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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Week #9 Recap and What's Up for Week #10

This was a very interesting week of classes! Many grades were taken, early dismissal happened, learned a little more about voting and the upcoming election, and a lot of good work was done learning about Ch. 8. There are still some people who have not turned in the Graphic Organizers and Understanding Main Ideas (UMIs) for Ch. 8. If these are not in my hand on Monday, they will stay as missing in your grades. Please remember that deadlines do matter and when you are given more than enough class time to finish these assignments, they need to be completed on time!
This week we will take our Ch. 8 Test, work on Ch. 9 (read, answer questions, take notes, and other good stuff), and continue to learn about the upcoming election and voting. On Nov. 6 (Election Day) we will have an in class voting experience where students will vote just like in real life (except for the machines). All ballots will be secret (no names) and we will see if the class trends are the trends that we see in real life. Over the upcoming days we will learn about all the local races and referendums and students will learn what voters have to think about. I hope that this will be an enjoyable experience for all and I cannot wait to see the results!
Please remember that tutorials will be given at lunch and after school EVERYDAY (except Tuesday lunch when I have my club meeting). Please attend if you need help, have questions, or just want to talk about the work. Lots of good work has been done and I hope to continue seeing lots and lots of learning!
P.S. Don't forget the Ch. 8 stuff we worked on in class is posted below. Please use if needed.

Ch. 8 Test: Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

Our Ch. 8 Test is on Tuesday. Make sure you read the packet, your notes, the textbook, and anything else Ch. 8 related. Do not forget about the online textbook and Google Shared folder if you need other sources of info. Do good studying and have it pay off on Tuesday!!!

Extra Credit

Do not forget the extra credit that can be turned in by Tuesday: Gangs of NY Recap, bringing me something that you design that's spooky to decorate my room, and coming in at lunch or after school to watch spooky themed shows. This is all for +3 on the Ch. 8 Test. If you would like, or are in need of some extra points, please take advantage while there's time!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ch. 8 Highlighting Notes

