American History and Speech
American History Assignments
("Facts are stubborn things."
“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."
William Penn, Pennsylvania Colony
“All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.”
William Bradford, Plymouth Colony
"Win or lose, you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined, or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition."
Captain John Smith of Jamestown
"I came to hazard all the freedom of America, and desirous of passing the rest of my life in a Country truly free and before settling as a Citizen, to fight for Liberty."
Casmir Pulaski (address to Congress)
"Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation."
Gouverneur Morris, writer of the United States Constitution
"Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life."
George Washington, Address to Congress on Resigning his Commission,
December 23, 1783
Welcome to the United States History site. The purpose of this site is to inform you of where our study of United States history - from approximately 1620 (The founding of Plymouth Colony) to 1877 (The Westward Expansion that accelerated following the conclusion of the Civil War and the Era of Reconstruction in the South that failed to end the bigotry that had originally brought about slavery) - is going each day. Look to this site for your assignments and also for other valuable information. Hopefully you will find that your previous historical studies (such as ancient civilization, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Age of Exploration will provide a strong foundation for your survey of American history.
NOTE: As part of your participation in Seventh Grade Social Studies, you will need to complete a community service project. A Community Service document is now available under "Course Documents." Look it up. If you lose the copy you were given at the start of the year, print off a replacement copy for yourself.
20 August, 2018
Have you acquired a social studies notebook yet? If not, do so as soon as possible. Having a social studies notebook is essential for success. Also, you need to view and print the community service document that is available on this web site. You will do ten hours of community service work this school year. Your first social studies assignment is the Because-But-So for Chapter two of your text. The due date of 8/22 will probably be adjusted depending on the progress we make tomorrow.
Speech and Debate Quotes
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King
"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." Joseph Joubert
“If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.”
“Don't raise your voice; improve your argument.”
Welcome to the Speech web site for seventh grade. Your study of the art of public speaking will include giving a demonstration speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech. You will also learn how to debate. In your debate activities, you will come to an understanding of the importance of having solid, objective evidence to support your claims. Debate will sharpen your thinking skills as well as your speaking abilities.
20 August, 2018
Your speech notes will be checked later this week. You are responsible for notes on the two Martin Luther King speeches and the Robert F. Kennedy speech. Include the speech points that were covered in class such as allusion and repetition.
16 August, 2018
You need a special place for your speech notes. The notebook is used to record all of your notes from class discussions and speech/debate videos. You will need to be ready to have your notes checked every so often to verify that you are following through on this responsibility.