Thursday, December 22, 2016

Textbook Article: Women, Social Class, and Consequence

Design a Textbook Page Rubric
1.        The fact that you are renowned as a historical scholar has lead a publisher to seek you to write a one page article regarding how social class affected women during the early America period.  You are excited because you have seen how textbooks can be misused, can be difficult to read, and can gloss over important issues.  You set to work to create the best article that has ever graced the page.

2.       Unpack the prompt and use generalizations to create a 3 pronged thesis:
a.       Compare and contrast how women of different social classes are influenced by their life experiences in the period of the Early Nation and determine the consequences (+/-) this had on relations between the sexes, the rights and responsibilities of individuals, and American Culture/Values.

3.       Organize your selected evidence to support your supporting arguments and use the documents, the data, and quotes.

4.       The articles has to have an introduction, a thesis, a counter claim, 3 distinct arguments, evidence, and a conclusion. 

5.       Reference the sources in the writing, but do not use the letter.  Refer to the source by title or by who wrote it. 

6.       The final design has to include the following:
a.       A title
b.      At least 3 subtitles.  No more than 5. 
c.       At least 1 image/chart.  No more the 3. 
d.      10-12 Times New Roman or Arial Font because this is a print job.
e.      Quarter inch margins may be used.     

7.       This is going to count as a DBQ grade. 

8.       When you are finished turn in your discussion organizer and your writing organizer as well.  I am grading all 3.  

Generalization Commercials

After watching these commercials, write down all of the generalizations that you saw for your warm up today.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Constitutional Convention HW

For HW today:

Select two of the Framers from the Constitutional Convention and do a little research on each one so you are prepared when you come into class to begin working on the Constitutional Convention simulation.

Link to Framers page that has info on each one:

This will be a collected activity.

Mr Schwarten

The Constitution

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Bill of Rights Videos

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 Rights.
4. What was the first state to adopt a Bill of Rights after the war with Br.?

Bill of Rights Song

5.  Listen to the song and write down each Amendment.  
6.  What Amendment do you believe is the most important to Americans today?  Explain.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Citizenship Guide Research and Rubric

Rubric for US Citizenship Guide
You are going to use the research you did on the civics topics to create a citizenship guide.  To help people learn about the US Government.  Choose as a group 1 of the following formats:
1.        Book created and printed as a PDF so I can be distributed online. ( You can use word templates, publisher, etc) 
2.       A website/Blogger Blog.

3 Branches, Executive, and Judicial Branch

3 Branches of Govt

Judicial Branch

Executive Branch

Monday, November 21, 2016

Federal Powers Vs state Powers/ Checks and Balances.

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: 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?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Separation of Powers and Facts of Congress: Federalism Videos

Separation of Powers:

1.  What did Hobbes say about Power?
2.  What were the results of government in the hands of the few and powerful?
3.  Name 3 ways the powers can be distributed.
4.  How else is authority distributed?
5.  What happens if people still try to grab power for themselves?  

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?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Early America SOLE Resources

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

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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Articles of Confederation

Here is the link to the document about the Articles of Confederation (Special Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg for the resource):

Link to capture sheet:

Part I:
Confederation:  A loose alliance of states for the common defense.  Usually, the National government is weaker than the State governments.

1. Look at the student friendly Articles of Confederation I gave you in class and fill out the organizer's 3 sections.  Remember, you are looking for the Powers of the States and the National Government.

You are also to write in the weaknesses of the Articles as well.  Here they are below:

On the back of the sheet and after discussing with your table group:

Part II:

3.  Write down 5 new Articles that could improve the document you just read and provide a rational for each one.

4.  Remove 3 things from the document to make the government more effective and provide a rational for each one.  You do not have to remove the whole Article and may do a line item veto to make them stronger.  Make sure you reference where you are striking out and give the rational.

This will be a graded formative assignment.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Revolutionary War Animated Maps

If you need a link to the revolutionary war Animated maps click the link below:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Declaration of Independence Dramatic Reading

Below is a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence that we will use as we direct different parts of the Declaration.

