Friday, January 11, 2019


Congratulations everyone on a job well done! We are so  proud of you!

Here are a few things for next week:

1. DO NOT throw away your binder. We will supply you with new page inserts, but you will want to keep the binder, pencil case, colored pencils, etc. Hold off on tossing anything out.

2. Be ready to present your Personal Heroes Profile next week in class! We will have a TV set up for those who wish to show their power point presentations. Later in the day we will be displaying your projects at Scholar Showcase- no worries, you do not have to make your presentation at Scholar Showcase, just in class.

3. Dress nice for Scholar Showcase. All of you have earned your swords and it is something to be proud of. Look nice. No scrubs!

4. Work on your Gettysburg Address, you will be presenting your awesome speaking skills at the Scholar Showcase, as a group.

5. Practice your song! The Battle Cry of Freedom sing off is next week during lunch. Practice singing, not shouting.


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Monday, December 17, 2018

O Captain! My Captain!

General Lee knew the end was near.  The Confederates were out of supplies, men, and options. General Grant sent a letter to Lee asking for him to surrender.  In a series of letters (Thanks to Hannah we know about these letters), Grant and Lee came to meet at Appomattox Courthouse. There, dressed in his best, Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865.

Six days later Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed.  The nation mourned.  Andrew Johnson took office and set about putting the country back together.

Watch the following video.  It is an excellent review and so very interesting.  I think you will be impressed with how much you know.  It will also aid you in filling out your battle rundowns completely.


1) Complete your Reconstruction topic research.  Be ready to explain what it is and how it applied to Reconstruction in class on January 10, 2019.  Your quick explanation should answer who, what, when, where, why, and how.  (Or as many of those as you can answer.)
-Colin - Freedmen’s Bureau
-Corban - Lincoln’s Plan/Johnson’s Plan
-Elliot - Ku Klux Klan 
-Gwen - Black Codes
-Madeline - Scalawags/Carpetbaggers
-Elsa- Reconstruction Acts
-Pierce - Civil Rights Acts 

2) Complete your timeline assignment thus far!  We still have more dates to cover.  If you have gaps in your timeline, email me (Mrs. Poyer) and request the missing info.

3) Complete your battle rundowns.  COMPLETE is the key word.  That previous video should help fill in any gaps.

4) Document study for the 14th and 15th amendments

5) Finish reading and complete your book dossier for To Kill A Mockingbird.
Mrs. Schmieder LOVES this book.  Don’t let her down.

6) Complete your Personal Heroes Profile and be ready to present it on January 17th in class!!

7) MEMORIZE!!  Quotes, song, Gettysburg!!  JUST DO IT!  The sing-off is on January 17th during lunch!!!  Union VS. Confederates- one last stand-off!!

Hero Insight/Devotional - Martin Luther King Jr. /Civil Rights Movement - Colin (although Corban was interested in preparing this). WHO WANTS IT??
You all have been working SO HARD!! Don’t give up!  We want you all to be new sword owners on January 17th!!

This is what each of you still has yet to turn in and or complete. Please if you see something that should not be on this list, please contact the pair of us ASAP!!! It is VERY EASY to have something miss-marked. Please let us know! (you will notice none of you got credit for Linclon's second inaugural address, because nothing was marked on the board). If you turned it in, email us.

COLIN- "To Kill a Mockingbird", Amendments 14 and 15, quote #3, journal entries "greatest asset" and "heroes", singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, Battle rundowns, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
CORBAN-  "To Kill a Mockingbird",Emancipation Proclamation doc study, Amendments 14 and 15, quotes #2 and #3, journal entries "greatest asset", singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study

ELLIOT- "To Kill a Mockingbird", Amendments 14 and 15, recite the Gettysburg Address, quotes #2 and #3,  other Civil War movie, singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
ELSA- " Uncle Tom's Cabin","To Kill a Mockingbird"Gettysburg Address doc study,
Amendments 14 and 15, quote #3, journal entry on heroes, other Civil War movie,
singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, Battle rundowns, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
GWEN- "To Kill a Mockingbird", Amendments 13, 14 and 15, recite The Gettysburg Address, Dred Scott doc study, Gettysburg Address doc study, Emancipation Proclamation doc study, Walt Whitman, quote #3, other Civil War movie, singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, Battle rundowns, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
MADELINE- "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the Gettysburg Address doc study,
Amendments 14 and 15, recite the Gettysburg Address, quotes #2 and #3,
journal entries "greatest asset" and heroes, singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, Battle rundowns, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
"To Kill a Mockingbird", Amendments 14 and 15, singing the Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War timeline, Battle rundowns, personal heroes profile and Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address doc study
YOU CAN DO THIS! I will be in contact with you after Christmas, be on the lookout for my emails!
 Have a wonderful holiday break!!!
-Mrs. Poyer and Mrs. Schmieder

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lincoln found his man!

On Thursday we came to the end of your battle presentations.  And overall you did an excellent job.  We hope your individual research into the battles resulted in seeing the war from a different side.  The battles involved a lot of strategy, timing, communication, leadership, and PEOPLE!  So many people gave their lives in each of the 10,500 military actions of the Civil War.  

After Gettysburg the tide of the war had turned.  The Confederates were short on supplies and men.  The Union was still strong and now had a huge win on their side.  Also, Lincoln called up Grant to head the Union armies.  Grant went to work.  He concentrated on defeating Lee in the eastern theater, and Sherman literally destroyed the western theater with his March to the Sea campaign.

Next week, the war will come to an end.  SPOILER ALERT!!  The Union wins, but HOW does Grant finally defeat Lee?

