Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16

Here is a copy of the final review packet answers for Mrs. Fisk's Social Studies classes if needed.
Grade 7 Final Exam Review Packet.  June 2014


1.  What kinds of geographic features made the Atlantic Coast perfect for fishing and trading?


Natural harbors, deep channels, protected ports


2.  Why were Native American cultures so different from each other?


Different environments that they lived in results in different ways to get basic needs



3.  Describe the Beringia Land Bridge Theory.


Theory to explain how the Americas were populated by Paleo-Indians.  Land between Asia and North America that was exposed during the last ice age over which Paleo-Indians traveled.


4.  What was the Columbian Exchange?  What were some of the positive and negative aspects of the Columbian Exchange?


Transfer of plants, animals, ideas, disease between Old World and New World

+: ideas, plants

-: disease and death of many Native Americans


5.  What was mercantilism?


Creating wealth by carefully controlling trade / colonies exist to benefit the economy of England (mother country)


6.  What was the Middle Passage?


Slaves’ ocean voyage across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas


7.  What is the significance of the House of Burgess which met for the first time in 1619?


1st representative government in the English colonies – Jamestown, VA


8.  What was the main purpose of the Mayflower Compact?


To create self-government for the benefit of Plymouth colony


9.  How did the French and Indian War lead to the American Revolution?


Britain taxed colonists to help pay for the war – led to protests and protests led to revolution


10.  What was Great Britain’s goal in imposing the Navigation Acts, the Sugar Act, the Townshend Acts and the Tea Act?


Control colonists’ trade & make money (raise revenue) for England.  These acts led to protests and the American Revolution



11.  The ideas that all men are created equal and that the people have the right to rebel against an unjust government are found in which document?

Declaration of Independence


12.  Who were the Loyalists? 


People who stayed loyal to the King of England during the American Revolution


13.  Who were the Patriots? 


People fighting for independence from England


14.  Define the following concepts and tell why they were incorporated into the Constitution.


Separation of Powers: 3 branches: legislative (makes laws), judicial (judges laws), and executive (enforces laws)

Checks & Balances: prevents any one branch from becoming too powerful and prevents one branch from controlling the other two branches.  Example: Congress passes a bill and President must sign or veto it.


15.  Why do historians consider George Washington to be a great president?


Set many precedents for presidential practices still used today – cabinet & 2 year term


16.  Describe George Washington’s foreign policy as President of the U.S.


Neutrality: do not make permanent alliances with foreign countries


17.  What were President Thomas Jefferson’s motives in buying the Louisiana Purchase from France?


Doubled size of US

Kept Napoleon out of US

Gained control of Mississippi River


18.  Describe the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine


U.S. told European powers to stay out of the western hemisphere and any attempt to create new colonies would be seen as a threat to U.S. power


19.  Why was President Andrew Jackson sometimes referred to as “King Andrew”?


He worked alone and without the consultation of Congress

Disregard of Constitution – removal of Cherokee despite Supreme Court decision,

Use (overuse) of veto


20.  What act of Congress led to the “Trail of Tears”?


Indian Removal Act, 1830


21.  What were the U.S. methods to achieve Manifest Destiny?


War, treaty, or purchase


22.  What were the results of Manifest Destiny?


Annexation of Texas, Mexican War & Mexican Cession, Gadsden Purchase, Oregon Treaty

Americans settle and farm the west

Indians are kicked out of their territory, population declines, increase of reservations



23. Explain how each of the following contributed to the start of the Civil War:

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act


Allowed the use of popular sovereignty to decide slavery in a territory

“Bleeding Kansas” when pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces fought


  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin


Harriet Beecher Stowe made people understand how bad slavery was and many joined the abolitionist cause


  • John Brown’s attack on Harpers Ferry and his execution 


North: he’s a martyr to abolitionist cause, must work to end slavery


South: he’s an abomination and proof that the North is out to destroy the southern way of life; we must fight to protect it



24.  Identify and explain the contributions of each of the following.


  • Frederick Douglass: former slave, writer, abolitionist


  • William Lloyd Garrison: abolitionist newspaper editor, The Liberator


  • Harriet Tubman: “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, abolitionist



25.  What did Abraham Lincoln mean when he spoke of the “divided house” in 1858?


The country was divided over the slavery issue; we can’t continue half slave and half free – we must be one or the other


26.  What advantages did the North have over the South at the start of the Civil War?


More population (industrial workers), manufacturing, railroad, telegraph, money, navy, weapons



27.  What event caused South Carolina to secede from the Union?


Election of 1860 – Lincoln’s election


28.  What was Lincoln’s main objective in the Civil War?


Preserve the Union


29.  What is the significance of the Gettysburg Address?


It encouraged the Union to keep fighting to restore the Union so the democratic ideal of government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Homework for Thursday, June 12

Yes, we are back up and running with only one official night of homework left!!  We apologize for the difficulties the site has recently experienced.

The following is the final exam schedule for the end of the year: 

Monday, June 16:  ELA final at 7:50-10:30
Wednesday, June 18: Math final at 7:50-10:30
Thursday, June 19: SS final at 7:50-10:30
Monday, June 23: Science final at 10:30-1:15
Tuesday, June 24:  LOTE final at 7:50-10:30

Any missed finals to be made up on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:30 - 1:15.

All students should be spending time preparing for their final exams at this point.  They should be on time to school with at least 2 sharpened pencils for each exam.

Students are still allowed access to their lockers and must make sure that cell phones are in their lockers and NOT brought into any testing site.

We wish all our students the best for their upcoming finals and a safe summer!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Homework for Thursday, May 29

Science with Mrs. Cicione: Asteroids, Comets and Meteroids homework; read and complete all parts given on the back.   Assigned moon phase due tomorrow.  Begin reviewing for Astronomy test next Thursday, June 5.  Make review cards for bonus points!!

Math with Mr. Tjersland:  Gather all previous review sheets, exam 7 and angles quiz to use as study tools for the last unit exam on Monday, June 1.

Social Studies with Mrs. Fisk:  Homework sheet #2 due tomorrow.

English with Mrs. DeCoteau:  No homework.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Homework for Wednesday, May 28

Science with Mrs. Cicione: Scaling Solar System page 24 only in lab manual.  Assigned moon phases.  Astronomy test next Thursday, June 5.

Math with Mr. Tjersland:  Continue preparing for cumulative exam on Monday, June 2.

Social Studies with Mrs. Fisk:  Worksheet # 1 due tomorrow.

English with Mrs. DeCoteau:  Finish reading Chapter 11.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Homework for Tuesday, May 27

Science with Mrs. Cicione:  Inner/Outer planet reading and questions.  Advance notice for Astronomy unit test next Thursday, June 5 so begin reviewing now.  Assigned moon phases due.

Math with Mr. Tjersland:  Cumulative exam on Monday, June 2.  Begin reviewing now!

Social Studies with Mrs. Fisk: 
Due Thursday:  Homework sheet #1.
Due Friday:  Homework sheet #2.

English with Mrs. DeCoteau:  No assigned homework; those students who did not read Ch. 10 as previously assigned on Friday should read that in its entirety tonight.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Homework for Friday, May 23


Science with Mrs. Cicione:  Read pages 41-45 in your lab manual and try to find a constellation.  Assigned moon phases due on Tuesday.

Math with Mr. Tjersland:  No homework

Social Studies with Mrs. Fisk:  No homework

English with Mrs. DeCoteau:  Finish reading Chapter 10 in Across Five Aprils.