Due for the Thanksgiving Break (11/23 to 11/27)

    1) Finish reading Chapter 14 in your AMSCO text and complete any remaining sections on the guide.

    2) Complete this adorable little review#1   and #2 .  Remember, you can't share with your little brother

        or sister, no matter how much fun it is. It's all yours.

    3) To better understand the importance of the watching movies together with family over the holidays,

          enjoy this 2 minute video.  By the way, the new Star Wars comes out this December.

  For Tuesday 11/21 - Antebellum Events

    1) Study for a brief test on the Antebellum events from the list we discussed in class.

    2) Read Chapter 14 in the Amsco Text and answer the questions in sections 1-3 of the Ch 14 Guide

    3) Enjoy this 2 minute Key and Peele video on Harriet Tubman

  Due for Friday 11/17 - Antebellum Events

    1) Finish reading Chapter 13 in your AMSCO text.  Then complete the remaining sections.  Make

       sure you know the Antebellum events on the list for a short test on Tuesday.

  Due for Wednesday 11/15 - Antebellum Events

    1)  Read Chapter 13 in your AMSCO text.  Then complete the attached guide,​, sections 1-3.

    2)  Study the terms we discusses in class today from the Pre-Civil War event list of 18 events. Be

        ready for a quiz!

  Due for Monday 11/13 Test due and In-class Presidential Review. 

    1) Here is your take home test!   I don't do this often so please treat this test as an opportunity to walk

        away with a great score.  As a thank you for your hard work, I will count it as TWO tests on

       Powerschool so invest the time you need to understand the content. There is nothing sadder than a

      40 on a take home test. Unless you usually get a 35.  (Be aware I trust you but will verify you actually

      learned the material so please, please, please, please, please don't cut corners.) There are no retakes. 

    2) We will review the first Presidents and their accomplishments today using this chart.

         A Youtube video which goes over each president in a detailed way can be found here.  A simpler

          video summary of each of the Presidents can be found here.

    3) We will begin the Road to the Civil War this week. The period before the war is known as the

       Antebellum Era.  It is similar in importance to the period before the American Revolution when a

      growing divide split two otherwise unified regions, resulting in a bloody war.  Just as we did with

      the pre-revolutionary war events like the Stamp Act and Intolerable Acts, pay close attention to

      the string of 18 Antebellum events​ in these notes we will use in class.

  Due for Wednesday 11/8  The Age of JACKSON!!!

    1) Complete these questions about the time period.  Answer completely.

    2) (Optional) Enjoy this short  odd video about Jackson, but only if you are ok with a bit harsh language.

    3) You voted for a take home test over the 3 day weekend.  I will be preparing it shortly!

  Due for Monday 11/6  Sectionalism, Reforms Expansion and 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) 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.   

    4) Don't forget the Rho Kappa Meeting tomorrow (11/7) after school in the library! (4:25 to 5:15)

  Due for Thursday 11/2 Sectionalism, Reforms, Expansion and Jackson
    1) Watch the followingteacher 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 Gilder Lehrman Video on this Period.  It's the recommended site  chosen by the

        College Board which means they think this is the best place to review for their exam.  So take a second

        and check out its features, starting with the 9 minute 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 Compromis

         1823 Austin leads settlers to Texas                               1824 - The Election of 1824

         1824 - The Monroe Doctrine                                          1825- The Second Great Awakening

    4) If you enjoy music while you work, get in the mood for Jackson by listening to the greatest hits from

          a musical called Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  Corrupt Bargain, 10 little Indians and Populism.
        (Optional but a bit demented, especially 10 Little Indians)

  Due for Tuesday 10/31 -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

    3) Earlier last week we viewed the following college lecture video on Industrialism. Please finish the

        questions we started in class.

    4) 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 10/24   -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
    1) Continue reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development).  
      Answer the questions in section 5 of the worksheet.

    2) Watch the 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 additions to the US and understand
         how each was acquired.


  Due for Tuesday 10/24   -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Continue reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development). 

       Answer the questions in sections 3 & 4 of the worksheet  If you want to get ahead, do section 5

      (its due Thursday).

    2) The History Honor Society is hosting a Movie Night after Wednesday (10/25) in the Black Box.  The

       movie is awesome and you will receive extra credit for enjoying a great flick. There will be all you eat

      pizza, drinks and popcorn for a $5 donation.  Come learn history and relax before the quarter ends! Any
      APUSH student is invited.

  Due for Friday 10/20   -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform

    1) Begin Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development).  Follow

       the directions, then go back and answer the questions sections 1 & 2 only  The guide is

        shared by a great teacher and will walk you through Chapter 8 step by step.  After you've read and

       filled in the answers, come prepared to talk about your experience using the AMSCO guide.  

      If you want to get ahead, do sections 3 & 4 (due Tuesday) and section 5 (due Thursday).

