History Quest: The Anaconda Plan

Blog, She Wrote: History Quest- The Anaconda Plan

Welcome to another edition of History Quest! This week Rebecca has focused on a plan which was the Union’s primary wartime strategy. Today’s History Quest is about The Anaconda Plan.

War Strategy- The Anaconda Plan

This week Rebecca has a series of questions for you. As you research, see if you can determine how the plan got its name.

  • What was the Anaconda Plan?
  • What kind of blockade did the plan call for?
  • What else did the Union need to seal off to execute the plan?
  • Did the plan rely on troops? If so, how many?
  • How would they get the troops to the south?
  • Was the plan successful?

The Purpose of the Anaconda Plan

It’s important to consider why the Union needed to act at the start of the war and how they planned to make things difficult for the south.

  • What is a blockade?
  • What is an anaconda?
  • Why is the plan named for an anaconda?
  • What was the purpose or the mission of the plan?
  • Who developed The Anaconda Plan?

Change in Union Strategy

The plan had supporters and critics. It was also modified along the way.

  • What part of the plan was originally deemed unnecessary but was put in place later?
  • Find out how long they estimated the plan to take.
  • Why do you think things turned out differently?

Thank you for joining us this week for History Quest. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rebecca comes up with next week. Happy Questing!

Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 29

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Are you homeschooling a Middle School or High School student this year? If so, you’re in the right place.

We love hosting Finishing Strong every week. The ideas and inspiration that are shared here definitely make the journey a bit easier. Hopefully you’ll find the posts shared here as helpful as we do.

Here are a few great ideas that were shared with us recently.

Literature Meets Sociology: High School Books about Class Systems by 7 Sisters Homeschool

Our Steps to College – Three Ways to High School Credit by BJ’s Homeschool

3 Easy Steps to Teach Time Management Skills to Your Child by Classically Homeschooling

Writing With A New Twist – Bucket Lists by Fortuigence

10 FREE NaturExplorers Lessons by Our Journey Westward

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Standard Deviants Accelerate- Online Learning Resource for High School

Blog, She Wrote: Standard Deviants Accelerate Online Learning Resource for High SchoolDisclosure: For review purposes, I received use of this online learning resource and I was compensated for my time. The opinions in this review are mine and I was not required to write a positive review.

It’s always fun to find a new resource to lend a hand when it comes to teaching middle and high school at home. Standard Deviants Accelerate offers a variety of subject areas to come along side you as you help your secondary students to reach their academic goals.

What is Standard Deviants Accelerate?

SDA offers homeschoolers a complete online core curriculum supplement. You can expect to find some common features within each subject:

  • Video- Each video has a transcript for your student to follow along with dynamic, young people and modern references. You can even take notes.
  • Vocabulary- There are key terms for each chapter. You can click to hear the word and listen to the definition.
  • Diagram- You’ll find drag and drop puzzles to round out the instruction along with diagrams and explanations which are animated and require interaction.
  • Quizzes- These are filled out online and submitted for a grade. You also have a print option.
  • Written Answer- Otherwise known has short answer and essay questions
  • Parent Account- So, that you can monitor your student’s progress. Each student signed up for the course uses an account as well.
  • Student Account- I love the feature that allows students to message the parents to let them know they need help. With some of our students working so independently, this is a great way to stay connected easily. Students can message parents to let them know they need help.

Benefits of Using SDA in Your Homeschool

Standard Deviants Accelerate provides great supplement to a homeschool curriculum. Here are a few I noticed:

  • Provides independent instruction with a way to monitor your student’s progress
  • Has automatic grading on quizzes
  • Offers easy grading on other assignments with a rubric
  • Allows you to choose individual courses from a selection
  • Provides easy to follow video instruction with a written transcript to follow for multi-modal access to information
  • Gives parents extra confidence in areas where a parent is unsure
  • Ensures extra practice & preparation for AP tests
  • Provides practice for students who need extra time and help with math
  • Gives a homeschool mom some hands off time while her student watches high quality, relevant videos on a topic related to his studies. This is a big deal for those of us teaching multiple levels.
  • Take instruction on the go- By using a fantastic mobile interface. With so many places our teens need to be, it’s great to be able to keep up & supplement with school work on the road. How to Homeschool with a Kindle gives more detail on using how we use a mobile device to help with learning.

Blog, She Wrote: Standard Deviants Accelerate- Online Learning Resource for High School

SDA Online Learning Resource Available Courses

There are 14 courses currently available from SDA including:

  • English Composition
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Nutrition
  • U.S. History

Online AP Test Prep Offered by Standard Deviants Accelerate

Is your high school student preparing for AP exams? Using these e-courses as a prep course will improve student achievement.

  • American Government & Politics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language & Composition
  • U.S. History

Using Standard Deviants Accelerate for a Homeschool Supplement

We’ve been enjoying the benefits of SDA in our homeschool in a few different ways. How would you use SDA with your curriculum?

  • Preparation for Chemistry final- As our 11th grader finishes up his chemistry course, the chemistry class information in SDA has been helping to shore up some areas for him.
  • Alternate instruction for earth science concepts- We’ve just started our year with earth science. It’s useful to supplement our text book with the reinforcing activities and the relevant videos.
  • Extra math practice- For my 7th grader who needs extra time to reinforce concepts. He can practice on his own while I can be hands off.

Blog, She Wrote: SDA- Online Learning Resource for High SchoolFree for Homeschoolers- 6 Month Trial with SDA

What a deal! SDA is offering a free six month trial to ALL of the subjects if you sign up before November 15th.

SDA offers regular subscriptions at a monthly and annual rate for one teacher and one student. Find the one that fits your family’s needs.

  • AP Prep Courses- $14.95 per month
  • Individual Courses- $24.95 per month and $99 annually

Don’t forget to try out SDA by signing up for their free six month trial to any or many subjects by November 15th. See firsthand the advantage of using this online teaching resource for multiple subjects areas.

Standard Deviants Accelerate provides online resources for your middle & high school students. Do you find extra sources of instruction to be helpful? Sign up for the free trial today.