Welcome to Mr. Spencer's History Class





          
Please visit this website often (daily is probably best) in order to stay on top of everything that is going on
in class. You can usually print out any assignment that was given in class by going to the "Classroom Documents" section so that if you did miss an assignment due to an absence, you can stay on top of your work.  Also, you can check the calendar to find out when an assignment or project is due or when a quiz or test is coming up.  I hope you find this website useful and use it to help you be very successful in my class. 
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Friday, May 18:  UNIT TEST IS TODAY!!!!!!!  STUDY GUIDES ARE DUE AFTER THE TEST!!!!!  LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK IS TODAY!!!!!!

Thursday, May 24:  STUDENTS' LAST DAY!  ALSO MY LAST DAY!  I'm retiring from teaching after 24 years.  I have been at this school for 23 years and have had such a great experience with almost 3000 students from this area.  It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve this community for so many years. I'm signing off for the last time.   Happy Trails to you all!

Wednesday, May 23:  Elitch's Day!  Have fun!

Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22:  Test makeups were given and closing activities for a successful year!

Friday, May 18:  Unit test was today.  If you were absent today, you will take the test next week!  Also, your study guide was due today!

Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17 (block days):  Last Friday, students were given the unit study guide to complete in order to prepare for our unit final test that will be  this Friday, May 18.  Students should fill this study guide out as completely and detailed as possible because they can use this to help them during the test.  Students may not use any notes during the test, but they may use this study guide!  Put any information you want on this study guide that you think will help you during the test.  If you were absent or you have lost your study guide, you may find it by clicking HERE .  The assignment sheet can be found in "Classroom Documents" above and to the left on this website

Tuesday, May 15:  Students finished their 1800's political cartoon analysis assignment and turned it in at the end of the period.  Last Friday, students were given the unit study guide to complete in order to prepare for our unit final test that will be  this Friday, May 18.  Students should fill this study guide out as completely and detailed as possible because they can use this to help them during the test.  Students may not use any notes during the test, but they may use this study guide!  Put any information you want on this study guide that you think will help you during the test.  If you were absent or you have lost your study guide, you may find it by clicking HERE .  The assignment sheet can be found in "Classroom Documents" above and to the left on this website

Monday, May 14:  Students looked at some political cartoons from the "Gilded Age" dealing with immigration and industry today and began working on an assignment to analyze 8 political cartoons of that period.  Last Friday, students were given the unit study guide to complete in order to prepare for our unit final test that will be  this Friday, May 18.  Students should fill this study guide out as completely and detailed as possible because they can use this to help them during the test.  Students may not use any notes during the test, but they may use this study guide!  Put any information you want on this study guide that you think will help you during the test.  If you were absent or you have lost your study guide, you may find it by clicking HERE .  The assignment sheet can be found in "Classroom Documents" above and to the left on this website

Friday, May 11:  Students completed and turned in their Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island 54321 assignment today.  Students were given the study guide to complete in order to prepare for our unit final test that will be one week from today, Friday, May 18.  Students should fill this study guide out as completely and detailed as possible because they can use this to help them during the test.  Students may not use any notes during the test, but they may use this study guide!  Put any information you want on this study guide that you think will help you during the test.  If you were absent or you have lost your study guide, you may find it by clicking HERE .  The assignment sheet can be found in "Classroom Documents" above and to the left on this website.

Wednesday and Thursday, May 9 and 10:  Students worked on a 54321 assignment dealing with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  The link to watch the movie can be found by clicking HERE This will be collected on Friday.  

Tuesday, May 8:  Students finished taking the last set of notes for this class titled "American Industrial Revolution Part 3."  Students also began to learn more about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  The unit test for this final unit will be Friday, May 18th.  Students will be given a study guide on Friday to complete to prepare for this unit test.  

Monday, May 7:  Students began taking their last set of notes for this class titled "American Industrial Revolution Part 3."  We will finish these notes tomorrow.  

Friday, May 4:  Students finished analyzing photographs from famous "muckraker" Lewis Hine regarding child labor in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Students also turned in their "Cities" 54321 assignment.

Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3:  Students should have finished and turned in their "Cities" 54321 assignment....if you are still working on it, then it is due this Friday!  Students also analyzed some photographs taken by famous "muckraker" Lewis Hine on the issue of child labor in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Students did that on their own notebook paper.  

Tuesday, May 1:  Students watched "The Story of US: Cities" today and completed a 54321 assignment.  That assignment will be collected at the end of the week on Friday.  The assignment sheet is available on this website under the "Classroom Documents" tab above to the left.  If you need to watch the video, you may watch it by clicking HERE .

Monday, April 30:  Students took notes titled "American Industrial Revolution Part 2" today.  

Friday, April 27:  Day Without Hate activities

Thursday, April 26:  No school for students

Wednesday, April 25:  Students took the open notes quiz today in class and turned in their Western Frontier map and the Cause and Effect chart assignment.

Tuesday, April 24:  QUIZ TOMORROW.......Bring your notes  (The notes are:  Reconstruction and Reform and Transforming the West Parts 1 and 2:  All are available on this website under the Classroom Documents tab). There will be questions over the map so you will need to have your map ready to use for the quiz tomorrow! The powerpoint presentation and a powerpoint of the maps used from the books is available in the "Classroom Documents" section above on the left.  Also, students were given a "Cause and Effect" chart assignment to be completed and turned in TOMORROW.  

Monday, April 23:  Students were reminded that there will be an open notes quiz next Wednesday covering the notes we have taken during this unit.  (The notes are:  Reconstruction and Reform and Transforming the West Parts 1 and 2:  All are available on this website under the Classroom Documents tab). There will be questions over the map so you will need to have your map ready to use for the quiz by next Wednesday!  The powerpoint presentation and a powerpoint of the maps used from the books is available in the "Classroom Documents" section above on the left.  Also, students were given a "Cause and Effect" chart assignment to be completed and turned in next Wednesday.   Also, students completed a set of notes titled "American Industrial Revolution part 1 today....these notes are not on Wednesday's quiz.

