Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of the Union Assignment

Watch the State of the Union address -- you can find the video at the White House website (link).

Record at least three of the president's main points. Explain why you chose these points.

Then, evaluate his speech. Is it successful? Explain your response.

This assignment should take a minimum of 2 paragraphs to complete. It is due tomorrow, and is worth 10 points.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Test Review for Thursday

Test Review:

  • 75 points
  • 10 countries
  • 15 multiple choice (including maps and graphs)
  • 50 points writing (short answer, reading comp., short free response essay)
  • Chapters 9.1-9.2; 10.1, 10.2, 10.4
  • Urbanization
  • Haitian Revolution
  • Haiti's economy and reasons
  • Elections/State of the Union
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Influence of Europeans (Spanish, French, Portuguese) on Latin America
  • Indigenous Peoples (Taino, Aztecs)
  • Comparisons between U.S. and Latin American countries

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Slave Trade and the Caribbean

The plan for the slave ship Brookes.
Now that you've gotten to look around the Slave Voyages database on your own, we'll complete a practice search together.

Notice: We will use specific facts and data to form our search criteria.
  • The slave ship Brookes is one of the most famous on record.
  • The ship was designed to carry 454 humans as cargo
  • Instead, the ship carried as many as 609 people in its cargo hold at once, as the diagram shows (click for a larger image if you are interested)
  • The ship was so notorious that abolitionists used its diagram to help force the end of the slave trade
  • Thomas Molyneux owned and captained the ship
  • The ship purchased slaves on Africa's Gold Coast region
  • It landed in Jamaica
Students at Durham University lay down in the form of the
slave ship Brookes. Although they match the approximate
plan of the ship, the students have far more space than
the slaves would have.
Find the entry for the ship on the slave trade database site.

When you do this search on your own, you will use any of the following to find information about specific ships:
  • Ship names
  • Captain names
  • Number of slaves embarked
  • Number of slaves disembarked
  • Names of places
Important vocabulary words:
  • Query -- search criteria
  • Vessel -- ship
  • Embark -- get onto a ship
  • Disembark -- get off of a ship
  • Tonnage -- the weight of a ship (in tons)
  • Middle Passage -- the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Caribbean

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Arguable Statements Homework

Tonight's Homework: Arguable Statements

Use Ch. 10.2 to respond to the following questions about the Caribbean on loose leaf.

20 points, due tomorrow on your desk.

  1. Agree or disagree with the following statement: "The Taino people were responsible for the beginning of the slave trade." Support your response with at least two pieces of evidence from the text.
  2. Agree or disagree with the following statement: "The culture of the Caribbean is most heavily influenced by the culture of European countries." Support your response with at least three pieces of evidence from the text.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Latin American Map Practice

You can find a map game for Central and South America here.

There is a map for the Caribbean here.

Use these games to prepare for your 15 point map quiz on Friday.

List of Countries
I will choose 10 of the following 15 countries for the quiz:

  1. Brazil
  2. Peru
  3. Argentina
  4. Chile
  5. Mexico
  6. Cuba
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. Haiti
  9. Colombia
  10. Venezuela
  11. Bolivia
  12. Jamaica
  13. Panama
  14. Paraguay
  15. Uruguay
List of Landforms
I will choose 5 of the landforms listed below for you to draw and label on the quiz.
  1. Amazon River
  2. Rio de la Plata
  3. Tierra del Fuego
  4. The Pampas
  5. The Andes
  6. The llanos
  7. The Orinoco River
  8. The Sierra Madres