Alexander Sheppard: Washington, DC political boss, known for providing many public services in order to win favor with voters and representatives.
James Pendergast: Well-liked political boss in Kansas City, who gained considerable political support by providing jobs and special services to African, Irish, and Italian constituents.
Tammany Hall: Tammany Hall was a NYC political org founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789 as the Tammany Society. It was the Dem Party political machine that played a major role in controlling NYC and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in US politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. It controlled Dem Party nominations and political patronage in Manhattan from the mayoral victory of Fernando Wood in 1854 through the election of John P. O'Brien in 1932. TH was truly notable for the corruption that occurred within its walls. (Political machine)
George Washington Plunkitt: Political boss at Tammany Hall and long-time senator who practiced Honest Graft. Made most of his $ through land purchases by buying land and then reselling it at an inflated price.
William Marcy Tweed: Political boss at Tammany Hall, known for his massive corruption ability to gain bribes and kickbacks, and working for his constituents.
Thomas Nast: Political cartoonist who, through 50 cartoons and a series of articles in Harper’s Weekly, exposed the corruption of Tammany Hall and contributed to Tweed’s conviction for fraud and extortion in 1873.
Harper’s Weekly: Harper's Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in NY. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor, alongside illustrations. During its most influential period it was the forum of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast.
Spoils System: (Under Ulysses S. Grant’s admin) A practice where a political party, after winning an election, gives gov jobs to its voters as a reward and incentive—as opposed to a merit system, where offices are awarded on the basis of some measure of merit, independent of political activity (i.e. Civil Service exams).
Ulysses S. Grant: 18th US Pres (1869–1877) following his dominant role in the 2nd half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and effectively ended the war with the surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox. As pres he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery; he effectively destroyed the KKK in 1871. His reputation was marred by his repeated defense of corrupt appointees, and by the deep economic depression, the Panic of 1873, that dominated his 2nd term. Although his Repub. Party split in 1872 with reformers denouncing him, he was easily reelected. By 1875 the conservative white Southern opposition regained control of every state in the S and as he left in March 1877 as his policies were being undone. His slogan was, “let us have peace.”
James A. Garfield: 20th US Pres (R), who was assassinated 4 months after his inauguration by Charles Guiteau, a mentally unstable man who had unsuccessfully sought a gov job. Garfield's accomplishments as Pres included a controversial resurgence of Presidential authority above Senatorial courtesy in executive appointments; energizing US naval power; and purging corruption in the Post Office Dept. Garfield made notable diplomatic and judiciary appointments, including a US Supreme Court justice. Garfield appointed several African-Americans to prominent federal positions.
Chester A. Arthur: Became the 21st Pres (R) AFTER the assassination of Garfield. Arthur struggled to overcome suspicions from his start as a politician from the NYC Repub. machine. His advocacy for and enforcement of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was the centerpiece of his administration and helped him overcome those suspicions.
Grover Cleveland: Disaster hit the nation as his 2nd term began when the Panic of 1893 produced a severe national depression that Cleveland was unable to reverse. It ruined his Dem party, opening the way for a Repub. landslide in 1894 and for the agrarian and silverite seizure of his Dem party in 1896. The result was a political realignment that ended the 3rd Party System and launched the 4th Party System and the Progressive Era. Cleveland won praise for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. Cleveland relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism. Indeed, as a reformer his prestige was so strong that the reform wing of the Repub. Party, called Mugwumps, largely bolted the GOP ticket and swung to his support in 1884. Only pres to serve 2 nonconsecutive terms.
Panic of 1893: Similar to the Panic of 1873, it was marked by the collapse of railroad overbuilding and shaky railroad financing, resulting in a series of bank failures. Compounding market overbuilding and the railroad bubble, was a run on the gold supply. The Panic of '93 was the worst economic depression the US had ever experienced at the time. The 1880s were a period of remarkable economic expansion in the US, an expansion that eventually became driven by railroad speculation. Railroads were over-built, with expenses that could not be covered by revenues. New mines flooded the market with silver; its price fell. Farmers, particularly in the wheat and cotton regions, suffered from low prices. Upon becoming Pres, Cleveland dealt directly with the Treasury crisis, and successfully convinced Congress to repeal the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, which he felt was mainly responsible for the economic crisis. As concern of the state of the economy worsened, people rushed to withdraw their money from banks and caused bank runs. The credit crunch rippled through the economy. A financial panic in the UK and a drop in trade in Europe caused foreign investors to sell US stocks to obtain American funds backed by gold.
Benjamin Harrison: Harrison (R) was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the incumbent Cleveland (D). His administration is remembered most for economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act, and for annual federal spending that reached 1 billion dollars for the 1st time. Dems attacked the "Billion Dollar Congress." They used the issue, along with the growing unpopularity of the high tariff, to defeat the Republicans, in both the 1890 mid-term elections and in his bid for re-election in 1892. He advocated, although unsuccessfully, for federal education funding and legislation to protect voting rights for African Americans. He also saw the admittance of 6 states into the Union. When Harrison won the presidency, he lost the pop vote, but won the Electoral College.
The McKinley Tariff: The Tariff Act of 1890, commonly called the McKinley Tariff, was an act of the US Congress framed by Rep. William McKinley that became law on October 1, 1890. The tariff raised the average duty on imports to almost 50%, an act designed to protect domestic industries from foreign competition. Protectionism, a tactic supported by Republicans, was fiercely debated by politicians and condemned by Dems. The McKinley Tariff was replaced with the Wilson-Gorman Tariff in 1894, which promptly lowered tariff rates.
James B. Weaver: Populist nominee for US pres. in 1892, who while losing, pulled in a respectable 1 million votes. A politician and member of the US House of Representatives, representing Iowa as a member of the Greenback Party. He ran for Pres 2 times on third party tickets in the late 19th century. An opponent of the gold standard and national banks, he is most famous as the presidential nominee of the People's Party (commonly known as the "Populists") in the 1892 election.
Populist Party: National political party that supported a graduated income tax, bank regulation, gov. ownership of companies, restrictions on immigration, shorter workdays, and voting reform. The People's Party, also known as the "Populists", was a short-lived political party in the US established in 1891 during the Populist movement (US, 19th Century). It was most important in 1892-96, and then rapidly faded away. Based among poor, white cotton farmers in the South (especially North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas) and hard-pressed wheat farmers in the plains states (especially Kansas and Nebraska); it represented a radical crusading form of agrarianism and hostility to banks, railroads, and elites generally. It sometimes formed coalitions with labor unions, and in 1896 the Democrats endorsed their presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan.
Mary Elizabeth Lease: Outspoken leader of the Farmer’s Alliance and Populist Party. Known for her fiery temper, and worked to help farmers by saying, “Raise less corn and more hell.”
William McKinley: 25th US Pres, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in Sept 1901. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote US industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals. Though McKinley's administration ended with his assassination, his presidency marked the beginning of a period of dominance by the Repub. Party that lasted for more than a third of a century. McKinley was the last Pres to have served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He defeated his Dem rival, William Jennings Bryan, advocating "sound money" (the gold standard unless altered by international agreement) and promised that high tariffs would restore prosperity. Rapid economic growth marked McKinley's presidency. He promoted the 1897 Dingley Tariff to protect manufacturers and factory workers from foreign competition, and in 1900, he secured the passage of the Gold Standard Act. McKinley hoped to persuade Spain to grant independence to rebellious Cuba without conflict, but when negotiation failed, he led the nation in the Spanish–American War of 1898; the US victory was quick and decisive. As part of the peace settlement Spain turned over to the US its main overseas colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; Cuba was promised independence but at that time remained under the control of the US Army. The US annexed the independent Republic of Hawaii in 1898 and it became a US territory. McKinley defeated Bryan again in the 1900 pres election, in a campaign focused on imperialism, prosperity, and free silver. McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in Sept 1901, and was succeeded by VP Theodore Roosevelt. Ended the Populist Party.
William Jennings Bryan: Leading politician from the 1890s until his death. He was a dominant force in the liberal wing of the Dem Party, standing 3 times as its candidate for Pres of the US (1896, 1900 and 1908). He served in Congress briefly as a Rep. from Nebraska and was the 41st US Secretary of State under Pres Woodrow Wilson (1913–1915), taking a pacifist position on the World War. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a supporter of popular democracy, and an enemy of the Gold Standard as well as banks and railroads. He was a leader of the silverite movement in the 1890s, a peace advocate, a prohibitionist, and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was one of the best known orators and lecturers of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner." In the intensely fought 1896 and 1900 elections, he was defeated by McKinley but retained control of the Dem Party. With over 500 speeches in 1896, Bryan invented the national stumping tour, in an era when other presidential candidates stayed home. In his 3 presidential bids, he promoted Free Silver in 1896, anti-imperialism in 1900, and trust-busting in 1908, calling on Dems to fight the trusts (big corporations) and big banks, and embrace anti-elitist ideals of republicanism. Pres Wilson appointed him Secretary of State in 1913, but Wilson's strong demands on Germany after the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915 caused Bryan to resign in protest. After 1920 he was a strong supporter of Prohibition and energetically attacked Darwinism and evolution, most famously at the Scopes Trial in 1925. 5 days after the end of the case, he died in his sleep. ***Famous for his “Cross of Gold” speech.

