Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ameliorate Jefferson Davis

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red. The suggested answer is at the bottom of the screen. There are two missing commas and an omitted period.

Jefferson Finis Davis was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America he was a planter politician and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. 

Suggested correction:
Jefferson Finis Davis was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. He was a planter, politician, and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. 
Video biography about Jefferson Davis

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ameliorate Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below; they are missing six commas and one apostrophe.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist social activist abolitionist and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls New York is often credited with initiating the first organized womens rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States.

Video Biography
Suggested Answer:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ameliorate the Tariff of Abominations

Directions: students should grammatically correct the sentences below, in red. There are two missing commas and two sentences. The suggested correction is at the bottom of the page.

The "Tariff of Abominations" was a tariff designed to protect industry in the northern United States and was passed by Congress on May 19 1828 labeled the Tariff of Abominations by its southern detractors the tariff was viewed as a threat to the antebellum Southern economy.

John C. Calhoun was the leading voice in attacking the Tariff of Abominations.

Suggested Correction: 

The "Tariff of Abominations" was a tariff designed to protect industry in the northern United States and was passed by Congress on May 19, 1828. Labeled the Tariff of Abominations by its southern detractors, the tariff was viewed as a threat to the antebellum Southern economy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ameliorate the Cotton Gin

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red. There are three missing commas. The suggested answer is at the very bottom of the page.

Prior to the introduction of the mechanical cotton gin cotton had required considerable labor to clean and separate the fibers from the seeds. With Eli Whitney’s invention cotton became a tremendously profitable business creating many fortunes in the Antebellum South.




Video: Start at 10:04 for Cotton Gin

Suggested answer:
Prior to the introduction of the mechanical cotton gin, cotton had required considerable labor to clean and separate the fibers from the seeds. With Eli Whitney’s invention, cotton became a tremendously profitable business, creating many fortunes in the Antebellum South.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ameliorate the Missouri Compromise

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence below, in red. There is one missing period, a missing comma, and one missing apostrophe. The suggested correction is located at the bottom.

The Missouri Compromise was devised by Henry Clay it regulated slavery in the countrys western territories by prohibiting slavery north of the parallel 36°30′ north except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri.



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Suggested Correction:
The Missouri Compromise was devised by Henry Clay. It regulated slavery in the country's western territories by prohibiting slavery north of the parallel 36°30′ north, except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ameliorate John Marshall

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence below. It is missing two commas.

John Marshall who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War is best known for serving on the Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835.
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Suggested correction:

John Marshall, who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is best known for serving on the Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Ameliorate the XYZ Affair

Directions: the sentence below is missing two commas. There are also several proper nouns that need to be capitalized. The suggested correction is at the bottom of the page.

The XYZ Affair was a diplomatic episode in 1797 and 1798 early in the administration of John Adams involving a confrontation between the united states and Republican france that led to an undeclared war called the Quasi-War.


VIDEO...a most excellent one  ! !! 
Another excellent video
suggested correction: 
The XYZ Affair was a diplomatic episode in 1797 and 1798, early in the administration of John Adams, involving a confrontation between the United States and Republican France that led to an undeclared war called the Quasi-War.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ameliorate the Battle of Fallen TImbers

The battle of fallen timbers happened on August 20 1794 it was the final battle of the Northwest Indian War the battle was part of a struggle between Native American tribes affiliated with the Western Confederacy against the United States for control of the Northwest Territory.

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suggested correction

The Battle of Fallen Timbers happened on August 20, 1794. It was the final battle of the Northwest Indian War. The battle was part of a struggle between Native American tribes affiliated with the Western Confederacy against the United States for control of the Northwest Territory.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ameliorate George Washington

Directions: grammatically correct the following sentence that is filled with errors, in red. There are FOUR missing commas.

On April 30 1789 George Washington standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.



Suggested Correction

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ameliorate the Battle of Yorktown

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red.

The Battle of Yorktown ended on October 19 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia it was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops and French Army troops over the British Army.

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suggested correct correction:
The Battle of Yorktown ended on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia. It was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops and French Army troops over the British Army.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ameliorate Nathan Hale

Directions: grammatically correct the following sentences. There are two missing commas.

