Monday, December 15, 2008

U.S. History- "The Patriot"

Monday-Thursday: Watch "The Patriot"
Wednesday: Packets are due

"The Patriot" resources:
History Channel Video Guide and Lesson Plan:

For students looking to earn extra credit:
For each question answered correctly, you may earn 5 points extra credit.
1. Who is the main character of the movie? (Tell me a little about this person and his family.) Where does he live? What year(s) does this movie take place?
2. What role do women play in the film? Is it consistent with the roles women played in this time period?
3. What role do African Americans and Native Americans play in the film?
4. Who were the loyalists and who were the patriots? What were their roles in the American Revolution?
5. How does this film depict the actions of the British army? Give several examples.
6. Briefly describe the life of a soldier during the Revolutionary War. (Based on what you saw in the film and read in chapter 2.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 8-12

World History:
Finish watching "A Class Divided."

Discussion Questions (due at the end of the period Monday)
Read play in class/oral quiz
Begin next Unit: Examining the Conflict Diamond Issue
Introduce the issue. Review geography. Read PBS article in class.
More on the topic:
U.S. History:
Finish chapter 2
Everyday: Lecture/notes on Chapter 2 from Don't Know Much About History (I will also discuss parts of Zinn's A People's History of the United States- "Tyranny is Tyranny")
Packets/posters (packets due on Friday, posters due next Tuesday)
"A Short Play on the Boston Tea Party" (we will read this in class on Friday):
School House Rock: "No More Kings"
Large image of Paul Revere's portrayal of the Boston Massacre:
Boston Massacre Lesson Plan:
For those looking to earn extra credit:
Go to the link below. Examine Paul Revere's famous engraving of the Boston Massacre. Answer the questions. Each question answered correctly will earn you two points extra credit.

Discuss chapter 4 in class
Read in class 5-7
Assign chapter 8 over the weekend
Vocabulary cards (definitions, pictures)
Friday: Write in journals. Choose one of the following to discuss in your journal:
a) Compare this book to another book you've read. How are they alike? How are they different?
b) Compare a character from this book to a character from another book you've recently read. How are they similar? How are they different?
Note on journal entries: Each entry must be at least half a page.