Thursday, March 19, 2015

Social Studies 400 (Could you pass a U.S. Citizenship Test?)

Could You Pass a Citizenship Test?
Take both tests online and record your answers on the worksheet provided.

What is the capital of the United States?

What is the name of the national anthem?

How many original states were there?

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

In what year was the Constitution written?

What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?

Who becomes the President of the United States if the President AND Vice President should die?

What kind of government does the United States have?

What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

Now try this Citizenship Test:

 Who signs bills to become laws?
 What did Susan B. Anthony do?
There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
Who is in charge of the executive branch?
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

For extra Credit, take the following quiz on the History Channel website:
or take this quiz:

World Studies (Recycling Game)

Interactive Recycling Game: Garbage Dreams

Financial Literacy Game

It Costs What?

What the U.S. education system can learn from the developing world: Adam...

School in a Cloud

What is it?

Sugata Mita's Ted Talk in cartoon form:

School in the Cloud Documentary Preview:

Monday, March 16, 2015


Some of our guest speakers this year:

Some pretty amazing bulletin boards we created this year:

Some of our projects:

Sometimes we like to learn outside:

This year's holiday theme....Star Wars:

Terrible Things

What do you consider "Terrible Things"?

What are some "terrible things" from the past?

What "terrible things" are happening in our state, nation, world?

Can "terrible things" be stopped?

Do you think we have learned the lessons from our past mistakes? Why or why not?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Social Studies 400 (Create a Brochure)

Your topic is Alt-Ed. Your task is to create a brochure informing incoming freshmen, parents, and other interested parties about RVHS- Alt-Ed.

Working in teams of four, determine who will be in charge of the following components of the brochure:

  • Lists
  • Paragraphs
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Pictures and captions
  • Quotes

Before drafting your brochures:

Ask, who is my audience?

What questions might they have regarding Alt-Ed?

How might I answer these questions? (Paragraphs, cartoons, quotes, charts)

What other information might you highlight in the brochure?

Should you include contact information, links to resources, etc.?

Now, work together and decide the layout/ organization/design of your brochure. You will be given large sheets of paper to sketch your drafts.

Helpful tips:

All headings and titles should be similar in font and style. Choose a font that is easy to read. Decorative fonts are difficult to read. Chose a size that is easy to read.

Group 1:

Group 2:

Group 3:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

English 509 & 510 Comic Strip Assignment

Use one of the following tools to make your comic strip:

You may either make a comic strip based on a specific scene from the book we are reading or you may make a comic strip where your characters comment on a chapter or scene from the book.

Your comic strip should include a minimum of four panels. Each panel should have a caption related to the scene. Your comic must be organized and understandable to the reader. There must be a clear beginning, middle, and end.

The Great Depression: Crash Course US History #33

THE DUST BOWL: A Film By Ken Burns | Premieres Sun., Nov. 18th | PBS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

RVHS Alt-Ed Free Rice Contest

World Studies 509 Assignment (Half the Sky Final Project)

Working alone or with a partner, you will be assigned an organization to research. You will create a presentation reporting the following information:

Name of your organization
Brief history of your organization
Mission of your organization
What does your organization do? What is its approach?
How does your organization involve supporters? What can people like you do to help?
How effective is your organization in bringing about change?

Room to Read


Edna Aden Hospital Foundation

Every Mother Counts

Heifer International

Save the Children

The Fistula Foundation

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Women's History Month Project: Women on 20s

First, listen to the wpr program: 

"Put A Woman On The $20 Bill?"

List the women suggested by callers during the program:











Visit the website:
Watch the two short videos introducing the organization and their mission.

Answer these questions:

The mission:

Don’t we already have women on currency?
Why choose the $20 bill?
Why 2020?
Why boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill?

Meet the candidates:
How were these 15 final candidates selected?
List the fifteen finalists.

Everyone will select a candidate (by drawing a name out of a hat) and create a poster or powerpoint/prezi about this person’s contributions to United States history. Your goal is to persuade your peers to vote for your candidate. 


If you create a PowerPoint or prezi, you need a minimum of six slides/frames. Each slide must contain a minimum of two facts. You must also include a minimum of three pictures in your poster/PowerPoint/prezi. (Posters need to include 12 facts and three pictures.)

As a class, we will vote for the most deserving candidate. The winner (poster/powerpoint/prezi) will win a prize! (A full-sized candy bar or a pack of gum!)

After you've learned about the top 15 candidates, if  you’d like to vote for your top three choices, vote here:

You will have one week to complete this project.

Women on 20s in the news:

You can follow Women on 20s on Twitter:

A Woman's Place Is On the Money