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Classroom Information Feed (this is where I will explain what happened in class)

May 3, 2021 (whole week)

We will review a bit of Ch. 9 APEX and talk about new vocabulary terms this week, specifically focusing on three compromises (Missouri, Wilmot, and Compromise of 1850)

April 27-30 In Person

Here are the slides + videos from the In Class Lesson

April 26, Virtual Monday

Today we looked at what is due in class, specifically the annotated timeline which we can use for the quiz and a stamp tomorrow.

April 19 Virtual Monday:

This is an outline for the week. Please see the assignments Calendar for a Goof-Proofed guide to what is due this week


Week of March 29-April 2

Some updates: Check out the timeline on this slideshow. It has a good description of the terms as well as some videos. This is a good insurance policy for this week's (week of April 12) in-class quiz.

I just added the Scantron quiz score. Most people chose not to study. The Vocabulary in Context is due the week of the 12th in class (not on Google Classroom UNLESS you are virtual only.)

Same for the Timeline.

I will be updating the timeline with Links and information. Check it out. There could be bonus point opportunities if you include extra info in your timeline. 
Have a great break and if you want to watch Benno Explains The Rules video it's linked here.



March 30 IN PERSON (Cohort A 2-4): Today we got started on two assignment that will be due when we return from break. Those assignments should be in your Assignments (this includes Virtual students).


March 30 VIRTUAL CHECK IN (Cohort B 5-7) Today we met and talked about the importance of bringing supplies in to class and looking at the Study Guide (which was on yesterday's slide ishow).

I will post the Slide Show at the End of the Week (you should have all the materials you need)

March 29, 2021

Here is all the info for this week's quiz

March 25, 2021

March 24, 2021

Today we talked about Tecumseh and the Prophet. Brainpop for Homework and some reading questions.

March 22-23, 2021

Today we talked about the Barbary Coast Wars, piracy and the U.S. Marines.

March 18-19, 2021

Today we reviewed the Lewis and Clark expedition and the brainpop and saw a few notes, maps and pictures.

March 17, 2021

Today we reviewed out Louisiana Purchase quizzes from Mon/Tues. and talked about which country came out the worst in the Louisiana purchase. 

March 15-16, 2021

Today we finished the video, had a quiz and started reading about Lewis and Clark.

March 11-12, 2021

Today we watched three sections of a video on the Louisiana Purchase and took a Kahoot quiz on the reading and the video itself. If you were absent, please set up office hours.

March 10, 2021

Today we will talk about the Louisiana Purchase and how Haiti's rebellion forced Napoleon's hand in surrendering the Louisiana Territory.

March 8, 2021

Today we overviewed chapter 5 and talked about Jefferson's accomplishments as president. Homework is to finish Forms quiz on Marbury v. Madison.

Please set up office Hours if you didn't take the Str8OuttaApex test on Thurs/Fri!

March 4, 2021

Today we reviewed the Alien and Sedition Act and took our Str8outta APEX quiz. See last slide for some after test activities.

March 1-2, 2021

Today we reviewed a timeline of chapter 4, reviewed vocabulary and started a brainpop and apex.

Feb 24, 2021

February 22-23, 

Today we talked about the difference between Federalists and Democratic Republicans (also just called Republicans). Homework is to watch Political Party Origins Brainpop and take quiz. The quiz includes a Survey that will tell you what political party you most identify with.

February 10

If you weren't in class I added a Reading Guide to chapter 4.1. You can find the questions in the Slides Show and in Assignments on Google Classroom. You don't have to turn anything in, but you should be able to answer the questions by Thursday.

February 8-9, 2021

Today we started talking about Chapter 4.1 pgs. 156-161. Please read the chapter and review the vocabulary before Thursday (Wednesday will be self-directed since people need to go to school to pick up material)


February 1, 2021 (one slides show for this week since we were presenting)


January 25 - 29, 2021

Here is our Slides show with this week's instructions on it. I'm using one Slides show so people can see the project updates and information in one place. These are due at the End of the Week, so please work diligently and ask questions early.


January 21+22, 2021

Today we'll review the Constitution and start our Amendment project.

January 19+20, 2021

Today we'll review article 1-3 of the Constitution and have a quick look and article 4-7. There may be a weird Brainpop or two along the way.

January 14-15, 2021

Today we'll talk a bit about the Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch and article III of the Constitution as well as impeachment.

