Friday, August 18, 2017

Studying the Distant Past and the Week in Rap

Group Discussion: How do we know what happened in the distant past?  The time before written records is called prehistory. If no one wrote things down long ago, how do we know what happened in the distant past? What sort of things might historians and scientists examine in order to understand what happened in ancient history?  Discuss your ideas with the members of your group and be prepared to share with the class.  

Is there anything that fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones can teach us about how we study and understand the distant past? 

Studying the Distant Past: Vocabulary Study  Today we are going to learn some of the key vocabulary and concepts related to the study of the distant past by using a vocabulary study guide called a Cognitive Content Dictionary (CCD). You will use pages 6 - 11 of your Ancient Civilizations textbook to help complete the assignment Studying the Distant Past - Cognitive Content Dictionary.

Using your CCD you will think about what you already know about the word, include a definition and image, and finally use the word in a sentence.

Flocabulary: The Week in Rap  Not only is it important to understand the past, but it's also critical to make connections to what is happening right now. Many important news events took place this around the world this week. Let's review some of them with our friends at Flocabulary.

Homework  Complete and turn in your Studying the Distant Past - Cognitive Content Dictionary by this Friday, August 25 in order to receive full credit. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rights and Responsibilities and Why We Study History

Student Rights and Responsibilities  As citizens and as members of this classroom community we have both rights and responsibilities. For example, we have the right to learn but we also have a responsibility to work hard. What do you you think some of our classroom rights and responsibilities should be? Today we will brainstorm together and add to the list of rights and responsibilities below. 

We the students have 

  • the right to learn.
  • the right to feel safe.
  • the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • the right to have our voices heard. 
We the students have a responsibility 
  • to be ready to learn.
  • to do our best work. 
  • to treat each other and our teachers with mutual respect. 
  • to listen attentively.
  • to work together cooperatively. 

Why Study History?  In our Social Studies course this year part of our focus will be on studying early human history and ancient civilizations. But why? Why should we care about happened thousands or even millions of years ago? Why does what happened in the past matter to us now? Why do we study history in general and why should we care? Turn to the members of your table group and have a discussion about why you think it is important to study and understand what happened in the distant past. Discuss why you think learning and appreciating history is worth our time. 

Next, let's watch a couple of videos that will help us further understand why knowing history is important.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Classroom Procedures and Community Building

Classroom Procedures and Expectations  Let's talk a little bit today about some of my classroom procedures and expectations. 

Back-To-School Scavenger Hunt  Let's continue to get to know each other. For each question on the Scavenger Hunt worksheet find someone in class who shares that attribute and have them sign the answer blank for that question, as well as provide additional information. Don't have the same person sign for each question. Avoid talking to people you already know. Be brave and meet new people! We are all in this together!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Roman Games

Guided Reading: "The Roman Games" Today we are going to learn about some of the forms of ancient Roman entertainment by reading the informative article "The Roman Games" from the Bridges to Literature textbook. You can find "Roman Games" on pg. 306. Before reading, let's preview the 'Key to the Article' below. 

After reading the section 'Chariot Racing,' watch an excerpt of the chariot racing scene from the movie Ben Hur in order to better imagine what this event may have been like. 

After completing the article as a whole, complete the assignment The Roman Games: Think It Through, which can be accessed from your Google Classroom

Video: Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story After completing our work we will begin watching the documentary film Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story As you watch, consider what modern sport/athlete is most like gladiators? How are the two similar?  How are the two different? 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Welcome to Ancient Rome

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the location and describe the rise of the Roman Republic, including the importance of such mythical and historical figures as Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar, and Cicero. 

Warm-Up  Welcome to Ancient Rome. Romulus and Remus are the legendary twin brothers who according to myth founded the city of Rome. Read about Romulus and Remus here and then take the quiz here. Next, we will watch the Romulus and Remus video below.  


Introduction to Ancient Rome: Digital Guided Reading Read along with Mr. Dowling as he introduces you to the new rising power of the ancient world - Rome. After reading, complete the Ancient Rome: A New Power Rises (Reading and Fill-in-the-Blank) worksheet that accompanies the text.

The Geography of Ancient Rome: Map Exploration If time permits, check out the site here and using a set of digital maps explore how the geography of Rome changes over time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

How many of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses can you identify?

 Today's Learning Objective  Explain the significance of Greek mythology to the everyday life of people in the region. 

