Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Things to review for the summative test for this Monday!

This to study for the Test on Monday:

-Some information about the Framers and the role they played in writing the constitution

-Parts of the constitution: 

-Preamble, etc

-The 3 branches:

-Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

-The roles they all play in the process of making a law

-How they all work and the parts that make them work (Ex:  legislative branch is made up of congress that has 2 parts the house and the senate)

-The Cabinet

-Supreme Court and the role it plays

-How a bill becomes a law

Federalism:  Balance of power between the states and the federal government

Separation of Powers: 

                -Federal Powers

                -State Powers

                -Expressed powers

                -Implied powers

                -reserved powers

                -Denied Powers

Checks and balances of the Branches

Bill of Rights

The 3/5 compromise (See notes we took in class)

The Great Compromise/Connecticut compromise (See notes we took in class)

The Presidency of George Washington and the Precedents that he set

Presidencies of Adams and Jefferson:  See the Reading Rotation sheets

The presidencies of George Washington to Thomas Jefferson

For what will be on the summative test this coming Monday this video has information about the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.  Watch from the beginning to 28:16, which is the end of Jefferson.  the information about the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark WILL NOT be on this test, but the other information about Jefferson's Presidency will be.  Especially the election stuff we did in the rapid fire reading activity. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

George Washington

Here is a brief summary of the life of George Washington to accompany the information we learned about him being president.  It covers his whole life, but has good information to review that will show up on the final.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Didn't understand everything in the government packets? GIve these a try!

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? 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 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? 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? 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) 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? 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 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. What are the Bill of Rights? Plus a little history. I included the Questions from your sheet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Northwest Ordinance

Here is a video about the Northwest Ordinance that you can use in your research.

The Articles of Confederation

Here are a couple videos that can help you understand the Articles of Confederation.

Shays' Rebellion

Here is an abbreviated version of Shays' Rebellion in a video for you in case you did not understand.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The SOLE and Sugata Mitra's Experiment

We are going to be doing a SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) activity that will help students make their own pathways to the events of the early formation of the United States.

Here is a video that chronicles Mr. Mitra's findings:  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

American Culture Notes

For those of you that missed the American Culture Notes here is what you missed. 

American Values Gallery Walk

you can use this PPT to finish the gallery walk if you did not finish. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review for Unit Test

The American Revolution:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-american-revolution.html

The Purpose of Government:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-is-purpose-of-government.html

Triangular Trade:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/triangular-trade.html

Declaration of Independence:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-declaration-of-independence.html



8th Grade Political Principles:  (within the system, outside the system, etc) http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/8th-grade-political-principles.html

The Enlightenment:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-enlightenment.html

The Road to Revolution Gallery Walk:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/road-to-revolution-gallery-walk.html

Mercantilism:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/mercantalism.html

French and Indian War:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-french-and-indian-war.html

George Washington French and Indian War:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/george-washington-french-and-indian-war.html

The 13 Colonies:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/13-colonies-ppt-to-study-for-your-quiz.html

Map of the 13 Colonies:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/09/13-colonies-interactive-map.html

Colonial Fashion:  (don't spend to much time studying this.) 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What is the purpose of government?

So there is hope after all!  Usually there are videos like these of people who just can't answer a simple question about their history or their government.  Today I found one of people discussing what the purpose of government really is supposed to be.  Each person has their own version of what the government should be doing and hearing these interpretations is very interesting.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Triangular Trade

For those of you having some trouble with the Triangular Trade Concepts here is another quick video on how the whole system worked.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Declaration of Independence

Some say that the Declaration of Independence was meant to be read. The following is a video that reading the entire Declaration. When read the beauty of the document can be heard and the importance felt.

Writing the Declaration of Independence

Writing and debating the declaration of independence.

The Declaration of Indepedence: It's To late to Apologize

It's to late to apologize!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Enlightenment


1.  When did the Enlightenment take place?
2. What does the word enlightenment mean?
3. What does the word reason mean?
4. Name three academic areas that were inspired during this time period.
5. What did Bacon Believe?
6. Name the three basic principles that Bacon based his studies on.
7. What did Descartes believe was needed for humanity to advance?
8. What was the Scientific Method?
9. How long had Jamestown and Plymouth existed when Newton was born?
10. When did the English Civil War take place?
11. Why did Newton leave the city and go into the countryside to work?
12. What kind of mathematics did Newton invent?
13. What was Newton inspired when the apple fell from the tree?
14. What other sciences grew during this period?
15. What tool helped biology grow?
16. What did Hooke discover?
17. What did William Harvey discover?
18. What did Linnaeus create during this period?
19. What were natural philosophers?
20. What is a philosopher?
21. What did John Locke mean when he said the consent of the governed?
22. What were John Locke’s 3 basic rights?
23. What other 4 rights did Locke also talk about in his paper?
24. What did Voltaire say was most important?
25. What did Montesquieu say was important about government?
26. What two documents were inspired by the ideas of The Enlightenment?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Why Study History?

