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Any notes taken in class must be REVIEWED.  This is a daily assignment, which is why the due date extends to May 25th. 

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL): March Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Chapter 8/Washington's Farewell Address Test - Study pages 20-23 from your notebook, and reread all of Chapter 8. 

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Finish your Hamilton vs. Jefferson questions that you started in class. 

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Fully annotate and complete the rest of Washington's Excerpts from his Farewell Address of 1796.

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PERIOD 1 ONLY: HISTORICAL THINKING QUESTIONS WILL BE TESTED IN CLASS.  REFER TO PAGES 278-286 IN YOUR TEXT TO REVIEW.  

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FOR PERIOD 2 ONLY: The last 3 Historical Thinking Questions will be given as a test on Thursday, 3/2

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Bill of Rights Test: study all the notes from page 17

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL): February Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Quarter 3 notebook check - make sure your notebook is updated. 

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The 10 scenarios/case studies handout you started in class must be completed. 

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Constitution scantron test - make sure to study your notes and quizlet cards

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50+ Quizlet Cards link will be submitted in class today on The Constitution

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"How does the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny?" DBQ Final Draft is due.  Make sure to have 6 total paragraphs:
 
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Paragraph 2: Federalism
Paragraph 3: Separation of Powers
Paragraph 4: Checks & Balances
Paragraph 5: Big states versus small states
Paragraph 6: Concluding paragraph

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Constitution DBQ Outline will be submitted in class.  Make sure you complete your outline. 

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Complete the Constitution DBQ Outline that you started in class.  

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Before the day ends, you should submit on Schoology your Document B annotation, responses to the questions incorporated in R.A.P. & your minimum 5-sentence paragraph summary on how Document B guards against tyranny.  
 
Remember to create a submission to complete your minimum 5-sentence paragraph.

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Background Essay annotation and questions must be completed.  Remember to respond to the questions incorporating R.A.P.  Make sure to indicate which paragraph assisted in responding to the question/term.  

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Before the day ends, you should submit on Schoology your Document A annotation, responses to the questions incorporated in R.A.P. & your minimum 5-sentence paragraph summary on how Document A guards against tyranny.  
 
Remember to create a submission to complete your minimum 5-sentence paragraph.

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL): January Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Constitutional Law Exam: finish the handout that you started in class, answering questions incorporating R.A.P. about the 3 branches of government. 

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Articles of Confederation Test 
Study all your notes from pages 1-6. Make sure to also study the Quizlet cards you and your peers created.  

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Complete the questions from the Crash Course video on The Constitution, Articles, and Federalism.  

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Create a total of 25 minimum Quizlet cards.  At least 15 of the cards should be based on the notes from pages 1 & 3 of your notebook, and at least 10 of the cards should be based on the content from your Historical Thinking Questions.  You will be submitting a link via Schoology first thing on Thursday when you get to class.  

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State versus National Powers T-chart must be completed on page 2 of your notebook.  Be sure to have a total of 5 powers for each.  

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL): December Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Valley Forge FINAL DRAFT must be typed on Google Docs.  The name of the assignment on Schoology is Valley Forge FINAL DRAFT.  You will also be turning in your outline and Documents A-D. 

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Documents B-D must be annotated and all questions are completed, incorporating R.A.P.

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL): November Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Semester Notebooks will be submitted in class.  Please make sure your iPads are fully charged and notebooks are updated.  

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American Revolution Test:  Study everything starting from page 35 of your notebook, which includes the Revolutionary War Cornell Notes, the First Continental Congress, Loyalists v. Patriots and especially the major battles of the American Revolution.  

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Major Battles of the Revolutionary War Project are due.  You are to place this on the start of page 38 of your Book Creator/Social Studies notebook.  If you need multiple sheets on your Book Creator, you may add on.  For each of the battles, you MUST include the title of the battle, at least ONE picture, significant information about that battle, and the outcome (in other words, who won that particular battle).  
 
Here are the battles you should be researching (AND REMEMBER TO INTERPRET THE INFORMATION IN YOUR OWN WORDS):
 

Battle of Lexington

Battle of Concord

Battle of Bunker Hill

Battle in Quebec

Battle in New York

Battle of Trenton, New Jersey

Battle of Saratoga

Battle of Yorktown

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Read Sections 3.1 - 3.2 in your textbook (pages 194-198) & respond to the 9 Historical Thinking questions on page 35 of your Book Creator Social Studies notebook.  Set it up like Cornell Notes & remember to also add a summary that is a minimum of 5 sentences.  

