Due for Tuesday 5/14     Nothing. 

    1) Seriously... nothing.     -Crickets-   echo...     echo...    echo...     Enjoy a well deserved rest.  Year end scheduling

      will follow.

    If you need a last minute cram session, try watching this annoying but very informative video.  Take notes!

     The process of writing about what you are watching will help you remember it!

     Due for  the week of Monday 5/6  and / Wednesday 5/8  Review and Final Exam 
   1)  Turn in the remaining review packets given during spring break.

   2) Be ready for our in class final exam tune-up.  This diagnostic assessment will help you focus on what to

       study in advance of Friday's APUSH final. 

   3) The APUSH Exam will be held at: 7:30 am-11:30am on Friday, May, 10th. A list of all other AP exams 
       dates can be found here. The test will be given at: Friendship Baptist Church, Beatties Ford Rd. 
      Exam details/information can be found here.  Be there by 7:30 am when check-in for the exam ends. 

    If you want to watch a short but helpful 10 min video on either LEQ or DBQ writing, click on the links!


   Opportunity for  Saturday 5/4 Cancelled at UNC-Charlotte

  1) The review schedule for this Saturday has been cancelled given the shootings at UNC-Charlotte this week.

    Please accept our apologies and offer your thoughts to the University community.  Exam resources can

     still be found here.

  Due for Thursday 5/2  The Conservative Wave of the  1980's 
    1) Finish reading AMSCO Ch. 30 (the 1980's) and turn in the Ch. 30 study guide.
    2) The classroom notes (terms you should know) for the 1970's and 1980's are here.
    3) Looking for help reviewing? Sample AP Test Questions can be found here.

  Due for Tuesday 4/30  Test on 1960's to 1980

    1) Study for the test today on the 1960's ,Civil Rights, Vietnam  and 1970's.  

    2) If any students were told to report to Choir /Orchestra for practice, the order has been cancelled per

    Mrs. Sears and Don Nagel.  Several of you have approached me about your frustration at being pulled

    out of class right before  the final exam.  The Masterwork performance will be unaffected but set up

    and practice are not excused.  Be prepared for a brief registration for AP classes during 1st block only. 

​   If you have any questions, see me on Monday!  I wish the Masterwork well... its going to be great music.

   I just didn't get any advance notice from other teachers pulling students for practice.

 Opportunity for Saturday 4/27  AP Review Sessions at UNC-Charlotte  
  There is a General AP Review Day At UNC-Charlotte this Saturday, April 28th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.        There will be a variety of sessions for AP subjects ranging from Env Science to AP US Gov, including

   several really good teachers for APUSH.  Significant extra credit will be applied if can show you attended.

  Due for Friday 4/26    The Stalemated 1970's    
    1) Remember the Chapter 29 Study Guide about the 1970's from a week and 1/2 ago? It's due today!
        Start working on the Chapter 30 Study Guide about the Conservative 1980's and the Modern Era.
        (Its the last study guide of the year!    -gasp-)   
    2) Watch the following video about the politics from 1960-1980 and answer the questions.

  Due for Wednesday 4/24  Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement
    1) Please watch the following video on Vietnam and complete the attached questions.  If you don't,
      the Vietnam war maybe confusing.  The 'Nam is the only war we lost...  it's probably worth knowing why!

      Class notes for Vietnam terms are here.  A presentation on Vietnam is here.
    2) Look up and define any remaining terms on Civil Rights from last class.  Civil Rights will be on the APUSH

       exam as sure as God made little Green Apples.

    3) Keep working on the Ch. 29 Study Guide and complete the Ch. 29 AMSCO reading.

   Due for Monday 4/22     LBJ's 1960's and Civil Rights Movement
    1) Familiarize yourself with the following events... we will blitz thru the Civil Rights class notes today. 

      Most were mentioned in Chapter 28 of the AMSCO guide.
    2) Watch this 26 minute documentary about Civil Rights and answer these questions.  Civil Rights is
        about more than MLK marching to DC and solving Civil Rights with the "I have a Dream" speech.  

     3) Finish this matching assignment for the Cold War presidents.  If you don't know the event... 
      LOOK IT UP!!!  Theses are key events you'll need to know.

  Due for Spring Break  (4-13 to 4/21)
    1) I am assigning 13 review sheets covering key areas you can expect to see on the APUSH exam. 
       All thirteen are due by Wednesday, May 8th.  This is a hard deadline. No excuses. At least 6 of these

       review sheets are due the day after Spring Break
    Please let me know if you need help... No late work after May 10th will be accepted!!!!!!!!

     Note:  "Historical Term Matching" requires the most work and is worth (by far) the most points! You have

      to May 9th to finish it but I'd advise doing most of it over Spring Break if you can.

          Important Laws      Territorial Expansion     Supreme Court Cases 

        Important Women        Presidential Event Matching    Important Authors    

   Famous Quotes       Who was President when...   Turning Points in US History         

Historical Term Matching          Events         People            Ideas

     You can do the assignment by yourself or in company of a friend.  But DO NOT COPY.

    While I am truly sorry to intrude on your SPRING BREAK,  AP classes require a greater focus and this is the 

    only course which counts for TWO classes towards graduation req'ts.   Finishing these will help you review

      for the 5 remaining classes we have left.

    2) Start working on the Ch. 29 (1970's) AMSCO reading and study guide.  It's due on Friday, 4/26 but you

        have lots of time now during the break so knock it out.

   Due for Thursday 4/11       LBJ's 1960's 

    1) Be ready for a test on the 1950's and 1960's on this last day before Spring Break.   Study the terms from

       the 1960's class notes.  Look up in anything we did not cover. Watch the documentaries.  Seriously.
    2) To prepare, watch The Century documentary about LBJ and answer these questions. (3 parts) for extra

      credit on the test.

    3)   Finish these 2 simple handouts.  They are fast and easy.
     4) If you have not done so yet, try reading an AP LEVEL guidebook to review. I have a collection of many
        you can borrow.  I also have flashcards and games you can check out as well if you want to create a
        study group with friends. 

  Due for Tuesday 4/9      JFK's "Camelot"  (or New Frontiers) 
    1) Finish reading Chapter 28 on the 1960's and turn in the Chapter 28 Study Guide.   
   2) If you missed the JFK class, watch the Century video on JFK's New Frontier and answer these questions

       I cried when JFK died.  You'll cry if you don't watch this video closely enough before the quiz about it.  

