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Happy Constitution Week!

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed. This Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the founding of the government of the United States of America.  To help to celebrate this event, there will be announcements each day in school and posted on this blog.  Students will be learning about the Constitution and its amendments all year long as part of both the US history courses and the several electives we offer that are America-themed.

Today’s trivia is:

When the Constitution was signed in 1787, the United States’ population was 4 million people. It is now more than 330 million people. In 1787, Philadelphia was the nation’s largest city, with 40,000 inhabitants. Now, it is New York City with a population of 8.5 million.

Did you know you can get the Constitution on your iPad or iPhone? Go to: https://itunes.apple.com/app/u.s.-constitution-and-facts/id391169491?mt=8 to download this free copy of the Constitution of the United States of America

You can get more information about the Constitution through a number of websites.  Today’s featured site is: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html where you can read a full transcript of the Constitution.

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Welcome Back!

Summer is over, and here we are, ready to go for another school year! We’ve bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2014, and we are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 to our History Hall, where they will stay for the next four years on their path to graduation. Hopefully they will all be able to open their lockers…

We’ll be updating material on this blog all year long, commenting on current events in the school and around the globe, as well as bringing you all the important information about the BHS Social Studies Department. Please visit the faculty pages on this blog for information about our teachers and the courses they teach.

Textbook Return time!

It is that time of year when students are required to turn in their textbooks to their teachers, so drag it out from under the bed, pull it from the trunk of the car where it was useful as weight for traction in the winter, or un-prop your doors and bring it to your history teacher.

In order for students to receive their final exam, they must return the book that they were assigned at the beginning of the course to the teacher.  In the event that the book has gone missing, students are expected to provide a check or cash to cover the replacement cost of the text.  For both the US I and II books (The Americans) and for the WH II book (World History: Patterns of Interaction) the replacement cost is $65.  Checks should be made out to Burlington High School.

To help with the book identification, pictures of each textbook for the core courses are below.

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May Madness begins!

Each year the AP World History students enter into a competition known only as May Madness, where they do a blind draw to become different leaders from World History and battle their way to become the greatest leader of all time. Don’t see your favorite here this year?  Check back next year!

The brackets will be posted here and updated, and if you want to play the bracket to see how much you think you know about different leaders, you can play Round One by clicking the links for each period.  As they get winnowed down, check back for updated brackets!  Let the Madness begin!

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Period 3 total bracket

Period 4

Period 4 total bracket