Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Presidency of George W. Bush (Bush 43, 2000-2008)

Watch/view the following then complete your "Unit 15 Bush Presidency" sheet:

2000 Election Controversy

2000 Electoral Map
*Use the drop down box to select the 2000 map.

*Note the language he uses.

*For a more in depth perspective from the President himself.

2008 Financial Crisis
*Be advised that Jon Stewart uses a couple of curse words though they are bleeped out.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

World War I

World War I

  1. Where was it?  - Maps of World War I
  2. What were the causes?
  3. Who were the people involved?
  4. How did technology impact the war?
  5. What were the effects/outcomes of World War I?
Missed class? Don't have your notes?  Here's a reminder:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Geography and the Spanish-American War

Spanish-American War

  1. U.S.
  2. Spain
  3. Cuba - What ocean is it in? How far is it from the U.S.?
  4. Hawaii - What ocean is it in? How far is it from the U.S.?
  5. Philippines - What ocean is it in? How far is it from the U.S.?

    • Why would these locations be a problem during the Spanish-American war?
      • Hint: Are they close to each other? Where are the islands located in relationship to the U.S. and Spain?
    • Locate Panama and the Panama Canal. How did the Panama Canal (water bridge) change that?  What President is connected with the building of the Panama Canal?
    • What is our relationship today with the Philippines? Cuba? Hawaii?
      • Did Hawaiians want to be annexed as part of the United States? 

Friday, March 20, 2015


Understanding geography, at least the physical locations of states and countries, is an important aspect of understanding U.S. History.  Specifically, when taking the STAAR certain questions can be answered just using your understanding of geography - even generally.

To start with get an idea of the major bodies of water and countries that are in/near the United States.

Then get an idea of the regions and states within the United States. 

Finally, get an idea of the world map.

Now do a little learning - choose a game based on which area you feel you know the least:
  1. U.S. and World Map
  2. U.S. Geography - States and Capitals
  3. GeoBee Challenge - World Geography

Apps for geography:
  1. Best Apps
  2. Atlas for Free (iPhone/Pad)
  3. World Geography (iPhone/Pad)
  4. Stuck on Earth - World Travel Guide (iPhone/Pad)

As we go along we will connect our geography knowledge to historical events.  Think back to our lessons on :
  • How did geography impact the Spanish-American War? 
  • Why was the Panama Canal important? 
  • What about Cuba? Find it on the map.  Why would it be important to the United States?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Industrialization and the Progressive Era (1880-1910)

As a final review for this week:

  1. Go to the Quizlet set "Industrialization, Politics, and Migration".  
    1. First "Learn" the cards. 
    2. Play "Scatter" to match the terms with their definitions.
  2. When you are ready try a quiz at
    1. Enter Socrative Room #: HootmanUSH2015
    2. Take the Quiz.
    3. Your results will be reported to me.

Enjoy your Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

U.S. History STAAR Test Review

The following website has a large collection of video summaries, clips, biographies, and flashcards that are helpful to review for the U.S. History STAAR test.  Click on the icons in the Symbaloo to choose your review topic.

My American History Class