    3) Here are the class notes on JFK and LBJ.  Know these terms.

    3) If you have a second, read this fun article on how the USA miscalculated the blast energy of Lithium 7 

      during Hydrogen bomb testing in the South Pacific.  Note, the tragic results are less than amusing. 


  Due for Friday  4/5      The  1950's  and Conformity

    1) It's a race to the finish line, and we have only 8 classes before exam week, (including today).  Please

       put in the work over the next couple of weeks. There will be time afterwards to focus on other

       opportunities.  Note: I will be less tolerant of missing/late work than at any point this year.

       Apologies in advance but I'd rather you hate the teacher rather than miss a chance for college

       credit. No excuses please...  For those of you who do everything the RIGHT WAY, I will do everything I can

      to help with your year long grade. 

    2)   I reconfigured the remaining dates (above) to reflect the reality of where we are. Please double

        check each date... There isn't enough time to cover every topic in class so read for each day carefully.

    3) The key word for the 1950's is CONFORMITY.  Most Americans dressed the same, talked the same,     

      and sought the same more than at any other time. Watch the following documentary about the 1950's

      Its truly worth your time.  Then answer these questions.  As you can guess, any test/quizzes will include

       questions from the video.  It's worth bonus points on your test.

    4) Turn in the Cold War DBQ  (Part A  ONLY!!!)  


   Due for Wednesday 4/3     Review of the Early Cold War 
  1) Continue the Cold War DBQ  (Part A  ONLY!!!) You need not do Sections B & C. (3-4 pages is great )  

     It is due on Friday. 
  2) Start the Chapter 28 Study Guide on the 1960's.  It's due Friday. Don't let JFK down again by not

      covering him when he visits Dallas during this reading.  
 Due for Monday  4/1  The  1950's, Cold War, and WWII  Test
  1) Finish your Chapter 27 Cold War Guide.  
  2) Study for the test on everything between the 1920's to Start of the Cold War... its today.  Please look over

      the following terms (and the readings they came from).

             1920's Terms                1930's Terms           WWII and Early Cold War Terms

  3) Begin work on this DBQ essay.  You do not have to do the essay choices in sections B and C but you 
       should look them over and consider  possible answers . (Hint)

  Due for Wednesday 3/27   The Beginning of the Cold War and the 1950's Conformity
    1)  Watch this video on the post -WWII years and answer these questions.  (This is my all-time favorite
       documentary for its accurate portrayal of America after WWII... you won't believe some of the footage)
   2) Finish working on the Chapter 26 Study Guide which is due Today! 

   3) Start the Chapter 27 Study Guide on the 1950's. Is it just me or is there a  NWSA student on the front of

      the packet?

    4) Please study for the quiz today on WWII and the start of the Cold War.  If you watch the movie 

       above, you will know what the quiz will cover.  I will give the remaining portion on the test on Monday!

   5) URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT-This is the last day of the 3rd Qtr for grading purposes.

       Any late work  should have been turned in  by today, (Wednesday, 3/26).

  Due for Monday 3/25     The Second World War and the Start of the Cold War
    1) If you have the time and are intrigued by WWII deaths, watch this award winning short documentary.
          Very few short clips are as thought provoking or well done.
    2) Start the Chapter 26 Study Guide on the Start of the Cold War. (That means you'll probably have to
       read chapter 26 beforehand)  Its due on Wednesday. 

  Due for Thursday 3/21     The Causes of the Second World War 
    1)  The Class Notes for WWII can be found here. 
    2) Here are the powerpoints for both The Coming of WW II and World War II.

    3) The Chapter 25 Study Guide is due.... Today.

    4) The Saturday Review Session for APUSH is at Hawthorne High/Academy at:

           1411 Hawthorne Lane,  Charlotte, NC 28205.  A flyeris attached here

       If you need a ride from NWSA, be at my class room trailer by 8:10 am.  Food will be served and

        extra credit awarded. 
  Due for Tuesday 3/19 The Great Depression and Causes of World War II
    1) Begin working on the AMSCO Guide Chapter 25 guide and reading.
    2) Smile more. Play with your little brother/sister.  Unplug from your phone. Come back refreshed. 

    We will have only one day to cover The Great Depression which is very sad. World Wars are even worse.

     Guess what's next. A Quiz. 

  Due for Friday 3/15  Great Depression Test the Start of WWII
  1) Study for TODAY's test on WWI and The Roaring Twenties.  We will cover The Great Depression on the

      next test.   Failure to prepare will result in a "0" and could well leave the Earth open to an Alien invasion.

       Don't be the person who ends our civilization. Nobody will like you after you got them killed in an

       interstellar apocalypse. 

  2) The powerpoint on the Great Depression is here.  Be warned. The PPT has  DISTURBING images.... like

      photos of Mr. King and Mr. Vitale  waiting in the NWSA soup kitchen line.  
  3) Complete these two handouts about the Great Depression.  #1    #2  due today.

  4)  Complete 4 posters on a regular sized sheet of paper.  Each should advertise the requirements and 
       benefits of a major New Deal Program.  Funny or creative poster will be awarded a substantial bonus. 
      Remember, don't let your worries kill you. Let the New Deal help.
  Due for Wednesday 3/13  Great Depression  (1929-1939)
  1) Read the following article on the Great Depression to avoid creating one of your own. IT'S SHORT, unlike
       the actual Depression which lasted 10 years, much like the average high school career in Gastonia.
  2) Turn in the AMSCO Chapter 24 study guide. 
  3) Finish watching "The Century, Stormy Weather" and answer the questions here.  The stories are  
      heartbreaking. Watch real video of the Dustbowl, see a little girl whose piggy bank was emptied by her
      parents, view a homeless woman in a fur coat begging for spare change after losing her home, and 
       watch rioters attack food trucks to prevent starvation.  Americans forget, but things were pretty bad,
  4) Study for the BIG  WWI and 1920's test on Friday, 3/15.

  5) For those of you interested in the Huey Long "Kingfisher" BBQ speech, its short but entertaining.  
      The "Kingfisher" wanted to tax the rich to strip them of their vast wealth and redistribute it to the poor 
      under the "Share Our Wealth/Every man a King" plan.

