• Note: Textbooks should now be returned to Mr. Frank.
    • Final Exam- Monday, June 24

    Review for Final Exam- Monday, June 17, 2019

    Today, we went over the test that students took last Friday.  Then we played Kahoot with a "Big Ol' End of the Year Question Set" consisting of 317 questions to get ready for the final exam.

    The final exam in social studies is on Monday, June 24.  Students should bring Review Packets A-F with them to the final, as well as the "Nation Divided" packet.  They will be saved by Mr. Frank so that they can be used in 8th grade.

    Last 5-week Test- Friday, June 14, 2019

    Students took their last 5-week test today.  Students who were absent today will have to find time to take this test before grades finalize.

    Today was also the last day for turning in any late work, re-dos or retakes.  The one exception are review assignments A, B, C, D, and E/F on Castle Learning.  They will remain "on" until the final exam.

    The final exam in social studies is on Monday, June 24.  Students should bring Review Packets A-F with them to the final, as well as the "Nation Divided" packet.  They will be saved by Mr. Frank so that they can be used in 8th grade.

    Practice Quiz and Review- Thursday, June 13. 2019

    All classes took a practice quiz today called, "A Nation Divided- part 2".  It did NOT count for a grade, but it covered the kinds of things that we would have had on a quiz if we had one this week.  We went over the answers together so students can use it (along with the other three quizzes that we had this 5-weeks) to study from for the test tomorrow.

    The 2nd half of the period varied a great deal, due partly to computer networking problems that the district was experiencing, partly to the different places that periods left off at yesterday, and partly by the fact that Mr. Frank had a meeting to attend in the middle of the day.  If classes had not finished the notesheet called, "Caretaker Presidents." then we finished that.  If the computers were working, we played a review game from the Kahoot website OR students had a chance to continue on the Castle Learning website assignments.  If the computers were not working, students played a Jeopardy-style review game, with Mr. Frank asking the questions.

    Castle Learning E & F are due tomorrow.  There is also an extra credit review assignment on Castle Learning that is due tomorrow as well.  Our next (and last) big test is tomorrow, Friday, June 14.

    Textbooks should now be returned to Mr. Frank.

    Caretaker Presidents- Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Mr. Frank checked Review Packet E/F by coming around to see how much students had done.  It does count as a homework grade.  Students who were not here should make a point to show their packets to Mr. Frank in order to receive credit for them.  Answers to E can be found here and to F are here.

    If there was anything left to do in the packet called  "A Nation Divided," we finished that up.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.) We also talked about the strength and weaknesses of the North and the South (and basically went over the last few questions on Review Page F in doing so).  In most classes there was also time to take some quick notes on the four U.S.. Presidents that came between Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln on the notesheet called, "Caretaker Presidents."  Not every class finished these notes, but most did.

    Castle Learning E & F will be due on Friday, June 14.  There is also an extra credit review assignment on Castle Learning that is due on Friday as well.  Our next (and last) big test is this Friday, June 14.

    Textbooks should now be returned to Mr. Frank.

    Dred Scott and the Election of 1860- Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    We continued to take notes in the packet called  "A Nation Divided."  We looked at the Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case and how it robbed African-Americans of their citizenship, made slaves property in the eyes of the federal government, and declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional.  (It was this decision that made Lincoln fear that the entire country would soon be "slave states" in his "House Divided" speech.)  We looked at the rise of the Republican party and the very sectional nature of the election of 1860.  The South began to secede, even before Lincoln's inauguration.  Some classes got far enough to "start" the Civil War at Fort Sumter.  Those that did not will get there tomorrow.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.)

    Review Packets E & F (combined) are due tomorrow, Wednesday, 6/12.  Castle Learning E & F will be due on Friday, June 14.  Our next big test is this Friday, June 14.

    Textbooks should now be returned to Mr. Frank.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, and John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry- Monday, June 10, 2019

    First, we went over any questions that students had from last week's quiz.  Then. we continued to take notes in the packet called  "A Nation Divided." We covered the topics of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry.  We will continue with these notes tomorrow.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.)

