Depending on your class, you will be able to "buy out" collectively of the test scheduled for today. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas break and happy New Year's! See you in 2015!
Today we conducted simulation on rebuilding the South after the Civil War. We divided up into four groups of interested parties; freedmen, defeated Southern Leaders, Moderate Republican leaders, and Radical Republican leaders. Each group was required to address some important issues regarding how to "fix" the nation now that the war is over. After hashing out the opinions of each group, we learned what actually happened. The notes from class are attached below.
If you were absent: You must make up the assignment we did in class. Come see me for instructions.
Homework: We turned in our re-write today of the Gettysburg address. If you forgot, please get it in ASAP.
After the dreadful battle of Gettysburg, the nation mourned the loss of so many fallen soldiers by dedicating the battlefield as a cemetery. Abraham Lincoln gave a short 242 word, 3 minute long speech that has become one of the most famous and powerful speeches in American history. Today, we exercised our brains by pulling apart the speech and discovering its meaning.
If you were absent: You must make up the assignment we did in class. Come see me for directions.
HOMEWORK - Rewrite the Gettysburg Address in 242 words or less. Try and make it better than the original. Since I rarely give you homework, this will be worth as much as a study guide or test. DO IT!!!
Due to a sudden bug to visit the Simmons' home, I will not be at school today. You will finish watching the movie "Glory" and take a quiz. If you were absent, come see me.
Homework - None
**Reminder that there will be a test next Friday unless your class "buys out." ***
As the war dragged on, Southern victories continued to weaken morale in the North. There was even talk of Lincoln resigning. Lee hoped to finish off the Union troops in Northern territory at the battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the war. To help us understand the tactical efforts of both sides, today we recreated the Gettysburg battle with play dough.. Although a Northern victory, both sides lost extremely high numbers of men.
If you missed class today, copy the notes from below. You could also watch the videos on the link below.
What was the Civil War fought over? Lincoln initially claimed he was fighting to "preserve the Union," but as the war drags on his opinion changes. A northern victory at the battle of Antietam allows Lincoln to change the entire meaning of the war. He issues the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in the Confederacy and giving the North a new purpose in fighting. This changes everything. For the majority of class today, we watched a portion of the film, "Glory" which details a regiment of black or "colored" soldiers and their fight for equality.
If you were absent: Get the notes from a neighbor
Today we examined primary sources, data, and maps to determine which side - North or South - had the advantage throughout the course of the Civil War. To better help understand the benefits and drawbacks, we held our own "Mini War" of sorts.
Homework - None
If you were absent - Come see me for the make up assignment before or after school!
Today we looked at all the causes driving the nation to the brink of civil war. To better grasp the divisiveness of this issue, the class divided based on allegiance to the University of Utah or Brigham Young University and hashed out between them, which school was better. Some strong feeling prevailed, which only mirrors in small part the divisiveness of the slavery issue in our nation as the Civil War began.
If you were absent: Copy the notes below