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Cornell Note-Taking

Cornell notes is a very efficient way to take notes. They layout is very helpful when  you are studying for a quiz, or test.  It has a section where you take out the important things in the notes, so when you go back to study, you will know the important thing. Its important to take notes so you will have exactly what the teacher is talking about, or exactly what the document says. When you go back to study it is just like the teacher is teaching again, and just like you are reading the document again.



Argumentation is important because it helps understand the main points and the details about the main point. It’s kind of like writing a paper in English, because it has a topic sentence, three main points, and a conclusion. We have had and argumentation on all of the last few test, and even though i hate them with a burning passion, it still helps me and teaches me a lot about the topic.

To what extent was slavery a  crisis, and how was it resovled?

Thesis: To direct contradiction with the ideals the United States was founded on, slavery was a major crisis, resolved only after a great struggle.

Claim: Slavery was a major crisis because it went against the ideals of the declaration of independence, was morally wrong, and caused a division within the country.

Data: the declaration of independence states that “all men are created equal,” which means that all people have equal rights

Warrant: slaves were not given equal rights. Therefore, this was a crisis that opposed the country’s very identity.

Data: slavery was also a moral dilemma. Henry David Thoreau wrote in “Civil Disobedience” that slavery ran contrary to peoples consciences. He went as far as saying that he could not support a country (and a constitution) that allowed slavery to continue.

Warrant: To Thoreau, this was a crisis within an individual’s conscience as well as a national crisis.

Data: This crisis pitted the North against the south. Abraham Lincoln famously called this “a house divided.” Half of the country allowed slavery and the other half did not. Lincoln believed that this divisions was unsustainable. He was right in that this division ultimately led to the civil war.

Warrant: The crisis of slavery ripped the country apart and threatened the union, creating a whole new crisis.

Impact:  clearly slavery could not exist within a country built on the idea that all men are created equal.

Document Analysis

The document analysis is important because it gives you organization of the document you are reading. The SOAPS stands for; speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, significance.


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our

poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Source: Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7 (1953-1955), 22.


This timeline that we did, was on all different subjects that we learned about in the first quarter. We made the timeline on I didn’t really like dipity, but it was very useful to use when you are making a timeline. A timeline according to webster dictionary, is a graphic representation of the passage of time as a line. I think a timeline is a line with facts and important dates on it. A timeline is very useful because if you need to know when an important date happen, you go look at a timeline and it will tell you.

Historical Fiction

A historical fiction is a historical event that could have happened, but didn’t, like a story. The importance of a historical fiction is to make up a story on characters that aren’t really but are in a historical event.


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