Welcome to 8th grade US History!Erin Coppola-Kleinecoppola-klein@latinpcs.org
Our class web site is up and running! Check out ckushistory8.weebly.com for class notes, homework, and handouts organized by unit. Here is a link to a digital copy of our textbook; the username is latinpcs and the password is history8.

1/16-1/19
  • "Escape from Freedom" extension until Friday. Email me for instructions to make flash work in Chrome or watch one of the youtube summaries to answer the questions
  • Answer the 4 Frederick Douglass questions (due Wednesday, 1/16 - EF; due Thursday, 1/17 - CD)

1/8-1/12
  • read and annotate the Amistad Case File
    • Section C - read and annotate the Historical Facts section (due Wednesday, 1/10)
    • Section D - read and annotate the first 4 paragraphs (due Wednesday, 1/10)
    • Section E - read and annotate the Historical Facts section (due Tuesday, 1/9)
    • Section F - read and annotate the first 4 paragraphs (due Tuesday, 1/9)
  • finish the Amistad Verdict Report (due Wednesday, 1/10 - Sections EF; due Thursday, 1/11 - Sections CD)
  • Play "Escape From Freedom" and answer the reflection questions (due Tuesday, 1/16 - EF; due Wednesday, 1/17 - CD)
    • What did you notice in the game that was historically accurate? What was historically inaccurate? Push yourself to go beyond superficial answers.
    • If you were a game designer, what would you change to make the game better, without making it historically inaccurate

1/2-1/5
  • read ch 11.3 and complete handout (due Thursday, 1/4 - CDF; due Friday 1/5 - E)

12/11-12/15
  • map packet multi-day homework assigned Monday (due Friday, 12/15 - CDEF) -- counts as three homework assignments

12/4-12/8
  • use pages 317-319 and make a list of 10 events related to the Lewis & Clark Expedition with year and month where possible (due Tuesday, 12/5 - EF; due Wednesday, 12/6 - CD)
  • Oregon Trail ?s (due Thursday, 12/7 - F; due Friday, 12/8 - CE; due Monday, 12/11 - D)
  • background reading (due Friday, 12/8 - D; due Monday, 12/11 - CEF)

11/27-12/1
  • read pgs 314-316 and write a letter as James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson describing the benefits of the Louisiana Purchase (due Tuesday, 11/28 - EF; due Wednesday, 11/29 - CD)
  • write a letter home as a member of the Corps of Discovery defining and giving the significance of one of the following things from the video:
    • the encounter with the Teton Sioux
    • the fork in the Missouri River leading to Great Falls
    • Sacagawea
    • assistance from a variety of Native tribes
    • (due Thursday, 11/30 - F; due Friday, 12/1 - C; due Monday, 12/4 - DE)
  • Nystrom mapping 21 (due Friday, 12/1 - DF; due Monday, 12/4 - C; due Wednesday, 12/6)

Road to Revolution Unit Test - Monday, November 20 (Sections CDEF)
(If you will be missing class due to the upcoming holiday, please see me to schedule to take your test on Friday so that you don't have to study over break or have a week to forget the material.)

11/13-11/17
  • read and complete the chart about the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the Revolutionary War (due Wednesday, 11/15 - EF; due Thursday, 11/16 - CD)
  • study for unit test

11/6-11/9
  • Tea Party reading and questions (due Wednesday, 11/8 - E; due Thursday, 11/9 - CDF)
  • Read about the Intolerable Acts and answer the questions provided in class (due Monday, 11/13 - CDEF)

10/30-11/2
  • create a timeline of 10 events leading up to the Revolutionary War using ch 5.2-5.3 (due Wednesday, 11/1 - DE; due Thursday 11/2 - CF)

10/23-10/27
  • read ch 5.2 and write a letter to King James, underlining three facts from the reading (due Wednesday, 10/25 - CDEF)
  • Nystrom mapping handout on French & Indian War (due Thursday, 10/26 - F; due Friday, 10/27 - CDE)

Colonization Unit Test - Wednesday, October 18 (Sections CDEF)

10/6-10/12 (Friday-Thursday)
  • VoiceThread Scavenger Hunt (due Friday, October 6 - Sections CDEF)
  • Socratic Seminar Reflection - #1 & #3 (due Tuesday, October 10 - Sections CDEF)