Ancient Greek God and Goddess Web Exploration Unfortunately, due to time constraints we had very little class time dedicated to learning about Ancient Greek mythology and religion, which many consider to be the most interesting aspects of Ancient Greece. If you finished your comparison/contrast paragraph, you are welcome to use class time today to explore Ancient Greek mythology and religion, especially as it pertains to their gods and goddesses. You may enjoy the websites and videos below.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What's So Great About Alexander?

 Today's Learning Objective  Trace the rise of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture. 

Warm-Up  Today we will be learning about one of the most famous and powerful figures in world history: Alexander the Great. Read a short description of Alexander's life and achievements at Ducksters and then be prepared to share something you learned about with the class.

Alexander the Great Video Hour  Let's continue to learn about Alexander the Great through a series of videos. The first comes from history teacher Mr. Corwin; the second from WatchMojoand finally the third from the team at Crash Course. What sort of portrait is being painted of Alexander? Does he come across as 'great' in your mind?

Group Discussion: Is Alexander Great or Not So Great? Today you and the members of your team are going to discuss Alexander the Great's achievements and whether they indicate greatness or something else entirely. Check out these guidelines for "Scholarly Discourse." Feel free to use them to help guide your conversation with your classmates. Make a point to express your ideas using academic language, build upon each other's ideas, ask clarifying questions, and even disagree with each other in a scholarly manner.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Athens and Sparta: Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph

 Today's Learning Objective  Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.

Warm-Up Flocabulary Video: Compare and Contrast  Learn how to compare and contrast from Flocabuary.

Athens and Sparta: Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph Today we will take the information we gathered about the differences and similarities between Athens and Sparta and transform them into a well-written comparison/contrast paragraph. Before we do, however, let's take a look at a sample paragraph.

Notice that comparison-contrast paragraph includes a clear topic sentence that names two things and identifies whether they are alike, different or both, contains details that illustrate the similarities and/or differences, and uses signal words to emphasize these similarities and differences. You can see the steps to writing a good comparison-contrast paragraph below.

Now it's time for you to write your own your own comparison-contrast paragraph on Athens and Sparta. The assignment Athens and Sparta - Comparison/Contrast Paragraphwhich includes a list of signal words and an assignment checklist, can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment will be due Friday, May 26.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Comparing and Contrasting Sparta and Athens (Day 2)

 Today's Learning Objective  Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.

Video Analysis: Sparta and Athens  Today we will continue use our Athens and Sparta - Venn diagram to explore the similarities and differences between Ancient Greece's two most famous city-states, Sparta and Athens. First, we will watch a compilation of scenes from the movie 300, which illustrates the values, emphasis on war, and harsh lifestyle of the Spartans. Continue to use your Venn Diagram from yesterday to take notes and similarities and differences. 

Next, we will watch a BrainPop video on life in Athens. I will play the video for you on the Big Screen, but you may also access the video using the BrainPop app in your Google Drive. 

Types of Government: Sparta and Athens  Now we will read about the different types of government in Ancient Greece, particularly in Sparta and Athens. Open the document Government in Ancient Greece (Sparta and Athens) and let's process it together. Continue to add new details to your Athens and Sparta - Venn diagram. On Monday we will use the similarities and differences about Athens and Sparta that we have gathered to write compare/contrast paragraphs.    

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta

 Today's Learning Objective  Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.

Video Warm-Up In order to continue to familiarize ourselves with the legacy of the ancient Greeks check out this video. 

Compare and Contrast: Athens vs. Sparta Today we will discuss the similarities and differences between the two most famous groups of ancient Geeks: the Athenians and the Spartans. You will find a Athens and Sparta - Venn diagram in your Social Studies Google Classroom that you will use to compare and contrast these two city-states. Learn about what a city-state is, as well as the similarities and differences between Athens and Sparta as you fill out your Venn diagram and watch the videos below.

Finally, check out the Horrible Histories video examining the different roles of women in Spartan and Greek societies here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Who Were the Ancient Greeks?

Video Warm-Up  The Ancient Greeks were known for their revolutionary politics and groundbreaking ways of thinking, and are called the fathers of Western civilization. But how much about them do you actually know? Watch the video below for a brief introduction. 

Who Were the Ancient Greeks?: Web Exploration  What's the story of early Greek history? How was ancient Greece ruled? What was it like living in ancient Greece? What did a typical ancient Greek family look like? What were Greek homes like? What food did people typically eat and drink? How did they dress? How did children play? You will discover the answers to these questions and many more during today's web exploration activity.  

Today you will be exploring BBC's Primary History Ancient Greeks website. You will focus on two areas: Who Were the Ancient Greeks? and What was it like to live in an ancient Greek Family?. Explore both sections and use the assignment BBC Primary History: The Ancient Greeks Website Exploration, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to record what you learn. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mapping Ancient Greece

 Today's Learning Objective  Discuss the connections between geography and the development of city-states in the region of the Aegean Sea. 

Ancient Greece Map Project Greek civilization developed on dry, rocky lands surrounded by water. Most of Greece consists of a large peninsula, however the seas surrounding Greece also contain hundreds of small islands. Ancient Greece's unique geography made it a crossroads for travelers and traders who exchanged goods, ideas, and customs. Today you will have the opportunity to make a detailed map of Ancient Greece, featuring important regions, cities, bodies of water, islands, and other land forms. Map Instructions (Greece) have been placed in your Social Studies Google ClassroomThe assignment Map of Greece has also been placed in your Social Studies Google ClassroomA sample map is here. Additionally, to help you complete the project, a collection of maps of Ancient Greece from the British Museum can be found here. A detailed map of Ancient Greece has also been posted above and below. You are also welcome to conduct your own independent research to help you complete your map. The Map of Greece will count as an assessment and be due Friday, May 19.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Geography of Ancient Greece

 Today's Learning Objective  Discuss the connections between geography and the development of city-states in the region of the Aegean Sea. 

Warm Up: The British Museum Website Exploration and Padlet Observations Continue to familiarize yourself with the Geography of Ancient Greece by exploring The British Museum's website here. If you haven't already, read the introduction, follow the story of Odysseus' travels to many fantastic lands, explore maps of Ancient Greece, and finally investigate an Ancient Greek shipwreck. Also, make sure to closely study the image above. Next, head on over to Padlet and share some your observations about Greek geography and/or culture on our digital community wall. 2nd period, you can find your Padlet wall here. 4th period, your Padlet wall is here.  

EDpuzzle: Geography and Early Greece Today you are going to interact with an EDpuzzle video about Ancient Greek geography and history. Please take out your headphones, login to EDpuzzle, and locate the video "Geography and Early Greece." Watch the video carefully and answer the questions along the way to the best of your ability. You will be graded on the quality and completeness of your responses. If you don't finish in class, please finish for homework.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Goodbye Ancient China, Hello Ancient Greece

Flocabulary Ancient China Video and Review  To help us say goodbye while reviewing some of the key concepts we've learned during this unit, the good folks at Flocabulary have put together an interactive music video about ancient China. After we watch the video together, be prepared to help answer questions in order to demonstrate your understanding of ancient China.

Introduction to the Geography of Ancient Greece  The geography of Ancient Greece is unlike that of any other civilization we have studied this year.Familiarize yourself with the Geography of Ancient Greece by exploring The British Museum's website here. Read the introduction, follow the story of Odysseus' travels to many fantastic lands, explore maps of Ancient Greece, and finally investigate an Ancient Greek shipwreck. If you do not get to fully explore the site in class today, please do so outside of class. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Han Dynasty and the Silk Road

 Today's Learning Objective  Detail the political contributions of the Han Dynasty to the development and expansion of the empire.

Warm-Up: Ancient China Quiz  Show me what you've learned this past week about the Zhou Dynasty, the Warring States Period, Confucius, and Shi Huangdi and the Qin Dyansty by taking the online quiz here.  

The Han Dynasty: Jigsaw Reading Activity  Today we will be learning about the achievements of the Han, the dynasty that ends up replacing the Qin. However, due to limited time we are going to do a "jigsaw reading" of the passage about the Jigsaw Dynasty. Each group will be assigned one passage from the text, become experts on one particular topic, and then report out to the class about what they learned. You can find the Han Dynasty passage here. Please wait for your assignment before beginning to read.  

The Silk Road: EDpuzzle Video  One of the greatest achievements of the Han Dynasty was the innovation of the "Silk Road." Learn more about it by interacting with an EDpuzzle video today. After you log in, locate the video entitled "The Silk Road and Ancient Trade." Watch the video carefully and answer the five questions. What you don't finish in class becomes homework.
Homework  Finish your "Silk Road" and "Confucius" EDpuzzle videos and answer the questions.

Monday, May 8, 2017

What Does Confucius Say?

Chinese philosopher Confucius

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.

Confucius Warm-Up  Read about the life and work of Confucius, one of the world's most famous philosophers, here. The reading is also available in video form below. 

Next, head over to your Padlet wall (Period 2 and Period 4) and share one thing you learned about his life and one thing you learned about his ideas.

