****The homework listed for the week, is the assignment given for that week. This assignment will be due either the Thursday or Friday of the following week****


American History Class Assignments:
Semester  One:

Unit 1 
Week One

 "A Nation at War" We are going to move into the Civil War and talk about why we went to war with ourselves and how the country came back together as one after.      
Workbook pages 5-10   

 Week One class activities ppt    13-14 Week 1 ppt.pptx  

  Outline Map Activity.docx  


Timeline/Document Activitiy:

 Conflict vs Compromise

 Name/date of event

 Short description of event

 Explanation of placement

Documents that go with the timeline:   Conflict-CompromiseDocs.pdf  

 Compromise of 1850                           Dred Scott Decision

 Uncle Tom’s Cabin                                John Brown’s Raid

 Kansas-Nebraska Act                           Election of 1860

 Bleeding Kansas                                     South Carolina Secedes


    8/27 Week Two

 "The World at War and How It Recovers" We are going to finish the civil war and look at how the nation reconstructed itself


Gettysburg Address Reading and Question1863- The Gettysburg Address.pdf


Civil War Reading Notes Reading Notes for the Civil War.docx

Anaconda Plan: Create a map/diagram that shows the 3 key strategic elements of the Anaconda Plan. Label each element. Do you think the name Anaconda Plan was appropriate? If so, why? If not, what would you have called it? Why?

Emancipation Proclamation: President Lincoln said “my paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union.” List 3 reasons why Lincoln eventually decided that freeing enslaved African Americans would help meet that objective.

Vicksburg/Gettysburg: Create a historical marker for the battle of Gettysburg, including: 1. The dates and location of the battle. 2. The number of soldiers who were killed or wounded. 3. A short description why this battle was significant in the course of the war. 4. An appropriate visual symbol for the battle. 5. A quote from the Gettysburg address

The South’s Surrender: Explain what is meant by the term total war. What actions did Union forces under Gen. William T Sherman take against the South while using the total war strategy?

Imagine Gen. Sherman gave you the task of creating a symbolic name for his total war strategy, such as the Anaconda plan. What would it be and why?

Civil War HW    HW-Causes of the Civil War.docx  

Civil War Book   Ch 1 EOC- Summary- The Civil War.pdf  


Unit 2   



 Class: "Moving West " WE are going to look at westward expansion  

VoiceThread link for Reconstruction activity

VoiceThread Activity Questions 

  1. What were the reconstruction plans set by Lincoln, Johnson, and the radical republican congress?
  2. Using the link and the map provided, describe how you think the South felt about the military zone governments that were set up after the end of the war.
  3. In the “Rail Splitter” cartoon: who is being depicted in the picture? What do you see happening? What do you think is the author’s point of view about reconstruction?
  4. In the “Railroad Convergence” cartoon: who is being depicted in the picture? What do you see happening? What do you think is the author’s point of view about reconstruction?
  5. Using the “Carpetbagger” cartoon: How does the author depict a carpetbagger? What artistic devices does the author use to convey his opinion about reconstruction?
  6. How did the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments help African-Americans?
  7. When looking at the picture and reading the information from the website about sharecropping answer the following:  How did the black codes affect the way of lives for African-Americans? How did sharecropping benefit the ex-slaves?
  8. When looking at the poster for the Freedman’s Bureau and the linked website: what is the author’s reflection of the Freedman’s Bureau? Do you think that this is justified? How did the Freedman’s bureau work to help the former slaves?
  9. Using the KKK website and cartoon: Why was the KKK originally formed? Why do you think they thought that violence was an acceptable way to relay their opinions? What do you see depicted  in the cartoon? What do you think was the author’s point of view on this topic?

10. Explain whether or not you think that the Reconstruction of the US was a failure or a success. Be sure to use at least two examples from the slides provided to you. You must use VoiceThread to reply to this question. (Leave it on slide 10)



 Reconstuction EOC Book Chapter   Ch 2 EOC- Summary- Reconstruction.pdf  


 In lieu of Civil War homework listed above, you may complete workbook pages 5-10



    9/10 Week Four

 Class: "Is business a good thing?" We are going to look at the rise of industry and indutrial unions in the US at the trun of the century.


