Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MP 2: Current Events (Student News)

Visit and watch the current events recap of the day. Summarize at least one topic in the program and respond to it. Include the Who, What, When, Where, and Why in your summary. In your response you should also include an opinion, a connection and/or a question on the topic. Post as anonymous using first name, last initial and class period only.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

MP 2: Inequalities of Past and Present

Now that you have completed your PBL on the Inequalities of the Past and Present, please share some of the most interesting information you discovered through your research. How has this research changed your views on our country or the world? (Post as "anonymous" using first name, last initial and class period only.)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colonial Choices

If you HAD to live in one of the early colonies (Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth or Massachusetts Bay) for ONE WEEK, which one would you choose? Why? What would you expect to be some of your biggest challenges? (Post as ANONYMOUS using first name, last initial and class period only...don't forget to copy first!)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pocahontas: Fact vs. Fiction

After Disney's Pocahontas was released, the Powhatan Nation was furious that the real story of Pocahontas was distorted in the name of entertainment. (See the Powhatan's letter here.) After exploring the different resources on Pocahontas, do you agree with the Powhatan in believing that Disney should not have portrayed Pocahontas incorrectly? Why would Disney have changed the facts in the first place? Give evidence from at least one source to support your opinion. (Post as ANONYMOUS, using first name, last initial and class period only!)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Roanoke-October 19, 2015

Knowing what you now know about the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke, what advice would you give the settlers that may have helped them succeed in the New World? Post as anonymous using first name, last initial and class period only! Don't forget to save to your clipboard or Google Docs before publishing (just in case!)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Current Events: Week of 9/28/15

Using a reliable news site (i.e. find and read an article that interests you about a global or national event. In the comments section below, summarize the news story. Make sure to include the who, what, when, where, why and how, as well as your opinion on the event. Also include the link to the article. (Post as anonymous using your first name, last initial and class period!) 1 paragraph minimum.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Going Back in Time

If you could go back in time and spend a week in any historical time period, which one would you choose? Are there any particular people you would like to meet? Explain the reasons for your choice. (Post as ANONYMOUS with your first name, last initial and class period only.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

John Brown: Martyr or Madman?

Based on the historical evidence provided in Chapter 10 of War, Terrible War by Joy Hakim, the video entitled “John Brown’s Raid in American Memory” on the Virginia Historical Society’s website, and the article “The Impending Crisis,” on page 20 of your packet,  do you believe John Brown was a martyr or a madman?  Use TEXTUAL evidence to support your opinion!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mission US-Game Review

After completing Mission #1 and/or Mission #2 on, write a REVIEW for the game below. Describe the mission, what challenges you had to overcome, and what you learned from the game. Rate it 0-5 stars and explain the reasons for your rating.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

U.S. Imperialism-8th Grade

After learning about how to United States became a world power, what are your thoughts on imperialism?  Was the U.S. justified in taking control of lands oversees in order to gain military strength and wealth?  Use specific examples from the text, film clips, and/or articles to support your opinion!  (Post as anonymous using first name, last initial and period only!)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Exploring Future Careers

Reflect upon what you learned after completing the career activity with Mrs. Frederick or Ms. Constantino. What did you learn about your possible future career options?  Were you surprised by your research? (Post as anonymous using first name, last initial and class period only.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Current Events-7th & 8th Grade

After watching a current episode of the student news at, watching the news on TV, or reading a recent article in print, summarize an important national or international news story. (Minimum 1-2 paragraphs.) Make sure to include the 5 W's of journalism (Who, What, When, Where, & Why.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

8th Grade: Native American Assimilation

Using your notes from the presentation, the film clips, and the map and article in your packet, describe the challenges faced by our nation's Native Americans in the late 1800's-early 1900's.  (Post as ANONYMOUS, using first name, last initial and class period only.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Risking Your Life for Your Country?

Answer one or both of the following questions:

1)  Declaration of Independence

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were committing TREASON when they signed this important document.  The punishment for treason was death.  Why do you think the delegates were willing to risk their lives to become an independent nation?  Would you have done the same thing?  Why or why not?

2)  Women in the Revolution

Why do you think so many women were willing to risk their lives fighting or helping in other risky ways during the war if they were not even given equal treatment in society?  Would you have risked your life to do this if you were a woman during the American Revolution?