U.S. History

U.S. History – Mid-Term Mini-Lessons

Overview

As you know from our work last week, the mid-term project is to find at least one primary source and secondary sources to research a topic in U.S. history. You will be asked to share your findings with the class in a short mini-lesson including at least two perspectives on your topic and a short explanation of the importance of your topic to understanding the United States or “What it means to be an American.” Check below for further details on the mid-term mini-lessons.

Mid-Term Mini-Lessons

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U.S. History – Week 19

Overview

This is the last full week of the semester! Unfortunately, my time with the class is coming to an end, however the good news is that Mr. Henchen will be back soon! Next week are our midterms and semester two begins on January 22. This week’s focus will be on some of motivating factors and conflicts arising from America’s expansion westward.

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U.S. History – Week 18

Overview

This week we begin discussion of westward expansion. We will focus on the geography of westward expansion, then talk about the concept of manifest destiny. We will move into the last week of our semester discussing some more specific aspects of the movement west, chiefly the technology that permitted settlement of the west and the conflicts that arose from the increase of white migrants to western lands.

The Game Plan

  • Research Land acquisitions in small groups
  • Take notes on classmate presentations
  • Learn about and discuss manifest destiny
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U.S. History – Week 17

Overview

The plan this week is to finish up our thematic study of the framework of the government. We will continue our study of the supreme court and some of the “landmark cases” that historians discuss. The week will wrap up with some interest driven inquiries into remaining aspects of our central government in the United States

The Game Plan

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U.S. History – Week 16

Overview

The plan this week is to continue our thematic unit on the Federal government. We had a great class on Friday, taking care of all of the loose ends that made it to our “parking lot” white-board. This week, we will pick up where we left off last week and talk about one of the early controversial pieces of legislation and one supreme court case. We will use the Supreme Court to

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U.S. History – Week 15

Overview

This week we’ll be continuing our chrono-thematic exploration of government in the United States. We’ll finish up with the framework of the government and checks and balances. We’ll talk about one of the early controversial pieces of legislation and one supreme court case. Remember to e-mail Mr. Des Marais at desmaraisc@harwood.org to schedule time to meet if you need extra help. Also, do not forget to get any late work turned in if you still want full credit!

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U.S. History – Week 14

Overview

Welcome back folks! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. This week in U.S. History, we begin our chrono-thematic exploration of government in the United States. Although our studies will by no means conclude this topic, we will seek to get a good understanding of the general framework of government in the United States. Where did this framework come from? How has government changed over time?

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U.S. History – Week 13

Please enjoy your time with friends and Family!

We’ve got a short week this week. We will be continuing our study of the new republic by watching some of the John Adams mini-series from HBO. Please record information from our the categories of our 11 issues in U.S. History as you find them in the movie. We will pause periodically to talk about the movie and discuss some of the vocabulary. Otherwise, record questions on your viewing guide as we will de-brief when we return from break.

Resources

 

 

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U.S. History – Week 12

Overview

This week, we continue to analyze and discuss conflicting perspectives on the American Revolution. We’ll finish up talking about propaganda and the Loyalists, discuss the economic factors behind revolution and continue to work on our timelines. The summative assessment for this unit will be a short writing activity which will ask you to choose for your inspiration, one perspective on the revolution. Please check back soon for updates!

Game Plan

  • Continue to Discuss Propaganda
  • The Economic factors of Revolution
  • Work on our Timeline (for the Revolution)
  • Comparison of Constitutions

Resources

  • Stations Activity Nov. 15/16

Stations Videos

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U.S. History – Week 11

Overview

Our focus this week in US History is “the road to revolution.” We’ll take a look at a few of the events that historians usually point to when they are attempting to explain the causes of the American Revolution.

 

 

 

Two of the Essential Questions that we will seek to answer during this unit include:

How did events from our twelve categories of issues contribute towards the distinct identity and independence of the United States prior to the revolution?

How do the commonly discussed “causes” of the American revolution affect
our perspective of history and our approach to present day events?

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