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
QOD: What is your context? History is the context for our lives....
HW: Read Zinn piece, see note-taking
Thursday August 22nd
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
- 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
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?
- Slideshow: Review of Ch. 3
- How do I take notes from film, lecture and Discussion
- Look at notes from Ch. 2
- Format suggestion
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
- Skill: Contextualization-- Primary Source on Metacom’s War
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
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?
- Video: French & Indian War (7min)
- 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?
- Causes of Revolution → Pre-Revolution ppt
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
- 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?
- Election of 1824: Context, Issues, Candidates
- Intro Jackson Trial
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
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR AP EXAM IS FRIDAY
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
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