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New Mexico History

Important Class Files: New Mexico History Syllabus Spring 2017 Pacing Guide

New Mexico history looks at the history of the state from General Kearny’s arrival with the U.S. Army of the West into Santa Fe on August 15th, 1846 to statehood January 6, 1912 and up the current day. Over 20 western territories had achieved statehood during the years New Mexico was made to wait for its chance to become a state. This course will examine the reasons why achieving statehood became a challenge, how we resolved that challenge and have continued to grow as a prominent member of the United States of America.

Weekly Work and Information

Week 1

Introduction to NM History.  In-class assignment and homework:  Prepare map of New Mexico indicating major town, rivers and mountains.

Monday, January 23:  In-class participation on the Spot Resolutions and the beginning of the Mexican-American war.

Homework:  Read the Introduction chapter from your text book by Wednesday, Jan. 25

Week 2: Jan. 23/25

Monday, January 23:  In-class participation on the Spot Resolutions and the beginning of the Mexican-American war.

Homework:  Read the Introduction chapter from your text book by Wednesday, Jan. 25

Tuesday, January 25: Complete the vocabulary and people sheet and short answers using the Introduction Chapter from the NM History Textbook.Struggle to become a state

Week 4 Jan. 6 & Jan. 8

New Mexico’s Economy – One of the major industries in New Mexico besides tourism, oil and gas and government is the film industry.  We will be working on a brochure highlighting the many advantages of the New Mexico Film industry.  Class time will be available to complete this project.

film in new mexico

Wednesday, Feb. 8th.

New Mexico legislature bill search.  You will be researching two bills of your choosing, summarize the bills and locate your representative or senator, letting the know your position on the bills.

All politics is local

Week 5 - Feb 13 - Feb. 15

Monday, Feb. 13 –

New Mexico had to prove its loyalty to the United States by helping to defend its borders and supply soldiers.  Using the New Mexico Blue Book you will be preparing a powerpoint showing how critical New Mexico was to proving its patriotism.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Finish your powerpoint and complete the questions from Chapter 2 in the textbook.




Week 6 - Feb. 20 & 22

Monday, Feb. 20 –

In-class essay on the topic of New Mexico overcoming struggles to become a state.  You can use your notes and homework to craft your response.  Follow the organizer. Struggle to become a state1

Week 7. Feb. 27 - Mar. 2

Mon. Feb. 27 – Prepare for presentations on the following:  Taos Art Society, Lungers and Dude Ranches and Route 66.  Your group will be responsible for creating a lesson on why different groups (artists, tuberculosis patients and tourists) came to New Mexico.

Wed. Feb. 1.  Presentations to the class.

Week 10 Feb. 20 and 22

Monday Feb. 20th.  Take the WWII exam.

Wednesday Feb. 22 – New Mexico in the Cold War. How New Mexico plays a major role in the Cold War shortly after WWII to its end in the early 1990s.  New Mexicans offer resources and energy to fight the Cold War.  We will be looking at how NM adjusted to the Cold War and the role it played and what impact it had on the state.


Week 13 April 10 and 111

Water and Politics in New Mexico.  We will begin with the history of acequias in New Mexico and conclude with water as politics.

Week 16 May 8 and May 10

U.S. History

Important Class Files: U.S. History Syllabus

US History is primarily a survey course. This means we will analyze and evaluate the impact of major eras, events and individuals in United States history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Breaking this up into 6 Eras: Era #1 Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877); Era #2 Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900); Era #3 Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930); Era #4 Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945); Era #5 Postwar United States (1945-1970’s); Era #6 Contemporary United States (1968 to the present). Within these eras we will dive deeper into how America was shaped by major events and continues to be influenced by the world around us.

Weekly Work and Information

Week 1

Week 1 – The Great Migration:  Preceding WWI many African-Americans migrated from the south to northern cities.  We will be examining their stories and primary sources.

Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points.  Post WWI efforts were made to make the world safe for democracy and to end all wars.  Speeches by Woodrow Wilson and Henry Cabot Lodge will be examined to show the distinct differences between the two politicians and how to explain why the gap between WWI and WWII was only 21 years.

Week 2: Jan. 24/26

Tuesday, Jan. 24.  Post WWI.  Prohibition and the 18th Amendment.  We will be examining how momentum to pass the 18th Amendment gained traction.  Prohibition was more involved that just eliminating the consumption of alcohol.

We will be making a comparison between the 18th Amendment and New Mexico HB 89.

After you have completed reading your documents and HB89, compare the two and write your answer on the following document. HB89

Thursday, January 26. Explore the NM State Legislature.  As a follow up to Tuesday’s class and how HB89 relates to the 18th Amendment, you will be looking at bills that have been submitted to the NM State Legislature.  Find a bill through bill finder, summarize and prepare a response to your state representative or senator.  Use the following document to access the proper websites. New Mexico 2017 Legislative Session

Week 4: Jan. 7th and Jan. 8th.

Following up Thursday’s documentary America and the Holocaust we will be working on statements in support or against the immigration ban and sanctuary cities.  Your statement must reflect an objective analysis of your opinion.

All politics is local

Thursday, February 9th.  Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.  How did the Civil Right movement begin?  You will be looking at primary sources in the form of poems of the Harlem Renaissance to determine where the seeds of discord began.

Voices of the emerging Civil Rights Movement

Week 5. Feb. 14th and 16th

Tuesday, Feb. 14.

How Social Security was created in response to the Great Depression.  Complete the worksheets from the primary sources.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Follow up on Social Security.

Week 6 - Feb. 21 & 23

Tuesday, Feb. 21st.