    Review Packets E & F (combined) are due on Wednesday, 6/12.  Castle Learning E & F will be due on Friday, June 14.  There is also an extra credit review on Castle Learning that is due before student take the test on Friday.  Our next big test is this Friday, June 14.

    Quiz and Bleeding Kansas- Friday, June 7, 2019

    First, students took a short quiz about the items from "A Nation Divided." that we have covered so far.  

    After the quiz, we continued to take notes in the packet called  "A Nation Divided." We covered the topics of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and "Bleeding Kansas."  We will continue with these notes on Monday.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.)

    Review Packets E & F (combined) are due on Wednesday, 6/12.  Castle Learning E & F will be due on Friday, June 14.  Our next big test is next week, Friday, June 14.

    Compromise of 1850- Thursday, June 6, 2019

    We continued taking notes about the coming of the Civil War, in the packet called "A Nation Divided."  We reviewed Lincoln's "House Divided" quote and how states were being added until the Missouri Compromise.  We followed the addition of Texas and other states, which led to the Compromise of 1850.  We went over Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 and its many parts.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.)

    Students should be returning their textbooks to Mr. Frank.

    There will be a quiz tomorrow.  Castle Learning "Review D" is due tomorrow.  Review Packets E & F (combined) are due on Wednesday, 6/12.  Our next big test is next week, Friday, June 14.

    House Divided Against Itself- Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    We started class by creating two Venn diagrams about the characters in the North & South video clips that we saw yesterday.  The first compared and contrasted George's family with "typical Northerners."  The second compared and contrasted Orry's family with "typical Southerners."  Examples of these Venn diagrams can be found here.

    We then started a large packet of notes about the coming of the Civil War, called "A Nation Divided."  We looked at Abraham Lincoln's famous "House Divided" quote and discussed what he was predicting.  We then started looking at how states were admitted to the Union, starting with the original 13, and saw how the balance of power was kept in the Senate.  Most classes got as far as the Missouri Compromise in the notes.  We will continue with this packet tomorrow.  (The completed notes for "A Nation Divided" can be found here.)

    Students should be returning their textbooks to Mr. Frank.

    Castle Learning "Review D" is due on Friday, June 7.  Review Packets E & F (combined) are due on Wednesday, 6/12.  Our next big test is next week, Friday, June 14.

    "North & South"- Day 2- Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    Mr. Frank collected Review Packet D, which was due today.

    We continued with scenes from the television mini-series North & South.  This time, we saw George visit Orry's family in the South.  George witnesses how brutal slavery can be, and he and Orry fight over it.  Their arguments show us a lot about what each side was thinking just before the Civil War broke out.  As class ended, students were asked to start Venn diagrams to compare each family with the "typical" family from their side- North & South.  We will talk about these Venn diagrams tomorrow.

    Students should be returning their textbooks to Mr. Frank.

    Castle Learning "Review D" is due on Friday, June 7.  Our next big test is next week, Friday, June 14.

    "North & South"- Monday, June 3, 2019

    Today, we spent time going over each of the questions from last Friday's quiz on Sectionalism.  

    We also started viewing scenes from the television mini-series North & South.  This series was originally made for television in 1985 and starred Patrick Swayze, among many others.  Mister Frank has identified several scenes which were deliberately written to help understand the points of view of the two sides in the coming Civil War.  Students watched some of these scenes today, and answered questions about them.  We were able to meet George Hazard's family from the North and saw how they treated the abolitionist in the family- George's sister, Virgilia.  Different classes ended the video in different places.  We will continue with these scenes tomorrow.

    Review Packet D is due tomorrow, Tuesday June 4.  Castle Learning "Review D" is due on Friday, June 7.  Our next big test is next week, Friday, June 14.

    Students should be returning their textbooks to Mr. Frank.

    Quiz and "Free answer time"- Friday, May 31, 2019

    Students had their weekly quiz today, which covered the notes called the Growth of Sectionalism.  After the quiz, Mr. Frank had "Free answer time" in order to help students with Review Packet D

    Review Packet D is due on Tuesday June 4.  Castle Learning "Review D" is due on Friday, June 7.

    For students who were on the field trip: We did not start the video today.  We will do it on Monday instead.

