American History I Honors

  Due for Thanksgiving Break - Baby USA and the Critical Period
    1) Read Chapter 6 Section 2 and answer the Main Idea Questions.  Then answer questions

        1-5 from section 2.  Make sure you answer them completely!  
    2) Complete the following questions on this take home assignment.  Yes, its a test.  No you
       cannot copy it from a peer
.  Yes, I have a way to verify you did the work yourself.  
    3) Watch the following video about the Early USA and answer the attached questions.
    4)  To better understand the importance of the watching movies together with family over 
         the holidays, enjoy this 2 minute video.  By the way, Star Wars comes out this December.

  Due for Tuesday 11/21 Baby USA and the Critical Period
  1) The new Nation will struggle to find its way after Independence.  Washington's first
       years in office are covered in Ch. 6 Section 1 and answer these questions:
  a) What did the Judiciary Act of 1789 actually do?
        b) Who were the members of Washington's Cabinet and what were their roles?
        c) What were the 4 parts of Hamilton's economic plan?
        d) Why did the location of the US Capital move from New York to Philly to DC?
        e) What was the effect of the Whiskey Rebellion? 

     2) Answer the End of Chapter questions for Ch. 6 Section 1  #2-5

​   Due for Friday 11/17 and Monday 11/20  Baby USA and the Critical Period
    1) The new Nation will soon realize the Articles of Confederation are no working well.  To 
       replace them, two groups will begin a debate... led by leaders Alexander Hamilton and 
       Thomas Jefferson.  Read both short guides and answer the questions on each. Don't copy 
       from a friend as you will be assured of a zero and a lump of coal for Christmas.  Plus Jesus
       is probably watching.  Next time somebody asks you WWJD... you can tell em: HOMEWORK.

    2) Finish watching the second part of the AOC video and complete these easy questions.

     a) How many states ratified the A.O.C?
     b) What did Washington fear?
     c) Who was the USA's ambassador to France?
     d) What three things did Congress need to do to win the war?
     e) What event lead Maryland to FINALLY ratified the A.O.C?
    3) Click on the following links if you need a copy of the Early Nation class notes or the 
       Comparison chart of the Federalists and Dem-Republicans.

   Due for Wednesday 11/15 and Thursday 11/16  Baby USA and the Critical Period
    1) Watch this short video about the nation's 1st government: The Articles of Confederation
       It's from a new group and does an amazing job of explaining the events we are discussing.
      To be sure you actually understand it, answer these questions AFTER VIEWING IT. 

    a) According to the speaker what type of government does America create?
     b) What action did Britain take to punish the colonist after the Boston Tea Party? ( there’s 2)
     c) In the summer of 1776 what three things did the Continental Congress do?
     d) Who created an early plan of union which was thrown out?
     e) Who wrote Letters from a Pennsylvanian Farmer?
     f) Under the A.O.C how the new government would be funded?
     g) What is the GREATEST American city?

    2) The Articles of Confederation were a very weak form of  government.  Finish 

         the worksheet listing at least 6 weaknesses of America's first government. We did this

         in class but expect to be quizzed just in case!

  Due for Monday 11/13 and Tuesday 11/14 -Review of 1st Quarter

    1) Complete this take home set of questions reviewing the material we have covered.  It will

       be a heavily weighted assignment which requires some thought.  Please get it done on time.

    2) If you want to get ahead, check out the new material!  This powerpoint introduces USA

       for those of you curious enough to wonder if the new United States will make it.

​​  Due for Wednesday 11/8 and Thursday 11/9 American Revolution Test???
    1) Hopefully,  your test is today, so make sure you have studied and prepared your notebook

       as instructed below.
    2) Finish reading Ch. 4 section 4 on Wining the Revolution.  Then answer ALL the Main Idea
        questions AND questions 1-3 at the end of the section.

  Due for Monday 11/6 and Tuesday 11/7 American Revolution Test or Review ???
    1) If everyone does the homework, the test will be moved from today to next class.  Yes,
     everyone means EVERYONE.  If we test, it will be primarily on the Road to Revolution events
     and the American Revolution itself, with a few review questions from the colonial period.
    2) The Powerpoint for the Amer. Rev. is here.  Please look it over.  You are responsible for
       knowing its content. 
    3) Complete the following Pictionary and define each of the terms.  Your pictionary and
        definitions should demonstrate you know the terms.