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Election HW

2016 Election HW

1.  Select 1 of the 4 candidates above to do so research on where they stand on the following issues. 

2.  You will then create a 1 index card pitch (1 min) that will explain where the candidate stands on the issues.  This pitch will be given to your table group before you will be given an opportunity to vote for the candidates through a school wide election.  Your pitch should be factual and not take a candidates side.   

3.  The Issues that you are to focus on are the following:
a.       Foreign Policy
b.      Immigration
c.       Taxes
d.      Criminal issues
e.      Gun Control

Friday, October 7, 2016

Live Action History w/ Mr Schwarten @ Fort Necessity

Here is me at Fort Necessity showing you what it looks like today.

Fort Duquesne (Scale Model):
Image result for fort duquesne


Fort Necessity (Replica at the National Park):

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The European Enlightenment and the American Enlightenment

Use this video to examine the European Enlightenment and answer questions 1-18 on your sheet.

Once you have completed the video,  read as a table group Electricity:  The New Science and Ben Franklin and answer questions 1-6.

13 Colonies Resources

13 Colonies Map Review Game:

Here is the 13 Colonies Power Point complete with lecture.

Monday, September 5, 2016

C-SPAN's Student Cam Project 2016/2017

Below are links to the C-SPAN project this year: 

This will take you to the main page:
Getting Started Videos:
Downloading C-SPAN Footage:

Friday, September 2, 2016

Student Survey

Complete the following survey by clicking on the link below and answering the prompts.  

Student Survey

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Parent Information

Please, click the link to fill out the parent info form.

Parent Info Link 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

American Values Skits and Socratic Short Quiz

1.  Today you will be completing your gallery walk around the room to get the definitions of the American Values.

2.  You will get with the group number you were assigned and create a one page skit that is no more than 2-3 minutes long to explain your principle.

    1.  Rule of Law
    2.  Separation of Church and State
    3.  Freedom and Independence
    4.  Opportunity of the Market Economy
    5.  Representative government
    6.  Limited Government
    7.  Rights and Responsibility
    8.  Equal Opportunity

3.  After creating the skits, we will watch them and complete the organizer.
4.  After the skits, go to , click on student, and enter room code: PNYEVPDBJ.  I will begin quiz when we are ready.  Once you complete the quiz you also need to Exit Card.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

American Values

What are values, beliefs, and Attitudes?

What are Values?
What are beliefs?
What are attitudes?


At your table group, discuss:
The values of the Virtual World. (Write down your top 4)

The values of the classroom.  (Write Down your top 4)

The values seen in the both of these videos. 
Dwight Eisenhower Campaign 1952
Barack Obama Campaign in 2008

Are what Americans valued in 1952 Similar or different in 2008?  Explain. 

Dwight D Eisenhower:

Barack Obama:

Definitions from Gallery Walk:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Online Social Studies Glossary for Definitions

If you did not finish you terms from the Unit on Reconstruction this is a link to an online dictionary/ glossary that has 90% of the terms.  Click the link below to proceed and begin looking up the terms.  

History Dictionary

Monday, June 6, 2016

Unit 4 Review Materials

These are the review materials that can help you remember the events of the Civil War and what happened after.  

The review sheet is below.  There is more on this review sheet than will be on the test, but it is in your best interest to be able to connect events of the Civil War and the events that happened after to the materials that will be provided in the MCPS approved test.  

Unit 4 Review Sheet

Other Review Materials/videos:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Civil War: The Human Experience and Total War

Guiding questions for presentations On Civil War Article

Fall of Columbia

1.        What are General Sherman’s beliefs about total war and where did some of these beliefs come from?
2.       How are civilians treated in the occupation of the city and was this treatment necessary? Explain.
3.       Who is to blame for the destruction of the city?
4.       Interesting information/details that will make understanding this event memorable and reflect the human experience of the war. 

Fall of Richmond

1.        What are the beliefs are being held by the civilian population as the war grows closer?
2.       How are civilians treated in the occupation of the city?
3.       What role do General Lee and General Grant play in the fall of the city?
4.       Interesting information/details that will make understanding this event memorable and reflect the human experience of the war. 

