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Class Update

Good Evening,

I am just touching base with everyone about class. Midterm research papers have been submitted and I expect to have them evaluated and returned before the day of midterm exams. The midterm exam will be a full practice AP exam. It will be scored and evaluated but not a graded assignment. It is just practice.

In an interesting note, Mariah discovered that has updated it website to include a correlation to our text book. It seems that most of the video content matches the pages listed in the book. This means that the extra content is even more closely related to the reading! Some time watching internet videos can be a good thing!

Lastly, the unit 5 exam, Slavery and Sectionalism, will be given on January 17th. It will cover chapters 11-14. Everyone has the quizzes for chapters 11, 12 and (eventually) 14. There was no textbook reading quiz for chapter 13. Those questions form the basis for the exam and there will be a free response essay.

Thank you for your support.
Andrew Masters


Antebellum South

Today you received the chapter 10 packet for your perusal. Be sure to review the most important content of chapter 10 as outlined there. That content will be on the unit exam.
Chapter 11 was a broadening of some prior knowledge for many of you, but the key to understanding the coming war will be to understand the power of “King Cotton” on the economies of the South and the North. Be prepared to explore the peculiar institution of American slavery in the next class. The brief economics lesson on King Cotton will also help to solidify your understanding of life in antebellum South.
The end of this unit will include your first DBQ on slavery and a 4 way debate over slavery, so keep up on your reading and review the DBQ tips in your review book!
Mr. Masters

Missouri Compromise of 1820

Just to recap, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 allowed Missouri (technically north of the line) to keep slaves but banned the introduction of slaves in anything new state created above the line. Slavery would be allowed in states established below the line. The catch was, the compromise line only applied to the Louisiana Purchase. This will become a problem very soon as Americans attempt to fufill their Manifest Destiny.

November Extra Credit

The November extra credit assignment is now in your inbox. Please make the time to complete the assignment, as it counts as a test/quiz grade. As always, you have until midnight on the 30th to complete it. See me if you have any questions.

Quarter 1 Local History Research Project

The Quarter 1 Local History Research Project has been assigned. It is due October 31st. I have plenty of starter material if you are unable to come up with an idea. See me.

Mr. Masters


Reviewing after Unit 2 exam


The return of the Unit 2 exam gave me a great deal of insight as to what other skills I need to teach you, and also additional support I need to provide for you. Everyone has their Free Response Essay back for the purpose of revision and I gave out all the copies of the exam that I had. We can review the answers after school any day you’d like.

Many of you have already come to see me to learn a new reading strategy to manage the text, I hope that creating the “road map” seems logical to you. I expect that with a little practice, it will have measurable results.

I did some digging around and found a student review section for the AP textbook on the publisher’s site. I am posting the direct link to it here and will post it on the web site later. It has focus questions, sample short essay questions and multiple choice practice quizzes as well as other resources. You must bookmark it and start using it for review.

American History review site

There is small catch, but it should not be a problem. It is actually a component of the 14th textbook edition and we are currently using the 12th. No biggie!

As always, see me during ELE or after school for extra help. Your grades will begin to swing upward soon, stick with it.

Mr. Masters

The Road to Revolution

Today in class we reviewed the policy of salutary neglect and the effect it had on the development of the colonies. The Proclamation of 1763 was the first of many attempts to regain control of the colonies. The focus for our document analysis was to search for clues of rising resentment that might spark a revolution.
The Paxton Boys documents give us insight to resentment about the Proclamation line.
The full text of the Stamp Act gives you a clear picture of just how burdensome the tax law was.
The Virginia Resolves are a sharp response to the idea of taxation from outside the colonial legislature.
As you read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense think about the common sense argument he presents. Put the elements of his argument in your own words.