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Classroom Expectations:

  •    Students have the valid expectation of teachers that a well planned and interesting lesson is offered to them daily.
  •    Students have the valid expectations that teachers respect each individual student and show care and concern for each student as an individual.

 

Teachers have the valid expectation that students show respect for the teacher, their fellow students, and the property of others. 

Teachers have a right to expect that students:

  • Show up to class on time and ready to lear
  • Do their own work and do not copy from others
  • Make their best effort to learn and grow as a person.
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HOW IT STARTED

In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure became much more when Jason, Laren, and Bobby stumbled upon Africa’s longest-running war--a conflict where children were both the weapons and the victims.

They produced the documentary Invisible Children: Rough Cut in 2005. At first they just showed it to their friends and family, but it wasn’t long before millions of people had seen the documentary and knew about the “invisible children.”

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Supreme Court to consider educators' response to cyber-bullying

Two principals targeted in MySpace attacks suspended the involved students, who sued on grounds of free speech and won. The issue has now been taken to the high court.

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A middle school principal in northeastern Pennsylvania was shocked to see his photo online along with a description of him as a "hairy sex addict" and a "pervert" who liked "hitting on students" in his office.

A high school principal north of Pittsburgh saw a MySpace profile of himself that called him a "big fag," a "whore" and a drug user. And in West Virginia, a school principal found out that a girl had created an online site to maliciously mock another girl as a "slut" with herpes.

All three students were suspended from school and filed suits against the principal and the school districts. They argued the 1st Amendment protected them from being punished for postings from their home computers. And in the two Pennsylvania cases, they won.

Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide for the first time on the dividing line between the rights of students to freely use their own computers and the authority of school officials to prevent online harassment of other students and the staff. It may act as early as Tuesday.

The Internet and social media have wiped out the line between what is public and private as well as the distinction between on-campus and off-campus conduct at schools. A posting on Facebook makes its way around the student body far faster than old-fashioned gossip.

School principals say they are caught between the new technology and outdated, confusing legal rules.

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MILITARY DEATHS

Koran P. Contreras dies at 21; Army specialist from Lawndale

The infantryman was one of two California soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

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ADHD: Are we over-drugging our kids?

From 1996 to 2008, the number of kids being prescribed anti-ADHD drugs such as Adderall rose by roughly 30 percent

Roughly half a million more kids are prescribed Adderall, and other ADHD prescription drugs, today than in 1996.

Roughly half a million more kids are prescribed Adderall, and other ADHD prescription drugs, today than in 1996. Photo: CC BY: hipsxxhearts SEE ALL 155 PHOTOS

The use of prescription drugs to treat children for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) — which causes kids to be inattentive, impulsive, and over-active — has increased dramatically over the past decade, according to a new study. Over a 12-year period beginning in 1996, the number of kids to whom we're administering ADHD drugs rose from 1.8 million to 2.3 million. What's responsible for this increase? Here, a brief guide:

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U.S. Army soldier from Lawndale dies in Afghanistan
By Larry Altman Staff Writer
Posted: 09/09/2011 06:10:55 PM PDT
Updated: 09/09/2011 06:48:35 PM PDT

Koran Pulido Contreras, 21, of Lawndale.

A U.S. Army soldier from Lawndale was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, government officials announced Friday.

Koran Pulido Contreras, 21, died Thursday while fighting with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, N.Y.

Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, author of "Tattoos On The Heart"  L.A. Times May 1, 2011

"We expect people to work on themselves here," Boyle told me in his office, a fishbowl from which he can see the constant flurry of activity. Kids from a juvenile camp had been bused in for tattoo removal. Homies were waiting in line to update him on their lives. Former gang members who now work at Homeboy filtered in, apologized for interrupting and conducted the day's business on the fly.

 

Boyle said the young men and women arrive at Homeboy, often from prison, with lots of work to do and many tough questions to mull: "Who am I? What is courage? What is manhood really about?"

 

Boyle and his staff don't answer those questions for Homeboy participants. They simply require that kids stay drug-free and keep their eyes open so they can find the right path for themselves.

 

"No hopeful kid ever joins a gang," said Boyle, who often finds poverty, imprisoned parents and untreated mental illness and addiction in houses that churn out bangers. Through the years, when he asked the non-bangers how they managed to stay clean, the answer was always the same: My mom would've killed me.

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Facebook puts vulnerable children at risk of depression, warn doctors

By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 1:51 AM on 29th March 2011

Teenagers can suffer from 'Facebook depression' after becoming obsessed with the social networking website, an influential group of doctors has warned.

Being shunned on a social networking website can be more harmful than if a child is ignored by their friends in real-life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The group, which has published its first set of social media guidelines, explains that online harassment 'can cause profound psycho-social outcomes', including suicide – as seen with schoolboy Tom Mullaney last May.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1370656/Facebook-depression-Social-network-puts-vulnerable-children-risk.html#ixzz1J9RWvlIJ

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March 31 is Cesar Chavez's birthday. 

Celebrate Cesar Chavez's life.  He proved that even the poor could organize themselves to demand their rights in American Society.

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February is Black History Month

Black History is everyone's history.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of equal opportunity for all people.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

Take a moment and check out President Obama's video message on the problem of bullying in our schools today. It will be worth your time and effort.  (The link is below)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyAFbSDPVk

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Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2010

PARKS OPEN, CRIME FALLS

Summer Night Lights, operating at 24 sites in troubled L.A. areas this year, may expand.

Serious gang related crime has tumbled 40% over the last three years in the troubled neighborhoods surround the sites of Summer Night Lights, Los Angeles park program designed to curb violence, newly assembled police data shows.

This was the third summer that City Hall has run Summer Nights Lights, offering recreational activities, mentoring and counseling programs, meals and other services at parks and public housing complexes.

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Gay teen commits suicide after bullying

The teasing and bullying began in fourth grade. At first it was because he was different — more comfortable with girls, not interested in sports, neither aggressive nor assertive — and then it was because he thought he was gay. Once classmates found out and the news spread, the abuse became more focused and cruel.

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The Columbian Exchage not only involved the exchange of food and animals between the Americas and Europe/Africa, but also the exchange of deadly diseases and slaves. 

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AMERICAN HISTORY

Some say Columbus "discovered" America.   The truth is Indians were the First Americans.  Long before cars, malls and skyscrapers, Indians lived here. People living near each other tended to share similar environments and customs. Areas of similarity are called cultural bands.

