||First week that
||Read “How Congress is Organized” pages 75-79 in Packet 206. Then choose one of the following
ESSAY: (Minimum 11 sentences, maximum 18 sentences). Please answer BOTH of the following
Ø Why does Congress have committees?
Ø What is the Vice-President’s real job, according to the Constitution?
CHART: Create a chart of the leadership positions, AND the job performed by each position in the
House and the Senate. Click for 206-B.chart or create one of your own. Click HERE for a fillable
If you need help with the fillable chart, CLICK HERE first.
ARTWORK: Look at the chart of the House and Senate Committees on page 78. Pick TWO
committees from the House and TWO from the Senate. Draw a logo for each committee that is
representative of the work that they do.
||First week that
||ASSIGNMENT 206-A - Read “Senate and the House of Representatives” pages 71-75 (click here). Then
choose one of the following assessments.
ESSAY: (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages.). Please answer BOTH of the following questions:
Which one (or two) qualifications for Congress do you think should be changed? Why?
What is “gerrymandering” and why is it bad for the U.S.A.
CHART:– Look at the map on page 72.
List the five states with the most Representatives, and the number of Rep.’s that they have.
List the six states with the fewest Representatives, and the number of Rep.’s that they have.
ARTWORK: –How would you like to re-design the United States? CLICK HERE for the map.
||ASSIGNMENT 205-B - Complete the "Rules Worksheet" (two pages, click HERE and HERE)
||ASSIGNMENT 205-B - Read “Ideals of the Constitution” pages 37-41 (CLICK HERE). Then choose one of
the following assessments.
ESSAY- answer both of the following questions (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages TOTAL)
A) Why was it necessary for the delegates at the Constitutional Convention to create a system of
B) How did the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence influence the delegates at the
CHART – After completing the reading, fill-in chart 205-B (CLICK HERE). The left column is the type of
power, the middle column is where you fill-in the definition for that kind of power (“only the STATES can do
this”, etc.), and the right column is where you give an example of that kind of power.
POSTER – Make a NEAT and READABLE POSTER of the six goals listed in the Preamble to the Constitution
(pages 37-38). Must be larger than a standard 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper (you can tape two sheets together)
||ASSIGNMENT 205-A - Read “The Call for Change” pages 229-232 (Click HERE). Then choose one of the
following assessments. Click the link for Packet 205.
ESSAY- (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages.) – Read the quote from Thomas Jefferson on the top of page
230. What did he mean by this? Then read John Locke’s quote in the paragraph right below it. How is it
different from Jefferson’s view? Who was right; Jefferson or Locke? Use at least two specific examples
from the reading.
a) List the four things that were wrong with the Articles of Confederation according to Alexander Hamilton
b) Identify three PROMINENT – (important) Americans to attend the Constitutional Convention, and three
who did not attend the Constitutional Convention.
HISTORICAL FICTION – (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages.). Write a story about a fourteen year-old
(boy or girl) whose dad was a Regulator. You may use your imagination, BUT be sure to include at least three
facts from our class discussion in your story.
||Read “A New Constitution” pages 28-33 (HERE), Follow the instructions and choose ONE
of the following assessments.
ESSAY - Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages in 3-paragraph format. Identify six flaws with the Articles of
Confederation, and six ways that the Constitution corrected those flaws (hint: see chart on page 30).
CHART – Identify six flaws with the Articles of Confederation and six ways that the Constitution corrected
those flaws using a self-made chart (hint: see the chart on page 30).
POSTER – The Articles of Confederation prove that it is not so easy to create rules that are both useful and
easy to follow. Using our classroom rules (“B” on the back of this sheet) create a poster so that all students
who come in our classroom will always know the rules.
||Read “The First American Government” pages 24-27 HERE. Follow the instructions and
choose ONE of the following assessments.
ESSAY - Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages in 3-paragraph format.
Identify FOUR Weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation, and why each was a problem for America.
TABLE – Follow the instructions for the essay above, but do it in chart/table form HERE.
ARTWORK / POSTER – Create a new design for the One Dollar Bill. Be sure to include the dollar amount,
and the three human rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence (see page 25).
||ASSIGNMENT 204-A - Read “Why Americans Have Government” pages 21-23 (CLICK HERE). Follow the
instructions and choose ONE of the following assessments.
ESSAY - Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages in 3-paragraph format.
Explain the difference between REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY and DIRECT DEMOCRACY. Give an
example of each, plus identify one strength and one weakness of each. Essay must be Minimum ¾ page,
maximum 1 ½ pages in three paragraph form.
CHART – Compare REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY and DIRECT DEMOCRACY using the chart 204-A
ARTWORK – There is a famous painting by American artist Norman Rockwell called “Freedom of Speech”.
CLICK HERE to see it.. Make your own drawing of a town meeting.
||ASSIGNMENT 202-C - Read pages 184-187, packet 202 (click HERE), then choose ONE the following
ESSAY - You are chosen to MEDIATE (act as a referee) the disagreements between the British government
and the American Continental Congress.