Ch. 8 UMIs and Graphic Orgs

For checking your answers - do not plagarize. Just make sure yours are in the ballpark.
Ch. 8: UMIs:
1. What did political machines do to build and maintain support for their party?
A: Political machines offered jobs, political favors, and services to local voters.
2. What caused the decline in public support for the Tweed ring?
A: Decline in public support for Tweed b/c of Thomas Nast’s political cartoons in Harper’s Weekly and a series of articles in the New York Times.
3. What did the Stalwarts want? What reforms did the Half-breeds want?
A: Stalwarts strongly opposed civil service reform (Stalwarts wanted the Spoils system). Half-breeds wanted favored the use of civil service exams to grant jobs on merit rather than by patronage.
4. What role did Pres. Grant’s administration play in the civil service reform movement?
A: Pres. Grant’s administration prompted reformers to call for the end of the spoils system.
5. What issues did the Populist Party support?
A: Issues that the Populists supported included a graduated income tax, bank regulations, gov ownership of railroad and telegraph companies, free coinage of silver, immigration restrictions, a shorter workday, and voter reforms.
6. Why did the populists lose the 1896 election?
A: The Populists lost the 1896 election b/c business leaders were terrified of William Jennings Bryan’s popularity (they were worried he would win the election b/c he was very charasmatic) and contributed millions to his opponent William McKinley.
Why immigrants were important to machines:
·        Represented a huge supply of supporters and voters
·        Tended to be particularly loyal to machines
Ways in which machines Recruited and Rewarded immigrants:
·        Welcomed immigrants upon arrival
·        Found immigrants temporary housing and jobs
·        Helped immigrants become naturalized citizens
·        Helped immigrants with finances, funerals, etc.
Pres. Arthur and Reforms:
·        Supported reform after the assassination of Garfield
·        Helped pass Pendleton Civil Service Act
Effects on the Republicans and the Election of 1884:
·        Stalwarts voted for James Blaine
·        Republicans voted for G. Cleveland, the dem candidate
Pres. Cleveland’s Reforms:
·        Doubled the # of federal jobs requiring civil service exams
·        Promoted reform
Pres. Harrison’s Response:
·        Returned to political patronage
·        Spent $ on Republican pet (civil war pensions can also be used) projects
Efforts to Help Farmers:
1. Formed cooperatives (or political parties)
2. Pressured states to regulate freight and grain storage rates (or to pass reforms)
3. Offered low cost insurance (or foods thru co-ops)
4. Lobbied for a graduated income tax (reforms)
Factors that weakened efforts:
1. The gov limited the power of the ICC
2. The existence of racial segregation prevented a strong coalition

