Social Studies – 8th Grade Louisiana History Lessons

Excellence Academy Performing Arts Charter School

Eighth Grade Louisiana History Class

 

 Louisiana’s Culture

Louisiana reflects a multicultural tapestry of cultural heritage, blending the traditions and celebrations of its diverse people. In this unit, students will explore the many explore the many ethnic groups that have contributed to Louisiana’s diverse culture. Students will compare and contrast Louisiana’s physical and cultural regions.

  1. Read Pages 5-8 of text.
  2. Get a good understanding of the term “Cultural Diffusion.” Make Notes
  3. In your notebook,  describe the four cultural elements of Louisiana. How have these shaped Louisiana’s heritage.
  4. Take the Louisiana Culture quiz.
  5. Read Pages (9-16)
  6. Actively Learn (Teacher Assigned)
  7. Watch the video “A festival tour of Louisiana” submit a one paragraph summary.
  8. Watch the video “Excellence Academy at the Catfish Festival” Submit a paragraph describing what you saw in the video.
  9. Project: Create a Poster collage of Louisiana Festivals. When you complete the project, write a one paragraph summary the describes your poster.
  10. Write a real letter to someone in another part of the state describing a festival that you or your parents attended. If you have never attended a festival then write about a festival you would like to attend.
  11. Read Pages (17-25)
  12. Watch the videoes: Baton Rouge and “Sportsman’s Paradise.” 
  13. Watch the video “Louisiana’s Crossroads Region.”
  14. Watch the video “Cajun Country Louisiana.”  Make Notes.
  15. Watch the video “Central Louisiana” Make Notes.
  16. Watch the video “Greater New Orleans- A Greater Reality.” Make Notes
  17. Watch the video “The History and Traditions of Mardi Gras.” Make Notes
  18. Watch the video “Plantation Country.” Make Notes.
  19. Watch the video “Too Dark to Be a Creole.” After completing the video Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about creoles in Louisiana.
  20. Watch the video “Segregated Sundays.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what is meant by Segregated Sundays, citing examples presented in the video.
  21. Cultural Regions Quiz.
  22. Learn the meaning of the word “Migration.” Write a paragraph in your notebook that would show how the word “migration” applies to people of other places considering Louisiana as a home.
  23. In your reading, the text says New Orleans is like the Carribean or South America. Get extra points by explaining why this comparison is made
  24.  Design a Mardi Gras mask. Write a paragraph describing your mask.
  25. Watch the Video “Excellence Academy visits the Chennault Museum” Make Notes.
  26. Visit two local museums with your class or with your family. Write a report about your visit.
  27. Read Pages 26-33
  28. In your notebook, write a paragraph that explains why Cajun Music and not Hip Hop is considered an important part of Louisiana Culture? What would need to happen for Hip Hop to be identified with Louisiana culture rather than Cajun Music?
  29. Unit Quiz. Submit a constructed response essay written in cursive on Louisiana Culture. Include in your essay. Which region do you live in and what is special  about your region? How would sell your region to visitors? Describe the festivals and the ethnicity of the state.

Unit 1: Prehistory, Exploraion and Early Contact

This unit focuses on the historical eras beginning with Louisiana’s first inhabitants. Students will be able to recognize the influences of cultural diffusion as evidence of the contributions of the Native Americans, the French, and the Spanish had on Louisiana’s history.