Friday, April 20:  Students were reminded that there will be an open notes quiz next Wednesday covering the notes we have taken during this unit.  (The notes are:  Reconstruction and Reform and Transforming the West Parts 1 and 2:  All are available on this website under the Classroom Documents tab). There will be questions over the map so you will need to have your map ready to use for the quiz by next Wednesday!  The powerpoint presentation and a powerpoint of the maps used from the books is available in the "Classroom Documents" section above on the left.  Also, students were given a "Cause and Effect" chart assignment to be completed and turned in next Wednesday.   Also, students began a set of notes titled "American Industrial Revolution part 1 today....we will finish that on Monday.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19 (block days):  Students finished the Mapping the Western Frontiers activity in class today.  If you didn't finish this, you need to make it up as you  may use this map to help you answer questions on the next quiz.  The powerpoint presentation and a powerpoint of the maps used from the books is available in the "Classroom Documents" section above on the left.  Also, students were given a "Cause and Effect" chart assignment to be completed and turned in next Wednesday.  Also, there will be an open notes quiz next Wednesday covering the notes we have taken during this unit.  There will be questions over the map so you will need to have your map ready to use for the quiz by next Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 17:  Only three classes met today due to CMAS testing.  Those classes watched clips about Custer's last stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn.  

Monday, April 16:  Students began working on a mapping exercise today mapping out items from the Western frontier.  This map will be used for the next quiz, so it is important that you make it up if you missed today.  

Friday, April 13:  Students should have turned in their "Heartland" assignment today.  Also, students took notes today titled "Transforming the West Part 2" about farming and the cattle kingdom.  The notes sheet and the power point presentation are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12 (block days):  Students completed the rest of the Transforming the West Part One notes.  Also, students looked at the destruction of the buffalo herds and the Sand Creek Massacre.  A reminder:  The "Story of Us: Heartland" assignment is due this Friday.

Tuesday, April 10:  Students finished the Freedman's Bureau assignment today and turned it in....if you were still working on it, turn it in this week before Friday.  Also today, students began to take notes called "Transforming the West Part 1."  A reminder:  The "Story of Us: Heartland" assignment is due this Friday.

Monday, April 9:  Students worked on an in-class assignment about the Freedmen's Bureau.....we will continue this assignment in class tomorrow.  A reminder:  The "Story of Us: Heartland" assignment is due this Friday.

Friday, April 6:  Students finished the notes titled "Reconstruction and Reform" in class today.  Also, students were given a "Heartland" assignment that will be collected next Friday.  If you want to watch the "Heartland" video again click HERE

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday April 3-5:  CMAS testing days (shortened periods that only meet twice in three days):  Students began watching "The Story of Us: Heartland" and will be completing a short assignment based on that movie.  This is an introduction to material we cover in the new unit.  

Monday, April 2:  Students began the new unit by taking notes titled "Reconstruction and Reform."  We will continue those notes on Friday.  

Friday, March 23:  Students learned more about the trial of Mary Surratt and looked at the most famous poem of the event, "Oh Captain, My Captain."

Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22 (block days):  Students are reading a classroom play about the Lincoln assassination called "She Will Hang With the Rest."  This is the story of Mary Surratt, who was arrested as one of the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination.

Tuesday, March 20:  Students learned various aspects about the Lincoln assassination today.  

Monday, March 19:  Students took the Unit 3 final test today and turned in their study guides.

Friday, March 16:  Early Release Day......There were no history classes today due to Career Day activities but students need to make sure that for home work they have the Unit 3 study guide completed and ready to turn in on Monday, March 19.  That's in three days!!!!!!  Students are to complete this study guide, which will be collected for a grade right before they take the test next Monday, March 19.  This study guide MUST BE 100 PERCENT COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR TEST CORRECTIONS, IF NEEDED.  IF IT ISN'T FILLED OUT 100 PERCENT, TEST CORRECTIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IF A STUDENT FAILS THE TEST!  If you need a copy of the study guide click here

Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15 (block days):  Students were given time to work on completing their Unit 3 study guide to prepare for the Unit 3 final test that will be next Monday, March 19.  Students are to complete this study guide, which will be collected for a grade right before they take the test next Monday, March 19.  This study guide MUST BE 100 PERCENT COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR TEST CORRECTIONS, IF NEEDED.  IF IT ISN'T FILLED OUT 100 PERCENT, TEST CORRECTIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IF A STUDENT FAILS THE TEST!  If you need a copy of the study guide click here

Tuesday, March 13:  Students were given time to work on completing their Unit 3 study guide to prepare for the Unit 3 final test that will be next Monday, March 19.  Students are to complete this study guide, which will be collected for a grade right before they take the test next Monday, March 19.  This study guide MUST BE 100 PERCENT COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR TEST CORRECTIONS, IF NEEDED.  IF IT ISN'T FILLED OUT 100 PERCENT, TEST CORRECTIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IF A STUDENT FAILS THE TEST!  If you need a copy of the study guide click here

Monday, March 12:  Students were given their Unit 3 study guide to prepare for the Unit 3 final test that will be next Monday, March 19.  Students are to complete this study guide, which will be collected for a grade right before they take the test next Monday, March 19.  This study guide MUST BE 100 PERCENT COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR TEST CORRECTIONS, IF NEEDED.  IF IT ISN'T FILLED OUT 100 PERCENT, TEST CORRECTIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IF A STUDENT FAILS THE TEST!  If you need a copy of the study guide click here

Friday, March 9:  Students should have turned in their "Analyzing Political Cartoons" assignment today.  Also, students worked on an assignment in class called the Lincoln Chronicle scavenger hunt.  

Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 and 8 (block days):  Students took notes called Civil War Notes #6 in class today.  Also, students read a short story titled "Boy Soldier" and responded to questions on an assignment.  Students were reminded that the "Analyzing Civil War Political Cartoons" assignment is due this coming Friday.  


Tuesday, March 6:  Students took Civil War Notes #5 in class today.  Students were reminded that the "Analyzing Civil War Political Cartoons" assignment is due this coming Friday.  

Monday, March 5:  Students took the Civil War Notes 1-4 open-note quiz today.  Students that finished early worked on completing the Analyzing Civil War Political Cartoons assignment that will be due this Friday.  

Friday, March 2:  Students should have turned in their "Glory" notecatcher assignment today in class.  Students started working on an assignment analyzing Civil War political cartoons today.  This assignment will be due next Friday, March 9th.   Also, students were reminded that there will be a open notes quiz next Monday, March 5th over Civil War notes #1-4.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 and March 1 (block days):  Students completed and turned in an assignment called the "Civil War Minutes" dealing with everyday events that occurred to soldiers during the war.  Students were reminded that the "Glory" assignment from last week is due this Friday.  Also, students were reminded that there will be a open notes quiz next Monday, March 5th over Civil War notes #1-4.

Tuesday, February 27:  Students finished taking Civil War Notes #4 about the turning point in the war...Gettysburg and learned about the Gettysburg Address.  .Also, students turned in the "Pink and Say" assignment that they worked on last week.  Students were reminded that the "Glory" assignment from last week is due this Friday.  Also, students were reminded that there will be a open notes quiz next Monday, March 5th over Civil War notes #1-4.

Monday, February 26:  The third trimester begins..... Students today turned in their "Civil War Cards" assignment that was started February 14/15.  Students took notes today titled "Civil War Notes #4.  There will be a open notes quiz next Monday, March 5th over Civil War notes #1-4.  Also, students will turn in their "Pink and Say" assignment tomorrow and the "Glory" assignment on Friday.  Students will have had one week to do each of these assignments.  

Friday, February 23:  Students finished watching "Glory" about the 54th Massachusetts black regiment that fought in the Civil War.  Students will be working on an assignment that will be turned in after the movie is completed.  This version of "Glory" has been edited by a school service to make it appropriate for viewing in middle schools.  Scenes of graphic violence and language have been edited out to make this appropriate viewing for students learning about the aftereffects of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students were also reminded that the Civil War Informational cards assignment will be collected next Monday and the "Pink and Say" assignment will be collected next Tuesday.

Thursday, February 22:  Students continued to watch "Glory" about the 54th Massachusetts black regiment that fought in the Civil War.  Students will be working on an assignment that will be turned in after the movie is completed.  This version of "Glory" has been edited by a school service to make it appropriate for viewing in middle schools.  Scenes of graphic violence and language have been edited out to make this appropriate viewing for students learning about the aftereffects of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students were also reminded that the Civil War Informational cards assignment will be collected next Monday and the "Pink and Say" assignment will be collected next Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 21:  Students began watching the great Civil War movie "Glory" about the 54th Massachusetts black regiment that fought during the Civil War.  Students will be working on an assignment that will be turned in after the movie is completed.  This version of "Glory" has been edited by a school service to make it appropriate for viewing in middle schools.  Scenes of graphic violence and language have been edited out to make this appropriate viewing for students learning about the aftereffects of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students were also reminded that the Civil War Informational cards assignment will be collected next Monday and the "Pink and Say" assignment will be collected next Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 20:  Students worked on a book reading assignment called "Pink and Say."  This assignment will be collected next week.. 

Monday, February 19:  No school - Presidents' Day.

Friday, February 16:  Students continued to work on the Civil War Informational Cards assignment in class today.  This assignment will be collected on Monday, February 26.  

Wednesday and Thursday, February 14 and 15 (block days):  Students completed Civil War Notes #3 in class today.  Also, students began working on the Civil War Informational Cards assignment.  If you were absent, you will need to make up this assignment during Access or after school.  See Mr. Spencer if you need to make it up. The "Story of Us: Civil War" assignment will be due this Friday!

Tuesday, February 13:  Students finished the "Civil War Notes #2" today and learned more about the battle of Shiloh and "Angel's Glow."

Monday, February 12:  Students should have finished the "Story of Us: Civil War" assignment today.  This will be collected later.  Also today, students took notes titled "Civil War Notes #2".....the notes sheet and the powerpoint presentation is on this site under "Classroom Documents" tab.  

Friday, February 9:  Students turned in their two assignments that were due (2 Harriets Compared and the Causes of the War Camel).  Students began watching the documentary "The Story of Us: Civil War" and completing an assignment as they watched.  If you were absent, the assignment sheet is on this website under "Classroom Documents" tab.  You can watch the movie by clicking here.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 7&8 (block days):  Students took notes titled "Civil War Notes #1."  The note sheet and powerpoint are on this website under the "Classroom Documents" tab above.  Also, students were reminded that two assignments are due this Friday.....the "2 Harriets Compared" assignment began last week and the "Causes of the War Camel" assignment that was begun this week.  

Tuesday, February 6:  Students worked on an assignment called the "Causes of the Civil War Camel" assignment today in class where they do a timeline of causes stacked up on a camel's back to reach the "final straw" event that caused the South to secede from the Union.  This assignment is due on Friday this week.  Also due on Friday is the "2 Harriets Compared" assignment that students started last Thursday in class.  These assignments are both on this website under the "Classroom Documents" tab above.  

Monday, February 5:  Students took notes titled:  "More Causes that Bring Us to War."  The notes sheet and the powerpoint presentation are on this website under the "Classroom Documents" tab.

Friday, February 2: No regular classes...invite only day.

