American Studies 2016-2017

  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 15 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 15 Review

    Good evening parents,
    This week saw an introduction to a self-paced investigative unit on the Reconstruction period from 1865-1877. There is certainly a lot of information to digest in this unit, and we will certainly be revisiting the content numerous times throughout our next several units. History Day still seems like a long time away, but our final projects are due in less than 8 weeks. We aren't going to spend too many days in class over the next 5-6 weeks working on History Day, so students are going to have to start budgeting time for the project. I'm still looking for donors that would be interested in helping make an opportunity of a lifetime happen for 12 students who have never flown or been to a National Park. If you can, or know of anyone else (friends, family, businesses) who may be interested in donating, I would greatly appreciate it.

    As always, make sure to click on the hyper links to see more about what we have been doing in class!
    Here's a look at what's in this week's update:


    1.) America Studies Weekly Update
    2.) History Day
    3.) Mayor Carter Oath of Office Ceremony

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 14 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 14 Review

    Good evening parents,
    Mid-quarter is upon us already, History Day is in full swing and we're getting ready to start a mini-unit on reconstruction.

    As always, make sure to click on the hyper links to see more about what we have been doing in class!
    Here's a look at what's in this week's update:


    1.) America Studies Weekly Update
    2.) History Day
    3.) Mid Quarter Grades

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 13 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 13 Review

    Happy December to you all! I hope you are enjoying the above normal temperatures. If you are not, fear not... as a mini polar vortex is heading our way. We've officially concluded the Civil War and are currently engaged in a fascinating search for clues that will hopefully lead us to unraveling the mystery known as the Lincoln conspiracy. Starting Tuesday, we will be kicking off the first of four consecutive History Day days. I would recommend that students start setting aside a little time each week to start investigating their topics. If they have an understanding of the main event of their topic choice and a few details about what lead to the main event, they will find our upcoming session on developing a killer thesis (no pun intended... I General Lee don't make Civil War related History Day puns, but if you would Grant me just this one...) On a different note, our deadline for signing up for our spring break field experience to New York and Boston is this Sunday, December 3. We still have more space for the amazing opportunity.

    As always, make sure to click on the hyper links to see more about what we have been doing in class!
    Here's a look at what's in this week's update:


    1.) America Studies Weekly Update
    2.) Spring Break Sing Up Deadline Sunday, December 3
    3.) History Day
    4.) Missing Work

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 12 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 12 Review

    Good afternoon American Studies families,
    I hope you have all been able to enjoy a four day break full of rest and thanksgiving! I stepped away from my school email for the weekend, so I too, could relax and enjoy time with my family. I'll be revisiting it first thing Monday morning.

    Here's a look at what's in this week's update:

    1.) New York/Boston Field Experience (Parent Info Night, Monday, November 27)
    2.) American Studies Weekly Update
    3.) GoFundMe Opportunity for May 2018
    4.) History Day

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  • Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 11 Review

    Capitol Hill - American Studies 2017 Week 11 Review

    Good afternoon American Studies families,
    I'm hoping to be able to provide an update with things that took place in American Studies throughout the past week. Hopefully it will be a weekly update, but from time to time, it may turn out to be every two weeks. As is my custom, I will provide subheadings so you can scroll past the parts you are not interested in reading.

    Here's a look at what's in this week's update:

    1.) New York/Boston Field Experience (Parent Info Meeting & Sign Up Deadline)
    2.) Conferences
    3.) American Studies Weekly Update
    4.) GoFundMe Opportunity for May 2018
    5.) History Day

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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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