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Wednesday, August 25

Distribute & review syllabus

Distribute textbooks

Distribute Parent Information Forms

Writing assignment: What do you like most about history/social studies? Why? What do you like least about history/social studies? Why? Try to write as close to one page as you can. Include some of the things that you remember studying from previous classes that you really liked. Explain why you liked them.

Homework: 

Book cover by Monday

Parent Information Form Due tomorrow

 

Thursday, August 26

Collect Parent Information Forms

Watch video on Buffalo Soldiers and complete study guide

Distribute Why We Study History handout and discuss

Homework: None

 

Friday, August 27

Distribute and discuss Checklist for Answering Questions

Changes on the Western Frontier

Objective: Understand some of the reasons that settlers and Native Americans had conflicts on the prairie and the results of those conflicts

Read Chapter 5 Section 1 and answer the following questions:

  1. What were the characteristics of Plains Indians culture? 
  2. How did the cultures of Native Americans and settlers differ?
  3. How did the government attempt to deal with the growing conflict between Native Americans and white settlers?
  4. What is assimilation? Why is it important?
  5. What was the Dawes Act? What did it require? What goal was it trying to achieve?
  6. What were the causes and consequences of the Battle of Wounded Knee?
  7. Native Americans refer to the Battle of Wounded Knee as the Massacre at Wounded Knee. Why would they do that? How does this difference in names illustrate a difference in perspectives between Native Americans and white settlers? Explain.

Homework: Finish reading Chapter 5 Section 1 and answering the questions

Monday, August 30

Distribute and discuss Class Participation Rubric

Objective: Understand some of the reasons that settlers and Native Americans had conflicts on the prairie and the results of those conflicts

Review answers to Chapter 5 Section 1 questions

Practice quiz

Watch A Walk in Two Worlds: The Education of Zitkala-Sa, a Sioux and discuss

Homework: Study for a quiz

 

Tuesday, August 31

Take quiz over Native Americans (Retake-outline pp. 202-207)

Begin reading on Indian Education. Underline reasons why Indian Education should emphasize American culture according to Thomas J. Morgan and reasons why Indian education should not destroy Indian culture.

Homework: Finish reading

 

Wednesday, September 1

Discuss reading on Indian Education

Homework: None

 

Thursday, September 2

Work on draft of Native American Education Proposal

Homework: Finish draft of proposal

 

Friday, September 3

Discuss drafts of Native American Education Proposal and continue working on them.

Homework: Work on second draft of proposal

Monday, September 6

No School--Labor Day

 

Tuesday, September 7

Agriculture & the Industrial Age

From last year, what do you remember about the impact of industrialization on agriculture?

Work on Agriculture & the Industrial Age Study Questions #1-8. Discuss.

Work on second drafts of proposals 

Homework: Second draft of proposal due to tomorrow

 

Wednesday, September 8

Review draft #2

Homework: Answer questions 9-16 on Agriculture & the Industrial Age Study Questions

 

Thursday, September 9

Discuss questions 9-16 on Agriculture & the Industrial Age Study Questions

Read and discuss primary source: The Public Be --!

Homework: Final copy of Native American Education Proposal

 

Friday, September 10

Collect Final Copy of Native American Education Proposal

Answer and discuss questions 17-24 on Agriculture & the Industrial Age Study Questions

Homework: Test Tuesday over Agriculture & the Industrial Age Study Questions

Monday, September 13

Return papers and quizzes

Finish Agriculture & Industrialization Questions

Homework: Study for test over Agriculture & Industrialization

 

Tuesday, September 14

Test over Agriculture & Industrialization

An assignment schedule for September 13-September 24 is available here.

Homework: 

Progressivism

pp. 306-308 The Goals of Progressivism

Explain the four goals of Progressivism

 

pp. 326-327 The Muckrakers

p. 308 What is a muckraker?

Answer question 1 on p. 327.

 

Wednesday, September 15

Progressivism

pp. 306-308 The Goals of Progressivism

Explain the four goals of Progressivism

 

pp. 326-327 The Muckrakers

p. 308 What is a muckraker?

Answer question 1 on p. 327.  

Homework:

Industrialization & the Modern Corporation

pp. 139-142 The Market Revolution

What was the market revolution?

What inventions and improvements emerged in the mid-1800s?

How did the market revolution transform the nation?

 

Chapter 6 Section 1 The Expansion of Industry

Explain how the abundance of natural resources, new recovery and refining methods, and new uses for them led to intensive industrialization.

Identify inventions that changed the way people live and work. Explain the changes.

 

pp. 279-281 New Technologies

What effect did advances in paper, printing, and photography have on publishing and journalism?

How did airplanes revolutionize communication as well as transportation?

 

Thinking Question

What new technologies since the 19th century have revolutionized society? Explain their impact.

 

Thursday, September 16

Return tests and go over

Distribute Agriculture & the Industrial Revolution Bonus Assignment

Discuss study questions

Homework: Agriculture & the Industrial Revolution Bonus Assignment

 

Friday, September 17 Constitution Day

Collect Agriculture & the Industrial Revolution Bonus Assignment

How can the Constitution be changed? What major changes have been made to the Constitution and our understanding of it over time?  