The meeting and reconciliation

1.       Describe the contrast between General Grant and General Lee.
2.       Why did Winik  describe the meeting as “…paradoxically, these were among Lee’s finest hours, and they were, so, too, were they Grant’s greatest moments” (Give details and supports)
3.       What was the political and social environment like as the peace process was beginning?
4.       Describe the role General Lee played in the reconciliation process. 

Thomas Jackson and the Aggressive War

1.       What are General Jackson’s beliefs about total war and where did some of these beliefs come from?
2.       How are civilians and cities treated by General Jackson when he attacked places? 
3.       How did religiosity play a role in creating the man known as Stonewall Jackson?
4.       Interesting information/details that will make understanding this event memorable and reflect the human experience of the war. 

Andersonville Prison Camp

1.        Describe the conditions within the prison camp and the layout of the prison.
2.       What role did African Americans play in the events at Andersonville?
3.       Describe how prisoners attempted to escape. 
4.       Who is responsible for the travesty that is Andersonville?

Checklist for Presentation on Civil War

Visual component that is either a poster, mural, or performance art piece.
a.     Each question must be evident in the visual piece.

Group script that has 4 distinct parts for each group member
a.     Must be at least 1 page long.
b.     Answers the guiding questions completely.
Each person will give a thorough explanation of one question and the following will be graded
a.     Proper speaking etiquette and eye contact
b.     Knowledge and Understanding completely addresses the guiding questions.
c.      References and makes use of visual.
d.     Creativity/Effort

Civil War Articles on Different Groups

These are links to the articles that are about different groups of people we have not covered in class. 

1.  Women Amidst War
2.  Hispanics and the Civil War
3.  Chinese in the Civil War:  Ten Who Served
4.  Native Americans:  A Study of their Civil War Experience 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Civil War Music

1.  Battle Cry of Freedom

2. Dixie To Arms

3.  Just Before the Battle Mother

4.  Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
This song was inspired by men who were held captive in the Andersonville Prison Camp.

5.  When Johnny Comes Marching Home

The Civil War Notes and Links to Animated Maps

Below are the notes on the Civil War that we took in class:


Below are the Links to the Civil War Trust Animated Maps on the following battles: 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Road to Civil War

Here are videos on

Wilmot Proviso:

Compromise of 1850: 

Fugitive Slave Act and Uncle Tom's Cabin  

Kansas Nebraska Act

Dred Scott Case:

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

John Green on The Road to Civil War

Monday, April 4, 2016

Unit 3 Review Materials

Attached to this link is a study guide that will help you study.  

Below are some of the materials we used this quarter to help you learn about different things.

You should also look through your AJ Dossier Materials to help you study as well.  The textbook is also a great resource if you are having trouble remembering things.

Basic Notes on AJ
AJ on the National Bank and Nullification
Native American Resistance
Trail of Tears
American Regions
Formation of the United States
Western Movement Videos on how things work
Missouri Compromise
Slavery Webquest Materials

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Antebellum Slavery Webquest

SWBAT:  Identify and Analyze different aspects of slavery in the American South during the Antebellum Period.  

Warm Up:  What was life like for most people in the Antebellum South?

1.  Everyone needs to get a laptop.
2.  Once you have the laptop loaded you need to go to
3.  Then click on the link to the Webquest   
Antebellum Slavery Webquest

4.  Work together on the capture sheet in your table group.  
5. Turn it in when you are done on classroom.
6.  Write a 1-2 page story or draw a 12 Frame Comic.
       A. Story is 1-2 page story double spaced or hand written Front and back.  
         B.  Must include 5 of the over arching concepts.  You choose which ones you want to do.  
        C. Focus on what life would be like on a plantation, the jobs that were performed on the plantation, and the expansion of slavery.  You can choose the perspective as well.   
        D. Be sure to include 1 primary source as a reference.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Links to Maps (ADV)

Here are the Links to the Maps that were posted earlier.  

-Mr Schwarten

The Formation of the United States (Gaining Ground Map/ Video) 

The American Regions

Westward Movement (Adv)




How a Locomotive Works:

Thomas Edison Film on How RR are Made:

Didn't understand the lecture or forgot something I said?
Here are links to the entire thing again broken down into the different modes of transportation.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Work that needs to be completed by Sunday/Monday

Work that needs to be completed for the weekend. 

