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Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent May 15th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will finish the final lessons of the school year in preparation for their final exam next Monday.  Students will investigate the effectiveness of the Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction, compare sharecropping with slavery, analyze how the Civil War affected the expansion of America out west, and complete a study guide at the end of the week in preparation for Monday's test that students may keep to study over the weekend.  Also if time allows, s...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent May 8th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will begin focusing in on what happened in our nation when the American Civil War ended.  Students will form conclusions of their own on General William T. Sherman and his march to the sea, complete a quiz on the major battles, generals, and overall topics of the war, take notes on the process and effectiveness of Reconstruction, complete their final DBQ on the time period of Reconstruction, and assess and critique the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Please l...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent May 1st 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will begin focusing in on specific battles and people of the American Civil War.  Students will compare and contrast Union generals with Confederate generals, analyze the role women played in the Civil War as nurses, soldiers, and spies, watch a mini-documentary on the Battle of Gettysburg to identify its effect on the outcome of the war, examine the Gettysburg Address and its purpose, and read an eyewitness account of the terrors civilians witnessed at the...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent April 24th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will begin taking a look at some of the changes made during the American Civil War.  Students will research the battle of Fort Sumter and create a newspaper article using the historical perspective of a southerner or northerner, complete a group activity comparing the advantages of the Union and Confederates in the Civil War, study the new technology created and summarize how it has affected life even today in the United States, read an American Civil War soldie...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent April 17th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will finish learning about the major causes of the Civil War and begin taking a look at changes that occurred in the United States as a result of the war.  Students will complete a review DBQ (document-based question) on the causes of the Civil War, write a persuasive essay on the most important cause of the war in their own opinion, watch a documentary on the technological advancements made during the Civil War and complete Cornell notes while doing so, and tak...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent April 10th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will continue learning about the major causes of the Civil War.  Students will read a portion of the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin", compare and contrast reactions to this book from the 1800s, read and analyze the court case Scott v. Sandford, determine if John Brown was a hero or traitor by breaking down primary sources, discuss with a group the causes of the Civil War by viewing images in a stations activity, and compare the lives and leadership skills...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent April 3rd 2017

Good afternoon, This week in social studies students will begin learning about the major causes of the Civil War.  Students will complete Cornell notes by following along in an interactive presentation, discuss the Fugitive Slave Law and research its effects on northerners and southerners, define popular sovereignty and analyze its success or failure, and compare the two Harriet's of the abolition era and their roles in the fight to end slavery. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great wee...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent March 20th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will continue to learn about slavery and the abolition movement.  Students will complete a DBQ on slavery and the Underground Railroad, discuss how the Underground Railroad impacted the abolition movement, watch a documentary that demonstrates the differences between different famous abolitionists and the roles they played in the movement to end slavery, and take Cornell notes on famous abolitionists. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great ...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent March 13th 2017

Good afternoon, This week in social studies, students will begin the fourth quarter unit focusing on the growing divide between northern and southern states as a result of the many new inventions and westward expansion.  Students will watch a documentary titled "Division" that shows how westward expansion affected the relationship between the northern and southern states, take Cornell notes, write constructed responses, take the quarter 4 pretest, have an opportunity for extra credit, map the free ...

Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent March 6th 2017

Good morning, This week in social studies, students will review for their third quarter exam (on Thursday this week) and begin lessons on the fourth quarter's topic of slavery and the Civil War.  Students will complete a study guide, play a review game, complete a review DBQ, take their third quarter benchmark, complete a web activity on the abolition movement, and have an opportunity for extra credit beginning Thursday by reading a story about a boy who traveled the Underground Railroad and answering bo...

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