Progressives v. Populists

This post contains all the links to the videos and articles used in class. Become familiar with this material. We will discuss it next class, and it very easily could be the topic of your next essay test. Video clips shown in class:...

The Roosevelt Corollary

Here is the PowerPoint on improving essays. Essay 2 evaluation I will also post it in the links below for future reference. Our class discussion focused on how Teddy Roosevelt's presidency forever changed US foreign policy and the role of the president. We compared...

Essay #2

Second essay of the semester out of the way! You will get them back next class period. Links to the two videos I showed in class today: Newsies: Yellow journalism:  Have a great...

Big Business

After taking notes on the bios of Presidents Garfield, Arthur, and Cleveland, classes completed a two-part collaborative project. First, students matched ideas and definitions regarding Big Business. Then, each class discussed two questions posed by LMD: List examples...

The South and the West–Fact v. Perspective

I handed essay tests back in class. If you haven't taken the test, please arrange a time to do so before the end of this week. After discussing the test, we talked about the difference between perspective and fact, citing these four movie clips as examples of how...

Reconstruction, Part 2

Here's what you really want from today's class, the prompt for the test: Essay #1 Prompt Regarding Reconstruction of the South and incorporation of freed slaves into American society, a Georgian newspaper reported, “"The future looks dark, and we predict that we are...

Reconstruction, Part 1

After each class created a skeletal constitution and voted on it, LMD turned the time over for the first collaborative project of the semester. Students filled the board with pieces of the Reconstruction puzzle. We answered the question, "Find evidence in the...

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back to History! I missed all of you over the break, and I can't wait to finish up U.S. History with you this semester. Class today was a little bit of everything--handing back finals from last semester, syllabus, new document booklet and passes (if you missed...

Review Blitz and Lincoln

Document booklets were due in class today, along with your assignment on the best and worst documents in your opinion. We played two games--one long answer on the white boards that best reviewed for the self-government portion of the test. Kahoot helped with the...



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.