Don Witscher

Parents and students - Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year in Mr. Witscher's 8th grade U.S. History/Social Studies class.

 

This year we will focus on the essential question posed by our nation's history:

What is Freedom?

 

We will seek the answer to this question by focusing our academic lens of 6 specific topics:

 

1. The ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

2. Immigration

3. Slavery

4. Territorial Expansion

5. Industrial Revolution

6. Imperialism

In class students will work primarily in three areas:

 

1. History Journal (required spiral notebook for daily writing and reflection)

2. Class Projects (using computers and by hand)

3. Classroom participation (students are expected to participate in discussions, sharing with partners, working in small groups)

 

I do not assign homework. Over the years I have seen that the great majority of students copy other students homework and only a few motivated students do original work. Also, if you research the effectiveness of homework for history and social studies subjects you will find many experts who doubt the value of homework in helping students raise their scores on standardized tests.  Students at Jane Addams receive very important and necessary homework in Mathematics and Language Arts classes and it is my experience that student's homework time would be better spent on completing assignments in those two subjects. 

 

If a student is not able to complete a class project during the allotted classroom time, then completion and credit for the work with need to be done as homework.

 

I look forward with great anticipation to the new school year as an opportunity to work with our fine leaders and citizens of the future.

Mr. Witscher is available to meet with parent or guardian by appointment daily before school, during lunch, during period 8, and after school.

310.676.4806 Extension 20 Phone   

Email contact: donald_witscher@lanwndalesd.net

8th GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

ROOM 20


 

A Nation of Immigrants: the story of the

United States

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The First Immigrants 1492

The GILDED AGE: 

Class warfare, workers against the owners.

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The Golden Door- Immigration to the United States

Ellis Island and Angel Island

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The Legacy of Reconstruction: 1866-1963

The CIVIL WAR

1861-1865

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The Run up to War: 

The Compromise of 1850, The Fugitive Slave Law, California becomes a Free State, John Brown, The Underground Railroad

United States history is the history of immigration. We are ALL immigrants.  Evey thing that has been built in the United States has been built by immigrants.

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The search for a better life:

Abolition and Women's Rights

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Immigration

Mid - 1800s

Manifest Destiny

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Inventions and rebellions transform the nation

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The Trail of Tears- the shame of the United States' claim to fair play.

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The War of 1812, The Monroe Doctrine, and the Age of Jackson

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The New Republic 1789 and the

Election of George Washington

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The Rights we all have a citizens of

the United States:

The Bill of Rights-

the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution

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Article I - The Legislative Branch: Congress

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1789 The Constitution of the United States replaces the Articles of Confederation as the rule of law for the new nation

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Valley Forge- the formation and transformation of the Continental Army under George Washington

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The Revolutionary War -

The American colonists take sides -

the Loyalist and the Patriots

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The Declaration of Independence -

The 13 English Colonies break away from the mother country

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The Colonies Protest against Taxation without Representation

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The "Great Awakening" and the beginning of the end of the "Divine Right of Kings."

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The Journey of the Mayflower brought the first immigrants leaving Europe to find religious freedom in America: the Pilgrims

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Who were the 'First People" on the American Continent?

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Why did immigrants form labor unions during the Gilded Age ?

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The Industrialization of the

United States

1866-1900

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The Election of 1860 

The South secedes.

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Run up to war:  the Compromise of 1850, The Fugitive Slave Law, California becomes a state, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, and John Brown.

Abolitionists and Women's Rights

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Manifest Destiny

and the Westward Movement

The Age of Jackson

Jacksonian Democracy

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The Trail of Tears 1832

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The Five Civilized Tribes

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The Monroe Doctrine and

the Missouri Compromise:

Nationalism and Sectionalism

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Nationalism

&

Sectionalism

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The War of 1812 -

America's forgotten war

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The Age of Jefferson 

The U.S. expands to the Rocky Mountains with the Louisiana Purchase 1803

The new Republic is born:

George Washington elected first U.S. President 1789

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The Constitution of the United States

Article II

The Executive Branch

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Article V - The Amendments

The Amendments show that the Constitution is a living document: it can change with the times.

The First 10 Amendments - The Bill of Rights are the guarantees of the citizens civil liberties.

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The Constitution of the United States

Article I

The Legislative Branch: Congress

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The Constitution of the United States

Separation of Powers

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Turning points in U.S. History

1. The Declaration of Independence 1776

2. The Constitutional Convention 1787

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Creating the Constitution of the United States

1787

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The Articles of Confederation 1879-1889

The first Constitution of the new United States of America

Shays Rebellion - the poor rise up against the rich to protest taxes and unfair punishment for debt

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The 13 Colonies become the United States 1776-1781

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England and the 13 Colonies go to war

"The American Revolution"

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The First Great Awakening

A religious revival in 1720

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1620 The Mayflower Compact

Early self government.

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Who were the First Americans? Who were the first immigrants?

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THE GILDED AGE

Capitalism vs. Socialism

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Immigration and Industrialization

1865-1899

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Reconstruction

1865 - 1876

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The Civil War  1861-1865

Lincoln re-elected / Sherman's "Total War" / Surrender at Appomattox

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The Civil War

1861-1865

Lincoln Elected 1860

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  • The 1850s,  prelude to the Civil War
     
  • Bleeding Kansas
     
  • John Brown
     
  • Dred Scott
     
  • Violence in Congress
     
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NORTH AND SOUTH

How the nation is being pulled apart by slavery:

The Compromise of 1850

The Fugitive Slave Act

John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

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The Spirit of Change 1830 -1860

  • Abolition
     
  • Women's Rights
     
  • Immigration
     
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Manifest Destiny

The United States expands to the Pacific Ocean 1846

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Mexican American War

The United States goes to war with Mexico in order to take the Mexican's land.

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The Age of Jackson

Andrew Jackson's War Against the Bank and Indian Removal

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Nationalism v. Sectionalism

Slavery divides the country

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Presidents Madison and Monroe

The United States At War and Peace

The burning of the White House  by the British during the War of 1812

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The Jefferson Era - Thomas Jefferson the man of many contradictions.

Small Government / Louisiana Purchase / Slavery / Freedom

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George Washington became the first president of the new country called the United States. 

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

1787

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Who is in charge of our country?

What are 'lobbyists' and what do they do?