 Read the following article and answer the questions that are at the end


American the Story of US: Westward Episode: Answer the following questions while vieing the episode

1. What was the signifiance of the clearing of the Cumberland Gap? How do you think this affected the Shawnee Indians and other native americans?

2. How did the Louisiana Purchase change the US? Why was Thomas Jefferson eager for Lewis and Clark to explore the West?

3. How would you describe Jedediah Smith? What do you think were his most important characteristics?

4. Who was Susannah Dickinson and what role did she play in the Alamo conflict?

5. What were the most important items for trade during the time period covered in this episode? Why do you think those items had value?


 Westward Expansion EOC Book Chapter   Ch 3 EOC- Summary,Quiz,Activity- The Grange.pdf  




 Workbook pages 11-16 Due 9/18 or 19


Week Five

 Class: "Coming to America" We are going to be experiencing life as an immigrant coming through Ellis Island. The students will also explore how life was for those immigrants at the turn of the century.






Workbook pages 17-22 Due 9/25 or 26


    9/24 Week Six

Class:"Coming to America" We are going to be experiencing life as an immigrant coming through Ellis Island. The students will also explore how life was for those immigrants at the turn of the century.

Industrial Reading Notes:


Using your text, starting on page 92, answer the following questions in complete sentences:


  1. How did entreprenuers in the late 1800s help fuel the development of new technologies?
  2. How did the invention of the telegraph and telephone revolutionize communications?
  3. Which invention do you think had the greatest impact on America in the 1800s: oil drilling or electricity? Why?
  4. Why did the government adopt a laissez-faire policy toward business during this time?
  5. Why do some historians call industrialists from this chapter robber barons? Which industrialists from this chapter do you think would be considered robber barons, and why?
  6. Why were corporations formed, and how did they run?
  7. How do monopolies and trusts differ?
  8. How were the new big businesses of this time different from traditional companies?
  9. How did horizontal and vertical integration lead to larger companies?
  10. Do you think the term Gilded Age was appropriate for America at the time? Support your opinion with at least 2 examples.
  11. Why do some historians call industrialists captains of industry? Which industrialists from this chapter do you think would be considered captains of industry and why?




 Workbook pages 23-28 Due 10/2 or 10/3

    9/29 Week Seven

Class: :"Muckraking and Empire Buidling" We are going to be looking at how muckraking influenced change at the turn of the century. We will also Start looking at the progressive era


Labor Union Prezi presentation link


Labor Union Reading Notes:


Reading Notes:


  1. 4 details describing working/living conditions
  2. 2 strategies that unions used to try and improve lives
  3. 2 ways employers tried to undermine unions
  4. 3 key events during the labor movement of this time
  5. 3 losses or gains experienced by labor unions


 Industrialiism EOC Book Chapter   Ch 4 EOC- Summary and Quiz- The Triumph of Industry.pdf 


There will be a quiz on Westward movement through Immigration next week

Immigration ppt     Immigration-Progress .pptx   


Westward through Progressive ppt   Unit 3.pptx  



 Workbook pages 29-34 Due 10/9 or 10/10


    10/6 Week Eight

 Class: Muckraking and Empire Buidling" We are going to be looking at how muckraking influenced change at the turn of the century. We will also Start looking at the progressive era



Triangle Factory Fire Reading TriangleFactoryFire-Revised.docx


 Please write a three paragraph essay that addresses the question in the reading.






 Workbook pages 35-40

    10/12 Week Nine

 Class: "Progressivism on the National Stage" We are going to look at the politcal side of progressivism from reform movements to presidents



How the Other Half Lives Reading    The Other Half.pdf  


The Jungle Reading   The Jungle.pdf  


***Notebook check on Wednesday or Thursday***


***Any and ALL makeup work due by Thursday, no excuses will be accepted***



**District quarterly assessments **

Review Guide for Test

  1. Review the causes and consequences of the Civil War
  2. Assess the influence of significant people or groups on reconstruction
  3. Describe the issues that divided Republicans during the early Reconstruction Era
  4. Distinguish the freedoms guaranteed to African Americans and other groups within the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution
  5. Examine the social, political, economic causes, course and consequences of the Second Industrial Revolution that began in the late 19th Century
  6. Compare the 1st and 2nd Industrial Revolutions in the US
  7. Determine how the development of steel, oil, transportation, communication, and business practices affected the US economy.
  8. Identify 5 significant inventors of the industrial revolution, including African Americans and women
  9. Analyze changes that occurred as the US shifted from agrarian to an industrial society
  10. Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the labor movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  11. Analyze the impact of political machines in the US cities in the late 19th and 20th centuries.