1.  If you did not finish coloring your gaining ground maps then they are due tomorrow at the beginning of class. (2/26)

2.  The geography HW is due on Monday (2/29).  This includes the Regions Map and the general geographic features map that you need to label.  You only need to color the Regions map.  The general geographic features map you only need to label and DO NOT COLOR.  

3.  The Andrew Jackson Blog Posts are due on Sunday @ midnight.
     Your blog needs to include: 
            Andrew Jackson Blog Posts Final Project

The following must be in your Blog to receive full credit:

  1. 3 Blog Articles selected from the list of prompts. (700- 900 words) (Due Sunday @ 11:59pm) (Each post is worth 20 Pts for a total of 60 summative Pts)
2.  1 review post linking to someone else’s article in this class. (400-600 words)  (20 Summative Pts)
3. Photos that you either took yourself or ones you took from another website.  Please, cite those that you took from another site.  (When blogging taking your own pictures is helpful so you do not infringe on any copyrights.)    
4.  Paste link to your blog in the google doc on classroom. (You may use the one you created for media last year.)
5. All content must be accurate and reflect the learning conducted in the research and in class over the last week and also must take a position and have a thesis statement for each one.    
6.  Each blog post must have links to your other articles so you can maximize your SEO and keep people reading on your blog.  (Remember to create a web that your reader does not want to leave.)    
7. You must have an archive link at the top of your page that has all of the links to your posts so people can find the posts easily.

Andrew Jackson Blog Post Prompts

Below are a set of prompts that you are to use for your blog articles.  You are to select 3 of the following prompts to answer as posts.  Each article should be 700 to 900 words.  If you go over that is ok, just remember your time is limited in class to write these.  You will be given two class days.  All final articles will be due on Sunday @ midnight.          

  1. Was Andrew Jackson a “Man of the People?”  Explain.

  1. Should Andrew Jackson be on the $20 bill and celebrated?  Explain.

  1. Explain Andrew Jackson’s leadership style and the legacy it might have left on the Presidency.  Should this style be something other presidents should emulate?

  1. Was Andrew Jackson a patriot?  Explain.

  1. Discuss AJ’s childhood.  How did his childhood shape who he was and his legacy?

  1. What is AJ’S Legacy on American politics?  How is his legacy still worth us today?

  1. AJ has been called “...a most law defying, law obeying citizen.”  What does that statement mean in regards to how AJ lived his life and our understanding of his legacy today?
  1. How democratic was AJ?  Explain.

  1. What precedents did AJ set as a political leader?   Have any presidents attempted to emulate these precedents in today’s Presidency? (Think econ, social policy, political strategy, campaign strategy, etc)

  1. Compare the elections of 1824, 1828, and 1832 to the modern day race.  Are there any similarities to the race we are witnessing right now?  Were there any lessons that stand out from these two elections that could be useful to the candidates today?   

Formation of the United States

In case you didn't catch all the information in class, this quick video is a good summary of how the United States formed.

American Regions video

Historians and geographers all have different ways of classifying the different regions of America. On this post there is a video that describes the American regions. This video disagrees with the map, since some count the west coast as one entity and some do not. Use the map when you are filling in and coloring your map.  The map for this and the basic American Geography map is due on Monday in class.

Here is a quick video on the geographical regions of the United States.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why is Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?

Since you all asked me about why Jackson was on the $20 bill I thought I would find some resources. Personally, I have a feeling he was selected in 1928 because people still saw him as a champion of "the common man" and democracy when compared to the elitist paradigm that had existed before him.  The American understanding of the issue of the Indian Removal act has changed things since the 1960's and so has our view of Jackson.  I have given you some resources here in case you would like to know more.

Hamilton will share the 10 Dollar Bill with a woman that is to be named later in 2020:

Washington Post Article on why Jackson is on the $20:

History Channel Video on the reasons why he is on the $20:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Trail of Tears

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.

The Trail of Tears: