Home 2014-2015

Hello, I am Michael Meizies, and this will be my sixth year teaching at Jared Eliot Middle School and my sixteenth year overall in the Clinton School District.  I earned my B.A. from the University of Connecticut and my M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.
 
 Welcome to United States History!  We will have an exciting and fun-filled year learning about the United States' heritage.  The course will commence with the founding of the United States' government after the adoption of the Constitution and conclude with Reconstruction.  You will have many opportunities to demonstrate your content skills and knowledge; make the most of them.
 
My e-mail address is:  mmeizies@clintonpublic.net
 
Homework assignments are listed below in chronological order. 
                                    
 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
No homework, but classroom policies and academic expectations were reviewed with all classes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Textbooks were distributed to all classes; students will be using the same texts as during their sixth grade year.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Students will read Chapter 7, Section 2 and answer questions #1-3 on p.242.  This section is important because it explains how Alexander Hamilton solved the huge debt problem after the Revolutionary War and established the United States' strong credit.  Due:  Monday, September 8, 2014.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Same homework as above.  Enjoy the opening weekend of the NFL season. 

Monday, September 8, 2014
No homework.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Today all US History classes are attending an important Internet safety lesson in the computer lab.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Study your Chapter 7, Section 2 homework and the chart comparing Hamilton and Jefferson for a quiz.  The quiz will be on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Additionally, read Chapter 7, Section 3 and answer questions #1-4 on p. 249.
Due:  Monday, September 15, 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Same as previous class.  Open House night!

Friday, September 12, 2014
Same homework as Wednesday, 9.10.14--enjoy the weekend.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Students were assigned a tax interview sheet.  In short, students must interview an adult on that adult's views on taxes.  This will build upon prior learning during the Colonial period and make a current connection to the Whiskey Rebellion.  Due:  Monday, September 22, 2014.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Continue to work on your tax interview assignment. Remember, it is evaluated as a quiz.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Constitution Day!  Read Chapter 7, Section 4 and complete the THREE blue reading check questions in that section.  Due:  Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
You should continue to work on your tax interview quiz.  It is due on Monday, September 22nd.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Teacher out; therefore, no new homework.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Read Chapter 8, Section 1 and complete the THREE reading check questions on pp. 267, 269 and 270.  Due:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
No homework.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Read Chapter 8, Section 2 and complete questions #1-3 on p. 277.  Due:  Monday, September 29, 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Same homework as previous day.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Camp Hazen field trip today.  Enjoy the warm weekend and go to the Durham Fair if you can!

Monday, September 29, 2014
No homework.  There will be a test on Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Study your Chapter 8.1  and 8.2 home works and the guided viewing questions for the videos on Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Study for the test on Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Essay test today.  No homework.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Read Chapter 8, Section 3 and complete the THREE reading check questions in that section on the lead up to the War of 1812.  Due:  Monday, October 6, 2014.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Same homework as previous class.  Enjoy the autumnal weekend.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Students were assigned a poster board project on a North American creature.  Students have already been to the computer lab in preparation for the project. The project will be due on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Students should continue to work on their North American creatures project.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Students should write TWO full paragraphs in response to the "Proud to Be..." writing prompt.  The assignment was reviewed in class and a handout was provided.  Due:  Friday, October 8, 2014.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Finish your writing prompt assignment if you have not already done so.

Friday, October 10. 2014
Continue to work on your North American Animals Project.  Additionally, enjoy the long weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014
Columbus Day!  No school!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Read Chapter 8, Section 4 and complete questions #1-3 on page 287.  This assignment is on the War of 1812.  Due:  Thursday, October 16, 2014.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Study for a quiz on Chapter 8, Section 4.  The quiz will be Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Quiz on Chapter 8, Section 4 is cancelled.  Students should continue to work on their North American fauna projects.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Finish your North American projects if you have not already done so.  They are due on Monday, October 20, 2014!

Monday, October 20, 2014
Ms. Davidson, Jared Eliot guidance counselor, came in today to present a lesson on goal setting.  Therefore, no homework.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ms. Davidson came into today to present a lesson on study skills.  Therefore, no homework.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Teacher out sick today; students should have finished their video-based questions on the War of 1812.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Early dismissal--Professional Day. 

