AZ Merit Day 1

Here are all the clips from the videos we watched in class, if you'd like to see some of the ones your class didn't choose. See you later this week! nazi superweapons 6:00

World War II

I began class reviewing all the clips I've shown this year from Dead Poets' Society, then I showed the last clip. My favorite moment teaching this class is when you start thinking for yourselves and the magic that happens in that moment. Keep working hard so you can...

World War II at Home and Abroad

This was an eventful day. Here's the link to the Crash Course we watched in class. After taking notes on this presentation, students each drew a fortune cookie containing one of six quotes from the Founders. They divided into groups to complete the directions for the...

From Isolation to Intervention

You survived the worst note-taking day of the year! If you missed class, get notes from someone. It was a lot to remember and learn. Here are the definitions I had on the PowerPoint: Marxist Socialism a political theory advocating state ownership of industry an...

Democratic Party 1876-1936

Welcome Back! We've only got nine weeks left, and I want to make the most of every second we have in class, so buckle up and hold on! After handing back midterm exams (and discussing the success rate on essay tests v. written tests), we talked about the evolution of...

The Great Depression, Part 2

Midterm schedule Monday/Tuesday: 1. Ask questions about the study guide for the test. I will not be reviewing the entire packet with you, but you may come with specific questions. 2. Begin the class challenge portion of the test. In this class, that will center on...

The Great Depression, Part 1

I hope you learned something new about your writing by grading your own essay. I will get them graded and return them first class of next week. In class, I taught about the five primary reasons the US entered the Great Depression: 1) increased reliance on the stock...

Essay #3, Class Challenge Booklet #7-8, and Jeopardy

Double half day on Tuesday was Essay #3 day. If you missed class, please contact me to get that test made up. Later in the week, we covered the bios of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. This will be the LAST time we do three presidents at a time. I promise! Get those...

World War I

Hopefully you have a pretty good understanding of what occurred from the US perspective during WWI. Here is the link to the video I showed in class about WWI's legacy. We also discussed the Battle of Verdun and the role monuments play in war. Here are the two possible...

Missing In Action

Sorry I missed most of you for class. Food poisoning is a nasty experience, let's just leave it at that. If your class was unable to watch both videos, here are the links: Crash Course WWI WWI History Channel Hopefully your class had a good discussion on the provided...



Dual Enrollment registration information is available at the link below. Registration and payment are also listed on Rio Salado’s website.

Here’s the link to the Rio Salado site.



Reliable daily access to the Internet at home is required for this course. In class each day, scholars must bring the following:

  •  Readings for Scholars of American History booklet
  • Composition notebook, college or quad ruled, 100 pages
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Sticky notes, lined 4″x6″
  • Pocket copy of U.S. Constitution
  • Highlighter
  • Pen or pencil



More information on this semester’s research project coming soon.



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About Mrs. Denton

I’m Jenny Denton. I grew up in southern Idaho—a land of sagebrush, constant wind, and farmland as far as the eye can see. I can tell the difference among fields of alfalfa, green beans, and potatoes, but it’s not a skill that comes in handy very often. After graduating from Twin Falls High School (go Bruins!), I attended BYU (go Cougs!), where I learned that I love history—the history of just about anything. My degree is in history with a minor in humanities, and college taught me that EVERYTHING has a history. I was lucky enough to study the history of art, architecture, culture, government, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, science, technology, war, and the world.

For 25 years, I was a full-time mom of seven rambunctious kids, currently ranging in age from 26 to 7, and now I’m Gran to seven little monkeys of the next Denton generation. Four years ago I decided I wasn’t too old for school, and I graduated in 2015 from ASU (go Devils!) with my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. It sounds weird, but I love learning new things, researching new ideas, and synthesizing my thoughts through writing. Even weirder, I’m thrilled to return to the classroom (go Heroes!) to share my love of American History with you.