Watch Video A Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy: Freedom of Speech  and discuss

bulletIs freedom of speech more than talk?
bulletCan freedom of speech be limited? Should it be?
bulletWhat are the limits on speech in schools (high school vs. college)?
bulletHow do age, time, place, content, and manner effect whether or not speech is Constitutional?

Homework: 

pp. 241-244 The Modern Corporation

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What business did Andrew Carnegie dominate?

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What was the difference between vertical integration and horizontal integration?

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What is a monopoly? What are the pros and cons of monopolies?

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What does the theory of Social Darwinism advocate?

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What methods did ruthless business operators use to eliminate their competition?

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Who was John D. Rockefeller?

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What is a trust? Why were they a problem?

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What was the Sherman Antitrust Act? Why was it passed?

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Why did the nationís business boom bypass the South?

 pp. 319-320 Using Federal Power

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How did Theodore Roosevelt feel about the power of the federal government?

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How did Rooseveltís intervention in a coal strike set a precedent for federal arbitration?

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What did Roosevelt do to the trusts and railroads?  

Monday, September 20

Discuss study questions

Homework:

Labor

pp. 244-246 Labor Unions

What conditions did many factory workers face in the late 19th century?

What did labor unions advocate?

What different types of labor unions emerged during the nationís industrial boom?

What was the Knights of Labor? What does your textbook tell you about them?

Who is Samuel Gompers?

Describe the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and its activities.

Who is Eugene V. Debs?

Describe the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and explain why they were so controversial.

What is the Congress of Industrial Organizations? (Use the index to find them.) What does your textbook tell you about them?  

 

Tuesday, September 21

Discuss study questions.

Homework: 

Labor

pp. 247-249 Strikes

What were the reasons for the various strikes during the late 19th century? Be sure to identify each strike and its causes. How did management and/or government react to the strikers?

What role did women play in the labor movement?

How did management and the government react to union activity in general? Why?

What happens at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory? What are the results of this event?  

 

Wednesday, September 22

Discuss study questions

Watch industrialization video and complete study guide

Homework: 

Labor

p. 310 Protecting Working Children

Why did businesses hire children?

Why was child labor a problem?

Describe the steps that were taken to address problems with child labor?

 

p. 311 Images of Child Labor

Answer questions 1 and 2 about the photographs.

  

pp. 313-315 Women in the Workforce

Describe the growing presence of women in the workforce at the turn of the 20th century.

How did the opening of womenís colleges create new opportunities for women?

 

Thinking Questions

What impact have labor unions had on our economy?

How did the Progressives use political action and social protest to create better working conditions? Explain.

What effects did political parties, labor unions, the media, and public opinion have on labor legislation?  

 

Thursday, September 23

Discuss study questions

Homework: None

 

Friday, September 24

No School--Fair Day

Monday, September 27

My student teacher will be making assignments

Monday, January 3

Objective: Trace the steps that lead the United States from isolationism after World War I to international involvement in World War II. 

Watch the video:  Decisions That Shook the World: Franklin Roosevelt and World War II  and complete the study guide.

Trace the movement of the United States from isolationism after World War I to international involvement by making a list of the specific events in this process along with a description of each event. Start with the argument over whether or not the United States should join the League of Nations and end with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Be specific about the many steps that are involved. Refer to the following pages in your textbook to assist you: pp. 401-402, 534-535, and 550-554. You will need to read these pages carefully and include the specifics that are discussed in the text. You also should follow these pages in order. They are basically chronological and will help you see how the United States moved one step at a time from isolationism to international involvement. Include the dates of events when possible.

 

Tuesday, January 4

Objective: Analyze the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and their consequences.

Read pp. 554-557 in your textbook and complete a graphic organizer.

Watch Pearl Harbor Video and complete study guide.

 

Wednesday, January 5

Objective: Explain why Japanese-Americans were interned during the war, the consequences of this decision for Japanese-Americans, and how our legal system responded to the internment order.

Watch video: Of Civil Rights & Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story and complete the study guide

Read pp. 594-595 on the Internment of Japanese Americans in your textbook and complete graphic organizer.

 

Thursday, January 6

Objective: Explain why Japanese-Americans were interned during the war, the consequences of this decision for Japanese-Americans, and how our legal system responded to the internment order.

Watch video: Of Civil Rights & Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story and complete the study guide

 

 

 

Friday, January 7

Objective: Analyze the impact of World War II on the economy of the United States and the resulting expansion of the federal government.

Read the section entitled The Federal Government Takes Control on pp. 567-568 in your textbook and the article World War II and the Expansion of Government in America . Make a list of all the different things the federal government does to mobilize the American economy for the war. Make a list of all the different ways that the federal government expands. How do all of these activities impact the power of the federal government? Explain. Once the war is over do you think the governmentís power will go back to what it was before the war? Why or why not?

 

Monday, January 10

Objective: Analyze the impact of World War II on the homefront, including industrial mobilization and women and minorities in the workforce.

Read the section entitled A Production Miracle on pp. 564-567 in your textbook. Make a list of the different ways that factory production changes in the United States as a result of World War II. Give a detailed description of each of these changes.

 

Watch video The Century America's Time: Homefront and complete study guide.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 11

Collect study packets

Test over World War II

 

Wednesday, January 12

Review for exam

 

Thursday, January 13

Semester Exams

 

Friday, January 14

Semester Exams

 

 

 

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