"There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live..."

--John Adams

Friday, November 10, 2017

Week 14: November 13-17, 2k17

Hey #Davis8 -- Welcome to the first few presidencies!  We're on John Adams and then Thomas Jefferson!  I've got a big surprise for you on Day 3 this week...

Day 1
In Class:  John Adams Presidency -- Reading about John Adams answering the following Q's:

  1. Why do you think Adams had a tough time as president?
  2. What happened between the United States & France during his presidency?
  3. How did Adams respond to the problem between France & the US after the XYZ Affair?
  4. What is impressment?



HW: Watch the video podcast below on Thomas Jefferson and fill out the Google Form here: Google Form HW CLICK ME!




Day 2
In Class:  Thomas Jefferson! -- Go over the HW Q's and discuss Jefferson...Introduce Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery!
HW: Lewis and Clark Template -- MUST be completed by Day 3...

Day 3
In Class:  The Lewis and Clark Expedition!



HW: None!

Day 4
In Class:  Finish/Go over Lewis and Clark -- Jefferson's Foreign Policy -- Impressment -- Chesapeake Affair -- Embargo Act
HW: None!  Shabbat Shalom and have a Happy Thanksgiving!




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week 13: Nov. 6-10, 2k17

Hey Gang!  We've got two more weeks left in the first trimester.  Where has the time gone?  Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner and we are diving into the first few years of the new republic!

Day 1
In Class:  I am not in class today as you clearly can see.  Y'all got some work to do!  Click on the link here: Washington - Jefferson Doc and read about President Washington.  Answer the following questions in your notes and be ready to discuss on Day 3 this week after our Constitution Test.


  1. How difficult do you think it was for G Dubbs to be the first president?
  2. What made Washington such a great president?
  3. What were some struggles Washington faced as president?
  4. Why do you think it was important for Washington to personally put down the Whiskey Rebellion? Did he use too much force/power?  
  5. Was it a good decision to remain neutral in 1793 between France and Britain?  Why/Why not?
  6. What were two things Washington mentioned in his Farewell Address to the nation?
  7. How do you think the development of political parties split the nation?
  8. Do you think Washington did a good job as president? Explain your answer...

When you finished answering the questions, watch these two short flicks...






George Washington: The Nation's First President and the New Republic...What problems did Washington face as the first president?  What issues were important in the first years of the new republic?  How did he "get things done"    Washington - Jefferson Doc
HW: None -- Constitution Test Day 2 this week!

Day 2
In Class:   Constitution Test!
HW: None

Day 3
In Class:   Continue discussing Washington's presidency -- Whiskey Rebellion, touring the young nation, creating a Cabinet, problems Washington faced as the first president, Proclamation of Neutrality --  Washington - Jefferson Doc
HW: None



The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents: Washington -- Monroe




Day 4
In Class:   Finish Washington -- Introduce John Adams -- Problems with France and struggles at home for Mr. Adams...  Washington - Jefferson Doc

HW: None

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Week 12: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2k17

Hey #Davis8, BIG week in Constitutional Stuff...Maybe a pop quiz coming on the Amendments?  We'll finish the Constitution this week and talk about political parties then gear up for the Constitution Test!

Day 1 -- Alliance Theatre Day -- No Classes

Day 2
In Class:  Finish the Amendments and introduce the differences in political parties -- Democrats v. Republicans...
HW:  None!

Day 3
In Class:  Continue discussing the political parties -- Constitutional Scenarios! -- Constitution Google Form Daily Grade!
HW:  None!

Day 4
In Class:  Review a smidge for the Test...
HW:  None! -- Test on Day 2 next week...We ARE starting a new unit on Monday!



  • What does E Pluribus Unum mean?
  • How many branches of government are there?  List them
  • Know the qualifications to be the: Senate, House of Reps, President
  • Know term lengths of: Senate, House of Reps, Supreme Court Justices
  • Know five powers of Congress
  • Know three powers of the president
  • How many members are in: House of Reps, Senate, Supreme Court
  • What is the main job of the Supreme Court?
  • Which house of Congress is based on population and benefits the larger states? Why is this?
  • Which house of Congress benefits the smaller states? Why is this?
  • How does a bill become a law?
  • How do you pass an amendment?
  • What is the Preamble to the Constitution?
  • Know the following Amendments:  ALL Bill of Rights, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI
  • How many members are in the Electoral College?
  • How many votes does it take to win the Electoral College
  • What is the president's Cabinet?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

You are SOOOOO Welcome #Davis8...Amendments Podcasts

Many of you have missed class over the past few days..and I mean MANY, so I grew a tiny Conscience: n 1. An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness of one's behavior.

Below are TWO Video Podcasts about the Amendments...
WATCH THEM!!!

Amendments I-XV




Amendments XVI-XXVII



Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 11: Oct. 23-27, 2k17

Hey #Davis8, welcome to week three of the Constitution Unit!  We are diving right into the Amendments and will most likely finish them this week!  Below are some old video podcasts of stuff we've covered already in the Articles of the Constitution...


Article I and II of the Constitution Video Podcast


Articles III -VII of the Constitution Video Podcast



Day 1
In Class: Constitution Quiz!  Huzzah!
HW: None!

Day 2
In Class: Finish the Bill of Rights!  Huzzah --Federalism though...We need to look at the 10th amendment and see "federalism" here



HW: None!

Day 3
In Class: Continue with the Amendments! XI--XXXVII
HW: None!

Day 4
In Class: FINISH the Amendments...Huzzah!!
HW: None!