First, let me say how proud I am of these Chapter Task Cards but there is such a strange story that came about because of them. I began using some task cards years and years ago but I only have a limited few of them for each chapter. However, after a while I thought of a better 'daily opening activity' – my "LaGumbos [my Louisiana history questions]" (found here on TPT). I started creating and using them for a few years before testing and its 'Constructive Response' questions made me think back on my 'writing activities'. Therefore, I beefed up my Task Cards and made them a bigger part of my history class. I began using my LaGumbos Monday thru Thursday and my Task Cards on Fridays. Before long things started going well and my students loved the idea.
However, I have to tell you that chapter is/was the hardest to start with since I never really taught American History until my days at the local charter school came along. As a history degreed teacher, you learn to teach all subjects in middle school and I love reading and thinking about the stories I could tell. I made these task cards hoping that it would make the chapter easier to teach for ME and YOU.
Print enough 'cards' for each class you teach OR print and laminate to avoid printing a set each year. Then, cut them apart and hand them - one to each student - as they enter the classroom door. Allow student 10-20 minutes to create a paragraph about the task/question given them while you take roll, do the administrative things required.
Have students write on a separate sheet of loose leaf paper the question and a ONE PARAGRAPH (5-8 sentences, in ink) answer to the 'card' they are given. Tell them that there may not be a right answer so you are only grading on the fact that they did come up with an appropriate answer and did explain it to the best of their ability.
Over the years I have told my student that history is full of "history questions" that may go unanswered by today's standards or even have a new and/or different answers. But, I love these types of questions because it makes students 'THINK' which is just why I love teaching history. Because most of history could be explain different today than yesteryear.
I also included a blank set of cards for your own use. Email me if you have different questions about this set of task cards or questions I should have asked.