The Executive Branch of Government

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The Separation of Powers

The Three Branches of Government

Legislative - making laws

Executive - executing laws

Judicial - judging laws

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Welcome to the 2011-2012 School year

United States History:  from the beginnings to World War I

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The first government of the new United States:

The Articles of Confederation

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July 4th 1776

The Declaration of Independence

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HOW DID PROTEST LEAD TO REBELLION? 1763-1775

"Tar and feathering of the British Tax Collector" 

Why did the English Colonists protest???

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The Great Migration: The Puritans come to Massachusetts.

The French and Indian War 1763: England kicks the French out of North America

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What were the original 13 English colonies and why were they founded?

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The First Immigrants

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The First Americans

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The Gilded Age  1880 - 1929

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A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS

The Great Waves of Immigration

1820-1880

1880-1921

wwII through the present

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The Civil War

1860-1865

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated
 

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The Divided Nation

1850 -1860

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Changes in American Life

the Mid-1800s: Reform and Resistance

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Women's Rights and Abolitionist Movements

1830 -1860
 

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Manifest Destiny:

The white Protestants of the United States believed that God intended the white man to conquer the entire North American continent, driving out the Indian, the Mexican, the wildlife and nature itself for the sake of the idea of "progress."

This led to the expression "from sea to shining sea." The United States was destined to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

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President Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears

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The Age of Jackson: President for the common man or king?

What was Jacksonian Democracy?

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The Monroe Doctrine 1821

President Monroe declares that European powers must remain out of the Americas.  The United States appoints itself as the hemisphere's policeman.

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The Missouri Compromise 1820

Missouri enters the Union as a slave state

Maine enters the Union as a free state

The balance of power in Congress is kept even between free and slave states

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NATIONALISM VS. SECTIONALISM

The Divided Nation

Current Assignments

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American Art and Literature

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The Jeffersonian Era

1800 - 1816

Thomas Jefferson:

Hero or Hypocrite?

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The Young Republic - 1789

George Washington - First President

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Extra Credit

November 1 - through the end of the year:

Chapter 8: Confederation to Constitution - complete any Section Assessment #1 Terms and Names, #2 Using Graphics, #4 Main Ideas 20 points for each Seciton Assessment

Constitution Handbook: Memorize the Preamble to the Constitution 50 points

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The Bill of Rights

8th Amendment protects citizens from Cruel and Unusual Punishments

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CONSTITUTION UNIT - NOVEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 19

190 POINTS

THE GREAT COMPROMISE

The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan

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The Articles of Confederation 1777

The first form of government for the new United States of America

The Declaration of Independence

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So, are ALL men created equal?

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The English Colonists Protest Taxes

The English Colonists protested the new taxes imposed on the 13 Colonies by King George.  They would capture the tax collector, then tar and feather him, and, if he lived, they would pour hot tea down his throat to remind him that they didn't want to pay a tax on their tea.

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The First Thanksgiving: Plymouth Massachusetts 1621

The First Thanksgiving: Plymouth Massachusetts 1621

The Salem Witchcraft Trials: The Puritans kill each other.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials: The Puritans kill each other.

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A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS

We are all immigrants, or children of immigrants, or descendants of immigrants.

United States History can be summed up in one word:

"Immigration"

This year we will discover what this history of human migration and assimilation has meant for all of us and how it shapes who we are as individuals

and as a nation.

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"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The Middle Passage: Slavery

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Students need the following supplies for this class:

1. Spiral notebook

2. sharpened pencil or pen

3. good night sleep

4. positive attitude

5. respect for others

New "no" homework policy

I am trying something new this year based on many years of experience with homework assignments in Social Studies and U.S. History.

 

I will not be assigning homework this year.  In years past homework was an exercise in copying the work of other students for a majority of the class.  

 

There is no evidence that homework in Social Studies/History results in higher test scores on the standardized tests given by the State of California.

 

If a student does not complete a project during class time, then if the student wants credit for the work they will need to complete the project as "homework" and turn it in in a timely manner.

Week of March 14 - The Election of 1860

Read the text and answer the questions.

Due block day

Read the handout:  John Brown; Abolitionist and then answer the questions on the back. Due Block Day

The Texas Revolution: Read the document that describes the Texas Revolution.

 

  • Using a light color, color in the area of Mexico in 1821 on the map on the backside of the homework sheet.
  • Then using a darker color shade the area of Texas on the same map.
  • Write a short paragraph describing the Texas Revolution.

The Missouri Compromise 1820

Read the document then answer the questions and follow directions on the blank map exercise.

Due block day

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Homework for the week of February 1, 2016

The Louisiana Purchase

Read the information on your handout which explains the Louisiana Purchase.  

Answer the questions on the back of the document.

Use the map on page 320 in your textbook to answer the question that asks you to name the landform and bodies of water that surround the Louisiana Purchase on four sides.

Due block day

Read the document: the first political parties in the U.S. and then complete the tree map that compares them.

Due block day

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Homework for the week of January 11, 2016

The Amendments:  

Amendments IV - VI

Read the information and answer the questions

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of January 2, 2016

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Homework for the week of December 14, 2015

The Judicial Branch

read the text and answer the questions on the backside

Due Block day

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HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2, 2015

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Homework for the week of October 26

Read the handout:

"The Declaration of Independence"

and answer the 6 questions on the back. 

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of October 19th

The Colonies become Independent from England

English = British  (England and Britain are the same country)

Read document and then ACE it, answer the question, cite the evidence in the text, and the elaborate with more details to back up your ideas.

Homework for the week of October 9

Read the handout - WALKOUT:Hispanic students protest unequal education in the 5 East L.A. High Schools in 1968.

Write an 8 sentence paragraph and explain why the Hispanic students decided to protest. Due Block Day

Homework for the week of October 5

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Homework for the week of September 28, 2015

The Great Awakening

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Homework for the week of September 21, 2015

The Mayflower Compact

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Week of September 14, 2015

Illustrate and explain how the Native Americans and European immigrants saw each other.

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Homework

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Homework for the week of September 8, 2015

 

The Columbian Exchange –

 DUE FRIDAY (This week only)

Read pages 74 and 75 in your history textbook and answer the 6 questions on the homework instruction sheet you picked up in class.

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Homework for the Week of May 11

Read the handout on the life and work of Cesar Chavez

Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining the events of his life and his lifetime achievements.

