- Describe the Enlightenment and the rise of democratic ideas as the context in which the nation was founded.
- Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers' philosophy of divinely bestowed unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of Rights.
- Understand the history of the Constitution after 1787 with emphasis on federal versus state authority and growing democratization.
- Examine the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction and of the industrial revolution, including demographic shifts and the emergence in the late nineteenth century of the United States as a world power.
Basic Class information.........
- ARIES and attendance
- Cognition, teen brain, and mindfulness
- Social Contract for class
- Weight percentages for grade
- Two interactive notebooks-Table of Contents and structure-inputs/outputs
- Talked about on-line etiquette [netiquette]
- Blog Posts with correct name and only with approval
- Exams for the units-sometimes notes from interactive notebook
- Pair share on unit exams may be used or taken as individuals
- A Different Mirror readings and questions.
- PPT presentation on book or Historical topic for extra-credit
- The interactive notebooks with two check-up due dates. A check-up and actual evaluation.
- Political Cartoon write-ups-3 paragraphs
- 11 sentence paragraphs and interactions for outputs.
- Primary Source work-Reading Like an Historian
- Interactions for notebook on each section of notes or chapter, videos, and power-points? Class discussions on this content and workability
- Semester 1 Final & Semester 2 Final
- Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills-7 things that hold Americans together
Next we will start on the Unit 1 chapters. A Nation of Nations is the Unit One title. Chapters 1-4 are very fast. Those chapters are the bulk of 8th grade United States history. Please be mindful and make the class a summer priority. Please blog your questions about the class as other students might have the same issues that you are having. Please try and blog on the day of class that we posted the new class information. You will be taking the unit exam the next day so you have the whole night to prepare.
- Quickwrite-input 8 ideas
- Discuss with classmates
- Review standards and chapters
- Power point notes
- Media notes
- Move to the various topics-Socratic Seminar on Takaki book
- Class discuss outputs
- Pair share throughout
- Textbook time with interactive notebook=less homework
- Finish with Unit Exams when we have one
Political Spectrum comparison
“American’s aren’t wrong in seeing the West as a land of the future, a land in which astonishing things are possible. What they are often wrong about is that there’s no price to be paid for that, that everybody can succeed, or that even what succeeds is necessarily the best for all concerned. The West is much more complicated than that.”–Richard White