History 8-2 Home Page

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Online Textbook

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Email Mr. Robbins
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Quiz Star

The Library of Congress

National Geographic Search Engine

Presentation Rubric

Class starter handouts

Class Syllabus and Rules

Emergency supplies
Please, use these only if needed occasionally.

Lined paper

Graph paper

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Web tools for your use

This is a very handy and simple poster creation tool that includes some pretty sophisticated tools.

This may be the largest selection of clip art on the web - and it's free.







This is the class web site for History 8-2 from
Mr. Robbins at Madison Junior High School.

Mount Vernon







1800 - 1860 Illustrated Timeline

Jefferson's Pasta Recipe

Click here to view the PowerPoint we used in class about the Adams administration. Click here to open a copy of the notes pages we used to accompany that PowerPoint.

A page with the information about the Adams administration we used in class will be added to the site later.



This is  a small-size map of the territorial expansion of the
United States up to 1900.

Territorial Acquisitions of the United States

Click on the above map to open a large-scale version.


Check back for important information!

Key Battles of War of 1812



Online Textbook > Click here.



Assignment Number & Name   Links
Use the links below to go to the web page for that assignment.
The Course Assessment   Quiz Star   In class 3/8
1, The Washington Presidency, Part One   Click here.   3/15
2, The Lewis and Clark Expedition   Click here.   3/18, or TBA
3, War of 1812   Click here.   Depends on class per.
4, part two, War of 1812 part 2, 2nd & 4th hours only   Click here.   3/31
5, Changing Democracy in America   Click here.   4/7
Historical Essay   Click here.   4/29
One Third Book Report   Click here.   4/01
6, The Market Revolution in America   Click here.   4/13
7, Four Important Supreme Court Cases, 1800 -1860   Click here.   TBA
Two Thirds Book Report   Click here.   4/21
8, Westward Migration & Antebellum America   Click here.   5/03
9, Events Leading Up to the Civil War   Click here.   5/09
10, The Civil War   Click here.   5/16 or TBA
11, Reconstruction   Click here.   5/23 or TBA


Books for class reading

  • The books listed below are already approved for your class reading.
  • If you want to use another, that's fine, but you need to have Mr. Robbins approve it. Generally speaking a book needs to be set close to the time period we will cover in class, be well written, and be moderate length.
  • You may use these books in any form you can find. You may check one out from the school or public library, or purchase it from an online source such as Amazon. These books are all in the public domain and are not very expensive.
  • You may use the links below to access your book as an ebook.
  • Some books have audio files. You may use the audio file for your book reading if you choose.
  • To view a printable copy of the book report handout you received in class, click here.
Book Title PDF Link Audio File Link
Roughing It, Mark Twain   Click here.
Best Humorous American Short Stories, Assorted Authors HTML only (for now)  
Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington Click here. Click here.
Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain Click here. Click here.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Little Men, Louisa May Alcott Click here. Click here.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe * Click here. Click here.

* These books qualify for extra credit.

Journal Items

Remember -

  • We read and summarize a reading selection for your journal every day.
  • You will submit your journal entries from each week Friday. Please, submit only the items for that week each Friday.
  • You will keep your journal entries on 8 1/2" x 11" three hole punch paper.
  • When your journal entries are returned, keep them in your class binder.

The links to the journal entries we use for each day are found in the right hand column of this table. There are also extra copies of the articles from each day in the blue out box.

If you want to see an example of how your journals should be formatted, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about plagiarism and journal entries we used at the beginning of class, click here.


Week ending March 11

  • Embark
  • Emblazoned

Week ending March 18

  • Belligerent
  • Coup 
  • Probity
  • Founder

Week ending March 25

  • Scorched Earth
  • Coerce

Week ending April 1

  • Consensus
  • Shard

Week ending April 8

  • Indigenous

Week ending April 14

  • Elucidate
  • Provenance


 Link to the article for the day 

For the week ending March 12
3/08  President Biden to Ban Russian Import
3/09  Wreck of Shackleton's Ship Endurance Found
3/10  Alexander Hamilton to Harrison Gray Otis
3/11  Effects of Rising Gas Prices

For the week ending March 19
3/14  Blobs in the Earth's Interior
3/15  Ship Timbers
3/16  Zelenskyy Speaks to Congress
3/17  History of St. Patrick's Day

For the week ending March 26
3/21  Pres. Biden to Visit Poland
3/22  Ancient Ice Walls May Have Blocked Beringia
3/23  New Mega Moon Rocket
3/24  Louisiana Twister
3/25  Natural Gas Plan    Mustache link

For the week ending April 1
3/28  Ukrainian Holocaust Survivors to Germany
3/29  Data from Viking Settlements in Greenland
3/30  New Lithium Supplies
3/31  Zelenskyy Lego-Like Figurines
4/01  5000-Year-Old Jug

For the week ending April 8
4/04  Egyptian Tomb Aromas
4/05  Jamestown Dog Bones Studied
4/06  Origin of the Avars
4/07  Texas Busing Migrants to DC
4/08  Am. Black Truck Drivers in WWII

For the week ending April 14
4/11  Stone Spheres
4/12  Kmart Closures
4/13  Russia Not Able to Stop Arms Shipments
4/14  Russian Ship Damaged in Black Sea

For the week ending April 22
4/19  Theodoric Mosaic
4/20  Ukraine Wheat Production
4/21  Justice Dept. to Appeal Judge's Decision
4/22  Mountain Men

For the week ending April 29
4/25  Oreo Study
4/26  Osborne Russell Journal Selection
4/27  Nearby Asteroid
4/28  Ukrainian Refugees
4/29  Incandescent Lightbulbs

For the week ending May 6
5/02  Bronze Age Daggers
5/03  Ukrainian Children
5/04  EU Sanctions
5/05  History of Cinco de Mayo
5/06  History of John Brown

For the week ending May 13
5/09  Everest Climber
5/10  South Carolina Articles of Secession
5/11  Russian Air Force
5/12  Passenger Lands Plane
5/13  Tut's Tomb Workers


For the week ending May 20
5/16  Iron Age Arrow
5/17  Finland and Sweden Seek NATO Membership
5/18  Doll Heads Hit Texas Beaches
5/19  Ukrainian Soldier Find Amphorae
5/20  Treaty to Purchase Alaska from Russia