  1. Read Pages 140-142
  2. Who is Eddie Langley? Write this in your notebook.
  3. Watch the video “Native American Tribes of Louisiana.” Submit a paragraph on what you learned from this video.
  4. Read Pages 143-151
  5. Study the timeline on page 143. Take note of each item on the timeline. Now write your conclusions.
  6. Compare the stone point used by the Paleo on page 145 to those of the Meso on page 146 and write your conclusions.
  7. Look up the meaning of the word “Archaeologists” and write it in your notebook, in cursive.
  8. Read Page 148-149
  9. What is a Native American or “Indian” Mound? What was it used for? Search the internet for your answer and write it in your notebook in cursive.
  10. Watch the video “Native  American Mounds” and make note of the types you see.
  11. Field Trip. Make a field trip to Poverty Point with your class or individually.  Write a report of what you saw.
  12. Watch the video “The Streams of Blood that Flowed.” Submit a paragraph on feelings about the Indian Removal Act.
  13. Read Pages 152-163
  14. After your reading complete the following exercise about immigrations to Louisiana.
  15. On Page 156 read about Andrew Jackson Indian removal policy. Now watch this video.
  16. Watch the video “The Streams of Blood that Flowed.” Submit a paragraph on feelings about the Indian Removal Act.
  17. After watching the video write your opinion of the Indian Removal Act and its effects on Native Americans in your notebook in cursive.
  18. Read Pages 158-159
  19. In your journal write your opinion of why the Houma have had difficulty proving their ancestry. Write in cursive
  20. Read pages 164-170 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned while reading these selected pages on “The Culture of Native American Life.”
  21. Read page 170 in the digital textbook. In your notebook write a paragraph essay on what you learned while reading this select page about the “Caddo Treaty of 1835.”
  22. Take the Unit Exam.

Unit 2: Louisiana’s French Colonial Era

This unit focuses on the historical eras beginning with Louisiana’s first inhabitants. Students will be able to recognize the influences of cultural diffusion as evidence of the contributions of the Native Americans, the French, and the Spanish had on Louisiana’s history. They will be introduced to many popular figures in Louisiana History including LaSalle, Iberville, Bienville, King Louis XIV, and John Law. They will also look at the Code Noir doctrine and its effects on the social life in Louisiana.

 Read 174-176 in the digital textbook.

  1. From what you read in your notebook define: Colony, land grant, Mississippi Bubble, slave plantation, Code Noir, Casket Girls.
  2. Read 177-184.
  3. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned while reading about LaSalle.
  4. Watch two videos: www.knowla.org/entry/895/&view=summary and A tale of two brothers. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Iberville and Bienville
  5. Watch the video “King Louis XIV”. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned while watching this video.
  6. Watch the video “John Law and the Mississippi Bubble.” Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned while watching this video.
  7. Read Page 178-181
  8. Describe LaSalle’s Dream
  9. Read pages 185-195 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph explaining the different between a proprietorship colony and a royal colony.
  10. Visit this website and read about Code Noir.  Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned while reading the primary document on Code Noir.
  11. Submit the constructed response essay, written in cursive, on King Louis XIV. In your essay explain who he was and how he is important to the study of Louisiana history.
  12. Unit Quiz. Open Book.

Unit 3: Louisiana’s Spanish Colonial Era

This unit focuses on the historical eras beginning with Louisiana’s first inhabitants. Students will be able to recognize the influences of cultural diffusion as evidence of the contributions of the Native Americans, the French, and the Spanish had on Louisiana’s history. They will be introduced to many popular figures in Louisiana History including King Charles III, Alejandro O’Reilly, Esteban Rodriguez Miro, and The Islenos. Students will also study the affect the French and Indian War and the American Revolution had on the landscape of Louisiana.

  1. Watch the video “French and Indian War Documentary.” Make Notes
  2. Read Page 213. Submit a paragraph that explains why Spain wanted a foothold in Louisiana.
  3. Watch the Video: “History of Acadians”
  4. Write a paragraph that answers the question: Who were the Acadians?
  5.  Read Pages 212-213.
  6. Watch the video Alejandro O’Reilly and the Cabildo.”  Make Notes.
  7. Read Pages 222-225.
  8. Watch the video “Bernado de Galvez Leader of Spanish Army.” Submit a paragraph essay explaining what you learned about Louisiana during the American Revolution.
  9. Visit the website: http://www.knowla.org/entry/916/. Make Notes
  10. What is the connection between Governor Esteban and Monroe, La.? Read this and then make the entry in your notebook in cursive.
  11. Watch the video “Rodriguez and the Great New Orleans Fire.” Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about the Great New Orleans Fire.
  12. Project: Select a Spanish Governor reviewed in this chapter and write five interview questions you would ask him to learn more about his influence on Louisiana. Write these questions in your notebook.
  13. Unit Quiz. Open Book