Friday, October 24, 2014
Interview a Veteran assignment was given out today. This is an important assignment as students familiarize themselves with the contributions and sacrifices of our nation's veterans. Moreover, this assignment will be evaluated as a test, and a few of the veterans' stories will be shared at our Veterans' Day Assembly. Due:  Monday, November 3, 2014.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Read Chapter 9, Section 1 and answer the THREE "Reading Check" questions AND the TWO "Analysis Skill" questions for homework. This will be due on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Same homework as previous class.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A reminder that the first quarter closes one week from today on November 5, 2014.  Today, students will be working on their early American foreign policy projects.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Finish your "Interview a Veteran" assignment; it is due on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Students will continue to work on their foreign policy projects in class.  Happy Halloween!

Monday, November 3, 2014
Read Chapter 9, Section 2 and answer questions #1-3 on p. 305.  This assignment will be due on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Election Day!  Your foreign policy poster board projects are due on Thursday, November 6th.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Same as previous class-complete your poster board projects.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Study for a matching quiz on Chapter 9, Section 2.  The quiz will be on Friday, November 7, 2014.  Be sure to study your homework and all of the terms.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Chapter 9.2 quiz is today.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Read Chapter 9, Section 3 and complete the graphic organizer that was distributed in class.  Due:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Veterans Day.  Same homework as previous class.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
No homework tonight.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Read Chapter 10, Section 1 and complete questions #1 and #2 on page 324.  Due:  Monday, November 17, 2014.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Same as previous class.  Enjoy the cold autumnal weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014
No new homework.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Complete the three questions on the "John C. Calhoun" handout.  Due:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Study for a multiple choice/short answer quiz on Andrew Jackson's early life.  You should study the notes you took from the video and your Chapter 10, Section 3 homework questions.  The quiz is Thursday, 11/20.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Go to my web site and click on Google PD; once there open the survey and answer all of the questions.  DUE:  Monday, November 24, 2014.

Friday, November 21, 2014
No homework.  Enjoy this weekend.

Monday, November 24, 2014
Choose up to four choices for your Google Presentation project.  Due:  Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
No new homework over the Thanksgiving Break.  We will begin our 19th Century Google Presentation Project when we return to school.  Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Monday, December 1, 2014
No homework tonight, as we have began working on the major project of the second quarter.  This assignment will be evaluated as two test grades.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014--Friday, December 5, 2014
Students worked on creating a Google Presentation on a 19th century historical figure.  Google Presentation is similar to PowerPoint, but automatically saves to "the cloud."  These lessons were co-taught with Mrs. Walden, our technology teacher, who provided  excellent instruction to the students.  This assignment will wrap up on Monday, December 8, 2014.  After that, students will present their projects to their classmates. 
Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Students using Google Applications, completed their Google Presentations.

Wednesday, December 10--Friday, December 12, 2014
Students will present their Google Presentations to their classmates.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
No homework tonight.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Read Chapter 10, Section 3 and complete questions #1-3 on p.  335.  Due:  Monday, December 15, 2014.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Read Chapter 11, Section 1 and complete questions #1 and #2 on p. 349.  Due:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Study for a matching quiz on the above homework.  The quiz will be on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Classwork on "The California Missions" and "Jim Beckwourth".  If you do not finish in class, complete for homework.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
No homework tonight.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Read Chapter 11, Section 2 and complete the vocabulary handout and "Reading Check" questions for that section.  Due:  Monday, December 22, 2014.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Complete the map on Texas and its surrounding states for homework if you did not complete in class.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
No homework.  Enjoy the long Holiday vacation!

December 24, 2013--January 4, 2015 
Holiday Vacation!

