Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Check Point Quizzes

Information for the Checkpoint Quizzes

Socials Studies 9 students are studying World War I.  They will have two checkpoint quizzes.  The first checkpoint quiz will include this information that you will need to know.  The quiz is multiple choice.  Each quiz is 15 questions.

The first checkpoint quiz will be given between February 20th-24 and the second check point quiz will be given between the dates of February 26-March 3 STUDY these questions (which are mostly from your notes) AND YOU WILL DO WELL.  I will be double weighting the exams.

Checkpoint quiz 1:

1.  Was the assassination of the archduke unexpected?
2.  Why were the Serbian anarchists angry?
3.  Know these alliances:  France+Russia+England  Germany+Austria-Hungary+Italy   England+Belgium
4.  The invasion of this country brought England into the war?
5.  What is the lesson from the rapid start of World War I that should be remembered for future world history?
6.  Were most propaganda posters fair and balanced?
7.  Did the Pals battalions continue through the war?
8.  What country instituted the first gas attack?
9.  Did the type of gas remain the same through the war?
10.  What was the number one mistaken belief about what would end the war?
11.  Why were they not able to end the war after the first few months?
12.  How did Germans find out about what cargo was put onto enemy ships?
13.  What does the term "Loose Lips Sink Ships" which was a saying written on posters mean?
 14.  What is the correct word for the massive killing and bloodshed in World War I?

Checkpoint quiz 2

1.  What war weapon killed the most men in World War I?
2.  What group led the peace movement and went overseas to put pressure to end the war?
3.  What country usually had their soldiers depicted in war posters as abusive beasts or apes who raped or hurt women and children?
4.  What country was blamed for the sinking of the Lusitatinia?
5.  What is the area called No Man's Land?
6.  What battle still holds the world record for most men kiledl in one day of battle for one side?
7  Did the Germans continue to honor the Sussex Pledge about U boat attacks?
8. What was the American attittude toward the Zimmerman telegram which encouraged Mexico to attack America and gain parts of Texas back?
9. Did all Americans agree with going to war for Europe?
10.  What were the main reasons for the United States going to war?
11.  What did Alvin York do to win the Medal of Honor (just have a general idea)
12.  Out of the Selective Service Act, how many were selected for service?

Extra Credit Movies World War I

EXTRA CREDIT FILMS: WORLD WAR I

Each film will be 10-15 points depending on content and length.  All extra credit slips must be just a piece of paper signed by parent that you watched the film.  Slips will be due no later than March 3rd--approximately when we finish World War I.

Paths of Glory (black and white film---interesting content  about the French Mutinies)
Sergeant York (black and white film--Alvin York won the Medal of Honor, and this film outlines his growing up years and courageous deeds)
Flyboys (rated PG-13)  This is the story of the American pilots who went over before the US joined the war.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A new semester:

Welcome students and parents to 9th grade Social Studies.

I will be updating this blog regularly to let teachers and students know about what assignments we are doing in class or are due as homework.

Our first week back, January 29 through February 2nd has been a very interesting lesson on the Titanic Disaster and its relation to world history.

Students will be taking a a quiz and then write an essay in class using primary documents.  They will be focusing on five topics:  Class structure, women and children first, pride, speed, and the event itself.  The will watch a brief excerpt from the movie, Titanic.

This topic is very interesting an foreshadows the events of the coming World War.  Students have learned that nations supported the idea of these huge, fast ocean liners being built.  After all, if war breaks out, they can be used to transport troops, which is what many ships did in World War I, World War II, and even in the Falklands War.

Here's to a great semester!

Mrs. O

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Social Studies January 2nd through 19th

Welcome back students and parents from Christmas break.

On our first day back, students learned about the story of  Oregon's wandering wolf, OR 7.  All students were given an extra credit story to tell their parents and have them sign.

We are studying imperialism over the next few weeks.  I had the study guide up the entire Christmas break for the final exam.  Students who did not copy down the study guide can check out a book after school from the library to obtain the answers.  

We will be learning about the reasons for imperialism, the United States takeover of Hawaii, and the Spanish American War.  Most of the work will be done in class.  I am encouraging all students to go online and check their grades so they can come in after school and make up any missing work.  I am available after school and at lunch to help and assist sutdents in improving their grade.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Extra Credit Western Films Due December 1st

Students were learning about the settling of the West, and I told them I would post some extra-credit opportunities. Here are the movies, and they are allowed to write up and submit for extra credit but for only up to two films. 

Here's the list:


  • True Grit 2010
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
  • High Noon 1952
  • Dances with Wolves 1990
  • The Searchers 1958


I had to make a choice---there were so many great Westerns out there.  For each film, you will need to write a paragraph answering the following questions if applicable.

What is the main conflict or main conflicts?

What is the main mission of the main characters?

How is the conflict resolved?

What examples of violence are in the film?

What are some things in the film that show life in the old west? (horses, wagons, sod houses, food)


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

October 27th through November 17th

We are having very busy weeks in social studies.

We have been learning about immigration:

Students learned about Minik, and eskimo boy who was taken from his home in Greenland to America.

They read the picture book the Arrival by Sean Tan.  They also looked at and made observations of Jane Addams Hull House maps that featured the many different groups that lived around Hull House in Chicago.

We also discussed assimilation for immigrants.  Students also looked at and made observations about the Orphan Trains that sent many children out of the crowded American cities into the country.

Students are also writing an inclass essay about treatment of African Americans in the Post Civil War South and the great migration of blacks to the Northern states.

November 13-17th will be about the settlement of the West.

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16th through October 20th

Students' six week grades have been updated:  I am working closely with students to make sure they are making up any missing work.  Parents are also being contacted.

This week we are doing the following in class:

Robber Barons slide show and worksheet

Great Strikes Quiz

The Gilded Age of New York:  slide show quiz and notes

On Thursday and Friday, students will have their first geography tests for landforms and countries  Landforms and Countries .  It can be retaken in January for a higher grade.  All students have the list of countries in orange in their binders.