Mr. McCracken
                                                US History II

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                                   Social Studies Department

Week of March 5

Monday, March 5
Local Alternative Assessment

Tuesday, March 6
Will rotate classes between myself and Mr. Mullins - I will discuss what the Medal of Honor is and Mr. Mullins will show students his collection of WWII artifacts.

Wednesday, March 7
Reading on WWII - I will be out of school helping score the Local Alternative Assessment

Thursday, March 8
No class due to 7th grade writing assessment and movie

Friday, March 9
Students will write letters to living Medal of Honor recipients for their annual recognition luncheon to be held later this month.

Week of February 26

Monday, 2/26
Have students continue working on their Axis power dictator biography - due Friday
Which countries fought in WWII
Mapwork on the Allied and Axis powers

Tuesday, 2/27
Germany invades Poland - WWII begins
Interactive notes on the beginning of the war
Winston Churchill predicts the Battle of Britain
Reading on the Battle of Britain

Wednesday, 2/28
The United States enters the war
Video on the attack on Pearl Harbor

Thursday, 3/1
Quiz on Causes of WWII, leaders of the major Allied and Axis powers
and the beginning stages of WWII
Finish video on Pearl Harbor

Friday, 3/2
Local Alternative Assessment
Week of February 19

Monday, 2/19
Finish watching the movie, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas".

Tuesday, 2/20
Beginning notes, "Setting the stage" for WWII.
Begin a chart in Google Classroom on the economic devastation in Europe.

Wednesday, 2/21
Finish chart from yesterday
Notes on the concept of totalitarianism
Discussion on Fascism

Thursday, 2/22
Continue on Fascism and the Fascist leaders of WWII
Create a Venn diagram on the fascist leaders.

Friday, 2/23
Continue working on the Venn diagram
Worksheet on the Fascist leaders
Video on the nations fighting in WWII

Week of February 12

Monday, 2/12
Continue and finish the movie from last week
finish activity on The New Deal

Tuesday, 2/13
Finish notes and discussion on The New Deal
FDR Fireside Chat video

Wednesday, 2/14
Review for tomorrow's test

Thursday, 2/15
Test on The Great Depression and The New Deal

Friday, 2/16
Begin WWII - Setting the stage for war.
Week of February 5

Monday, 2/5
Persuasive essays due today.
Dust bowl and the Great Depression
What would you take with you if you were displaced by the Dust Bowl

Tuesday, 2/6
Continue with the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl
Interactive notes

Wednesday, 2/7
The New Deal
Interactive notes

Thursday, 2/8
Movie - Kitt Kittredge and the Great Depression

Friday, 2/9
Continue and finish movie

Week of January 29

Monday, 1/29
Students will continue working on their writing assignment on Prohibition.  It is due next Monday, 2/5.

Tuesday, 1/30
Students will continue working on their writing assignment on Prohibition.

Wednesday, 1/31
Begin unit on the Great Depression.
Discuss what stock is.
Discuss the major causes of the Great Depression

Thursday, 2/1
Continue with the Great Depression and discuss the Dust Bowl

Friday, 2/2
Continue with the Great Depression and discuss the New Deal

Week of January 22

Monday, 1/22
Continue and finish webquest and get caught on work from the snow days.

Tuesday, 1/23
Notes on famous artists and writers of the 1920's and 30's

Wednesday, 1/24
Notes on the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, 1/25
Quiz on Prohibition, The Great Migration, Art and Literature of the 1920's and 30's and the Harlem Renaissance.
Begin collaborative writing assignment for this 9 weeks.

Friday, 1/26
Continue working on writing assignment - due next Friday, 2/2.