Finish documents on the success of the New Deal.  Finish outline of your group’s agreement and arguments from both sides. Begin WWII.

Government Newsreel on Executive Order 9066.

Democracy Now interview with George Takei

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd

WWII and America’s involvement in the conflict. A People’s War – Howard Zinn

D-Day Invasion.  Video.  Extra credit – answer questions about the invasion.

Answer questions: D-day invasion

Week 7 Feb. 27 - Mar. 1

Tue. Feb. 28 – Primary sources on the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.  You will be looking at a variety of texts in support and not in support of dropping the bomb.  You will pair with students and create a proposal for what the National Park Service in Los Alamos should include in its presentation about the atomic bomb.

Thur. Mar. 2 – In-class essay on reasons why the United States should take on the role of leading the world on using/not using atomic weapons. US History – Quiz nuclear weapons

Week 10 - Feb. 21 and 22

Feb. 21 – The Cuban Missile Crisis.  The United States’ involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It’s origins and solutions.  We will look at primary documents from Chairman Nikita Khrushchev and President Kennedy as they solve the crisis.  Central Question:  Why did the Russians pull their missiles out of Cuba.

Feb. 22. –  North Korean Missile Crisis – Working with a team, solve a potential crisis involving North Korea and the United States.  Use your resources (letters, etc.) from the Cuban Missile Crisis to solve the crisis.

Week 13 April 11 and 13

From Till to Trayvon (Emmett Till to Travon Martin).  A study of the civil rights movement in the United States.

April 11 – Montgomery Bus Boycott

April 13 – Documentary “Eyes on the Prize”

May 9th and May 11th

Tuesday May 16th we will be taking the EOC exam for U.S. History.  Take notes from the quizlet practice and take the practice test to prepare for the EOC.


Practice Test

Notes for EOC final exam

English 2

Important Class Files: English 2 Syllabus

We will be using a digital library to advance your knowledge of literature and language by using advanced reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills. The majority of our work will be done in class with reading assignments done at home. Special emphasis will be made on citing information from the text.

Weekly Work and Information

Week 1

Week 1: We begin with a story in the genre of “Magical Realism”.  A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez sets the tone for magical realism and Latin American Literature.  The week will end with a draft of an essay explaining why the Marquez’s short story is a good example of magical realism.  Share your draft with me on google docs.

Week 2: Jan. 23-26

Monday, Jan. 23.  Read 10 poems by Pablo Neruda, make notes on graphic organizer, write your own poem in Neruda’s style. Use the graphic organizer to help you analyze Neruda’s poems.  Pablo Neruda poems Neruda poem exercise Neruda poem grid

Thursday, Jan. 26:  Writing your own magical realism story. This is the final assignment from the unit on Magical Realism.  Demonstrate you understand how the genre works by creating your own examples of fiction in a short story format. This assignment is due Monday, January 30th. Short Magical Realism Story1



Week 4: Jan. 6-10

Monday, Jan. 6th. Finishing up with Maus.  Last week you worked on finishing the book and identifying literary conflicts and general themes in Maus.  You are now writing a one-page reaction to how Maus provides examples literary conflicts (Man. v Man; Man v. Self; Man v. Nature and Man v. Society). Conflict in Literature (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 7th.  Write your reaction to Maus.  See me for the rubric.

You have two grades for writing assignments.  One grade is for the draft and the other grade your revisions.  The more revisions you make the better your grade can be.  The draft is worth 5 points the revision is worth 10 points.

Thursday, February 9th.

Finish your revisions of Maus.

When you have finished with your revisions, begin the paragraph on Writing an Argument and supporting an argument.

1014_001  1013_001  These two documents have topic suggestions and how to begin your paper.

Week 5 - Feb. 13-16

Monday, Feb. 13

Begin with Sherman Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”

We will be reading “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore”  and the poem “My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys”  My heroes have never been cowboys

Thursday, Feb. 16  Watching Smoke Signals and looking for Characterization and Humor from the movie.  We will be taking notes from the film.

Smoke Signals

Week 6 - Feb. 20-23

Monday, Feb. 20th.  Finish Smoke Signals.  Begin comparing the movie to the short story This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.  

Tuesday, Feb. 21st Finish short story.  Find common themes and characters  between the movie and the story.  Begin outlining a response comparing and contrasting the book and the movie.

Thursday, Feb. 23.  Draft of Essay due. How does this film and the short story play into or break down mainstream America stereotypes of Indians  You will be writing about stereotypes in Alexie’s work. Your draft will be do.  You need to share your draft with another student as well as myself.

Sunday, Feb. 26.  Final copy of essay due.

Week 7 - Feb. 27 - Mar. 2

Mon. Feb. 27 – The Things They Carried.

We are starting a new book by Tim O’Brien.  These Vietnam war stories are a meditation on war, memory, imagination and the power of storytelling.  Our plan to read the majority of the stories in the book.  There will be small homework assignments throughout the week.

See the powerpoints for assignments and homework.

love and spin

Rainy River

Week 10

Feb. 20th –  Adverb Clauses – We will be working through the workbook “Sentence Composing for High School” .   Adverb clauses page 54.

Feb. 21st – Parcc practice test.  We will be working on all three practices: Narrative Writing Task, the Research Task, and the Literary Analysis Task.

Feb. 22nd. – Accuplacer/Parcc Research Task

Feb. 23rd. – Parcc – Narrative Writing Task

Week 13 - April 10-13

Monday April 10 – Group discussion on the Purpose of Education

Tuesday April 11 – “Losing Ourselves”  Documentary by a high school student describing the difficulties students face when they enter high school.  Worksheet on the film and a 2-paragraph response.

May 8-11

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