Thursday, October 8, 2009

Unit Four Plan

Unit Four: Imperial Wars and Colonial Protest

Class Schedule (B day is now in the lead; A day will be one day later):

Wednesday, October 7: Enlightenment and the Constitutional Peasant

Friday, October 9: The French and Indian War

(Monday is parent-teacher day)

Wednesday, October 13: Boycotts, Demagogues, The Lenin Strategy; Tax Conflict cooperative learning

Friday, October 15: War! What is it good for?

Tuesday, October 19: Test on Imperial Wars and Colonial Protest


Wednesday, October 7: Read Amsco 4 , take notes and answer the multiple choice questions.

Due Friday, October 9: Read Bailey 6 and complete the reading guide.

Due Wednesday, October 13: Read Bailey 7 and complete the reading guide.

Due Friday, October 15: Complete the Do-It-Yourself Lecture
Read (and annotate) Franklin biography excerpts

Due Tuesday, October 19: Complete crossword.
Study for the test



1) Mr. J’s Breakfast: Capitalism = Freedom?
Thursday, October 8. 6:00 AM to eat; we’ll begin at 6:30. One point for you and another for a parental/discussion unit.

2) BONUS CLASS: The MATH of the French and Indian War. Friday afternoon, October 9. Math is everywhere… We will be in class from 2:30 to 3:30. One point for attendance.

3) Last of the Mohicans night. Date tentatively Tuesday, October 12. We’ll start with a potluck at 5:30 and start watching the film about 6:15. Come enjoy the camaraderie, high spirits, and one of the best films ever made. One point for attendance and one point with a parent’s participation.

4) Mr. J’s Breakfast: The Declaration of Independence: Beard v. Morgan smackdown!
Thursday, October 15 6:00 AM to eat; we’ll begin at 6:30. One point for you and another for a parental/discussion unit.


5) Monticello. Before it gets too cold, get a group of friends and visit Monticello. This is a four-point possibility: Two for going and touring the estate. One point for putting together a tourist pamphlet (blown up to poster size) advertising what Monticello has to offer – include at least five pictures of your group viewing the grounds. One point can be earned for writing a 750-1000 page – er, I mean word – essay describing how the docents at Monticello deal with one of the following controversial topics: Jefferson and slavery, Jefferson and ugly partisan politics, or Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. What do the docents say about each topic – is it downplayed or explored? How do they respond to questions about the topic? This is due by the end of the six weeks.


6) Find examples of how versions of “Give me Liberty or give me death!” have entered pop culture/commercial advertisements. Discuss in a 750-1000 word essay how the historical facts have been modified for pop culture or commercial reasons.

7) Write an essay (750-1000) explaining how the ideas of the Great Awakening and Enlightenment helped lead to the Boston Tea Party.

8) We looked at how “The Crucible” was shaped by the politics of Arthur Miller’s world. Prepare a 750-1000 word essay explaining how Cooper’s tale of the French and Indian War was influenced by his time period. You do NOT have to read the book – there are many literary criticism sources online.

9) Art analysis. Find three cartoons protesting British tax policy that appeared in the colonies. Analyze how each cartoon’s portrayal of the American and British policy was designed to persuade readers.


10) Courtroom drama: Write, direct and film, and upload to You-tube a short (15 minute) “Law and Order” episode about the trial of the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre. You will have to research the event and the court case. You may do this in a group of up to eight people. Each member of the group must participate in the research and writing of the script: no one gets a point for reading lines like an automaton. Two points for each member of the group, with the possibility of a third and fourth iif I’m impressed with the production values. Please remember internet safety and use your AP nom de guerres for the You-tube upload. Send me a link so I can post it on the blog.


The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution by Edmund S. Morgan and Helen M. Morgan

Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America by Edmund S. Morgan

The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

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