Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Dec 19

8th Grade Woot!

So yesterday was pretty crazy with the Christmas program, soooo our plans changed a little.
Today we'll take the US Constitution test. Preamble, summaries of Articles and Bill of Rights. After the test we'll start experiencing the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
We won't have much time so we'll need to move swiftly through the groups as you lead us through the expedition.

Beware of the Bear!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday 12.13 Lewis & Clark Project

Good Morning,

Let's get the Preamble test out of the way. On the paper provided please write the Preamble word for word. Extra credit for summaries of any Articles and Amendments.

Read below to understand the Lewis and Clark project we discussed on Tuesday.

We are going to recreate the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Each group will study a range of dates.

Your goal is to help the class relive the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Like retelling the story as if you were on the trip. This is not a "presentation" think about it more like story time.
  1. Create artifacts and props to make your section of the expedition real. 
  2. Include large map of area covered in your section.
  3. Explain what the team went through in your section, you'll lead the class through the expeditions experience.
  4. Explain unfamiliar terms like: "prairie goat" and "portable soup" and others

Group 1: Overview of the Expedition and events leading up to the team leaving. (include Thomas Jefferson, gathering supplies, scary challenges ahead, etc.) Really important that this group builds up the anxiety, the unknown, the sense of wonder before going where no American has gone before.
Group 2:  May 14, 1804 - August 30, 1804
Group 3: September 4, 1804 - December 31, 1804
Group 4: January 1, 1805 - May 30, 1805
Group 5: June 1, 1805 - December 31, 1805
Group 6: 1806
Group 7: After the trip.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday 12.11

Let's finish the Lewis and Clark film we started yesterday.

Continue studying for your Constitution test. Thursday - Preamble. Friday Preamble and Articles. Monday Preamble, Articles and Bill of Rights.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday 12.10


We'll review Thursday and Friday's work.
After we'll watch and make notes on Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Friday 12.7

Good Morning,

As you know I'm still in San Diego for AVID training, and I hope things are going well for you at school.

Make cornell notes using the posters everyone created yesterday. The posters should be posted on the inspiration wall.

Enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thursday 12.6

Good morning,

As you know I'm in San Diego for some AVID goodness. I hope you're having an amazing day!

You'll have 40 minutes to create a poster on one of the Citizenship Handbook sections (in the textbook pages 126-145). With a partner pick one of the Citizenship Handbook sections (there are 10 total). Make, finish and post your poster on the inspiration wall in the 40 minutes.

After the poster:

Take the Hamilton/Jefferson Political Parties test with a partner. For the essay questions please put the page # and paragraph # of where you found the information. The sub will hand out the test, but you can also find it here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12.4 Tuesday

Good morning,

Please go to
watch and make cornell notes on the "XYZ Affair" and "Alien and Sedition Acts"

HOMEWORK: complete your cornell notes (summaries, questions, eq, etc)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday 12.3

Good Morning,

Time for project presentations. Please fill out this Presentation Rubric Form for each group.

After you have a chance to work on your Study Island assignments: Please have at least 20 questions complete by this Friday (12.7.12) for the following tests: 5a Founding of the Nation, 5b Pre-Constitution Documents, 5c U.S. Constitution, 5d Bill of Rights and 5e Early American Politics.