Why should we study history?  This video tries to give that an explanation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Have a good Summer and Good Luck in High School!

I enjoyed teaching you all this year! 

I hope you all learned a few things about US History and can now notice some of these things embeded in American Culture! 

Good Luck in High School!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Unit 3 Review Links

Here are the Unit 3 Review links once again to study for your exam.

Below are the links that will help you study for your test:

Regions:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/01/american-regions.html

Expansion of the USA:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/formation-of-united-states-2014_21.html

Louisiana Purchase:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/01/louisiana-purchase.html

National Bank and Nullification Crisis:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/national-bank-and-nullification-crisis.html

Pontiac's Rebellion:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/national-bank-and-nullification-crisis.html

Andrew Jackson and jacksonian Democracy:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/notes-on-andew-jackson-and-jacksonian.html

Indian removal Act:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/indian-removal-act.html

Trail of Tears:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/trail-of-tears.html

Missouri Compromise:  http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/henry-clay-and-the-missouri-compromise-of-1820.html#transcript

Lewis and Clark:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/02/lewis-and-clark.html

Canals, Steamboats, and Trains:  http://schwartensushistlessons.blogspot.com/2014/03/canals-locks-steamships-and-trains-oh-my.html

John Green on the Civil War

Here is John Green on the Civil War and Reconstruction to help you study for your exam:

Civil War Part I:

Civil War Part II:


Friday, May 30, 2014

Resources for your Civil War Project

Here is the list the Media Center created for your Civil War Project: 

Civil War Websites

Slave Photos

African American Life in the 1800s

Eyewitness to History

Photos of Slaves and Slave Life

Slaves working in the fields – authentic photo in South Carolina

Civil War Photo Gallery

www.civilwarphotos.net – great for pictures of your character

Civil War Homepage

Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers (Confederate Spy)

North Carolina Digital History Civil War


North Carolina Digital History Rose O’Neal Greenhow Confederate Spy

Maryland In The Civil War Enoch Pratt Free Library

 Britannica Online School Edition

History Reference Center

Issue & Controversies

Gale in U.S. History Context

Annals of American History Online Resource Civil War Scrapbook

1862 Rose O'Neal Greenhow was an untiring Confederate spy who operated out of Washington in the first year of the Civil War. http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386158.


1862 Julia Ward Howe told the story of how she came to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Mary Boykin Chesnut was the daughter of a governor of South Carolina and the wife of a U.S. senator diary


1861 Editorials Summary of how war is hurting South, but North is doing well economically





Benjamin F. Butler was a major general of the Union Army in command of Fortress Monroe in Virginia. When the problem of refugee slaves arose, he took the initiative and refused to return them, declaring the slaves “contraband of war.” http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386176.


All Quiet Along the Potomac To-Night, written by Ethel Lynn Beers, a New York poet transferred later into a Confederate Songhttp://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386177.



1863 ‘"Marching Song of the First Arkansas" was the fighting song of the First Arkansas Colored Regiment of the Union Army. It was written in 1863 by Captain Lindley Miller, a member of a New York regiment and later commander of this African American regiment. He called it “a good song to fight with.” The song was widely popular among African American troops during the war.’


1863 Patrick Gilmore, the Irish bandmaster of the Union Army – the song – When Johnny Comes Marching Home” http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386103.


1863 Corporal James Gooding, a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment’s Plea for Equal Pay http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386104.


Abraham Lincoln “Emancipation Proclamation” http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386136.


Quaker Abolitionist “One Hundred Thousand More” – a song http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386119.


1864 Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, New York, 1887: “How Men Die in Battle.”  http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386095


1864 This popular Civil War song was written by Walter Kittredge in 1862, shortly after he entered the Union Army; but Kittredge could not get it published for two years, and so it did not start to be sung until 1864. Then it was sung by everybody—by soldiers on both sides, and by the folks at home, with the result that the sheet music sale ran into many thousands. http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386094

1864 Andersonville Diary, etc., etc., Auburn, N.Y., 1881, pp. 75–95. http://www.america.eb.com/america/article?articleId=386058

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mr Schwarten on Instagram and Twitter

It has come to my attention that some of you would like to see me have an Instagram presence.  I plan to take photos of historical things that I run across in everyday life.  If you find something historical or social studies in nature that you would like to share with me I wouldn't mind seeing what you come up with.  I am still learning hot to use instagram, but I figure that you could help me learn how to use this modern technology.

