Mr. McKain's Blog

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Location: Seaford, Delaware, United States

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday, May 29th Agenda

1. Warm-up: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – Based on this passage from his second inaugural address, how do you think Lincoln planned on dealing with the South after the war? Explain.
2. Brainstorm: Challenges facing the nation at the end of the war
3. Read about the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Hakim or online)
4. How did the assassination of Abraham Lincoln complicate the issue of Reconstruction? Explain.
5. HW: p. 519 #'s 1-5

Monday, May 21, 2007

Agenda - Week of May 21st

This week is the big Social Studies DSTP!! Good luck everyone!!

Monday - Quiz on the end of the Civil War
Tuesday - DSTP Review
Wednesday - Video (TBA)
Thursday - Review Civil War
Friday - Test: Civil War .... last major test grade of the year!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday, May 17th Agenda

On Monday, we discussed the Emancipation Proclamation and completed a worksheet. On Tuesday, we watched a video on the 54th Massachusetts and answered questions relating to the film. On Wednesday, we had the "Choices" presenters with us the entire period. On to today...

1. Warm-up
2. Finish video
3. Compare clip from "Glory" to documentary
4. Discuss inflation
5. p. 504 #'s 2-5

Friday, May 18th (in case I forget)
1. Warm-up
2. Review Questions
3. Notes: 1863-1865
4. Primary Source Activity: The Gettysburg Address
5. HW: Quiz Monday, Chapter 17 Sections 3-5

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday, May 10th Agenda

Yesterday we had a change of plans because the "Choices" people did not come due to the fog delay. As a result, we worked on a guided reading chart that summarizes the two opposing sides after completing a DSTP style warm-up.

Today's Agenda:
1. Warm-up: Opportunity Costs (DSTP)
2. Timeline: Early battles of the war (6 Key Events)
3. Review Timeline
4. GR Ch. 17 Section 2
5. Quiz Tomorrow

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tuesday, May 8th Agenda

1. Warm-up: DSTP Question
2. Read “The War’s Leaders” pp. 488-489 Textbook
3. Read “Choosing Sides” pp. 76-79 in Hakim
4. Create a fictional character who must decide whether to side with the North or with the South. Describe who he is, where he is from, etc. and make sure you include the reasons for his decision. Be creative! You may do this in the form of a letter, diary, or memoir.
Look at your source. If it were real, how would you use it if you were an historian? Explain. (class discussion).

Monday, May 07, 2007

Monday, May 7th Agenda

On Friday, we viewed a film "The Cause" about the events leading up to and including Ft. Sumter. We did a KWL chart on the film. If you were absent, see me about make up assignments.

1. Warm-up: DSTP Review Question
2. Chart: Strengths and Weaknessess of the North and South
3. Review Charts
4. Imagine that you are a diplomat from a foreign country; your country must decide which side to trade with during the Civil War. You realize that it would be wise to pick the side you think will win. Which side do you trade with and why?

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Thursday, May 3rd Agenda

Yesterday, we took a test on the causes of the Civil War. Schedule a make up with me ASAP if you were absent.

1. Warm-up: DSTP Question
2. Discuss: Abraham Lincoln & Attack on Fort Sumter
3. Group Work: Newspaper
--In your group, you will create a newspaper for April 13, 1861 - the day after the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Your newspaper must consist of a headline, a feature article describing the event, a political cartoon, and an editorial. Your newspaper will have a certain bias based on its nature. For example, you may choose to be an abolitionist newspaper, a southern newspaper, a Republican newspaper, or a newspaper from a "border state" such as Delaware. The deadline is the end of class, so work quickly!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tuesday, May 1st Agenda

1. Warm-up: p. 477 “Practice the skill” 1-5
2. Read: Election of 1860 p. 478
3. Geography Skills 1-3 p. 479
4. Movie: Causes of the Civil War (KWL Chart)
5. HW: Prepare for Test