Unit 4: Louisiana’s Early American Era

This unit involves the historic eras from the Louisiana Purchase through the antebellum period. Students will understand the cause and effect of the Louisiana Purchase. Students will identify and describe the efforts and consequences involved in the transition of Louisiana from a European colony to an American state (Americanization).

  1. Read pages 239-240.
  2. Watch the video “Toussaint L’Overture.” Submit a paragraph essay on the effect of Toussaint’s revolt on Louisiana.
  3. Write a paragraph that explains why Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte are important in Louisiana history
  4. Watch the video “All You need to Know About Napoleon Bonaparte.” Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Napoleon Bonaparte.
  5. Read pages 242-243 in the digital textbook. Write a paragraph in your note book on what you learned about the Louisiana Purchase.
  6. Watch the rap video “Started from the Bottom- The Louisiana Purchase Rap.” Can you do a better job?
  7. Project: Write a rap about the Louisiana Purchase that tells the whole story: Who the USA bought it from, how much why. Use a track like this one. Be prepared for the class to hear your rap.
  8. Was the decision to purchase Louisiana wise? Write about it in your notebook.
  9. Read Page 243. Now complete this exercise.
  10. Read pages 244-245 and 248 in the digital textbook. Write a paragraph on what you learned about Louisiana as a Territory in your notebook in cursive.
  11. Read Pages 252-253
  12. Visit the webpage: http://www.knowla.org/entry/921/. Make Notes
  13. Watch the video “1811 Slave Revolt.” Make notes.
  14. Read pages 252-253 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Louisiana’s First Constitution.
  15. Watch the video: “The Pirate Jean Lafite”
  16. Watch the video “War of 1812.” Submit a paragraph essay on your reaction to the War of 182.
  17. Write your opinions about the War of 1812.
  18. Watch the first 16 minutes of this video. You were learn the story of the Star Spangled Banner. Read what you learned in your notebook.
  19. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3asnidt0efqpcl3/ahistoryofsteamboats.pdf. Read pages 1-4 and 6 of the document. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Steamboats.
  20. Read page 266 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Louisiana’s ratification of the Federal Constitution.
  21. Submit the constructed response paragraph on the Louisiana Purchase. What is the Louisiana Purchase? Was the country justified in spending $15 million on the purchase?

Unit 5: Louisiana’s Antebellum Era

This unit involves the historic antebellum period. Students will be able to identify the diverse cultures in Louisiana and their differing goals and interests. Students will understand the development and characteristics of the plantation economy in antebellum Louisiana.

  1. Project: The class will watch the movie 12 Years a slave and take notes. Where did it happen? How could it happen? What changes came as a result of what happened? Were the incidents realistic? What Major Decision came as a result?
  2. Read Pages 270-272
  3. In your notebook define the following: Antebellum, faction, immigrant, compromise, suffrage, depression, exports, canal, internal improvements, manifest destiny.
  4. Write a paragraph with five sentences describing slavery in Louisiana.
  5. Read pages 273-279 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph about why there was a clash between Americans and Creoles.
  6. Read Pages 285-287
  7. From what you read how did the people in Louisiana make most of their money? Write your answer in a paragraph in your notebook.
  8. Watch the video “Pre-Civil War Politics.” Submit a paragraph that explains the difference between the North and South economies. (Ways they made money).
  9. Look at the pictures on Pages 288-293 and compare the houses of the plantation owners to those of the slaves. Write what you think in a paragraph.
  10. Watch the video “Slavery’s Effect on Southern Economic Development.”  Make Notes.
  11. Read about Slavery in Monroe, La. – Write your thoughts about this article.
  12. Project: Visit an Antebellum home with the class. Write a report about your impressions of the visit to the antebellum home.
  13. Watch the video “Refined Sugar- Stuff of Genius.” Make notes
  14. Read Pages 298-306 Submit a paragraph essay on what you learned about Communication, Education, and Entertainment in Antebellum Life.
  15. Take the Unit Quiz on the Antebellum Period

Unit 6: Louisiana’s Civil War Era

This unit involves the historic era of the American Civil War. Students will understand the reasons and consequences for the Louisiana Legislature’s decision for secession. Students will be able to identify the major causes and effects of the American Civil War and Louisiana’s involvement in the war.

  1. Read 310-312
  2. Watch the Video: The cause of the Civil War. Make Notes
  3. What is the difference between a cause and effect. Write this in your notebook in cursive.
  4. Read Pages 313-320
  5. Understanding what caused the Civil War. Make Notes
  6.  Page 315 focuses on the election of 1860. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about the Election of 1860.
  7. Read pages 316-318 in the digital textbook. In your notebook write what it means to secede from the Union.
  8. Read Pages 322-331.
  9. Read pages 321-325 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what was Louisiana doing during the Civil War.
  10. Watch the Video: The Battle of Port Hudson. Write in your notebook what the video did not show.
  11. Watch the Video: Port Hudson reenactment. Make Notes. Includes why the video is called a reenactment.
  12. Read pages 328-329 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about Port Hudson.
  13. Project: Bring an artifact or Photo of something that shows Monroe’s involvement in the Civil War. Write a report and be prepared to make a presentation to the class or your teacher. (Example: Pictures of Tombstones)
  14. Watch the video Louisiana Native Guard.” Submit a one paragraph essay explaining the impact of the Native Guard on African-Americans.
  15. Read pages 332-337 in the digital textbook. Make notes in your notebook about what you learned about Civilian life during the war.
  16. Make notes in your notebook that explain the difference between a primary and a secondary source of information.
  17. Read page 340 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay on the Burning of Alexandria. After reading it take this quiz on primary and secondary sources.
  18. Unit Quiz. Louisiana in the Civil War

Unit 7: Louisiana’s Reconstruction Era

This unit involves the historic area of Reconstruction. Economic, civic, geographical, and historical thinking skills are applicable in this unit of Louisiana’s history. Students will focus on the various forms of Reconstruction following Civil War, the implementation of the Freedman’s Bureau, the Ku Klux Klan, the economic system of sharecropping, and the 1876 Elections. Students will be able to understand that primary source documents tell about the perceptions of the people during the time period being studied.

  1. Critical Thinking: Read Page 346 about determining fact from opinion. Work the exercise under “It’s your turn” and write your answers in your notebook.
  2. Watch the Video: “Blacks after the Civil War” Submit a paragraph about your thoughts about Black Freedom after the Civil War.
  3. Read Pages 348-355.
  4. Read Page 349. Describe the conditions in Louisiana after the Civil War.
  5. Read page 350 in the digital textbook. Make Notes.
  6. Defining terms: Define terms associated with slavery in this assignment.
  7. Read page 351 in the digital textbook. What happened to Johnson’s plan to give 40 acres and a mule to freed blacks? Write the answer in your notebook in cursive.
  8. Watch the Video: Special Order #15-Forty Acres and a Mule. Write your response to the quest for land by free slaves.
  9. How has the promise of “Forty Acres and mule” impacted African Americans? Write your thoughts in your notebook.
  10. Read pages 356-359 in the the digital textbook. Make Notes
  11. Watch the videos “Freedmen’s Bureau Part and 2”. Make Notes.
  12. Two Constitutions: Your teacher will give a presentation about the constitution of 1868 compared to the constitution of 1898. Make notes as you compare and contrast.
  13. Read Pages 358-359 in the digital textbook. Submit a paragraph that explains the terms “Carpetbaggers and Scalawags.”
  14. Louisiana’s Black Governor: P.B.S. Pinchback. Make Notes
  15. Reconstruction in Monroe. A black mayor is appointed in Monroe. Make notes.
  16. Watch the video “Ku Klux Klan: Legacy of the Confederacy.” Submit a one paragraph essay that explains what you learned about the Ku Klux Klan.
  17. Watch the Video “Share Cropping.” Make Notes
  18. Read pages 365-374 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about Sharecropping and Credit.
  19. Read page 374 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about the Loyalty Oath.
  20. Watch the video: Black Codes. Do you think these codes were justified? Could you have lived in a society where these codes were used? Write you answer in your notebook.
  21. Take Unit Exam on Reconstruction.