 Workbook 41-46

    10/22 Week Ten

Class: "Growing the country through Imperialism" We are going to look at the growth of our country using the Imperialism concept



Please find the ppt under week 7


Students will be visiting "field sites" during class (they are listed below). They will then be required  to write a paragraph based on one of the four field sites. The paragraph should be reflectant of the muckrakers that we have read about in class (see week nine). Each paragraph should be at least 5 sentences and have the information from their site in the 


  Muckraker report.docx  


  Muckraker Station Materials.pdf  


  Muckraker Station Placards.pdf  


  Muckraking Notepad.pdf  


  Muckrakers Field Site Info.pdf  



Workbook pages 47-52

If paragraph not completed in class, need to be finished at home

    10/29 Week Eleven

 "Progressivism On the National Stage" We are going to look at the political side of progressivism, from reform to presidential poilcy


  Workbook pages  53-58

     11/5 Week Twelve

Class: "Imperialism: Good, bad, or ugly"

  We are going to look at America's pledge to spread our country further than sea to shining sea.


1.War of 1812: Describe the event and list 2 motivations for the US involvement
2.Monroe Doctrine: describe this foreign policy
3.Territorial Expansion: Describe America’s war with Mexico. List 2 motivations for US involvement
4.Put the following events in the proper order and write a statement that explains what each was:
    1.General Weyler arrives in Cuba
    2.Philippines falls to American and Filipino rebel forces 
    3.De Lome letter published
    4.Treaty of Paris Ratified
    5.Sinking of the USS Maine
    6.Spanish-American War

Cause and Effect: American Imperilaism


-Industrialized nations compete for raw materials and markets

-Nations seek overseas bases to support naval and commercial interests

-Imperialists believe in a superior American culture


-The US purchases Alaska from Russia in 1867

-American planters, supported by US Marines overthrow Hawaii's Queen LiLioukalani in 1893; the US annexes Hawaii in 1898

-The US wins the Soanish-American War and axquires colonies in the Caribbean Sea and in Pacific

-In 1899, US Secretary of State John Hay establishes the Open Door Policy to protect American trading right sin China

-Panama rebels against Columbian rule; President Roosevelt acquires land for the construction of the Panama Canal

-President Wilson sneds US troops on a "punitive expedition" into Mexican to hunt and capture the rebel Pancho Vila







Imperialism ppt     imperilaism2.pptx  

 workbook pages 59-64

    11/12 Week Thirteen

 Class: "The World at War" We are going to finish Imperialism and move onto WWI. We will look at America's policy of neutrality and reasons why we enter the war.



2 Wilson Quote Activity:


  1. 1.      Read Quote 1 from Pres. Wilson. Identify his position toward WWI in 1914 by writing “stay neutral” or “declare war” on your paper. Then identify one or more reasons why President Wilson gave to support his position.


Q1: “The effect of war upon the US will depend upon what American citizens say and do. Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality, which is the spirit of impartiality and fairness and friendliness to all concerned…The US must be neutral in fact, as well as in name, during these days that are to try men’s souls.” 8/19/1914


  1. 2.      Read Quote 2 from Pres. Wilson. Identify his position toward WWI in 1917 by writing “stay neutral” or “declare war” on your paper. Then identify one or more reasons why President Wilson gave to support his position.


Q2: “We are glad…to fight thus for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its peoples…The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” 4/2/1917


  1. On your paper, explain what might have happened in those 3 years to change President Wilson’s position




Chapter 7 Questions-Have the students answer the following questions using the text and decide if it is reason to “stay neutral” or “declare war”


  1. Why did President Wilson’s decision to stay out of WWI in 1914 please many Americans?
  2. What was the status of combat in Europe in 1914? What was the status of diplomatic efforts to end the war at that time?
  3. How did the attack on the Lusitania bring the US closer to declaring war in 1915?
  4. Why might the Sussex pledge have helped the US stay neutral in 1916?
  5. What events in early 1917 caused Wilson to ask Congress to declare war?
  6. Wilson said the US would be going to war to make the world “safer for democracy.” How did his critics respond to this reasoning?