Week of January 8

Monday, 1/8
No school due to weather

Tuesday, 1/9
No school due to weather

Wednesday, 1/10
Notes on The Great Migration
Mapwork on The Great Migration

Thursday, 1/11
Webquest on important artists and writers of the 1920' and 30's

Friday, 1/12
No school

Week of January 15

Monday, 1/15
No School

Tuesday, 1/16
Continue and finish webquest

Wednesday, 1/17
Notes on famous artists and writers of the 1920's and 30's

Thursday, 1/18
Notes on the Harlem Renaissance

Friday, 1/19
Finish work from the week
Quiz on Prohibition and Art and Literature of the1920's and 30's

Week of December 11

Monday, 12/11
Reasons the United States entered WWI

Tuesday, 12/12
Theaters of War in WWI
Trench Warfare

Wednesday 12/13
Ending of WWI - Treaty of Versailles
League of Nations

Thursday 12/14
Review for test on WWI

Friday 12/15
Test on the Spanish American War and WWI
Week of December 4

Monday, 12/4
Continue and finish the project on the Spanish American War

Tuesday, 12/5
Learn about Teddy Roosevelt
"Speak softly and carry a big stick" - What does this mean and how did it relate to Roosevelt's foreign policy
Notes on Teddy Roosevelt - 5b
Drawing assignment on Teddy Roosevelt

Wednesday, 12/6
Video on Teddy Roosevelt
The Roosevelt Corollary

Thursday, 12,7
Setting the stage for WWI
What led to the beginning of WWI
What was the "spark" that started WWI

Friday, 12/8
5c notes - WWI
Mapwork on the Allied and Central Powers

Week of November 27

Monday, 11/27
Quiz on New Inventions
Review for Local Alternative Assessment

Tuesday, 11/28
Students will take the Local Alternative Assessment for this nine-week marking period
HW - Notes on SOL 5a - Reasons and results of the Spanish American War

Wednesday, 11/29
Discuss the reasons for the Spanish American War
Go over hw
Map of Spanish American War

Thursday, 11/30
Continue with the Spanish American War
Begin Webquest

Friday, 12/1
Continue and finish the Webquest on the Spanish American War

Week of November 13

Monday, 11/13
Continue discussion of the Captains of Industry and the Rise of Industry.

Hw - notes on the Progressive Movement

Tuesday, 11/14
Discuss the Progressive Movement and the rise of labor unions.

Wednesday, 11/15
Instagram activity due
Discuss child labor and the Temperance Movement.

Thursday, 11/16
Test review with study guide and review games

Friday, 11/17
Unit test - The Rise of Industrialization.
Week of October 23

Monday, 10/23
Discuss tenement housing
Read a story on Jane Addams and the Hull House
Video on Hull House
Hw - reading on discrimination against immigrants

Tuesday, 10/24
Go over hw
Watch a video, "Journey to Freedom:  The Immigrant Experience"
Discuss the Chinese Exclusion Act
Role of political machines and its impact on life in the cities

Wednesday, 10/25
Continue with the concepts of discrimination against immigrants and the impact of political machines.

Thursday, 10/26
Review for test on Friday

Friday,  10/27
Test on Immigration

Week of October 2

Monday, 10/2
The story of the settlers of Nicodemus, Kansas
Video - Nicodemus, Kansas - The Black Experience Moving West
Notes - Reasons for Westward Expansion

Tuesday, October 3
Video - The Story of Us - Story of Westward Expansion

Wednesday, October 4
Discuss the Homestead Act and Daniel Freeman - First Homesteader in America
Discuss the Gold Rush - a reason for expansion

Thursday, October 4
Impact of expansion on the Native Americans
Friday, October 5
Continue with the impact of expansion on Native Americans

Week of September 25

Monday, 9/25
Students will begin working on the US History II Local Alternative Assessment
Students will be issued a reading to introduce our new unit - this will be due on Wednesday

Tuesday, 9/26
Students will continue and finish working on the Local Alternative Assessment

Wednesday, 9/27
We will begin the new unit on Westward Expansion
Mapwork on Great Plains
Students will create a collage of pictures from the Great Plains so they know what this area looks like from a geographic perspective

Thursday, 9/28
Students will learn the difference between an invention and an adaptation.  These two concepts are important in understanding how people survived in the Great Plains

Friday, 9/29
Students will learn about sod homes and how this is an adaptation.

