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"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and our common humanity,  so that we can better face the future"

- Robert Penn Warren



What we are up to...

7th: We are learning about archeology, why it is important and what can be learned by studying artifacts. Soon the students will be partaking in the Big Dig project, more information to follow.


8th: We are currently learning about the events that led to the American Revolution. Students have learned about taxes and why colonists were angry about them, events such as the Boston Massacre, and people such as John Adams and his cousin Sam. We will soon study the Boston Tea Party and the first battles of the war itself. 









Homework Pencil Homework for Ms. Cunningham's Class

Monday, October 20

7th: Final draft of Big Dig essay due tomorrow (see below for details). Due on Wednesday is Chapter 2, Section 1 ?1-4 (remember to TTQA and include details). 

8th: Blog post- If you were living in Boston during the Intolerable Acts, which part of the acts do you think would be most infuriating? Explain your answer and don't forget to check your spelling and grammar. Initial post is due by 8pm tonight and responses/comments by 8am tomorrow. You will be responding to your 11 and 12 clock partner's posts. Here is a link that describes the different parts of the Intolerable Acts:

Here is the Liberty's Kids episode that focuses on the Intolerable Acts:

Tuesday, October 21

7th: Chapter 2, Section 1 ?1-4 due tomorrow. 

8th: Your GoAnimate video needs to be posted to your blog by Thursday at 8pm and responses/comments by 8am on Friday. The video you create needs to explain if you are a Patriot or Loyalist, to what extreme, and the reasons behind your choice. You will respond to your 4 clock partner and then one person in the other class. If someone in the other class already has two responses, please choose someone else. Refer to the directions you wrote down in class when embedding the video into your blog (and don't forget to publish). 

Notebooks will be collected tomorrow. 

Wednesday, October 22

7th: Chapter 2, Section 2 ?1&2

8th: Post/embed your video into your blog by tomorrow, 8pm. Responses and comments need to be posted by 8am on Friday. When you are done with your video, you MUST email me that you are finished so I can then email you the HTML code. 

Thursday, October 23

7th: Chapter 2, Section 3 ?1&2

8th: Video must be embedded/posted to your blog by 8pm tonight, responses/comments complete by 8am tomorrow. You need to email me when you are done so I can then send you the HTML code. I have parent-teacher conferences tonight, but will be checking my email during breaks in my schedule. Please email me by 7:30 tonight so there is enough time for me to get the code, email it to you, and then for you to post it to your site. 

Test on Monday- this test will cover taxes and events such as the Boston Massacre and Tea Party. 

Friday, October 24

7th: notebooks will be collected on Tuesday for grading. Remember that everything in your notebook needs a title, page number, and a Table of Contents entry.

8th: test on Monday

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October 8, 2014
8th Grade Blog Information & Expectations

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September 5, 2014
7th grade information.pdf

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September 5, 2014
8th grade information.pdf

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November 13, 2013
Empire Tasks.pdf

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September 26, 2013
Artifact Blueprint.pdf

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September 9, 2013
8th Grade Scope and Sequence.pdf

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September 9, 2013
7th Grade Scope and Sequence.pdf

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November 28, 2012
Document Analysis Worksheet

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September 14, 2012
Guess the Artifact.pdf

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We FINALLY made it!


8th Grade Textbook Resources
8th Grade US History Textbook Reviews
On the left-hand side of the screen, click the blue arrow (next to the title "The World Before 1500"). Look at the list and choose the chapter you would like to review.
Listen to the book via your computer, or download to a portable device.

American Revolution
Colonial Williamsburg
A great site about an amazing place. What did it take for America to earn its freedom? Learn about it here...
Declaration of Independence
Information about the document, the signers and more.
Freedom Trail
Explore stops that can be found along the Freedom Trail.
Liberty's Kids
Play fun games about the Revolution, including people and events!
Liberty! Road to Revolution Game
Can you navigate your way to independence?
Mission US: 13 Colonies
You will have to register to play this game...

Archaeology Sites
Dig it up!
Click of the "Dig it Up" link on the right and put your archeology skills to the test!

Geography & History Games
Ayiti: Cost of Life
What is it like to live in poverty, struggling every day to stay healthy, keep out of debt, and get educated? Find out now in this challenging role playing game created by the High School students in Global Kids with the game developers at Gamelab, in which you take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti.
Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.
Geography Games
A variety of geography games (like Geo Spy), brought to you by National Geographic
Geography Games 3
Even more geography games!!!

Cartoon Creator 1
An easy way to create one, three or six-panel cartoons.
Use code provided to create an account.
Add a Sound
Find sounds/sound effects to jazz up a presentation
Use Glogster to make digital, interactive posters.
Make a digital flip book. All your info must be in PDF format before loading it into the book. Please see me if you would like an account!
How to Make a Flip Book
YouTube video to help you understand how to make a FlipSnack book.
Need music for a presentation? Must download song first. This is free music.
Zooming presentation editor.
Create a "cloud" of words. You can save it as a PDF image from the "print" button. Words become larger when they are entered multiple times.
Sign in to create and update your website.

White House
Daily life of the President
Take a peak into the daily life of President Obama
White House Tour
Take an interactive tour of the White House

Recommended sites
7th Grade Quia Site
Study for tests and more!
8th Grade Quia Site
Review for tests and more.
CNN Challenge
Test your news knowledge!
CNN Student News
Keep up to date on the news and other current events.
BBC History for Kids
Learn about a variety of ancient cultures.
Short animated movies about people, places, events, and idea. Try the quiz out at the end of the movie and test your knowledge!
History Channel
The go-to place for everything related to history.
Political Cartoons
Check out political cartoons from the U.S. and around the world.

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