​  Due for Monday 3/11     The Roaring Twenties, Market Crash and Effects of The Great Depression
    1) Spoiler Alert: The Great Depression ushers in period of economic catastrophe which gripped the

     developed  world from 1930 to 1939.  If you think the USA's economy could not get any worse, you'd
      be wrong.  Begin the 1930's AMSCO Guide. It will be due on Wednesday 3/13 but read now as there

      will be a daily quiz by popular request. ( Fun Fact - All the other students except for you love them!)

     We will wrap up anything remaining from the 1920's today.
    2) Please watch the 1930's Documentary, The Century, Stormy Weather  and then finish these questions. 

​ Due for Thursday 3/7 The Roaring Twenties/ The Great Depression
    1) Continue your chapter 23 AMSCO guide.
    2) We will try to finish the 1920's today... Please watch this 1920's Documentary: Boom to Bust and then

       finish these questions.  If we need, we will wrap up anything remaining next class.

    3) If you want extra credit, take the time to watch one of the best documentaries on the Progressive Era:

     The Century, Seeds of Change.  You can skip the opening 5 minutes but complete these questions and

     be able to answer something at random in class about it, I'll reward you substantially.

  Due for Tuesday 3/5   The Roaring Twenties

    1) We are about to start the Roaring Twenties. Its a period of political conservatism coupled with social
       /technological change.  Find out more by reading chapter 23 of the AMSCO guide (pgs. 475-495)
   2) Begin Ch. 23 AMSCO guide to ensure you understand what you have read.  It is due on Monday 3/11.

    3) The updated style of the World War I notes.  Please know these terms for a Quest today!

 Due for Friday 3/1     World War 1  (The War To End ALL Wars)
    1)  To make sure you know WWI complete the following study guides

             #1,         and        #2  

    2) Turn in your Ch. 31 WWI study guide from the textbook. 

  Due for Wednesday 2/27      World War 1 (The War to End All Wars) 
    1)  Remember, we are using the online American Pageant textbook for WWI . (Chapter 31) reading.   

         The Chapter 31 textbook guide is due on Friday, (3/1) 

    2) To get ready for WWI, watch the following 25 min. video on WWI and complete the video guide.  

  Due for Monday 2/25      Progressive Test  and World War 1   (The War to End All Wars)
    1) Study for the Progressive test by reviewing the reading and our class notes.

    2)  In a switch, we will use the online American Pageant textbook for WWI . (Chapter 31) reading. The 
       textbook reading is NOT optional and I'm curious how you like it.  The Chapter 31 textbook  guide 

       is due on Friday, (3/1)  so feel free to start now.  It has a different feel to it so let me know

        which text you prefer.
  Due for Thursday  2/21 Progressive Era
    1) Read this study guide on the Progressive Era.  I'm sorry for the copy quality but it breaks down the

       Progressive Era into easy to understand readings.  Then finish this Study Guide.  This additional guide

        is due before Tuesday's Progressive Era Test.  

  Due for  Tuesday 2/19    Progressive Era
    1) Watch the following video on Immigration & Cultural Change.   (Learn why the average Italian had 11 kids
       during this time period.) Answer these questions.

    2) Finish the Progressive Study Guide.
  Due for Monday 2/18    The Progressive Era
   1) Keep reading Ch. 21 on the Progressive Era.  It describes a period of rapid growth tempered by
        an awareness that the United States must address the problems of rapid urbanization. 
       Rampant diseases, poverty, crime, infrastructure, corruption, all come under fire by the Progressives.
        Continue work on the Study Guide. 
    2) Write a short story using at least 15 of the terms from the Progressive Era.  Your story should clearly   
       demonstrate you know the significance of the terms.  For example, don't simply say "He passed the 16th
       Amendment".  Try something like "The 16th Amendment's new income tax angered the rich old man"
       Please ensure your story is at least 10 pages.  (Just kidding, but make it a couple if you want full points) 
    3) Finish this Short Handout about the Pendleton Civil Service Act.  It has confused many of you and it 
         will likely be on the exam!

  Due for Tuesday 2/12 -The Progressive Era
    1) After the test, we are starting the Progressive Era, a period between 1900 and 1920 which sought to fix
       the problems of the Gilded Age.  We will use these Progressive Era notes in class.  We are moving
       quickly so please ensure you don't fall behind.  Begin reading AMSCO Ch 21 on the Progressive Era and 
       finish sections 1-3 (review) up to the Green area) on the Chapter 21 study guide.

    2) If you wish to earn a sizableamount of extra credit, watch this 2 hour documentary on the War and

      answer these questions.  Please note I will ask you a couple of detailed questions to make sure you

       actually watched it to prevent mere copying to gain the points.  There are some fascinating stories and


    3) Have a Happy Valentines Day. Like these peeps.

  Due for Friday 2/8 - Imperialism to The Progressive Era
   1) The test on imperialism and the Gilded Age has been moved to Tuesday.  Please look over the class

      notes carefully for both the Gilded Age and Imperialism! Even the terms not covered in class!!!
   2) Watch the following video on Imperialism. Answer the Questions here. Sadly, it may take a little

      stopping and starting to find all the answers... or just adjust the speed.  It's a good thing Youtube comes

      with a pause feature.  Back in my day, we had to reload movie reels onto the projector which was lit with a

      candle.  Many a good history student failed when they ran out of wax.
    3) Complete the following worksheet which recaps terms from the Gilded Age. 

​  Due for Wednesday 2/6 - Imperialism
    1) Complete the following handout on Imperialism.  It's a perfect match for what you must know for 
       Imperialism!!!  You may use the textbook or the AMSCO Guide to find the answers.  
    2) AFTER watching this video on imperialism, answer these questions.  I know the movie is a little older.  
         No, that is not George Washington in the USS Maine scene.  Still, it has awesome information.

    3) There will be an after-school meeting for the Charleston trip today after school from 4:25 to 5:00 in Mr. 

        Vitale's trailer/classroom.