Monday, January 5, 2015
Study your Texas map and vocabulary/reading check questions for a lengthy quiz on the Texas Revolution and the geography of Texas.  The quiz will be Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Same as previous class.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Texas quiz today!  No new homework.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Read Chapter 11, Section 3 and complete the vocabulary handout for this section.  Due:  Monday, January 12, 2015.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Read pp. 357-363 in your textbook and answer questions #2 and #3 on p. 363 for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Monday, January 12, 2015
Same homework as previous class.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Study for a fill-in the blanks quiz on Chapter 11, Section 3.  The quiz will be Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Study for the quiz on the Mexican-American War.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Early dismissal day.  Quiz on the Mexican-American War is today.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Read Chapter 11, Section 4 and complete questions #1-3 on p. 369 for Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Monday, January 19, 2015
No school-Martin Luther King Day observed.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Complete Chapter 11, Section 4 questions for tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Your homework is to look up your grades online and tell me your average on Thursday.  Additionally, write down any missed assignments you may have.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Study for a 20 question quiz on the California Gold Rush as well as California's geography.  The quiz will be on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Study for the quiz on California!

Monday, January 26, 2015
Write down FIVE products that you like, and explain in two sentences each, why you like them.  Due:  Next class.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
No school-snow day.

Wednesday, Janaury 28, 2015
No school-snow day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
No homework.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Read Chapter 12, Section 1 and complete questions #1-3 on page 389.
Due:  Monday, February 2, 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015
No school--snow day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
No homework.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
If you did not complete the handouts on Samuel Slater and Sarah Bagley do so for homework.  Due:  Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Read Chapter 12, Section 2 and complete the vocabulary handout as well as the THREE reading check questions on pp. 391, 394, and 395.  Due:  Monday, February 9, 2015.

Friday, February 6, 2015
Same as previous class.  Enjoy this winter weekend!

Monday, February 9, 2015
No school--snow day.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Students, working in small groups, will make an historical recruitment poster for the Lowell Mills.  This mini-project will be evaluated as a quiz and will serve to make a nice connection to the origins of the Industrial Revolution.  Students will be allotted several class periods and this project will be due after the February break.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Read Chapter 12, Section 3 and answer questions #1-4 on page 401.  This will be due on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Same as previous class.  Enjoy your February break!

February Break 2.13.15--2.17.15

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Continue to work on your Lowell Mills Projects.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Finish your Lowell Mills Projects if you have not already done so.  They are due at the end of the day on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015
Study for your Chapter 12, Section 3 Quiz on the rise of steamboats and steam trains.  The quiz will be on Monday, February 23, 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Read and complete the questions on the John Deere handout.  Due:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
No homework tonight.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Read Chapter 13, Section 1 and complete the three section review questions on page 419.  Due:  Friday, February 27, 2015.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Same homework as previous class.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Read Chapter 13, Section 2--pp. 420-423 and complete the graphic organizer handed out in class.  Due:  Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, March 2, 2015
Finish the graphic organizer on Chapter 13, Section 2.  Due:  3.3.15.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Begin to write your response essay on the "Gone With The Wind" clip we viewed in class. This response essay will be due on Monday, March 9, 2015.
It will be evaluated as a test grade.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Continue to work on your response essays.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Same as previous classes.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2015
Response essays are due today!  This counts as a test.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Read Chapter 13, Section 3 and complete questions #1-4 on p. 429 for Tuesday, March 12, 2015.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Same as previous class.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
All classes will start a test project that combines their knowledge of slavery with their critical-thinking skills.  Students, working collaboratively, will create a scene with dialogue that captures some of the slave experience.  Students will have two illustrations and a relevant poem to complete their project.  Students will have multiple class periods to work on this project.

Friday, March 13, 2015
Students will work on the above-mentioned test project.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Students will continue to work on their slavery test projects.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  Students should be finishing up their test projects.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Complete your test projects on slavery; they are due on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Same as above.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Read Chapter 14, Section 1 and complete the vocabulary sheet and the three reading check questions that are on pp. 440 and 442.  Due:  Monday, March 23, 2015.  

Monday, March 23, 2015
No homework.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bring your textbooks to class tomorrow--Wednesday, March 25th.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Students should finish both sides of the graphic organizer I made on the 19th century American Arts.  Additionally, students should read the handout on Charles Grandison Finney and complete the three questions at the end of the selection.  Due:  Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Early dismissal--parent-teacher conferences.  No homework.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Study for a matching quiz on Chapter 14, Section 2; the quiz will be on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Have a good weekend.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Complete the "Public School Reform Survey".  It is due on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  Chapter 14, Section 2 quiz is today

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Continue to work on the above-mentioned survey.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Choose three possible topics for your upcoming Prezi project on a Civil War figure or event.  Selections are due on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Show the field trips' packet to an adult at home and complete the necessary information.

