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Sent March 26th 2015

Greetings form the Department of US History  :) We are discussing the events that lead America to the most crucial moment in our history: The American Civil War. Of all the topics we study, I feel this is the most important. In XL History we are looking closely at the Underground Railroad.  We are learning about the brave men and women who escaped slavery as well as the abolitionist that aided them on their journey. Stretch student are creating blogs of events that lead America to war. They will analyze an...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent March 9th 2015

This week, we are wrapping up the discussion of the Mexican-American War and moving on to the Progressive Era.  We will be discussing the Abolition, Women's Rights, And Temperance movements.  This Friday, April 13th, marks the end of Quarter 3. Please check for any missing assignments. They are still allowed to be turned in, but with a reduction in grade.  Some good discussion questions for this unit would include: What is a current issue that impacts the life of our student? What changes would the...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent February 2nd 2015

Hi! Students are working on an activity where they have to decide, based on a primary source document, if the War of 1812 was just, and should have been fought. They are working in groups, and should have their work complete by the end of class on Wednesday, February 4th.   Some good discussion questions would be, what are good reasons that a nation might go to war? Are there good alternatives to war, and what are they? When making difficult decisions, what are logical steps that can help you choose a good course...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent January 14th 2015

Hi and I hope 2015 is a great year for you and your family. In US History we are exploring the early years of our nationhood. This is the era of 1790-1812. Stretch students are creating a webpage with content that covers many aspects of the era. The project information is on Canvas XL students are creating books that cover the same content: The birth of our country. The project information is on Canvas One issue that I am asking students to debate and discuss is the role that government should play in the lives of ...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent December 12th 2014

Good Afternoon!  We will take the Quarter 2 test on Wednesday, December 17th. Students were given study guides today.  I'm also attaching a copy.  We will review them together in class on Monday.  The test will cover the Articles of Confederation, Creation of the U.S. Constitution, Branches of Government, Checks and Balances, Federalism, and Rights and Responsiblities of citizenship. Please help your student prepare for this final assessment of the semester.  Missing work must be turned i...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent December 5th 2014

Good Afternoon!    We have been studying the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.   I can't believe we only have two weeks left before Winter Break!  Students were given lists of missing work today.  Missing work should be completed and turned in by the end of next week.    We will begin  discussing the Bill of Rights on Monday.  Students will take the Quarter 2 Assessment on Wednesday, December 17th.  Have a great weekend!   ...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent November 17th 2014

Good Morning!    This week in Social Studies we will continue to explore the U.S. Constitution.  Students have been working on a Federalist/Anti Federalist project, examining the arguments for and against ratification.  The project is due on Tuesday, November 18th.  We have had quite a bit of class time to work on this, but students may need to spend some time finishing up at home.    We will look at the three branches of government and checks and balances this week.  Teenbiz o...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent November 3rd 2014

Good afternoon!  I am Beth Mendenhall, and I am the Student Teacher in Mr. Taylor’s room until the end of the semester.  I am enjoying getting to know your students, and appreciate the warm welcome.  We have been studying the Articles of Confederation and the weaknesses in this government that led to the Constitutional Convention.  We are discussing the convention this week and the compromises that were reached in order to develop the Constitution.  We will be discussing representation a...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent October 21st 2014

Parents, Please excuse my last message.  It was a draft that was not supposed to be sent.  I had a corrected version that you should have received.  Here is the enclosed message.  [*]Hello, we are beginning to discuss The Declaration Of Independence this week as well as The Revolutionary War. �Students will be doing close reading.This is a skill that will help your student dissect a text deeply. They will learn what the purpose, message and consequences of the text are. Some possible thought questi...

Tom Taylor US History Message

Sent October 21st 2014

[*]Hello We are beginning to discuss The Declatation Of Indeprence this week as well as The Revolutionary War.  Students will e doing close readinmg.Thos is a slill that will help your student disect a text deeply. They will learn whatthe puropse, message and cosewuences of the text are/ Some possibel thought questions include;  [*]What does independence mean? [*]What responsibilites come with rights. Please try to relate it to your childs growing indepence as they approacj high school.  [*]What a...

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