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


First, as you know I have been taking many grades lately, so please check your GradeSpeed!!! I still have people that have missing work. Any work that has been due needs to be in my hands no later than Friday or it will stay as missing (0).
In class news, make sure that you have your textbook, packet, highlighter, and notes. I saw a lot of good work today and hopefully I will see a lot more tomorrow. It has also come to my attention that notebook, folder, backpack organization is a BIG issue right now. If any help is needed, let your teacher know. Stuffing papers in random places is not being organized. Please make sure that you keep ALL of your papers safe and organized (ALL work will help you when its FINALS time). Remember that the Ch. 8 UMIs and GRAPHIC ORGs are due Friday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Extra Credit Opportunity #2 for this week!

Create something spooky for Wednesday (can be whatever you want it to be). This is due by Tuesday October 30, 2012 for +3 points on the Ch. 8 Test. I hope to see some scary things from y'all! Can't wait! :)

Week #8 Recap and What's Up for Week #9

This was quite a crazy week we had. Between the crazy schedule, PSAT testing, spirit week, homecoming, Ch. 6-7 test, and all the other stuff that was done, this guy is a little tired (and I know many others are too). But I'm sure all will be good after Homecoming tomorrow (go Cards!!!). While many, many things are going well for many of my students, we all need to make sure that we are coming to class prepared, studying the material, and doing the things that will set us all up for success. There have been some issues with preparedness and we will be doing everything that we can in the coming weeks to make sure that we are all doing things that give us the ability to earn an A (will every grade be an A for everyone, probably not, but that needs to be everyone's goal and everyone needs to make sure to bring a good effort every day). 11th grade classes, which this is one, are the most important for students because colleges and jobs (anyone who will look at your transcripts) will focus on this year (mostly because if you are sending out apps in the near future - these will be your most current grades).
All of next week will be devoted to studying ch. 8, working on understanding what questions are really asking, finding the clues within questions and definitions/vocab, highlighting and underlining skills, reading, writing, and playing our new favorite history game. You will need your book (except Friday), a pen, a highlighter, and paper every day.
I want all of my students to achieve as much success as they can this year! I have massively enjoyed teaching my students this year and wish the world for ALL! I have such a sweet, kind, helpful, and talented bunch. Even when I go grey and pull my hair out, this is fun for me! But many distractions (phones, friends, general goofing off) are getting in the way too often right now. Please come to class good to go and all will be good. There will always be time for the fun... when the work is done. These issues need to cease to exist ASAP! We have had these discussions to often. Do not forget how important this year is!!! Your teacher wants to have tons of fun!!!...when the work is done.
Do not forget about
P.S. I know I said to do corrections to some students and I didn't give you back your scantrons to know which questions you got wrong. I am sorry about that and I will let you see the scantrons (I need to hold on to them for future use) on Monday. No worries on that, my bad.

Extra Credit Opportunity

We will be watching something spooky on Monday (at lunch and after school) and Tuesday (after school) in preparation of my fav scary candy day of the year! Come join and receive +3 points towards the Ch. 8 Test (which will be a week from Tuesday).
P.S. Don't forget that Wednesday is Early Dismissal.

Food Club This Week

This will be a fun club meeting this week! We are going to be trying many different types of Halloween treats and try to decide what's the most popular and best. I hope that this is fun for all! This should be sweet! :)

Homecoming 2012!