 Due for Monday 2/4 - Imperialism 
    1) Read the chapter on Imperialism (Ch. 20) and complete the remainder of the Imperialism study guide.   
    2). We are returning to a diet of quizzes based on readings at the START OF CLASS.  Knowing the following
      terms will help your quiz performance:
    Alfred Thayer Mahan       Yellow Journalism      Queen Liliuokalani        Cuban Independence Movement
        Monroe Doctrine          USS Maine      Delome Letter        President McKinley        Battle of Manila

​ ​​ Due for Thursday 1/31  Gilded Age to Imperialism 
    1) Read the chapter on Imperialism (Ch. 20) and complete the first 5 questions of the Imperialism
        study guide.  The remainder is due on Tuesday, 1/23.

   Due for Tuesday 1/29 Gilded Age

    1) Complete the following handout as a study guide for the Gilded Age Test.  It's worth a lot of points!

    2) Remember there is an optional Honor Society Induction Ceremony for NEW members today after

         school in the Auditorium. Dress appropriately!

  Due for Friday 1/25 Gilded Age
    1) Turn in any remaining sections of the Ch. 16 Gilded Age AMSCO Packet.

    2) Study for the test on the American West test today. 


  Due for Wednesday 1/23 Gilded Age

    1) Start the following handout as a study guide for the Gilded Age Test.

    2) Review the  video and finish the assigned questions. Pay close attention as this college professor

      describes both the Industrial titans and the struggle of unions to organize during this period. This really

       is a SUPERB video at explaining the difficult relationship between capital & labor.

  Due for Tuesday 1/22  The Gilded Age
    1)  We will discuss the Gilded Age, a period of rapid Industrialization in the Northern states.  It's a critical

        period of change for the USA and represents a large part of the AP exam. 

    2) Turn in sections 1 and 2 of the AMSCO study guide for chapter 16 on the Gilded Age. 

    3) Complete the handout regarding Gilded Age inventors.

   Midterm Exam Week is from  1/15 to 1/19.  Good Luck!  

    1) The APUSH Midterm will cover American History from Pre-Columbian Civilizations to the American

         West. (Ch. 17)  

    2) During the  week  read the complete AMSCO  chapter 16 reading on the Gilded Age. Then complete

       sections 1 & 2 of the AMSCO study guide for chapter 16.  It's less than a page a day so please don't 

        wait to the last minute on 1/22 to say you couldn't finish it.

  Due for Friday 1/11  American West 
    1)  Finish the AMSCO Guide on the West by today's class.  We'll  focus on the political development 

         in the American West between 1870 and 1900.  As you've learned by now quizzes will be part of the

         new year so please do the packet in earnest.
​    Due for Wednesday 1/9 The American West 
    1) Finish reading chapter 17  in the AMSCO guide on the American West.
    2) Finish the Chapter 17 packet, section 1. 
  Due for Monday 1/7  Reconstruction and the American West
    1)  Please  turn in any missing work by today.  No more late work will be accepted as the quarter is

       effectively over this week.  Midterms start next week. and this may affect plans for the Civil War Game.   

    2. We will discuss the Reconstruction Era of the Civil War  today in class.  Be prepared for a review

        assessment based on the review packet turned in over the Winter Break. 

    3) For those planning ahead, begin reading AMSCO chapter 17 on the American West and start the

        AMSCO Review Guide won the West after the Civil War. 

    4. Be ready for the Rho Kappa Honor Society meeting this Tuesday 1/8 in the Library.  There will be a

        guest speaker and attendance is mandatory.

  Due for the Holiday Break   

    1) Complete the holiday packet - answer all questions! Pay particular attention to the short
      answer questions. Please do not ignore this as it will represent an important grade and lost time
      can never be found again.  You should study this content as you will be asked to show you know
      this stuff when we return!!
    2) (Sophomores/Juniors Only) Write a short (650 word Max = 1 page) college essay.  The list of
         essay prompts from the common app are attached here and you can write about virtually
         anything.  The finished product can be used for next year's college application so put some
        thought into it.  It's only 1 page, so don't fret.  

  Due for Monday 12/17    The BIG Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction Test
   1) Study for a Major Civil War test today!  Anything in the Chapter 13 or 14 AMSCO guide is fair game.

   2) Read the attached pair of short articles and complete the attached 2 worksheets to determine 
      which side had the biggest advantage during the Civil War.  Be sure to list at least 5 advantages
      for both the Union and the Confederates.  (One of the articles was written by a student who did a great 
       job summarizing the Confederate's positions) 
   3) Finish Reading Ch. 15 in your AMSCO Book and finish all sections of the AMSCO Ch. 15 study guide

   4) Click on the following links to review two helpful  powerpoints on  the Civil War and  Reconstruction.

   Due for Thursday 12/13    The Civil War and Reconstruction
    1) Finish Chap 14 in your AMSCO text and complete any remaining sections on the Ch. 14 guide.
    2) Begin reading Chap. 15 of the AMSCO Guide.  Start the Ch. 15 Study Guide.  It will be due on

       Monday before the test. I know its been a fast march to the sea but it gives you a week to finish the

      study guide before the Major Civil War Test before the break!

  For Tuesday 12/11 - Civil War
    1) Finish reading Chap. 14. Turn in all sections of the completed Chapter 14 Amsco Study Guide.   
    2) Here is a website showing the sides which fought in the Civil War.  Compare the UnionConfederate
 states to this list of slave and free states. THEN LABEL this map to show the free and slave states. 
     Knowing your geography will help you understand why the War ended the way it did and allow you to
     pass a quiz.

  Due for Friday 12/7 - Antebellum Events Test and Start of the Civil War

   1) Study the Ch. 13 Study Guide and class notes for today's ANTEBELLUM test. 

   2) Start reading Chapter 14 in your AMSCO text.  Then complete sections 1-3. It is important to do these

        to be ready for the  Big Civil War test on the Monday before the Holiday break.

   2) ABOUT the Irish and German immigrants arriving during this period...  Here is a recent Budweiser 
   commercial showing how German Immigrants tended to be more abolitionist, liberal and had the 
   financial means to move to farms in the Midwest.  They tended to drive reforms like women's rights and     

   education.  It's not by accident that "kindergarten" sounds German. The 2nd excerpt shows how  poorer

    Irish immigrants faced  rampant discrimination, thanks to being poor.  They were often trapped in cities. 