Unit 8: Louisiana’s Transition Era

This unit focuses on the time period between the post Reconstruction era and the Great Depression. Students will explore the ways in which the various political ideas influenced Louisiana and describe the continued struggle over civil rights in the state. Students will be introduced to Bourbon Democracy, Populism, the Progressive Movement, and the historic Supreme Court Case Plessy vs. Ferguson.

  1. Read page 382 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about Bourbon Democrats.
  2. Visit the webpage: http://www.knowla.org/entry/857/. Submit a one paragraph essay explaining what you learned about the Louisiana Lottery Company.
  3. Read Page 384. Write in your notebook, what caused the end of the lottery.
  4. Compare and contrast the Louisiana Lottery of 1868 to the present lottery.
  5. Watch the video “The Populists.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what it means to be a populist.
  6. Read Page 387 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining how the Grandfather clause effected African-Americans.
  7. Watch the video “The Progressive Era.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Progressive Era.
  8. Read Pages 388-392
  9. Watch the video “NHD Documentary-Plessy v. Ferguson.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining how the  Plessy v. Ferguson affected all African-Americans.
  10. In your notebook explain what the  “Seperate-but-equal” concept meant.
  11. Read Page 389 and write in your notebook a paragraph that explains the meaning of Jim Crow laws.
  12. Read Page 390 About the Convict Lease System. Listen to these thoughts about the 13th amendment’s impact on black convicts. Make notes.
  13. Take the Unit 9 Basic Knowledge Quiz. Guess What? It’s open book meaning you can use your notes, but not the online text.

Unit 8: Huey Long Era

This unit focuses on the time period between the post Reconstruction era and the Great Depression. Students will be able to describe the ways in which the various political ideas influenced Louisiana and describe the continued struggle over civil rights in the state. In this study, students will focus on the changes Huey Long brought to Louisiana.

  • Read Pages 417-423
  1. Watch the video “Prohibition in the United States: National Ban of Alcohol.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Prohibition in the United States.
  2. Read page 421 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Women’s Suffrage.
  3. Watch this video: Women’s Suffrage.
  4. Watch the video “Quick ‘Charleston’ Moves- Gatsby Style.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining your response to the Charleston dance. Would the dance be difficult to learn? What are some of the most difficult or easiest parts of the dance?
  5. Watch the video “The Origins of the Ku Klux Klan.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Ku Klux Klan.
  6. Read pages 424-427 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the 1927 Floods.
  7. Watch the video “A Tale of 2 Rivers- Mississippi River Flood of 1927.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned from the video.
  8. Watch the Video: “Life of Huey Long-The Kingfish”
  9. Project: The class will watch the movie “All the King’s Men.” After watching the movie explain how Long became Governor.
  10. Watch the video “Huey Long: Share the Wealth.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Long’s Share the Wealth Program.
  11. Read pages 428-441 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Governor Huey P. Long.
  12. Watch the video “The Great Depression: Crash Course US History #33.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Great Depression
  13. Watch the video “The Great Depression- FDR and the New Deal.” Submit a one paragraph summary explain what you learned about FDR and the New Deal.
  14. Watch the video: “The Great Depression” Make Notes
  15. Read pages 445-445 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Great Depression in these passages.
  16. Take the Huey Long Era Basic Knowledge Quiz. Open Book.