Workbook pages 65-70

    11/18 Week Fourteen

 Class:  "The World At War" We will finish looking at how America helped the Allied cause to win WWI.


WWI ppt   WW1.pptx  


    12/2 Week Fifteen

 Class: "Postwar Politics and Prohibition" We are going to look at how the end of WWI affected the US and what sanctions were put into place for the American public.
Roaring 20s ppt   Roaring20s notes.pptx  

American the Story of US: Boom Questions

1. How did the US change after huge amounts of oil were discovred in Texas in 1901? DO you think this event still shapes our lives today?

2. Why did Los Angeles city leaders need to seek water sources outside the city? What do you think were the risks of bringing in water from beyond the city limits?

3. What was the "Great Migration" and when did it take place?

4. Why do you think there was so much tension and violence against African Americans in urban areas in the 1910s and 1920s?

5. What were some of the reasons for and against Prohibition in the 1920s? Despite the ban on alcohol, why do you think sales of liquor continued, and what were some methods police used to stop it?


     12/10 Week Sixteen

Class: "Roaring 20s and the Depressing 30s" We are going to finish looking at the cultural and economical impacts of the 20s and move into the causes and course of the depression.



Create print or radio ads for the Model T.
Remember that Henry Ford intended the Model T to be affordable for most people. Try to think of ways to appeal to consumers who have never owned a car and who may think a car is beyond their means (possibly reference the installment buying that is now available).


     12/17 Week Seventeen

 Class:  "The Depressing 30s" We are going to examine the causes, course, and consequences of the Great Deression


Depression ppt  Depression Notes.pptx  

Depression Worksheet   Depression.docx  


 Review for QA 2****Found below

     1/8 Week Eighteen



  1. Indentify and explain the causes, course, and consequences of US involvement in WWI
  2. Indentify and explain the measures the US government prepared the nation for WWI (i.e. selective service act, war industries board, war bonds, espionage act, sedition act, committee on public information)
  3. Identify how new military warfare technology helped to create new war strategies (i.e. airplanes, battleships, chemicals, new weaponry, convoys, trench warfare, etc)
  4. Compare the experiences Americans (including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, and conscientious objectors) had while serving in Europe
  5. Identify the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles and explain why the US failed to support the league of nations
  6. Identify and explain the immediate economic outcome of demobilization after WWI
  7. Identify and explain the US foreign economic policy during the 1920s
  8. Explain how the economic boom during the roaring 20s changed : consumers, businesses, manufacturing, and marketing practices (be sure to include all)
  9. Explain the influence that Hollywood, the Harlem Renaissance , the Fundamentalist movement, and prohibition had in changing American society in the 1920s
  10. What part did Florida play in the 1920s?
  11. What were the freedom movements that advocated civil rights for African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and women?
  12. Explain the views of Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, and Marcus Garvey relating to the African American Experience
  13. Explain why support for the KKK varied in the 1920s with respect to issues such as anti-immigration, anti-African American, anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Women, and anti-Union ideas
  14. Who was in support of civil rights for women, African Americans, Native Americans, and other minorities? Who opposed it?
  15. Identify and explain the causes, course, and consequences of the Great Depression and the New Deal
  16. Identify and explain the causes, course, and consequences of WWII on the US and the world
  17. Describe the US response in the early years of WWII ( neutrality acts, cash and carry policy, lend lease act)
  18. Explain the impact of the Holocaust during WWII on Jews as well as other groups
  19. What efforts to expand or contract rights for various populations in the US occurred during WWII?
  20. Explain the impact of WWII on domestic government policy
  21. Explain why we used atomic weapons during WWII and analyze the impact afterward
  22. Describe the attempts to promote international justice through the Nuremberg Trials




     1/14  Week Nineteen

Mid Term*****QA 2



Semester Two:

Week One

 Class: "The World at War, AGAIN" We are going to take the American perspective on WWII and try to understand why America wanted isolationism, but eventually joined in.



