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Parents and Students-Welcome to the 6th Grade U.S. History II Blog for King’s Fork Middle School! 🙂 

Be sure to check this blog daily for any updates for your child’s U.S. History II Class! 🙂

Special Note:  If you are on this blog, be sure to check your child’s grades under the Home Access Center with Suffolk Public Schools:  https://www.spsk12.net/ .  Then, scroll down and click on “Home Access Center” (aka HAC).  This site will allow you to have access to your child’s progress in all their classes throughout the year 🙂 

“Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude”  Ralph Marston

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference”  Winston Churchill 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


King’s Fork Middle School 2017-18 Theme:  

Jaguars ROAR! Respect Others, Accept Responsibility


Welcome New Jaguars!  You will find our textbook in the on-line version at the upper right of this page under “Five Ponds Press”.  To access it just type in:

Username: Student (with a capital S)

Password: History (with a capital H)


Feel free to use this blog to visit any and all videos, games, reviews, etc. to review for upcoming quizzes and tests or simply because you love our class 🙂  Let me know at any time should you have any questions or concerns!  I usually respond to emails as late as 10pm should the need arise. You can email me at:  hopebradshaw@spsk12.net or call me at school between the hours of 7-7:20 am and 1-1:45pm at 757-923-5246.  I look forward to an exciting semester!


U.S. History II Supply list is:

  • Plenty of pencils
  • One 1 ½ inch 3 ring binder with 50+ Plastic Protectors
  • Loose Leaf Paper

Optional items (will use these often in class): 

    • 4+ glue sticks
    • Highlighters
    • Crayons and/or color pencils
    • Pack of color paper or construction paper
    • Index cards
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • Hand sanitizer or Wet Ones/hand wipes
    • 4 tennis balls for chair legs


The first big challenge for our new U.S. History II students is switching gears from Science to History.  Students entering our new classes will need the top 3 supplies listed above in order to be organized and ready for class each day.  The pacing guide, letter to parents, and homework policy will be sent home Tuesday, February 6, 2018.  I have also emailed all parents who have an email on Parent Access Center.  Please feel free to email me any time at:  hopebradshaw@spsk12.net.  I look forward to an exciting semester and I hope all my students are too! 🙂


Our new  6th grade schedule for the second semester will be extended by 3 mintues for each class.  Adjustments will be made as soon as I get the final schedule from Mrs. Presson:

7:00-7:25      Homeroom; breakfast

7:25-9:00      Block 1

9:00-11:05    Block 2    

                     (10:00-10:30 Gold Team lunch;  10:30 Teal Team lunch)

11:05-12:40  Block 3

12:45-2:00    Exploratory Classes


As we begin a new and exciting semester, students will be encouraged to learn a chant while walking down the hallway-to show that staying “tight to the right” is just a form of following school rules, but it CAN BE FUN! This chant is very similar to what many of our soldiers in training might sing during their training.  We study all of U.S. involvement in wars since the Civil War.  This exercise in in memory and honor for all who have served and will serve as well; let’s have fun with this Jaguars!

This was extra credit observing 9/11.  This will not be assigned second semester.  Don’t worry, I give many chances for extra credit throughout each 9 weeks!  Students must be alert and pay attention to all extra credit that is offered.   

Extra, extra read all about it!  Want a little extra credit just into the first full week of school? Today, September 11th is the anniversary of a horrible event in U.S. history.  Watch the first video below (History Channel) and the one that continues right after it (15 years later) and write 1 paragraph (5 or more sentences) about the event, turn it in to your history teacher tomorrow September 12th and you will receive extra credit.  Note:The other two videos are good, but your computer might have a hard time with them, as mine did. 