    Interestingly, the Know-Nothing/American (anti-immigrant) party were waiting for both groups of

      immigrants and make appearances in both videos. Is their attitude relevant today?

   3) There is a Rho Kappa Movie Night in the Black Box afterschool today!!!  Bring 5$ for pizza. cookies and

      drinks and get extra credit for watching a great historical movie.  We will finish no later than 6:45 so get

       your weekend off to a fun start!

  Due for Wednesday 12/5 - Antebellum Events  and Civil War
    1)  Complete sections 5-8 of the Chapter 13 AMSCO guide.  Please, no excuses...  the holidays are near!
    2)  Study the lecture terms we discussed from the ANTEBELLUM event list. They're on Friday's test!

    3) Enjoy this 2 minute Key and Peele video on Harriet Tubman- who knew?

  Due for Monday 12/3  The Antebellum Period
    1) Complete these very simple questions about the time period.  They review only the most basic

        information so if you don't know something, please look it up!
    2) We will review the first Presidents and their accomplishments today using this chart.
      Watch this Youtube video list which goes over each president- found here.  

    3) Finish reading AMSCO Ch. 13 and complete the Ch. 13 AMSCO Guide sections 1-4.  Finish the

       remainder of the guide for next class!  There will be a test on the Antebellum events on Friday!
  Due for Thursday 11/29   The Champion of the Common Man... Andrew Jackson
    1) Watch the first 28 minutes of this video about Andrew Jackson.  Then answer these questions.
    2)  Complete the following Worksheet about Sectionalism and Nationalism.
    3) We start the Road to the Civil War this week. The ANTEBELLUM period is similar to the era before the 
     American Revolution when a series of events steadily divided the American people.  Pay close attention
     to the order of 18 Antebellum events​ which steadily drove us apart. Start reading chapter 13 in your 
     AMSCO guide and begin work on the Ch. 13 Study Guide sections 1-4. 

   4) Thank you all for your hard work.  As a reward, enjoy this video showing what Andrew Jackson would
   be like if he played women's soccer.  Or this weird 3 minute cartoon about his past...warning-language!

   5)  If you did not get them in class, we are using these notes for the Antebellum class lectures.

 Due for Tuesday 11/27   Review Activities
    1) Complete page 1 and page 2 of this fun little test of recent material.  It's a real test, so use    

      complete sentences and cite people, places and events if you want full points for your test grade. 

     Sadly, you can't share the assignment with your little brother or sister, no matter how much fun it is.

     It's all yours.  So research your answers and claim your 100%.  Remember, I'll ask a few questions when

     you turn it in, so know it!
    2) To better understand the importance of the spending time together with family over the holidays, 
          enjoy this 2 minute video.  
  Due for Tuesday 11/20  Sectionalism, Reforms, and  Expansion Test
    1) Read this short reading from the Blue Book study guide.  It covers the minimum information you'll

     need for the test today. Then fill out this study guide which is due today.  It will save you a lot of worry

     about what's on the test.
  Due for Friday 11/16 Sectionalism, Reforms, Expansion 
    1) Watch the following teacher lecture about the Reforms Period. Then write down 5 important points he
        made about reforms during the Second Great Awakening. And NO, I will not switch jobs with him
        just so you can have a better teacher.
   2) Watch the following 9 min Gilder Lehrman Video on this Period.  It's the site recommended by the
       College Board which means they think this is the best place to review for the AP exam.  So take a sec
       and check out its features, starting with the short video. 
     3) After you watch the above video, go to the timeline feature right below.  Look up each of the following
          events and write a short summary of each: 
         1808- Congress Ends Slave Trade                                1812- War of 1812
         1813 - Waltham-Lowell Factory System                      1820- Missouri Compromise
         1823 Austin leads settlers to Texas                               1824 - The Election of 1824
         1824 - The Monroe Doctrine                                          1825- The Second Great Awakening

  Due for Wednesday 11/14   -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
    1) Watch this short Crash Course video about USA's Expansion and complete these questions.
    3) Finish the chart and color in the map on the attached handout. Check out this website showing the 
        geographical additions. You MUST be able to identify the new territory added to the US and know
         how each was acquired.  We will begin class with a quiz on the territorial additions! 

  Due for Friday 11/9 -Early Nationalism, Expansion and Reform
    1) The 1820-1860 period was known for a series of major social reforms.  Fill out the Reform Chart
         adding details for each movement.  You may read this resource, your textbook, or other sources.
    2) Watch this video on the Reform Movements and answer these questions. 

  Due for Wednesday 11/7 Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform

    1) Finish sections 3 & 4 & 5 of the AMSCO chapter 8 Study Guide.

    2) Watch the following college lecture video on Industrialism in America. Please finish the 
        questions.  It's a great summary  presented by a leading college professor.

    3) To achieve a cool prize, make your predictions for the following 2018 Midterm races.  If you are like most
     budding political analysts, you will have to look at the map projections of polling experts like Nate Silver or
     CNN Political Center.  (There are more resource links in the document).  Take your time and research your
     predictions which are due tonight, Monday 11/5!!!!  Mrs. Sears, Mr. Lawler and Mr. Whitehead will all pick

      against you.  Beat them...  It's not hard if you just use the maps on the websites and common sense!

  Due for Monday 11/5   -Critical Period Test 
    1) Continue Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development).  Start 
       working on the Ch. 8 Study Guide and complete sections 1 & 2 for today.   
     2)  If you want to get ahead, do sections 3 & 4 & 5 (due Wednesday).

  Due for Thursday 11/1-- Going to See a Play about American History (1776)

    1) Enjoy the play.  Start Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide and begin work on the Chapter 8 Study

       Guide.  Do not wait until next week and show up stressed out because of poor time management.

       As Ben Franklin said in Poor Richard's Almanac: "Lost Time is never found again.” 

    5) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Thursday) watch the following
         video about the War of 1812.  Note it is split into 10 parts totaling a little over an hour.   Then answer
          the following questions for significant extra credit. They are longer than the first questions but carry

          far more weight. E-mail me your answers before 4 pm on Wednesday, (Halloween).  It will be well

          worth your time, if you want help with your grade at the 11th hour.