    4) Make sure your notebook is ready to be shared on the test day.  It must have:

         Early Colonial Notes             Late Colonial Notes                  Revolutionary Notes

  Due for Thursday 11/2 and Friday 11/3 - Fireworks and the American Revolution
    1)   Read Ch.4 sect.3- "Struggle to Saratoga" then complete "Main Idea Questions" A-E and 

         end of section questions 1-3.
    2)  Try this quiz on the American Revolution. 

  Due for Tuesday 10/31 and Wednesday 11/1 The American Revolution
    1) Watch the following video and write 20 questions as if you were the teacher creating a
       video guide. It's an awesome introduction to the Revolution and prior students really 
       liked it.  The questions should be evenly spaced from start to finish and make it
         clear you watched the ENTIRE video.  A good guide will be usable by your classmates.   
    2) Complete the Chapter 4 section 2 reading and answer the Main Idea questions. Then 

        answer questions 1-3 at the end of the chapter.

    3) Show your little brother or sister you love them by telling them a scary story which keeps 
        them up all night.  ... Or let them play this and film it. 

  Due for Thursday 10/26 and Friday 10/27 Road to Revolution

    1)  We will use this set of notes for the buildup to the Revolutionary War.  Make sure you know 
       the terms for the test next week. 
    2) Complete this handout on Samuel Adams, a controversial hero of the Revolution.
    3) Read Chap. 4 Section 1 on the American Revolutionary  and answer the Main Idea
       Questions A-E and​ the end of section questions 1-2.  Seriously, sit down and read this. 

       Then watch how it changes what you get from class today.  It's makes all the difference.

  Due for Tuesday 10/24 and Wednesday 10/25 - Road to Revolution

    1) Read the description of the Road to the American Revolution. It stops at Lexington
      & Concord but  explains why Taylor Swift was right... England and USA will  never get 
       back together.  Make a Timeline with at least 10 of the events described in the reading

      and add a short description of each of your 10 events onto your timeline.  It should be

     good enough for a classmate to use.  A sample might look like this or this.
    2) Watch the following Crash Course and answer these questions.

  Due for Friday 10/20 and Monday 10/23  - The Seven Years War & Road to Revolution
   1) Test Scores are in so if you want to come back fro test corrections or tutoring, now is
      your chance.  Anyone scoring below 75% may want to fix their grade as the quarter ends!
   2) We will wrap up the Seven Years War and begin the Road to the American Revolution.  To
      make sure you have the 7 Year War down, watch the following video about the War and 
      answer the questions.

  Due for Wednesday 10/18 and Thursday 10/19 Late Colonial Test 
    1) Read the following short section from an amazing new guidebook.  I showed it to a couple
      "Middle of the road" students and they loved it.  It is written in a direct, non-nonsense 
      style which makes it easy to understand.   This will be the last test before the quarter

       ends so please study! Pay particular attention to the Stono Rebellion... it's on the test. 

      Read about it!  (Anyone want to guess who in class will ask what the Stono Rebellion was?)

   2) Mollie Wasserman prepared an awesome Quizlet to help you guys study.  Try it.  Anyone 
       who can finish the LEARN Function can claim an edible prize in class.  You must bring proof 
       you completed it.

  Due for Monday 10/16 and Tuesday 10/17 - Late Colonial Period and 7 Years War
  1) Read Ch. 3 Section 4 about the French and Indian War & answer Main Idea Questions A-C
       AND questions 1-2 at the end of the section.  
    2) Know the terms for Wednesday/ Thursday's test on the Late Colonial Period and

        the 7 Yrs. War.
    3) Watch the following short video on the 7 Years War and answer these questions.  

  Due for Thursday 10/12 and Friday 10/13 Late Colonial Period and 7 Years War
    1)  Watch the following two videos describing the importance of the French and Indian War.
         Khan Academy video #1      and   video #2  and answer these questions.  I know its a little 

         "dry" but think of it as a good test of your ability to follow a college professor's class.
    2) Complete pictionary for the following 7 Years War terms.

  Due for Tuesday 10/10 and Wednesday 10/11 Late Colonial History
  1)  Look over the late colonial terms handout  we discussed in class. There will 
        be a game next class and a test on Monday and Tuesday which requires you to know 
        these terms!
    2) Complete the attached handout 1 and handout 2

  Due for Friday 10/6 and Monday 10/9 Late Colonial History
1) Read Chapt. 3 sec. 3 and answer the Main Idea questions (A-D)
    2) Complete this Pictionary by drawing the key terms.  Any drawing, regardless of skill
       needs to show you know what the term signifies.  