I hope that everyone has fun at homecoming tomorrow! Go Cards! This has been an interesting spirit week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

For Those Who Requested... P.S. Don't Forget Your Pencil

Theory that bans private ownership of property is (communism/capitalism).
The Bessemer process is a method of steelmaking that led to a (huge/tiny) increase in the amount of steel produced.
The telegraph was a means of communicating over wires with electricity.
A steel baron is an important and rich person in the (oil/steel) industry.
The difference between a regular company and a corporation is that a corporation sells shares of (stock/patents).
The name given to automobiles before they were known as cars: horseless carriage.
When 1 company buys other companies producing the same product: (horizontal) integration.
Trunk (lines/ways) were major railroad lines that went across the Great Plains.
The transcontinental (railroad/airplane) allowed Americans to travel from coast to coast.
The theory that states the fittest will succeed and the unfit will fail is (social/cultural) Darwinism.
Thomas Alva Edison made many discoveries and advance in electricity.
In a (monopoly/trust), a group of companies turn control of their stock over to a common board.
A (monopoly/trust) has little or no competition.
After Carnegie sells his steel business to JP Morgan, he retires as the world’s (richest) man.
John Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company.
Membership in the Knights of Labor grew rapidly under the guidance of Terence V. (Powderly).
The invention of the typewriter created many jobs for women.
(True/False) Communism IS THE SAME economically as capitalism.
Andrew Carnegie (believed in/did not believe) in the “Gospel of Wealth.”
The Sherman (Antitrust/Trust) Act made trusts and monopolies illegal.
The (Soldiers/Knights) of Labor was one of America’s earliest unions.
(True/False) “Mother Jones” fought AGAINST the rights of America’s working people.
The Great Upheaval saw unions fight management.
The Haymarket Riot BEGAN as a (peaceful/riotous) protest.
(True/False) Anarchists DO NOT support the federal government
The American Federation of Labor was a union of SKILLED workers.
(Patents/Copyrights) help inventors protect their rights to make, use, or sell their inventions.
George (Westinghouse/Pullman) invented the compressed air-brake.
Dot-and-dash code was used by (telephones/telegraphs).
Ch. 7:
The poorest accommodations on an ocean voyage is known as (steerage/storage).
(Townships/Suburbs) are residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of a city.
The Immigration Restriction League was a group that wanted all (immigrants/citizens) to take a literacy test.
Spending money to show how wealthy you are is known as conspicuous (combustion/consumption).
Using Christian principles to solve social problems is known as the (Social/Cultural) Gospel.
Skyscrapers are (small/large) multi-story buildings.
(Old/New) immigrants were mostly Protestants from NW Europe.
Laws that require parents to send their kids to school are known as (compulsory/forcible) ed laws.
(Yellow/Red) journalism is sensational news reporting.
Most (new/old) immigrants came from E or S Europe.
Ellis and Angel islands BOTH served as immigration stations in the late 1800s.
Nativists (supported/opposed) immigration.
(True/False) The Chinese Exclusion Act DID NOT stop all Chinese immigrants from coming to the US.
Subways and trolleys were forms of mass (transit/transcontinental).
Nouveau riche means “newly (poor/rich).”
(True/False) Conspicuous consumptions means NOT showing off your wealth.
During the late 1800s most (men/women) had professional careers.
(True/False) Those who were “poorer” attended college as much as their upper-middle class and wealthy peers.
Most people COULD afford to buy a daily newspaper.
BASEBALL was “the national game of the US.” Pg. 237
Russell H. Conwell’s Baptist Temple in Philadelphia provided services to immigrants. Pg. 223
Some benevolent societies offered loans to new immigrants start businesses.
Grover Cleveland vetoed literacy tests for immigrants. Pg. 225
Community service centers located in poor neighborhoods were known as settlement houses. Pg. 231
Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr established Hull House.
John Dewey’s Laboratory School” at the University of Chicago stressed “learning by doing.” Pg. 233
Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park in NYC.
Supporters of the City Beautiful Movement stressed the importance of public parks. Pg. 236
Vaudeville shows often included animal acts, comics, famous impersonations, jugglers, magicians, singers, and skits.
Created by African American musicians, Ragtime emerged during the 1890s.
Ch. 7 UMIs:
1. (Section 1) What changes occurred in the pattern of immigration during the late 1800s?
More immigrants arrived from Southern and Eastern Europe.
2. (Section 1) Why did Nativists argue against immigration?
Nativists claimed that immigrants could not fit into American society and that they caused problems such as poverty and crime.
3. (Section 2) Why did cities grow in terms of population and size during the late 1800s?
In terms of POPULATION – immigrants and other Americans came to cities in search of opportunities; while in terms of SIZE – mass transit allowed cities to grow outward.
4. (Section 2) What contributions did social leaders such as Jane Adams make?
Social leaders, such as Jane Addams, organized settlement houses and provided educational and cultural opportunities to poor Americans and immigrants. Other social leaders provided relief from poverty.
5. (Section 3) How did popular literature, journalism, and other types of entertainment cater to a broad audience?
Popular literature, journalism, and other types of entertainment catered to a broad audience by offering popular, appealing entertainment to a wide variety of people.

