Mr. Tessmer's U.S. History Class

Classroom/School News
:  Last week we continued our look at the events that led to the United States becoming a nation. Students worked on taking notes on a graphic organizer (from a slide presentation), worked on a Revolutionary War map, and finished the week with a  Quiz. This week we turn our focus on  the creation of the Declaration of Independence (1776).

In other news:   This is a short week as we head into Thanksgiving Break. School is Monday and Tuesday (full days) and Wednesday (half day). Enjoy your extended weekend, hopefully you are able to spend time with family and friends, and be careful if you brave the crowds shopping on Friday. 

Current Unit: Week 12-- Classroom Goal: Learn how the United States became a nation. (I can identify events that led to the Declaration of Independence) and(I can understand the key ideals and principles[life, liberty, pursuit of happiness] of the Declaration of Independence) At the bottom of this page you will find subpages, click on Unit One to see the slides and what we are working on. 

Week of 11/20 - 11/22:  We wrap up our focus on Chapter 5 of our textbook and the events that led to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. We will watch part 3 of the miniseries "Sons of Liberty: Independence", this is a History Channel program that focuses on the battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

Due this week: Revolutionary War maps must be turned in Monday (11/20/17)

Quarter long assignment: Students took a US states and capitals pretest quiz on September 21. They will receive a regional map each quarter. They will be expected to fill it out properly and STUDY from it. At the end of the quarter they will get a quiz on that region. Second Quarter: Southern United States. (At the end of the school year they will take a test on all 50 states and capitals).
Mr. Tessmer's Contact Info.
  • Phone Number: (360) 501-2920
  • Email:
  • Room Number: 202

  • Some entries on the calendar have links attached. Please click on the blue item and the click "more details" to find them.

Mr. Tessmer's Classroom Calendar

Scroll down to the bottom and check out the Subpages:
There are subpages for each Unit that will be updated as we progress through the school year. 

Units we will explore
  • Civics/ U.S. Government
  • Forming a New Nation (1745 - 1790)
  • The New Nation (1789 - 1840)
  • The Nation Expands and Changes (1800 - 1860)
  • Civil War and Reunion (1846 - 1896)

Extra Credit
First student, from each period, to actually check out my webpage, and let me know they did, will receive extra credit. 

Congratulations to:
Elijah Lamb -- 2nd period
Hannah Bern -- 5th period

Trivia Question
Be the first student in each History Class (period 1,2,4,5) to correctly answer the question and win a prize!

Must Have (on paper/notecard)
  1. Name
  2. Period
  3. Date
  4. Question
  5. Correct Answer
  6. Hand in to Mr. Tessmer (give it to me)

First Question (9/6/17): The "Lost Colony" has been a mystery to historians for hundreds of years, due to the fact that the colonists and all their belongings disappeared. What is the name of the colony, the year it was founded, and the present day state it was located in? 

Congratulations to Elijah Lamb for being the first student to get this correct. 

Hannah Bern -- 5th period