Monday, April 7, 2014

Historical Literature Project

Jockey's Ridge
Over the course of the next two plus weeks, students will be reading books with historical significance and then carrying out a group project with others reading the same book. All the books relate to American history, ranging from slavery to a fever yellow fever epidemic in 1793 to World War I. The list of books is as follows:

Enemy Women, by Paulette Jiles, tells of young girls trying to survive in Missouri in the middle of the American Civil War.

Invisible Many, by Ralph Ellison, chronicles the struggle of the main character and his attempt to find his own identity in segregated America.

Copper Sun, by Sharon M. Draper, follows a girl from Africa into slavery.

47, by Walter Mosely, is the life of a slave with science fiction qualities.

Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson, tells the tale of a teenage girl whose community is infected with yellow fever.

Chains and Forged, by Laurie Halse Anderson, this is a two part series following two slaves and how they try to deal with this horrible institution in the time of the American Revolution.

Nightjohn, by Gary Paulsen, this book is set right before the American Civil War (Antebellum) in America.

Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is the story of three girls in the early twentieth century and how they explore the politics of their time period.

Students are expected to finish their book by April 18, and the projects will be completed and presented by April 25th. This project is a way for students to exercise both Language Arts and Social Studies skills in the same assignment, so students are able to learn about the importance of historical events in America and how they affect our lives today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Early 20th Century Unit

Students over the next two and a half weeks we will be focusing on the early part of the 20th Century. (1901-1941) Hopefully you will realize that this time period was one of great change and hardship in the lives of everyday Americans. Americans started to drive reliable and affordable automobiles provided by the creation of the Model T by Henry Ford in Highland Park, Michigan. Henry Ford also created a different and highly successful way to produce his cars by the use of assembly lines. By one worker doing the same job repetitively, products could be created faster, cheaper and in a more
uniformed fashion. This translated into higher profits for companies and better products for the everyday public. The access and exploring of oil in ares of Texas allowed this fuel to be used in cars and light the streets of America. This natural resource also spared the lives of whales that were close to extinction because of the hunting of the these animals for their oil. John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil was responsible for the extraction of this valuable resource. Also Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully maned an airplane on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for twelve seconds that started a rush for aeronautical travel.

The 1920s was one of progress and excess and people were spending too much of their money and not saving enough for difficult times ahead. After the stock market crash of 1929 and other economic forces, many Americans and other countries around the world went through tremendous hardships that many generations never forgot the historical time period named the Great Depression.