Update as of: June 9, 2020

Greetings historians!!

Congratulations on coming to the end of your 7th Grade year!! A year that you are unlikely to forget! It is part of YOUR history now. By week's end YOU will be a rising 8th grader!! YOU will be the senior class!! However, next year you will also face a few big decisions. Which high school will you attend? What courses will you take? Where are YOU headed in the future? College? Trade School? Military? Career? Job?, etc. Years pass VERY quickly, and many people wish that they could go back in time and give themselves advice to better accomplish their dreams. That is your last mission in my class!!!

Here’s how it works…

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is Getting advice from “10 year in the future YOU!”

STEP 1:

Over the summer (yes this is something to think about for several weeks, months, even years!!), truly think about where YOU want to be in 10 years. What education, skills, or job will you have? BE REALISTIC BUT, DREAM BIG…for example, don’t write soccer star but you have never played soccer!! Once YOU have decided what YOU want to do and be in 10 years, go to step 2.

STEP 2:

Write out a realistic plan with specific steps that “10- year in the future YOU,” says YOU must accomplish to achieve YOUR goal. Be very specific and research your goals! Once YOU have accomplished this, go to step 3.

If YOU decided to be a Nuclear Physicist, for example, you must research the best colleges in the country for that field. What are the entrance requirements for a Nuclear Physicist? What must your grades and test scores be? How about your SAT scores? etc.

STEP 3:

What advice would “10-year in the future YOU,” give you to make YOUR DREAMS come true? Write those down. Be kind but firm with yourself AND REMEMBER, no one cares as much about who and what YOU become as YOU do!! Continue to update YOUR 10-Year plan over the course of your life.

Benjamin Franklin said it best – “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

Have a great summer and come by and say hi next year!

Mr. Sill

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Update as of: June 2, 2020

Greetings historians!!

With the arrival of June, it is time for us to reflect upon what we have learned during this very unique school year. YOUR 7th Grade year is, almost, part of YOUR LIFE'S HISTORY! Think of the stories you will tell family and friends in the future. Imagine sharing the bizarre events of this pandemic with those who have yet to be born!

As part of your reflection about this year, this week I would like YOU to research for short video clips from your favorite time period in history. Then, send me a link to that clip in an email along with a brief explanation telling me WHY this is YOUR FAVORITE time period in history.

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is “Exploring YOUR favorite time period in History!”

STEP 1:

Research video clips that discuss any event in American History from the Pilgrims up to approximately the mid 20th Century.

STEP 2:

Choose YOUR favorite historical video clip and attach a link to it in an email addressed to me.

STEP 3:

In the same email you send me with YOUR FAVORITE historical video clip, tell me WHY it is your favorite time period in a quick AND informal email.

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill

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Update as of:
May 26, 2020

Greetings historians!!

Hard to believe this is the last week of May but, then again nothing about this year has “seemed” quite normal. However, yesterday we did do something very normal and part of our shared American culture…we observed Memorial Day. Many folks think of the Memorial Day holiday as the “unofficial start of summer,” and little else. Its real purpose is to provide a special day for Americans to come together and acknowledge the sacrifices of those who have died protecting our nation. But there is so much more, and the story starts just after the Civil War and continues to the present!! As historians, it is our responsibility to understand the origins and importance of our nation’s holidays and significant events. This knowledge is, literally, how we identify ourselves as Americans and understand our unique and multi-faceted culture!  

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is “Understanding the History and Importance of Memorial Day!”

STEP 1:

Read the History.com article entitled “Memorial Day.” Link to History.com article entitled "Memorial Day".

STEP 2:

Choose two (2) of the six video clips included on the webpage entitled National Archives “Memorial Day: A Commemoration” and watch those. Link to the National Archives webpage entitled "Memorial Day: A Commemoration."  

STEP 3:

Write a quick AND informal email to me answering the below critical thinking question:

Critical thinking question:

Why do YOU think Memorial Day is important?

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill

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Update as of:
May 19, 2020

Greetings historians!!