Due Wednesday for all periods

Homework for the week of April 27

Read the Handout on Ellis and Angel Island and write an 8 sentence paragraph comparing and contrasting Ellis and Angel Islands.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of April 20

Read 612-613 Reformers attack urban problems

write and 8 sentence paragraph explaining what you read and do a drawing that illustrates the main idea.

due Block day

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Homework for the week of April 13, 2015

Read the handout: What were the Jim Crow Laws.  Write an 8 sentence paragraph that addresses two ideas: explain the Jim Crow laws and how they affected Americans after the Civil War.   Do a drawing illustrating ONE of the examples used in the handout.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of April 6, 2015

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Homework for the week of March 22

Read the handout "John Brown: Abolitionist"

and answer the 6 questions using complete sentences.

Due on Block Day

Homework for the week of March 16

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HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 9,

READ THE HANDOUT: Texas Independence: The Texas Revolution and answer the questions on the back of the handout.

Due Block Day

Homework for the Week of March 2

Read: Missouri Compromise handout.  Answer questions 1 and 2. Then turn the paper over and follow instructions 3 and 4 for filling in the blank map.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of February 23

Read the handout: The Trail of Tears.

Answer the 5 questions on the handout. Due Block Day

Homework for the week of February 10

Answer the 7 questions on the handout: The Great Debaters.

Your answers need to be in complete sentences.

Due Block day

Homework for the week of February 17

Read the handout on the MONROE DOCTRINE 1823

1. Write a paragraph that explains the Monroe Doctrine in your own words

2. Do a drawing that illustrates what the Monroe Doctrine meant to the Americas

Due block day

Homework for the week of February 2, 2015

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Homework for the week of January 26, 2015

Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment

Homework: Do dress codes in schools violate student’s First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech? 

Read the handout and then write an 8 sentence paragraph that defends or goes against schools enforcing dress codes on students. Due Block Day

 

Homework for the week of January 21, 2015

"THE WHISKEY REBELLION" read pages 300-301 in your text book on the Whiskey Rebellion and answer 3 questions using complete sentences:

1. What was the Whiskey Rebellion? 2. What did Washington prove about the new government by the way he handled the rebellion? 3. What is the great irony of the Whiskey Rebellion and U.S. history?

Due Friday

Homework for the week of January 12

Write an 8 sentence paragraph either making an argument FOR or AGAINST the death penalty in California. Use handout to get ideas to support your argument.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of January 5, 2015

Read the 9 statements on the FIRST AMENDMENT handout. Your homework is to write one sentence for each of the 9 examples each claiming the right to Freedom of Speech.  State your reason why these examples should be given the right of Freedom of Speech.  Do these examples deserve freedom of speech protection or are they an abuse of freedom of speech ? Your completed homework will be at minimum a total of 9 complete sentences either agreeing or disagreeing the claim to freedom of speech of these 9 examples.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of December 15

The Powers and Duties of the President

Read handout and answer the questions: due block day

Have a great Christmas Vacation

Homework for the week of December 8

The Legislative Branch worksheet: Read the information provided and then complete the answers to the questions on the back side.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of December 1, 2014

"THE organization of the Constitution:"

read informational text and answer the questions on the worksheet

turn in the worksheet on block day and retain the informational text to prepare for the Constitution test.

Homework for the week of November 17

Shays' Rebellion-read the handout and then answer the 4 questions.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of November 3

Read the excerpts from

Frederick Douglass's 4th of July speech

and answer the questions. Due Block Day

Homework for the week of October 27

Read the handout on THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and answer the 3 questions on the backside of the handout.

Remember: you must write your answers using complete sentences for full credit.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of October 20 is a handout:

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Homework for the week of  October 12, 2014

Read the handout: "WHAT IS PROTEST" and answer the questions about the EAST LA Walkout 1968.

Always use complete sentences in your answer and practice restating the question in your answer.

Due block day

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Homework for the week of October 6, 2014

"Frederick Douglass learns to read."

Read the handout and then answer the questions at the bottom of the page. Due Block Day

Homework for the week of September 29, 2014

Read the handout called "THE GREAT AWAKENING" and then answer the questions below using your own words:

  1. What is a “religious revival”? (look up the word revival first).
  2. 2. Explain how the Great Awakening encouraged people to believe in the idea of equality.
  3.  How would the idea of equality change the people's attitude toward their king?

 

Homework for the week of September 22, 2014

The Mayflower Compact

Read the handout and use evidence from the text to answer the 4 questions. 

Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of September 8, 2014

 

Answer the following questions after you read the handout: MIGRATION ROUTES OF THE FIRST AMERICANS.

 

  1. How did the first Americans cross from Asia to Alaska ?
  2. What is the name of the land bridge they used to cross over ?
  3. Why did hunter families make the crossing?
  4. Why did the land bridge disappear?
  5. Why did those first Americans spread across both North and South America?

Due block day

 

 

Homework for the week of April 28:

Read "Early Unions" page 601 and write and 8 sentence paragraph and do a drawing the summarizes what you have read.  Due Block Day.

Homework for the week of April 21

Compare the immigrant experiences of Ellis Island and Angel Island.

pages 614 and 615

8 sentence paragraph and drawing

Homework for the week of April 14

Reformers attack urban problems: Who was Jane Addams and what was Hull House?

pages  612 and 613.  8 sentence paragraph and drawing

Homework for the week of April 7, 2014

Read pages 549-550 "THE LEGACY OF RECONSTRUCTION" and write an 8 sentence paragraph describing what the legacy of Reconstruction was.  Do a drawing that illustrates the idea. Due block day.

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Homework for the week of March 24

Outline Map Activity: The Divided Union 1863

follow instructions and complete by block day

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Homework for the week of March 17

Read the handout "JOHN BROWN AMERICAN HERO" and write one sentence for each paragraph explaining what the author is saying about

John Brown.

Homework for the week of March 10, 2014

Read page 440 "Abolitionists call for an end to slavery."  Write an 8 sentence paragraph that explains what you read. Then do a drawing that illustrates the idea of abolition.

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Homework for the week of March 3, 2014

Complete the Outline Map Activity "Immigration Mid-1800s."

  Label all locations on blank map and answer the 7 questions on the front.

Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of February 24: Handout "What Do I See."  Answer questions and summarize. Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of February 18-handout:

read the "Cotton Gin" and make a "T" chart which divides each statement into "cause" and "effect." Look at the graph "The Cotton Boom" and explain what it means.  Due Block Day.