  Due for Wednesday and Thursday -- Late Colonial History
  1) Read Chapter 3, sect. 2 and answer the main idea questions (A-F).  and questions 1-5 at the 
      end of the section. PLEASE READ IT and MAKES SURE YOU UNDERSTAND IT!
      It is clear a few of you are not doing so and I need you to step up. If you have late work, 
      I will take it up to Friday.  After that, all bets are off.  We have to change. 

  Due for Monday 10/2 and Tuesday 10/3 Test on Early Colonial History
    1) The test on the Early American Colonies is today.  Please prepare by reviewing 
       (and have in your notebook) the following completed study guides:

    Early Colonial Notes      Colonial Geography Facts     13 Colonies Map 

    2)  Finish these short  handouts on Northern and Southern colonies.
    3) Read Ch. 3, Sect 1 from the text on the growth of the English colonies.  Answer 
       questions 1-5.  Also, Answer the Big Idea Questions A-C

  Extra Credit
Opportunity (2 short videos)
   1)  It is important that you know the differences between the New England, Middle and
        Southern Colonies before the test on Monday/Tuesday. Please watch the following
       superb  video by a teacher on those differences. It's really short but packed with info.
    2) Watch the following Crash Course video about the Middle British colonies. Then answer
        the following questions

 Due for Wednesday 9/27 and Thursday 9/28 The Original 13 Colonies
  1)  Watch the following video by a great SC teacher and answer the attached questions.
          No, you cannot switch into his class because he is smarter, better looking and doesn't

          teach at NWSA.  Sorry.
    2)  Read the following textbook section on the middle colonies. Answer Big Idea questions

         A-C AND the questions at the end of the section 1-4.
    3) Complete the following worksheet after reading the study guides.   This will help you
        prepare for the major test on Fri. 9/29 / Mon. 10/02.  
The test will cover the following: 
                Early Colonial Notes          Colonial Geography Facts         13 Colonies Map 

​  Due for Monday 9/25 and Tuesday 9/26 The Original 13 Colonies
1)  Read the following textbook pages and define the vocabulary on Pg 54 in "The Americans" 
   •Puritans •John Winthrop •Separatist •Plymouth Colony •Massachusetts Bay Colony
       •Roger Williams •Anne Hutchinson •Pequot War •Metacom •King Philip’s War 

     2) Answer The Big Idea Questions A-E and questions 1-4 on page 54.  Be able to

          explain your answers in class!

 ​  Due for Tuesday 9/19 and Wednesday 9/20 - Jamestown v. Massachusetts Bay
  1) We discussed the problems faced by both Jamestown and Mass. Bay early in their
       histories. Your challenge is to design your own colony which would avoid similar disasters.
       To make it worth your while, it will count as your first test grade.  Future tests will be
       quite difficult so seize the opportunity to earn a good grade on one which you control.  
       Don't be afraid to look up what other forts look like OR ask an adult for advice. 
       The assignment must include: 
 A) Map/Layout (3D or drawn)
          B) List of 5 Laws which will govern your colony
          C) List of 50 individuals and their professions to start your colony
               (You can have more than 1 of a single job... example: 3 farmers or 5 soldiers)
          D) List of 5 large items to bring.  Assume 1 animal includes both a male and female.
          E) Choose and JUSTIFY your selection of location A, B or C.  

      I will grade it carefully so please don't turn in something your little brother would laugh at

      and expect a good grade.

  Due for Tuesday 9/19 and Wednesday 9/20 - Jamestown v. Massachusetts Bay

    1) We discussed the problems faced by both Jamestown and Mass. Bay early in their

       histories. Your challenge is to design your own colony which would avoid similar disasters.

       To make it worth your while, it will count as your first test grade.  Future tests will be

       quite difficult so seize the opportunity to earn a good grade on one which you control.  

       Don't be afraid to look up what other forts look like OR ask an adult for advice. 

      I will grade it carefully so please don't turn in something thrown together at the last minute.  

      If you think about it, that's why the real Jamestown turned out so badly.  

    2) (Optional) If you ever worry about humanity, this is food for the soul. But only watch 
        it after finishing the assignment/test.

