/18) Chapter 15 (Reconstruction:  1865-1877); 3 sections

    Friday 11/22: Ch. 14 & 15 MC


    Week 15 (11/25) Thanksgiving Week

    Unit 5 (Part 1) – The Gilded Age

    Week 16 (12/2) Chapter 16 (Conquering a Continent:  1860-1890); 3 sections Ch. 16 Terms

    Friday 12/6: Ch. 16 SA

    Week 17 (12/9) Review

    Week 18 (12/17) Final Exam Week

    * Short Week due to Holiday or Teacher Training Day


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