    Review Packet D- Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Students then had a chance to work in small groups on Review Packet D.  The packet is due on Tuesday, June 4.  If students completed that packet, they were then able to work on the Castle Learning website.  The assignment called "Review D" on that website is due on Friday, June 7.

    Note: Mr. Frank was absent today, for personal reasons.

    Growth of Sectionalism, part 2- Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Today, students continued with the notes called the Growth of Sectionalism.  Students covered the rest of the packet, which concentrated on how the North was becoming more industrial.  Eli Whitney had helped develop the idea of interchangeable parts, which pushed the North to build more factories.  (His cotton gin helped cause an increase in slavery in the South, so his work ended up increasing the differences in the sections of the country).  Daniel Webster was emerging as a leader who expressed the North's point of view; John C. Calhoun expressed the Southern point of view; and Henry Clay, from the West, was sometimes able to find compromises between the two sides.

    Students then had a chance to get started on Review Packet D.  The packet is due on Tuesday, June 4.

    Note: Mr. Frank was absent today, for personal reasons.

    Growth of Sectionalism- Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Mr. Frank collected the assignment called "Geography Challenge: Manifest Destiny."  (It was originally started in class on Thursday, but students who were not able to finish it in class were supposed to finish it for homework.)  We also took time to go over questions that students might have had about the quiz that we took last Thursday.

    We started a new set of notes called the Growth of Sectionalism.  Although no classes finished the notes we were able to define nationalism and sectionalism.  We were also able to see how geography, economics, and society factored into the growing forces of sectionalism.  We looked at how the cotton gin helped to greatly increase the number of slaves in the South.  We also noted that most whites in the South could not afford slaves.  Tomorrow, we will have a few more details about the North.

    Castle Learning- "Review C" is due tomorrow, Wednesday, 5/29.

    No School- Memorial Day Weekend- Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27, 2019

    Quiz and Geography Challenge- Thursday, May 23, 2019

    First, students took the weekly quiz which covered topics from the Erie Canal (from last week), the Age of Reform, and Manifest Destiny (which included a map).

    Then, students worked on an activity called "Geography Challenge: Manifest Destiny."  Students had a sheet of directions and questions as well as a blank map to complete.   They used the History Alive textbooks in the classroom to do this activity.  If students need to complete the activity at home, the maps that are needed can be found here.  If students finished the assignment in class, they should have handed it in; If not, it is due on Tuesday when we return.

    Castle Learning- "Review C" is due on Wednesday, 5/29.

    The West- William Swain- Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Today, we watched clips from The Westwhich was a documentary series from Ken Burns and Ric Burns.  The episode we watched clips from was Episode 3- "A Speck of the Future," though we only watched portions of it.  (It is currently available on Netflix, and is probably able to be found other places, like YouTube as well.)  Mr. Frank had edited scenes down to tell the story of William Swain.  He was a resident of Youngstown, New York, but he went west as part of the Gold Rush in 1849.  Students had a page of questions to answer in the form of "dot-jot" notes.  These answers were collected at the end of the period and will be a small grade.  Students who were not here today should read this transcript of the video scenes that Mr. Frank used.

    This week's quiz is tomorrow (Thursday).  It will include topics from the Erie Canal (from last week), the Age of Reform, and Manifest Destiny (which will include a map).

    Castle Learning- "Review C" is due on Wednesday, 5/29.

    Manifest Destiny- Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Mr. Frank collected Review Packet C which was due today. 

    We then began notes on Manifest Destiny, which covers details about how we got the rest of the land the makes main 48 states of the United States.  It covers details like Jackson's Invasion of Florida, the Texas revolution and its annexation, Polk's "54-40 or Fight!" slogan for Oregon, the War with Mexico, and the Gadsden purchase. 

    This week's quiz is scheduled for Thursday.  It will include topics from the Erie Canal (from last week), the Age of Reform, and Manifest Destiny (which will include a map).

    Castle Learning- "Review C" is due on Wednesday, 5/29.

    Age of Reform- Monday, May 20, 2019

    Today, we had a brief introduction to the Age of Reform, which was roughly from the 1820s to 1860.  It included the abolitionists who were working to end slavery (and would help push the country to Civil War).  It also included the beginning of the women’s rights movement at Seneca Falls, NY.