  Due for Monday 10/29-- Early National Period and War of 1812  
    1) We will move the test scheduled for today to Next Monday to accomodate the 1776 play.  to get ready,

        add the following handouts to your notebooks:

               Early Nation AP Timeline                       War of 1812

    2) READ THIS SHORT EXCERPT from a new guidebook... its short and will definitely help w/ the
        test.  Seriously, its the magic bean Jack was looking for all those years on the beanstalk test.  Imagine
        what it could do for you. (You'll thank me later, which is weird because most students hate more

        reading.  Just saying...)
    3) Read and complete the War of 1812 handout. I am worried some of you have not read 
         the AMSCO text chapters 6-7.  That would be a BAD idea as the test on the Critical Period thru 1816 is

        on Monday, 11/5.
    4) Watch Crash Course  #11 War of 1812 and complete the following questions.
    5) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Thursday) watch the following
         video about the War of 1812Note it is split into 10 parts totaling a little over an hour.   Then answer

          the following questions for significant extra credit. E-mail me your answers before 4 pm on

       Wednesday, (Halloween).  It will be well worth your time, I promise.

   Due for Thursday 10/25-- Jeffersonian Democracy and the War of 1812
   1)  Complete reading AMSCO Chap 7.  Complete the Pictionary/definitions and make sure you know the

       vocabulary.  If you feel you don't know the material, seriously, read the text! If you want an A for the

       semester, the textbook is the BEST method. It's also the only method.  Everything else ends in a "B".

    2) If you were interested in applying for a summer employment position or CPCC classes this spring or

        next fall, please contact Mrs. O'Boyle at the following link.  Please finish the short 1/2 page essay

         before Friday and get it to Mrs. O'Boyle.   Several students have completed it in class while they

        waited so do not put it off.
  Due for Tuesday 10/23 --The Birth of American Politics
   1) Using chapter 7 in AMSCO, work on the following Pictionary/definitions for the early national period.

       Take some time to create drawings which shows you ACTUALLY know the content!  The Pictionary is

       due on  Thursday 10/25.

   2) Watch this video about the 1st five Presidents. We already watched Washington so start at the 15 min

        mark and answer the questions for the 2nd-5th Presidents.  Finish the 3 Reflection questions at the end.
    3) If you need motivation to study, watch this former student who was feeling it in class. Its 100% NWSA!   

  Due on Friday, 10/19  The Critical Period  

    1) Begin reading chapter 7 in your AMSCO Guide.  It covers the Age of Jefferson and includes his friend

       James Madison's two terms in the White House.  To celebrate Jefferson's arch-rival (Hamilton), watch

       this funny commercial about Aaron Burr.

    2) If you have time, enjoy a funny video, possibly filmed while Madison and Jefferson attended college

        together in an alternate historical universe.

     3) Turn in the completed Blue Book Study Guide assigned earlier this week.

  Due on Wednesday, 10/17  The Critical Period 

    1) In between Chapters 6 and 7, read this easy to understand review guide and begin work on the

   following questions.  The questions are straightforward and answers should come to you quickly.

     The guide is due on Friday, 10/19.

   2) Enjoy this music video to find out what happened to the French queen- very sad. It was written and
       directed by French History teachers. The brutality of Queen Marie Antoinette's treatment led many 
       Federalists to turn away from the French Revolution. Anyone else find this song strangely memorable?


  Due on Monday, 10/15  The Critical Period

    1) Complete all parts of the Ch. 6 Study Guide and any outstanding work.  Time to move onto Chapter 7.

  Due for Thursday 10/11 The Critical Period

    1) Continue to read Chapter 6 in the AMSCO Guide and work on  the Ch.6 study guide

​      It's important to complete these without cutting corners so take the time to do them the right way. It will be

       due on Monday.


  Due for Tuesday 10/9  -- The Critical Period
1) Watch this Movie on the Washington.  Watch only the first 15 mins and answer these questions.

   2) The early battle between  Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans over the power of the new
    nat'l government was a battle of visions for the United States. Read Ch. 7 (pgs 214-230) & these two
    documents comparing Alexander Hamilton & Thomas Jefferson.
   3) Then fill out the chart comparing Federalists to Dem-Republicans. 
I am sorry the link was not working at first

       and will complete in class with you.
   4) Continue reading the Chapter 6 in the AMSCO guide and finish Section 2 parts 1-3 of the guide.

   5) Watch the following review video about the 1754 to 1800 Period. It is from the Gilder Lehrman site, one
      of the best resources for studying APUSH.  Their videos are short but focus on the type of questions you
      will see on the exam.  When finished watching it, click through the timeline feature linked below the video,
       paying close attention to the terms that show up on our Early Nation Class Notes timeline. This is a valuable

       resource and you should spend some time familiarizing yourself with it.

Due for Friday 10/5     Critical Period
    1)  We will start using the AMSCO Study Guide with this chapter.  Read Chapter 6 of your AMSCO guide

        and begin work on the Chap. 6 Study Guide.  Section 1 of the Study Guide will be due today.
    2) Watch this college professor teach a short 20 minute class on the New System of Government. Then
        answer these questions! She is considered to be one of the best experts on this era.  Who knew some of

       the smartest professors in the country could also be women?  Ironically, not the colonists who made it

       impossible for women to attend college during the colonial period. Watch her lesson and decide if the

       colonists were right.
   3) Extra Credit Opportunity:  Watch these 3 short teacher videos  #1    #2   #3  for insight into
        the Critical Period. (AOC-Constitution)  I wish we had time to discuss everything in class but these
       will help! Bring in detailed notes you made from each video proving you carefully watched them.

       I will add  up to a 2% test bonus for one video, a 5% Bonus for 2 videos and a 10% Bonus for all 3 to last

       Monday's  test score if you turn in high quality notes for 1-2-or 3 video notes.
      This is optional but strongly advised. I think a lot of this guy, even if his Oregon hat isn't as cool as mine.


  Due for Wednesday 10/3     Colonial Era to American Revolution

    1) Study for the Test.  Have your notebook ready.  Bring your balloon with your answers written on it. 

    2) Don't forget you may visit anytime between 8:00 am and 9:00 am if you want to look at sample test questions. 

       I cannot guaranttee a question will be on the test but it gives you an opportunity to look at the type of questions

        you may see.  This is totally optional and no phones or cameras will be permitted.

