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Welcome to US History 1!


Ms. Barrett

Declaration of Independence

Welcome to US 1!  

This year, our focus is on learning the skills necessary to help us understand the country in which we live.  We will cover topics such as geography, geographical regions, relationships, commonalities and differences in the people that shaped the beginning of the US up to 1865. 

In addition to the usual forms of assessment, we will continue to perform quarterly Project Based Assessments (PBAs).  These assessments will be in the form of an activity that students will complete using information they have learned throughout the 9 weeks. It is a culminating project, but not quite what we think of as a Unit Test.

This next week students can expect to continue learning about the French and Indian War and the effects  on the development of this country. This will propel us directly into the expansion of the colonies into a more cohesive unit as the inhabitants of the 13 original colonies discover thst they are not being treated fairly by politicians in England.

This unit provokes a lot of good conversations and questions from students.  Please be sure to engage with them in conversation, and let them tell you about what they have learned in
 US 1 about the beginnings of our country.

Thank you, parents and students, for all the Valentine's Day goodies!  I am overwhelmed with the love and kindness!  


I can be reached via email at lbarrett@rcps.info or by phone by calling JBMS at 853-2251 and leaving a message with the front office.