Nathan Hale  an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War was captured by the British and executed. 



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Suggested correction:
Nathan Hale,  an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, was captured by the British and executed. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ameliorate William Penn

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red. There are three missing commas and two sentences. The suggested correction is at the bottom of the page.

William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania was an early advocate of religious freedom and good relations with Native Americans under his direction the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed.


Visual resources and videos. (Open the links on the image)
Suggested Answer:
William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was an early advocate of religious freedom and good relations with Native Americans. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ameliorate Amerigo Vespucci

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence below, in red.  There is one missing comma.

America was named after Amerigo Vespucci a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World.



suggested corrections:
America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World.





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ameliorte Cortez

Directions: Look at the sentences below, in red. Add proper punctuation and fix the few proper nouns that need to be capitalized.

Hernán Cortés was born around 1485 he was a spanish conquistador who overthrew the Aztec empire and won Mexico for the crown of Spain.


Suggested Answer:
Hernán Cortés was born around 1485. He was a Spanish conquistador who overthrew the Aztec Empire and won Mexico for the crown of Spain.

Video about Cortez with a written bio, as well.

Now, in your journal, write a sentence about Hernan Cortez that uses APPOSITION.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ameliorate Columbus

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence below, in red. There are two missing commas and one misused word.

Between 1492 and 1503 Columbus completed 4 round-trip voyages between Spain and the Americas all of them under the sponsorship of the Spanish King and Queen.


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Bio of Columbus


Suggested answer
Between 1492 and 1503, Columbus completed four round-trip voyages between Spain and the Americas, all of them under the sponsorship of the Spanish King and Queen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ameliorate Somalia in 1993

Directions: grammatically correct the two sentences below. There is a missing comma and a missing period.

What started out as a humanitarian mission to combat famine in Somalia grew into a bloody military struggle with the bodies of dead American soldiers dragged through the streets of the Somalian capital of Mogadishu in 1993 the movie "Black Hawk Down" documented this event.



SUggested Correction

What started out as a humanitarian mission to combat famine in Somalia grew into a bloody military struggle, with the bodies of dead American soldiers dragged through the streets of the Somalian capital of Mogadishu in 1993. The movie "Black Hawk Down" documented this event.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ameliorate the Invasion of Grenada

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red.  There are three sentences, total. There is a missing comma and two missing periods.

 The Caribbean island of Grenada was the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere and it was no match for American military might President Reagan championed the 1983 invasion of Grenada as another step toward ridding the world of Communism


Two days after the Beirut BOmbing, the island of Grenada was invaded.


Video of Grenada invasion REAGAN talks
Video of USMC Barracks bombing 1983


Suggested Answer:

 The Caribbean island of Grenada was the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere , and it was no match for American military might. President Reagan championed the 1983 invasion of Grenada as another step toward ridding the world of Communism.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ameliorate Ronald Reagan's STAR WARS

There are five missing commas and two sentences. Grammatically correct the passage below, in red.

The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) also known as Star Wars was a program first initiated on March 23 1983 under President Ronald Reagan The goal of this program was to develop a sophisticated anti-ballistic missile system in order to prevent missile attacks from other countries specifically the Soviet Union.





Suggested Answer:
The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), also known as Star Wars, was a program first initiated on March 23, 1983, under President Ronald Reagan. The intent of this program was to develop a sophisticated anti-ballistic missile system in order to prevent missile attacks from other countries, specifically the Soviet Union. 

VIDEO 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ameliorate Orval Faubus

Directions: grammatically correct the following sentences. Missing ONE comma.

Orval Faubus is best remembered for his 1957 stand against the desegregation of the Little Rock School District during the Little Rock Crisis in which he defied a unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court by ordering the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School.






 Orval Faubus  is best remembered for his 1957 stand against the desegregation of the Little Rock School District during the Little Rock Crisis, in which he defied a unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court by ordering the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ameliorate The Feminine Mystique

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red. There are three missing commas and missing apostrophe.