Due for Monday, 10/1        Baby USA and the "Critical Period"
  1) We are moving the Test to Wednesday. Don't forget your 3 Ring notebook with the required notes.
    2) Don't forget your balloon, assuming you want to use one  I am not responsible for broken dreams in the

       form of a popped balloon.

    3) Make sure you have your copy of the AMSCO guide.  We will try using it for the next section.  Please tell

         me if you have had difficulty obtaining a copy for ANY reason. Any version is fine.

    4) There is a Rho Kappa History Honor Society Meeting on Tuesday 10/2 in the Library.  All forms are due

        before this date and students should pay their $25 annual dues online at the school site.

  Due for Thursday 9/27  The American Revolution  
  1) The test for the periods between the Late Colonial Period through the American Revolution is moved to

        Monday.  It will be the final change to account for the hurricane days.  The test will cover the following topics:

   Colonial Facts       Late Colonial Notes   7 Years War     Road To Revolution Notes       

    2) You may bring in a standard sized balloon with anything you want written on it to be used during
        your test. I recommend using a sharpie. Balloons will be given out on Friday. If you decide to pop 
      the balloons of people you don't like on test day, make sure to act surprised and have it look like an accident.)

       All kidding aside, be careful with your balloon.
    3) Your review questions are due today.  Answers should be uniquely yours, not a paraphrase of what
      your best friend wrote, unless of course your friend is never wrong.
    4) If you want to drop by the classroom early Monday, you are invited to look over possible test
         questions ahead of time.  Just drop by between 7:00 am and 9:00 am  

 Due for Tuesday 9/25  Late Colonial Period and Road to the American Revolution  

    1) Review your Ch. 6 textbook reading, then (CAREFULLY) analyze the chapter 6 Outline.  Add notes

      and details you think would be helpful!  I moved the test to Monday 10/1 for 2 reasons... #1-It will give

      us time to cover more content in class.  #2 You will have the weekend to study.  Please don't skip

      the movies... I will pull questions from each which can only be answered by people who have watched


  Due for Friday 9/21  French and Indian War and Late Colonial Period  
   1) Be ready for a notebook check coming up.  The notebook check will occur on Monday, 10/1, the test day. 

        Remember to have the following sets of class notes neatly organized in your notebooks by that date.

        There should not be blank spaces on these notes and they shouldn't be crammed into your notebook

         willy-nilly. They will help with the test on Thursday.  I moved the date back to account for the hurricane.
           a) Early Colonial Notes (Cahokia, etc)
           b) Colonial fact sheet 
           c) Late Colonial Notes  
           d) 7 Years War Notes  
           e) Road to Revolution & American Revolution Notes  
    2) Watch this unusual college lecture on the American Revolution and answer these questions
    3) Continue working on these review questions which will be due on Thursday. There is a high correlation 
      rate between these questions and what you will see on the test on Monday 10/1.  If you believe in

       foreshadowing, you'll appreciate the extra effort you invest in this. And you'll avoid letting your homework

       grow into something fearsome with stresses you out.
      (Possible footage of homework which has gone hunting for procrastinating students)

    4) Watch this video on the American Revolution.  Its exciting so you won't mind filling out a few questions.
       Plus it will make your brain grow wise.  Like a fortune cookie.

Due for Tuesday 9/18 - Colonial Society... and Road to Revolution
    1) Complete your Ch. 5 textbook reading.  Then compare it to this outline of chapter 5.  Its a crucial time,

        (1763 - 1775) the dozen 12 years where everything went wrong between Britain and the 12-ish American

       Colonies. Simply put, know the outline material.  Highlight it, & add your own written notes.  If you like the

       outline, consider using it for other chapters. Either way, bring in our marked up outline.

    2) Complete the following handout showing population growth in the 13 colonies. Use different
     colors for each colony to graph the size of the 13 colonies between 1740 and 1800. I already placed the
      1740 starting totals for each colony on the graph... it is up to you to add the data points for 1760 and
      1780. The 1800 numbers are not included so you will have to PREDICT the growth of each colony based
       on prior 1760-1780 numbers.
     3) Begin work on this set of review questions.  It will be due on 9/25.
     Be as specific as possible when answering.  APUSH requires detailed facts & you will reminisce fondly
     of the days when you could "fake" your way through a test without really knowing the facts. To give you 
     plenty of time they will not be accepted until Thursday, 9/28. Don't let them hide in the corner, growing
     feral, waiting to attack you when your back is turned. Definitely don't leave them unattended in your little
     brother's or sister's room or this could happen.   (Actual footage of homework stalking a former student!)
    4) Please order the AMSCO guidebook seen here, order it ASAP!

  Due for Friday 9/14 -  The French and Indian War (Even if we don't have class, It must be done.)
1)  Watch the following video by another teacher on the French and Indian War.  There
are a couple

         of minor issues but its a good review of the French and Indian/ 7 Years War.  Then answer the
         following questions

    2) Then watch this Crash Course video on the 7 Years War and answer these questions.

2) Read Chapter 5 and answer the following questions. I fear a War is coming...
        A) What were the goals of Parliament and King George III in passing new taxes & regulations on the 
              colonies after the end of the 7 Years War in 1763?
        B) What arguments did the colonists use to object to the English Crown’s tax measures?
        C) What economic factors convinced colonists to disagree w/ their own British government?   
        D) How did the Townshend Acts dramatically escalate tensions?
        E)  What was so intolerable about the Coercive (Intolerable) Acts?
        F)  What were British strengths and weaknesses at the outset of the war?
        G) What were the American strengths and weaknesses at the outset of the war?

 3) We will use the following notes for the 7 Years War and these notes for the Road to Revolutionfor in class


Due for Wednesday 9/12 - The Colonial Period  
1) Finish reading the Chapter 4... its only 8 pages (135-143)  and it covers the French & Indian War.  Then
        answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper:

         A) The French & Indian War has been described as an “Inevitable War for Empire”.  Is this statement 
          accurate and was the War's outcome?
         B) What were the conditions of the Treaty of Paris I (1763)?  
         C) What after-effects from the war would haunt the British?  The French?
         D) Why did Chief Pontiac revolt after the French and Indian War?  What was the outcome of his "revolt"?