    If there was any time at the end, we used it for “Free Answer” time for Review Packet C.  Review Packet C is due tomorrow.

    Canalside Field Trip- Friday, May 17, 2019

    Team 7-Green had a field trip to Canalside, Buffalo.  The tours were conducted by docents from Explore Buffalo and highlighted information about the Erie Canal's relation to Buffalo's history.

    There were no social studies classes today.  For those periods that actually met (1st and 8th), we had a "social studies study hall."  If students had Castle Learning to finish or Review Packet C to do, they could work on those.

    Erie Canal, day 2- Thursday, May 16, 2019

    We continued to look at various aspects of the Erie Canal by using the page called "The Erie Canal: Songs and Pictures." First we examined a few pictures and charts about the canal, including views of the locks that were at Lockport and a diagram of how locks work. We then listened to and sang along with two different songs about the canal.  The first one is the one almost everyone knows, but which was actually a song from the early 1900s.  A version of the song can be found here.  The second tells us a little bit more about life on the canal, but it does it with a lot of "tall tales" and humor.  A version of the song can be heard here.  We also looked at the seal of the City of Buffalo to see how it explains the answer to the question, "Why did Buffalo grow to be where it is?"

    If there was any remaining time, we spent it with "Free Answers" for Review Packet C which is due on Tuesday, May 21.

    There is no weekly quiz this week.  Our next quiz will be next week, on Thursday, May 23.

    Erie Canal, day 1- Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    We went over the test that students took yesterday.  They were able to ask questions about anything that they missed or didn't understand.  Students were asked to turn their tests back in for now, because there are some people who haven't taken it yet.

    Students received a small packet on the Erie Canal.  It includes a page called "America: The Story of Us: Division (The Erie Canal)" and a page called "The Erie Canal: Songs and Pictures."  Students watched two videos, both from the History Channel.  The first is located at History.com and can be seen here.   The second came from the series America: The Story of Us, with its episode called "Division."  It is located on YouTube here.  (We started watching that clip from the first title screen to about the 7:40 mark.)  Students answered questions about those videos as we watched and we discussed them afterwards.

    If there was any remaining time, we spent it with "Free Answers" for Review Packet C which is due on Tuesday, May 21.

    Note: Gold team students were on a field trip to Canalside today.  They will see these videos on Friday, when Green team students go.

    5-Week Test- Tuesday, May 14

    Students took the 5-week test today.  

    When the test was finished, students started working on Review Packet C.  This review packet covers topics from the Revolutionary War.  It is due on Tuesday, May 21.

    MAP Testing- Monday, May 13, 2019

    We did not really have social studies classes today because students were taking the MAP test for English during their English and social studies class times.

    On Castle Learning students should complete the assignment called "Test 7- War of 1812 to Jackson."  This assignment reviews material that will be on tomorrow's test.  Students were allowed to begin this assignment if they finished the MAP testing.

    Students should remember that the 5-week test is tomorrow.   Review material has been posted here.

    Quiz and Buffalo Creek Reservation- Friday, May 10, 2019

    First we took our weekly quiz, which covered Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy and the Anti-Rent Movement.  We then took some quick notes on the Buffalo Creek Reservation.  (Not all classes finished these notes, and it is uncertain if we will have time to come back to them.)

    Castle Learning, "Review B" is due by the end of the school day.

     The next 5-week test will be Tuesday, next week.  Review material has been posted here.

    Anti-Rent Movement, conclusion- Thursday, May 9, 2019

    We continued our discussion of the Anti-Rent Movement.  Students heard (and sang) the song "Big Bill Snyder."  They then looked for evidence in the reading and the song to support the claim that the Anti-Rent farmers saw themselves as continuing the work of the Patriots from before the Revolution.  We looked at the end of the Anti-Rent Movement and the effects it had on New York politics.  We concluded  by explaining how this Anti -Rent movement fit into the larger picture of Jacksonian Democracy.  (In some classes we started to talk about the Buffalo Creek Reservation, but we didn't get far, and we will cover more after tomorrow's quiz.)

    Castle Learning "Review B" in due tomorrow, Friday, May 10.  We will also have a quiz tomorrow that will cover Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy and the Anti-Rent Movement.