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Homework for the week of February 11

Read "Sectional Tensions Increase" on page 357 and "The Missouri Compromise" page 358

Write and 8 sentence paragraph that explains what the sectional tensions were and what their relationship was to the Missouri Compromise. Do a drawing that illustrates the ideas. Due Block Day  

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Homework for the week of February 3,2014

Read the handout: Jackson's Indian Policy and answer the questions at the bottom of the handout . Then, do a drawing that illustrates the ideas in the reading.  Due block day.

Homework the week of January 27

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Homework for the week of January 21- Use your own words to explain what  MLK meant in his “I Have A Dream” speech handout.  You need a minimum of at least 2 sentences per paragraph. This means, since there are 3 paragraphs, you must have at least 6 sentences total to get credit.  Due Block Day.

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Homework for the week of
January 13,  2014
Read George Washington’s
Farewell Address and answer the following questions:
What does it mean: “Washington’s Farewell Address?”
List the 3 warnings he gives the country.
Give an example from our country today for each of the warnings, whether we have followed his 3 warnings or not. (you must have 3 examples total, one for each warning).

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Homework for the Week of January 6, 2014

Read "The Whiskey Rebellion" page 300 and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what it was and why it was important. Include a drawing to illustrate the event.  Due block day.

Enjoy your holidays with family and friends and see you in 2014

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Homework for the week of December 9

Read the information on the handout: The Amendments and then answer the questions on the backside of the handout.

Due Block day (save this handout when you get it back)

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Homework for week of December 2

Handout: The Legislative Branch, Introduction.  Read the information and then answer the questions on the back. Due Block Day

Homework for the week of November 18

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Homework for the week of November 12

read the handout: "Shays's Rebellion and the need for change.'

1. Show "cause" and "effect" : underline or highlight 2 sentences in the handout that show the causes of Shays's Rebellion and 2 sentences in the handout that show the "effect" of Shays's Rebellion. (total 4 sentences)   12 points

2. Explain the causes and effects of Shays's Rebellion in an 8 sentence paragraph.  You do not need to do a drawing.

Homework for the week of November 4: handout

"Valley Forge"  What was it and why was it important?

8 sentence paragraph and drawing to illustrate and explain what you have read

Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of October 28

Read "Americans Divided" pages 193-194

write and 8 sentence paragraph and do an illustration that explains what you have read.

Due block day

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Homework for the Week of October 21

Handout:  Primary Source Analysis: Key Declaration Excerpts

Complete handout: Re-write the 3 excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.  Look up the vocabulary words and define them. Answer all questions. Due Block day

Homework for the week of October 14th - Read the handout: Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence

write an 8 sentence paragraph and do a drawing to explain what you have read. Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of October 7

The Stamp Act page 160 - write an 8 sentence paragraph and explain what it was.

Do a drawing of a stamp you would like to create. Do this drawing on a separate piece of paper from your paragraph.  It should be approximately 4" x 4" and you will use it as a template to create a linoleum cut on block day.

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Homework for the week of September 30

Read page 139 "The Great Awakening" and write an 8 sentence paragraph and do a drawing which explains and illustrates what the Great Awakening was.

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Homework for the week of September 23

Read pages 92 and 93 "The Voyage of the Mayflower" and write an 8 sentence paragraph to answer the question: what was the Mayflower Compact and why was it important?  Do a drawing to illustrate your ideas.  Homework is due block day.

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Homework for the Week of September 16

The Columbian Exchange - Read pages 74-75

write 8 sentence paragraph and do a drawing that explains what the Columbian Exchange was.

Due block Day

Homework for the week of September 9

Read the handout: "Migration Routes of the First Americans" and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what you have read.

Then do a drawing that illustrates some aspect of the reading.

Due on Block Day

Homework for the Week of September 3

Bring your History Journal Spiral Notebook Friday, September 6.

The front cover needs to be personalized.  Drawings, or stickers, or illustrations that reflect your personality.

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Homework assignment for the first week of school, the week of August 28th.  Complete, to the best of your ability, a family tree.  The purpose of this family tree is to show the variety of countries that our student's ancestors have migrated from in order to come to the United States.  Try to include your parents names and their country of birth, and if possible, your grandparents names and their countries of birth.  This will be due on Tuesday after we return from the Labor Day weekend.

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Homework for the week of May 20

Read the handout "War on the Plains" and explain the conflict between the white man and the Native American

8 sentence paragraph and drawing due Block Day

Homework for the week of May 13

8 sentence paragraph and drawing to illustrate the reading of:

Education Improves Social and Economic Opportunity (handout)

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CST TESTING

Week of May 5 - no homework

good luck !!!!

 

Homework for the week of April 22

8 sentence paragraph and a drawing.

Due Friday

Read the information on the handout: the rise of labor unions in the United States. When you write your paragraph answer the questions:

1.Why did workers form labor unions ?

2.What were the names of the earliest labor unions, and describe what they did.

This homework is DUE FRIDAY – we are not meeting on block day this week.

 

Homework for the week of April 15

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Homework for the Week of March 25:

When Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 the Southern states began seceding (leaving) the Union and forming their own country (The Confederate States of America).

 

When Lincoln gave his first inauguration speech he was speaking to the Southern states.

 

Homework assignment:

 

What was his message to the South ? What was his goal in giving this speech?

 

Use two sentences for each paragraph

(4 paragraphs = 8 sentences) to explain what President Lincoln was saying in his first Inauguration Speech and what was his goal ?

 

Use your own words.

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Homework for the week of March 18

John Brown American Hero

Read the handout and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining who John Brown was and why he was important.  Include a drawing that illustrates his

exploits. Due Block day

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Homework for the week of March 11

pages 440-441 "Abolitionists Call for end of Slavery"

8 sentence paragraph and drawing, explain what you have read.

Due Block day, this is the last homework for Trimester 2, late work will not be accepted.

Homework for the week of March 4

Outline Map Activity: "Immigration Mid-1800s"

Label blank map with States, Territories and bodies of water and answer the 7 questions on the front.

