Patton Junior High School

Lori Wilcox

My name is Lori Wilcox. This is my 14th year at Patton Jr. High and also my 14th year of teaching. I graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a History Major. I received a Master's Degree in Education from National Louis University while living in Germany.
My husband retired from the Army in 2005 after 25 years of service. We have lived in many different locations, including Vienna, Austria. We have three children, two of whom are Patton graduates. I bring to my classroom the love of social studies that I acquired as a teenager following my first trip to Berlin, Germany. Included with my love of social studies, is my excitement of being able to teach and share my knowledge and insights with an age group that I truly enjoy.


Recent Posts

Ch.17 Test - Reconstruction

The review for the Ch.17 Test will be on Monday.  The test is scheduled for Tuesday.  Students need to review the 4 section worksheets (Guided Reading), the 4 Reading Checks, and the chapter.

"Presidents" DVD WS Quiz - Johnson-Hayes

We completed the next segment of the "Presidents" DVD.  The quiz over the worksheet is scheduled for this Thursday.  The quiz will cover Andrew Johnson, U.S .Grant and Rutherford B.Hayes.  The worksheet w/answers is attached.  I will let the students partner-up on Thursday to review for about 5 minutes before I hand out the actual quiz. 

Ch.16 Review and Test

We are finally coming to the conclusion of the Civil War!   The review will be on Monday, and the test will be on Tuesday.  Students need to look over the section worksheets (there are 5), the Reading Checks, (again, 5) and the chapter in the textbook.  The final Reading Check is tomorrow.  We will do it together as a class so that they will have it to start studying. :)

The movie,"Lincoln"

I am planning on sharing the movie, "Lincoln", starring Daniel Day Lewis to my classes in about 2 weeks, after we test on the Civil War.  It's hard to believe that it has been 6 years since its debut. It is rated PG-13 due  is some language and at least one graphic scene.  Please let me know if you have concerns or object to your student participating in this activity.  It is an excellent movie and I feel that the students are mature enough to handle the "bad" words.  It is a 2 1/2 hour movie, so I plan on showing it over several days with regular class lessons interspersed between the times we watch it. Have a great day!

"The Underground Railroad" DVD WS Quiz

"The Underground Railroad" DVD WS Quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 14 March. We finished the video and worksheet last week. The students should have the correct answers.  I will attach the worksheet w/ answers to this announcement.  I will give the classes about 5 minutes extra to review before I hand out the quiz.  The students need to review/study more than just those 5 minutes. 

Sojourner's Essay

The students were introduced to an essay contest on Friday.  The Sojourner's Essay contest has been a part of Patton Junior High for over 40 years.  The information sheet is attached.  The topic and title for each 8th grader is "Who is a Great Patriot and Why?"  The students will be given the entire period this Wednesday to work on the essay. I spoke to them on Friday so that they would have ample time to pick a subject.  It can be a family member, a historical figure, or groups of people (soldiers, firemen, etc..)  We discussed the definition of what a patriot is.  The essay is to be 1 to 1 1/2 pages, double-spaced. They are not to put their name on the essay.  I will assign a "secret" number.  I would like the essays to be shared with me on Google Drive no later than 16 March.  The Sojourners will most likely pick up the essays the first week of April.  Students are to write this essay on their own, however, feel free to help with editing. 

Ch.15 Review and Test - Toward Civil War

The review for the Ch.15 Test will be on Monday.  The Ch.15 Test is scheduled for Tuesday.  Attached is a study guide for the chapter, to include information from Ch.14.2.  Students need to refer back to their chapter worksheets, Reading Checks and the textbook.  

"Presidents" DVD WS Quiz - Polk-Buchanan

The "Presidents" DVD WS Quiz over Presidents Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan is scheduled for this coming Thursday.  The worksheet, with answers, is attached in case the corrected worksheet has been misplaced.  The students will be given 5 extra minutes before I hand out the quiz to review. :)