The National September 11 Memorial, Ground Zero, and the new World Trade Center Today

(pictures taken by Mrs. Bradshaw in NYC with exception of Ground Zero-taken from googleimages.com)

Great Resources to study for upcoming Quizzes and Tests can be found under the Resources page above 🙂

******History Alert!  Parents-There is a FREE app available from Apple to help your child study for our end of nine week testing  OR you can google:  Pass the Past.  Once you download the app, be sure to practice OUR U.S. History II-1865-Present.  Be sure to let any one of us know if you have any questions! 

To access our Textbook, Five Ponds Press, simply click on the link to the top right above.  Choose the Textbook with Dr. King and  Eleanor Roosevelt’s picture.  Use:  Student and History for the passwords to get in.  It is case sensitive, so be sure to use a capital S for Student and a capital H for History.   In order for you to access this from your phone, you will have to download Adobe Acrobat. 

History Alert for  February – June  2018:

Our U.S. History II classes are working on  what is called a Performance Based Assessment (PBA) which will count as our end of the year test grade in June 2018.  This is an IN CLASS assignment that must be completed at school.  We will be using primary and secondary sources to complete research notes for your student’s PBA).
In addition, we encourage your student to visit the following sites to refresh on how to recognize the primary and secondary sources that we will provide them at school.  If you should come across any of these sources as it pertains to U.S. History II 1865-Present that could be used for your student’s assessment, please feel free to send it to school.  Thank you! As always, if you have any questions at all about the Performance Based Assessment, let any one of the History II teachers know.  Thank you for your support with this endeavor!






Updated 2/5/18: New Students and Parents to U.S. History II:  Please note that a copy of the Pacing Chart and letters for INB p. 1-3 can be found on Resources above.  🙂

*History Alert!   Here is a fun video to review for regions. Be sure to work in your Blue Book pages 7-12 🙂 (This book is coming soon to all classes!)   Regions Quiz will be 2/13!

***2/5:  History Alert!  Here are a few videos you can watch to help prepare for our  3abc & 4c Quiz:   Learn and Enjoy! 🙂


Jim Crow:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzL2Brhg9aQ


You can also find a few power points on the Resources S1 above. 
Happy studying!

9/11: Please visit the videos below in remembrance of 9/11:



While learning about the unit of the Great Plains and Westward Expansion (USII.2abc & 4a) be sure to visit the following videos for more insight to learn this unit:





We are studying Big Business, Immigration, and Progressive Movement! 

Be sure to visit the following videos for a closer look to learn these new units:


Other great videos for Immigration, Big Business and Progressive Movement are:

John Green’s Crash Course Immigration:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRhjqqe750A&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s&index=27

Mr. Wilder’s Manufacturing Beats Rap Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL-j_rDNQgs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUHx7cr8CA_QzkEy7ihgmtRw

John Green’s Crash Course Industrial Economy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6tRp-zRUJs

The Men Who Built America-The Rise of Vanderbilt:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Gq-eKO6SQ&list=PLob1mZcVWOahB4N4XrilMgbUmW8CFbg80

The Men Who Built America-Traits of a Titan:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR7oHh-fXUw

The Men Who Built America- The Every Man:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymEa24r0xXk&list=PLGS3fAD5oiCTMTmCfxmqMhNmsxXOU07jK

 You may find the Ford video we started in class on Thursday, 2/25 below under Ford videos-

The following videos on the Captains of Industry are from the History Channel (just copy paste the websites)

Rockefeller videos:




Carnegie videos:



Vanderbilt videos:



Ford videos:

The one we started in class on Thursday, 2/25: 



We will be starting the Progressive Era during the 1st Nine Weeks.  Visit the following websites to gain further knowledge of this important era of our history. The first site should let our children know just how lucky they have it in the 21st Century!