2) Define and learn the following terms: 
    Ohio River Valley  - Seven Years/French Indian War - Albany Plan of Union 
        Iroquois Confederation - William Pitt - Ft. Duquesne - Battle of Quebec
        Treaty of Paris I (1763) - Chief Pontiac’s Rebellion - Proclamation Line of 1763

  3) Watch the video on the English Colonies by a college professor and answer these questions
        Watching it helps earn an "A", mad respect, and  an imaginary friend named Mr. Vitale. Be the first on

         your block to have one.

​  Due for Monday 9/10 - British Colonial Development
1) In the 1700's a religious wave swept over the British Colonies. Read Ben Franklin's account of his
        meeting with one of the movements biggest preachers, George Whitfield.  It's an insightful "take" on 
        the First Great Awakening as seen through the eyes of the greatest American thinker of the age who was

        also notoriously cheap.  Read about the clash between Franklin's morals and his budget as he listened to

        Whitefield, the greatest preacher of the age. and then answer these 7  short questions.
    2) Read Chapter 4 pgs. 114-134 in your textbook.  Answer the following questions on a separate sheet 
      of paper:
A) What roles did women play in English colonial society? Did those roles differ between northern
               and southern colonies?
          B) Who were the new migrants coming to the colonies in the early 1700’s. Why did they leave Europe
               and Africa and where did they tend to settle?
          C) In what ways did the Enlightenment & the Great Awakening challenge traditional sources of 
               authority? Be specific about what authorities were being challenged by each!
         D) What groups of people were most likely to participate in the Great Awakening and why?
     3) Define the following chapter 4 terms:
First Great Awakening - Old lights vs New lights -John Edwards and George Whitfield
                 Harvard University - William & Mary College - Scot-Irish immigrants - Anglican Church
                 Paxton Boys - Regulator Movement - The Enlightenment - John Locke - Ben Franklin  

        4) Next set of notes? We'll use these:   Late Colonial Notes

       5) Don't forget about the Rho Kappa Honor Society meeting after school at 4:25 on Tuesday!
        There will be food as it is the first formal History Honor Society meeting and its in the library.
        A membership form can be found on the Rho Kappa Page and takes just a minute to fill out.
       6) In a twist, a hurricane is forming in the Atlantic with an unusually high chance to hit the
         NC coast on Friday.  It is rare for a hurricane to take this path as only one other has hit land
         from that angle.  Still, it will make for some excitement (and rain) for next weekend. Surfing

​​  Due for Thursday 9/6​​ -English Settlement

  1) Read the info for each colony and fill in the information on the chart.  Our next quiz will be about the

       characteristics of the original 13 (actually 12) colonies.  True fact-Delaware wasn't really a colony.

  2) Watch Mr. Pate's video about colonial angst.  Hint, Hint...take notes.  It's only 13 minutes but this teacher

       is really good and remember the girl in the well from the movie "The Ring" is waiting for you if you

       turn off the video early.  

  Due for Tuesday 9/4 -English Settlement

​    1) The test scores for the multiple choice questions are entered and I'm grading the short

        answers now.  There was a curve added but anyone who finished above a 70%  on their first APUSH

       test should be pleased.  I know many of you invested a great deal of time into preparing and can 

        assure you it gets easier as we get into the course.  We will briefly review a few key concepts before

        moving on but anyone who is dissatisfied is  can retake the test next week before (8-9:00 am) or after

        (4:20 to 5:15) school.  Please see me with questions or concerns.  If you struggled, come see me.  I've

        been doing this a while and can work with you to help.

​    2) Textbook readings formally begin with Chapter 2... pgs. 40-79.   Answer the Ch. 2 questions.

         You should know the vocabulary terms but I will not require submitted definitions.  Still, you shouldn't

          ignore the terms.  They tend to pop up in weird places. 

      a) How did the North American colonies of the Spanish, Dutch, French and English differ?

      b) Why were death rates so high in early Jamestown (and other southern colonies)?

      c) Explain why Bacon's Rebellion is one of the most important events in US history. (pg. 56)

      d) What were the differences between the Pilgrims and the Puritans? (pg. 58)

      e) What were the differences between the Northern English colonies and the Southern English colonies?

      f) What did John Winthrop mean when he called Massachusetts Bay a "City on a Hill"?

     g) How were the New England Town Meetings a different form of democracy than Virginia's House of


     h) What was the long term impacts of King Philip's (Metacom) War on New England?

     I) Why did Massachusetts expel Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson?


​    3) Rho Kappa, the History Honor Society has a brief  interest meeting afterschool on Tuesday at 4:25. 

       Anyone can drop by for a taste of what's to come this year.  Officer elections will be on 9/11 after school.

    4) For those of you who have not been able to order the AMSCO guide (any year ok) try the following link

        for the latest edition costing 18.95.  If everyone has it, we can assign shorter readings from it. 

    5) (Optional) If you want extra credit for the test, watch the "New World Before Columbus" documentary.  It

        is the BEST movie about the chaos of the era.  Finishing the questions will yield a nice bonus and the

        Labor Day Weekend will give you more time.  I know its a big ask, but teachers are impressed by work

        ethics early on, so don't miss a chance to make a strong first impression!

  Due for Thursday 8/30  (Our First Test) 

    1) Know your early colonial terms on the study guide  or PDF version - It will prepare you for today's test.

    2) Class Powerpoints for the Early Colonial Era have been loaded here

    3) Watch this video by a professor who does an AMAZING job of describing the differences between

       the Northern (Mass Bay) and Southern (Jamestown and Chesapeake Bay) English colonies. It's 25

      minutes of incredibly useful info for the test. Then answer these questions. You'll... appreciate it later.

    4)  Optional (Extra Credit) - Watch the following movie and completethe questions.  Yes, its over an hour,

        but its the BEST documentary on the European Invasion.   There is a substantial reward for completing

        the video. If you have time, you may agree it was well worth it :) . Or you can just watch mindlessly 

        this video  instead.


  Due for Tuesday 8/28- Welcome!  Your journey begins today... with your first homework assignment:
     1) Please finish the summer assignment for turn-in today.  Thursday 's (9/1)  test on terms and locations

          will be based on the summer assignment.

      If you are confused or need help for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me at: INFO

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