Mr. McKain's Blog

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Location: Seaford, Delaware, United States

Friday, December 22, 2006

End of week agenda

On Wednesday, December 20th, we took an open-note, open-book test on the American Revolution.

On Thursday and Friday, we watched the movie The Crossing starring Jeff Daniels. As we did this, we created a profile of George Washington as a person and a leader.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday, December 19th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What do you think was the most important factor in the American victory? In other words, how did they beat the British?
1.5 Collect Homework: Paragraph on Yorktown and Worksheet (The War Moves South)
2. Notes: Treaty of Paris
3. Review: Revolutionary War Timeline
4. Create a class timeline
5. HW: Study for test!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Monday, December 18th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What do you already know about the role of women and African-Americans in colonial society? How might they have contributed to the war effort?
2. Read: p. 186-188
3. Outline the reading (notes)
4. Video: The Revolutionary War: American Victory
5. Paragraph: Identify the Battle of Yorktown and explain its significance.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday, December 15th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Which side had the advantage in early 1781 as the war moved into the south? Explain.
2. Read p. 191-192
3. Worksheet
4. Review Worksheet; modeling good responses.
5. Video: Benedict Arnold
6. Current Events?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thursday, December 14th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Why was the Battle of Saratoga important?

2. Notes: Progress of the War

3. Video: The Difficult Winter at Valley Forge

4. HW: p. 185 #7

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday, December 12th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Were the 13 colonies independent on July 4, 1776? Explain.
2. Quiz
3. Worksheet: Guided Reading and Vocabulary Builder
4. Read: "Howe Billy Wished France Wouldn't Join In" Hakim book
5. HW: Finish Worksheet

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tuesday, December 12th Agenda

1. Warm-up: What does it mean to be independent? What are some of the negatives?
2. The Declaration of Independence – Primary Source Reading and Outline
3. Pretend you are a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. Write a speech either supporting or opposing the Declaration of Independence.
4. Review Chapter 6 Sections 1 and 2
5. HW: Quiz tomorrow. Study!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Monday, December 11th Agenda

Thursday we spent the day doing research in the media center. On Friday, individuals presented their research and students wrote their own mini-biographies about how the events of their own lives have shaped who they are today. Sorry the website was not updated!

Now, on to today's agenda:

1. Warm-up: What does the phrase “common sense” mean? Give an example of something you think involves “common sense”.
2. Review where we left off
3. Notes: From War to Independence
4. Read: “Declaring Independence” in Hakim silently
5. KWL Chart
6. Finish Video from Friday and complete worksheet
7. HW: p. 176 #1-4

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wednesday and Thursday December 6th and 7th Agendas

We are in the media center these two days researching for the biography project. Get some work done at home as well!

Monday will be the last day for make-ups before interim reports come out. Many of you need to get some work in to me ASAP! I will be after school every day if you need to make up a test or quiz or just want to stay to make up some missing assignments. Remember, half credit is better than no credit at all, and for some of you, it will be difference between passing and failing.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tuesday, December 5th Agenda

1. Warm-up: Why is it difficult to fight in a foreign land?
2. Collect HW
3. Read: “The War of the Hills” and answer reading questions
4. Video: An Army of Amateurs
5. Video Questions
6. Discuss Project and pick topics

Monday, December 04, 2006

Monday, December 4th Agenda

1. Warm-up: For what reasons should a nation go to war? Is it ever right to start a war without being attacked or directly provoked? Explain.
2. Discuss test and review expectations
3. Discuss and debate peace vs. war
4. Read about the advantages of the opposing sides
5. Create a T-chart of the advantages
6. Review T-chart; discuss who had more advantages
7. HW: p. 171 #3 and 4