Colonial VoiceThread Project - due Wednesday, October 4 by 3:15 pm
*NEW DEADLINE FOR SECTIONS C AND D* Sections C and D have until 3:15 Thursday, October 5 (due to unequal class time to work)
  • Since last week you have been familiarizing yourself with the different platforms you will need to use to complete the VoiceThread project
  • The assignment, rubric, and illustrated instruction guides for the digital platforms are posted on the weebly homework page and Colonization page
  • Suggested intermediate deadlines (intended as a guide; aim to have complete before you go to bed on the deadline day)
    • Friday, 9/29 - research completed and notecards organized for "script"
    • Monday, 10/2 - images selected and uploaded
    • Tuesday, 10/2 - recorded vocal track and VT shared with class
    • Wednesday, 10/4 - comments complete (in class)

9/25-9/29
  • Create a VoiceThread that shows some aspect(s) of who you are - minimum of three slides and less than 1 minute; (due Wednesday, 9/27 - Sections CDEF)

9/18-9/22
  • read ch 4.2 and write a journal entry from the perspective of a colonist with 5 facts from the reading underlined (due Tuesday, 9/19 - Sections E, F; due Wednesday, 9/20 - Sections C, D)
  • organize your binder roughly in the order listed below (due Wednesday, 9/20 - Sections E, F; due Thursday, 9/21 - Sections C, D)
    • Course Overview
    • We and They
    • TEDtalk
    • classical opinion/connotation and denotation
    • TAB
    • ch 1.1-2 hw (First Americans)
    • Populating the Americas/Portugal outline
    • ch 2.1 hw (European Exploration)
    • Nystrom Exploration handout
    • mapping in color
    • Columbian Exchange map
    • pop quiz
    • Spanish/Portuguese and French colonization PowerPoint
    • ch 4.3 hw (Transatlantic Slave Trade)
    • Nystrom transatlantic slavery handout
    • Transatlantic slavery PowerPoint
    • Triangular Trade simulation notes
    • ch 3 homework questions and vocab (vocab completed)
    • ch 3 chart (North American Colonies)
    • ch 4.3 hw (Life in the Colonies)
  • create a citation for the information found here using NoodleTools (due Monday, 9/25 - Sections C, D, E, F)

9/11-9/15
  • Complete your assigned section of ch 3 (due Tuesday, 9/12 - Sections F, E; due Wednesday, 9/13 - Sections C, D)
  • write a 1 paragraph reflection about the Triangular Trade simulation (due Thursday, 9/14 - Section F; due Friday, 9/15 - Sections C, E; due Monday, 9/18 - Section D)

9/5-9/8
  • Mapping in Color handout (due Wednesday, September 6 - Sections C, D, E, F)
  • Columbian Exchange map (due Wednesday, September 6 - Sections C, E, F; due Thursday, September 7 - Section D)
  • ch 4.3 handout (due Thursday, September 7 - Section F; due Friday, September 8 - Sections C, D, E)

9/28-9/1
  • read ch 1.1-2 and answer the ?s on a sheet of lined paper using complete sentences (due Tuesday, September 29 - Sections E and F; due Wednesday, September 30 - Section D)
    1. How did learning to farm and raise animals change the way of life for Native Americans?
    2. What culture areas continued to use hunting as a main source of food?
    3. Explain why these groups might NOT have started farming?
  • read ch 2.1 and answer the ?s on a sheet of lined paper using complete sentences
    1. What group may have arrived before Columbus? What proof of this arrival exists?
    2. What did Portugal refuse to finance Columbus' trip?
    3. What is the "Columbian Exchange?" What were its positive effects?

9/23-9/25
  • read the course overview and note any questions or areas of confusion to discuss in class (due Thursday, 9/24 - all Sections)
  • sign with a parent/guardian the course overview to show you understand and agree to the expectations (due Friday, 9/25 - all Sections)
  • watch Chimamanda Adichie's 2009 TEDtalk and write in complete sentences: (due Monday, 9/28 - Sections D, E, G; due Wednesday, 9/30 - Section C)
    • three points she is making (in your own words)
    • two questions you have
    • one reaction to her presentation