    Anti-Rent Movement- Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Review Packet B was due today and collected by Mr. Frank.

    We started a two-day discussion of the Anti-Rent Movement that troubled New York from 1839 to  1845.  Because of the "patroon system" that started in the New Netherlands 200 years before, a few land-holding families owned much of the land in New York.   The tenant farmers were frustrated and formed the "Calico Indians" to try to protect farms from the sheriffs.  We will continue with their story tomorrow.

    Castle Learning "Review B" in due on Friday, May 10.  We will also have a quiz that day that will cover Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy and the Anti-Rent Movement.

    Jackson- The Trail of Tears- Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    We continued with the notes called "Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy."  We reviewed Jackson's veto of the National Bank bill and we looked at two political cartoons- one that liked Jackson (that showed him as a hero fighting against a great monster) and one that didn't like him (that showed him as a king standing on the Constitution).  We then looked at the story behind that Cherokee Indians' removal and the Trail of Tears.  After taking notes in the packet, we read quotes from primary sources about the removal.  We also watched a clip from a PBS documentary called  Andrew Jackson- Good, Evil, & the PresidencyThe portion we watched begins at 1:22:44.) 

    With whatever time was remaining, we had "free answer time" for Review Packet B, which is due tomorrow.

    Review Packet B is due tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8.  Castle Learning "Review B" in due on Friday, May 10.

    Jackson- The Nullification Crisis and the Bank War- Monday, May 6, 2019

    We continued with the notes called "Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy."  We saw how John C. Calhoun became the leader of the idea of States' Rights, and how he led South Carolina to try to nullify the federal tariff.  Jackson marched the U.S.. army into South Carolina to keep them from seceding (which seems to be foreshadowing the coming of the Civil War).  Jackson also opposed the national bank, which had originally by started by Alexander Hamilton, because he felt that it was unconstitutional.

    Students who may want to redo the "Early Tests of the Constitution" assignment will find that suggested answers have been posted online

    Review Packet B is due on Wednesday, May 8.  Castle Learning "Review B" in due on Friday, May 10.

    The Start of Jacksonian Democracy and the Spoils System- Friday, May 3, 2019

    We continued with the notes called "Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy," which we will continue with into next week.  Today, we looked at the differences between the new political parties called the Whigs and the Democrats, using the graphic organizers that students started last night.  We looked at the craziness of Jackson's inauguration and the start of Jackson's "Spoils System" to give government jobs to loyal Democrats.  Students contrasted the ideas of the "common person" with those of the "upper class" in cartoons that we completed in their note packet.

    If there was any time left, we used it for "Free Answer Time" for Review Packet B which is due on Wednesday, May 8.

    Students have an assignment called "Review A" on the Castle Learning website that is due today.  Students should remember that their log-in starts with "ws." and then looks like their West Seneca log-in.

    The Election of 1824- Thursday, May 2, 2019-

    We continued with the notes called "Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy," which we will continue with into next week.  Today, we reviewed Jackson's "common man" origins and looked at details from the election of 1824.  In that election, Jackson got the most people to vote for him and the most votes in the Electoral College, but he ended up losing the presidency because of what he called a "corrupt bargain" between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.  Students were given a sheet about the new parties called the Whig Party and the Democratic Party, which were formed at this time.  [This information came directly from the textbook that students should have at home.]  Students were asked to use that information fill out the graphic organizer that is number 3 in the notes before class tomorrow.

    If there was any time left, we used it for "Free Answer Time" for Review Packet B which is due on Wednesday, May 8.

    Students have an assignment called "Review A" on the Castle Learning website that is due tomorrow.  Students should remember that their log-in starts with "ws." and then looks like their West Seneca log-in.

    Note: Today was the NYS Common Core Math assessment, so all periods were shortened to accommodate the testing. 

    Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy- Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    First, Mr. Frank collected the "Early Tests of the Constitution" assignment which we have worked on for the last two days in class.