January 13, 2020

Today we started Article II (executive branch). We'll review the answers tomorrow. We also have access to Brainpop now, there there are lots of cool games and activities we can try out. Just go to and log in using the Google For Education Button


January 11, 2021

Today is our first day back after Winter Break. The old Google Classroom page has been changed, so please go to Aeries to find the. new link to the New Google Classroom page.






December 17-18

December 16, 2020

December 14-15, 2020

December 10-11, 2020

Today we will take a review quiz on the Balance of Powers and talk about The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.

December 9, 2020

Today we will talk about the Balance of Powers in the Federal Government as described in the Constitution.

December 7, 2020

Today we will look at the Preamble, the Constitutional Convention, and the effects of the 3/5 compromise.

December 3+4, 2020

Today we looked at a slide show, checked out three new vocab. words and also started a braipop and quiz.

December 2, 2020

Today we'll look at our Graphic Organizers and review some vocab.

November 30+December 1, 2020

Today we'll do a graphic organizer on the Articles of Confederation. It's research, but it's also easy if you do it the right way.

November 18, 2020

Today we're having a presentation by the counseling department, but I have some reading for you guys to do before the last lesson of the week. Please see the questions on the second slide.

November 16, 2020

Today we start chapter 3 and talk about the Articles of Confederation

November 12-13, 2020

Today we talked about The Good, The Bad, and the Cray (Lafayette, Arnold, and Jones). There will be a quiz on that on Mon/Tues.

November 9-10, 2020

Today we had a quiz on Ch. 2.4 and we reviewed the Revolutionary War Timeline and talked about Valley Forge and "The American Crisis."

November 5, 2020 Today we talked about the Revolutionary War and we are going to finish reading Chapter 4 and we should be able to answer the questions on last slide

November 4, 2020

November 2-3, 2020

Today we're going to talk about the electoral college and Tuesday's election. 

ALSO: If your Colonial America project isn't graded, please let me know ASAP

ALSO: The Thanksgiving Food Drive is coming this Saturday. Please give 

October 29-30, 2020

Today we started drawing our grievances

October 28, 2020
Today we talked about the Declaration of Independence and did some annotating.

October 26-27, 2020

Today we reviewed the APEX module slides and took a Str8 Outta APEX quiz. The grades are posted now.

October 22-23, 2020

Today we're going to review yesterday's quiz, check out some notes and get into APEX again.

October 21, 2020

Today we reviewed yesterday's quiz on Ch. 2.3 and watched a 12 minute video on The Story of US, focusing mostly on the events in Boston (massacre, tea party) and the First Continental Congress.

October 19-20, 2020

Today we took our French and Indian War quiz and looked at a timeline and did some reading of Ch. 2.3.

October 15, 2020

Today we're review our Brainpop Quiz and checking out a slides show on the French and Indian War and Monday we'll have a quick quiz based on the slides show (but I'm giving you the questions in advance)

October 14, 2020

Today we reviewed our Enlightenment document and quiz and talked a little about the French and Indian War (7 years war) and for homework we watched a Brainpop and took a quiz (which you can take Twice)


October 12-13, 2020

Today we had a chance to review the information from last Friday's less on "The Apple" in groups then we had a quiz. Be sure to study Quizlet and do the assignment on the age of enlightenment.


October 8-9, 2020

Today we will review the overlapping and contrasting ideas of the Great Awakening and the Age of Enlightenment

October 7, 2020

Today we reviewed yesterday's quiz and the concepts of Democracy and we read a short article on John Peter Zenger and took a quiz

October 5-6, 2020

Today we'll get caught up on the Roots of American Democracy with a slides show, some Quizlet terms, and a True False Test.

September 28th - 30th 

Today we're going to check our scores in APEX and do some presentations.Today we're going to try to get logged into APEX and also review some Projects. 

September 21-25, 2020 (Includes All Project Updates)

Wednesday: We will learn how to add a Works Cited Page using

Monday + Tuesday: Today we will get started on our Colonial American projects. We will talk about expectations, format, techniques and other information.

September 17+18

Today we'll review our graphic organizers and also start our Colonial America project.

September 16, 2020

Today we will explore the difference between Puritans and Pilgrims by reading and annotating a short article.

September 14+15, 2020

Today we'll talk about Triangular Trade, Mercantilism, and England's reason for establishing so many colonies in the New World. Please do the Brainpop Quiz today in class (or for homework).

September 11, 2020

Today we'll review our quizzes and also learn about New York City and take a colonies quiz


September 8 and 10

Today we learned a bit about the Pilgrims, the Catholic Reformation, King Henry VIII and Martin Luther. I'll give the same notes to per 2-4 on Thursday. Tomorrow we'll talk about Explorers and have a live kahoot review quiz.