Due Block day - 44 points

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Homework for the week of February 25

Pages 406 and 407 - Americans support Manifest Destiny

8 sentence paragraph and drawing, explain the concept of Manifest Destiny

Homework for the week of February 19

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Homework for the week of February 12

8 sentence paragraph and drawing

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Homework for the week of February 4

Read the handout: Controlling Slaves and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining the relationship between the white slave master and the African American slave. Give examples of how slaves were controlled.  Do a drawing that illustrates the writing.

Due block day.

Homework for the week of January 28.2013

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Homework for the week of January 22 - due Friday

8 sentence paragraph and drawing

What were the causes and effects of the War of 1812 ?

Read: page 329 - The War Hawks (+cause chart)  and

page 333 The Legacy of the War (4)

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Homework for the week of January 14th

The Aiien and Sedition Acts pages 306-307

What were they?

How did States Rights influence how people thought about these acts.

8 sentence paragraph and drawing due block day

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Homework for the week of January 7 2013

The Whiskey Rebellion - page 300

8 sentence paragraph and drawing:

1. What was the Whiskey Rebellion?

2. What did the Whiskey Rebellion show us about the new U.S. government?

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Homework for the week of December 17

The Eighth Amendment: No Cruel or Unusual Punishment.

Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment?   8 sentence paragraph and drawing, use the handout provided: Arguments for and against the death penalty to make up your mind and give your opinion.

Due block day.

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Bill of Rights handout: Put the Bill of Rights , the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution, into your own words.

Use your own sheet of paper to write out your answers, keep the handout for the Constitution Test.

Due Block Day, minimum 10 sentences.

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Homework for the week of December 3

The Powers and Duties of the President: read the handout and answer the questions on the back.  Also, do a drawing that illustrates your idea of the Executive Branch

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of November 26

Handout: The Legislative Branch, Introduction

Read the handout and answer the questions on the back.

You must do a drawing to illustrate the reading and attach your drawing to the handout answers when you turn it in on block day.

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Homework for the week of November 13

What is the electoral college? Page 256.

What was the electoral college count that elected Barak Obama in 2008 and again in 2012?

8 sentence and drawing.

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Homework for the week of November 5, due block day

8 sentence paragraph and a drawing.

Read:

8.3 Shays’s Rebellion and the Need for  Change.

The last paragraph is called “A Call for a convention.Explain in your 8 sentences why Congress called for a convention to consider the situation in the United States.

o What was the ‘situation’ in the United States?

o What had happened  that had shocked Congress?

o What did Madison feel the nation needed?

 

 

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Homework for the week of October 29

Page 222 New State Governments

read and do 2 things this week:

1. define "constitution' and use the word in a sentence.

2. Read "New State Governments page 222 and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what the section is about. Draw a picture.

Homework for the week of October 22

Read "Americans Divided' Pages 193-194

write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining how Americans were divided over the issue of the American Revolution and do a drawing that illustrates the reading. Due block day

Homework for the week of October 15

Read handout: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and write an 8 sentence paragraph and do an illustration.

Your 8 sentence paragraph must answer the following questions:

1. What was Jefferson's job/

2. What are "natural rights?"

3. What is the government's job?

4. What were the King's Crimes?

Due block day - 50 points

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Homework for the week of October 22

Read "Americans Divided' Pages 193-194

write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining how Americans were divided over the issue of the American Revolution and do a drawing that illustrates the reading. Due block day

Homework for the week of

October 1

Handout; THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING

1. What was it?

2. How did it affect the 13 Colonies?

8 sentence paragraph and illustration due block day

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Homework for the week of October 8

read page 160 "British Troops and Taxes"

explain the relationship between King George and the Colonists.

8 sentence paragraph and drawing due block day

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Homework for the week of September 24

Read "The Voyage of the Mayflower" pages 92-93

8 sentence paragraph: What was the Mayflower Compact and why was it important?

Do a drawing to illustrate your paragraph.

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Homework for the week of September 17.

Read "The Columbian Exchange" pages 74-75

8 sentence paragraph and drawing: What was the Columbian Exchange? Use examples from the map at the top of page 74

Due Block day

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Homework for the week of September 10

Page 27 - The First Americans  (begins of 27 ends on page 28)

write one 8 sentence paragraph and explain who the first Americans were.  Also do a drawing that expresses the idea of the first

Americans.

Homework for the week of September 4th 2012

Students must have a spiral notebook dedicated to this class and the front cover needs to be personalized with stickers, drawings, or any other artwork that highlights their interests or personality.  I want them to make this History Journal their own.

 

This is due Friday

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First homework assignment for 2012-2013

Family Tree: We are a nation of Immigrants and students should complete a family tree which shows the country of birth of themselves, their parents and their grandparents. Due Tuesday

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Homework for the week of April 23

8 sentence paragraph due block day

Who was Jane Addams and what did she accomplish?

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Homework for the week of April 16

8 sentence paragraph

What was Ellis Island? page 614

What was Angel Island?  page 615

due block day

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Homework for the week of April 10

pages 553-554

8 sentence paragraph due Friday

Explain the Freedman's Bureau and the Black Codes

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Homework for the week of March 26

8 sentence paragraph, read page 516-517

"Sherman's Total War"

What was "total war" and how did it affect President Lincoln's re-election?

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Homework for the week of March 19

8 sentence paragraph - look at the chart on page 484 "Resources 1860"

and compare  and contrast the resources of the North and South.

Due block day

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Homework for the Week of March 12

8 sentence paragraph

Explain John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry.

page 469

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Homework for the week of March 5th

8 sentence paragraph: Explain the Compromise of 1850

pages 460-461

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Homework for the week of February 27

due block day - 8 sentence paragraph

page 442

Who was Harriet Tubman and what was the Underground Railroad?

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Homework for the week of February 20th

What did the idea of Manifest Destiny mean in United States History

page 406-407

write an 8 sentence paragraph due Friday

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Homework for the week of February 13

Due on Block day-8 sentence paragraph:

How was the Cherokee Nation affected by Jackson's removal policy?

read page 375

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Homework for the week of February 6

Page 379 Rising Sectional Tensions: what are the differences between the sections that are beginning to cause problems?

8 sentence paragraph due block day.

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Homework for the week of January 30

Read page 353 "Slave Rebellions."  Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining "Who was Nat Turner and what did he do? What were the consequences of his actions?"