Students will create a timeline: arrange in proper order and give a description


  1. Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor
  2. Germany Invades Poland
  3. Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany
  4. Italy invades Ethiopia
  5. Mussolini founds Fascist Party
  6. Atlantic Charter
  7. Militarists assassinate Japanese Prime Minister
  8. Allied Forces invade North Africa
  9. Allies launch assault on Italy
  10. Battle of the Bulge
  11. Doolittle’s bomber raid on Tokyo
  12. Roosevelt and Churchill meet in DC





Workbook pages                                                                              

     1/28 Week Two



Red Tails Movie Extra Credit:

See the attached movie guide,  you will answer all of the discussion questions and complete one of the activities.


Saving Private Ryan Extra Credit:

See the attached document, you will answer all of the discussion questions.


  1. During the opening scene Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) successfully leads the invasion to break through the enemy lines.  How is his leadership here different from his leadership in other situations during the movie?What emotions did the film produce in you? Were you surprised by any of them?
  2. To what extent do you think the way that war is portrayed so graphically in this film is justified?
  3. What are the major issues that the film raises?
  4. Do you think the mission to save Private Ryan was justified? On what basis can those kinds of questions be answered?
  5. Do the Second Rangers follow Captain Miller because of his title, or do they follow him for other reasons?  If so, why?
  6. Was the mission a success, even after all of the sacrifice and losses?


  1. Answer in a paragraph: This is a war film that has clear messages about war.  What ideologies are being reinforced by this film?  What ideologies are being undermined or questioned?  How do you know? Remember that you need to look at what Spielberg's message is and how it is communicated, not whether or not you happen to agree with the message.













































Workbook pages 91-94

     2/4 Week Three



Class: "The World at War, AGAIN" We are going to take the American perspective on WWII and try to understand why America wanted isolationism, but eventually joined in.

WWII ppt WWIINotes.ppt

WWII Note Guide WWII Wksht.docx

Japanese Internment Directions/Reading   Japanese Internment Lesson Plan-1.pdf  

Japanese Internment Organizer Japanese Graphic Organizer.pdf

SHEG Video Website


Workbook pages



     2/10 Week Four

  Class: "The Cold War" How and why did the US and the Soviet Union become enemies. What were some of the ways that American foreign policy dictated Cold War issues.


Cold War Worksheet    Cold War Worksheet.pdf  

Cold War Notes   ColdWarNotes.ppt  


Workbook pages

     2/18 Week Five

  Class: "The Cold War" How and why did the US and the Soviet Union become enemies. What were some of the ways that American foreign policy dictated Cold War issues.



See above week for ppt notes

          Cold War Movie Extra Credit: Truman (1995)
          PLease answer the following questions in one paragraph. You should use examples from your own knowledge,a s well as the movie to answer them.
1. In your opinion, what were the greatest highlights of Truman's presidency? What progress did he make in settling The Cold War? What deeply held values carried him through seven years and nine months in office?  2. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III of Illinois remarked that Truman's life was "an example of the ability of this society to yield up, from the most unremarkable origins, the most remarkable men." What do you have to learn from Truman's life? Did Truman epitomize the American dream? Explain.

Workbook pages 99-102

     2/25 Week Six

 Class: "50s Culture" We are going to look at what life was like in the 50s for the mainstream culture. We will be using music, vocab, and the movie "Pleasantville" to show how life changes through this time.


1950s ppt Notes   1950s.pptx  

1950s Note Sheet **TO BE USED WITH PPT   1950s Culture Worksheet.docx  

PLeasantville Movie Analysis Sheet   Pleasantville.docx  
 Homework:Workbook pages 103-108

     3/4 Week Seven

 Class: "60s Culture and Tensions" We are going to look at how life in the 1960s evolves



Dr Strangelove EC assignment   1.docx  




6th period Only

America: Story of Us                                                                                           Episode 11: “Superpower”

Answer the following questions

  1. President Eisenhower, in the 1950s, changed America by investing in what “biggest engineering project in America history?
  2. In the 1950s America was building what percentage of the world’s automobiles?
  3. Why were the suburbs created?
  4. Why did more people move to the South, Florida and California in the 1960s?
  5. More than many years after the Civil War (“the freeing” of slaves) did the Civil Rights Movement begin?
  6. What act was passed one year after the March on Washington?
  7. Prompted by WWII and the Cold War , the US spends how much on nuclear weapons?
  1.  What two threats were American’s most afraid of after WWII, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile crisis?


