World History: Life in the Japanese Edo Time Period


  1. Period between 1603 and 1867
    1. Japan was under the rul of the Tokugawa shogunate and 300 regional daiymo.
    2. Most people were peasants, farming staple crops.
    3. However, an elite group of men were samurais. Samurais were in charge of protecting the feudal lords and their lands. They enjoyed a rich life. They lived according to the moral code of bushido: Here are some of the activities that they did:
    4. Write haikus- (read an example)
    5. Kendo (way of the sword)
    6. Judo
    7. Calligraphy
    8. Zen Buddhism (Buddhist temple)
    9. Shinto Shrines
    10. Kabuki theater
    11. (Find and Play clip from The Last Samurai)
    12. Women in the Edo period were expected to be, above all, good wives and mothers.
    13. Some women were Geishas, who were trained in traditional japanese dance, entertaining guest during meals and playing traditional japanese instruments (show video of the Koto being played)
    14. Some geishas were used by daimyos to spy on other landlords and sometimes kill them.
    15. Women became poets, and literacy writers, writing in hiragana only.


Now it’s your turn to use your imagination and do ‘A Day as a Samurai’ or ‘A Day as a Geisha’.
1. Students must work either by themselves or in pairs.
2. They will do a visual timeline of the typical life of a samurai or a geisha. The timeline must have at least 6 different activities, include a timestamp, be historically accurate, include at least 2 sentences for each activity, 2 images in total and include color.

APA History Class Work Schedule

World History:

Period 1:

  • Expansion and Isolation – 09/29/2021
  • UN Declaration in Eurasia – 09/29/2021
  • Participation is graded weekly
  • Wold History Test – 09/27/2021

Period 6:

  • UN Declaration – 09/30/2021
  • Participation is graded weekly
  • Test – 09/27/2021
  • Euraisa Vocabulary – 10/19/2021
  • A Day in… – 10/19/2021

United States History:

Period 2:

  • Own Declaration of Independence – 09/26/2021
  • US History Test – 09/27/2021
  • Participation is graded weekly
  • Article of Confederation 10/18/2021

Period 3:

  • Own Declaration of Independence – 09/30/2021
  • History day – 09/27/2021
  • Test – 09/27/2021
  • Participation is graded weekly

Period 5:

  • Own Declaration of Independence – 09/30/2021
  • History Notes – 09/27/2021
  • Exam – 09/27/2021
  • Participation is graded weekly

Articles of Confederation

Introduction: With the introduction of the Declaration of Independence, the continental congress recognized the need to establish guideline for a new government. Congress’s overriding concern to insure that the government was not as strong as centralized body similar to the British Parliament. With that in mind, the Articles of Confederation were drafted and adopted, providing the structure for governing the new nation. Unfortunately, the limitations of the Articles of Confederation became readily apparent soon after their implementation.


Article 1: The new nation will be called “The United States of America”

Article 2: All states are independent from one another. The states government will retain all the power that are not specifically given to the national Congress.

Article 3: The states agree to maintain a friendly relationship. They will defend one another in times of trouble and protect their shared Liberties and mutual welfare.

Article 4: To maintain friendly relationships among all states, all free inhabitants can move among states and conduct business therein without extra taxes. If fugitives from one state are living in another state, they should be sent back to face prosecution. All records and judicial ruling applying to individuals in one state shall be accepted in by all other states.

Article 5: Every year, state legislature will send representatives to the national Congress. Each state shall send no less than two and no more than seven delegates, and each state will only have one vote in congress.

Article 6: No state can enter into a formal a formal alliance with any foreign powers. Neither the state or congress shall give any title of nobility to anyone in the United States. Two or more states can not enter their own treaty. States cannot nation standing armies or navies without congress approval. Unless invaded no state shall wage war without the approval of Congress.

Article 7: In times of war, state legislature will appoint all officers under the rank of colonel and maintain their armies.

Article 8: To pay for war, states will receive money from the national Treasury in proportion to the amount of land they own. The state legislature will collect taxes needed to fund the treasury.

Article 9: The national congress will have the power to:

  • declare war
  • negotiate foreign treaties
  • settle deputies between states
  • regulate currency
  • direct the operations of land and naval forces
  • borrow money from states

Congress cannot carry out any resolutions unless nine of the thirteen states agree.

Congress will have a president to organize debate for one-year term.

Article 10: A committee of states will be given the power to run the United States during the times Congress is in recess

Article 11: Canada will be allowed admission to the United States. Any other Colony requesting admission will require approval from nine votes from congress.

Article 12: Congress pledges to repay any money borrowed from individual states during the revolution.

Article 13: All states agree to abide by the Articles of Confederation. To amend the articles, Congress and all states legislatures must unanimously agree.


Go through each amendment and answer: 

    1.    What does this amendment propose to do?

    2.    Why would people be in favor of it? 

    3.    Why would people be against it

    4.    Would you support this amendment? Why or why not? 

Then, answer the following questions: 

    1.    List four strengths and four weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. 

    2.    Why do you think the Founding Fathers decided no to include an executive branch or a federal court system? Do you think this was a good idea or a bad idea? 

    3.    What do you think the US would be like today if we were still ruled by the Articles of Confederation? Explain.

History Day!

History Day is an annual competition where a person or team presents a chosen history topic to a team of judges. 


The theme for 2022 is: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. 


We will have the preliminary competition in the first week of November. Everyone will participate. The top team from all the classes will move on to History Day LA, where they will represent Aspire Pacific Academy. 

You will have time to work on your poster board in class and I will be there to help you. The college counselors and one member of the admin team will serve as judges in the competition. 

Now, think and write…

  1. What historical topic do I already know a little about and want to learn more about? 
  2. What is my favorite historical figure or historical event? 

