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The Roman Games

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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 StoryAfter 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?

Welcome to Ancient Rome

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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-UpWelcome 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 ExplorationIf time permits, check out the site here and using a set of digital maps explore how the geography of Rome changes over time.


Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

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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.  
Ancient Greeks: Gods and HeroesAncient Greece Gods for KidsThe British Museum: Ancient Greece - Gods and GoddessesAncient Greece: MythologyFact Monster: The Olympian Gods and GoddessesGreek Gods and Goddesses

What's So Great About Alexander?

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Today's Learning Objective * Trace the rise of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture. 
Warm-UpToday 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 HourLet's continue to learn about Alexander the Great through a series ofvideos. The first comes from history teacher Mr. Corwin;the second from WatchMojo; and finally the thirdfrom 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."…

Athens and Sparta: Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph

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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 ParagraphToday 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 - C…

Comparing and Contrasting Sparta and Athens (Day 2)

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Today's Learning Objective * Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.
Video Analysis: Sparta and AthensToday 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 AthensNow 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 …

Ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta

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Today's Learning Objective * Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.
Video Warm-UpIn 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 StudiesGoogle 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.

Who Were the Ancient Greeks?

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Video Warm-UpThe 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,…

Mapping Ancient Greece

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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 ProjectGreek 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 Classroom. The assignment Map of Greece has also been placed in your Social Studies Google Classroom. A 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 Anci…

The Geography of Ancient Greece

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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 ObservationsContinue to familiarize yourself with the Geography of Ancient Greece by exploring The British Museum's websitehere. 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 loca…

Goodbye Ancient China, Hello Ancient Greece

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Flocabulary Ancient China Video and ReviewTo 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 GreeceThe 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.

The Han Dynasty and the Silk Road

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Today's Learning Objective * Detail the political contributions of the Han Dynasty to the development and expansion of the empire.
Warm-Up: Ancient China QuizShow 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 ActivityToday 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 VideoOne of the greatest achievements of the Han Dynasty was the innovation of the "Silk Road." Learn more a…

What Does Confucius Say?

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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-UpRead 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 dueFriday, May 12.

The Incredibly True and Sometimes Strange Story of Shi Huangdi

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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-UpRead 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.

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

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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 VideoWatch 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 StatesCause 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 StudiesGoogle 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 andMandate of Heaven DocentEDU assignments, both of which are also duethis Friday, May 5.

Ancient China: The Mandate of Heaven

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

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


The Mandate of Heaven - InsertLearning AssignmentLearn 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 HeavenInsertLearning
assignment,which is alsodue onFriday, May 5.

Ancient China: The Shang Dynasty Meets InsertLearning

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Today's Learning Objective * Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization during the Shang Dynasty. 
Video Warm UpWatch 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…

The Dynasties of Ancient China

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

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

Ancient China Dynasty TimelineToday 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

Mapping China

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Today's Learning Objective Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and good difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world.
Video Warm-UpGet oriented with China's geography by watching the guided Google Earth tour of China below. What observations can you make?  


Ancient China Map ProjectToday you will begin creating an informative digital map of China and labeling it with essential components of its geography. China Map Directions and a blank template for the China Map assignment can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. There are a multitude of resources you can use to help in labeling your map. An online student atlas can be found here. A physical map of China can be found here. And a political map of China can be found here. We will work on this in class today and tomorrow. The China Map will be duenext Friday, April 28.

The Geography of China with Edpuzzle

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Today's Learning Objective Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and good difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world.Geography of China - Edpuzzle VideoToday you will be visiting Edpuzzle and watching a video and answering a series of questions about the Geography of China. Before you do, however, we are going to preview the video together as a class.


Now head over to Edpuzzle and begin answering your questions. Remember the video will stop periodically and you'll be required to answer a question before being allowed to continue. To be successful, you must pay close attention to the content of the video. If you have your own headphones, please use them. Otherwise, you must listen to your video as quietly as possible. You can watch the video and answer the questions at your own pace. If you don't finish in class today, you must finish on your own time outside of class. This activity will count toward…