Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Today in class we played Jeopardy! as part of our review.  There was lots of cash and prizes on the line so be sure to ask all about it when students come home today!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DBQ Work and Test Prep

We continued working on our DBQ yesterday.  I handed out a copy of the rubric and also provided an example of a DBQ answer so students could visualize what I'm asking of them.  Additionally I have posted an annotated copy of the documents with some notes to help out!  DBQ is due next Tuesday.  We have a test this Friday to get ready for!  Here's a copy of the test to help prepare!

Additionally, here's some of the information I presented to the class today to help get our minds ready for our first test:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Later Exploration

Today in class we started discussing the settlement of North America by the Spanish, French, English, and Dutch.  You can see what we discussed below:

Our first test is scheduled a week from tomorrow.  More information to come on that in the coming days!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The English Begin to Settle

Today in class we watched the first half of episode #1 from The History Channel's "America:  The Story of Us."  We looked for INSPECT examples throughout the video to help sharpen our skills of identifying the forces of history.

We are still working on our first DBQ, which will be due next week sometime.  We will also be taking our first test next week as our first major demonstration of some of our classroom skills.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Learning from Primary Sources

Today the real fun began...

We are beginning to explore primary sources.  You know, those things written a long time ago that no one can understand.  But that's not going to stop us.

We are in the process of studying a few primary sources from the Era of Exploration to help answer our first document-based question, or DBQ.  Students have to answer one simple question:

"Why did the Europeans choose to explore the Americas?"

Except they have to base their answer in evidence from the primary sources as well as a source (or multiple sources) they find on their own.  Then they have to cite that evidence.  Yep that's right, they have to do a whole bunch of stuff with really tricky reading :).

We will be taking this process slowly as we work through it the first time.  The ultimate goal is a paragraph that makes connections to the sources as well as connections formed on their own.  It's going to be tough, and that's the point.  While we work to read tough texts and make meaning we are also learning to focus, keep trying, and ultimately persevere.

And we will.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering 9/11

Today in class we took time to remember 9/11 but also to explore the topic of terrorism.  We watched a short video about modern terrorist attacks.  We then defined terrorism as well as examined it from our INSPECT themes.  You can see the video we watched by clicking the link.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Early Exploration

This week in class we have been discussing early European explorers.  You can see what we read about exploration or what we are reading about Columbus by clicking on the links.  Additionally, you can see what we have been discussing in class below: