Week of June 2:  This is it!!!  The last week of school. If you still have your ticket to your seat from the first day of school, there will be treats for you on Thursday. You may start brnging in your tickets on Monday.  Monday, you will get your Newsfact binder back to use for the final on Tuesday.  On Monday, you will write about your favorite News of the year and why you liked it so much.  Tuesday will be the Newsfacts final.  Don't forget your binders!!  This is an open notes test.  To make sure you have read through your Newsfacts binder,  when you get it back on Monday, we will read through the entries.  The test will cover the whole year unless you entered late.  Wednesday we will go to the school picnic, and Thursday we will see a slide show in the gym and sign yearbooks in class.  If you don't have a yearbook, you might want to bring an autograph book.   Remember, next year, you will be all over San Luis High and may not see some of the people you are used to seeing this year.  The Dance Party will be on Thursday, the last day of school.  There is no school for students on Friday--only for teachers.  Have a wonderful summer!  I will miss you next year!

Week of May 26:  Monday is Memorial Day holiday.  There will be no school.  We are still working on Pixton projects--which must get finished by Friday. Newsfacts Portfolios will be due in on Thursday, May 29.  You must have both semesters in your required binder to be elgible for an "A".  You are welcome to bring in your Newsfacts binders to work on if you have finished your part on the Pixton Project.  Is your book turned in?  Do not send Pixton projects for review until you are ready to be graded on it.  Thursday is the deadline for both the Pixton Project and the Newsfacts binder.  Friday, we will score Newsfacts, and Sunday, I will grade them.  My phone in the classroom is not working.  If there is a problem, please send a note in with your student.  Thank you.

Week of May 19:  Monday we will do news (on the work being done on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.).  You should start looking at your newsfacts portfolio and completing all of your paragraphs.  It is getting close to the time they will be due in.  You must have both semesters unless you tranferred in after the irst semester.  Don't forget--all paragraphs must have five sentences of which two sentences must be a compound and complex sentence.  Chapter 19 vocabulary test on Friday.  We will be working on Pixton projects all week.  Change in plans--no Chapter 20.  Instead, bring in your books to be checked off Friday. 

Week of May 12:  You will get your group assignment on Monday.  Monday news is about the salmon fishing industry and the environment.  Friday will be the Chapter 18 Vocabulary Test.  Friday you will get the Chapter 19 Vocabulary list. Don't forget that Thursday is Open House 6:30 to 8 o'clock.  We will be working on our Pixton projects all week.

Week of May 5:  Happy Cinco de Mayo!   We will be getting ready for the research test on Thursday, May 8.  This is a Unit test--Chapter 14, 15 and 16.  You must have your research tests with you on Thursday.  If you  do not, you will take the test as a memory test.  We have a few things left from the Unit to cover before the test on Thursday.  I am assigning an "anecdote" to be handed in on Friday.  This is strictly a "go find it" assignment.  It does not need pictures.  It is a "find it, copy it, paste it, print it and bring it in" on Friday.  Get your person from Chapter 18 and 19 only (black type names).  You will get your Chapter 18 vocabulary words on Thursday after the Reserch test.

Week of April 28: Progress Reports are due at the end of the week.  Any tests not made up by Friday will remain a zero.  You have to finish all of Research Test #1 and most of #2 by now.  There is a vocabulary test for Chapter 16 on Friday.  This week we will be going through Chapter 16 and its vocabulary in class.  We are using the book and the American iconic movie "Gone with the Wind". 

Week of April 21:   This is it!  Lee and Grant have meet at Appomattox for the cease fire that signals the end of the War, and Reconstruction started.  You got your Civil War soldiers back.  You need to choose a side by choosing which soldier to cut out'   You have to word-processed which side you have chosen and why.  You should be working on on Research Test #1 (you got 72 questions last week, and the other 28 this Monday).  These (plus  Civil War Research Test #2 next week) will become an overall test (Chapter 14  [A Divided Nation], 15 [Civil War]and 16 [Reconstruction]).  The Chapter 15 Test from Study Questions is on Friday.  We will start Chapter 16 this week.  You will get the Chapter 16 vocabulary on Friday.  You got paper for your soldier and paragraph on Thursday.  Hand it in on Friday.  No handwriting--word processed only!

Week of April 14:  Friday is an "in lieu" holiday.  The school district moved the Lincoln holiday to this date.   There is no test this week in preparation for the Chapter 15 test next week. Tuesday we will study the strategy that will make the North the winner.  
Sherman and his "Total War" tear up the South, and the Emancipation Proclamation inspires Union people to join the Army. We will do Chapter 15.5 on Wednesday, and finish it on Thursday.  You must get finished so that you can highlight what to memorize.  You should be memorizing the highlighted test questions from your study questions and/or taking advantage of a day off to memorize Lincoln's Gettysburg Address--which was offered as extra credit last Friday.  There is a time deadline on the exra credit:  May 9 (about one month from when it was given out). 

Week of April 7: After Antietam (The Bloodiest Day in American History), Lee attempts to bring the War into the North once again by going over the Potomac River into Maryland. He is once again trying to get to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for supplies.  The  battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg (the Hinge of Fate) sees the North re-energized.  You have Study Questions Chapter 15.3 due on Monday.  You are studying for a matching test on Friday of important military people.  You started last Thursday with 5 names a night (which will get you finished with them on Thursday night).  The test is on Friday.  Also due on Friday is Chapter 15.4 which you started in class on Tuesday. On Friday, after the test, we will discuss the Gettysburg Address and its implications for Lincoln and you.  It is offered to you as extra credit.

Week of March 31: Welcome back!  We continue the Civil War with a look at the War in the Eastern Theater and a look at the strategy that will win the War for the North. We will look at the latest technology of the Civil War--the Ironclads (the progeniture of the submarine).  We will be doing study questions both in class and for  homework this week. You got a list of generals Monday.  That test will be on Friday.  Please finish Study Questions 15.2 and 15.3 that we will start in class.  Start studying the highlighted study questions.  Study Questions 15.2 due on Thursday.  Study Questions 15. 3  due on Monday, April 7.  On Thursday, you received the list of important  military people of the Civil War and what they did.  Study them for a test on Friday, April 11.  You are to do 5 names each day startingon Thursday of this week.

Spring Break: March 24 through March 27


Week of March 17:The 3rd Quarter ends on Friday, March  21--the day of our 3-mile run party! Due to failing to give out the vocabulary for Chapter 15 on Friday of last week, the test for Chapter 15 Vocabulary will be on Friday, March 21--the last day before vacation.  There will be no other homework unless you don't complete classwork in the time allotted.  There are 5 sections to the vocabulary.  Do section 1 Monday night.  Do sections 2 and 3 Tuesday--they are short.Wednesday night do section 4, and do section 5 Thursday night.  We will work on Chapter 15, section 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There will be study questions to do during class.  Classes are short on Friday because of the three-mile run party, so we will just take the vocabulary that day.  We will study the opening salvos at Fort Sumter, and Manassas/Bull Run, and Lincoln's failure to find a competent general.

Week of March 10:  Wednesday, March 12,  is the day of the civil war uniforms vocabulary.  You are studying the "Basics of the War".  In order to accomodate everyone, the test on Friday on basics of the War is being turned into two shorter tests.  Thursday will be a "Map only" test, and Friday will be the inforrmation from the sheet entitled. "What Everyone Should Know Before They Start Studying  The Civil War".  We will be going over
some primary source material son Tuesday, Wednesday after the vocabulary Test, and Thursday after the map test. We will look at "Lincoln on Slavery" and "the North Loses Lee". 

Week of March 3: Chapter 14 Vocabulary Test will be on Thursday, March 6.  Tuesday, we will finish the "hamburger" and color in a map of "Union (USA)/Confederate (CSA)" so you can learn which states are on which side.  The map trst requires that you know which state is pn whixh side and whih states were free and which were slave.  Wednesday and Thursday we will learn about uniforms and some of the military accoutrments. You will get a vocabulary based on what the military had and whichgenerals were the most famous and what side they were on. There will be an overall test of the basics we are learning.  This will include everything on the basic information sheet and the map.  It will be next week.

Week of February 24:We will hve the Chapter 12 Vocabulary Test on Tuesday. This  week we start the build up to the Civil War with Chapter 14. Please bring colored pencils, glue and scissors to cut and paste the justly famous "Hamburger of the Civil War".  You will get the Chapter 14 vocabulary list on Tuesday, after the Chapter 12 Test. The Chapter 14 vocabulary Test will be on Thursday, March 6.
  Friday, we are going to see "Frederick Douglass".  He is in Chapter 13.  Friday is the last day of Black History Month.  You need to start studying the "What Everyone Should Know Before They Start Studying the Civil War".  This is a sheet with all of the information put in one place.  We will start with the "Why?" which you will turn into a hamburger!

Week of February 17:Your homework is Chapter 12 vocabulary. As I posted last week, we will be teaming up with Mrs.Delmartini's classes to find  out about slavery and what led up to: Martin Luther King's Civil Rights movement.   Tuesday, we will investigate the slave experience in "The Middle Passage" of Triangular trade with a selection from Mrs. Delmarti's book, The Glory Field  called "To Be a Slave".  Due to the interest in the slave experience, I am revamping the rest of the week to include all of the Movie "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with Samuel L. Jackson and Felicia Rashad.    The book is on the State Recommnded Reading and the movie was made for TV and is rated "G". The Chapter 12 vocbulary Test has been moved to next Tuesday.

Week of February 10:  Monday, your Native American Tribe Report is due.  We will be starting a three chapter unit on "the North",  the "South" how industrialization and population expand rapidly in "the North". Chapter 11 tells about the rapid industrialization of "The North" due to new inventions.  We will only spend a few days on the inventions and mill life. Chapter 13 shows how "the North" and its influx of immigrants changes American society in "the North" and industrialization brings on the Ablitionists.  Chapter 12 is basically about the rise of "King Cotton" and the plantation system and its slaves.  We will be doing part of these chapters in conjunction with Mrs. Delmartini's English classes who are reading The Glory Field  by Walter Dean Myers starting February 10.  Your Chapter 11 Vocabulary test is Friday, February 14.  You should have done 10 words Friday night.  Do 10 each night this week for the test Friday.  Friday, you will get the Chapter Friday night is homework is 10 words from Chapter 12.
  In honor of Black History Month, we will be teaming up with Mrs.Delmartini's classes to find  out about slavery and what lead up, eventually, to Martin Luther King's Civil Rights movement.  We will start with slavery itself--the experience and why it existed.  We will discuss "Stages of Culture" and how they impact slavery.

Week of February 3:  February is Black History Month.  Chapter 17.2 is due on Monday if you did not hand it in on Friday during class.  Test on Chapter 17 vocabulary is on Thursday.  You will get Study Questions for Chapter 17, section 3 on .  We will do only the highlighted questions.  You will see a video on Railroads on Wednesday.  There are questions on the Chapter 17 Test that are taken from it.  You will get the questions to add to the study questions for the Chapter 17 test.  The test is on Friday, February 7.  You need to work on your report of a Native American Tribe.  The report is due on Monday, February 10. Native American Indian Reports


Week of January 27:  The Chapter 10 vocabulary test will be on Friday, January 31.  This week we will be working on Chapter 17--mainly on the mistreatment of the Native Americans and the achievement of the transcontiental railroad. You need to work on both Chapter 10 and Chapter 17 vocabulary this week.   Chapter 17 vocabulary will be on Tuesday, February 4. You need to do 7 words from each Chapter each day.  In class, we will be working on Chapter 17.  You are answering all the questions for Chapter 17, section 1., but only the highlighted questions for Chapter 17, section 2.  We highlighted the questions for Chapter 2 section 2 on Thursday.  Friday, after the vocabulary test, you will do the study questions for Chapter 17, section 2--highlighted questions only. You are going to get a tribe to report on Thursday.  The report is due on Monday, February 10.  If you did not turn in Chapter 17.2 study queation on Friday during class, you need to turn them in on Monday.

