Below you will find a collection of homework assignments.
US History - A Block
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Article Assessment - Due November 3rd
US History - F Block
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Honors US History - E Block
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AP US History - BG5H5 Blocks
October 27th- October 31st - Chapters 9 and 10
Due Monday, October 27th – Read Defining the Boundaries, pages 293-302 in the text. Respond to the following questions in writing:
- Compare the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Land Act of 1820. Are these two laws indicative of the two eras?
- What were the long term consequences when the Old Northwest became an extension of New England and the Old Southwest became an extension of the South?
- What was the American System? Identify its parts, who proposed it, when, and why?
- Why was the Second Bank of the United States chartered?
- What did the Adams-Onis Treaty do?
- What did the Monroe Doctrine reveal about American foreign policy?
- What were the causes of the Panic of 1819, and what were the results?
- Why was the admission of Missouri into the Union such a big issue?
Due Tuesday, October 28th - We will wrap up any loose ends from Chapter 9. Prepare your binders – the material will cover Chapters 7-9
Wednesday, October 29th – Multiple Choice Test covering topics from Chapter 6-9
After the test we will read Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson as an introduction to Chapter 10.
Due Thursday October 30th - Read Chapter 10, pages 310-321 and respond to the following questions in writing:
- Why was the cotton gin so important for the expansion of the Old South and the Old Southwest?
- What ideals did the South adopt socially, culturally and economically between 1790 and 1840?
- Why did the internal slave trade become important and what does it reveal about the nature of slavery in the South?
- Southerners often argued that southern slavery was a kindly, paternalistic system. Do the internal slave trade and the nature of life for the slaves in the Old Southwest support this contention? Explain.
Due Friday, October 31st
Read Chapter 10, pages 321 – 331, and respond to the following questions in writing:
- If slaves were valuable pieces of property, why didn’t their masters take better care of them so they would live longer?
- People who were enslaved in the United States in the 19th century led lives that were dominated by oppression. How did these people survive?
- Why were most Southerners opposed to the existence of free African Americans?
- What was the single most important element defining the lives of poor southern whites and yeoman farmers? Why did they generally feel satisfied, equal and free?
Contemporary Issues in Social Science - C Block
On November 4th, voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will decide a proposed ballot initiative that would “ prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment with table games and slot machines, or any license for a gaming establishment with slot machines.” (Massachusetts Information for Voters) Your task is to conduct background research on this topic so that you understand the pros and cons of this issue.
After doing your research you will need to determine where you stand on whether the state should prohibit casino gambling in the Commonwealth. You will then write a persuasive essay of two pages, double-spaced, with an introduction leading to a thesis statement that supports or opposes the ballot initiative that would prohibit casino gambling in Massachusetts.
As with any essay, you will need to develop your thesis with a body of supporting evidence. However, a persuasive essay of this type must also acknowledge the arguments of the alternate position. Thus, you must show me in this essay that you understand and can articulate your opposition’s arguments while simultaneously making a coherent argument for how these concerns can be handled and why your position is superior.
As you near your conclusion you should finish on a positive note by emphasizing the strengths of your position.
Read your essay aloud to yourself or to another person to catch possible errors and/or awkward phrasing. Note: do not use personal pronouns in your essay.
Due Date: Tuesday, Oct. 28th
Minimum two pages typed, double-spaced, 12-point font
Two source minimum
Acknowledge sources both within the framework of the paper and in a brief bibliography at the end of your paper. Do not just list web addresses.
*Remember: An A paper will acknowledge both positions, while clearly addressing how the opposition’s arguments can be addressed and by supporting your own argument well.