This week we are going to change things up just a bit. You might have noticed that, during the “normal” school year, I include a piece of artwork on my Teacher Page for the time period we are currently studying. I also include artwork as the background for the power point slides that I present in class, but have you ever wondered why?? This week we are going to learn more about the importance of studying art in history and explore a virtual exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. I think you will find the experience both surprisingly interesting and enjoyable!

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is “Using Art to Analyze and Learn History!”

STEP 1:

Watch the Khan Academy video clip entitled “How art can help you analyze.” Link to video entitled "How art can help you analyze."

STEP 2:

Choose one (1) of the four exhibits noted below and explore it! Use the analytical skills noted from the video in STEP 1.

Link to exhibit entitled "American Origins."

Link to exhibit entitled "...the Harlem Renaissance."

Link to exhibit entitled "Votes for Women."

Link to exhibit entitled "First Ladies."

 

STEP 3:

Write a quick AND informal email telling me:

  1. Which exhibit YOU chose.
  2. What YOU learned from this week’s lesson in as FEW words or sentences as possible!

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill

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Update as of:
May 12, 2020

Greetings historians!!

Hopefully, you had a good weekend with your family and had a chance to enjoy some of the beautiful weather we had Sunday! In this week’s lesson I have asked you to start by playing a video game…yes, I realize it’s not “Fortnite,” “Minecraft,” or “Super Smash Bros,” but it is fun and you might actually learn from it! Enjoy!

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is “Westward Expansion!”

STEP 1:

Play the Oregon Trail Game. Link to Oregon Trail Game

STEP 2:

Watch four (4) of the 10 “Settling the West” video clips I provided for you. Link to 10 "Settling the West" video clips

STEP 3:

Answer the critical thinking questions below and send me YOUR informal response in an email.

CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS: Do YOU think Westward Expansion was good or bad for America? WHY?

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill

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Update as of:
May 5, 2020

Greetings historians!!

Well, we have turned the corner and passed another milestone…we are in the month of May!! I hope you enjoy this week’s lesson, and if you do let me know by email, likewise if it was not to your liking OR you would like to see us delve deeper into another area we studied this year…send me an email letting me know! 

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional lesson:

This week our lesson is “Building the Transcontinental Railroad!”

STEP 1:

Watch “Mr. Sill’s message 5-5-20.” Link to Mr. Sill's video message 5-5-20

 

STEP 2:

Watch the video artifact entitled “The Transcontinental Railroad.” Link to a video clip about the Transcontinental Railroad

 

STEP 3:

Complete the interactive Nearpod lesson entitled “The Transcontinental Railroad.”  Link to the Nearpod Lesson Library

 YOU WILL NEED A CODE TO ACCESS THE LESSON. I sent the code to you in an email entitled “Optional US History Lesson for the Week of 5-4-20.”

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill
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Update as of:
April 28, 2020

Greetings historians!!

Congratulations!! You made it through a somewhat strange if productive 3rd Quarter of your 7th Grade year. You can check your 3rd Quarter grades in the PWCS HUB and paper copies of your report card should be sent home in the next week or so.

As a reminder, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.

This week’s optional review lesson:

This week our lesson is “A trip back to…Reconstruction!”

STEP 1:

Watch “Mr. Sill’s message 4-28-20.” Link to Mr. Sill's video message 4-28-20

 

STEP 2:

Watch the video artifact entitled “Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22.” Link to video entitled "Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22"

 

STEP 3:

Complete the interactive Nearpod lesson entitled “Reconstruction in the Aftermath of U.S. Civil War USII.3a-b.” Link to Nearpod Lesson Library


YOU WILL NEED A CODE TO ACCESS THE LESSON. I sent the code to you in an email entitled “Optional US History Lesson for the Week of 4-27-20.”

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill
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Update as of:
April 21, 2020

Greetings historians!!

As a reminder, if you need to take or re-take a summative assessment assigned prior to March 13th, please make that your top priority. You have until this Friday, April 24, 2020, to take or retake any summative assessments you missed, received a failing grade on, or simply want to try for a higher grade! Check your grades in the HUB and email me as soon as possible this week for instructions on how you can make up those assessments.

