Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tapestry of Grace Year 3, Week 1

Here is a quick overview of my history plans for Nathan and Ryan this week.

Key Facts:
1. George Washington
a. Political party - Federalist
b. Vice President - John Adams
c. His picture is on the quarter (since 1932)
d. Only president to run unopposed for both terms.
e. He declined to run a third term - setting a precedent.
f. Fought in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.
g. First presidential veto blocking a bill to increase the number of U.S. representatives.
h. Issued a proclamation of neutrality that kept US out of French Revolutionary Wars.
i. Put down the Whiskey Rebellion by summoning militia of several states.
j. Prevented another war with Great Britain through unpopular treaty in 1794.
k. Washington lived in New York City and Philadelphia during his presidency.

2. John Adams
a. Political party - Federalist
b. Vice President - Thomas Jefferson
c. Signed the Alien and Sedition Acts
d. Revealed the XYZ affair
e. Signed a treaty with Napoleon in 1800 preventing war between U.S. and France.
f. Appointed several conservative judges during the last hours of his presidency.
g. Adams was the first president to live in the White House.
h. His Vice President was a political rival and belonged to a different party.

3. French Revolution (1789-1799)
a. Early French revolutionaries were influenced by the American Revolution.
b. Thomas Jefferson was the U.S. minister to France and was sympathetic to their cause.
c. Before the revolution bread cost more than a normal week's wages.
d. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were out of touch with the common people.
e. During the Reign of Terror more than 18,000 people were beheaded.
f. The French Revolution marked the end of Feudalism.
g. July 14th: Bastille Day (French Independence Day)
h. There were only 7 prisoners at the Bastille when it was stormed by the people.
i. The French motto is Liberte Egalite Fraternite (Freedom, Equality, Fraternity)
j. The tri-colors of the flag: White (colour of the king), Blue and Red (colours of Paris)
k. The French National Anthem called la Marseillaise is a revolutionary song.

4. Napoleon
a. Born in Corsica
b. A brilliant military commander, known for conquering a large part of Europe.
c. Napoleon repeatedly defeated military forces superior in size to his own.
d. He created French kingdoms in Holland, Italy, Germany & Spain reigned by relatives.
e. The army assembled in 1812 by Napoleon was the largest yet seen in Europe.
f. Napoleon took Pope Pius VII's crown and put it on his own head.
g. He was defeated during the final battle at Waterloo
h. Exiled twice (Island of Elba and Island of Saint Helena)

Unit Projects: Start a unit display board. Complete presidential cards for Washington and Adams.

Geography: Make a salt map illustrating geography terms.

Writing Assignment: Write a letter with a quill and homemade ink.

Digging Deeper:
  • Reasons for studying history
  • Compare and contrast Christianity and Hinduism
  • Discuss the life and ministry of William Carey


Additional Activities: Make Hoecakes (Washington's typical breakfast).

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