Also, visit the following sites for Immigration, Big Business, and the Progressive Era:

Eyewitness To History: Immigrating to America, 1905(http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/immigrating.htm)

Eyewitness To History: Immigration in the Early 20th Century(http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim.htm

Eyewitness To History: Children at Work 1908-1912(http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/hnintro.htm)


The Other Half Activity and Analysis:  Instructions-Just click on each below, analyze the pictures for your activity completion:

The History Place: Child Labor in America 1908-1912 – Photographs of Lewis W. Hine:  (http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/)

Jacob Riis Pictures for analysis:  Jacob Riis How the Other Half Lives for Analysis



Other videos to view for a better understanding of the Progressive Era and the need for change:

Jacob Riis History Channel Video: http://www.history.com/topics/new-york-city/videos/jacob-riis

Upton  Sinclair:               http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2006/07/welcome_to_the_jungle.html



More sites for USII.4bde:


**Note: This one sounds the same as the one above; same words, but different pictures. Great for a review!


Other great videos for Immigration and Big Business are:







During our study of the Spanish American War check out these video/raps:




As we study the building of the Panama Canal and Theodore Roosevelt:




During our study of the Spanish American War check out these video/raps:





During our study of WWI, check out this video:



News Flash!!!  We will be studying the Jazz Age!  While there are several power points and videos you can visit under the ResourcesS1  and ResourcesS2 pages above;  this one is “wonderful”!  

As we study the Great Depression, be sure to watch these videos as well as visiting the Resources S2 page above for Jeopardy games:


The New Deal: 



Looking for something to keep you from being bored?  Already been on the blog, played all the games, and still need something to do?  Here is the perfect solution! 🙂

Recommended books for U.S. History and our study of WWII:
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
The Devil’s Arithmatic, by Jane Yolen
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps,by Andrea Warren
Summer of My German Soldier (Puffin Modern Classics),by Bette Greene
Snow Treasure,by Marie McSwigan
Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes, by Lynn Homan
World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series), by Richard Panchyk
The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank and B.M. Mooyaart
Recommended shows/movies of WWII:
Boy in the Blue Stripped Pajamas
The Story of Anne Frank
The History Channel: World Wars

Thank you Alicia Satchell for bringing this cartoon to my attention to share with our class 🙂  Here’s a cute Looney Tunes cartoon made in 1943!  This cartoon along with others was created and shown to support our troops:

America Enters WWII, December 1941: 

Battle of Midway, June 1942:

Battle at Stalingrade Aug. ’42-Feb. ’43:

D-Day, June 1944: 

Ending the war in the Pacific-the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6 & 9, 1945:

Propaganda Posters by the one and only:  Dr. Seuss!  Check these out during our WWII Stations or at home for a great review of WWII:


Propaganda Posters can be found here:

WWII Propaganda Posters for Review


Here is a great review of  WWII:



Do you think you could put ALL of World War II into one rap song?  Check this out….and Mrs. Bradshaw challenges you to memorize this and sing along with it to the class for extra credit!

 This video also covers World War II in a step-by-step explanation:

Attack Map!  Check this out:



As we continue our unit of World War II, be sure to visit the following site and discover what creative political cartoons Dr. Seuss drew during this time period.  Yes!  Dr. Seuss who wrote all your children’s favorites!


Ever wonder what an atomic bomb would look like when it explodes? Curious to what damage Little Boy and Fat Man (these are the names of the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan) really caused as WWII in the Pacific ended? Then check out this video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF4LQaWJRDg


The Cold War is happening in U.S. History II! These amazing You Tube Videos for the Berlin Wall, John Green’s Cold War Crash Course and former President Ronald Reagan’s speech to “Tear Down this Wall” when communism fell in Eastern Europe: 





Later this semester…

We will be studying the Civil Rights Movement!  Be sure to visit the videos below to gain more insight into this important era of United States history.  Also, scroll down to find Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech.  Enjoy! 🙂



Mrs. Bradshaw’s 1st Sememster Third Block Class in January 2015, we had a visitor! (I just didn’t have the heart to delete this picture of our very own former student and her visit to our classroom back in 2015) 

An amazing visit from an amazing young woman…..our very own Sugar Rodgers!

Thanks for coming to see us Sugar!


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