• Give three solutions that you believe will end the growing conflict.
• Explain what each solution would accomplish.
CHART – (click HERE for the chart). An old AXIOM (saying) states that “for every action, there is an equal
and opposite reaction”. Fill in the chart with 5 “actions” by the British, and 5 “reactions” by the Americans.
ART-SMART – (click HERE for the picture). Identify four “happenings” in the picture that relate to the
reading for this assignment. Be sure that you explain what is going on in each happening.
||ASSIGNMENT 202-B - Read pages 178-181 in Reading Packet 202 (click HERE), then choose ONE the
ESSAY - (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1½ pages.) Please answer the following question using complete
sentences, Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages.
From the point of view of an American colonist during the 1700’s, which two of the acts or taxes were the
most outrageous? Why?
TIMELINE - Create (or download "202-B.Timeline HERE) a timeline of events from the reading. Be sure to
include 8 acts and/or events that you believe are important from 1763-1775.
ARTWORK – We’ve seen the famous artwork by Paul Revere and others depicting the Boston Massacre & the
Boston Tea Party (click HERE to see it again). Make a masterpiece of your own! I am not looking to compare
your work to theirs; I simply want to see how you, in 2009, view ONE of these events.
||ASSIGNMENT 202-A - Read pages 175-177, packet 202 (Click HERE), then choose one of the following
ESSAY – (Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1½ pages.) Based on your reading, please choose the statement below
that you most agree with. Be sure to explain WHY you chose that statement.
“It is only fair that the Americans should have to pay SOME taxes, to help fund their own defense.”
“Since we (Americans) do not have the same rights as other British taxpayers, we should not be taxed.”
“You are both wrong: Americans should pay taxes, but they should have the same rights as other
GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – Fill in the British point of view, the American Point of view, and who YOU think was
correct (your p.o.v.). Download your sheet HERE
ARTWORK – As you have read, Americans were furious about the Proclamation of 1763. However Britain
insisted that this was necessary for the American’s own good. Pretend that you are the King’s poster-maker,
and create a poster explaining the Proclamation. Include at least 2 reasons why the Proc. was necessary.
||ASSIGNMENT 201-C Re-Read pages 113-118, packet 201 (click here). Choose one the following
ESSAY: Answers in essay form must use complete sentences. Minimum ¾ page, maximum 1 ½ pages.
Compare and contrast (how are they alike, how are they different) the Separatists and the Puritans; VENN DIAGRAM – Make a Venn Diagram of the Separatists (Pilgrims) and the Puritans. Use six points of
their lifestyles, their reasons for leaving England, and their communities here in Massachusetts.
comparison. Click HERE for the template.
ARTWORK – Draw a boat that you believe would be adequate for the Atlantic crossing. Passengers would
include your family, and eighty other people. Include several views (cross-sections) that explain the levels of
the ship, and a floor plan of the cabins.
||Assignment 201-B – Read pages 113-118, packet 201 (See assignment 201-A for the link
to Packet 201). Choose one the following assessments.
ESSAY - Answers in essay form must use complete sentences. Minimum 9 sentences, maximum 15 sentences:
The Europeans who settled Virginia came to North America for very different reasons than the Europeans who settled New England.
Explain these differences.
• Agree or disagree with the following statement. Be sure to give evidence when you explain your answer:
“Europeans, both in the Virginia Colony and the New England Colony, would not have survived without the help of natives”.
LIST - Imagine that you are a Native-American chief. How would you instruct your tribe to deal with the European settlers? Create six
rules that your tribe must follow. USE COMPLETE SENTENCES!
ARTWORK – As you know from class and the reading, the Pilgrims arrived completely unprepared for the New England climate. Design an
outfit for men and an outfit for women using the materials that would be available locally in 1620 (goose feathers, animal fur, objects
obtained from Wampanoags). Identify what each item is. CLICK HERE for examples of native outfits).
||Read pages 101-110, packet 201 (CLICK HERE). Then choose one of the following assessments:
ESSAY: Use complete sentences to answer the following question. Minimum 9 sentences, maximum 15
Why do you believe that the Virginia colonists made so many mistakes in Roanoke? Give specific
examples to support your opinion.
VENN DIAGRAM: Using a standard sheet of paper (8½” x 11”), create a Venn diagram comparing the
Roanoke colonies with the Jamestown settlement. You must include at least six points of comparison. CLICK
HERE for a pre-made Venn Diagram
ARTWORK: Using a standard poster, create your own artwork depicting the difficulties faced by the
Roanoke colonists, as well as what you believe happened to them. USE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM THE
READING IN YOUR ARTWORK!
||For Homerooms 224, 225, & 226. Read "Challenging Columbus", then answer questions 1-10 in Map Skills.
Click HERE for the packet.
||For Homeroom 227 Only! Read "Primary Source; Columbus' Letter Announcing His Discovery" (CLICK
HERE). Then, Complete questions 1-4 PLUS the Primary Source Analysis Sheet
||Complete worksheet "The Preamble" and worksheet "Family Facts"