After spending last week looking at the political and military turning points of the American Revolution, we kicked off this week trying to determine the extent to which the war increased the awareness of political inequalities and, in turn, led to a more egalitarian society. Looking back, I should have started us with a Thin Slide on egalitarian because most students were unfamiliar with the term. Instead, I had them make a quick prediction and then we jumped into the content. Because I knew I was going to get students to practice their thesis writing skills, I divided the information into three basic categories and used a Pear Deck to guide them through each. They loved the information about Jane Addams & Republican Motherhood, especially when we read part of John's response to her "Remember the Ladies" letter. They were particularly amused when he called her "saucy." Finally, we ended with another attempt to write a thesis in response to the prompt. While a few are starting to get it, most are going to need more practice before we start layering in the next steps in preparation for the LEQ and DBQ.
On Wednesday we turned our attention to the Critical Period, focusing first on the Articles of Confederation and then the U.S. Constitution. Because these students have either already taken a government class or are currently in one, I did not spend a lot of time on this section. We did complete a few Frayer Models on Critical Vocabulary words, making sure to start thinking about how they are going to connect to topics in the future. I did spend some time on Friday charting out the details of the Electoral College on the whiteboard and introducing them to the 270 to Win website. We ended with a quick review of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, sorting their key ideas in a Wordwall game. I have been using the site quite a bit as we tackle the Federalist Papers in APGOV and have really liked the response.
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