Workbook pages 109-114

     3/10 Week Eight

 Class: "The 60s" We are going to analyze the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, as well as the counterculture


60s PPT   Kennedy.pptx    


1960s Worksheet   1960sWorksheet.docx  


QA3 Review   QA3 review Sheet.docx  Due On either 3/18 or 19



     3/17 Week Nine

 Class: "The Civil Rights Movement" We are going to look at how life for African-Americans was very different in the South, than in most other places. 

We are also taking the Quarter 3 Assessment this week!!!


  1. What were the effects of the second Red Scare on domestic policy in the US?
  2. Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the early years of the Cold War? (i.e. Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, NATO, Warsaw Pact)
  3. Identify and explain the significant foreign policy events during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
  4. Identify and explain the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War
  5. What were the successes of the 1960s era presidents’ foreign and domestic policies?
  6. What were the causes for Post-WWII prosperity and its effects on American society? What were the differences between the Laissez-faire tactics of the 20s and the regulations in the 50s?
  7. What were the non-violent and violent approaches utilized by the African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement?
  8. Who were the key figures and organizations in shaping the Civil Rights movement and Black power movement?
  9. What are the significant Supreme Court decisions relating to integration, busing, affirmative action, the rights of the accused, and reproductive rights? (i.e. Brown vs. Board of Education, Roe vs. Wade)
  10. How did Watergate and Vietnam change the way that people viewed  government?
  11. What were the major domestic policies of Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton? (Be sure to include economic policies)
  12. In the period after the Cold War, what were the major international conflicts that America aided in?






QA3 Review (listed Above in doc format)


     4/1 Week Ten

 Class: "The Civil Rights Movement" We are going to look at how life for African-Americans was very different in the South, than in most other places. 


Civil Rights Worksheet   Beginning of Civil Rights.docx  

Reading for the Civil Rights Acts on the back of sheet   civilrightsarticles.docx  

Pound Cake Speech   Civilrightsreadings.docx  




Workbook pages 121-126

     4/7 Week Eleven

 Class: "Vietnam and the 70s" We are going to look at Vietnam and examine how the war effected life at home.




 Workbook pages 127-132

     4/14 Week Twelve

 Class: "From Nixon to Modern Times" How events like Watergate influence our decisions about the US leaders today.


 Workbook pages133-138

     4/21 Week Thirteen

 Class: "Bringing it all together"

We are going to begin a comprehensive review of the course before the EOC next week.






Workbook pages 139-144

     4/28 Week Fourteen


 End of Course Exam Week!!! Please see the tab listed as EOC Review for the assignments and help


Period 2-April 29-Report to room 704

Period 3-April 30-Report to room 704

Period 5-May 1- report to room 704

Periods 6,7-May 1-report to Media Center

Makeups-May 2-Room 704



1984 Read chapters 1-5 Part 1

     5/6 Week Fifteen

 Class: 1984-Did it really happen?


Bellwork 5/5-6-In chapter 1, Winston tells about an event called the Two Minutes Hate. This is a short video of Oceania's sworn enemy, Goldstein, which is shown on all telelscreens. They do this to promote hate throughout the region. If the US were to broadcast such a video, which person would be shown and why?

Bellwork 5/7-8-The Ministry of Truth is designed to update all records of changes in the world (even if it means deleting entire pieces of history), to make sure that everything Big Brother says is always correct and true. If you had to work in the Ministry of Truth, as Winston does, would you find it difficult to not commit thoughtcrimes?

Bellwork 5/9 & 14



1984 Beginning Worksheet   1984 beg.docx  

Newspeak Activity   1984 The Party and language.docx  


Read chapters 1-5 (65) by 5/7

Chapters 6-9 (106) by 5/12


     5/12 Week Sixteen

Class:  "Reality Control in 1984"


Bellwork 5/12-13-If you were going to join a club or group, what are some things that they could say or advertise that would help you to make that decision? 


