Jun 04

Book Return/Clearance Forms

You may return books and have forms signed on following days and times:

June 3 – 8 to 9:30 and 12:30 to 3:30

June 4 – 11:00 to 2:15

June 6 – all day during periods 2,4 and 6 – you may come in during my classes!

See you then!

May 15

OPVL – Semester Exam Review

We will be working on OPVL as part of our semester exam review.  Here is the link to a description of the process – OPVL.  We used this process during the Civil War and Reconstruction units to look at cartoons and speeches.  You will have a section on the semester exam in which you will have two speeches to read and execute an OPVL analysis.  The speeches are FDR’s First Inaugural Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address – we have either read or listened to both speeches in class.

Next week we will use a different speech to practice (again) the OPVL process.  Please review the information on the link above in advance.

May 14

Race in America

Another story in NPR’s series about race in America:

“Checking More Than One Box”

May 08

REMINDER: Second Semester Research Projects

ALL SENIORS will present their second semester research project PPTs on May 10. Any senior not present that day will need to return to school on May 14 (and you really don’t want to do that!)

The rest of us will begin presentations on May 14th – all PPTs must be submitted to me by that date.  OUTLINES ARE DUE MAY 3.  I will randomly draw three names on May 10 and those students will present on May 14.  On May 14 I will draw three addtional names and those students will present on May 16, etc.  So you will have some advance time to do the last minute practicing but the actual PPTs will be turned in by May 14th – no exceptions!

Please take a moment to review the Rubric!

Looking forward to learning from all of you

May 03

Homework Due May 8

Read the following sections in the Civil Rights Movement packet:

  • Kennedy Finally Acts
  • The March on Washington
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Voting Rights
  • Black Nationalism and Black Power
  • Civil Rights Movement  Moves North

We will hit the ground running on Wednesday – we will finish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “I Have a Dream” and then move onto the the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.  We will discuss the role black nationalism in the Civil Rights Movement, review the role Islam played in black society and examine the life of Malcolm X.

Just a reminder that our seniors will be presenting their PPTs in class on Friday – please try to arive a bit early to class so we can start quickly.

May 01

Second Semester Exam – Review, Suggestions, Questions

General Exam Review Comments

You will have a choice of essay questions on the final exam.  These questions will be comprehensive, i.e., looking at themes we studied throughout the semester, rather than smaller, more unit focused essays.  The following themes will be assessed: immigration, imperialism, civil rights and reform movements.

Areas not covered: WWI and Jazz Age, WWII and Cold War

Areas to focus: Civil War and Reconstruction, Imperialism, Progressive Era, Great Depression/New Deal and Civil Rights Movement.

Review past tests/quizzes to see the content and type of multiple choice questions.  Give the Civil Rights movement extra attention because there will be a section of multiple choice specifically about this unit. Review the Supreme Court cases we discussed over the semester as well as the various doctrines – i.e., Monroe Doctrine, Roosevelt’s Corollary, Manifest Destiny, etc.  Also review the specific pieces of legislation we studied – i.e., the Constitutional Amendments (covered in second semester), Civil Rights Acts, the Glass-Steigall Act, etc.

Review Materials

  • Unit Outlines
  • Past tests and quizzes
  • Unit homework assignments
  • Khan Academy Videos – as I have suggested before these are a great tool to review for the second semester exam.

Reconstruction – Great Depression

World War II – Vietnam

Exam Format The Final Exam will consist of three parts (100 points total):

Part A – Multiple Choice – 40 questions, one point each – focus on Civil War, Reconstruction, Progressive Movement, Imperialism, Great Depression/New Deal and the Civil Rights Movement.

Part B – OPVL Analysis – you will have two documents to complete an OPVL analysis.  Please review the OPVL process (see the Links!) – 10 points each, 20 points total.

Part C – Essay Questions –  I want you to prepare these in advance – I will select four to put on the test; you need to answer one.  You may NOT bring a prep sheet but I encourage you to create one at home to help you prepare to answer these essays and use it as a study guide.  You are NOT expected to provide citations (although they will be happily accepted!)  40 points total. See Exam Rubric (this also will be included in your exam packet).

Exam Questions 

  1. Explain some of the most important factors (long term and short term) that led to the development of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. To what extent was the movement successful?
  2. What accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement were achieved through nonviolent means?  Why, despite these accomplishments, did some African Americans come to reject nonviolence as a means to change?
  3. If the original goals of the Civil War were to reunited the country and bring an end to sectionalism, to what extent were these goals meet after the period of Reconstruction?
  4. Analyze the goals and achievements of American imperialism from the late 1880s to 1920.
  5. To what extent can you argue that although the United States is a country of immigrants, there have been periods in U.S. history when it was bad to be an immigrant?  Defend your position with specific examples and make sure you are clear about what time period(s) you are discussing.

Just a gentle reminder that your exam is 20% of your second semester grade.  Study well, get enough sleep and good luck!

Apr 25

Reading: Bombingham – complete by Monday April 29

Please read the article in your packet titled “Bombingham” and be prepared to answer questions about what happened in Birmingham in 1963.  You may also want to review Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.

In addition, continue to work on the research, outline and/or slides for your second semester research project.

Apr 25

Second Semester Research Project Presentation Dates

ALL SENIORS will present their second semester research project PPTs on May 10. Any senior not present that day will need to return to school on May 14 (and you really don’t want to do that!)

The rest of us will begin presentations on May 14th – all PPTs must be submitted to me by that date.  OUTLINES ARE DUE MAY 3.  I will randomly draw three names on May 10 and those students will present on May 14.  On May 14 I will draw three addtional names and those students will present on May 16, etc.  So you will have some advance time to do the last minute practicing but the actual PPTs will be turned in by May 14th – no exceptions!

Looking forward to learning from all of you!

Apr 10

U.S. History Show and Tell: Opium Weights

Thank you Brandon for sharing the counter-weights used in measuring out opium.  These weights were used during the opium trade era in China.  What a very cool reminder of the Open Door Policy era.

 

 

Apr 10

Homework Due April 12

Beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement

Read the following pages in the textbook: 658 – 663, 711 – 712, 904 – 932. On page 913 answer questions # 1 (all), 3, 4 and 5.  Also read the following section from US Digital History.