Due Block Day

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Homework for the week of January 23

8 sentence paragraph due block day

What was the American System ?

read pages 354 and 355 "Nationalism Unites the Country"

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Homework for the week of January 18

Read the section in your textbook on "THE WAR OF 1812

Write and 8 sentence paragraph that compares and contrasts the reasons that the United States fought Britain in the War of 1812 and the reason we are fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today.

The paragraph is due on Friday.

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Homework January 9
Page 315 shows two of Thomas Jefferson's inventions:
· The Dumb Waiter
· The copy machine
Write an 8 sentence paragraph:
What invention would best help humanity to survive in the future?
 1. What does it do?
2. How will it improve life? 
3. Will it  create any problems?

Due on block day.

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Homework for the first week of 2012

Welcome back, Happy New Year, Welcome to the new year.

What was the "Whiskey Rebellion?" and why was it important to George Washington's Presidency?  

Write an eight sentence paragraph and turn it in on block day.

Your history/language arts essay is due this week.  Turn it in to your language arts teacher on Wednesday, December14.

Have a great holiday

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Homework for the week of November 28-December 2

We are studying the executive branch of government: The President of the United States.  You will be writing an essay next week on the successes and failures of President Obama's 4 years in office.  Your homework this week is to talk to your family, look at a newspaper or TV news program and list 5 things which President Obama has accomplished or failed to accomplish so far. With each thing you list explain why this was a success or failure.

The homework is due on Block Day.

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Homework for the week of November 14

Due Block day

You will write an 8 sentence paragraph proposing a new law be passed by Congress.

You need to say what the law will be.

You need to explain the advantages of the new law and why it is needed. Who would be in favor of this new law.

You need to discuss what problems the new law would create and who would be against it.

Your conclusion needs to state why this law is important to our country.

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HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7

WHAT WAS THE 3/5TH COMPROMISE?

READ PAGE 232

"SLAVERY AND THE CONSTITUTION"

Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what the 3/5th compromise was.

Due Block day.

Homework for the week of October 31

Who was Daniel Shays and why was he important?

pages 224 and 225

Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining the significance of SHAYS REBELLION

DUE BLOCK DAY

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Homework for the week of October 24 due Block day

The Declaration of Independence

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THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

SIGNED JULY 4,  1776

 

THE Declaration of Independence stated that all men are created equal and that God gave all people the right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS.

 

Write an 8 sentence expanded paragraph using examples from your own life and from the events happening in our time to explain how those words written over 200 years ago are both true and false.

 

HOW ARE THINGS EQUAL TODAY?

HOW ARE THINGS NOT EQUAL TODAY?

 

Homework the week of October 17

Due on Wednesday October 19

 

The problems and joys we face everyday are expressed in the music we listen to.

 

Choose a short lyric from a song you like which talks problems or joys you experience in your life.

 

 

Write the lyric (no more than 4 lines) and write an 8 sentence paragraph and explain what this lyric says about the problems or joys we have today.

 

Homework for the week of October 10

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Homework due on Block Day
Read
"The Great Awakening" on page 139

8 sentence expanded paragraph
What was the "Great Awakening" and how did affect the 13 English Colonies?

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Homework for the week of October 3

Page 137-138  read the section "Colonial Schooling"

write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what the schools in the 13 English Colonies were like.

Due Block Day

Homework for the week of September 26

The Mayflower Compact: Would You Sign?
"Having  undertaken,  for  the  Glory  of    God  and  advancement  of  the  Christian  Faith and  Honour  of  our  King  and  Country,  a  Voyage  to  plant  the  First  Colony  in  the  northern Parts  of  Virginia.....".

 

The Mayflower Compact: read and sign and answer the questions.

This Mayflower Compact will be passed out to all students on Monday. Write a two sentence explanation after each question that you sign. Total 10 sentences. Due on Block Day

Home Work for the week of September 19th

The Columbian Exchange: Read the short section in your textbook beginning on page 74.  Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what the Columbian Exchange was.  Use examples from your reading as evidence.

Write the paragraph on a separate piece of paper to be turned in on Block Day.

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Homework

September 12, 2011

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Homework for the week of September 6

You are required to have a spiral notebook for this class.

Your spiral notebook is called your History Journal and should only be used for notes in Mr. Witscher's history class.

Homework this week is to personalize the cover of your spiral notebook.  This is due Friday this week.

You can glue pictures, original artwork, logos, words, stickers, whatever expresses your personality.  Make sure whatever you put on the cover of your notebook is fastened securely so it lasts for several months of handling.

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Bring a good attitude, a smiling face, and a joy to learn.

Your "Who Am I"  8 sentence paragraph is due Friday, September 2

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6th grade review packet - Work with this on block day during the review, due Friday

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Immigration: Map exercise

Label all locations on your blank map and answer the question on the front.

Due TUESDAY

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Homework assignment for the week of April 12

Due on Block Day

One 8 sentence paragraph. First, read the section on page 544 in your textbook titled The Ku Klux Klan

Then describe in 8 sentences: who are they / what do they do / why did they begin / where do they operate / when did they begin / When did they begin ?

Your last sentence should give an example of any "KKK" type thinking or organizations which may exist today.

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Homework for the week of March 28 Due Block Day

One- 8 sentence paragraph: How should we treat our enemies?

Homework the week of March 21
 

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March 21 homework due on Block Day

The Civil War killed over 650,000 Americans both North and South.

Was ending slavery and keeping the Union together worth this price in human suffering?

1 - 8 sentence paragraph.

Homework Week of March 14th

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Into 1850 the Nation was divided between Slave and Free states.  Write an 8 sentence paragraph describing in what way the United States is divided today.

Give examples and show how an issue can divide people and make them enemies today.

 

due block day

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Homework Week of March 7

The Hope of Immigrants: Push/Pull Factors in Immigration

Write a one paragraph story that describes immigrants coming into the United States today. Explain in that paragraph what would be the Push and the Pull factors for these immigrants.

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Homework for the week of February 28

Your only assignment this week is to complete your 5 paragraph persuasive essay based on the topic "Were Americans justified in taking Texas away from Mexico in 1836."

The essay is due Friday, March 4.  Please attach your homework paragraph from last week to your essay when you turn it in.

The Texas Revolution 1836

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Homework for the week of February 22

Write an 8 sentence paragraph defending or condemning the United States role in taking the territory of Texas away from Mexico in the Texas Revolution of 1836. Due on Friday, February 25.

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The Texas Revolution - 1836

The Westward expansion of the United States occurred in stages.  We will study the Texas Revolution and you will answer the question: was the United States justified in taking Texas away from Mexico.