  Due for Friday 9/15 and Monday 9/18  - English Settlement at Jamestown
  1) Enjoy a rare homework break.  Walk around in the grass without shoes.  Pet a kitten.
      Tell your little brother/sister you love them, even if you sometimes don't. They won't know

       and your parents will think you're awesome. 

  Due for Wednesday 9/13 or Thursday 9/14 - English Settlement at Jamestown

    1) Read Ch. 2 Sect. 2 (Pgs. 42 - 47 ONLY) about the English founding of Jamestown.  

    Then answer Big Idea Questions A-E on a separate sheet of paper.   Jamestown is a tough

     place to live, eh?

    2) Define the following terms:

         •Capt. John Smith •joint-stock company •Jamestown •Powhatan

                  •headright system •indentured servant • Royal Colony

 Due for Monday 9/11 or Tuesday 9/12 - European Conquest of the New World

    1) Watch Episode # 1  of John Green's Crash Course US History and answer the Episode #1  
     questions.   Watch the video as many times as need be to ensure you understand the 
     narrator as he talks faster than the average Southerner.  
    2) Optional- Bring in a large bag of M&M's or Skittles (2 varieties) for a homework pass so we 
      can do a fun mapping activity that explains immigration in the British Colonies.  

    3) Don't forget about the Rho Kappa Honor Society meeting after school at 4:25 on Tuesday!

  Due for Thursday 9/7 or Friday 9/8 - Age of Exploration

    1)  Read Chapter 2, Sect. 1 from the textbook and answer the Big Idea Questions A-E on

         a separate sheet of paper.  Its an interesting description of how Spain conquered much

        of the New World.  

    2) Define the terms listed in question 1 at the end of the reading:  (Quiz next class?)

              •Hernándo Cortés •conquistador •New Spain •Mestizo •Encomienda •

                Francisco Pizarro•  Ponce de León •New Mexico •Popé • Mission

    3) Know the estimated native populations of North America (4 Million), Central America (25 Million)

        and South America (20 million)  around the year 1491 and be able to explain what food sources

        fueled the native civilizations there.  (3 Sisters Agriculture, Potato, etc.)

    Due for Tuesday 9/5 or Wednesday 9/6 - Age of Exploration 
    1) Please watch the following video about European Contact with the New World.  Then
       answer the video questions at the end of the video on a sheet of notebook paper.
   2) Check out your textbook... it has been asking about you all summer and can't wait to
       meet you.   Today's reading is short... Then answer the Big Idea Questions A-E on the
       sides of the pages of the reading.  Also answer Critical Thinking question 3 at the end

       of the reading.
    3) Don't forget to retake the geography quiz if you struggled.  I will make parent
       phone calls home this week and would prefer to talk about positive things. Then again,
       we can talk about the NYC Yankees and stuff that makes people sad. 

  Due Tuesday 9/5 -- Age of Exploration

    1)  Read thefollowing article & answer the questions about Columbus' arrival.

        Then read the second article  and answer the questions.  Its longer but it tells a horror story

         that is hard to believe.

    2) Print out the following study guide for the Early Colonial Era.  It will guide you for your

        next test.

  3) Watch this interesting video by a college professor about early American settlement.  Then

      create 10 questions evenly spread throughout the video (with answers).  Write them as if

       you were the teacher and wanted to make sure your students had UNDERSTOOD the

       video.  Your questions will say a lot about you as a student and thoughtful questions will be

       given a score over 100%. .   If you like the video, you'll love college.  If not, we have some

       work to do.

    4) Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!


  Due for Thursday 8/31- Welcome to Honors American History I. Your 1st Assignment will be:

  1) Memorize the following names and locations within the 13 Original US Colonies.  

  Key Terms:    Massachusetts      New Hampshire    Rhode Island    Connecticut    New York

                           New Jersey            Delaware                Virginia              Maryland         N. Carolina

                           S. Carolina              Georgia                   Pennsylvania    Florida- (Spanish colony)

                          Jamestown             Philadelphia          New York City      Charleston     Boston

​                         St. Augustine

                         Atlantic Ocean        Chesapeake Bay      Massachusetts Bay    Gulf of Mexico

  2) Then label the above terms on the attached map or PDF version.  If you don't see a term,

      look it up!

  3) Return your signed copy of the Syllabus and your completed student Info sheet.