Week of January 20 homework continued:
There was no school on Monday. We are starting a combination of Chapters 10 and 17 (they both deal with the westward movement of America's "Manifest Destiny" surge west).  Please start by reading through the two different chapters.  Remember that you are taking the "Manifest Destiny/Westward Movement test on Wednesday, January 22, based on the 12 parts by which we got the 50 states. Tuesday night study for the Acquistions test (you have two different drills that have been given to you to help you study). Starting on Tuesday night (even though the "Acquisitions" Test is Wednesday), study map #1 of "Rivers of the Westward movement". Wednesday night, map #2.  Thursday night, map #4.  The test will be on Friday, January 24.  It is on all 50 items, and there is no answer bank.  You will get Chapter 10 vocabulary on Tuesday. We will break up the list by day in class.  You need to study about 7 per day starting on Wednesday in order to be finished.  You will work on this as well as the maps.  We will drill on the Rivers on Tuesday and Thursday.  Thursday, we will go over the two battles of the Alamo (1836) and their effect on Mexican and American relations and the Mexican American War of 1846.  You will get Chapter 17 vocabulary on Friday.



Week of January 20:  This is the first week of the semester.  This is your chance to gear up and get ready for High school.  This year--8 months from now, you will be in High School.  You are expected to be an independent learner, able to self-motivate, and self-achieve.  You have January 20 off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Tuesday will be the first day of the new semester.  Please keep in mind that this is the last semester before High School, and the work will increase and change to reflect higher standards of accomplishments.  We are starting a combination of Chapters 10 and 17 (they both deal with the westward movement of America's "Manifest Destiny" surge west.  Some of it is supposed to be review of Elementary Curricula, other parts are new to you.  Vocabulary will be given out per chapter--it will not be cut apart as it was first semester.Week of January 20:  Let's look at a brand new start!  This is the first week of the semester.  This is your chance to gear up and get ready for High school.  This year--8 months from now, you will be in High School.  You are expected to be an independent learner, able to self-motivate, and self-achieve.  You have January 20 off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Tuesday will be the first day of the new semester.  Please keep in mind that this is the last semester before High School, and the work will increase and change to reflect higher standards of accomplishments.  We are starting a combination of Chapters 10 and 17 (they both deal with the westward movement of America's "Manifest Destiny" surge west.  Some of it is supposed to be review of Elementary Curricula, other parts are new to you.  Vocabulary will be given out per chapter--it will not be cut apart as it was first semester.

Week of January 13:  This is the last week of the Semester. Your last grades will be the test Thursday, the Portfolio grade and your Focus/Participation grade. The grade on Powerschool that you have at the end of this week (after the teacher work day Friday) is a final grade that will go on your permanent record.  We will be going through the book  this week n class ( pages 101, 207, 213, and lecture, etc.) to see how America acquired the land of the 50 States.  The grade on how we got the land that makes up the United States (no territories or protectorates) is the last class grade of the semester.  Monday night's homework is #4, #5, and #6 from the list of acquisitions.  Tuesday's night's homework is #7, #8, nd #9 fro  the list.  Wednesday night's homework is #10, #11, #12 from the list. The test is on January 16--Thursday.  Friday is a teacher's workday for the semester grades.  You have the day off.  You also have off Monday January 20.  The test that was supposed to be on Thursday, January 16 has been moved to Wednesday, January 22.  I am not too happy with putting this off, but there was just too much going on this week because it was the last week of the semester.  You will get the Map work for Chapter  10 on Wednesday.  It is basically 4 night's work (I made your work maps for you).