I have added the twitter feed back to the blog so you can see it if you want.  Remember I encourage you to use all of the methods at your disposal to learn about our amazingly rich history and society.  America is really a fascinating place and I hope you keep learning about it as you get older.

-Mr Schwarten 

Below is my first attempt at using Instagram:

Hispanics and the Civil War

For those of you who are using a Hispanic/Latino character for your Civil War Project this article might shed some light on the role people of Spanish descent played in the conflict.  It has a lot of interesting information and comes from the National Park Service.  Just Click the link and it will take you to the article.    

-Mr Schwarten


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Presidents Video we watched in class


Taylor to Lincoln:

John Green: The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion

John Green does a good job explaining the issues that led up to the Civil War. It is basically everything we did over the last Three weeks in 15 minutes. He goes a little deeper than you need to, but he sums up everything pretty nicely.

Concepts for mid point quiz on Civil War

Concepts for Mid Point Quiz: (If you study these you will do fine on the Quiz) 

  • Mexican War
  • Gettysburg
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • John Brown
  • Republican Party
  • Secession
  • Fort Sumter
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Frederick Douglas
  • How free were Free African Americans in the North?
  • Confederate States of America
  • Election of 1860
  • Cotton Production
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Stephen Douglas
  • Abolitionists
  • Industrialization of north/south/west
  • President Lincoln
  • Compromise of 1850

Friday, May 2, 2014

John Brown Online Discussion

Go to Google.

Search for Mr Schwarten.  Click on the one that says US History. 

Click on link that is appropriate for your class: 
Period 1: https://todaysmeet.com/JohnBrownPeriod1

Period 2: https://todaysmeet.com/JohnBrownPeriod2

Period 3: https://todaysmeet.com/JohnBrownPeriod3

Period 5: https://todaysmeet.com/JohnBrownPeriod5

Period 6:   https://todaysmeet.com/JohnBrownPeriod6

Put in your name first names as the name of your group. 

Begin inputting information about John Brown in the Chat as bullet points.  Think of each message as a bullet point. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SOLE Lesson on John Brown

The next two days we are going to be using the SOLE style of learning.  The rules are as follows: 

1.    Mr. Schwarten is going to pose a question for you that you can use either textbooks or the internet to solve.

2.    You are to have 1 computer per group, 1 note taker per group, and your brains full of questions.

3.    The first day we are gathering information about the Question and second day we are making a poster and discussing the question.

4.    You can see what other groups are doing, but your group is responsible for creating their own product.

5.    On Day one I am not going to tell you if you are right or not. You are to do the research and learn.

6.      Once we are done I am going to post our results to the TED website.

7.      There are no rules for the poster on day two other than it has to be completed and look like effort was put into it.

8.      The Point of this activity is to give you a chance to guide your own learning. 

9.      There is no wrong way to do this activity just be inquisitive and work hard and I will be happy.
10.  I suggest letting google be your friend. 
SOLE Question:  Was John Brown an American Hero or an American Psycho?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

John Green On The Mexican-American War and Compromise of 1850

Here is a summary by John Green on the Mexican-American War and the Compromise of 1850 in case you didn't understand what we did during the RPG.  This is a good summary of why the war was important. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Canals, Locks, Steamships, and Trains: Oh, My!

Here are the notes that we took in class about Canals, Locks, Steamships, and Trains!

Pete Seeger: The Erie Canal Folk Song

Here is the Erie Canal folk song by Pete Seeger

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Formation of the United States (2014)

In case you didn't catch all the information when we did the Mental map activity, this quick video is a good summary of how the United States formed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Trail of Tears (Cherokee)

Here is the two part Trail of Tears Video. Part I Part II

Indian Removal Act

Here is the Indian Removal Act video clip from class. This tells the story about Jackson's ability to remove the Indians west of the Mississippi River.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Notes on Andew Jackson and Jacksonian Democracy

 Here is the small PPT of notes on Andrew Jackson and Jacksonian Democracy.  This PPT was supposed to help fill in the blanks about Jackson that you might not have gotten from the readings.