Don't Forget to Study Tonight!...

...Ch. 6-7 Test tomorrow. Also, please remember to bring a pencil, it is a scantron exam. I will be offering tutoring to anyone in need at lunch and after school today, just let me know if you'd like to come.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week #7 Recap and Week #8 Overview

Wow did we accomplish a lot during the 1st week of the 2nd 6-Weeks! We watched debates, learned about immigrants and the growth of cities (Ch. 7), reviewed Ch. 6, learned a new game, discussed affirmative action and the Supreme Court, got Report Cards, and got several new grades for the new 6-weeks. A lot of good work has been done, but make sure that if you need any help that you ask your teacher. There are still many who need to work on study skills and how to best review the material. What makes this class easy is all you have to do is read, write, and discuss. That also is what makes it hard for some when there are issues. Make sure you are good to go (that's why I'm here).
This week will take our Chs. 6-7 Test (scantron - bring a pencil), continue playing history ball, review for our exam, and then start Chapter 8. There will be Warm Up writings, graphic organizers, and many questions that we will need to answer. Things are starting to move very fast and I will be around at lunch everyday (except Tuesday because of my club) and after school everyday if any help or assistance is needed. Make sure you keep up with your grades on GradeSpeed, check out the Google Folder, and read the textbook! Let's have another great week!

Chapter 6-7 Test

The Chapters 6-7 Test will be on Wednesday October 17, 2012 (usually tests are on Tuesdays, but due to other class happenings, we will push it back 1 day). This test will be a scantron test, so please bring a pencil. All you will need on Wednesday is a pencil and something to do if you finish early. Make sure that you have read the chapters and go over your notes. There will be a Study Guide given on Monday.

Lunch Movie for Extra Credit

On Monday (the 15th) and Wednesday (the 17th) at lunch in my room, there will be clips and short movies about issues we have been learning about the last couple of weeks. If you would like to have a FREE WORK PASS (a chance to be exempted from a daily work), please join on either day (only 1 pass per student). Hopefully see you there!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Google Shared Folder Update

Since its presidential debate season, I have added many videos that show presidential debates present and past, highlights, low-lights, and some funny ones. Remember that if you have access, please use these. If for whatever reason you do not have access, just let me know in class, and I'll get you signed up. Don't forget that ALL powerpoints and videos that we watch, and take notes from, in class are online for you! Please enjoy!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

1st Week of the 2nd 6-Weeks News and Recap

We are now 1/6th done with the school year. The final grades I need to input are being posted and 1st 6-Weeks grades are being finalized. I hope everyone is happy with their grade and I hope you are proud of the work that you did (I am). We are going to go bigger and better in the 2nd 6-Weeks!
This week we will do the Chapter 6 review and work on Chapter 7. You will need your textbook, paper, and a pen Monday-Thursday and just paper and a pen on Friday. We are going to be reading, taking notes, watching some clips, discussing current happenings, starting our presidential election predictions, learning about American business, and writing about some interesting topics (this will be the schedule, more or less, for the next few weeks).
The Chapters 6-7 Test will be Tuesday October 16, 2012. Make sure you read these 2 chapters (a section a night - which takes 15ish minutes - and you'll be good to go by test day). Please let me know if you have any questions. And for those who have the extra credit for that exam, keep it safe, it will be useful soon.
Lots of good stuff in class and in the real world (go Texans!!!). I hope it was a great 1st 6-weeks and I hope that it is great for all!!! Be prepared for lots of learning and lots of fun (at least in terms of Social Studies - haha). Make sure you are good to go and prepared! I'm very excited for the coming weeks!

Food Club

This week we are going to be sampling some Vietnamese food and discussing what we like and don't like about it. We will also be writing our first blog entry and coming up with our slogan soon. This should be exciting! Last chance to join the wonderful Food Club. Critique and eat! Sounds good :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Debates

I really enjoyed seeing everyone's finished work during the Debates. They went very well and I am very proud of my students!!! Grades will be up shortly, but no matter what, I am pleased overall. This was not an easy assignment, you had to do a lot of work on your own, and it came together very nicely! Good work my wonderful students!