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Monday, June 17, 2013

16% Badge

I just checked my Smithsonian Quest Profile and I have completed my badge! The badge I chose (under the username 16percent) was Time Traveler. I had to look at ancient and modern day ocean predators. The quests I  had to complete included one designing my own ocean predator, one where I had use modern day comparisons to explain sizes of extinct ocean predators, and one where I had to write a story from the point of view of a right whale. I'm not exactly sure how to show my badge but here are two links and hopefully one will work and show that I have received the badge.

http://shout.smithsonianquests.org/badges/timetraveler/?journey_id=8525

http://shout.smithsonianquests.org/players/16percent/badges

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What it Means to be an American

Bibliography for What it Means to be an American

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.
Cather, Willa. My Antonia / Willa Cather ;. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. Print.
"Thomas Jefferson." The White House. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 June 2013
"Abraham Lincoln." The White House. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 June 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Class Update: 6-7-13 and 6-10-13

On Friday in class we worked on our brochures. These are guides to the West for immigrants moving to the American plains. My group is creating a guide for German immigrants and providing tips for life on the prairie. Today we gave presentations on our 16% badges. The badge I chose was Time Traveler, on that was very popular. I have submitted all of my quests but have only been confirmed for one of them so far. The H2O Hero badge seemed very interesting while the Dirt Detective seemed like a lot of work as it involved four quests. I was surprised to learn from some "Heros" that it takes about ten gallons of water to make one slice of bread! Hopefully I will be able to post my own badge soon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The War of 1812

We have officially gone back in time from the 1960s to 1812. But I suppose that history is all about going back in time, isn't it? Hmmmm. Anyway, today we talked about the four main reasons that caused war to break out again between England and America. Here they are:

1. The English were arming and instigating the Amerindians, thus causing them to attack the Americans that were expanding South and West. These were literally acts of war, caused indirectly by the British
2. The English were forcing people without proper paperwork to join their navy. Basically, they were putting Americans into slavery saying that they were "Once a British citizen, always a British citizen.". This greatly irritated the Americans because they had just fought and won a war over Independence.
3. The British were attacking American ships and killing sailors.
4. The British decreed that the Americans could not trade with the French even though, again, we were our own nation and could make our own decisions.

Overall, I think the most significant event was number four. For one thing, it showed the British trying to control the American despite our Independence, something sure upset many. Also, France was one of the largest nations in the world and I'm sure that their trade was huge for us, especially since we were an emerging nation.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Civil Rights Book

It occurred to me that one must blog about their book so one's history teacher can grade it. Here's the link:
http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=201692