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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! 🙂

We will have half days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week (June 11-13th).  School will dismiss at 11:25 with breakfast served each day.   Lunch WILL be served on early dismissal days.  

Our 6th Grade Awards Day will be Tuesday at 10:30 in the Auditorium.  We look forward to having family join us as your child accepts their award(s) for a year of hard work and perseverance in their first year of Middle School! 

Congratulations to all our rising 7th Graders!  🙂

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As we near the end of the 2018-2019 School Year, know that it has been my pleasure to be your child’s U.S. History Teacher this school year.  I’m known as a tough teacher, but that is because I have the highest expectations for my students and I expect  only the best when they enter our classroom.  Your child has worked hard and have understood those expectations when they have come to our History Class.  As a result, I know they are very prepared for Civics next year.  I hope each student will go far in life and will practice kindness, integrity,  and have high expectations for themselves in the future.  If you ever need anything at all, you know where to find me.  Best wishes for a safe and fun summer with family and friends! 

***Important News Flash!!!  We have three very important tests coming up soon.  These are important tests for you/your child, so mark these dates on your calendar.  It helps a great deal to get a good night’s sleep the night before, to eat a good breakfast, and to be your very best on these test days! Come to school ready to Rock the Test!  

Tuesday, May 7th :  U.S. History II Post Test

Tuesday, May 14th:  English State Test

Tuesday, May 21st:  Math State Test

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Important Notice!  On Thursday and Friday, May 30th and 31st, 6th Grade History Students will be attending a Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum in Richmond.  

Students in Ms. Butts and Mr. Janezic’s History Classes will attend on Thursday, May 30th and students in Ms. Bradshaw’s History Class will attend Friday, May 31st.  

Both days,  the buses will pull out at 8am and will return by 3:00 pm.  Students MUST have a parent/guardian pick them up no later than 3pm both days.

The cost is $5.00.  This fee and the permission slip are due to History Teachers no later than Friday, May 24th.  We will not be able to accept money or permission slips after Friday, May 24th.  

Permission slips were sent home with all History Students on Monday, May 13th.  Please ask your child’s History teacher if you did not receive a permission slip or need another copy.  Thank You!

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Parent Teacher Conference is Friday, February 15th from 10am-12:30pm and 2-6pm.  Please come out to see us!  We would love to discuss how awesome our students are! 🙂

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 2018-19 Theme:  

Jaguars ROAR! Respect Others, Accept Responsibility- Together We Can!


Welcome New Jaguars!  Our textbook is no longer available on line- I’m so sorry! 🙁   

Be sure to read each Chapter as it is assigned,  or at best, familiarize yourself with the textbook content, as you WILL see pictures from the textbook on most every quiz and test 🙂  


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:

(note that the top 3 items are required; all others are optional)  

  • 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
    • Index cards
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • Hand sanitizer or Wet Ones/hand wipes (helps greatly for those who eat breakfast at school)


A great challenge for our new Jaguars is lockers, transitioning from class to class, and the hustle and bustle of it all.  No worries new Jaguars!  We will take good care of you and I promise all will be fine!  All of the teachers and staff at our school are here to help you in every way.  Please ask any one of us if you need anything (anything!) at all 🙂


Our Daily Class Schedule:  

7:00-7:25      Homeroom; breakfast

7:25-9:00      Block 1

9:03-11:10    Block 2    

                     (10:00-10:30 Gold Team lunch;  10:30-11:00 Teal Team lunch)

11:13-12:45  Block 3

12:50-2:00    Exploratory Classes


Please note that a copy of the Pacing Chart and letters for INB p. 1-3 can be found on Resources above.  🙂

In addition, great resources to study for upcoming Quizzes and Tests can be found under the Resources page above 🙂




The following is 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 the first week of school?   September 11th is the anniversary of a horrible event in U.S. history.  Watch the first video below (History Channel) and the other three below it.  Take notes.  Then, write 1 paragraph (5 or more sentences) about the event, turn it in to your history teacher on September 12th and you will receive extra credit.  





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)


U.S. History II Alert:

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 semester test grade.  Although this assignment will be accessible through Google Classroom, I ask that you complete this at school. 


*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 U.S. History II classes!)  

Regions Quiz will be 2/7/19!

History Alert!  Here are a few videos you can watch to help prepare for our  3abc & 4c Quiz on 2/7/19:   Enjoy! 🙂

Reconstruction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nowsS7pMApI

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


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

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:

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 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 Stalingrad Aug. ’42-Feb. ’43:

D-Day, June 1944: 

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

 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:

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!

3rd Block with Sugar Rodgers

 Thanks for coming to see us Sugar!


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