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WWH- Block Day, 12/13/06 & 12/14/06 December 14, 2006

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We discussed the ideas of the Enlightenment, in particular the social contract and natural law, and the ideas and contributions of Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Wollstonecraft.

I then distributed the Semester Final Review Packet, and students had time to work on organizing and reviewing material for the test. We will continue this on Friday. Also, Friday will be the last day to turn in works-in-progress and any other work.

Don’t forget that much of the information from the group assignments can be found on the WWH notes page and the WWH wiki page.

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APUSH- Block Day, 12/13/06 & 12/14/06 December 14, 2006

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We discussed “Bleeding Kansas”, John Brown, and the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South on the eve of the Civil War. I also demonstrated the review test. Students will be able to access this at any time, and as many times as they wish between now and the final.

Joanna Foutts was the first with the correct answer to Tuesday’s extra credit question about railroad mileage.

WWH- 12/12/06 December 12, 2006

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Students turned in homework over Philip II and Louis XIV, and we discussed the causes and effects of absolutism (see chart on p. 160 of text).  In particular, I focused on how absolute monarchs tended to raise taxes to pay for public works and military buildups, which in turn increased resentment among those forced to pay taxes.  This set the stage to introduce several Enlightenment thinkers.  Students were given a reading packet covering Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, and Voltaire.  They are to identify four items for each:

1.  Place of birth

2. Date of birth

3. Major works with description

4. Ideas that made an impact (2 or more)

In addition to the reading packet, information on each of these thinkers can be located  in chapter 6, beginning on p. 195.

This Enlightentment thinkers reading will be due on block day.

Also, students will receive the semester final review packet.  Please bring to class all the unit packets and vocab sheets you have completed so far (Ancient Civilizations; Religions; Middle Ages; Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution; and Exploration).

APUSH- 12/12/06 December 12, 2006

Posted by Mr. Klopfenstein in advanced placement, Class Activities, history, United States history.
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Today we discussed Dred Scott and the Supreme Court decision that bears his name.  We examined the people involved, the issues raised, the court proceedings, Chief Justice Taney’s opinion, and the consequences of the decision.  For block day, students should familiarize themselves with the advantages and disadvantages of each side on the eve of the Civil War.  Extra credit to the first student who responds in a comment with the total number of railroad miles in the north and the south at the outset of the Civil War.

WWH- 12/11/06 December 12, 2006

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Students did corrections for the Exploration quiz, then picked up a reading guide over the Age of Absolutism, focussing on Philip II of Spain and Louis XIV of France, which will be due tomorrow.

APUSH- 12/11/06 December 12, 2006

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We discussed Abraham Lincoln’s unlikely ascent to the Presidency, and then looked at an e-seminar on Abolition and Emancipation from Columbia American History online (username and password required).

WWH- 12/08/06 December 12, 2006

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Students took the Exploration quiz, and then picked up the enlightenment vocab sheet, which will be due on Block next week.

APUSH- 12/08/06 December 12, 2006

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Students did test corrections for the Unit 3 objective test, and received the handouts and due dates for Unit 4.

WWH- Block Day, 12/6 & 12/7, 2006 December 7, 2006

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Students worked on completing their exploration maps. I gave students review terms and question for the exploration quiz Friday:

encomienda, political alliance, unification, colony, self-sufficient, middle passage, culture blending, capitalism, mercantilism, balance of trade, inflation, joint-stock company.

Causes and effects of the Columbian Exchange

Motives and reasons for exploration

Risks involved with exploration

Results of exploration

Basic components of mercantilism, capitalism, joint-stock companies

Causes and effects of the transatlantic slave trade, triangular trade

Effects of exploration on natives

Role of missionaries

Impact of exploration upon trade

APUSH- Block Day, 12/6 & 12/7, 2006 December 7, 2006

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We reviewed the documents skills on dealing with contradictory documents, analyzing charts, and analyzing political cartoons.  Students then wrote the Unit 3 DBQ dealing with Antebellum reform movements.