Blocks 2B & 4B - Honors World History
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Block 2B - Tuesday, June 11 - 10:00-11:30 am
Block 4B - Wednesday, June 12 - 12:30-2:00 pm

June 7
In class:
• Review for final exam

June 5
In class (shortened class because of step-up day)
• 2B - Current events quiz
• Review for final exam

• 2B - VoiceThread review link
(please add BRIEF notes to this GoogleDoc before Friday's class)
• 2B - Review sheet

• 4B - VoiceThread review link
• 4B - Review sheet

June 3
In class:
• 2B - Current events - Sarah
• 4B - Current events quiz
• Renaissance artwork oral presentations (3 min. max for presentation)
• Please make a copy of this document (includes all of the artwork images) to use for note taking.

Homework due:
• 2B - Study for a current events quiz over recent presentations (quiz will cover presentations highlighted in yellow font).

• Study for final exam by beginning to get your binder organized - focusing on work from Islam/Byzantine empire and Middle Ages to recent work on the Renaissance.

May 30
In class:
• 2B - Current events - Devin, Ethan, and Colin
• 4B - Current events - Colleen and Meredith
• Hands-on history: Leonardo da Vinci
- Link 1
- Link 2
- Link 3

Homework due June 3
• 4B - Study for a current events quiz over recent presentations (quiz will cover presentations highlighted in green font).
• Be ready to present your assigned Renaissance artwork using Khan Academy video resources. Each person (or team, if more than one person assigned) will have 3 min. max to present each artwork, so be prepared to share the most important ideas about the artwork.
Rubric for presentation:

May 28

No class - 9th grade community service day

May 23
In class (sub in for Ms. Sanders):
• Please bring headphones to class if you have them
• Read handout on Renaissance art
• Work on your assigned annotation brief and watch/listen relevant Khan Academy segment
• Continue Medici video - segment 2

Homework due June 3
No homework due May 30. Continue to prepare/be ready to present assigned artwork using Khan Academy video resource on June 3.

May 21
In class:
• 4B - Current events - Luke and Duncan
• Finish 1st segment of Medici film
• Introduce important changes in Renaissance art (handout)
• Begin segment 2 about Lorenzo de Medici

Homework due May 23
• Read one another's notes from the chapter on the Era of the Medici. Post a question or comment on the bottom of at least one (or more) of the notes pages (see your class links here). Please be sure to include your first name (ex. Amy: Do you know if Botticelli worked with either Brunelleschi or Donatello?)

Fri May 17
In class:
• 4B - Current events - Ben
• Begin watching documentary on Medici family in Florence.

Homework due May 21
• Polish your section from Medici text and be ready to share with classmates in class.

Wed May 15
In class:
• Discuss factors that led to major changes in Medieval Europe and opened the door for the Renaissance.
• Why Italy? What were some of the major changes taking place in Europe?

• Share outlines in small groups introducing important ideas from the Renaissance.

Homework due May 17
• Begin reading assigned section on the Medici family and important artists in Florence, Italy. Make a GoogleDoc and share it with me. Please add images of important artwork mentioned in your text relating to your section. We'll continue to add to this, so just a draft due on Friday.

Please COLOR CODE text by individual so it will be clear who added text to your document.

Mon May 13
In class:
• Debrief MFA field trip.
• Take current events quiz.
• Finish VoiceThread quiz.
• Brainstorm what we know about the Renaissance.
• Write a concise, 1 page outline using introductory information from this website and from the Britannica resource that follows--> Please go to the library homepage; using Marvel, search the "Bs" for Britannica Online School Edition (K-12) and search the high school section for "European Renaissance." You should see the first entry, a 5 pg. article about the Renaissance.

Right under the MARVEL text on the Library home page, you will see a link for "passwords and home access to online sources." Read this information to access from your home computer. You may need to be signed into your YHS gmail account.

Homework due May 15
• Complete outline; please print before coming to class.

• Reminder: If you would like to redo your Virgin and the Dead Christ art annotation, this is due on Friday, May 17. In order to receive additional credit, you must: 1) redo/add missing pieces to your original assignment; 2) turn in your original rubric when you resubmit your work; 3) email the corrected assignment.

Thurs May 9
In class:
• Review each group's VoiceThread and take an "open note" quiz as you review each project.
• Prepare for MFA field trip.