  Due for Wednesday 10/18 Test on Critical Period through the War of 1812

    1) Study for the test today.  Please refer to the following handouts from your notebooks:

               Early Nation AP Timeline                       War of 1812

    2) READ THIS SHORT EXCERPT from a new guidebook... its short but detailed & will definitely help w/ the

        test.  Seriously, its the magic bean Jack was looking for all those years for the beanstalk test.  Imagine

        what it could do for you. (You'll thank me later, which is weird because most students hate more reading)

    3) I will be in early to allow you to review prior years' test questions if you want starting at 7:20 am.  It

        purely optional!

  Due for Monday 10/16 --War of 1812 

    1) Read and complete the War of 1812 handout. I am worried some of you have not read 
         the Blue Book or the text chapter.  Bad idea as the test on the Critical Period thru 1819 is on Wed, 10/18.

    2) Watch Crash Course  #11 War of 1812 and complete the following questions.

    3) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Wednesday) watch the following

         video about the War of 1812.  Answer the following questions for 10 points of extra credit. 

    4) For my Hamilton fans, enjoy this short but funny Aaron Burr Video. For Fun.  

  Due for Thursday 10/12 -- Jeffersonian Democracy and the War of 1812
   1)  Complete reading Chapter 7.  (231-247) Be sure to answer the study guide questions with complete
     sentences. Make sure you know the vocabulary, even if I do not require formal definitions.  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)  I will post a new video link thanks to Youtube changing access. There will be video questions for

      the 2nd-5th Presidents posted shortly.
   3) Enjoy this interesting video to find out what happened to the French queen- very sad. It was written and
       directed by French History teachers. The brutality of her treatment led many Federalists to turn away from
        the French Revolution.
    4) If you need motivation to study, watch this: Turn Up! Find out what he's doing to get lit for class. Yeah...
       I wish I could see your expression after reading that.  

  Due for Tuesday 10/10 --The Birth of American Politics

   1) Complete the following Pictionary/definitions for the early national period.  Take some time to create 

      drawings which shows you know the content!

   2) Finish defining any remaining terms left from the Early Class Notes.  You must understand how each

       event leads to the next.

   3) You should have finished Chapter 7.  Now read this easy to understand review from the famous Blue

       Guide and complete the following questions.  The questions are straightforward and should come to you


  Due for Friday 10/6  -- The Critical Period

   1) Youtube limited the  1st video I linked to but watch this Movie on the Washington.  Watch only the first

       15 mins and answer these questions.


  Due for Wednesday 10/4     Critical Period

    1) 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.
   2) Then fill out the chart comparing Federalists to Dem-Republicans.

   3) 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. 


 Due for Monday, 10/2        Baby USA and the "Critical Period"

    1) Test Scores looked great.  Were this the AP test, all but 1 student would have passed with a "3"

        or better. I added a small curve and will update grades with the written portion as soon  as I'm finished. 

    2) With the end of the American Revolution, the 13 former colonies must form  their government. 

         Read the latter half of Chapter 6 and answer the following questions:

         a) How were the rag-tag Americans able to defeat Great Britain?  What factors were most influential

           and why? (pg. 182)
        b) Why were the British so generous to the Americans in the Treaty of Paris? How much did the French

             gain in the Treaty of Versailles, signed at the same time? Be specific as to what gains each nation

             received and consider whether the Revolution was worth it for the French. (pg. 182)

        c) How did the Pennsylvania Constitution alarm some founding fathers after the war?  How did the

           Massachusetts Constitution alleviate their fears and become a model for other states? (pgs. 184)
        d) Look at the chart on pg. 184.  Which regions selected a wealthier “ruling class”?  What effect did the

            revolution have on who became each region’s politicians?
        e) What happened to the American Loyalists and their property after the Revolution?  (pg. 187-189)
        f) What were the biggest weaknesses of America's 1st government (Articles of Confederation)?

    3) 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 experts on this time period.

   4) 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 from each video proving you carefully watched them​ and I will add

      up to a 2% test bonus for one video, a 5% Bonus for 2 videos and up to 10% Bonus for all 3 video notes.

     This is optional but strongly advised. I think a lot of this guy, even if his hat isn't as cool as mine.

  Due for Thursday 9/28  Test thru the End of the American Revolution  

    1) The test for the periods between the Late Colonial Period through the American Revolution arrives today.

       It 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 make it look like an accident.  (It
      shouldn't be hard... the school is full of aspiring actors) All kidding aside, be careful with yours.

    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 on a test day, you are invited to look over possible test

         questions ahead of time and discuss them with colleagues. Just drop by between 7:00am to 9:00 am  

  Due for Tuesday 9/26  Fireworks and the Birth of Baby USA!!!!  

