Month: January 2015

DUAL: First Essay (Due 2-2) UPDATE

I was looking over the essays for tomorrow’s class (Tuesday-Thursday) and the first paragraphs are…not what I would label your best. To help I have posted a sample first paragraph for you to review. I will give anyone who wishes a rewrite on the first paragraph. It’s a few points, but more importantly, the chance to get back to using introductions as a place to write descriptively and purposefully.


The earliest colonies of North America began as no more than handfuls of idealistic adventurers seeking something an ocean away from the world they knew. Their risk was rewarded with hardship and isolation, with many clinging to live and others clinging to each other and word of God for survival. But it was out of this struggle that a growing colonial society emerged prior to the American Revolution. It was a period of competing interest, conflict, and social changes. The colonies were distinct; and the events that shaped them just as distinct and diverse. Religion became more open and emotional, while more and more slave ships arrived in the harbors. But it was a war for control of the continent that eventually set the colonies on the road to revolution.

First Essay

Only one person actually asked for help on the first essay. I’m not sure what this means. I hope this goes well. I’m expecting some seasoned writing out of you guys. To quote the teacher from “A Christmas Story,” knowing how good you can be I will be disappointed in the margins if it’s not there. Send me an email over the weekend if you want me to proof anything.

My Best,

Mr. Rickman


Am. Gov. Exit Polls and Party ID

Using the numbers from the last two elections, find out who the Democrats and Republicans count on as likely supporters

Exit polls for 2012 presidential election

Here’s you a little political quiz. I want you to take it. Then I want to get a parent to take it. See if they match. If not, shout at each other and then stomp off to your room. Don’t slam the door…gently close it for dramatic effect.

DUAL: Slave Revolts of NYC

A List of White Persons taken into Custody on Account of the 1741 Conspiracy

New York: The Revolt of 1712

The Stono Rebellion

Report re. Stono Rebellion slave-catchers (As an example to other enslaved persons, the African Americans who opposed Jemmy and his fellow Stono rebels were rewarded, as were the Indians who later helped to capture rebels still at large. . .)

Witchhunt in New York: The 1741 rebellion

William Byrd’s Diary (Easily the most callous thing I have read in a while)