American Studies 2019-2020

  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 5 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 5 Review

    As we got back on pace with our regularity scheduled programing in week five, we started to investigate what the Fugitive Slave Act was and what impact it had on northerners, southerners and of course, African-Americans in both regions.

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 4 Review - Special Edition; IMPEACHMENT

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 4 Review - Special Edition; IMPEACHMENT

    We interrupted our regularity scheduled lessons to talk about the breaking news regarding impeachment. Minnesota Public Radio visited our #CHCOugars classroom on Thursday, September 26th and published the following stories on "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Update" on National Public Radio.

    Learn more about how I structured the 3-day mini unit

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 4 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 4 Review

    Manifest Destiny, the doctrine that the US was justified by divine intervention to expand west and claim "new" lands was a concept that motivated Americans and new immigrants in the 1840s. Follow us as we investigate the westward expansion of the United States and critically analyze documents to learn how and why American's felt they had a "divine" approval to move westward. We will also start to explore how expansion will start to divide an already timid new nation.

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 3 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 3 Review

    As we kicked off our first curricular unit of the year, we needed to step back in time to set the stage. We want to better understand what set up the conditions that led to slavery in the colonies and what would eventually become the United States. In order to do that we had to jump back in time to the mid 1600s and the first half of the 1700s. See how we connected the physical and built landscape to better understand how and why the institution of slavery might be "better suited" for certain regions. We'll discuss the ethics and morals of such a system in future weeks.

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 2 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2019 Week 2 Review

    What were you doing on September 11, 2001? My students are learning quickly that I like to use Twitter to extend our classroom far beyond the walls that typically confine us. We are able to interact with more people, learn more perspectives, etc.

    Learn more about how we covered the events of 9/11 in our classroom and why it helps us build the skills of a historian.

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  • 1902 Immigration Experience

    1902 Immigration Experience

    Did you know that nearly 40% of Americans can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island? Students were shocked to learn that more than 12 million immigrants passed through the immigration station on their way to a new life in America between the years of 1892 and 1954. I absolutely love this unit, as it provides for numerous hands on experiences throughout the next few weeks.

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