Thursday, February 1:  Students worked on an assignment called the "2 Harriets Compared" about the abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman.  If you were absent today, you can find this assignment on this webpage under the "Classroom Documents" tab.  You can do this at home without the textbook just by looking up information about these two famous abolitionists on line.  This assignment will be due next week.

Wednesday, January 31:  Students completed notes titled "Slavery Incidents Bring High Tensions to the Country."  If you were absent, you can find the notes sheet and the powerpoint on this website in the Classroom Documents section above to the left.  

Tuesday, January 30:  Students took an open notes quiz today over the notes they have taken so far in this unit.  Also, all blue assignment sheets for the Slavery hyperdoc assignment should have been turned in today.  

Monday, January 29: Students turned in their Slavery Hyperdoc blue worksheet today.  All hyperdoc work should now be completed.  Today students learned more about famous runaway slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman by watching "In Search of Heroes:  The Harriet Tubman Story."  Students then responded to questions at the end of the period.  Also, students were made aware that there will be an open notes quiz over the topic of Slavery tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30.  Make sure you have all of your notes so that you have them to refer to while taking the quiz. The notes that will be quizzed include:  "Sectionalism and the Roots of Conflict," "Compromises to Prevent the Conflict," and "Slavery and the Run for Freedom: Underground RR."


Friday, January 26:  Students continue to work on the 2018 Slavery Hyperdoc assignment located in Google Classroom..  We will be working on this project in class for the rest of the week and it is due next Monday, January 29.  If you are absent any time during this week, you can still access it and work on it from home by going to your Google Classroom account.  The entire assignment can be found there along with the worksheet you need to fill out with notes.  If you are at home and have not been assigned a slide number for the presentation, contact me by email and I will assign you a slide number to work on. Also, students were made aware that there will be an open notes quiz over the topic of Slavery next Tuesday, January 30.  Make sure you have all of your notes so that you have them to refer to while taking the quiz. The notes that will be quizzed include:  "Sectionalism and the Roots of Conflict," "Compromises to Prevent the Conflict," and "Slavery and the Run for Freedom: Underground RR."


Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 and 25 (block days):  Students continue to work on the 2018 Slavery Hyperdoc assignment located in Google Classroom..  We will be working on this project in class for the rest of the week and it is due next Monday, January 29.  If you are absent any time during this week, you can still access it and work on it from home by going to your Google Classroom account.  The entire assignment can be found there along with the worksheet you need to fill out with notes.  If you are at home and have not been assigned a slide number for the presentation, contact me by email and I will assign you a slide number to work on. Also, students were made aware that there will be an open notes quiz over the topic of Slavery next Tuesday, January 30.  Make sure you have all of your notes so that you have them to refer to while taking the quiz.  The notes that will be quizzed include:  "Sectionalism and the Roots of Conflict," "Compromises to Prevent the Conflict," and "Slavery and the Run for Freedom: Underground RR."


Tuesday, January 23:  Students began working on the 2018 Slavery Hyperdoc assignment located in Google Classroom..  We will be working on this project in class for the rest of the week and it is due next Monday, January 29.  If you are absent any time during this week, you can still access it and work on it from home by going to your Google Classroom account.  The entire assignment can be found there along with the worksheet you need to fill out with notes.  If you are at home and have not been assigned a slide number for the presentation, contact me by email and I will assign you a slide number to work on.  Also, students were made aware that there will be an open notes quiz over the topic of Slavery next Tuesday, January 30.  Make sure you have all of your notes so that you have them to refer to while taking the quiz. The notes that will be quizzed include:  "Sectionalism and the Roots of Conflict," "Compromises to Prevent the Conflict," and "Slavery and the Run for Freedom: Underground RR."

Monday, January 22:  Students watched a short film about slavery and the Underground Railroad and then took notes titled "Slavery and the Run For Freedom" about the Underground Railroad.  These notes and the powerpoint presentation are available under the "Classroom Documents" tab above.

Friday, January 19:  Students finished and should have turned in the Roots Reaction Journal assignment.  If you were absent or need to view the segments to complete the assignment, look at yesterday's entry to get the links to each segment so you can complete it.  

Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 and 18 (block days):  Students watched several segments of the 1977 film Roots and responded on an assignment called the "Roots Reaction Journal."  We will finish this assignment on Friday and students will turn it in then.  If you were absent for this assignment you can make it up at home by printing off the Roots Reaction Journal assignment paper from the "Classroom Documents" tab above and watching each segment.  Here are the segments:

Tuesday, January 16:  Students took  "Compromises to Prevent the Conflict" notes today in class.  The powerpoint and the notes sheet are available in the "Classroom Documents" tab above to the left.  

Monday, January 15: MLK day....no school.

Friday, January 12:  National Geographic Geography Bee was held in all social studies classrooms today! No regular history classes.

Wednesday and Thursday, January 10 and 11 (block days):  Students completed notes titled "Sectionalism and the Roots of Conflict" today (available in the Classroom Documents sections tab above and to the left).  Also, students worked on an in-class assignment to learn more about how the North and South were different from each other that would ultimately lead to conflict.  

Tuesday, January 9:  Students should have completed and turned in the assignment for "The Story of Us: Division" today.  If you were absent, you will need to make this assignment up by watching the movie and completing the assignment sheet (which can be found under the "Classroom Documents tab above and to the left).  To watch the movie click here.

Monday, January 8:  Welcome back and Happy New Year!  Today the new unit about the American Civil War was introduced to students.  Students watched "The Story of US: Division" today and completed a "notecatcher" assignment as they watched to introduce concepts that will be studied during this unit.  We will finish this assignment tomorrow.  

Wednesday, December 20:  Group project evaluation forms were completed by the students on how they thought their groups collaborated to achieve a goal of project completion.  Have a safe and restful Winter break!  See you next year!

