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Conference Period- 8:33 a.m.- 9:21 a.m. (2nd period)
Feel free to contact me by telephone during my conference time or anytime by email with questions or concerns. I will return all phone calls and emailed messages within 24 hours unless I am absent. I also highly recommend subscribing to my website to stay updated with upcoming assignments and important information (to subscribe to my page, click on the black subscribe button under my profile picture).



 

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THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, May 19, 2018!
Visit the Spring Creek Heritage Festival for extra credit. Must show proof of attendance and share something cool you learned or something that you found interesting. 
 
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Upcoming Important Dates for the 9 Weeks!

1. Friday 5/18/18- Significant Texan Project Due by end of class *Major Grade*
2. Thursday 5/24/18- District Benchmark CBA - Begin studying now over this semester's topics/units (Use INB and textbook).
3. Friday 5/25/18- Texas History Textbook turn in. If you have lost or misplaced your book, find it now or you will have to purchase a replacement for the school. 
 
Don't forget about the extra credit opportunities to visit historic sites/events. Last opportunity to turn in proof will be TUESDAY 5/29!

Great Depression Dust Bowl WWI Vocabulary (2)

1. ALL Warm-ups due from 3/20/18-5/11/18. If you have been absent, please make sure you complete any missed warm-ups. *DAILY GRADE
 
2. WWI,Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII Vocabulary Quiz is Friday. This is the FINAL vocabulary quiz of the year, make it a good one! STUDY and make extra credit note cards. See attached list for words/definitions.
 
 

Reform Movement Vocabulary Quiz Tomorrow 5/4! STUDY!

Progressives: people who wanted to fix many of the problems in society that had been caused by the rapid industrialization and urbanization of the late 1800s. Progressives worked to create child labor laws, provide better working conditions for laborers, regulate corrupt corporations, provide better public education, gain women’s right to vote, and tackled many other problems.

Populist Party:  also known as the “People’s Party”, it was a political party created by farmers in the South and the Midwest. The party’s platform highlighted the need for reforms that would help the common people of America (farmers, factory workers, laborers) by regulating the corrupt corporations (railroads, banks, etc.) that many populists believed were taking advantage of the common people and getting rich because of it.  


Suffrage: the right to vote; originally reserved for only white male landowners, suffrage was slowly expanded to others such as African American males (15th Amendment, 1870) and women (19th Amendment, 1920).

Agrarian Labor:  labor that involves agriculture (farmers, cowboys, farm workers, etc.) Agrarian laborers banded together to form groups such as The Grange and the Farmers Alliance that pushed for better agricultural policies.

Labor Unions: groups of workers from a specific company or industry that band together in order to negotiate for better working conditions, higher pay, etc. Banding together they were able to use their collective bargaining power (power in numbers), going on strikes to get what they wanted from the heads of their companies. Having hundreds of employees going on strike at the same time was much harder for a company to ignore than just a few individual employees.

Controversy: a prolonged public dispute or debate usually involving the accusation of wrongdoing or scandal. Most well-known controversies involve people/groups in the public eye such as politicians, large corporations, etc.






Regulate: to control or direct by making laws or rules which those being regulated must follow. Regulation occurs in order to hold the regulated party to a specific standard. In the early 1900s, progressives and populists pushed to regulate a variety of different industries (railroads, factories, etc.) by getting laws passed that forced those industries to adhere to certain standards (not charging some customers more than others, not using child labor, maintaining safe working conditions for employees, etc.)

Prohibition: an official ban on something; in the early 1900s there was a push by many women’s groups to create a prohibition on alcohol which they believed caused men to neglect their families. The 18th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 which officially prohibited the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcoholic beverages. Eventually this prohibition ended when the 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, repealing the 18th Amendment. This time period is often referred to as “Prohibition”.

Unethical: lacking moral principles (or “ethics”), unwilling to adhere to proper rules of conduct. Essentially when someone behaves contrary to what society believes to be the right or proper way to act.

Impeachment: to accuse a public official of misconduct in office. To impeach an elected official in Texas, the Texas House of Representatives must make the formal accusation and the Texas Senate will hold the trial and decide the verdict. Texas Governor James “Pa” Ferguson was impeached in 1917 for misusing public funds in a controversy regarding the budget of the University of Texas.  

Pardon: to be released from the penalty of an offense. The Texas State Constitution originally gave the Texas Governor the power to pardon people convicted of breaking Texas law, however after Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson’s terms in office (1925-27, 1933-35) the law was changed to only allow a governor to pardon someone if the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommends it. The change was due to Governor Ferguson granting almost 4,000 pardons during her terms in office, and accusations that they could be bought…the controversy led to her defeat in the next election.