*One additional note, as I have received several emails on this topic, I am not conducting live “Zoom” or “My Teams” meetings with any of my classes. I have numerous reasons for this decision. My goal is to give you the most flexibility possible. All my online lessons give you the ability to do those lessons at a time of your choosing and when you have access to technology based on your family situation and the technology in your home.  

This week’s optional review lesson:

This week our lesson is “WWI…YOU Decide!”

STEP 1:

Watch “Mr. Sill’s message 4-21-20” Link to Mr. Sill's video message 4-21-20 

STEP 2:

Choose one or more of the below assignments to complete:

  1. Go to the webpage entitled “The National Archives – World War I Centennial” AND explore one of the eight major WWI topics included there: Link to the National Archives webpage entitled World War I Centennial

  2. If YOU have ever played a WWI or WWII video game (such as Battlefield I or Battlefield V), you may have heard a famous song sung by British forces called, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”

    First: Listen to the original song and view the photos.

    Link to Famous World War I song entitled "Its a Long Way to Tipperary" with photos

    Second: Read the article about the history and meaning of the song “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” Link to an article about the history and meaning of the song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"

  3.  Play Kahoot Challenge! Link to WWI Kahoot Challenge Game

 

 STEP 3:

After completing one or more of the above assignments choose one of the following:

  1. Talk to a friend or family member about what you learned. Did your view of WWI change? Did you learn something you never knew before? Did you put yourself into the shoes of those whose stories or pictures you explored? Send Mr. Sill a quick, informal email letting me know how the discussion went.

     

  2. Write a journal/diary entry as if you were there, in the midst of WWI. You can write about what life was like at home, or in the fighting, or treating the injured, or the technology, or even what you hope to do after the war is over. Take a photo of your journal/diary entry and email it to me.

     

  3. Compose a song or draw a picture that best captures the events, people, and ideas involved in WWI. Take a picture of your work and attach it in an email to me.

Have a great week!

Mr. Sill
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Here is what YOU can expect for the rest of the year:

Every Tuesday between 12:00-1:30pmI have office hours. During office hours I will post the assignment for the week on my Beville “Teacher Page”. Remember, all assignments after March 13th are optional and intended to allow you to enjoy and explore history in ways that are somewhat different from our regular public-school experience. You will not be graded, but I will ask you to think, get excited, and follow your interests within the topic I present each week!

Every Friday between 12-1:30pm, I have instructional time. During instructional time I will be available, via email, to quickly answer your questions or concerns. This is the time to ask me specifically about the week’s lesson or provide your thoughts or insights about what I posted on my Teacher Page the previous Tuesday. But, I want you to try the lesson first before asking me for help, remember your brain only grows by working it!! During this time, I will also post different interactive and critical thinking questions and discussion in a variety of ways in the future.

In addition to the weekly lesson, you can also review and explore the following:

US History II Curriculum and related Literature:

Link to US History II Curriculum Pacing Guide

Link to Literature List 

Archives/museum links:

Link to the American History Museum

Link to the National Archives Eyewitness Exhibits

Link to the National Museum of African American History

Link to the National Museum of American History's current Exhibitions

Link to the American Indian Museum

YouTube 
video links:

Link to WWI Oversimplified Part 1

Link to WW I Oversimplified Part 2

Link to Crash Course US History: The Great Depression

Social Studies Related Games:

Link to SOL Pass

Link to Oregon Trail Game


Link to Over the Top

Link to American History games

Link to i Civics game

Geography Review Games:

Link to USA Map Game

Link to Drag the State Geography game

Link to Sporcle Find the State game

Link to Ben Franklin's Guide to the States game

Link to Conquer the States game

Link to Click Capitals game

Lastly, I would like each of you to consider “mens sana in corpore sano.” Which is Latin and translates “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Spend time thinking deeply about history and current events. Discuss your views of history and the history we are living with your friends through social media and family but, you should also take every opportunity to get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and lots of exercise! Keep your body strong even as you build your brain and critical thinking abilities...until we talk again!!

Mr. Sill
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