September 3 and 4

Today we will be talking about the first English Colonies in the New World, specifically Roanoke and Jamestown. There will be a quiz on the two videos.

I'll also share the lockers from all 6 of my sections so you can check those out and make comments.


September 2, 2020

Today we will review our Columbian Exchange responses, learn some new vocabulary words for Chapter 1, and start identifying the original 13 colonies using Seterra.


August 31 + September 1

Today we're going to finish up our talk about the New World Explorers by doing a quick mini-research project on 10 on the most famous Conquistadors/Explorers. We'll also review Columbian Exchange answers and upload our padlet.

August 27+28

Today we'll talk about the Columbian Exchange and take a short quiz that will due on Monday

August 26

Today we're going to review our vocabulary terms regarding the Age of Exploration and take a 12 question Kahoot. 

August 24+25

Today we're going to talk about the Spice Trade, the Age of Exploration, and about Christopher Columbus' motivations for traveling west - rather than east - to reach the far east. There will be an in-class quiz on Wednesday so be sure to study Quizlet, the pdf, and today's slide show. Also: link your lockers to Padlet and join Quizlet if you haven't already.

August 20 + 21, 2020

Today the plan is to have students present their Virtual Lockers to the class. I'll be giving some positive and constructive feedback and students will be offering any comments about the slides. Then we will take a Kahoot quiz on yesterday's material. It will be graded and posted to Aeries, so be careful when you answer the questions (there's only about 7 questions). Hopefully everyone is in my Quizlet class now, if not, please join before class starts using the links on the left and your Google Login. 

August 19, 2020

Today we looked at our History/Technology quiz answer and we also saw a Slides show on the 7 key events that shaped America. We also logged into Quizlet. I'll try to set up a screencast on joining my Quizlet class, but for now, just click the link on the left that corresponds to your class period. Also, select a name that is similar to your own name. So if you're name is Alexander Hamilton, choose a name like AlexanderH1804 rather than ThinGlizzy20044ever or some such craziness. If you can't join the class, simply use this link to review the quizlet terms. 

We will have a short quiz on these dates on Thursday or Friday.

August 17, 2020

Today's the first day of class. We're going to look at the syllabus, check out some websites, and get started on a project on google slides. Check out the google classroom page for the Google Meet link.

August 14, 2020

Okay, I just got my rosters for the year. Looking forward to meeting everyone on Monday and Tuesday. I'll be tinkering with google classroom throughout the week, but there's obviously nothing due. I just need a bit of practice updating the gradebook.

August 13, 2020

So we've been doing these trainings all week and it's starting to look like Google Meet is going to be the preferred platform for our three meetups. It seems to be getting better and better with each update and Zoom (which I normally use) is a bit less secure. 

Also, I've started decorating my 'classroom.' I'll put an assignment up fairly soon. It's a very simple assignment: just send a picture of you either real or a bitmoji or a drawing. 

August 10, 2020

I'm still updating the website and getting my google classrooms ready. You may want to check your internet speeds. I do this by going to and it will tell you your download speed.

August 5, 2020

If you get your schedule and find out you're in my class, feel free to say hi via email. I'm at I'm happy to answer any questions about the class.

If you're looking for ways to get ahead in class or if you're just dying to get started, here's a few things I could recommend:

Buy this book. It's called Everything You Need to Know to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook. It's a little like a textbook, but a bit more fun. 

Also, you might want to check out Quizlet and start flipping through our textbook.

Finally, it's important to have a good bookmarks bar. If you're using Chrome (and you should be using Chrome), then you press Shift+Control+B to show your bookmarks. If you click on the star in the browser window, you will have this page bookmarked. This will save tons of time down the road.


August 4, 2020

Welcome to U.S History and congratulations on finding this page. 

This is basically what our classroom looks like a we continue with remote learning.

While I know quite a bit about U.S. History, I have a number or unanswered questions about how this year is going look. But my goal is to make this class both valuable and doable. 

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”

-Aldous Huxley


"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."



Mr. Chrisman is all about:


Germany and South Korea (where I used to live)

The Los Angeles Lakers (sorry Clippers fan)

Explorers from the Age of Discovery especially Balboa, Cabrillo, Cortez, Columbus

Dogs (sorry cats)


Educational Technology




My 8 year old son Benno

Malcolm Gladwell, Erik Larson, Jared Diamond, Stephen Ambrose, Ron Chernow