Betty Friedan was an American writer activist and feminist a leading figure in the womens movement in the United States Friedan authored "The Feminine Mystique" It is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the Twentieth Century.




Suggested Answer:

Betty Friedan was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, Friedan authored "The Feminine Mystique." It is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the Twentieth Century.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ameliorate Watergate

Directions: grammatically correct the following sentences, in red.

watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s the incident stemmed from a break-in at the democratic national committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex President Nixons attempted concealment of his involvement in this incident led to his resignation. 




Video one

Document Analysis
1. What is the day month and year of the document
2. Who is the author?
3. Who is the intended Audience.
4. What are the four most important sentences in the speech?
5. What is happening in this speech? What is the author trying to do?

Video 3: speech

Suggested Answer: 
Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s. The incident stemmed from a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex. President Nixon's attempted concealment of his involvement in this incident led to his resignation.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ameliorate Detente

Directions: Grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red. There are FIVE missing commas and once missing COLON ( : ).

During the Cold War President Richard Nixon engaged in Detente or lessening of tensions with Cold War enemies in three specific ways he opened relations with Communist China signed the SALT Treaty with Russia and ended the Vietnam War.


Suggested Correction: 
During the Cold War, President Richard Nixon engaged in Detente, or lessening of tensions, with Cold War enemies in three specific ways: he opened relations with Communist China, signed the SALT Treaty with Russia, and ended the Vietnam War.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Ameliorate Lewis Hine

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red.                       Scroll down for the suggested correction.


between 1904 and 1909 Lewis Hine took over 200 photographs he came to the realization that documentary photography could be employed as a tool for social change and reform.

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suggested correction:

Between 1904 and 1909, Lewis Hine took over 200 photographs. He came to the realization that documentary photography could be employed as a tool for social change and reform.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ameliorate the Chinese Exclusion Act

Directions: grammatically correct the following sentence(s), in red. A suggested answer is at the bottom of the page.

The Chinese Exclusion Act was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6 1882 it prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers.



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Suggested Answer

The Chinese Exclusion Act was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. It prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ameliorate Jacob Riis

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red.

Jacob Riis wanted to literally show the the world what he saw therefore to help his readers truly understand the dehumanizing dangers of the immigrant neighborhoods that he knew all too well Riis taught himself photography and began taking a camera with him on his nightly rounds.



correction: 
Jacob Riis wanted to literally show the the world what he saw. Therefore, to help his readers truly understand the dehumanizing dangers of the immigrant neighborhoods that he knew all too well, Riis taught himself photography and began taking a camera with him on his nightly rounds.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ameliorate Immigration

Directions: grammatically correct the three sentences below, in red. There are two missing commas.

By the 1870s almost all immigrants to American traveled by steamship the trip took approximately one weak most immigrants traveled in steerage the cheapest accommodations on a ship.


NYC video immigration


Suggested Answer:
By the 1870s, almost all immigrants to America traveled by steamship. The trip took approximately one week. Most immigrants traveled in steerage, the cheapest accommodations on a ship.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ameliorate the IWW

Directions: there are three missing commas.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) members of which are commonly called Wobblies is an international radical labor union that was founded in 1905. 



Suggested Answer

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), members of which are commonly called "Wobblies," is an international, radical labor union that was founded in 1905. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ameliorate the Brooklyn Bridge

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence below. There are three missing commas, and one missing apostrophe.

 On May 17 1884 P. T. Barnum helped to squelch doubts about the Brooklyn Bridges stability when he led a parade of twenty-one elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge.



Suggested Answer:
 On May 17, 1884, P. T. Barnum helped to squelch doubts about the Brooklyn Bridge's stability, when he led a parade of twenty-one elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ameliorate Buffalo Soldiers

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below, in red. There are four missing commas and two sentences.

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army formed on September 21 1866 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. this nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought in the Indian Wars. 


Video:
Bob Marley: Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought in the Indian Wars.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ameliorate Cowboys

Directions: Grammatically correct the sentence below, in red. There are 2 missing commas.

A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in north america traditionally on horseback and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. 

VIDEO 
Cowboy video...really good  Suggested correction: 
A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks.