Week 1: 3/27 - 3/31
Opening Activity: With your shoulder partner, have a 30 seconds discussion on what each of you did over Spring break. Then, come up with 3 words that summarize what he or she did.
Tuesday/Wednesday: 3/28 & 3/29
Opening Activity: Before we left for break, we completed two activities: The Lewis and Clark QR Expedition and the Adams-Onis Treaty. With your shoulder partner, discuss the following questions and be prepared to outline your answers to the class.
Once we are done reviewing the questions outlined in the above opening activity, we will transition to the next activity in our unit on Westward Expansion. This activity will reintroduce students to Andrew Jackson and highlight his importance to American (Jacksonian) Democracy and the major issue surrounding his controversial place in history. This issue is the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. For this activity , students will engage in a mock hearing on this controversial legislation. Today, students will complete some readings and answer some questions that will help them to participate in Thursday/Friday's mock hearing. Read the directions below to get started. Any incomplete work should be finished for HW. Students who finish early should dedicate their remaining time to GEO and News.
Directions Part 1: Click on the PDF file entitled Andrew Jackson. Then, discuss the following questions with your shoulder partner:
Directions Part 2: THE YEAR IS 1830. There is a bill before the United States Congress that would provide funds ($500,000) to move all Indians now living east of the Mississippi River to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) west of the Mississippi River. The Indians would be given permanent title to this land. The money would pay the Indians for any improvements made on the land in the East where they’re now living. It would also cover the expenses of their transportation and for a year in their new homes in Indian Territory.
The U.S. Congress has decided to hold a hearing on this bill and has invited the parties below to join in a debate centered on the following question: Should all Indians living east of the Mississippi River be moved, by force if necessary, west of the Mississippi River to "Indian Territory"? You and your partners have been chosen to represent one of the parties below at the hearing in Washington. Your task is to argue your position and question the other parties on the matter of whether or not to move the Natives living east of the Mississippi.
Students will not be assigned the group that they will represent until right before the hearing. For now, your task is to read through each of the groups and prepare to represent ALL of them (because you might be assigned any of them!). As you read through each group, answer the following questions.
Thursday/Friday: 3/30 & 31
Opening Activity: It's GEO time! Will we have a quiz or note check? Either way, you should be prepared!
After GEO, we will pick up where we left off with the Indian Removal Act Hearing. Students should have at least the first three readings/sets of questions done. Today, we will have the first half of class to wrap up the readings and questions from Tuesday/Wednesday. At the half-way point, students will be assigned the group that they will represent, before we jump into our hearing.
Week 2: 4/3 - 4/7
Opening Activity: Last week, we learned about Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act. To start off today, take 2 minutes to discuss with your shoulder partner everything we discussed (Jackson himself, Jacksonian Democracy, Indian Removal Act, etc.). Then, create a hashtag that summarizes what you discussed.
Once we have shared our thoughts on the above opening activity, students will navigate to TreeOfEd and complete the activities in the Texas and Mexican Cession tabs (SKIP OREGON!).
Tuesday/Wednesday: 4/4 & 6
Thursday/Friday: 4/6 & 7
Opening Activity: After the bell rings, students will quickly reassemble with their Oregon Trail party. Each group will be given a map (shown here) and one of the supply list and journals from a party in another class. Students will be given 5 minutes to historically analyze the documents and try to the best possible understanding of the party's journey. Students should attempt to answer the following questions.
Week 3: 4/10 - 4/14
Monday/Tuesday: 4/10 & 11
The second half of class will be dedicated to playing a Kahoot review game. Students will need to go to Kahoot.it to play and will need the game code fro Mr. Danner.
Wednesday/Thursday: 4/12 & 13
To start class, students will need to hand in their Westward Expansion study guide.
Life in the West Project: We've learned a lot about the way in which the U.S. expanded west, but the people that risked so much to go west are really what makes the story so interesting. Today, we will begin a small project where students will focus on one of the many groups that settled the west and helped to make it the awesome place it is today.
Today, we need to wrap up our Westward Expansion test, with reflection and grading. When we are done, students will take care of geography (quiz, notes, or both), before using the remaining time for their Life in the West projects.
Week 4: 4/17 - 4/21
Monday/Tuesday: 4/17 & 18
Wednesday/Thursday: 4/19 & 20
Today, we will continue with our Life in the West presentations.
Week 5: 4/24 - 4/28
Monday/Tuesday: 4/24 & 25
Opening Activity: LIFE IN THE WEST QUIZ - Write the name of whichever "Life in the West" group best fits the statement below. This is an individual, silent, open note quiz.
Once we've checked our answers on the quiz above, students will begin a new unit on the North and South. This unit will review the circumstances that led the north and south to flourish in drastically different ways that ultimately led to the split of the Union and the U.S. Civil War.
Wednesday/Thursday: 4/26 & 27
After completing their maps, students will begin to work on the North and South unit activities. Some of these activities will be done as a class, while others will be done individually. All tasks are due by next Monday/Tuesday.
Week 6: 5/1 - 5/5
Monday/Tuesday: 5/1 & 2
Wednesday/Thursday: 5/3 & 5/4
Today, we will tackle a district mandated lesson on free speech.
Week 7: 5/8 - 5/12
Wednesday/Thursday: 5/10 & 11
With Algebra/Geometry testing now done, we can now get back to our regularly scheduled classes. Today, we will finally review the North and South and Reform Movements work students completed last week.
Week 8: 5/15 - 5/19
Monday/Tuesday: 5/12 & 5/13
Wednesday/Thursday: 5/17 & 5/18