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FOR WEEK of 5/11 - 5/15

       WA Presentation 1885-1915

  • Industry & labor
  • Natives & forced assimilation 
  • Progressive era
  • Unions & labor reform

A look into the types of industry in WA and the harsh reality of labor in the 1880's.  The rise of progressive reforms to counter corruption in government and labor exploitation, Plus, the significant impact of the Dawes Act and boarding schools on Native culture.

Video clips presented in class:


FOR THE WEEK OF 5/4 - 5/8

  • Complete the accompanying Note Sheet  that goes with the WA 1860-1885 Presentation.
  •  Complete 3-4 draft paragraph draft document for the 3-4 WA connections for your selected artifact. 
    • From your completed Artifact Note Sheet, you will write a paragraph for each of your 3-4 WA connections of your artifact. These draft paragraphs must be shared with Peter/Catherine.  
    • It is OK to write the draft paragraphs onto the Note Sheet (writing the paragraph below the relevant section of questions). 
    • These draft paragraphs will be later revised/edited and added into your Artifact Paper.



FOR THE WEEK OF 4/27 -5/1

  1. Complete the Review/Recap Assignment (click to open).  
    1. For questions covering past content, access the several Presentation links under Resources on WSH Main Page.  
    2. For the questions covering the new content, go to: WA 1855-1860 Presentation  (click to open)


FOR THE WEEK OF 4/20 - 4/24

  • Students started on their WA connections for their US History Artifact Paper, completing Artifact Note Sheet. 
    • This Note Sheet contains guiding questions to build their research.

1855 Treaties: Treaty of Pt Elliott

In 1855 Isaac Stevens worked to complete treaties with most of the tribes of Washington State.  Access the following link for background on this effort, particularly its challenges:

In class, we looked in depth at the Point Elliott Treaty, which was one of many treaties made in 1855.


1) Mapping Ancestral & Reservation Lands -- Access the links below to map the boundaries of the ancestral lands of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and the other tribes included in this treaty, then map the boundaries of the reservation lands given to the tribes in the treaty:

2) Treaty Interpretation & Understanding  --  Access the following links to read the Articles of the Treaty of Point Elliott and the questions that accompany the Treaty

WA - 1847-1855: Cayuse War, WA Territory & Isaac StevenS

Whitman Massacre & Trial

Click the titles to open each document--


WA from 1830-1850 -- Whitman Mission, Oregon Trail, Rising Conflict 


REVIEW ASSIGNMENT -- WA History Webpage Scavenger Hunt  

To access the worksheet, click the link here:  Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

To answer the questions on the Scavenger Hunt sheet, you need to access the WSH Class Presentation--links are listed here (in chronological order):

  1. Ice Age to Coastal, & Plateau Indians
  2. 1700's-1780--European exploration, Trade, & Disease
  3. 1780-1800--US presence; Columbia River; Nootka Crisis
  4. 1800--Land explorers; Trappers; Soldiers


WA from 1800--1830

1800-1830 From sea exploration to land exploration--Louisiana Purchase; Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea; beaver fur trade; trappers and soldiers; religion and missionaries.


WA from 1770's to 1800

1770-1800  We started with a look into the early European explorers and their initial interests in the region and how that changed over time.  What to do with competing land claims between Britain and Spain?  Plus, the US as an independent country and its role in securing a NW claim thanks to Robert Gray.


Yakama Nation Overview & Yakima Valley Trip

Students will be incorporating some history as they create an overview of the Yakama Nation and their reservation.

ASSIGNMENT -- Create an Overview of the Yakama Nation using Google Presentation.  Click the link below to open the assignment.

NW Natives & Europeans' First Voyages to the Americas

We looked broadly at the Coastal tribes and the Plateau tribes of WA, deriving a sense of their ways of life, their culture, and how they lived.   We looked particularly at their similarities and differences.

On Friday, we will continue our march through time, looking at the factors that brought key European nations to to the New World and what encouraged them to stay.

Ice Age WA - Pre-Contact Era: NW Natives

We explored the factors that allowed human migration to occur from Asia to the Americas, plus recent findings and ideas that are adding layers of complexity to the traditional view of how the Americas first became populated. 

From there, we looked at the diversity of tribes that developed over the millenium Native cultures in the NW.  Go to Resources to open Monday's presentation and open the accompanying questions to the assigned reading.

Quiz Prep & Native Cultures

Students worked on a Map practice quiz on Monday.  They also started working on a text assignment with accompanying questions.  Students will see more of that assignment in Catherine's US History class.

WA Geography & Mapping

We started off the class going over the general topography of the state, noting high points as well as low points.  We looked at how the terrain influences the major rivers and drainages of WA,, so students get oriented to the various pathways of water within the state.  From there we went over 5 major geographic regions of WA, including physical descriptions, climate data, major water land features, and key towns/cities within each region.