Monday and Tuesday, December 18 and 19:  Projects were presented in the library!

Friday, December 15:  Students should have finished their Westward Expansion group project today.  Presentations will be next week on Monday and Tuesday.  

Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14 (block days):  Students are working on completing the Westward Expansion unit final project.  This is an important grade for students in which they collaborate to complete three tasks in order to complete the project.   THIS PROJECT IS DUE THIS COMING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH....NO LATE PROJECTS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS WE HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING IN TO VIEW AND EVALUATE THESE PROJECTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY THE FOLLOWING WEEK!!!   All information regarding how to do this project and video tutorials and a suggestions page can be found in Google Classroom.  Go to your Google Classroom class to read up for answers on any questions you may have!!!!!!!  Remember, this project is due this Friday...you need to complete this project!

Tuesday, December 12:  Students are working on completing the Westward Expansion unit final project.  This is an important grade for students in which they collaborate to complete three tasks in order to complete the project.   THIS PROJECT IS DUE THIS COMING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH....NO LATE PROJECTS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS WE HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING IN TO VIEW AND EVALUATE THESE PROJECTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY THE FOLLOWING WEEK!!!   All information regarding how to do this project and video tutorials and a suggestions page can be found in Google Classroom.  Go to your Google Classroom class to read up for answers on any questions you may have!!!!!!!  Remember, this project is due this Friday...you have three more days to complete this project!

Monday, December 11:  Students are working on completing the Westward Expansion unit final project.  This is an important grade for students in which they collaborate to complete three tasks in order to complete the project.   THIS PROJECT IS DUE THIS COMING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH....NO LATE PROJECTS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS WE HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING IN TO VIEW AND EVALUATE THESE PROJECTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY THE FOLLOWING WEEK!!!   All information regarding how to do this project and video tutorials and a suggestions page can be found in Google Classroom.  Go to your Google Classroom class to read up for answers on any questions you may have!!!!!!!  Remember, this project is due this Friday...you have four more days to complete this project!


Friday, December 8:  Students began working in their groups today for the final Westward Expansion unit project.  This is an important grade for students in which they collaborate to complete three tasks in order to complete the project.   THIS PROJECT IS DUE NEXT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH....NO LATE PROJECTS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS WE HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING IN TO VIEW AND EVALUATE THESE PROJECTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY THE FOLLOWING WEEK!!!   All information regarding how to do this project and video tutorials and a suggestions page can be found in Google Classroom.  Go to your Google Classroom class to read up for answers on any questions you may have!!!!!!!  Remember, this project is due next Friday...you have one week!

Wednesday and Thursday, December 6 and 7 (block days):  Students finished the Miners Colorado Gold Rush notes.  Students also learned more about the rags to riches to rags story of Colorado's  Tabor family.  Also students took some notes on mining terms.  

Tuesday, December 5:  Students took notes today on the Colorado Gold Rush.....the notes sheet and the powerpoint are available on the Classroom Documents tab on the left side above.

Monday, December 4:  Students took notes today on the California Gold Rush.....the notes sheet and the powerpoint are available on the Classroom Documents tab on the left side above.  

Friday, December 1:  Students worked on an in-class activity called "Pack Your Wagon" which helps demonstrate how pioneers had to prepare for the overland trails.  

Wednesday and Thursday, November 29 and 30 (block days):  Students finished the Donner Party play and did a group activity in class to close out the pioneers section of our unit.  

Tuesday, November 28:  Students continued to read the Donner Party classroom play today.

Monday, November 27:  Students finished the Pioneers notes and then started reading a classroom play about the Donner Party.  We will finish this play tomorrow!

Friday, November 17:  Students took the Land Acquisition quiz today in class.  If you were absent, you will take this quiz on our first day back from break, so be prepared over the break to make sure you have all of your notes up to date.  Today also, the Mexican American War flow chart assignment was collected for extra credit if it was completed.  If you did not turn it in, you may turn it in on Monday when we return.  Only those turned in today will earn extra credit.  

Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 and 16 (block days):  Students turned in their Alamo 54321 assignments.  Today our school librarian, Ms. Kidnay, taught some research strategies to prepare students on how to research topics for the upcoming Westward Expansion project next month.  Also today, students took notes on pioneers and the trails west.  The quiz on Friday will be over all of the land acquisition notes and assignments we have had recently including topics such as the Native Americans, the Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears, the Texas Revolution, the Mexican - American War, and the Oregon Treaty.  Please make sure that you have all of your notes as this quiz is an open notes quiz.  Work collected today:  The Alamo 54321 assignment


Tuesday, November 14:  Students were introduced to the unit project that will take place next month.  Details were  provided as to what the project will look like and how groups will create a museum quality product as the unit end approaches next month.  Students were also given a Texas Revolution flowchart assignment that will be helpful to them in the quiz on Friday!  The quiz on Friday will be over all of the land acquisition notes and assignments we have had recently including topics such as the Native Americans, the Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears, the Texas Revolution, the Mexican - American War, and the Oregon Treaty.  Please make sure that you have all of your notes as this quiz is an open notes quiz.  Work due tomorrow:  The Alamo 54321 assignment

Monday, November 13:  Students finished taking notes on The Oregon Treaty today.  Students were given an assignment today that will be due on Friday.  The Mexican American War flowchart assignment will be very beneficial to have in the students' notebooks for the quiz this coming Friday!  The quiz on Friday will be over all of the land acquisition notes and assignments we have had recently including topics such as the Native Americans, the Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears, the Texas Revolution, the Mexican - American War, and the Oregon Treaty.  Please make sure that you have all of your notes as this quiz is an open notes quiz.  Work collected today:  the Alamo stories and comic strip assignment started last Tuesday. 

Friday, November 10:  The last day of the first trimester.  All late work had to be turned in today.  Today we started taking notes on the Mexican/American War and Oregon Treaty.  We will finish these notes on Monday.

Wednesday and Thursday, November 8&9 (block days):  Students watched a short presentation about the Alamo and did an Alamo 54321 assignment regarding this film.  If you were absent you can watch the film by clicking here.  This will be collected later next week.  The "Cobblestone" magazine Alamo readings assignment started on Tuesday will be due on Friday.  

Tuesday, November 7:  Students were to read four "Cobblestone" magazine readings about the Alamo battle and complete an assignment sheet.  This assignment is due on Friday.

Monday, November 6:  Students took notes on the Texas Revolution and the Annexation of Texas.  These notes and the powerpoint are on this website under the Classroom Documents tab above.  

Friday, November 3:  Students turned in their Mountain Man scavenger hunt assignment today.  Also, for extra credit, students could turn in their Native American leaders/Manifest Destiny assignment today.  If not, that assignment is due on Monday, Nov. 6.  Students also viewed Mt. Man Crest projects from other classes today.

Wednesday and Thursday, November 1 and 2 (block days):  Students learned more about Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee Trail of Tears.  Students worked on an assignment comparing and contrasting Native American leaders by reading three chapters from our textbook.  This assignment which is part of the "Manifest Destiny" assignment started yesterday will be collected only if completed in its entirety on Friday for students wanting some extra credit points. Otherwise, it will be due on Monday, Nov. 6.  

Tuesday, October 31:  After analyzing two paintings from the 19th century about "Manifest Destiny," students started an assignment where they are designing their own "Manifest Destiny" drawing.  Students took notes on analyzing the two paintings of Manifest Destiny.  The notes sheet and powerpoint are on this website under the "Classroom Documents" tab above to the left.  Also students learned about the supposedly haunted history of Cheesman Park in Denver.  

Monday, October 30:  Students finished taking notes about Manifest Destiny and then watched a short presentation about the Cherokee Trail of Tears.  

Friday, October 27:  Students took an open-notebook quiz today over Explorers and Mountain Man notes.  If you missed today, you will take the quiz on your first day back!  

Thursday, October 26:  A mountain man crest projects should be complete.  Manifest Destiny notes were started today and we will finish these on Monday.  
 There will be a quiz over the Explorer and Mountain Men information TOMORROW!, October 27 This is an open notebook quiz where students can refer to their notes and assignments to help them answer questions on the quiz.  Students do need to make sure that if they were absent during any time in the unit, that they have completed the notes and assignments.  They will have had one week to make sure that everything is complete and up to date...no excuses will be taken that material was missed because of an absence when you have had a week's notice to find and complete that material....all notes and powerpoints are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Wednesday, October 25:  Students worked in groups on their Mountain Man crest project today.  This project should have been completed today.  Students were informed that there will be a quiz over the Explorer and Mountain Men information this week on Friday, October 27 This is an open notebook quiz where students can refer to their notes and assignments to help them answer questions on the quiz.  Students do need to make sure that if they were absent during any time in the unit, that they have completed the notes and assignments.  They will have had one week to make sure that everything is complete and up to date...no excuses will be taken that material was missed because of an absence when you have had a week's notice to find and complete that material....all notes and powerpoints are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Tuesday, October 24: Students worked in groups on their Mountain Man crest project today.  This project needs to be finished at the end of class this Wednesday.  Students were informed that there will be a quiz over the Explorer and Mountain Men information this week on Friday, October 27 This is an open notebook quiz where students can refer to their notes and assignments to help them answer questions on the quiz.  Students do need to make sure that if they were absent during any time in the unit, that they have completed the notes and assignments.  They will have had one week to make sure that everything is complete and up to date...no excuses will be taken that material was missed because of an absence when you have had a week's notice to find and complete that material....all notes and powerpoints are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Monday, October 23:  Students worked in groups on their Mountain Man crest project today.  This project needs to be finished at the end of class this Wednesday.  Students were informed that there will be a quiz over the Explorer and Mountain Men information this week on Friday, October 27 This is an open notebook quiz where students can refer to their notes and assignments to help them answer questions on the quiz.  Students do need to make sure that if they were absent during any time in the unit, that they have completed the notes and assignments.  They will have had one week to make sure that everything is complete and up to date...no excuses will be taken that material was missed because of an absence when you have had a week's notice to find and complete that material....all notes and powerpoints are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Friday, October 20:  Students began planning for the Mountain Man Crest group project today in class.  This project will be totally completed in class and we will work on it again next week.  Students were informed that there will be a quiz over the Explorer and Mountain Men information on Friday, October 27 (next week).  This is an open notebook quiz where students can refer to their notes and assignments to help them answer questions on the quiz.  Students do need to make sure that if they were absent during any time in the unit, that they have completed the notes and assignments.  They have one week to make sure that everything is complete and up to date...no excuses will be taken that material was missed because of an absence when you have a week's notice to find and complete that material....all notes and powerpoints are on this website under "Classroom Documents."

Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19 (block days):  Students finished their Mountain Man notes and completed an in-class activity called the Mountain Man scavenger hunt.  If you were absent today, see Mr. Spencer about making up the scavenger hunt after school.  

Tuesday, October 17:  Students should have finished their Land Acquisition map today.  If you didn't finish, you will need to finish it on your own.  Also, we started on working on taking Mountain Man notes.  We will finish those during the next block day.  The notes sheet and the Mountain Man powerpoint is available under the "Classroom Documents" tab above.  

Monday, October 16:  Students began working on a Land Acquisition mapping assignment using our textbooks.  To get a copy of this assignment go to the Classroom Documents tab above and to the left.  This assignment should be kept in your notebook as we will re-visit it a few times during this unit.  