Unit 10: World War II Era

The historical era included in this unit ranges from the World War II Era to the early 1970’s. This unit covers the period of Louisiana History impacted by World War II. Students will learn about the events leading to America’s entry into the War, The Higgins Boat, Military culture in Louisiana, and Governors Sam Jones, Jimmie Davis, and Earl Long.

  • Pages 457-467
  1. The Attack on Pearl Harbor involved two countries. P. 454-455. Watch this video and make notes in your notebook.
  2. Watch the video “Pearl Harbor Attack Scene.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining your why this attack pushed the U.S. into the World War.
  3. Read pages 457-461 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Reaction to Pearl Harbor in Louisiana.
  4. Project: Visit the Veteran’s home with the class to talk to veteran’s about what it means to fight in a war. Write notes in your notebook.
  5. Read pages 468-472 in the digital textbook. Write a three paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the three Louisiana governors mentioned in the pages.
  6. Watch the video “Earl Long, Legendary Governor of Louisiana.” Make notes.
  7. Take the Louisiana’s World War II Era Basic Knowledge Quiz. It is open book. You can use your notes, but not use computers research.

Unit 11: Louisiana’s Civil Rights Era

The historical era included in this unit ranges from the World War II Era to the early 1970s. The content of t this unit provides opportunities for the integration of key concepts for the standards of civics, economics, and geography. Students will be able to realize that the struggle for civil rights led to major conflicts and changes in Louisiana.

  1. Read pages 482-485. Look at the picture on page 483. Write in your notebook what you think the children were thinking. Why were there no white people in the picture?
  2. The United States Constitution /Bill of Rights. Make Notes
  3. Watch the video “Brown vs. Board of Education in PBS’ The Supreme Court.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Brown vs. Board of Education court case.
  4. Watch the video “LCV Cities Tour- Baton Rouge: 1953 Bus Boycott”. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.
  5. Visit the webpage: http://www.knowla.org/entry/723/&view=article . Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the New Orleans School Crisis.
  6. Watch the video “History of the NAACP and Civil Rights.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the NAACP.
  7. Civil Rights struggle in Monroe: Dr. John Reddix, Morris Henry Carroll, Jimmy Andrews, Black Youth Council, John Russell, Henrietta George, Roosevelt Wright, Jr., Benny Ausberry, Abe E. Pierce, III. Select a name from the list and make notes about the person in your notebook.
  8. Project: Write a report on anyone in your family who experience the segregation of the 1960’s. Include who, what, when and where.
  9. Read Pages 492-498.
  10. Read pages 493-494 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Governors John McKeithen and Edwin Edwards.
  11. Visit the webpage: http://kids.laws.com/baker-v-carr. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Baker vs. Carr.
  12. Watch the video “The Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  13. Watch the video “The Butler Sit-In Scene.” Make Notes
  14. Project: Read page 498. Now make a list Black Elected officials in Ouachita Parish and the City of Monroe. Compare you list with others.
  15. Unit Quiz

Unit 12: Louisiana’ Contemporary Era

This unit focuses on Louisiana entering the twenty-first century. The economy, education, and environment are major concepts explored. Students explain why a diverse economy is necessary for prosperity. Students identify that national and international markets influence Louisiana’s economy. Students understand that Louisiana’s diverse population possesses unique characteristics which provide an economic strength..

  1. Read Pages 508-510. Also, Read Page 495
  2. What was the reason the Louisiana Constitution was rewritten in 1974?
  3. Read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Preamble to the Louisiana Constitution. In your notebook, write your notes.
  4. Read Page 520-527.
  5. Read Pages 514-515. Make notes
  6. Watch the video “Oil and OPEC.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about oil production and its economic factor.
  7. Make a list of Louisiana Governors since 1970 and write them in your notebook.