 Bellwork 5/9 & 14

Propaganda Poster Activity

Using the various themes of the Party from the book. You will create a propaganda poster that encourages people to follow the policies of the Party. You can use quotes from the book to help make your point. Things like the following are perfectly acceptable to use:




"War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength"


Current Event Article Activity

Reality Control, or doublethink

In the book 1984, Big Brother is always watching to see what you are doing and saying. The United States passed the US Patriot Act in 2001. I would like for you to research the Patriot act and submit the following written on your own paper:

  1. Define the Patriot Act. Why was it passed? How do we use it?
  2. Find two articles about the Patriot Act:
    1. One that shows a positive use of the law
    2. One that shows an abuse of the law

You must include the source from where you got the article, as well as a paragraph summary of each article and how it applies to the idea of “reality control.”

  1. After doing the research on the Patriot Act, write a paragraph that tells me whether you feel this law is beneficial to the security of the country, or if it is an impediment on privacy. Your paragraph should reflect your own, original ideas and be at least 4 sentences long.



Quiz Topics (Quizzes will be given 5/15-16)

Geneva Accords

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Domino Theory

Red Scare


"total war"

Tinker vs. Des  Moines

Tet Offensive

Agent ORange


Vietnam Syndrome

New Federalism


Nixon in China


National Women's Party POlitical Caucas

Yom Kippur War

3 Mile Island Incident

National Energy Act

Supply Side Economics

Pres. Reagan's Budget Issues

Strategic Defense Initiative

Iran Contra Affair

INF Treaty

Cold War End



Democratic Party

Republican Party

Bill Clinton Budget Success

Persina Gulf War

Africa Problems during George W Bush

Iraq War

Dept of Homeland Security


US Patriot Act

Rasul vs Bush

Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld


Read Part 2 (107-) by 5/19

     5/19 Week Seventeen

 Class: "Reality Control in 1984"

 Bellwork 5/19-20-Julia and Winston eventually find love in the book 1984. Their path to togetherness is documented throughout the beginning of the book. Try to find the main parts of the development of their relationship. Be sure to show your evidence by using page numbers and examples from the book. You should list the moment in the novel, page number, and Winston's reaction to her.

Bellwork 5/21-22-In the book 1984, O'Brien speaks of a Brotherhood. This is a revolutionary group that is supposedly out to destroy Big Brother. What groups can you think of that would qualify as the Brotherhood? They can be either past or present groups.


Quote Activity 5/19-20-You are going to discuss the following quotes in a group, pleae write why they are significant to the development of the story:


2. "Two Minutes Hate"

3. "times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling"

4. "If there is hope," wrote Winston, "It lies in the Proles"

5. "Under the spreading Chestnut tree/I sold you and you sold me/There lie you and here lie we/Under the spreading Chestnut Tree"

6. "I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY."


EC Unit 14

Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

1. After Winston meets O'Brien in Part 1, he remembers O'Briend saying to him, "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness." What does Winston think this means? What does it acutally mean?

2. Winston rents the room above Charrington's shop. What does he hear from outside the window the first time he arrives to wait for Julia? What does this symbolize?

3. Winston has a flashback of his family. What does he steal from his sister? What does he think is the consequence of his action?

4. What is the one thing that Winston is completely in fear of?

5. How does the crowd react when the Party switches enemies from Eurasia to Eastasia?




 Read Through PArt 3 by 5/27-28

     5/27 Week Eighteen

Class Activities: "Room 101 and beyond" We are going to look at how Room 101 in the story is a lot like some of the places that are used in the world today.


Bellwork 5/27-28: In the book 1984, Winston and Julia are caught in the room above Mr. Charrington's shop, by the thought police. They are then brought to the Ministry of Love, essentially to a jail for questioning. If you were to be questioned by authorities in the same manner, what would be your worst fear?


Guantanamo Bay: In the book 1984, the Minsitry of Love is a place where scary things can happen. There are some who believe that Guantanamo Bay is also a scary place where bad things can happen. To figure it out, do the following:

1. Tell me what Guantanamo Bay is. When was it established? For what purposes? Who are the people that are sent there? What tactics are used to entice criminals to talk?

2. Find oner article that explains a benefit or concern to having Guantanamo Bay open. Summarize the article and give your source.

3. Find one article that tells about another prison in the world that has si,ilar traits. Sumamrize the article and give your source.

4. In one paragraph, answer the following: If GB is still in use, is it a beneficial resource? Should we continue to use it? Should there be limitations to what can be done to the people who are incarcerated there?


Little Brother Reading and Final Project    1984 project.docx  

     6/3 Week Nineteen