History Happens!

Welcome to 6th Grade U.S. History II! 

The start of this school year is like no other in U.S. History!  WE ARE MAKING HISTORY!

Even though this new school year will be different, let us all take on this new challenge to embrace new ways of teaching and learning. My goal is to broaden your horizons, teach you to think like a historian, and instill a lifelong love for history. 

Through Virtual Learning we will travel across the United States and visit museums and other countries.  We will have a world of history and fun at our fingertips!

I am available 24/7 through my email at hopebradshaw@spsk12.net

If you ever need anything at all, I am only a click away!

A helpful guide to logging into Canvas can be found on the Resource tab above.  When you open it, although it states “Canvas Instructor Guide”, this does include Student Login Directions.  I hope you may find this helpful if you are logging into Canvas for the first time.   

Below is our Virtual On-Line Schedule for the 1st Nine Weeks: 

(sorry, I couldn’t delete 7th&8th Grade from the schedule)

It is vital that students log in to Canvas each day for each Block to stay current on their lessons.  Fridays will be remedial days to catch up if they fall behind.  Teachers are available every day through email if you ever have any questions, concerns, or just need clarification.

Below you can find Videos to help reinforce all topics taught in our U.S. History II Class.  They follow our Pacing Chart.  Enjoy as we learn about our United States history!




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)


*History Alert!   Here is a fun video to review for regions: 

History Alert!  Here are a few videos you can watch to help prepare for our  Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Test:

American Civil War:








Jim Crow: 



You can also find a few power points on the Resources Page at the very top.  
Happy studying! 

While learning about the unit of the Great Plains and Westward Expansion be sure to visit the following videos for more insight to learn this unit:




When 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 USII.4b:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRhjqqe750A&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s&index=27

Mr. Wilder’s Manufacturing Beats Rap Video USII.2b:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL-j_rDNQgs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUHx7cr8CA_QzkEy7ihgmtRw

John Green’s Crash Course Industrial Economy USII.4bde:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6tRp-zRUJs

The Men Who Built America-The Rise of Vanderbilt USII.4bd:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Gq-eKO6SQ&list=PLob1mZcVWOahB4N4XrilMgbUmW8CFbg80

The Men Who Built America-Traits of a Titan USII.4bd:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR7oHh-fXUw

The Men Who Built America- The Every Man USII.4bd:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymEa24r0xXk&list=PLGS3fAD5oiCTMTmCfxmqMhNmsxXOU07jK

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:  



USII.4e The Progressive Era:  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 Immigration and Progressive Movement :


**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:

John Green’s Crash Course:


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 very good! 🙂

As we study the Great Depression, be sure to watch these videos as well as visiting the Resources S2 page above for the Great Depression Jeopardy Game.  Our Great Depression Quiz will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.  


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

As we begin our WWII Unit on Friday, November, 8th, be sure to watch all these WWII Videos as well as visit the Resource page on the blog to play the WWII Jeopardy Game.  Our WWII Test, which will include 10 questions from the Great Depression, will be Wednesday, November 20th.  Have fun studying!

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 7, 1941 when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor without warning:  

The Battle of Midway took place June 4-6, 1942.  This was the turning point of WWII for America in the Pacific:

The Battle at Stalingrad took place from Aug. ’42- Feb. ’43.  This was the turning point of WWII for the Allies in Eastern Europe:

D-Day, June 6, 1944.  This was the turning point of WWII for the Allies in Western Europe and also began the liberation (freeing) of Western Europe:  

America on the Home Front took place 1941-1945:

Internment Camps were located in America.  These were camps that were set up to detain Japanese Americans because of American distrust of Japanese Americans due to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor:

The Holocaust was Hitler’s systematic attempt to rid Europe of all Jews:

Ending the war in the Pacific: The dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima  Aug. 6, 1945.  Another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945 forcing Japan to finally surrender and ending WWII in the Pacific. 

 Survivor videos of the U.S. dropping the A-Bombs:

Explanation for why the U.S. dropped the Atomic Bombs:

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: 


Near the end of 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! 🙂

Rosa Parks:  In her own words:



Dr. King’s, “I have a dream” speech:


Although this was 5 years ago, I don’t have the heart to take this picture off our blog. Sugar, or Tashauna as I knew her as my 3rd grade student at Elephant’s Fork Elementary, plays for the WNBA, and currently is playing for the Las Vegas Aces.  She was a superstar in Suffolk Public Schools and continues to shine 🙂  Sugar, we love you and are so very proud of all you have achieved.  Most importantly, you have never forgotten where you came from. 

NOTE:  Due to many who cannot have their picture put on an outside source, we will no longer be able to post pictures of students on this blog.   

Mrs. Bradshaw’s 1st Semester 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!

3rd Block with Sugar Rodgers

 Thanks for coming to see us Sugar!

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