     1) Study for the American Revolution test next class.  Remember to have the following sets of class

        notes neatly organized in your notebooks for the first notebook check during the test.  There should

        not be blank spaces on these notes!

           a) Early Colonial Notes (Cahokia, etc)

           b) Colonial fact sheet  (on test)

           c) Late Colonial Notes  (on test)

           d) 7 Years War Notes  (on test)

           e) Road to Revolution & American Revolution Notes  (on test)

    2) Watch this unusual college lecture on the American Revolution and answer these questions

    3) Continue working on this list of review questions which will be due next class. There is a high correlation

      rate between these questions and what you will see on the test.  If you believe in foreshadowing, you'll 
      appreciate the extra effort you invest in this. And you'll avoid it growing into something fearsome.

      (Possible footage of homework which has gone looking for procrastinating students)

 Due for Wednesday 9/20 - So you want to start a Revolution...?

    1) Instead of your Ch. 6 textbook reading (<---optional) , Complete this shorter assignment...

    (CAREFULLY) analyze the 5 outline and  6 Outline.  Its a crucial time, (1763 - 1775) the dirty dozen 12 years

      where everything went wrong between Britain and the 12-ish American Colonies. Simply put, know the

       outline material.  Highlight it, write notes.  If you like it, consider using it for other chapters.

    2) 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.

    3)  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.

    4) We will be using the following form for class notes on the Road to Revolution.  If you prefer a

         storyboard style of notes, try these instead.  Either way, be sure to check out the

         American Revolution Powerpoint we used in class if you had questions or missed class -gasp-

     5).Begin work on this set of review questions.  It may seem like a lot for today, but this one is due over a

      week from now on Thursday (9/28) when you take your test.

     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 a homework stalking a former student!)

    6) If you want the guidebook seen here, bring in $18.50 to class this week and a student leader will

        order your guide promptly.

  Due for Monday 9/18 -  The French and Indian War and the Road to Revolution

    1)  Review the following video by another teacher on the French and Indian War.  There are a couple

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

         following 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 Revolution.

  Due for Thursday 9/14 - The French & Indian War  (Parent Curriculum Night 5:30 -7:00)

    1) Finish reading the Chapter 4... its only 8 pages (135-143)  and it covers the French & Indian War.  Then

        answer the following questions:

         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 Crash Course video on the French and Indian War and answer these questions
       You may want to slow it down as he talks fast.  Watching it helps earn an "A", respect, and

         an imaginary friend named Mr. Vitale.

  Due for Tuesday 9/12 - British Colonial Development
    1) Ever wonder what a teacher's writing ability was in college? Read the following paper given to me

        by Mr. Lawler to understand the connection between Slavery & Sugar in the New World. If you wonder
        how I got ahold of this, ask him. 
    2) 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.
    3) 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?

      4) 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  -Cotton Mather


        5) Next set of notes? Try these:   Late Colonial Notes

​​  Due for Friday 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.  
    3)  We'll know what happened if you are not there on Monday morning at 7:30 am.  However, you can 
        complete test corrections for the last test & then retake a replacement before Wednesday.  After that, 
        we move on to bigger and better things.  Not there may be the remnants of a tropical storm early
        next week so be prepared for a late start school day.

  Due for Wednesday 9/6​​ -English Settlement

​    1) Test Scores will be in the system by Sat. afternoon.  Anything above a 70% is pretty good but you are
        welcome to retake the test next week either before or after school after making test corrections.

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

​      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) Finish the DBQ.  Follow the instructions and analyze the documents and lay out a structure of how you

        would answer the overall question.  I am not looking for a masterpiece yet... just that you can layout the

        structure of a solid essay.   

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

        can drop by for free pizza and a taste of what's to come this year.

    5) 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. 

  Due for 9/1   (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) Begin the DBQ worksheet.

    3) Powerpoints for the Early Colonial Era have been loaded here

    4) 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 both the test and the DBQ due on Wednesday.  Watch it.

       You'll... appreciate it later.

    5)  Optional (Extra Credit) - Watch the following movie and complete the questions.  Yes, its 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 mindless 

        this video  instead.



   Due for Wednesday 8/30- Welcome!  Your journey begins today... with your first homework assignment:
     1) If you have not finished the summer assignment, please do so.  Friday's (9/1)  test on the summer

         reading chapters 1-3  will be based on the reading.

    2) Complete questions 1-15 for Parts 1 & 2 on the Chapters 1 and 2 quizzes to test your knowledge of

       the summer readings.  (They may help prepare you for a pop quiz in the near future. hint, hint)
    3) Return a signed copy of your syllabus (with your parent's signature) and the student info form.

    4) Optional (Extra Credit) - Complete the following Colonial Geography handout and avoid Miss SC infamy.

    5) Advance notice of Weekend assignment:

       IF you wish, you may begin working on the DBQ (Document Based Question) for this weekend, due next

        Wednesday (9/6).  It will help prepare you for the DBQ style of writing we will use frequently this year.

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

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Period 3A APUSH Assignments