    We began a set of notes called "Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy," which we will continue with into next week.  We observed the differences in style between Washington's presidency and Andrew Jackson's presidency by comparing two pictures of the men meeting their supporters and two pieces of music that could have been playing while that happened.  For Washington, we heard, "Hail Columbia" and for Jackson we heard "The Hunters of Kentucky."  Students were asked to come up with words to describe the music and scenes.  The students described Washington's music with such words as "formal" and "regal" while the described Jackson's music was described as "country" and "informal."  We then looked at how the United States was becoming more "democratic" (with a little "d") in the 1820s, 30s and 40s.  More people were able to vote, and so political leaders were starting to change.  That allowed a man like Jackson to be elected.  We will continue with the notes on Jackson tomorrow.

    Students also received Review Packet B which is due on Wednesday, May 8.

    Note: Today was the NYS Common Core Math assessment, so all periods were shortened to accommodate the testing.  Period 1 was shortened the most significantly and didn't get as far as the other classes.

    Early Tests of the Constitution- Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Mr. Frank gave students a chance to work on the "Early Tests of the Constitution" assignment.  We were re-examining various events from the nation's history and analyze how they tested the new Constitution.  As an example, Mr. Frank did the Whiskey Rebellion with students and we filled out the chart together yesterday.  Students need to complete the chart for four more events- two which they drew from out of a hat in class and two which they can choose themselves from the list at the top of the page.  For each event, students should ask themselves, "How did this event reflect the Constitution?"  (In other words, how was the Constitution shown to work?) OR "How did this event affect the Constitution?' (In other words, how did this event change the Constitution?  Did the Constitution get physically changed with an amendment or was it our interpretation of the Constitution that changed?)  We spent most of the class period giving students a chance to work on this assignment.  The assignment is due on Wednesday, May 1.  Students can and should use their notes in their binder when working on this assignment.

    Students have an assignment called "Review A" on the Castle Learning website that is due on Friday, May 3.  Students should remember that their log-in starts with "ws." and then looks like their West Seneca log-in.

    Early Tests of the Constitution- Monday, April 29, 2019

    First, we went over the quiz that students took on the Thursday before break.

    Mr. Frank explained our next assignment to students.  We will be re-examining various events from the nation's history and analyze how they tested the new Constitution.  As an example, Mr. Frank did the Whiskey Rebellion with students and we filled out the chart together.  Students need to complete the chart for four more events- two which they drew from out of a hat in class and two which they can choose themselves from the list at the top of the page.  For each event, students should ask themselves, "How did this event reflect the Constitution?"  (In other words, how was the Constitution shown to work?) OR "How did this event affect the Constitution?' (In other words, how did this event change the Constitution?  Did the Constitution get physically changed with an amendment or was it our interpretation of the Constitution that changed?)  We spent most of the class period giving students a chance to work on this assignment.  We will spend part of class tomorrow working on it as well.  The assignment is due on Wednesday, May 1.  Students can and should use their notes in their binder when working on this assignment.

    Students have an assignment called "Review A" on the Castle Learning website that is due on Friday, May 3.  Students should remember that their log-in starts with "ws." and then looks like their West Seneca log-in.

    Easter Break- Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 28, 2019

    Quiz and Castle Learning- Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Mr. Frank collected the Monroe Doctrine cartoon from anyone who were not able to hand it in yesterday.  Review Packet "A" was due today.  Mr. Frank gave students one last chance to ask questions about it, and then collected those packets.

    The class was then introduced to the website called Castle Learning.  Students were shown how to log in, and an instruction sheet should have been stapled in their planners.   Students did a practice assignment called, "Start Here- to show you can log in."  It demonstrated a few important features about the website.  Then students were able to begin on a Castle Learning assignment called "Review A."  It covers the same information that review packet.  Students have until Friday, May 3, to complete the assignment.  All of the Castle Learning assignments that we do will count for homework grades.

    The Monroe Doctrine cartoon- Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Students had the period to draw a cartoon to show what the Monroe Doctrine means. They should have been able to hand their cartoon in by the end of class today, but if they do not, it is due on Thursday.  Students were encouraged to look back at the Monroe Doctrine notes from yesterday.

    Review Packet "A" is due tomorrow, on Thursday.  There will also be a "weekly quiz" tomorrow since there isn't school on Friday.

    The Monroe Doctrine- Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    First, we discussed the homework that students did on the back of "The War of 1812- Songs and Winners."  We talked about reasons why the Americans might think that they won the War of 1812, and reasons why the Canadians might think that they won it.  We also looked at reasons why the Native Americans were the real losers in the war.  

    We then took notes on the Monroe Doctrine.  We saw how the United States wanted to keep European Nations from making new colonies in the Western Hemisphere.  Students will be drawing a cartoon of their own to show what the Monroe Doctrine means, so we looked at some examples.  Tomorrow, students will have the whole class period to draw their cartoon.  They should be able to hand their cartoon in by the end of class on Wednesday, but if they do not, it is due on Thursday.

    Review Packet "A" is due  on Thursday.  There will also be a "weekly quiz" on Thursday since there isn't school on Friday.

    The War of 1812- Songs and Winners- Monday, April 15, 2019

    We went over the quiz from last Friday.  We then used the sheet called, "The War of 1812- Songs and Winners"  Students listened to "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton and "The War of 1812" by Three Dead Troll in a Baggie.  We looked at how the perspectives shown in the songs show two very different views of the War of 1812-- including who the winners were and who the "good guys" were.  The Johnny Horton song can be heard here (though you can skip nearly 30 seconds of intro material).   The Canadian song can be heard here (though the images aren't part of the song).  [More to be posted later.  Please check back.]

    For homework, students should do the first two questions on the backside of "The War of 1812- Songs and Winners" (the question about the Canadian and the question about the American).  If they would like to try it, they can also answer the "bonus question" on the bottom of the page about the British.

    Review Packet "A" is due  on Thursday.  There will also be a "weekly quiz" on Thursday since there isn't school on Friday.

    Note: Most classes were shortened today because of an assembly.  Period 4 did not settle down in time to due the activity with the music, so we had "Free answer" time for Review Packet A instead.

    Quiz and the Effects of the War of 1812- Friday, April 12, 2019

    Student took the weekly quiz today, which was relatively short and covered material from the notes on the War of 1812.  When the quiz was finished, we took notes on the effects of the War of 1812, which is the last page of the War of 1812 packet. 

    With whatever time was left, we had "Free Answer Time" for Review Packet "A".  The packet is due  on Thursday, April 18.

    The War of 1812 concludes- Thursday, April 11, 2019

    We continued to take notes on the War of 1812.  We finished the timeline in the notes, from whenever we ended yesterday to the Treaty of Ghent and the Battle of New Orleans.  We also discussed the topics of the Constitution in the War of 1812, including the Hartford Convention (when the idea of a state being able to secede was first discussed) and the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent.  

    Tomorrow's quiz will cover everything in the notes on the War of 1812 except the last page, the effects of the war.  We will do that page after the quiz.

    With whatever time was left, we had "Free Answer Time" for Review Packet "A".  The packet is due one week from today, on Thursday, April 18.

    The War of 1812 begins- Wednesday. April 10, 2019

    We continued to take notes on the War of 1812.  In all classes, we reviewed the causes of the war and examined the partisan vote for the declaration of war. (The Democratic-Republicans were for the war; the Federalists were against it.)  We looked at the most important events in the war, as shown on the timeline in the notes.  Nationally famous events are above the timeline, and more local events along the Niagara River are below it.  We looked that the American loss at the Battle of Queenston (aka the Battle of Queenston Heights).  Different classes ended in different places on the timeline, but we will continue with it tomorrow.

    Review Packet "A" is due on Thursday, April 18.

    Causes of the War of 1812- Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    First, we went over the tests that students took last Friday.  Students were able to see their tests in order to see what questions they missed, but Mr. Frank collected them back again because  there are some students who haven't taken them yet. 

    We then started notes on the War of 1812.  We talked about the causes of the war, including the British Navy stopping American trade to France, the impressment of American sailors, the British support for Native Americans in the American west, and the desire of "War Hawks" in Congress to capture Canada.  We will continue with these notes tomorrow.

    Review Packet "A" is due on Thursday, April 18.

    Review Packet "A"- Monday, April 8, 2019

    Students received the first of several review packets today.  This packet covers material from the beginning of 7th grade, and is meant to help students prepare for the coming final exam in social studies.  The packet is due on Thursday, April 18.

    Note: Mr. Frank was absent today.