Week of January 6: Just before vacation, we spent a day looking at what your Portfolio was supposed to look like.  You got a paper with all of the directions on it. Hopefully, you have fixed up your Portfolio over vacation and are ready to turn it in. Your Semester Portfolio is due on Thursday, January 9. It is a major grade for the semester.  See the directions written in red down below this entry. Please be aware that it takes me awhile to grade these.  On Monday, we will start with what is supposed to be a review unit on the States in the United States today and how to learn them if you have not had to learn them already.  We will work on some tricks to remember some states and do a trial test so there are no surprises on Friday.  We will also start on the unit about how we got the land of the United States (Test on Thursday, January 16).The test on the states will be on Friday, January 10. Monday night study Northeastern and Southern  States (one side of the paper I gave you).  Tuesday night, study Western and Midwestern States (the other side of the paper).   You should probably have made study maps by now in that you got these papers before vacation.  Review on Thursday night for the test on Friday.  In class, we will do at  least one worksheet about the United States.  The big push is to get your Portfolio in on Thursday. During class on Thursday, someone will count your sentences and check for your compound and complex sentences.  Friday night's homework is the first three acquisitions and all of their information (Original states, southern boundary. and Louisiana Purchase).

Winter break is Saturday December 21----Sunday January 5.
                            All about your Semester Portflio:
On January 9, 2014, you will hand in your Newsfacts Portfolio.  It is a semester grade for classwork.  You will keep this portfolio all year, and resubmit it (with the second semester news) in June.  Unless you are new to our school, you will be expected to have the entire year's news to hand in in June. 
It is 5 points for the cover sheet we do in class, and 10 points for the (at least) 5 sentences paragraph that follows on a separate piece of paper.  You must have a compound sentence and a complex sentence in each of your paragraphs.  If you have lost or thrown out your cover sheets (the part done in class), you may copy somone's cover sheet/s ( but you will only get 1 point rather than 5).  Please make sure that copied cover sheets have the name of the person who filled out the sheet.  You are going to design a picture for the front of your Portfolio--it is worth 10 points. Most of you have binders in which you can insert a picture.  Please use that to put your picture along with your name/class period.  It must be word-processed--not hand-drawn. The sequence in the binder will be: grading sheet, cover sheet, paragraph (at least 5 sentences or more; at least one compound and one complex sentence; cover sheet, paragraph; etc.  I would appreciate word-processed paragraphs.  This portfolio is to be beautiful.  Pages are to be flat, not messy, not torn, not scribbled on.  Your pages must be in the order of the grading sheet (which is by date--first (8/26) to last.  All of your News papers are to be in their own binder that is not used by any other class--the binder must be 1/2" or 1". If the binder has ragged edges, or a marked up cover, there is a 10 point deduction.  Any other size, or a used binder, or the lack of a binder is an automatic 1 grade deduction.  If you have a problem getting a binder, please see your counselor.  The list for the Porfolio is on the homework blog for the week of December 16 (below).

Homework for the week of December 16: Tuesday and Wednesday we will see a two-part video about the Jackson era  while you study for the test for Chapter 9 at home.  The Test for Chapter 9 will be on Thursday.  Monday night, you are to memorize the highlighted study quetions Chapter 9, section 2.  Tuesday and Wednesday, you should memorize the highlighted study questions from Chapter 9, section 3, and the ten questions from the two-part video that you will get on Tuesday. We will have a workshop for the Newsfacts portfolio on Friday.  The list is now complete. Over vacation, You can fix up your Portfolio to turn it in on Thursday, January 9.  Remember,  it is 5 points for the cover sheet we do in class, and 10 points for the (at least) 5 sentences paragraph that follows on a separate  piece of paper. You must have a compound sentence and a complex sentence in each of your paragraphs. You may copy cover sheets for 1 point a piece instead of 5, but you must wite your own paragraphs.  All of your News papers are to be in their own binder that is not used by any other class--the binder must be 1/2" or 1". Any other size, a used binder or the lack of a binder is an automatic 1 grade deduction.  If you have a problem getting a binder, please see your counselor.
The list for Newsfacts.

