Monday, March 28, 2011

This week we have the Unit 5 Test

Our study guide has been handed out for this Unit and will be due the day of the Test. The students have almost the entire class period to work on it.
Mr. Krysl's class will be facing off against mine Tuesday in a game of Jeopardy over the test material. Depending on how hard the students work, the study guide answers may be posted on our websites around 8pm.
We will be testing Wednesday and the study guides will be graded. Study guides are a 100pts and students may only obtain half credit if turned in late.
We will be enrichment for students that mastered the material and re-teaching of certain topics for those who did not master material.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Finals Week

Social Studies will not have a final this week. We will be using the next 2 days 90 minute classes to get caught up in notes. I'm hoping to have all grades into the system by next Monday. [REMINDER: There has been 2 extra credit opportunities this quarter alone AND the book club has been available all year]

Right now in class we are covering westward expansion and manifest destiny. We will be heading towards Texan Independence and their joining of the United States by Thursday.

I'll be posting a link to my page before the test with uploads for the PowerPoint and the notepacket.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ANDREW JACKSON on History Channel

The last 3 days in class we have watch a series of videos that review, add to, and enrich the students knowledge of mainly Andrew Jackson, but also the War of 1812, the elections of 1824 and 1828, as well as the issues Jackson and America faced during his presidency.

Thursday, March 10, 2011



The Map that was assigned on Tuesday will be due Friday, the day of the test.
Students had two class periods to complete it and study; Test will be 60 points.

My class will be held in the science lab at least Thursday and Friday due to my smartboard bulb blowing up in PAWS class yesterday.

We have official started UNIT 5 and the notepackets have been handed out.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Starting Unit 5

Today we are starting the PowerPoint notes for the "Age of Jackson." We'll be covering Andrew Jackson's presidency, Manifest Destiny, and introducing topics of immigration and social reform. At the end of the Unit, before we get to the Civil War, the class will take a more detailed look at slavery.

On a side note, we have more than an hour of good social studies related videos up my class site. Here is the link: Coach Driemeier's Epic Videos

Oh here is a video of the Union Choir Trip. Festus kids can sing!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lewis & Clark
I have heard that Spain was not happy about the Corps of Discovery expedition led by Lewis and Clark and that a group of soldiers and Comanches was twice sent out to stop them. Can you give me more information about these efforts including who led the detachment of soldiers, or point me in the direction of a website or book that would have this information?

The Spanish believed that any American expedition into the Louisiana Territory would lead to attempts to conquer Spanish territories to the west and south. President Jefferson, in fact, did believe that the United States would eventually expand across the continent out to the Pacific Ocean, and he had long planned in secret for at least one expedition of explorers to be sent out to the far west, even before he acted on the fortuitous opportunity to purchase the Louisiana Territory from France (which had just reacquired it from the King of Spain).
President Jefferson, in fact, did believe that the United States would eventually expand across the continent out to the Pacific Ocean
Merriwether Lewis and William Clark set out into the Louisiana Territory just as it was being officially turned over to the United States in early 1804 (the Purchase had been made in 1803). But the borders of the territory had not yet been well determined and Spanish authorities in America had good reason to suspect that the expedition would intrude into tenuously held Spanish territory. They also suspected, rightly, that the expedition was not just a matter of satisfying Jefferson’s scientific curiosity about the region, but that the expedition would also attempt to turn the Indian tribes they encountered against the Spanish and make them friendly toward the United States for both military and trading purposes.

Spanish Attempts to Intercept the Expedition
On March 5, 1804, Sebastiàn Calvo de la Puerta y O’Farril, marqués de Casa Calvo, the former Spanish governor of Louisiana, who was remaining in New Orleans to serve on the boundary commission that was to demarcate the Louisiana Territory, sent a letter to Nemesio Salcedo, Commandant General of the Interior Provinces in Chihuahua, warning him about the expedition and instructing Salcedo to send out a force to intercept and arrest the explorers. Delays followed, but on May 3, Salcedo ordered the Governor of New Mexico, Fernando de Chacón, to dispatch a force to find Lewis and Clark, who had already begun their journey four months before. Chacón sent out a party headed by two frontiersmen, Pedro Vial and José Jarvet, who led a force of 52 soldiers, Spanish settlers, and Indians, from Santa Fe on August 1. By September 3, they reached a large Pawnee settlement on the Platte River in central Nebraska. There, they assiduously distributed presents to the local chiefs and learned that American “traders” had lately been in the area. In fact, Lewis and Clark’s expedition had passed that way, but by the time that Vial and Jarvet reached the Platte, the Corps of Discovery was already far to the north, poling up the Missouri. Unable to get a clear idea of where Lewis and Clark were (actually, they were only about 100 miles away), Vial and Jarvet returned to New Mexico, arriving in Santa Fe on November 5.

Salcedo ordered Vial and Jarvet to conduct another attempt to counter Lewis and Clark in October 1805. They were given orders to negotiate with the Indians with the aim of forging close alliances with them so that the tribes would intercept Lewis and Clark upon their return journey. Vial and Jarvet set out from Santa Fe with about 100 men, soldiers, traders, and militia, but when they reached the north bank of the Arkansas River on November 6, they were attacked by a force of Pawnee, and had to return to Santa Fe. In April 1806, Vial led a third force, this time numbering about 300, on a similar mission to make Indian allies among the Pawnee, but his men soon turned against him and deserted, and he returned again to Santa Fe.
Melgares’ mission was to impress the wavering Indians who had been allied to Spain
In June, Salcedo dispatched another force from Santa Fe under the command of Lieutenant Facundo Melgares. Melgares had about 600 men under his command composed of 105 soldiers, 400 militiamen, and about 100 Comanches, all accompanied by nearly 2000 horses and mules. It was the largest military force that Spanish authorities ever sent out into the Plains. Melgares’ mission was to impress the wavering Indians who had been allied to Spain until then and to repel or apprehend any American exploring expeditions it could find, including the one under Lewis and Clark.

Hampered by the Pawnees’ suspicions and opposition, Melgares’ formidable but unwieldy force did not succeed in reaching the Missouri River, where it might have encamped and encountered Lewis and Clark on their return trip. The Corps of Discovery reached St. Louis on September 23, 1806, and Melgares and his men returned to Santa Fe the following month.

3/3/11 Debates

We almost didn't have our 1st Amendment debates today because I am sick. I tried to call in, but we had no luck on finding a sub so I decided to man-up and stay. Overall the kids did well. I had a few groups that were not prepared at all and their grades will show it. I have a couple groups that did a great job. The biggest problem was the students not realizing that the debate is between the two in front of the class, not the debaters and themselves.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

In Class This Week

In class this week we divided my and Mr. K's classes into two groups. The kids that mastered the material for the Test get enrichment activities to go further in depth on the topics of Unit 4. The students that did not master the test got to go over questions they missed and re-learn topics that they must know to move on to the next Unit.