This course examines the discovery, growth, and development of the United States Of America.  In our first semester, our study begins by analyzing the earliest Americans who arrived in North America during the last ice age.  Although no one knows exactly when or how people crossed into North America, evidence suggests that people called Paleo-Indians crossed the Bering Land Bridge and entered what is now known as Alaska between 38,000 and 10,000 BC.  Our first semester begins with this early group, and the first semester will analyze the development of the United States until approximately the Presidential election of 1800.

   Semester two begins with the Jeffersonian Era and the second semester will end approximately with the Reconstruction Period following the United States Civil War.  Standards for our study are typically developed by using Chapters one through seventeen in our textbook.  Our textbook is our primary reference tool.  Our text is on-line.  Additional on-line sites will be used regularly as we proceed through our curriculum.

   Not only will our study focus on the past, our study will also look at current events domestically as well as internationally. We are experiencing rapidly changing events throughout the world.  As informed citizens, students will be familiarizing themselves with global developments and how those developments impact the United States.  Regular discussion of domestic and international developments will be discussed.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Monday 9/18

MINI QUIZ (Weighted 20%)

The mini quiz will be over Key Terms and People from sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 3, as well as Bacon's Rebellion.

**NOTE: The House of Burgesses will NOT be included in this quiz**

Topics for this week

The U.S. Constitution (Constitution Day was September 17th!)

The New England and Middle Colonies

--how the colonies were governed; the House of Burgesses

The French and Indian War

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

(TEST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: CHAPTER 2 SECTIONS 1-5)

Tuesday 9/5:

Graphic Organizer-- class notes Chapter 2 Section 3

Wednesday 9/6:

Beginnings of slavery in the Americas

Thursday 9/7:

European nations challenge Spain in the Americas

HOMEWORK: Study Guide (Due Monday--Ch.2 Test Tuesday)

Friday 9/8:

Review for test

HOMEWORK: Study Guide (Due Monday--Ch.2 Test Tuesday)

GOALS FOR  WEEK OF August 21, 2017:

TENTATIVE LESSON PLANS:

  Monday, August 21:

  • Review vocabulary, Chapter 1, sections 1-4 (handout--class work)
  • Go over Ch. 1 Section; Go over Study Guide together

  Tuesday, August 22:

  • Picture Day
  • Finish reviewing as a class with the Study Guide

Wednesday, August 23:

  • TEST CHAPTER 1, SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, & 4

Thursday, August 24:

  • BIG IDEA: Europeans explored the world, searching for new lands and new trade routes.
  • Section 1 Vocabulary (Key Terms and People): Leif Erikson, Henry the Navigator, astrolabe, caravels
  • Note Taking: Use a chart to organize information

Friday, August 25:

  • BIG IDEA: Christopher Columbus's voyages led to new exchanges between Europe, Africa, and the Americas
  • Section 2 Vocabulary (Key Terms and People): Christopher Columbus, Line of Demarcation, Treaty of Tordesillas, Ferdinand Magellan, circumnavigate, Columbian Exchange
  • Note Taking: Use a flow chart to organize information
  • HOMEWORK: SECTION 2 ASSESSMENT--Textbook p. 41, 1-4

Goals FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 28, 2017:

TENTATIVE LESSON PLANS

Monday, August 28:

  • BIG IDEA: Christopher Columbus's voyages led to new exchanges between Europe, Africa, and the Americas
  • Class work: in groups, create and perform a short skit containing at least 5 facts about any explorer from Ch.2, Section 2.
  • Homework due Tuesday 8/29: Textbook p.45, 1-3

Tuesday, August 29:

  • review terms from section 2: Line of Demarcation, Treaty of Tordesillas, Columbian Exchange
  • the darker side of the Age of Exploration: slavery, genocide, torture, etc
  • HOMEWORK DUE THURSDAY, AUGUST 31: One page of the Book Catalog assignment

Wednesday, August 30:

  • "Columbus Controversy"--different points of view about the explorer
  • BIG IDEA: Spain established a large empire in the Americas
  • Key Terms and People: conquistadors, Hernan Cortes, Moctezuma II, Francisco Pizarro, encomienda system, plantations, Bartoleme de Las Casas
  • HOMEWORK: Finish first page of the Book Catalog assignment

Thursday, August 31:

  • BIG IDEA: Other European nations challenged Spain in the Americas
  • Key Terms and People: Protestant Reformation, Protestants, Spanish Armada, Northwest Passage, Jacques Cartier, charter
  • HOMEWORK: STUDY FOR THE VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY 9/1

Friday, September 1:

VOCABULARY QUIZ--You should be able to identify all key terms and people from Chapter 2, Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  • BIG IDEA: Other European nations challenged Spain in the Americas
  • HOMEWORK DUE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: Complete 4 more pages of the Book Catalog project

Ch 1 Study Guide no answers.docCh 1 Study Guide no answers.docCh1 Vocab Review.docxCh1 Vocab Review.docx