Future Topics of Study:
Sectionalism, Slavery, the Civil War, & Reconstruction
This unit of study will be our focus during mid-to-late November and December.
Course Updates for Parents & Families
Mr. Michael Biondo
Social Science Teacher & Instructional Coach
847-825-7711 Extension 3182
TOPICS OF STUDY
American Democracy: Founding Fathers to the Age of Jackson bit.ly/biondofoundingfathers
We are studying the origins of the US Constitution, the early days of our nation, the creation of political parties in America, and the rise of popular democracy. (Assessment on 11/7/16.)
Access our daily class agendas at the following web site. homework.biondoteaches.com
Past Topics of Study:
We completed units of study in the following areas.
The American Revolution
The Chicago Metro History Fair Competition
Students are currently working very hard to research the topics that they selected related to Chicago History and this year's theme: Taking a Stand. Here are some things you could discuss with your student:
1) What is your topic and why did you choose to research it?
2) What are your learning about? What materials are you reading right now?
3) What are your next steps? How are you planning to approach your preliminary research (due by 11/11/16)?
Do you use any Social Networking tools? Facebook? Twitter? Google+? Instagram? You can find many historical institutions to follow. From "Today in History" posts, to new developments in the field, to stories about past events, you can find many interesting historical happenings out there!
HISTORY @ HOME
At the dinner table . . .
We are currently looking at some of the early debates that the Founding Fathers had in shaping our nation. They are still relevant today in compelling, controversial, and newsworthy ways!
What should be the size, scope, and scale of the federal government? How should the federal government relate to states and individuals? Should the Constitution be interpreted strictly or loosely? What role should the US play on the world stage?
Discussing your opinions on these issues and asking your child what he or she thinks could make for some interesting conversation!
1) Chicago History Museum. Great updates, stories, and pictures about local history.
2) National Archives: Today's Document. A primary source document a day!
3) National Museum of American History. Artifacts, pictures, and "Today in History."
4) National Geographic. Stunning images and interesting reports!
5) History Channel. They do a nice job with "This Day in History."