Hi All You Czars!
Today we finished World War I with our discussion of the Treaty of Versailles (DON’T FORGET THOSE POINTS!) and we took a wild ride through the early history of Russia. We talked about the Viking rulers, the Mongol Hordes, the early Czars through IVAN THE TERRIBLE and finished up with the Romanov dynasty. We will review these things again next week. Thank you Dylan for bringing in the pictures and objects from Russia and talking to us! Here are your quiz questions:
1. Name a fact you learned about the size of Russia.
2. Which Czar decreed peasants could not move from farm to farm?
3. Name a good thing IVAN THE TERRIBLE did during his “good phase”.
4. What did IVAN THE TERRIBLE do that prevented his legacy from continuing?

Please read pages 6-19, the first part of the chapter entitled THE REBEL and answer the following questions:

Read page 6- page 19
Welcome to the world of Stalin. We begin to learn about his early life.
1. (6) What was the “blood feud” or “vendetta” that characterized the Georgian people? How did this influence Stalin?
2. Name four physical characteristics of Stalin.
3. Name five character qualities Stalin developed as a child (9-10).
4. Describe details of Stalin’s experience at the Tiflis Theological Seminary (11).
5. Would you describe the Russian people as homogeneous or heterogeneous. Why (11-12)?
6. What was the hypocrisy of the power of the tsars (12)?
7. About the time Stalin was born there was an industrial revolution in Russia. What was the result for the typical worker? Give specific details (14).
8. When did the first revolutionary groups become organized in Russia(15)?
9. What was the Okhrana? Under which tsar did it develop (16)?
10. What were the two forms of Siberian exile (16)?
11. What two books did Soso enjoy reading while in seminary (17)?
12. What were the two extremes of socialism in Germany (17)?
13. According to Marx’s brand of socialism called Communism who were the “good guys” and the “bad guys” in the continuing social war (18)?
14. What was Stalin’s belief about God (19)?

Please watch the following video which covers Stalin’s early life:

Here is a WONDERFUL video about the history of Russia! Keep going in the series if you want to learn more!

Have a great week! Mrs. G.



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Hi All You World War I Finishers,
What a journey we have had from an assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia all the way to the Meuse/Argonne Forest. Our class today covered the two big offenses which ended World War I: the St. Mihiel Offensive and the Meuse/Argonne Offensive. We met many courageous men, a number of whom will play key rolls in World War II!
Here are your quiz questions:
1. What was the Hindenburg Line?
2. What was George Patton’s job in World War I?
3. What was Douglas MacArthur’s job in World War I?
4. Who was Cher Ami?
5. Why was Eddie Rickenbacker awarded the medal of honor? (answer in the video below)

We covered the answer to the first four questions in class today. If you are unsure of an answer please check the last chapter of your book!

Your homework assignment is to finish your WWI Tiny Book by looking at the video that follows. The second video has the answer to quiz question five. Video three is the movie version of Alvin York’s heroic capture of hundreds of Germans and video four is my favorite…Snoopy and the Red Baron! If you want to know about the REAL Red baron, read chapter six ACES HIGH in your book!

Use this video to finish your Tiny Book!

This video will give you the answer to question five!

Enjoy this Hollywood version of Alvin York:

And finally: Snoopy and the Red Baron!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Mrs. G.

The Doughboys Travel to Europe!

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Hi All You Convoy Lovers!
It was fun playing our giant “World War I facts” game yesterday!!! I always have plenty of questions stockpiled so maybe we can do it again soon! Here are your quiz questions for next week:

1.Name three reasons the U.S. was unprepared for war.
2.Why was Pershing’s nickname “Black Jack”?
3. What invention made the “splinter fleet” effective?
4. Despite the destroyers and the splinter fleet, the U.S. was still losing far too many ships to German U-boats. What brilliant idea did Admiral Sims come up with to stop the destruction?

We are now to the point in our study of World War I where American troops will engage with the dreaded Central Powers! It is essential you know some of the facts of these battles because they demonstrate the amazing bravery and sacrifice of a whole generation of American boys and men. Please read TRIAL BY FIRE in your book and answer the following questions.

