Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Colonists' Reactions to England's New Laws

Using the information from chapter 5.1 and the vocabulary in this pictures, tell a story using "Cause and Effect" language from the beginning of your planner.  You should include at least 12 of the words/terms above and show how one thing acted as a cause and then turned into an effect, which acted as a cause, etc etc.

Monday, October 24, 2016

AVID Cornell Notes Copy

Click this link.  When it opens in a new window, add it to your bookmarks bar.  Now, every time you take notes in class, click the link on the bookmarks bar and it will automatically open a new copy.  You can rename it whichever class and notes you like.  Now you don't have to worry about making a new copy every time you take Cornell notes and this should be quick.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Questions for Columbus Article

1. Which two islands does Columbus describe in his letter to the Spanish king and queen? Write the old names and current names in parentheses afterward. 
 2. How does Columbus describe the inhabitants (people) that he came across on Hispana? Support your answer with three details from the text. 
 3. In his letter, Columbus says that all the inhabitants of the island exchanged valuable things for “the very least thing or nothing at all.” Why did the inhabitants exchange valuable things for trinkets? 
 4. What did Columbus ultimately hope would be a result of his interaction with the inhabitants? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Back to 2016-2017

We're starting this year with some geography activities in SS.  Students will learn to properly use latitude and longitude, as well as different aspects of an atlas that expand their ideas of the importance of understanding geography.  They should understand how it plays into relationships throughout the world.

Monday, February 22, 2016

8th Grade Government Project

United States Government Project
1. Form groups of 3
2. Decide/Assign the 3 branches of government between group members (each person is responsible for 1 branch of government)
3. Use the Social Studies textbook as research reference for your branch of government
4. Discuss as a group to clarify meaning and connections between branches as necessary

Individual Visual Project—Group Creative Project: Directions: • Each group member is responsible for contributing to a visual aid that contains all of the information from his or her summary in a creative manner. • Visual aid should be part of a larger group creative project—this is to be decided upon as a team and must all go together. Be creative!
• REQUIRED: Detailed information and hand-crafted visual images (no computer generated or printed photos)

In your group of three, you will design and create a display that shows how the United States government works. This should include the three branches of the government, who/what is included in that branch, their responsibilities, and the power they have to check and balance the power of the other branches.

 Format - A group may decide to get a giant piece of butcher paper and find a creative way to represent their branches of government, or create a graphic novel with drawings and descriptions. They could also create a sculpture, flow charts, dioramas, collages, etc. Be creative.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ADV SS Revolutionary War Project

-We're starting a small group project that will last a few days.  The idea is to use the internet and reliable sources (not wikipedia, blogs, etc) to gain some insight into a specific topic from the Revolutionary War. You CAN use wikipedia to get sources from the bottom, or just search your own.
-Keep track of your websites and list them at the end of the presentation.
-Stay focused on how this topic, thing, or person related to the cause of the war, the war, and or the conclusion of the war.
-This should culminate in a 3-4 minute speech with every member speaking for AT LEAST a minute.
-Should have a visual presentation aspect to it (google presentation, presi, or hand made posters)
-Speeches shouldn't be more than 6-8 minutes.

TOPICS (selected in class)

Small Firearms


Soldiers’ Food

Soldiers’ Supplies (non-firearm)

Battle of Saratoga

Battle/Siege of Yorktown

Winter at Valley Forge

The Swamp Fox

Benedict Arnold

Marquis de Lafayette

Casmir Pulaski

John Paul Jones (not the Led Zeppelin Bassist)