Homework for the week of December 9:  There will be News on Monday because Nelson Mandela died. We are going to do the Geography Bee preliminary test on Tuesday. We are completely dropping the
Chapter 8 Quiz because of Nelson Mandela and the Geography Bee pre-test.  The vocabulary test for Chapter 9, parts 1 and 2 will be on Wednesday.  Also on Wednesday, we will listen to Chapter 9 section 1, and start the study questions for it. They will be due on Thursday. Thursday, we will work on Chapter 9, section 2.  The study questions for it are long.  We will start them in class and you will finish them for homework.  Turn them in on Friday.  The vocabulary test for Chapter 9 parts 2 and 3 (part two was split due to the number) will be on Friday. We will listen to Chapter 9 sction 3 and start study questions which will be due on Monday.  You should start studying Study Question (highlighted) this week.

Homework for the week of December 2: Chapter 8 vocabulary has been seperated into two parts.  The test for parts 1 and 2 will be on Wednesday, December 4 .  The test for the other three parts will be on Friday, December 6. You will get the vocabulary for Chapter 9 (two parts, two tests) on Friday.  We are getting ready for a Chapter 8 Quiz that is basically about how the War of 1812 started, "The Star-Spangled Banner", about or flag and the Battle of Fort McHenry.  Lecture notes can be used for the Quiz.  Next week, we will start on all of Chapter 9--vocabulary, study questions,  highlight the study questions, memorize the answers and take a memorized material test.

Homework for the week of November 25:  You are here only Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Sunday is Thanksgiving break.  Tuesday will be the vocabulary test for Chapter 7.

Homework for the week of November 18: There is a vocabulary test for Chapter 6 on Tuesday.  You are taking notes for a Quiz on Chapter  6  on two overall questions; "How did George  Washington's Cabinet change History?" and "What are problems on the frontiers?"  We will discuss George Washington and his "Farewell Address"--such wonderful and wise advice .  There is no overall test on Chapter 6--just the quiz on notes. The quiz will be on Thursday, November 21.  On Tuesday, you will get the vocabulary for Chapter 7 (test next Tuesday).  Friday, there is a video about Lewis andClark.

Homework for the week of November 11:  Notice:  you are only in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the Veteran's Day holiday and a Professional development day.


If you were absent on Friday for the memorized material, Chapter 5 Test, plan on taking it on Tuesday.
You were supposed to keep all of your papers from Chapter 5 and notes from the Constitution.  Check to make sure your graded papers are entered corectly in Powerschool.  You need them on Wednesday to take an overall Constitution Quiz.  You may use your notes, previous quizzes, and study questions.  Please study them over to make sure you know where to find answers you don't automatically know.
We will start on Chapter 6 (briefly) on Thursday by dealing with the question "How did George Washington's cabint change History?



Homework for the week of November 2:
This week we will not do news until Thursday.  Monday, we will review the original Constitution and its seven articles.  There will be an "instaquiz" about the material on Tuesday.  Tuesday, we will review for the "Bill of Rights".  We will go over significant terms and study questions. Wednesday, there will be an "instaquiz" about the "Bill of Rights".  Wednesday and Thursday, we will go over amendments 11-27 and the Electoral process.  We did not have a quiz on Thursday in order to cover "the Electoral Process".  Friday, after the Chapter 5 test, you will get the Chapter 6 vocabulary.  Do not throw out papers as you get them back.  There is an "All Constitution Test" next week.
During the week, we will work on the amendments.  Your book only covers amendments 1-10.  We will study the other amendments in class. Be prepared to take "instaquizzes" on the other amendments for classwork.

Homework for the
week of October 28:

This week we are working on Chapter 5 and are finishing the vocabulary so that we can work on the study questions for Chapter 5.  The Constitution is one of our biggest units.  It contains material required of citizens so that they can understand the government and know their rights.  Thursday night may be Halloween night, but it is also the start of studying for the Chapter 5 test next week.