We agree that government is important … yes? So we have to get back to the beginning, don’t we? Where should we start with our study of the first American government? Simple – the document that started it all, the Declaration of Independence.
Begin by reviewing the events and ideas that led up to the Declaration by using your DOI Preview assignment and the voicethread below. This will provide some CONTEXT for our next class (and probably be review for most of you).
When you are done, test yourself a bit – Do you feel that you understand …
the colonists’ major complaints about the British rule?
the reason for the calling of the SCC?
the early expectations of the delegates?
the Olive Branch Petition?
why delegates “drifted” toward independence?
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense?
natural rights, the state of nature, and the social contract?
Welcome, Young Historians! Wasn’t it great to dive into America’s Story today and set the stage for nine months of historical love? Of course it was!
Your first assignment is to chat with your parents about why it is important to study history and then write a solid reflection that responds to the following two prompts – Why should we study “America’s Story”? What do I want to learn about “America’s Story”? Share your well written response with Dr. Walczak and me a through our google accounts – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. It shouldn’t be a novel, but you should have two well-written paragraphs (one for each prompt) with a topic sentence, details supporting your main idea, and coherence in your writing. We are excited to see what you have to say … so send it to us by WEDNESDAY of next week – ok?!?!?
To prepare for your next class, you MUST take the 24 HOUR GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE! Think about your life for (almost) 24 hours – from wake up to wake up, or from dinner to dinner, or form loving history to loving history (that’s all the time, right?) On a piece of paper or your computer, list every way the government has an effect on your average everyday life. Be creative, use detailed bullet points, spend five-ten minutes talking about it with your parents, brainstorm with a friend … you may win the challenge with the most (and most creative) examples. Also – post AT LEAST ONE example on the bulletin board for your class … but you can’t repeat anyone else’s post!
Yup – the inevitable is almost here – the beginning of the most important school year of your life! (Well, that’s a little biased, but it is a big year, you know.) There are always some nuts and bolts stuff that you have to do in every course to get prepared, and we wont spend any time in class doing this kind of stuff – so you can do it now!
Sniff, sniff… sorry, I was just dabbing my eyes as I realize that the school year is actually over and you all will never be in my classroom as my young historians again. The tears are flooding my keyboard as I type, causing probleeems wth tae lttersb;kb lknkl ..
Okay, I pulled it together and can complete the post. In our final 45 minutes together, please do me a favor and provide some feedback about 8th grade American history. Thanks!
You have already heard that America’s involvement in Vietnam was the most controversial issue of the 1960s and 70s, and the war created the most vocal and varied opposition of any war in our country’s history. What were the reasons for this opposition? Why did some many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam?
Next, you will get a specific topic, and your task is to post a note, an image, a video clip, or all of the above of the bulletin board for your period. Take a look at the various resources and jot down some notes, links, and images on a Protest page on your online notebook. Then, go to your class bulletin board and describe your reason for opposing the war in a creative method. Check out the bulletin board for examples. State an opinion, describe a meeting, organize a protest, post some song lyrics, quote an excerpt from a speech, do more than one thing, do something! When you are done, embed your class board on your page. You will share your reason for protesting the war in class tomorrow!
1968 – What an amazing year. I know I could teach an entire week, quarter, even semester on this incredible turning point in American history. In class today, we are going to examine the year and take some hypernotes – open notes along with hyperlinks, images, embedded videos, and anything else we can find to make some sense out of the year. Open up a new page in your notebook, and let’s get hyper!