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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Term Game.... #1

IT'S HERE!!!!  IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!

WHAT YOU ASK???? OMG!!!!! IT'S ONLY THE MOST AWESOME GAME IN THE WORLD!!!!
THAT'S RIGHT.... THIS GAME IS KNOWN WORLD WIDE AND HAS A LOYAL APUSH FOLLOWING!!!  PAST STUDENTS BEG ME TO ALLOW THEM TO PLAY - BUT THAT JUST WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO YOU...... ROOKIES!!!

Ok, so let me explain to you once again (since I did this in class already).  I will start the game off by giving you a historical term of which you have had since the beginning of this year.  The person responding to me, must give the HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE of that term and then that person names the next term, beginning with the next letter. Here is an example (not related to the subject, just so none of you really smart children decide to try and rip mine off....):

EXAMPLE:
I post the word "APPLE"
John Doe responses with: "A fruit of which fell from a tree and hit Isaac Newton in the head; thus launching the Scientific Revolution"  NEXT WORD: BATS.....

And thus the game would have begun.  Again, remember that my example is NOT one of your historical terms.  You can use ANY of the terms you have from Chapter 1 through 13.  If you get lost, you can always refer to the APUSH 1 Term list on my website - but you should be able to pull them directly from your notebooks.

Dealing with X, Y, and Z words.  True, there aren't many of these in your APUSH historical terms, but to make the game interesting - when you get to any of these three letters, you must use any that does exist.  If there are no more words that begin with X, Y, or Z (x & z will be the hardest), then you can declare a "SKIP" and move to the next letter.  WARNING:  if the person responding to your next letter finds a word that has not be used - then they can declare a FOUL and YOU (the one that declared the "SKIP" will lose point.

When you reach the end of the alphabet - you just start back with the letter "A"

How to win at this game.  Post the most historical significant definitions and new words.  The winner gets a free homework pass on any homework assignment they choose!!!

The game stops at mid-night on Friday!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!


FIRST WORD: Articles of Confederation (AOC)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Strict vs. Loose?

Hopefully by now many of you understand the importance and relevance of understanding history (especially for this class - American History) and that you remember one of those key rules of history (that wonderful 3rd rule!).

Therefore, the question of how we should interpret the United States Constitution is still a valid discussion (or debate, depending on how you want to look at it).  Just as it was in the infancy of the nation, the question as to the divisional of governmental power continues to have a direct effect on how we often view the role of government.  Should the Federal government have the greatest power or should the States maintain the majority of the power?  We know from our study of the Constitutional Convention, that question was one of the major questions that, to some degree, never really gets answered (at least for some) and is still being debated today.  Example, some would argue that the debate over gay marriage should not be a federal issue since the Constitution does not address marriage (that would place it under the 10th Amendment - a power that lays with the States).  That's only one such example and of course, this blog topic is NOT about gay marriage.

For this week's blog, I'd like to hear your opinion.

BLOG QUESTION:
Should the Constitution be interpreted in the spirit of a Jeffersonian or a Hamiltonian? Strict vs. Loose.  Is Big Government the answer to America's current problems or should the role of the federal government be reduced?