April 3-12--Spring Break.  Enjoy!

April 13-17--Students will be doing research on a Civil War Historical Figure or development.  This project will be worked on in collaboration with Mrs. Calabrese,  Eliot's media specialist.  Once done with their research, students will create a Prezi that fulfills all criteria of the assignment.  This project will be evaluated as a TEST and be due on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. 

Monday, April 20, 2015
Finish your Civil War Prezi; it is due on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Teacher out--no homework.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Read Chapter 14, Section 4 and complete questions #1-4 on p. 459.  This assignment will be due on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Same as previous class.

Friday, April 24, 2015
No homework.  Enjoy the weekend.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Read Chapter 14, Section 5 and define the SIX terms in bold and the THREE reading check questions.  This will be due on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Complete the previous night's homework AND study for a MC QUIZ on Chapter 14, Section 5.  The quiz will be on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Quiz today.  Be sure to bring textbook to class for all of next week--May4-8th.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
No homework tonight.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Bring your textbooks to class all of next weekend.  Enjoy the next weekend!

Monday, May 4, 2015
If you did not complete the Chapter 15, Section 1 questions on increasing Sectionalism and the Compromise of 1850, do so for homework.  Due:  Tuesday, May 5th.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Read Chapter 15, Section 2 and complete the Reading Check Questions for that section as well as any other assignments Mr. Galuardi assigns.  Due:  Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Continue to work on the previously scheduled homework.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Reading check questions are due today.

Friday, May 8, 2015
No homework due to shortened classes because of SBAC.

Monday, May 11,2015
Field Trip to Mystic Seaport is today.  Great weather.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Only "A" class met today; therefore, no homework because of SBAC.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Read the handouts on Dred Scott and Sojourner Truth and answer the accompanying questions.  Only complete the activity for Dred Scott, NOT for Sojourner Truth.  Due:  Friday, May 15, 2015.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Early dismissal today.  Homework is due tomorrow.

Friday, May 15, 2015
No homework.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Read Chapter 15, Section 4 and complete questions #1-3 on p. 497.  Due:  Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Tuesday,  May 19, 2015
Same as previous class.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Study for  a brief quiz on Chapter 15, Section 4; it is short answer.
The quiz will be Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Students started a poster project on Union and Confederate advantages at the beginning of the Civil War.  Students can work collaboratively on this project, but it will count for TWO quizzes.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Students continued to work on their Civil War poster projects; they will be due on Wednesday, May 27.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Students continued to work on their Civil War Projects.

Wednesday,  May 27, 2015
Read Chapter 16, Section 2 and answer the THREE reading check questions and  define the EIGHT bold terms beginning with Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.    Due:  Friday, May 29th.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Field Trip to Sturbridge Village is today.  Departure at 8:00 and return at 3:45 approximately.  

Friday, May 29, 2015
Study for a quiz on Chapter 16, Section 2.  The quiz will be Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  It is a fill-in-the blanks quiz.

June 1, 2015
Study for the above-mentioned quiz.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Quiz today on the early phases of the Civil War.  Make sure you share Prezis with me.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Read Chapter 16, Section 3 and answer questions #1 and #2 on page 525. Due:  Friday, June 5, 2015.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Continue to work on your homework from the previous class.  The Civil War presenter is today!

Friday, June 5, 2015
We will start presenting our Civil War Prezis on Tuesday, June 9, 2015; therefore, it is imperative that you share your Prezi with me if you have not already done so.  Have a great weekend.

Monday, June 8, 2015 and Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Students will be presenting their Civil War Prezis, so no homework.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Read Chapter 16, Section 4 and complete the graphic organizer and three reading check questions for homework.  Due:  Friday, June 12, 2015.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Same as previous class.  There will be a matching quiz on Chapter 16, Section 4 however.

Friday, June 12, 2015
Study for a matching quiz on Chapter 16, Section 4; the quiz will be on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Quiz today.  We will finish the video on Lincoln in preparation for a test on our sixteenth president.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
















































 


































 
 
 
 









 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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