Mystery (Blog) Guest
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2012 by 08:00

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Google Goggles!
In this week's blog, we have a mystery guest visiting us.
Take a look at the man pictured on the left. Who is he? Pay special attention to his outfit for a clue of one of his occupations.

If you have Google Goggles on your Smartphone, you may be able to scan his photo and find out his name instantaneously. If you do not have access to Google Goggles, read the clue below that provides a clue to this famous historical figure:

Keeping freedmen fed and in the know,
His efforts were felt in one famous bureau.

Please answer the following questions on the blog:

1. Who is this week's mystery guest?

2. Name two achievements of this famous historical figure.

3. Write one interesting fact about this man.

Writing an email with a historical question
Deadline: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by 08:00

This week I would like all of you to write an email to my ES International School account for your blog assignment.

Some of you who are new may be asking, "Where can I find Mr. H.'s email?" If you do not remember it, click on the syllabus box in your grade's history dropbar and open up the syllabus in PDF format.

Make sure your email to my schoool account contains the following points:

  1. The email needs to start with "Dear Mr. Hendricks,"
  2. The first paragraph of the email must give a brief introduction of yourself, including:
    A) Your full name  
    B) Your nationality

    C) Your age and birthday 
    D) How long have you have been a historian (or studied history in school)?
  3. The second paragraph is one that requires some thought and a bit of research. You need to ask any historical question you wish from the history we are going to study this year. Check the syllabus on this website for topics we are covering in class or look at the back of your textbook to see a quick listing of the chapters we will study. You can start your second paragraph with, "My historical question that I would like to know the answer to is this: __________________________________?"
  4. The email should conclude with "Sincerely," and your first and last name.

NOTE: To write an excellent question, do your best to be specific on a certain subject, event, or person, and ask questions with "How?" or "Why?"


  • How have The Simpsons changed the face of comedy?
  • Why are The Simpsons yellow?

For fun, you can try and answer the Simpsons questions above on the blog right now and start a debate with your classmates!

BONUS: If your question is "most excellent" in its construction and depth, I will ask you to find a famous historian via the Internet and see if he or she can answer your mind-boggling question. You may earn 1,000 House points if your question is well written and you can find an expert who can provide a suitable answer to it.

Reconstruction Political Cartoon
Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2012 by 08:00

We begin the semester after the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865 over the issue of slavery and the South's secession (or withdrawl) from the United States. The South formed what was then called the Confederate States of America or the Confederacy.

In 1865, the Confederates surrendered and slavery was abolished everywhere in the nation. The United States, as we will see in Chapter 17, will have a difficult job trying to rebuild a fragmented country economically and socially. This period of rebuilding the nation is known as Reconstruction.

Look at the political cartoon from the Reconstruction Era and answer the questions in t
he comment box below:

  • 1. Who do the three people symbolize in American history?
  • 2. Why does the man in the river refuse help from the man holding onto the tree?
  • 3. What does the man in the river mean when he says: "This is a white man's government"?
  • 4. The man on the shore with a suit is actually a president during the Reconstruction Era. Who is it?
  • 5. Looking at the whole picture, what do you think is the main message behind this political cartoon?

MAIN OBJECTIVE: Along with the questions to answer above, I will also be paying special attention to punctuation in your blog post. Don't forget your commas and periods when you read your writing OUT LOUD.

Thank you!

Mr. H.


Why am I here?
DEADLINE: Monday, September 10, 2012 by 08:00

This is one of the most asked questions amongst humans. Now it's your turn 8th grade to shed some light on this debated question.

When answering this blog question, go deeper than "I am here to play tennis."

Why, in general, are you here. . .on this planet?

NOTE: This first assignment can be answered directly here on this blog or in another manner such as a PowerPoint, Prezi, poster, or in any other creative way to answer the question above.

Thank you!

-Mr. Hendricks


    The rules are simple:

    1. Check this blog every Monday. Blog writing is part of your homework grade.

    2. Write a comment of 5 sentences or more on the weekly blog post or on another student's response.

    3. Use correct capitalization and punctuation when writing.

    4. Go back and read your comment again OUT LOUD. (This can be to your computer screen or to your dog, if you have one). Edit your mistakes.

    5. Make sure your commentary is clean and respectful.


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