ARCHIVE History 8-2 MADE 11192019

Five handy links to use.

Online Textbook

Back to Mr. Robbins' home page.

Email Mr. Robbins
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Quiz Star

The Library of Congress

National Geographic Search Engine

Presentation Rubric

Class starter handouts


Class Syllabus

Emergency supplies
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Lined paper

Graph paper

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If you're eager to know just how long it is until summer vacation starts, this link may be handy.

Keep reading your novels!

All the books I have already approved for this trimester have either a PDF or audio version now available, many have both versions.

Remember, you need to select one book and get started on it.

If want to read a book for class that is not on the list, you need to have me approve it first.

Online Textbook > Click here.



Assignment Number & Name   Links
Use the links below to go to the web page for that assignment.
The Course Assessment   Quiz Star   Feb. 28
1, The Washington Presidency, Part One   Click here.   Mar. 7
2, A New Nation in a World of Conflict   Click here.   Mar. 18
One Third Book Report   Click here.   Mar. 26
New Nation in a World of Conflict Take Home Test   Click here.   Mar. 25
5, Jefferson's Second Term, War of 1812   Click here.   Apr. 15
6, Changing American Democracy: 1815-1840   Click here.   April 17
7, Research Paper, 1825 - 1855   Click here.   May 6
8, Two Primary Sources   Click here.   May 1
9, Westward Migration and Antebellum America   Click here   May 7
10, Civil War Part One   Click here   May 16, earlier for extra credit. (Note deadline change.)
11, The End of the Civil War and Reconstruction   Click here.   May 22, (Extra credit if early.)


Books for class reading

  • The books listed below are already approved for your class reading.
  • If you want to use another, that's fine, but you need to have Mr. Robbins approve it. Generally speaking a book needs to be set close to the time period we will cover in class, be well written, and be moderate length.
  • You may use these books in any form you can find. You may check one out from the school or public library, or purchase it from an online source such as Amazon. These books are all in the public domain and are not very expensive.
  • You may use the links below to access your book as an ebook.
  • Some books have audio files. You may use the audio file for your book reading if you choose.
Book Title PDF Link Audio File Link
Roughing It, Mark Twain   Click here.
Best Humorous American Short Stories, Assorted Authors HTML only (for now)  
Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott   Click here.
Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington Click here. Click here.
Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain   Click here.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott   Click here.
Little Men, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe * Click here.  

* These books qualify for extra credit.

Journal Items

Remember -

  • We read and summarize a reading selection for your journal every day.
  • You will submit your journal entries from each week Friday. Please, submit only the items for that week each Friday.
  • You will keep your journal entries on 8 1/2" x 11" three hole punch paper.
  • When your journal entries are returned, keep them in your class binder.

The links to the journal entries we use for each day are found in the right hand column of this table. There are also extra copies of the articles from each day in the blue out box.

If you want to see an example of how your journals should be formatted, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about plagiarism and journal entries we used at the beginning of class, click here.


Week ending March 1

  • Supersede
  • Refugee

Week ending March 8

  • N/A

Week ending March 15

  • Fabricate
  • Fraud
  • Credential

Week ending March 22

  • Enigma

Week ending March 29

  • N/A

Week ending March April 5

  • Apocalyptic
  • Rite of Passage

Week ending March April 12

  • N/A

Week ending March April 19

  • N/A

Week ending March April 26

  • Scathing
  • Critique




 Link to the article for the day 

For the week ending March 1
2/28 Washington's Letter to the Hebrew Congregation
3/01 National Mon. Honors Black Civil War Troop
For the week ending March 8

3/04 Space X Launch
3/05 Ledyard to Jefferson
3/06 George Washington' Rules of Civility - Sample
3/07 Possible Wolf Status Change


For the week ending March 15

3/11 Venezuela Power Faillure
3/12 Russian Internet Restriction Bill
3/13 School Bribery Scandal
3/14 History of Pi Day
3/15 California Drought Ends

For the week ending March 22
3/18 Irish Bog Butter
3/19 Midwest Flooding
3/20 December Meteor Over Bering Sea
3/21 Museum Curator Seeks Holocaust Memories
3/22 EU Website Protests
For the week ending March 27
3/25 Sugary Drinks
3/26 Switzerland Snow Man
3/27 Violence and Disease in Africa
For the week ending April 5
4/02 Asteroids and Fossils
4/03 Draft Registration
4/04 Australia Orders Violent Content Removed
4/05 Prince Harry Wants Addictive Games Banned
For the week ending April 12
4/08 Everglades Python
4/09 Dollar Coins
4/10 Lewis' Journal August 12, 1805
4/11 Lewis' Journal August 13, 1805
4/12 Spring Blizzard Hits Midwest
Week Ending April 19
4/15 Madison's 2nd Inaugural
4/16 Bear River Massacre Site
4/17 Beer Tabs Become Artifacts
4/18 Largest Known Bird Fossil
4/19 Tunnel Near Stonehenge
Week Ending April 26

4/22 Sri Lanka Attacks
4/23 President Trump's State Visit to Britain
4/25 Jackson's Speech About Indian Removal
4/26 Midwest Storms

Week Ending May 3
4/28 Avenger's Record-Breaking Weekend
4/29 Naruhito to Assume Japan's Throne
5/1 Ancient Footprint in Chile
5/2 Family Painting
5/3 Peter Mayhew Dies
Week Ending May  10

5/6 4500-Year-Old Mummies
5/7 Emoji Food Labels
5/8 Bubonic Plague in Mongolia

5/9 Loot Boxes
5/10 Battlefield Remains


Week Ending May 17
5/13 Code Talker Dies at 97
5/14 Changes in the Moon
5/17 Last Car from Transcontinental RR


Week Ending May 24
5/20 Poe Invented Detective Stories