Preparing for U.S. History
Table of Contents
1. Summer Assignments Introduction
2. Experiential Activities: activities related to topics we will study.
3. On-line and Media Activities: grammar, reading, writing, speaking,
4. Reading, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary Practice: keep your skills
sharp and develop new skills you will need for ESOL 3
Introduction: Summer Assignments
If you practice your learning skills and learn about the early years of the United States
over the summer, you will return to school ready be successful in U.S. History.
What do I have to do?
Make a plan and stick to it.
Show this packet to your parent or guardian.
Choose and schedule at least one experiential learning activity with your friends or
Set aside a little time every day to do something in this packet.
Get Follow the Drinking Gourd from your local library. They can borrow it from
another branch if they do not have it.
Practice speaking English as much as you can all summer.
Look for opportunities to speak English.
Practice using the grammar in the activities.
Share this packet with your family, then practice together.
Watch TV, and listen to the radio and to music in English.
Use the online resources to practice and learn.
Complete this package:
Complete all of the attached activities.
Bring your completed work to the first day of school. You will receive your first grade
of the next school year for completing the assignments.
Learn from experience:
Choose at least one experience from the attached list. We live in an area with
wonderful resources for learning and growing.
Share your experience with your class for your second grade of the year.
How can I communicate?
Contact Ms. Molyneaux at: Rita_E_Molyneaux@mcpsmd.org OR on Facebook. I may not respond
quickly if I am travelling, but I will contact you as soon as I can.
Contact Ms. Zolkower in the ESOL Office often this summer. You can call (240)497-6383, or e-
mail her at Galit_Zolkower@mcpsmd.org
This assignment is on the BCC web site.
Click on Academics
Click on ESOL
Find the summer assignments
Have an interesting experience.
You will have fun and you will remember well when you do things. This Section
has many interesting things to do – and most are free! You can do all these
activities with your friends or family.
What do I have to do?
1. Choose at least one of the activities on the list. If you want to do
something else, contact Ms. Molyneaux or Ms. Zolkower for approval.
2. Check the website to find directions and times.
3. Go to the place or event.
4. Get something to share (a program, a photograph, a souvenir…) that is
interesting to you.
5. Prepare to describe your visit in class.
6. Write a well-developed paragraph about your experience.
i. Give information about where you went and the reason you
ii. Describe, and analyze one thing you saw there that was
meaningful to you. Explain why you care about it.
iii. Evaluate the experience. Would you recommend this place
to others? Explain why or why not.
To Learn about U.S. History:
Visit the White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Visit the Capitol http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/
Visit the Supreme Court http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/
Visit the Library of Congress One place to keep all our resources.
Attend an event ( reading, lecture, concert) at the Library of Congress
Visit the National Archives to see the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence. Visit the museum. http://www.archives.gov/
Visit the Renwick Gallery to see American Crafts and the Art of Gaman
Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 24–28 andJuly 1–5, 2010 – Free! – or -
Volunteer for SSL hours!
Visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History American culture – many people
together as one
Visit the Museum of American Art and The National Portrait Gallery They are in the
same building. http://americanart.si.edu/ and http://www.npg.si.edu/
Visit the National Mall http://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm
Visit the National Museum of the American Indian http://www.nmai.si.edu/
Out of town, but not too far:
Historic St Mary’s City, Maryland http://www.stmaryscity.org/
Jamestown and Williamsburg
Annapolis, Maryland http://www.annapolis.org/
New York? Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
http://www.nps.gov/elis/index.htm and http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm
Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm
Visit these places to learn more about the Underground Railroad, the Civil
War, and the Civil Rights Movement
Woodlawn Manor http://www.woodlawnmanormuseum.com/
National Museum of Art, St. Gaudens Relief of Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts
Smithsonian Museum of American History http://americanhistory.si.edu/
Antietam National Battlefield Park http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
Frederick Douglass Home National Historic Park http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Lincoln Summer Cottage http://www.lincolncottage.org/
Mount Vernon http://www.mountvernon.org/
Manassas Battlefield National http://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm
Antietam National Battlefield http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
Gettysburg National Military Park http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm
Visit your local library: Whether you live in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, or Silver Spring,
there is a library near you. Get a library card if you don’t have one. Use their
computers – for FREE!
On-line and Media Adventures
Use a variety of media to learn more about the how African Americans
struggled for freedom.
After reading Follow the Drinking Gourd, learn more about the book
and about the history of enslaved black people in the U.S. Find at least
five web sites that are interesting to you.
If you can print the activities, make a print-out to show your work.
Create a resource list to show which of the following media sources you
o Practise using “Writing Conventions”.
o Use the samples at the end of this section to see how to do this,
or go to the Media Center web site:
Go to the BCC website
Click on “Media Center.”
click on “Bibliography & Notes” to find more information.
Learn to sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd”
NASA web site
National Park Service Virtual Underground RR
National Park Service Resources on Slavery
National Park Service Civil War Website http://cwar.nps.gov/civilwar/
Astronomy & Geography Connection:
Links to other sources
PBS – Protest Songs
Adult book Follow the Drinking Gourd
Research on Follow the Drinking Gourd
Adult book Follow the Drinking Gourd
Freedom in Canada
Brain-Pop: especially the Social Studies section
http://www.brainpop.com/ Username: BCCesol Password: ESOL406
Check at your library to borrow copies for free, or come in to the ESOL Office to see
The Civil War by Ken Burns
Race to Freedom
The Underground Railroad
Gone with the Wind
The Red Badge of Courage
MLA Works Cited Examples & Templates
Television or radio program:
"The Cause: 1861" Civil War. Produced by Ken Burns. PBS. 22 September 2002.
Prairie Home Companion. Narr. Garrison Keillor. National Public Radio. WETA.
Washington. 20 Sept. 2002.
Movie, Film, or Video:
Film Title. Director. Performers: Firstname Lastname, Firstname Lastname, and
Firstname Lastname. Production Company, Copyright Year.
Schindler’s List. Dir. Steven Speilberg. Perf.: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph
Fiennes. Universal Pictures, 1993.
Web Site on the Internet:
Lastname, Firstname. “Web Page Title.” Full Web Site Title. Day Month Year (of
page revision). Affiliated Organization. Day Month Year (of your access) <Web page
address; Must start with http://>
Baczkowski, Brian. “THS Media Center.” Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Web
Site. 31 May Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. 10 August 2006
“Airline Terror Plot 'Close to Execution.’” CNN.com. 2006. Cable News Network.
10 August 2006 <http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html>
Bowie, Liz. "City Struggles to Fill 1,200 Teaching Jobs." Baltimore Sun on the Web. 5
July 2006. 12 July 2006 < http://www.sunspot.netlnews/local/>.
Practice Reading, Writing, & Vocabulary
1. Read Follow the Drinking Gourd. You can order this online or borrow it for
free at the public library. If your library does not have a copy ask them to
request a copy from another library.
Choose one of the on-line activities, or find one that interests you by googling
“follow the drinking gourd”.
If the activities are printable, print them to turn in.
If the activity is not printable, write a well-developed paragraph about
o Explain what you chose to do, and why you chose it.
o How is this related to your own life, the life of someone you
know, or to your home country? Give details.
o Tell what you learned. How have you changed the way you think
because of this?
2. Read and complete the following activities. You need to know all of
these things to be ready for U.S. History.