The purpose of this blog is to create an easy and fast form of communitcation for my classroom. On the blog you will find weekly updates in class assignments, events and changes. The blog will also provide links for extra work, assignments and/or information, I feel may be helpful.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Discussion Question 14 (Due Friday 3/1/13)

Should school officials be able to search your locker? Is it a violation of your rights as an American citizen? Why or why not?

Each student must write a written response to this question. The following are the format requirements:

-Include Question
- Minimum Length: 
       7th (15 sentences)
       8th (20 sentences)

*** Students with modifications have the following length requirements:
7th Grade: 1 1/2 pages
8th Grade: 2 pages

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Famous Quote (2/26/13)

"Ability is nothing without opportunity." ---- Who said this?

Chapter Vocabulary (Due Wednesday 2/27/13)

The following are a list of vocabulary words by grade level. Each student is responsible for writing down the definition for each key word, person or phrase. (8th Grade must also include a sentence.)

7th Grade (End of Chapter 6)
1. Napoleon Bonaparte
2. plebiscite
3. Napoleonic Code
4. annexed
5. blockade
6. Nationalism
7. guerrilla warfare
8. abdicated
9. Battle of Waterloo
10. legitimacy

8th Grade (Chapter 6)
1. Thomas Paine
2. Richard Henry Lee
3. resolution
4. preamble
5. grievance
6. Nathan Hale
7. mercenary
8. alliance
9. cavalry
10. enlist
11. continental
12. John Paul Jones
13. privateer
14. Charles Cornwallis
15. guerrilla
16. Francis Marion
17. Nathanael Greene
18. traitor

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chapter Assessment (MONDAY 2/25/13)

Both 7th and 8th Grade will be having a Chapter Assessment on Monday 2/25/13. Each student may use a 3X5 index card to place notes to help aid them on the test. Students will modification The Assessments will be covering the following information:

7th Grade: The French Revolution
-Major Events
-Dates of Events
-Summary of Events
-Effects of Events

8th Grade: The Road to the American Revolution
-Major Events
-Dates of Events
-Summary of Events
-Effects of Events

***Students have already received a list of major events. However, one can be provided upon request in the comment section below.******

Friday, February 15, 2013

Timeline Project

ALL Timelines must be done on a poster board. Please contact Ms. Perez if there are any comment or concerns about getting a poster board.

7th Grade: French Revolution Timeline  (Due Wed 2/20/13)

Create a timeline that includes the following events:
1. Tennis Court Oath
2. Storming of the Bastille
3. 1789 Declaration of Man
4. Women's March on Versailles
5. Execution of Louis XVI
6. Reign of Terror

Each event should include the following information:
-When                      -What happened              -Picture/illustration for each event
-Where                     - Effect

8th Grade: Pre-American Revolution Events Timeline (Due Thurs 2/21/13)

Create a timeline that includes the following events:
1. Intolerable Acts
2. First Continental Congress
3. The Shot Heard Round the World
4. Second Continental Congress
5. Battle of Bunker Hill

Each event should include the following information:
-When -What happened -Picture/illustration for each event
-Where - Effect

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Famous Quote (Extra Credit) 2/12/13

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
                    ------ Who said this???

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unit Assessment/ Writing Assignment (Due Monday 2/11/13)

Impact of the Enlightenment Writing Assignment/Assessment


DUE on MONDAY 2/11/13


Now it is time to apply what you have learned.  In essay form, you are going to respond to the following:


Explain how enlightenment thinking affected political and social thought.


Your essay will be graded on the following criteria:

  • Clear and effective Introduction                                                                 10pts
  • Supported statements about political and social effects                              30pts
  • Clear and effective Conclusion                                                                   10pts
  • Two pages, single-spaced (8th Grade);One pages, single-spaced (7th)           10pts 
  • Writing Process (Organizer, Rough Draft, Final Copy)                 40pts  
                                                                     Total: 100pts                                 

Use the following essay outline to organize your thoughts:

Introduction: What is the goal of the paper?

Political Effects:
·         How did Enlightenment thinkers change the way people viewed the gov’t?
·         How did they say gov’t should be ran?
Social Effects:
  • How did Enlightenment thinkers change the way people answer the question “why?”
  • How did they change the way people viewed human nature?

Conclusion:  Restate and wrap-up


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Discussion Question #12 (Due THURSDAY 1/7/13)

Thomas Hobbes believed that all human beings were selfish, searching for power but also rational (logical). Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Question must be written
8th Grade- 2 pages minimum
7th Grade- 1 1/2 pages minimum

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Facebook Page (Philosophers) Reminder DUE Tuesday 2/5/13

Just a friendly reminder that students should of completed their "Facebook" page for the Philosopher of their choice that they spend last week in class researching and collecting information. Their page must be completed on a poster board and ready to present on Tuesday, 2/5/13. Student have received the requirements for the poster on Friday. However, they are also listed below.  

Objective: You will create a fake Facebook page for a historical figure. You will do this on paper, not a real webpage. To get started, you need to:
  • Research the life and achievements of the individual you have chosen or have been assigned.
  • Create a profile for your historical figure.  Profile information you must include:
    • Relationship Status
    • Hometown/Current town
    • DOB/DOD
    • Religious/Political views
    • A short list of the historical figure’s friends (minimum o f 6)
    • Looking for (hint: could be ANYTHING related to the goals your figure had…Looking for equal protection under the law, Looking for capital to produce more goods, Looking for buyers for __________ (his product).)
    • Personal information (hint: activities, interests, favorite quotes, about me, education and work, etc.)
  • As you research, pull out a short quote or isolate an important moment during the era we are studying that can be easily made as a status update. You need at least five status updates that go in chronological order with your figure’s life during the era of study. The purpose of the status updates is to inform your “friends” about what exactly your figure is doing/feeling/experiencing at different points in history.
  • Be creative and have fun! I will award bonus points for “extras” on your pages such as the following Facebook Applications:
    • Fan pages
    • Emails from your character to another. This would be used for private messages.
    • A game such as Farmville or Mafia Wars (but you must make up your own game that would be appropriate for the time period)
    • Links to articles that relate to the general themes of the topic we’re studying.
    • Friend suggestions
  • Please understand that you are not creating a real Facebook page on the internet. I have no way of accessing the website from school. You may do this assignment by cutting out and gluing the icons below, or electronically by cutting and pasting the icons from your facebook page.  If you have the ability to do this by other means, please feel free!
You may use the following icons, depending on your update:
Poke (this is used to say “hello” or jab at another user)
Become a fan
Become a friend
 Delete a friend
 Like (other historical figures can like or dislike your updates)
No longer online (this can be used if your person goes to jail, is involved in an important meeting, passes away, etc.)
 Add event
Make a comment about someone else’s post
Others may be used as long as they are legitimate facebook icons.

  • You also need to create avatars for your character. This can be done using actual photos of your historical figure or you may draw or find images on your own. If you do this, please stick with the same photo each time.
    Character Profile (20 pts)
_           Avatar – 5 pts
_           Relationship status -3 pts
_           Hometown/Current town – 3 pts
_           Religious/Political Views – 3 pts   
_           Looking for – 3 pts
_           Personal Information – 3 pts
     __ 5 Status Updates (5 pts each)
_           Must be historically accurate and in chronological order
_           Must be topical to what we’re currently studying


   Bonus Points for “Extras”- points are to be determined by teacher

TOTAL POINTS: _____________