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Annotation & Break Up Letter to King George are due.  
 
Remember to annotate the 26 parts of the Declaration of Independence, and write your break up letter to King George on the scroll that was provided on Schoology.  Your letter MUST include a minimum of 3 reasons why you want to break free from the controlling king.  

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French & Indian (Seven Years) War & Road to Revolution Test.  Study your Crash Course notes as well as your notes on the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Townshend Act, Boston Massacre, Tea Act, & Coercive (Intolerable) Act. CREATE QUIZLET CARDS! 

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL):  October Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Quizlet Cards for your French & Indian (Seven Years) & Road to Revolution test must be prepared so that you can share the link.  You must have a minimum of 25 cards.  Ideally, you should have 35 cards, since there are 7 events in you Road to Revolution notes.  Attend tutoring this week if you need assistance in creating your cards.  

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One-page write up on the Boston Massacre.  Research information on the Boston Massacre & use your notes to write a first hand account of the Boston Massacre as if you're a colonist or journalist during that time period. 

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How Americans Were Influenced by British Background TEST.  Review your notes from pages 18-24.  Remember that this test will also include short answer responses as well as your typical scantron questions.  Attend tutoring if you need tips on how to study.

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You have TWO choices to summarize your reading.  You may do an acrostic summary or you can simply summarize the topics in a paragraph, but there is a minimum amount of sentences for each topic.  You are going to put these summaries in your Book Creator/social studies notebook (pages 18-21). The topics are:

FEUDALISM (9)

MAGNA CARTA (10)

PARLIAMENT (10)

[ENGLISH] BILL OF RIGHTS (12)

 

REMEMBER: If you do an acrostic, for each letter, it must be a minimum of FOUR WORDS.

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Final Drafts for "Early Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die?" DBQ must be completed on Google Doc & it will be submitted first thing upon arrival in class.  You will also be turning in your outlines. 

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Outline up to Paragraph 4 (you do not need to do the Conclusion) is due.

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EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL):  September Current Events must be handed in on this date.  If it is not an article found on NEWSELA, you must print out/cut out the article & attach it to the 7 questions you responded to.  Remember: The article must by a topic you have or will learn in U.S. History.  Your best bet is to get approval for your article before you answer the questions.  

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Notebook Check: In class, on Friday, you will be submitting your Book Creator notebook.  Make sure all your pages are completed & thorough.  This includes your Table of Contents, notes, and any summaries, questions, etc. you had to answer.  

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Document E must be annotated & questions are to be responded to by incorporating R.A.P.  

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Quiz on European Migration to North America.  Review pages 8-12 in your Book Creator/Social Studies notebook.

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Document A of your Early Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die? DBQ packet is due.  Make sure to incorporate R.A.P. when you respond to your questions.  Remember to cite the paragraph where you got your answers.  

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Background Essay & responses to questions are due.  Make sure to annotate the Background Essay of your DBQ packet, and respond to all questions in R.A.P. & indicate which paragraph you got your answer.  

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Hook Exercise must be completed by Tuesday, 9/17.  Make sure to answer the questions incorporating R.A.P. (Restate parts of the question in your response.  Answer the question.  Prove with details, examples, or evidence, if possible.) 

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Respond to the 3 Document Based Questions, and put your responses on page 6 of your notebook on Book Creator.  Remember to respond incorporating R.A.P.  The title of the document is Chapter 2's "From a letter to Ferdinand and Isabella, by Christopher Columbus, 1493."  This is in your Primary & Secondary Source Handbook in the back.

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3 Colonial Regions Test: make sure to study all the information from your chart/graphic organizer.  Create Quizlet or regular flashcards.  

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13 Colonies Map Test - make sure you know how to spell each of the colonies & their locations on the map

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August Current Events Extra Credit is due.  You are responsible for turning in your work before the class period ends.  

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"The Middle" & "Southern" region acrostic summaries are due.  Make sure that for each letter, it is a minimum of 4 words and can be a phrase or sentence.  

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Syllabus must be signed by you, your parent, and submitted by Friday, 8/23.  You will receive a Homework Pass if you turn it in by Tuesday, 8/20.

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Letter to Self: Your 7-parts letter that you started in class is due with your Facebook Profile Page. 
 
Extra Credit of 5 points given for providing a picture to your profile page.