EDpuzzle Video: Confucius  Put your developing understanding of Confucius to the test by interacting with an EDpuzzle video about the famous Chinese philosopher. Login, watch the video "Confucius" carefully, and answer the five questions.

Homework  Complete the Confucius EDpuzzle assignment, which will be due Friday, May 12

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Incredibly True and Sometimes Strange Story of Shi Huangdi

Shi Huangdi, "First Emperor" 

 Today's Learning Objective  List the policies and achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi in unifying northern China under the Qin Dynasty. 

Reading and Writing Warm-Up  Read about the life, achievements, and 'dark side' of ancient China's "First Emperor" Shi Huangdi here. Next, answer questions about what your read here.  

Video: 'First Emperor of China'  Today we will watch a short film about Shi Huangdi and his impact on China. Pay attention to several of the film's areas of focus: the dragon motif, Qin Dynasty warfare, Chinese writing, Qin's Code of Law, and the Great Wall of China. Take notes on how each of these subjects are depicted using the document First Emperor of China - Notes, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ancient China: The Zhou Dynasty and the Era Of the Warring States

Ancient China during the Warring States Period 

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.

Warm-Up Video  Watch the informative video below that a group of high school students made about today's topic of study:  the Zhou Dynasty and the Era of the Warring States. 

Cause and Effect:  The Zhou Dynasty and the Era Of the Warring States Cause is what makes something happen. Effect is what happens as a result. Practice identifying cause and effect while reading about the Zhou Dynasty and the Era of the Warring States using the assignment Cause and Effect: The Zhou Dynasty and the Warring States Era, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom

Homework  (1.) Complete the assignment Cause and Effect: The Zhou Dynasty and the Warring States Era, which will be due on Friday, May 5(2.) Complete your Shang Dynasty DocentEDU and Mandate of Heaven DocentEDU assignments, both of which are also due this Friday, May 5.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ancient China: The Mandate of Heaven

Warm Up Quiz  Show me what you learned about the Shang Dynasty by taking the quiz here.  

Crash Course Video: Ancient China  Let the team at Crash Course review and introduce some key ideas related to Ancient China.  Watch the video below.  

The Mandate of Heaven - InsertLearning Assignment  Learn about an important belief held by many in Ancient China regarding how the right to rule was determined by reading an online article about the the Mandate of Heaven InsertLearning style. I have embedded questions, videos, and vocabulary support to make your online reading experience more meaningful and interactive. You will also receive points for questions that you answer correctly. You can access the article from your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment should be completed by Friday, May 5.

Homework  (1.) Complete your Shang Dynasty InsertLearning assignment, which is due onFriday, May 5(2.) Complete your Mandate of Heaven InsertLearning 
assignment, which is also due on Friday, May 5.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ancient China: The Shang Dynasty Meets InsertLearning

 Today's Learning Objective  Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization during the Shang Dynasty.  

Video Warm Up  Watch the video below and then write a response explaining the significance of the Shang Dynasty here.  

Getting Started with InsertLearning  Today we will be signing up for a new program called InsertLearning. InsertLearning lets you answer questions, see teacher notes, and take your own notes on any webpage. To get started, you first need to visit the Chrome Web Store and install the InsertLearning extension.  

Shang Dynasty InsertLearning Assignment  Today you will be reading an online article about the the Shang Dynasty InsertLearning style. I have embedded questions, videos, pictures, and vocabulary support to make your online reading experience more meaningful and interactive. You will also receive points for questions that you answer correctly. You can access the article at your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment should be completed by next Friday, May 5.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Dynasties of Ancient China


Warm-Up Quiz  It's time to show what you've learned about the 'Geography of China.' Take the quiz here.   

Video Introduction to Chinese Dynasties  Welcome to the amazing world of Ancient Chinese Dynasties! Watch the entertaining and informative video below and share your response here.   

Ancient China Dynasty Timeline  Today you will create a digital timeline featuring the earliest dynasties of Ancient China: the Neolithic Era (Xia Dynasty), Shang Dynasty, Chou (Zhou) Dynasty, Ch'in (Qin) Dynasty, and Han Dynasty. In addition to labeling each dynasty, your timeline should include the years of their reign and an image representing each dynasty. You can find the assignment Ancient China Dynasty Timeline in your Social Studies Google Classroom, which includes an example of how to complete your timeline. You can find images and information about ancient Chinese dynasties here and here. You may also Google each dynasty for additional images and dates.

Homework  (1.) Complete the Map of China project, which is due this Friday, April 28(2.) Complete the Ancient China Dynasty Timeline, which is also due this Friday, April 28.