Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Practice Quiz # 1

Test of the Practice Quiz I made online. Just seeing if this is a viable way to let the kids practice at home.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some Online Games to help you with the Concepts of Government

This is a link that will take you to a place where you can play some of the games we used in class to explain the different parts of our government and how they work. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/usa_game/government/index.htm

Checks and Balances

Facts of Congress: Checks and Balances: 1. What was our country founded upon? 2. What does Congress do? 3. How does the President check the power of Congress? 4. How does Congress check the power of the Judicial Branch? 5. What is the system of power sharing called?

The Three Branches of Government

Facts of Congress: The Three Branches 1. How many branches does our Government have? 2. What branch includes the President? 3. What does the President do? 4. What branch includes Congress? 5. What is the main function of congress? 6. What branch includes the court system? 7. What is the Ultimate judge of the land?


Facts of Congress: Federalism 1. What are the 3 layers of the cake? 2. What does local government do? 3. What does State government do? 4. What does the federal government do? 5. What is Federalism?

Federal Powers Vs State Powers

Federal Powers Vs State Powers 1. What are 3 of the powers of Federal powers man? 2. What are 3 powers of Sates Rights Man? 3. What are some of powers of Concurrent Powers Woman?

The House of Representatives

Facts of Congress: The House of Representatives 1. What is one of the bodies that are part of what we call Congress? 2. What is the purpose of the House of Representatives? 3. How are Representatives elected in the House? 4. Name an example of a sate with lots of Reps. 5. Name a state with few Reps. 6. How often do the Congressmen have to run for reelection?

The Senate

Facts of Congress: The Senate 1. What was the purpose of the Senate? 2. What is the Senate supposed to be like? 3. How many Senators? 4. Why is the senate unique? (Name 2)

How a Bill becomes a law.

The facts of Congress Video on how a Bill Becomes a law. Facts of Congress: How a Bill becomes a law 1. What is a bill? 2. What is the first step in a bill becoming a law? 3. What happens in the committee? 4. Once the bill leaves committee what must happen to it then? 5. What happens after it leaves the Senate and the House of Representatives? 6. What is the bill called after the President approves it?

What are the Bill of Rights? + a little History

What are the Bill of Rights? Plus a little history. I included the Questions from your sheet. Just the Facts: Bill of Rights 1. What are the 1st Ten Amendments to the constitution called? 2. Did the founding fathers believe that the Bill of Rights were necessary? 3. Name three of the founding Fathers that did believe in the Bill of Right. 4. What was the first state to adopt a Bill of Rights after the war with Br.?

Bill of Rights Song

Bill of Rights Song See if you can pick out the Amendments in the Bill of Rights song. I will play it several times to see if you can get them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Constitutional Convention: Charlie Brown Style

Here is an explanation of Constitutional Convention by the peanuts Gang. It shows how hard the process of the debating was that took place. It has your characters that we used in the simulation and should be recognizable to you as well. If you didn't understand our simulation in class, hopefully this will help you understand what happened at the convention.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

To late to apologize video about Declaration of Independence

Here is the Video that we watched about the Declaration. It's to late to apologize!

Not Getting Shays' Rebellion?

Not understanding why Shays Rebellion was important? Here is a video on it that might help explain it to you. Mr Schwarten

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wristband rights

After watching this video answer the follwing question:


Do you feel that the people in this video's rights are being violated? Why or why not?
Cuba says they have a responsability to not wear them to be loyal to thier nation. Do you agree with that statement?

Hello 8th Grade!

Hello 8th grade!  This site will be used to help you in my class.  All of the videos that we watch online will be posted here.  Some of the videos that I get from our school will not be able to be posted here but the ones I can post here I will. 

Hope you have a good year this year!

Mr. Schwarten

Friday, June 8, 2012

Have a Great Summer!

I hope that you all have a great summer!  I enjoyed being your teacher this year and wish you all the best of luck in your academic careers!  I will leave the posts that I have up here all at least all summer so you can continue to play the WWI trench warfare game or watch anything that you want. 

Thanks for a great year!

Mr. Schwarten 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Notes from the Cold War Period

The following notes are about right after WWII:

The following notes are about the 1968 election and Richard Nixon's solutions to Vietnam:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cold War Notes

Here is my Cold War Notes PP.  It has a summary of the Korean War and the Vietnam War in case you were not sure what happened there even though we didn't use it in class.  This can help you complete the note card assignment.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kent State Shooting Video

Here is the Kent State Shooting Video we saw in class. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Walter Cronkite Vietnam War Video

Here is the Walter Cronkite video on the Vietnam war that we watched.

part 1: 

Part 2: 

Part 3: 

Part 4: 

Only watch to 8:57.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Space Race Gallery Walk

This will help you complete the Space Race gallery walk activity that we started in class.  Remember the designing your own space program is due on Tues!

Quick Space Race video and Sputnik video

These were the quick space race video and Sputnik. 


Space Race Quick video:

The Nuclear Arms Race Notes

The Nucelar Arms Race Notes:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Atomic Explosions

Testing on Human Subjects:

Explosion testing:

Ariel view of Explosion:

Another side view:

Underground explosion:

Operation hardtack:

1st Soviet Hydrogen Bomb:

TSAR Bomba "King of the Bombs":

Soviet Underwater Test

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HItler's Final Days

This is a clip from the movie Downfall.  Watch to notice what happens to Hitler’s mental state and how he interacts with people.  After this scence Hitler marries the girl that he kisses, who is his girlfriend Eva Braun.  Once they are married they both take cyanide and Hitler shoots himself in the temple. 