A video on History Day!

APA US and World History Welcome + Class Expectations

Hello! Below is the presentation I shared with you concerning the expectations for this class. I hope you enjoy this class as much as I enjoyed meeting all of you. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me. Check this website regularly whenever you need help knowing what work we have done or need to refer to the notes.

Declaration of Independence Study Guide

As part of the APA US History class expectations, you are expected to memorize the first two sentences of the Declaration of Independence. But why is the Declaration of Independence so important? The Declaration of Independence was the first time that a nation’s people asserted their right to choose their own government. The Declaration states all of the grievances that American colonists had with King George III, what they tried to do to resolve the issue, and their ultimate conclusion, which was to break off and declare independence.

This is the part of the Declaration that you have to memorize:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Now, Answer the following questions:

  1. When was the Declaration signed? It was signed in June 4th, 1776
  2. Who wrote the Declaration? The main author was Thomas Jefferson, but other founding fathers, especially Benjamin Franklin and John Adams played a role as well.
  3. What are the rights that all men have according to the Declaration?
  4. What became necessary to do after a while (in the course of human events)?

The Declaration of Independence over time has become a model for many other movements. In particular, the Declaration of Sentiments and the recent statement in favor of Gavin Newsom’s recall.

Now, it is your time to write your own Declaration of Independence. Think of something which you have been unhappy with for a while now, you can explain why it makes you unhappy, and you know want to free yourself from. For example, when I was in high school and college, I would eat a lot of instant ramen. I loved the spicy, starchy taste, but realized that it was doing me a lot of harm. I was not feeding my body enough nutrients and I was over 200 pounds. I tried to cut back, but eventually, I realized it wasn’t worth it. So, in the end, in my junior year of college, I wrote my “Declaration of Independence” from ramen once and for all!

Here is an example for you to study: It was written by the California on My Honor Curriculum

Dear Julius,
We have known each other for 2 years now, and even though sometimes we get along really well, I feel like there are some things that just aren’t working for me.
We are supposed to be in this relationship together, but sometimes I feel like you don’t listen to me. That really hurts my feelings. I think that you should listen to my feelings, ask me how I’m doing, and tell me you love me everyday. I just really feel like you’ve been doing a lot of things that are not very nice. If you don’t know what they are, I’ll tell you.
You don’t tell me how you’re feeling.
You said something mean to your friends about me.
You lied about where you were.
You hardly ever listen to my side of a story.
Your friends are more important to you than I am.
You don’t think my jokes are funny.
Sometimes I feel like you’re using me.
You didn’t notice my new haircut and outfit.
You bring me down.
I have told you over and over that I hate it when you do all those things and you never do anything to change. It just seems like I am annoying you when I tell you how I feel.
I think that it would be better for both of us if we broke up. I have made my decision, so from now on please do not try to call me or text me. It will be better for us if we are alone and can spend more time on school and our own lives.

Lesson: Harrison Bergeron

After reading the nonfiction book,The Road to Serfdom write what you have learned about what some thinkers believe will happen in a world of central planning. Now you will analyze the potential consequences of central planning in a fictional setting. The story of Harrison Bergeron involves a world where, in the United States everyone is equal.

Movie : Harrison Bergeron

Study Guide

Deep Dive: Body Paragraphs.

Whenever you write an essay the meat of info is in the body paragraph. A trick I like to do is write the body paragraph before even writing the introduction. This is what you are going to do as you revise your essay on Why become proficient at English? (Essay #1).

Below is a link to help with your body paragraphs.


Types of examples for Body Paragraphs

  1. Text- to- text: In text- to- text you’re supporting articles is from a text or book. for example if your argument is you should become proficient at English in order to succeed, you can cite Maryanne Wolf’s book reader “Come Home”, which states that prisons decide on how many beds to build based on how many kids do not know how to read.
  2. Text- to -self: One of your piece of supporting evidence can be you own person l experience if your argument is you should become proficient at English to communicate better with others you can use the example of the time in 5th grade your advance vocabulary helped convince your mom to get a dog.
  3. Text- to-world: You can also cite experience of the outside would such as statistic , current events or what you see happen to friends and family. For example if air argument is becoming proficient at English because you want to get paid more you can cite the statistic that college graduates who major in English make 49,220 a year compared to a person with a high school diploma who makes around 33,000.

Assignment: Now reread your body paragraphs. revise them to include all of the element of a paragraph as well three different examples of either text-to-text, text-to-self or text-to-world.

Why become proficient at English? (Essay #1)

Here are some examples to help get started:

  • To communicate better with others.
  • To get paid more.
  • To succeed at the PSAT.
  • To get a better jobs. (actors, teachers, lawyers)
  • To sound professional.
  • To be taken seriously.
  • To express yourself better.
  • To have a better understanding.(books, movies, music)

With the ideas given above write down the three that seem the most convincing.



  • Talk about the overall benefits.
  • Your own experience with English.
  • Introduce your top reasons

Body paragraph #1: You should become proficient at English because…(Reason 1)

Body paragraph #2: You should also become proficient at English because…(Reason 2)

Body paragraph #3: You should become proficient at English because…(Reason 3)

Conclusion: Summarize your reason and do a call to action. Ex. so go read and learn more!

Voters Bill of Rights Study Guide

Answer the questions based on the worksheet that was read.

  1. Give me two examples of a person who can and a person who can not vote.
  2. What are the two options given incase of a mistake being made on your ballot?
  3. Who do you have the right to contact for fraudulent election activity? Where can you report this fraudulent activity?
  4. Provide two examples of people that are not allowed to help you cast your ballot?
  5. Why is The Voter Bill of Rights important?

Here is a link to the California voter bill of rights.