Thursday and Friday, October 12-13:  No school.  Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, October 11: The Lewis and Clark "Great Journey West" assignment was due today and collected in class.   Students did three short readings in class about some American explorers and completed an assignment related to those readings.  If you were absent, you can see Mr. Spencer about making up this assignment during Access classes or after school next Tuesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, October 10:  Students took notes today on explorers Zebulon Pike and Stephen Long.  The notes sheet and powerpoint presentation are in the Classroom Documents tab above and to the left.  Also, students were reminded that the Lewis and Clark "Great Journey West" assignment will be due tomorrow.

Monday, October 9:  Students watched "Great Journey West" about the Lewis and Clark expedition and worked on completing an assignment as they watched.  If you were absent today, you can find this video on YouTube by clicking here .  The assignment sheet is in the Classroom Documents tab above and to the left.  This assignment should be completed and ready to turn in on Wednesday, October 11.  

Friday, October 6:  Students analyzed secondary source information about the Lewis and Clark expedition and completed an in-class assignment.  If you were absent, you will not need to make up this assignment.  

Wednesday and Thursday, October 4 and 5 (block days):  Students should have turned in their "Story of Us: Westward assignment today if they didn't turn it in yesterday.  Also, students finished taking the Lewis and Clark notes that were started yesterday.  Finally, students analyzed some primary source information from the journals of Lewis and Clark and other explorers in an assignment in class.  Also, Thursday is the final test corrections session for the unit test last Friday.  

Tuesday, October 3:  Students should have finished and turned in the "Story of Us:Westward" assignment today in class. If students turned it in today, they received one extra credit point.  If you didn't finish, it is due tomorrow (without extra credit).  Also today, students began taking notes on the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition.  If you were absent, you will find the notes sheet and powerpoint presentation under the Classroom Documents tab to the left above.  Also today after school was the first test corrections session for the unit test last Friday.  There is one more session left...it is this Thursday, October 5.

Monday, October 2:  Today we started a new unit.  Students watched "The Story of Us: Westward" and worked on completing an assignment sheet.  That assignment sheet will be collected tomorrow after student write their PEAL paragraph based on information they obtained while watching the movie. If you were absent, you can find the assignment sheet under the Classroom Documents tab above or click here .  There will be two Unit One test corrections sessions offered this week after school.  Test corrections sessions will be this Tuesday and Thursday (October 3 and 5) after school.  These are the only times this will be offered.  If you need to make test corrections, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to be there and to show up.  No other test corrections sessions will be offered!

Friday, September 29:  The unit study guide was due today.  It must be 100% completed in order to be eligible for test corrections, if needed.  The unit test was today.  Test corrections sessions will be next Tuesday and Thursday after school.  These are the only times this will be offered.  If you need to make test corrections, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to be there and to show up.  No other test corrections sessions will be offered!

Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28 (block days):  Students had a lesson today about active citizenship.  Also, students were given time to work on completing their study guides to prepare for Friday's unit test.   The Unit One final test is this Friday, September 29.   If you were absent or lost your study guide, you will need to print out the study guide: click here . The study guide must be 100 percent filled out in good detail to be eligible for any test corrections.  It will be collected this Friday for a completion grade right before students take the Unit one final test.  
You cannot turn in a study guide late...it must be turned in right before taking the test.

Tuesday, September 26:  Students today took a practice citizenship test for fun as a way to review for the unit test this coming Friday.  Students were also given some time to work on their study guides which are due this Friday before they take the unit test.  The Unit One final test is this Friday, September 29.   If you were absent or lost your study guide, you will need to print out the study guide: click here . The study guide must be 100 percent filled out in good detail to be eligible for any test corrections.  It will be collected this Friday for a completion grade right before students take the Unit one final test.  
You cannot turn in a study guide late...it must be turned in right before taking the test.

Monday, September 25:  Students watched a review of our notes on the Constitution called "A More Perfect Union."  Also, students had some time to work on their study guides.  The Unit One final test is this Friday, September 29.   If you were absent or lost your study guide, you will need to print out the study guide: click here . The study guide must be 100 percent filled out in good detail to be eligible for any test corrections.  It will be collected this Friday for a completion grade right before students take the Unit one final test.  
You cannot turn in a study guide late...it must be turned in right before taking the test.

Friday, September 22:  Students should have turned in their Google hyperdoc assignment today (SRMS Bill of Rights or 8 Panel Comic Strip).  If you didn't turn it in, just understand that there are penalty points taken off for late turn-ins.  Also today, students were give the Unit One Study Guide to begin filling out before the Unit One final test next Friday.   If you were absent and need to print out the study guide, click here . The study guide must be 100 percent filled out in good detail to be eligible for any test corrections.  It will be collected next Friday for a completion grade right before students take the Unit one final test.  Today students used part of the period to complete the powerpoint assignment from the block period this week.  

Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21 (block days):  Students today did a self directed assignment that was on a powerpoint.  Students need to complete this fully as some of the information in this assignment will be on our unit final test that will be Friday, September 29.  If you were absent for this lesson  click here to gain access to the powerpoint and you will need to print out the notes sheets (which you will find in the powerpoint presentation) to complete or come see Mr. Spencer to give you a copy.  Also, remember that your  comic strips or "SRMS Bill of Rights" assignment will be due this coming Friday, September 22.

Tuesday, September 19:  Students took notes today about the branches and levels of government.  That notes sheet and the powerpoint presentation used to fill out the notes are both available on the "Classroom Documents" tab to the upper left on this page.  Also, students were reminded that their Bill of Rights project (Comic strip or SRMS Bill of Rights page) is due this Friday, September 22!

Monday, September 18:  Students took a short open notes quiz today in class. Remember that there are no quiz corrections on an open note quiz!  Students should be finished and should turn in their PEAL paragraph that we worked on last week.  It is due into Google Classroom by midnight tonight!  Students should be working on their Google Hyperdoc assignment that is also in Google Classroom.  The 8 panel comic strip or the Summit Ridge Bill of Rights is due this coming Friday.  