After he died some soldiers burned a body of Hitler, but it has been reported that that was a Double who only looked like him to throw off the Soviets.  Some Soviet soldiers were told that they had burried Hitler's body after Stalin had looke dover the body.  (Remember, Stalin is a maniac as well and wants revenge on Hitler)  In the late 1990's historians tried to dig up the box that should have contained Hitler, but when they opened the box it was empty.  There are also other reports that parts of Hitler's bones were kept in the Kremlin archives, sine Stalin kept them as a trophy.  However, people are not sure if those are really Hitler.  That is part of the reason that people kept reporting him alive years after WWII had ended. 

Operation Valkyrie

The British supplied some members of the Nazi inner circle with bomb material to kill Hitler and his right hand men.  The following video is what I showed in class.  Only watch the Following parts:

Part 1:  Watch 5:17 - End

Part 2:  Watch Start- 7:01

BBC Links for European Theater

Here are the BBC Links for the European Theater that I used in class to show you the Italian Campaign, the Battle of the Bulge, the African Campaign, and D-Day.  All you have to do is click start on map and it will begin the animation.  The Battle of the Bulge animation, click begin essay, and then click on the individual dates that will show you what happens on each day.

African Campaign:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_n_africa/index_embed.shtml

Italian Campaign:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_italy/index_embed.shtml

1st Map:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_d_day/index_embed.shtml

2nd Map: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_overlord/index_embed.shtml

Battle of the Bulge:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/maps/wwii/essay1.html

Friday, February 10, 2012

Pearl Harbor Battle

Here is the clip of Pearl Harbor that we used to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor.  There is more on here than what I showed in class in case you wanted to know

Look for the strategies the Japanese used to attack the harbor.  The attack began @ 7:00 AM.   

Stage 1:  Bomb the ships.  Each pilot had a picture of the ship they were supposed to bomb and the fighters were equiped with torpedos.  The bombs were made to pierce the armor of the ships and when the little propeller on the back stopped they exploded, since that was the timer that caused that to happen.

Stage 2:  Bomb the planes so they can't shoot down the Japanese planes. 

Stage 3:  Bomb repair facilities.  The Japanese commander Yamamoto decided that they had done enough damage that day and no longer had teh element of surprise, which prompted him to call off this phase of the attack.  Had they done this the ships would have all had to be towed back to California to be repaired, hindering America's ability to strike back quickly.  When it was all over Yamamoto said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

part I:
Begin watching @ 0:40-end

Part II:
Whole clip

Part III: (Whole Clip)

Part IV: Stop @ 7:10

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

HItler Attacks the Soviet Union Videos

Here Is the video we watched in class about Germany Invading the Soviet Union. 

Here are some other Videos that show the German offensive into Russia.  I didn't show them in class but they will help further your learning.

Footage of the battle of Stalingrad music video:

The Germans in Stalingrad: 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Battle of Britain

Edward R Murrow's description of the city with sirens going off

Video with some photos of the bombing and aftermath:


Why We fight Boming of Britian footage:

Dunkirk and Invasion of France

Here is the link that shows how Dunkirk happened and is provided by the BBC. 


Appeasement Video

Here is the appeasement video in case you did not understand what was happening in class.

Remember they tried to appease Hitler to make him happy so he would stop trying to push people around.  Instead he became emboldened like a bully on the playground asking for more, until someone decided to fight him. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss

Part 1 2/412:37-15:11 and 16:30-17:30 only

Episode 1 pt 3/4 3:38- 4:30; and 15:15-17:00 only

Episode 2 part 1/4 Watch 12:31-14:40; 15:17-19:14;

 Episode 2 part 3/4 0:27- 1:11;

  Episode 2 part 4/4 4:00-5:41; 9:10-11:05; and 15:00-20:44;19;10- end only.

Episode 2 Part 2/4 17:50-19:05; 19:18-24:55

Episode 3 Part 1/4 17:31 to end

Episode 3 part 2/4 Watch 23:04- 23:50 and 2:10-4:04

Episode 4 2/4 Watch 0:00-2:30 and 20:25-end

Episode 4 3/4 Watch only 0:00-1:15

Episode 4 4/4 0:00- 1:15 and 6:46-11:21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE8L4jbZgos

Episode 5 2/3 Watch 9:33-11:33; 12:40-16:40; 19:36-24:18

Episode 5 3/3 Watch 5:24-9:59 and 17:33-21:14

Hitler and the Nazification of Germany

Here are the videos that we watched in class today on Hitler and the Nazification of Germany. Hitler Speaking to the Workers: Some More of the Hitler Speech hinting to needing more "Breathing Room": Jesse Owens Shows up Hitler's Master race in the 1936 Olympics:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

You Shall not Pass!

If you don't do your work or come to class then I am going to go all Gandalf on your butt!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Surviving the Dust Bowl American Experience Video

Here is the Surviving the Dust bowl video we watched in class:

Watch Surviving the Dust Bowl on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Watch Surviving the Dust Bowl on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Links to the War of the Worlds Radio Show

Here are some links to the War of the Worlds radio show on youtube: part 1: part 2: Part 3: Part 4: Part 5: Part 6: Part 7: The END!