Homework due May 13
• Study for current events quiz.
2B - Review Andrew/Topher and Abbi/Libby's presentations (links on current events page of wiki). For 2B only-in addition, find one article related to either story that provides a recent up update to these events and read it. You'll be asked on the quiz to share some new information about either story and to provide the link of your updated (valid) source. (No wikipedia!)
4B - Review Lydia/Eavan, Sabrina/Emma, Victor/Eleanor/Liz, Patrick/Matthew, Tucker/Noah's presentations (links on current events page of wiki).

May 7
In class:
• Record VoiceThread, which must be COMPLETE by 8 pm. Be sure you've made the correct sharing settings and emailed the link to me using these instructions.

Homework due May 9
• Finish MFA art annotation.

• If you would like to redo your Virgin and the Dead Christ art annotation, this is due on Friday, May 17. In order to receive additional credit, you must: 1) redo/add missing pieces to your original assignment; 2) turn in your original rubric when you resubmit your work; 3) email the corrected assignment.

May 3
In class:
• Class time to finalize script, locate images, and finalize individual annotations related to project.

Homework due May 7
• Continue work on MFA art annotation.

Wed May 1
In class:
• Work in class by reading print resources and adding notes to your group GoogleDoc. Please be sure to cite sources using MLA formatting and add citations your group's bibliography.
• Assigned individual art annotations for MFA field trip on Friday, May 10.

Homework due May 3
• Continue to polish notes, scripts, and images.
• Begin work on MFA art annotation (due May 7).

Apr 29
In class:
• Work in library by reading print resources and adding notes to your group GoogleDoc. Please be sure to cite sources using MLA formatting and add citations your group's bibliography.

Homework due May 1
• Finish research and notes before coming to class. Begin looking for an artifact that represents something important about your society/civilization. More directions and links here.

Apr 25
In class:
• add comment(s) to one or more blog pages:
• Continue work on reading text/taking notes for your civilization.

Homework due Apr 29
• Finish reading text and taking notes on your group's Google Doc. We'll be in the library for research on Monday.

Apr 23
In class:
Link for Medieval world

Incas -
Ghana -

Homework due Apr 25
• Finish reading first chapter of text and adding notes to your group's Google Doc.

Apr 11
In class:
• Film, Joan of Arc

Enjoy your spring vacation!

Apr 9
In class:
• Film, Joan of Arc

Homework due Apr 11
• Finish work on art annotation #2.

Apr 5
In class:
Test on Medieval Europe
• Annotate Virgin and the Dead Christ, MFA
• These links may help you in your art history detective work to understand the symbolism in the artwork
- Link 1
- Link 2
- Link 3

Homework due Apr 11
• Begin work on art annotation #2 (due 4/11) linked from MFA website.

• Annotate at least 6 elements of the art work; make an educated argument even if you're not sure about someone/an object in the painting. You should include annotations about St. Benedict & St. Scholastica. Be sure to reference the rubric.

• You may choose to do this in a Google Presentation or Pages document. Naming Protocol: 2B Annotation2 LastName or 4B Annotation2 LastName.

• Remember to read the text associated with the painting; this might help you with ideas about research you might do to unlock the mysteries of the painting.

• You can collaborate one another student in the research phase, but each person should submit work in his/her own words.

Apr 3
In class:
• Discuss homework reading
- Learning more about the Black Death - Plague Symptoms

- Learning more about the Black Death - Causes and Treatments
- Black Death Interactive Map
- Hundred Years War map

Homework due Apr 5
• Study for quest on Medieval Europe

Apr 1
In class:
• Share art annotation #1 in class and revise work

• Begin reading chapter on the decline of Feudalism in Europe
• Supporting ideas with evidence: Magna Carta

Homework due Apr 3
• Finish chapter on decline of feudalism in Europe

Mar 26
In class:
• Discuss homework/take reading quiz
• Learn about Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic art
• Annotate artwork(share it with me using naming protocol 2B Catalonian Chapel - LastName
MFA link for art work- clicking on this link will allow you to zoom in on the artwork

Homework due Apr 1
• Annotate artwork and be ready to share with others in class. Please be sure to share your Google Presentation with me.
• These links may help you in your art history detective work to understand the symbolism in the artwork
- Link 1
- Link 2
- Link 3
• I'm including a peek at another student's work so you can see how you might set this up and get started. It may give you an idea of how much text to include. Honors students should include annotations on at least 6 aspects of this work, and may or may not highlight the same aspects as this student.

Mar 26
In class:
• Discuss homework/take reading quiz
• Brief lecture on influence of Catholic Church in Medieval Europe
• View this image of The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden
• Annotate this painting by making a copy of this Google Presentation , adding text boxes for each of the seven sacraments, and then sharing it with me.