Unit 13: Louisiana’s Government

This unit focuses on Louisiana governmental practices that are rooted in the state’s rich cultural heritage. The state constitution explains the powers and the purpose of Louisiana state and local government. Students understand that our democratic form of government is rooted in the cultural heritage of both our state and our nation. Students will describe the organizational structure of state and local government in Louisiana. The rights and responsibilities of citizens of Louisiana and our nation are major concepts explored.

  1. Learning about Louisiana. Look at the graph on page 110. In your workbook answer: What does “Small Town USA spend most of its money on?” How do you know?
  2. Read Pages 111-113
  3. Why does Louisiana have parishes instead of counties? Note in your notebook.
  4. Read pages 112-113 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining why Louisiana has had so many constitutions.
  5. Read Pages 114-125.
  6. Read pages 114-118 in the digital textbook. Make notes. Write the name of the current Governor of Louisiana, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State.
  7. Watch the video “The Louisiana Legislature- Rep. Katrina Jackson.” Make Notes.
  8. Project: We will visit the Louisiana Legislature in session. Make Notes.
  9. Rise of African-American leadership in Louisiana Government: Cleo Fields, Charles D. Jones, Katrina Jackson
  10. Visit the Louisiana State Legislature’s website at: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/home.aspx Submit a one paragraph summary naming the legislators in the Ouachita Parish region.
  11. Project: The class will visit the Ouachita Parish Police Jury.
  12. Project: The class will visit a meeting of the Monroe City Council.
  13. Read Pages 120-121
  14. Watch: “How a bill becomes a law”
  15. Unit Practical Quiz. Project: The class will organize itself into the house and senate. It will select a governor. -Then it will go through the process of passing a bill into a law

Unit 14: Louisiana’s Economy

Louisiana’s early economic system involved simple trade of basic items of goods and services such as furs, tools, and labor. Today’s economic market system involves complex interactions of individuals, businesses, banks, and government agencies. In this unit, students will identify basic economic concepts and how they are used to explain Louisiana’s economy. Students will understand that Louisiana’s natural resources, capital resources, and human resources have contributed to the development of an interdependent economy.

  1. Read Pages  74-76
  2. Read Page 74-75. What is a refinery? Write in your notebooks.
  3. Read Page 77-81
  4. Watch Video “Goods and Services”
  5. In your notebook write definitions for: Consumer, Producer.
  6. Watch the video “The Basic Concepts of Economics.” Answer Question: What is the difference between a need and a want?
  7. Watch the video “EconMovies 1: Star Wars.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about scarcity, choices, and exchange.
  8. Watch the video “Supply and Demand.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about supply and demand as it relates to making cookies.
  9. Read pages 82-84 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining how a bartering system works.
  10. Read pages 85-90 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Louisiana’s Natural Resources. Which ones are found in (Ouachita Parish)?
  11. In your notebook define: Mineral Resources, Natural Gas, Salt, Sulpher, Lignite, Forests, Wildlife, Fish.
  12. Watch the video “Growing the Louisiana Economy.” Make Notes.
  13. Complete the Louisiana Geography Exercise.
  14. Take the Louisiana Basic Knowledge Quiz. It’s Open Book

Unit 15: Louisiana’s Geography

This unit focuses on how geography has affected the development of Louisiana. It has determined the climate and the natural resources available. The utilization of the state’s resources and the livelihood of its inhabitants are all directly affected by geography. Students will recognize that the topography, climate, and resources of Louisiana have influenced the lifestyle and work of its inhabitants.