Neutral: not taking part or choosing sides in an argument or war. Someone who is truly neutral does not support either side in a controversy. The United States remained neutral during the early stages of World War I until eventually entering the war on the side of the Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, & Russia).

NEED EXTRA CREDIT? Go see some Texas History in person!

Here are five great historic places to visit to earn extra credit this 9 weeks:
 
Tomball Railroad Depot- Located in Downtown Tomball, Texas
Learn about how the railroaded impacted the city of Tomball and made it into what is today.
 
Oil/Spindletop- Beaumont, Texas
Visit the place where the oil boom began and see the boomtown at Gladys City and watch the Spindletop gusher spray out water! 
 
Tomball Museum Center- Cotton/Settlers- Tomball, TX
Learn about the history of Tomball, Texas and see Twelve structures including a furnished Victorian home, a mid-1800 furnished farmhouse, an early 1900 church, a country doctor's office and a one-room school. The Farm Museum houses a late-19th-century cotton gin, wagons and farm implements. 
 
The Great Storm/Hurricane of 1900- Galveston, TX
This documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. This new HD version shows incredible detail and clarity in the black and white photos taken after the disaster and used in the documentary.
 
Pacific War Museum/Nimitz Museum-WWII- Fredericksburg, TX
Explore the 6-acre Museum Complex and immerse yourself in Pacific War history, American and Japanese culture of the time, and heartfelt tributes to the heroes of the Pacific Theater.
 
**Must show proof that you went (selfie, event ticket, stamp with date or brochure) and tell me one thing that you found interesting or learned and receive 5 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS added to a Major Grade this 9 weeks. Extra credit deadline is TUESDAY MAY 29, 2018.
Can only be redeemed once for a maximum of 5 points per 9 weeks.

Extra Credit Opportunity this Saturday April. 21, 2018!
 
 
SAN JACINTO DAY FESTIVAL 2018
 
April 21, 2018, is the date of the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment.  Mark your calendar to celebrate this event on the anniversary of the battle that won Texas independence. A full day of fun, education, and entertainment is planned, with music and dance, food vendors, craft demonstrators, a petting zoo, kids' crafts, visiting the re-enactors' camps, heritage and history groups, and the Battle Reenactment from 3:00 to 4:15. 
 
Visit the link below for more information:
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Must show proof that you went (selfie, event ticket or brochure) and tell me one thing that you found interesting or learned and receive 5 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS added to a Major Grade this 9 weeks.
Happy Texas Independence Day!
 
Looking for something to do this weekend? Need extra credit?
Take a day trip to Washington on the Brazos to celebrate Texas Independence Day! The birthday celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, cannon and musket firing lines, historical encampments and commemorative programs so guests can experience life in Texas in 1836. 
 
In order to receive extra credit, you must show proof of attendance by bringing in a brochure, ticket stub, stamp with date attended or selfie at the site.
 
Follow the link for more information: 
 
 

Upcoming Important Dates before Report Card

Final Grades of the 3rd 9 Weeks before Report Card:
 
1. FRIDAY 3/2/18- ALL warm-ups due (1/16/18-3/2/18). DAILY GRADE!
Please make sure you have them in order and have them made up for any days that you have been absent.
 
2. TUESDAY 3/6/18- Interactive Notebook Check- DAILY GRADE! Make sure it is organized, Table of Contents Page is updated through page 10, page numbers and titles labeled and nothing is falling out.
 
3. WEDNESDAY 3/7/18- Civil War Project Due- MAJOR GRADE! This is an in-class project. More details and directions attached. 

Upcoming Important Daily Grades for REPORT CARD

Final Grades of the 3rd 9 Weeks before Report Card:
 
1. FRIDAY 3/2/18- ALL warm-ups due (1/16/18-3/2/18). DAILY GRADE!
Please make sure you have them in order and have them made up for any days that you have been absent.
 
2. TUESDAY 3/6/18- Interactive Notebook Check- DAILY GRADE! Make sure it is organized, Table of Contents Page is updated through page 10, page numbers and titles labeled and nothing is falling out.
 
3. WEDNESDAY 3/7/18- Civil War Project Due- MAJOR GRADE! This is an in-class project. More details and directions to come on Fri. 3/2.

Upcoming Important Daily Grades for Friday 2/23/18

1. Sectionalism Vocabulary Quiz will be on Friday 2/23 (Daily grade). Begin studying now. Complete extra credit cards (1 point for each completed card). Study! Study! Study!
 
2. Title Page 6 is due Friday 2/23 for a DAILY GRADE! Use the Sectionalism Vocabulary List (pick 5 words). NO ZEROS! DO THE HOMEWORK!