Welcome to Mrs. Tilley's History Class!! Email: tilleyca@daytoncity.net

Distance (At-Home) Learning Resources & Info.

I miss getting to see you all. I hope you are staying well and busy at home. Please take this extra time at home to learn some history!! If you have any questions or needs, email me at tilleyca@daytoncity.net or message me through Remind.


Registration and meal pick up is happening this week. You can still pick up your belongings.

-Please turn in any textbooks or library books you might still have.

Week of May 18-22: Make every effort to pick up your belongings from school this week as this is the last chance. Your graduation gift is waiting for you! This school year officially ends Friday May 22. Your things will be discarded after that.

Week of May 11-15: I look forward to seeing you on Thursday for graduation!! See www.daytoncity.net for details.

FOR CLASS: After you finish chapter 14, Look at Chapter 15: Reconstruction. Think about the job of putting the country back together after the crisis of the Civil War. Our country survived!! This should give you hope to see that the United States has been through catastrophe before and came out much stronger afterward!! Check out your textbook's website for activities for the end of your book.

Week of May 4-8: I continue to miss you guys, but I have enjoyed the pictures you have sent me for the graduation video! I am turning them over to the tech department now.

FOR CLASS: Look at Chapter 14, Lesson 3 and Lesson 4. Read about Clara Barton and the American Red Cross, battlefield medicine, the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, the 54th Massachusetts and African American soldiers, and Andersonville Prison. Read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Many people believe this to be one of America's most important statements of American ideals. Try to rewrite it in your own words. Check out www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com for new online work. Continue to work on your journals and your worksheets. Look at www.battlefields.org. Watch a Civil War movie…

There are lots to choose from.

Week of April 27-May 1: Keep reflecting on this historic time you are living through. I found a podcast series that you might enjoy, too. Jon Meacham (one of my favorite historians) Hope Through History. You will realize some of the other serious times our country has faced and how the government and our people reacted to them.

FOR CLASS: Keep studying the Civil War. Here are some people/battles to focus on:

• First Battle of Bull Run

• Battle of Shiloh • David Farragut

• Battle of Antietam • Nathan Bedford Forrest

• Ulysses S. Grant

• Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

• Robert E. Lee

Check www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com for new assignments for Chapter 14: The Civil War, Lesson 2. Also check www.battlefields.org

Check out this article: https://www.thinkthevote.com/join-the-debate/do-public-health-policies-supersede-civil-liberties/

Week of April 20-24: Keep writing in your journals. Think about how a national crisis might affect our politics? Research historical examples. As you start to study the Civil War, look at the advantages and disadvantages of each side. Then ask the question: "If the South was at such a disadvantage, why did the war last 4 years?"

Check www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com for new assignments for Chapter 14: The Civil War, Lesson 1. Be sure to look at the information on www.battlefields.org for videos and lots of pages to read about the start of the war.

Week of April 13-17: Still missing you and missing school… I hope you will get to share your journals when we return to school. Continue looking at Chapter 13: Toward Civil War. Read about John Brown, Raid on Harper's Ferry, and Lincoln's election in 1860. Extra reading: South Carolina's Order of Secession (https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp) What other historical document (that we've studied) seems similar to this one? Hint: Scroll to the bottom of this webpage. Check www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com for new assignments this week!!

Week of April 6-10: I miss you guys!! Continue working on your Covid-19 Quarantine Journal from last week. (See last week for details.) This week we will start looking at several events that lead up to the secession of some southern states. Chapter 13 in your textbook: Toward Civil War. I have put several assignments in your "To-Do" list at www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com. Read about the Free-Soil Party, the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Stephen Douglas, the Brooks-Sumner Affair (You will like this one.) Check out the web links below extra content and updated articles.

Week of March 30-April 3: I know it seems like a long time since we have been at school. This is week 2 of at-home learning. Start a journal if you haven't already. This is historic! You should create your own "primary source" that you can one day share with your children and grandchildren. Write about how your life has changed in the last 3 weeks.

For class: Focus on Seneca Falls Convention; the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement. Read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and specifically the Declaration of Rights. Check out www.constitutioncenter.org for more information.

(This is the 100th anniversary of the 20th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Read about Tennessee's important role in this event.)

Week of March 23-27: Read about social reform, abolition, and women’s rights. (Chapter 12)

Suggested reading: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Free online copy here:


**Log in to your www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com website to see what is in your “to-do” list. You can also click on the interactive textbook to see extra resources. I can monitor any progress you make on these assignments.

**Check out icivics.org for fun election and government related games and activities. You should have a unique login from class for that. If you forget your login, email me and I will look it up.

**Join the remind app group (see below for instructions) to stay in touch with announcements. I will try to keep everyone up to date on activities and assignments weekly while we are at home.

**If you come to school to pick up meals, we will also have a packet of take-home work from your 8th grade teachers you can work on without needing a computer or internet.

Watch a history movie (or historical fiction)!! You know how much we learn from the movies we watch in class. Look up movies about the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass, or Harriet Tubman. “Race to Freedom” is a movie we would watch at school. If you can find it, it’s a great option. If you watch something you want the class to know about, send me an email or message me on Remind and I will start a list on my webpage here!!


Textbook is available online: www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com

Each student has their own username and password to access their textbook online.

Take time to read your book, do the review activities, watch the videos, and more!!                                        

Other sites to check out:


www.tnhistoryforkids.org History Bill has included lots of videos about Tennessee geography and history that is great for 8th grade.

www.billofrightsinstitute.org This has lots of resources for students, videos, and games.




Www.Readworks.org This site has plenty of articles to read along with question sets to gauge comprehension.


For my class you need:

A 3- ring binder to hold only your History work

loose-leaf paper (no spiral notebooks)

5 dividers

pencils (no ink pens please)

2 boxes of tissues (only my homeroom)

The Prayer at Valley Forge


 Sign up for Remind App: This allows for easy communication for classroom activities and school announcements!! Go to www.remind.com. Use the class code @g936db to join the 8th Grade History class.


Parents-- feel free to contact me anytime with any concerns you may have. The easiest way is to email: tilleyca@daytoncity.net. You can also leave me a voicemail at school by calling (423) 775-8414 ext. 8281. Email will be better while we are on a school closure as I will be unable to check my school voicemail regularly.

Part of 8th grade includes fostering patriotism and citizenship. In order to support this, we will be learning the following passages that will be required for recitation this year. Students will have to say these to me each nine weeks for a grade.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star - spangled banner yet wave

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From The Declaration of Independence

…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,and to institute new government,…


Tennessee NEW 8th Grade Social Studies Standards (2019-2020). Check them out at https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards/social-studies-standards.html