Week of September 18

There will two very important assignments this week.  The first is a writing assignment which is explained below and then a test on our current unit, Reconstruction, this Friday.  Students should be preparing for these assignments all week.

Monday, 9/18
Students will begin a collaborative writing assignment between their English and History class.  They will complete an Expository writing assignment on the Reconstruction Amendments.  This assignment will be due Friday.

Tuesday, 9/19
Continue working on Expository writing assignment.

Wednesday, 9/20
Students will review for Friday's test on Reconstruction.

Thursday, 9/21
Guidance Counselors will be in today completing a classroom guidance lesson.

Friday, 9/22
Reconstruction unit test.
Expository writing assignment due.
Week of September 11

Monday 9/11
Students will be given time to work on their "Stick Figure" project on Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee or Frederick Douglass.  This project is due Friday.
Watch video on Reconstruction.

Tuesday 9/12
Begin creating a timeline of Reconstruction events
Task card activity - students will group Reconstruction events with the groups these events are associated with.

Wednesday 9/13
Continue adding events to the timeline
Reading on the Freedman's Bureau with questions to answer

Thursday 9/14
Forty Acres and a Mule activity

Friday 9/15
Stick Figure projects due.
Suffolk notes and political cartoons

Week of September 5

Monday 9/4 - Labor Day

Tuesday 9/5 - Finish unit 1 and preview Reconstruction
Students will be given time to finish assignments from last week and begin looking at the new unit on the period following the Civil War known as Reconstruction.

Wednesday 9/6
Timeline on events after the Civil War
Compare how different groups of people felt about life after the Civil War
Discuss the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution

Thursday 9/7
Compare important people of the Civil War era
Interactive notes on Reconstruction

Friday 9/8
Stick figure activity - choose one important Civil War Era figure and answer questions pertaining to this person.

Week of August 28

Friday, September 1st is an important date to remember for all students.  There is an assignment due (see Monday) and there will be a test on the 50 states and 7 regions of the United States.  Students should be preparing for this day on their own time in addition to what we do in class.

Monday - 8/28
Southwest region of the United States
create a postcard from a selected SW state

Tuesday - 8/29
Rocky Mountain region of the United States
Create a license plate from one of the Rocky Mountain states

Wednesday - 8/30
Pacific and Noncontiguous states
Choose one state from these regions and answer specific questions about that state

Thursday - 8/31
Assessment review
Prepare for tomorrow's test on the 50 states and important cities
Time to finish work from the week

Friday - 9/1
50 states and important cities test
US analytic chart due today
Time to finish work from the week

This week in class

  • Please check this page daily for upcoming assignments, assessment dates and an outline of the week ahead.
  • Week of August 21

    Friday, September 1st is an important date to remember for all students.  There is an assignment due (see Monday) and there will be a test on the 50 states and 7 regions of the United States.  Students should be preparing for this day on their own time in addition to what we do in class.

    Monday - 8/21
    Continue with regions of the United States - Southeast region
    Assign the US states analytic chart - Due Friday, September 1

    Tuesday - 8/22
    2nd and 3rd periods - Videos on states in NE and SE regions with questions.
    5th period - MAP testing
    no 6th and 7th period classes

    Wednesday - 8/23
    Same as Tuesday

    Thursday - 8/24
    Same as Tuesday

    Friday - 8/25
    Continue with regions of the United States - Midwest region
    Read and report on a famous resident from the history of Chicago.
    Posted Aug 22, 2017, 7:59 AM by Andy McCracken
  • Week of August 14
    Monday  - 8/14
    No school

    Tuesday - 8/15
    Welcome to school
    Classroom procedures
    Student Survey

    Wednesday - 8/16
    Begin unit on regions of the United States
    Pre-test on 50 states
    Review 50 states

    Thursday - 8/17
    Why are regions grouped as they are
    Discuss and practice latitude and longitude

    Friday - 8/18
    Continue latitude and longitude practice
    Begin regions of the United States - Northeast
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 8:14 AM by Andy McCracken
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