Trial by Fire
Chapter 4

1. Describe Erich Ludendorff’s physical appearance and personality. What army was he responsible for? (94)
2. What BAD news did Ludendorff know about the Doughboys (bad for Germany)? 94
3. What had recently happened in Russia that was GOOD news for Ludendorff? 94-95
4. Ludendorff had two choices of ways to use his “new found” soldiers. What were his choices? What did he decide to do? (96)
5. Name six ways the German’s kept their build-up secret? (98)
6. Describe the heaviest bombardment in the history of the world. Give a list of at least five details. (100-101)
7. Who was in charge and how did he manage to hold onto Amiens? (101)
8. General Pershing wanted to be in charge of the counterattack against the Germans. What problem arose? (104)
9. What was the first town Pershing took? (106)
10. The Germans were in range to take Paris after breaking through at Chemin des Dames on May 27, 1918 (107) The Americans held them at Chateau Thierry. How did they hold the vital bridge? (108-109)
11. Why was Belleau Wood such a valuable sight for the Germans? (110)
12. What is a brigade? (110)
13. What was the name given to the fifth and sixth regiments of the US Marine Corp? (110) Give a few details of their training on Parris Island. (111)
14. Why wouldn’t the Leathernecks dig trenches? (112)
15. What trick did the Germans use to get machinery into position? (116)
16. As the Marines advanced through the wheat field to take Belleau Wood, what brave act did Sergeant Dan Daly do? (118)
17. What was the worst day in Marine history and why? (120)
18. Victories at what three towns showed the Germans that the Americans could win? (125)

Enjoy the following video about the Battle of Belleau Wood done by a history student probably around your age!


Have a great week and I look forward to talking with you about some of the greatest battles in history next week!
Mrs. G.

America Enters WWI

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Hi All You Election People!
We certainly hope today will be a historic day in United States voting history! I voted at ten o’clock and my usually sleepy little voting spot was PACKED!
Your quiz next week will come from information you learned about “Black Jack” Pershing from your book and the video from last week. Your video this week will give you dramatic real life footage of America’s entry into the war!

Quiz questions:
1. Name three war experiences Pershing had before World War I.
2. What was the first completely America victory of World War I? (you can find this answer 17 minutes into to video)
3. What was the largest offensive American troops had ever participated in? (listen 20 minutes into the video)
4. Draw the front and side view of the trench on page 81 in your book. You will get one point for each correctly named item. (17 possible points)

Please read chapter three, LAFAYETTE, WE ARE HERE and answer the following questions:


1. Why did Pershing march to the tomb of Lafayette when he arrived in Paris? (64-65)
2. Describe the morale of French and British troops in 1917 and give two reasons why. (67-68)
3. What problem did the SOS solve? What does SOS stand for? (69)
4. What was the Doughboys’ first stop when they arrived in France? Why was this stage necessary?(70)
5. Who were the Blue Devils? How did they help the Doughboys? (74-75)
6. How did the Doughboys surprise the attacking German Storm troopers November 2, 1917? (76-77)
7. Name the four most interesting items (to you) a Doughboy would carry in his HEAVY backpack. (78)
8. Copy the picture of the trench (top view) on your paper. You will be asked to draw a trench on your quiz including each of the parts.
9. What was “no man’s land”? (82)
10. Describe life in a trench. (82-83) Extra credit possible here.
11. What two creatures did the Dough boys share life with in the trench? (84)
12. Describe an artillery attack. (86) Extra credit potential.
13. Why did soldiers ignore gas attacks initially? (89)
14. How did gas harm the body? (89-90)
15. What does “over the top” mean? (90-91)
16. What modern medicines were not available in WWI (92-93)?

Enjoy this video about America’s entry into the war!

Please watch this video and fill out pages 8-10 in your Tiny Book!

I have prepared your report cards and will distribute them next week. We WILL have our game!!! Have a good week and as always, don’t hesitate to e-mail if you have questions!
Mrs. G.