Based on our requirement check, most of you are up-to-date on all your assignments!! WOO HOO!!  For those who aren't quite there yet.....GET TO WORK!!!!

1) Complete your battle rundowns (make sure there are no blank spots)
2) Complete your timelines (see me(Mrs. Poyer) in class next week if you are missing info from previous classes)
3) Work on your Personal Heroes Profile
4) Document studies:  13th Amendment, Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, and "O Captain! My Captain"
5) Read To Kill a Mockingbird
6) Memorize the "Gettysburg Address"  - do this before Christmas break!!!!!!!!!!!
7) Memorize the song, quotes, etc!!!

The Sing-Off is January 17th!!!!

Devotional and Hero Insight next week: Corban (email us if you don't want to do it, Corban)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Gettysburg and pizza party blog!

Thank you all so much for coming to Mrs. Poyer's house on Friday for our big Gettysburg movie day. Be sure to thank your parents for making your transportation happen!


1. Prepare battle presentations- Madeline, Colin and Corban
2. Complete Thursday's battle rundowns
3. Complete your timeline
4. Start your personal heroes profile
5. Read To Kill a Mockingbird (It is arguably the best book we ask you to read this semester) DUE Jan 10th 2019.
6. Journal entry- Who are your personal heroes? What makes them heroic to you? (use this to brainstorm for your heroes profile)
7. Doc Study- Gettysburg Address
8. Memorize your songs, quotes and the Gettysburg Address.
9. Watch your movies, finish your journals, catch up, catch up, catch up!

Devotional and Insight next week- Madeline

I CHALLENGE you to get your memorization finished by Dec. 13th! It's due Jan 10th, but why wait??? ENSURE you receive your sword! Get as much as you can get done. You will be glad you did! DO NOT WAIT!

BONUS- This could be you next month!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

North vs. South- advantages and disadvantages plus AUCTION and TURKEY fun

THANK YOU, scholars, who came and helped out at the FILA Auction. Your dedication, hard work and festive cheerfulness MADE the night. We so appreciate your efforts and could not have done it without you! KUDOS!

Are you enjoying your break? I certainly hope so. Now that you have stuffed yourself silly with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and all the can get down to work!

1. Research your battle assignments
2. Complete your battle rundowns
3. Complete your timeline assignment
4. Document study- The Emancipation Proclamation
5. Complete Across Five Aprils and the book dossier. This is due Nov. 29th!
6. Memorize, watch your movies, catch up on anything and everything you can! The end of the semester is quickly approaching!
7. Nov. 30th is the Gettysburg movie party at Mrs. Poyer's house. You do not want to miss this! If you must, please schedule to watch that movie that week because we will be discussing it on Dec. 6th.
8. Journal entry- What was the greatest strength of the Union? Why?
                            What was the greatest strength of the Confederacy? Why?

BONUS- tell me about this proclamation!

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."
Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln's.
The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Civil War leaders- a hairy situation!

Many of the Civil War leaders were friends and went to West Point together, plus there is all that hair! Can you imagine having to lead men into battle against one of your school mates? And rocking some mutton chops like Burnside?

Thank you for your wonderful presentations. When you put effort and research into your presentation, it shows!

 1. Final edits on your essays. These are due next week on November 15.

 2. Research your battle(s) and prepare for your presentations.
 November 15
                             Bull Run/Manassas Junction- Pierce
                             Monitor and Merrimac Duel- Elliot
                             Shiloh Campaign- Pierce
                             New Orleans- Gwen
                             Shenandoah Campaign- Mrs. Poyer
                             The Seven Days' Battles- Elliot
 November 29th
                             Second Battle of Bull Run- Madeline
                             Antietam/Sharpsburg Battle- Elsa
                             Battle of Fredericksburg- Corban
                             Battle of Chancellorsville- ?
                             Battle of Vicksburg- Colin
 December 6th
                             Battle of Chickamauga- ?
                             Battle of Chattanooga- Madeline
                             Battle of Wilderness and Spotsylvania- Colin
                             Battle of Cold Harbor- Corban                                                                               

3. Timeline? We really hope you wrote all those dates down!

4. Start reading Across Five Aprils. Book and dossier are due November 29th.

5. Memorize the Gettysburg Address. Make it is a goal to have it memorized by Christmas, you will thank us!

6. Work on ALL things that you have not completed or memorized. EVERYTHING WILL BE DUE JANUARY 10TH. That is the day you get back from Christmas break. It will come faster than you think! The more you get done before the Christmas break means the less you have to do over vacation.


Devotional/Hero Insight- Mrs. Schmieder

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Atomic Bomb jawbreakers at Ft. Sumter

We did so much this week! We feel you're ready to turn in those persuasive essays and we can't wait! Mrs. Poyer is gave us so many ideas for your essays and I'm still waiting for that recipe we read about.


1. Complete your persuasive essay.  This is due Nov. 8th!

2. Complete Abraham Lincoln and the book dossier. This is due Nov. 8th!

3. Add to your timeline- it was up on the board for 2 hours.

4. Battle Rundown- we went over this in class. Page 38 in your binder.

5. Research and prepare for your LEADERSHIP presentation, page 35 in your binder.

6. Memorize the "Gettysburg Address" by Christmas. Start working on it now.


Robert E. Lee: Pierce
Ulysses S. Grant: Madeline
Stonewall Jackson: Gwen
Jefferson Davis: Colin
William T. Sherman: Corban
George McLellan: Elsa
James Longstreet: Elliot

Devotional: Corban
*Elliot be ready to present on Colt too

 BONUS- Civil War facial hair. The scruffier, the better.

 John Lorimer Worden