A Thematic Approach to US History

Teacher Resources – A System of Collaboration and Sharing
• Curriculum Binders (Electronic Files)
– Methods Library (Skill Development)
• Thematic Unit PowerPoint
• Bell Work
• Videos
– Video Inventory List & Shared folder accessibility
• Primary and Secondary Source Documents
– Document Inventory List & Shared folder accessibility
Curriculum Binder and Methods Library –
Unit PowerPoint's
Bell Work Resources
Video Clip Library
• Edited video files from
movies, documentaries,
You Tube, etc.
• Electronic files readily
Video Clip Library
• Edited video files from
movies, documentaries,
You Tube, etc.
• Electronic files readily
Primary and Secondary Source Inventory
Individual Projects
Students choose and complete one per each thematic unit.
• Board Game Project
• Children's Book Project
• Editorial Cartoon
• Movie Review
• Personification Paper
• Poetry Project
• Commercial Project
• Music Video Project
• Podcast Project
• Pictorial Timeline
• Newscast Project
• Website Project
Rubrics for each project are made available to the students
Project Rubric
• All projects are focused
on students making
connections between the
essential questions and
the content.
Student Resources: Pacing Guide and Objectives
• Provides students
content, essential
questions and learning
objectives for each
thematic unit.
Student Resources: Binder Content Sheet
Student Resources: Binder Assignment Sheet
Student Resources: Making Connections to Chronology
• The “Living Timeline”
– Located on a wall in the classroom
Role of
1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
Student Resources: Current Events Analysis
• Skill Based Worksheets
– Current Event Article
– Cartoon Analysis
Worksheet (Modified from
National Archives)
– Document Analysis
Worksheet (Modified from
National Archives)
Thematic Unit Assessment & Analysis
• Unit Assessment
– Exam – Content and Skill Based
• Feedback sheet to be filled out by each student.
• Formal Test analysis
– Question analysis tied to objectives and skills.
• Student Corrections
Thanks and Questions
• Contact Info:
– Joe Soss – [email protected]
– Shandon Nixon – [email protected]
– Anne Pasco – [email protected]
• Websites:
– www.district158.org/jsoss
– www.district158.org/snixon
The War of 1812
The Coming of the War of 1812
• U.S. found themselves in the cross fire between France
and Britain
• Orders in Council – forbade neutral vessels from
trading with France
• Napoleon threatened to seize all foreign ships that
cooperated with the British navy.
U.S. Steps to Avoid War
• The Embargo Act of 1807 - Stopped shipments of
food and other American products to all foreign ports.
• Passed by Jefferson
• Non-Intercourse Act – replaced the Embargo by only
prohibiting U.S. trade with Britain and France
• Passed by Madison
– Both Acts strained U.S. economy
U.S. declares war on Great Britain in 1812 due to:
• British impressments of U.S.
• British support of American
Indian uprisings
• General violations of neutrality
• Republican fear that not
resolving the crisis would return
the Federalists to power
Effects of War of 1812
• conquered territory restored
• stronger U.S. control over
Northwest Territory
• peace alliance between U.S.
and Great Britain
• destruction of the Federalist
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