Messages 2016-17

Decades Presentation Rubric

posted Jun 6, 2017, 10:40 AM by Scott Harris   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

Variety of Events (20 points)


Preparedness (20 points)

Pace (20 points)

  • Opening

  • Closing

  • Transitions

  • Length


Video Quality (20 points)

  • Lightning

  • Sound

  • Costumes

  • Lines

  • Editing


Live Quality (20 points)

  • Memorized Lines

  • Staging

  • Action

  • Costumes

  • Engaging Performances

Decades Project Additional Information

posted Apr 27, 2017, 12:11 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 1:29 PM ]

Due Dates:

May 5 Outline of the Presentation with Expected Contributions

May 5 Decade Timeline

May 12 Interview

May 19 Essay

May 26 Tech Files

May 31 Final Script

June 7/8 Present

Timeline Directions:

First, the timeline should have a mention of all important events. You just need to list them in chronological order.

Second, choose the 12-14 MAJOR events (one per person in your group) to focus on.

Finally, add details about those events. Bullet points are recommended; a short paragraph is also OK.


Don't limit yourself to just these questions, but we want you to ask these questions at a minimum:

  • What movies, TV shows,songs, and commercials do you think really symbolizes and expresses the feeling of the decade of the _____ (decade you are presenting)?
  • What fashions and fads do you think MUST be in a presentation of the _________ (decade you are presenting)?
  • What symbols, products, items, etc. would help decorate the set of a presentation to really give the feeling of the ________?  (decade you are presenting)
  • What do you know about the 12-14 (one per person) major events that my group is presenting?
  • What do you see as the major difference between (decade you are presenting) and today?
  • What is one specific thing and/or feeling that you remember from that decade?
  • Anything else that’s really important about the decade?

Vietnam Trial Request

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:43 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 7:48 PM ]

DEADLINE: Friday, April 21

Powerpoint Requirements for WWII Newscasts

posted Mar 30, 2017, 10:07 AM by Scott Harris

Woody Guthrie Songs

posted Feb 21, 2017, 3:28 PM by Scott Harris

Half of you need to be ready to sing on Wednesday, March 1 - your song will be assigned on Wed, Feb 22

Live Tweet the Debates!

posted Sep 25, 2016, 10:30 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 7:34 PM ]

The First Presidential Debate will kick off at 6 p.m. and can be watched on any major cable and broadcast network, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and C-SPAN. ABC News and Facebook will also stream the debate live online.
- You must construct at least five original tweets
- Your tweets must demonstrate thoughtful analysis/be well-constructed and respectful
- You can respond to others' tweets
- Retweets do not count toward your five original tweets but are HIGHLY encouraged!

- If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still construct thoughtful “tweets” to be submitted on Google Classroom. That assignment will open as a "question" at 5:45 PM just before the debate begins. You can follow the debate HERE without your own Twitter account.

- I need to be able to find your tweet.
Please use the hashtag: #BroncosDebate. When you use that hashtag, you are representing Northgate High School. As you are my students, you're also representing ME. Therefore, here are some things to consider. There are three basic types of acceptable Tweets for the #BroncosDebate.

1. Acknowledge. You basically are repeating what the candidate said, then maybe a quick "Yay" or "Boo" comment attached to the end. Those are nice. Not extra credit worthy nice, but it shows you're paying attention.

2. Comment. You are going to make a thoughtful statement about what one of the candidates said. It shows that you are thinking about what they are talking about. You're saying WHY you agree or disagree. To put it in Social Studies terms, think of it this way: their statement was the evidence, your comment is the analysis. You are free to link to evidence to contradict their "evidence" if it isn't accurate. This is usually extra credit worthy. Showing you can think is always a good thing!

3. Reply. As you follow other people using #BroncosDebate, you may want to reply to their statements. Do so RESPECTFULLY. Agree or disagree, but explain why. This is also probably extra credit worthy. Showing you can think and have a respectable discussion is a really good thing!

Where to Watch:

LIVE: C-SPAN should be your first choice. HERE is why. Check your guide to find it on your TV or STREAM IT HERE.

If you object to C-SPAN or don't want to see the split screen, pick a channel. All the major networks are covering it, and most are streaming it.

After it's over: FIRST DEBATE

Claim your Extra Credit:

Back to School Night

posted Sep 16, 2016, 12:24 PM by Scott Harris

Here's the presentation from Back to School Night. Thank you to all who attended!

Back to School night US.pptx

Junior History Project

posted Sep 14, 2016, 2:45 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 1:57 PM ]


posted Aug 23, 2016, 2:02 PM by Scott Harris


posted Aug 21, 2016, 7:12 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Aug 21, 2016, 7:38 PM ]

Welcome to the history side of American Threads!

Please BOOKMARK this page so that you can find it. Note that it is NOT I will expect you to find information on here regularly. I will post assignment directions and due dates.

If you are absent, I will expect you to check the DAILY LOG before you ask me what you missed. After you check it, I expect you to follow up with questions to help you catch up with the work.

On Tuesday, August 23, you will have a homework assignment. You will need to print out a checklist then follow the checklist. In order to complete the checklist, you will need to sign up for a few online things that you might already be familiar with, such as, Google Classroom, and  All of the class codes and other information you need will be posted right HERE to help you to do that.

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