Our history class will be working with Ms. Hauser's language arts class to write an essay defending or condemning the United States for its role in the Texas Revolution of 1836.

Homework for February 14 due on Block Day

Andrew Jackson and Indian Removal 1832

1. Do a multi-flow thinking map showing the steps that led to Indian Removal in 1831 using the information on page 375 "JACKSON'S REMOVAL POLICY"

2. Using the handout, compare Indian Removal of 1831 with Mexican American Removal of 1932.  Write one 8 sentence paragraph comparing the two     

   removal policies of the United States Government.

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"The Boys of Baraka" 

What does this documentary say about racism and equal opportunity in the United States today?

Complete the handout you receive on Block, this is your homework this week.

Turn in "Boys of Baraka" handout Friday

HOMEWORK

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January 31 - Slavery today.

We are studying the growth of slavery in the United States in the early 19th Century.

Do some research on the internet using key words such as "slavery today, 21st century slavery, modern slavery" and find out if slavery exists today in our world.  Write an 8 sentence paragraph summarizing your research on slavery today.

Due Block day.

Nationalism V. Sectionalism

Homework for January 24th

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January 18 American Art and Literature

Compare and contrast the two poems in the handout you have received:James Whitcomb Riley's "The Old Swimmin' Hole" and Tupac's "Life Through My Eyes"What does literature and art tell us about the times during which they are written?How are these two poems helping us understand the times in which they were written?
How are they different and how are they similar????

Due block day

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January 3 Homework due on Block Day

choose one of these two subjects and write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining what they mean in our country's history:

1. The Whiskey Rebellion - page 300

2. The Tea Party (use the internet for your research) This is happening today in our political history: what is it all about?

How A Bill Becomes Law

Homework for December 13 - create a flow chart that explains the process of "how a bill becomes Law."

Due on Block day

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Homework - December 6 Due December 7 - The Death Penalty and the 8th Amendment to the Constitution

8 sentence persuasive paragraph: Use the "pro" and "con" arguments discussed in class (see your handout) for the Death Penalty in California.

Do you feel that the Death Penalty is permitted by the 8th Amendment to the Constitution (no cruel or unusual punishments shall be allowed) or do you feel that the Death Penalty should be banned in California based on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution.

Your paragraph must give specific examples that support your arguments.

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Homework Monday November 29,  Due on the block day this week.

We are studying the "Bill of Rights" the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution.

The First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to "freedom of speech."  Can we say anything we want anytime we want?  Choose 4 examples below and explain why or why not these things should be considered "freedom of speech."

1. Advertisement: “Clear Face kills acne

  germs.” It doesn’t.

2. Said to White House guard, “I’m here to

    kill the President.”  

3. News article says “Rick Roe beats his

    wife and children.” He doesn’t.

4. Book: How to Be a Hit Man.

5. A person taunts, “Your mother ****.”

6. A person yells “FIRE” in a crowded

   theater.

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Homework November 15

We are studying the lawmaking body of the United States Constitution: The Congress. Congress makes the laws that protect citizens of this country.

Write an 8 sentence paragraph that discusses the issue of bullying in public schools.

Your topic sentence needs to state whether bullying is a problem which needs a law to control it, or whether bullying is not a problem that needs regulation.

Your evidence should include incidences of bullying you have either witnesses or experienced.

Your conclusion should either propose a law against bullying accompanies by the penalty for breaking the law and methods of enforcing the law, or your conclusion should explain why no regulation is required and things should remain as they are.

The paragraph is due on the block day.

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November 8th - All homework Due Wednesday December 10

Read "Slavery and the Constitution" page 232

Write an eight sentence paragraph which explains Three-fifths Compromise

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Homework: November 1

Shays' Rebellion (pages 224 and 225)

Consult your glossary or index and find the page that talks about SHAYS' REBELLION.  Write an 8 sentence paragraph explaining the event.

This is due on your block day.  Write your summary on a separate piece of paper, not in your history journal.  Be prepared to turn it in at the beginning of the period.

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Homework for the week of October 25

Due on Block day

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine

Read page 179 "Common Sense is Published" and answer the following questions (using complete sentences for all answers)

1. What was "Common Sense"?

2. What idea did the author make fun of?

3. What did the author mean when he said "America should follow its own destiny"?

4. How do we know today that "Common Sense" was popular and read by many people back in the day?

Do your homework on a separate piece of paper, not in your history journal. Due on block day.

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Homework October 18th - 21

We are studying "Change over Time" and are focusing on the change that occurred in African American Music from its beginning as slave spirituals andgospel music to the present day of Hip Hop. 

Homework:  Find the words to a song that you like that speak to the idea of human suffering, the problems people have in life.  These problems can include relationship, friendship, family, work, money, violence.  Copy the lyrics of the song and write a short paragraph on  why you find them important. Make sure you include the name of the artist and the song and the complete lyrics to the song.

Songs of Suffering

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Homework October 11 Chapter 6

Homework for Monday, October 11 due on the Block Day:

Write one, 8 sentence paragraph which compares the Boston Massacre  (page 165) to the Boston Tea Party (page 167).  What was the Boston Massacre and what was the Boston Tea Party?  How did they contribute to the 13 Colonies disagreements with King George?

Boston Tea Party

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The Great Awakening 1730-1740

The Great Awakening 1730-1740

Homework for Week 5 October 4th

Due on Block day

Read "The Great Awakening" page 139

8 sentence paragraph

Explain how the Great Awakening affected the 13 Colonies

Triangular Trade: The Middle Passage

Triangular Trade: The Middle Passage

Homework - September 27 (chapter 2)

Do the homework on a separate piece of paper and turn it in on your Block Day.

Read "The Middle Passage" page 78 and "Slavery in the Americas" page 79 and answer the following questions:

1. What was the Middle Passage?

2. Who was Olaudah Equiano?

3. What were the "Slave Codes?"

4. How long did the slave trade last?

5. What did enslaved Africans bring with them to America?

Homework for the Week of September 20-24

THE COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE - PAGE 74

Read the section on page 74 and 75 on the Columbian Exchange and write one 8 sentence paragraph describing what the Columbian Exchange was and why it was important. 

This homework is due on Block Day.  Complete your paragraph on a separate piece of paper and turn it in, do not write it in your history journal.

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