  1. Read pages 37-39 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Louisiana’s location and natural boundaries.
  2. Read pages 40-47 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Louisiana’s rivers and waterways.
  3. Visit the webpage: http://www.Statesymbolsusa.org/Louisiana/bald_cypress_tree.html   Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Bald Cypress Trees.
  4. Read pages 46-47 in the digital textbook. Make notes
  5. Project: Visit a Bayou in Louisiana. Take a photo of yourself near the sign that describes the location. Email or show this photo to your instructor.
  6. Watch the video “What is a Floodplain.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about floodplains.
  7. Watch the video “Protecting the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.” Make Notes.
  8. Read 48-58
  9. Read pages 48-49 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Louisiana’s natural regions.
  10. Read pages 59-63 in the digital textbook. Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about Louisiana’s climate.
  11. Watch the videos “What is Weather” and “What is precipitation?” Write a two paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the two climate factors.
  12. Watch the video “When the Levees Broke.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining your reactions to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  13. Watch the video “CWPPRA Rebuilding Coastal Louisiana.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about the Breaux Act.
  14. Watch the video “Avery Island- The Home of Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about marshes and Tabasco Sauce.

Unit 16: Louisiana’s Culture

Louisiana reflects a multicultural tapestry of cultural heritage, blending the traditions and celebrations of its diverse people. In this unit, students will explore the many explore the many ethnic groups that have contributed to Louisiana’s diverse culture. Students will compare and contrast Louisiana’s physical and cultural regions.

  1. Unit 1 Chapters (Page 5-33) Text Book.
    1. Read Pages 5-8 of text.
    2. Get a good understanding of the term “Cultural Diffusion.” Make Notes
    3. In your notebook,  describe the four cultural elements of Louisiana. How have these shaped Louisiana’s heritage.
    4. Take the Louisiana Culture quiz.
    5. Read Pages (9-16)
    6. Watch the video “A festival tour of Louisiana” submit a one paragraph summary.
    7. Watch the video “Excellence Academy at the Catfish Festival” Submit a paragraph describing what you saw in the video.
    8. Project: Create a Poster collage of Louisiana Festivals. When you complete the project, write a one paragraph summary the describes your poster.
    9. Write a real letter to someone in another part of the state describing a festival that you or your parents attended. If you have never attended a festival then write about a festival you would like to attend.
    10. Design a Mardi Gras Mask and bring it to class. Write a paragraph describing your mask.
    11. Read Pages (17-25)
    12. Watch the videoes: Baton Rouge and “Sportsman’s Paradise.” 
    13. Watch the video “Louisiana’s Crossroads Region.”
    14. Watch the video “Cajun Country Louisiana.”  Make Notes.
    15. Watch the video “Central Louisiana” Make Notes.
    16. Watch the video “Greater New Orleans- A Greater Reality.” Make Notes
    17. Watch the video “The History and Traditions of Mardi Gras.” Make Notes
    18. Watch the video “Plantation Country.” Make Notes.
    19. Watch the video “Too Dark to Be a Creole.” After completing the video Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what you learned about creoles in Louisiana.
    20. Watch the video “Segregated Sundays.” Submit a one paragraph summary explaining what is meant by Segregated Sundays, citing examples presented in the video.
    21. Cultural Regions Quiz.
    22. Learn the meaning of the word “Migration.” Write a paragraph in you notebook that would show how the world “migration” would apply to people of other places considering Louisiana as a home.
    23. In your reading, the text says New Orleans is like the Carribean or South America. Get extra points by explaining why this comparison is made
    24. Watch the Video “Excellence Academy visits the Chennault Museum” Make Notes.
    25. Visit two local museums with your class or with your family. Write a report about your visit.
    26. Read Pages 26-33
    27. In your notebook, write a paragraph that explains why Cajun Music and not Hip Hop is considered an important part of Louisiana Culture? What would need to happen for Hip Hop to be identified with Louisiana culture rather than Cajun Music?
    28. Unit Quiz. Submit a constructed response essay written in cursive on Louisiana Culture. Include in your essay. Which region do you live in and what is special  about your region? How would sell your region to visitors? Describe the festivals and the ethnicity of the state.