Friday, September 15:  Wellness Day.....no classes.   Remember that your PEAL paragraph on Google Classroom is due on Monday.  Also, the Google Hyperdoc comic strip or  Bill of Rights assignment is due next Friday, September 22.

Wednesday and Thursday, September 13 and 14 (block days):  Students started working on a Bill of Rights "Hyperdoc" assignment today in class.  This assignment has notes, some questions to respond to and a final short project.  This assignment is due next Friday, September 22nd.  Students need to make sure they take the notes from this hyperdoc assignment as we will be having a short quiz on Monday and it is an open notes quiz.  Remember that on open note quizzes there are no corrections or re-takes!  If you were absent, you can go to the Bill of Rights hyperdoc assignment by logging into your Google Classroom account and finish it there.  Also, for those who didn't finish the PEAL paragraph on "Should the Constitution be Approved" it is due on Monday, September 18!

Tuesday, September 12:  Students should use their assignment sheet that was completed in class yesterday to write up the PEAL paragraph assignment on Google Classroom called "Should the Constitution be Approved."  That paragraph needs to be typed, color coded, and submitted by next Monday.....also you need to turn in the blue assignment sheet as well by Monday!

Monday, September 11:  Students completed the DBQ assignment sheet that we started on Friday in class.  This will be turned in tomorrow after students write their PEAL paragraph using the information they gathered on this assignment sheet.

Friday, September 8:  Students read from a packet of primary sources regarding views of Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding the new Constitution and arguments for and against its passage.  Students completed an assignment as they read.  We will finish this assignment on Monday. You can find a copy of the assignment by clicking here:  DBQ assignment: Should the Constitution be Approved?

Wednesday and Thursday, September 6 and 7 (block days):  Students took notes titled "The Road to the Constitution" which inform them how the Constitution came to be.    If you were absent, the powerpoint and the notes sheet is on the tab to the left called "Classroom Documents."  On your notes sheet, you should highlight all of the words in color on the powerpoint presentation.

Tuesday, September 5:  Students should have completed and submitted their "Declare Your Independence" assignment on Google Classroom today.  If you didn't finish it in class, it is due tonight by midnight.  Access Google Classroom, finish it and submit.  Tomorrow, hand in your rubric that was given to you on Friday last week.  If you haven't signed into the assignment, the codes are listed below under the Friday, September 1 entry.  

Monday, September 4:  No school-Labor Day

Friday, September 1:  Students did an activity called the Declaration sort where they sorted short paraphrased excerpts of the Declaration of Independence into the four categories that are the major parts of the Declaration.  Also, the students began a writing assignment called "Declare Your Independence" where they declare their independence from something in their lives!  It is a fun assignment that tries to mimic the parts of the real Declaration of Independence.  If you were absent you must join the proper class in Google Classroom in order to complete this assignment.  Join the Google class of the period that you have class with Mr. Spencer.  Here are the codes for each period....MAKE SURE YOU JOIN THE RIGHT CLASS!!!!! This assignment is due next Tuesday at midnight!  (You will have class time to work on it Tuesday)....
Period 1...... xhm0e29 (that's a zero)
Period 2...... 3o35qob  (those are ohs)
Period 4...... h4ed0gt   (that's a zero)
Period 5...... df2akg
Period 6...... km9godg (that's an oh)

Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31 (block days):  Students took notes on a reading about the Declaration of Independence and turned them in.  Then students took notes from our textbook and kept them in their notebooks.  If time permitted, a Declaration of Independence sorting game was played.  If you missed today, you will need to come after school to make up the notes.

Tuesday, August 29:  Students finished the "Why do we need government notes" in class.  The powerpoint is under "Classroom Documents" tab.  Also, we began to study the Declaration of Independence to learn its importance and why it is a model for the world.  

Monday, August 28:  Periods 2, 4, and 6 had the "Code of Conduct" talks today with Ms. Fowler.   All periods did an in-class activity on why we need government and started completing a notes sheet.  We will finish those notes tomorrow.  Get the notes sheet by checking the "Classroom Documents" tab on the left....

Friday, August 25:  Students from periods 1 and 5 took the primary and secondary sources quiz today.....Students from periods 2, 4, and 6 started an in-class activity about why we need government in our lives.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 24:  Students learned more about the differences between primary and secondary sources of information by taking notes and identifying each type of source. Students in periods 2, 4, and 6 took a short quiz about primary and secondary sources.  Periods 1 and 5 will take that quiz tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 23:  Students learned more about the differences between primary and secondary sources of information by taking notes and identifying each type of source.  Also, Ms. Fowler spoke to students today about expectations from the Summit Ridge Code of Conduct.  

Tuesday, August 22:  Today students should have set up their notebooks.  We also went over my website and how to find assignments if you were absent so that students can stay caught up.  Also, students started learning about the differences between primary and secondary sources of information.  There will be a brief quiz on examples of primary and secondary sources on the students' next block day on Wednesday or Thursday.

Monday, August 21:  Happy Eclipse Day!  Today in class, students should have turned in their "History of You" assignment that was passed out last Friday.  Also, students should have completed in class their Unit One Pre-Assessment writing assignment.  If you didn't finish this at home, you will need to go back into Google Classroom and access your document, finish it, and submit it.  If you were absent, you can do this assignment at home by going to Google Classroom, joining a new class with this code: arsqs5n    Please finish this assignment by the end of the week!

Friday, August 18:  First day back!  Welcome to American History!  Today students were introduced to the class and several topics were discussed.  Students were given an assignment called "The History of You" that they completed in class and turned in....if you were absent or didn't finish this, you need to complete it and turn it in on Monday.  You can print out a copy of the assignment by looking for it under the "Classroom Documents" tab on the left.