Homework due Mar 28
Actively read chapter on the Crusades and be prepared for reading quiz over material. I encourage you to take notes as you read, but will not collect your notes.

Mar 20
In class:
• Current Events presentation
• Discuss homework/take reading quiz
• Learn more about different social classes
- Nobles
- Knights
- Clergy
- Tradesmen
- Peasants
• Simulation on feudalism!

Homework due Mar 26
Actively read chapter on The Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Europe and be prepared for reading quiz over material. I encourage you to take notes as you read, but will not collect your notes.

Mar 18
In class:
• Quiz on Byzantine Empire, Islam, and Islamic Empires
• Survey on course this year (student feedback is anonymous):
- 4B -
• Survey on April research project - link

Homework due Mar 20
Actively read chapter on the development of Feudalism in Western Europe and be prepared for reading quiz over material. I would encourage you to take notes as you read, but I will not collect your notes.

Mar 13
In class:
• Continue video - When the Moors Ruled Europe
• Share ideas about Muslim contributions to world civilization - including new exhibit at London's Science Museum
• Learn about selection of new Pope - CNN link

Homework due Mar 18
• Study homework/classwork on Byzantine Empire and Islam/Islamic empires in preparation for quiz on this material.

Mar 11
In class:
• Keynote of Umayyad and Abbasid empires

• Create your own Islamic art
• Take a virtual tour of the al-Haram al-Sharif (be sure to go to #26, the al-Aqsa mosque)
• Video - When the Moors Ruled Europe

Homework due Mar 13 (Wednesday)
• Read Ch. 11, Section 3 (pp. 282-288) and develop your Top 10 List (formatted however you'd like) of important advancements during this time period (#1 should be the most important development).

Mar 7
In class:
• Current events presentation
• Learn about architecture of mosque & Islamic art

• Watch Khan Academy video on Mihrab
• Begin map work on the spread of Islam

Homework due Mar 11
• Read text chapter (pp. 277-281) about Islamic empires/spread of Islam and complete 4 questions on map label sheet.

Mar 5
In class:
• Please click on this link to add your thoughts to a Google Form.
• Begin lecture on important history and beliefs related to Islam.
• Video clip on the Hajj Pilgrimmage

Homework due Mar 7
• Read text chapter and complete class handouts ("star") about the 5 Pillars of Islam.

Mar 1
In class:
• Peer edit/print Infographics
• Watch 60 Minutes segment on homelessness and hunger in the US
• Watch TED Talk on fortifications around Constantinople

Homework due Mar 5
• Read/skim (see handout for directions) text chapters about the Byzantine Empire

Feb 27
In class:
• Overview of Infographics

• Examples of infographics related to education:

• Make your own infographic related to food and hunger using one or more of these data sources (or ask me about another source):
Global -
Global -
Global -
US -
Maine -

Homework due Mar 1
• Complete a draft copy your infographic. Please DO NOT print before coming to class; we'll do some peer review and revision before printing final copies.

Feb 25
In class:
• Background on Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Homework due Feb. 27
• Study for current events quiz (all presentation links/files uploaded on current events page of the wiki).
• Have your entrance slip ready to explain about your chosen organization's work on food and hunger issues.

Feb 14
In class:
• Unit test on ancient Rome

Enjoy your February break!

Feb 12
In class:
• Current events presentations (2B - Lilly, Lucy, and Jen and 4B - Sarah and Amanda)
• Review for unit test on ancient Rome

Homework due Feb. 14
• Study for unit test on ancient Rome.

Feb 8
In class:

Homework due Feb. 12
• Study for unit test on ancient Rome.

Feb 6
In class:
• Downfall of Rome - DBQ & text

Homework due Feb. 8
• Within your small group, find data/chart about a contemporary issue facing the US to share with the class. (Skiers out for WMC - doesn't apply to you.)
• Begin studying for unit test on ancient Rome (scheduled for 2/14).
Review sheet -

Feb 4
In class:
• Christianity under the Romans - working with Document Based Questions (DBQ)
• Diocletian splits empire
• Emperor Constantine adopts Christianity
• Emperor Constantine enters Rome

Homework due Feb. 6
• Read 2nd section of text packet and take notes using one of the 5 note-taking methods. You may choose to try a different method from the 1st round or use the same method that you used with Part I.

Jan 31
In class:
• Geography quiz - ancient Rome
• Discussion - Foundations of Christianity
• Watch portions of a video - The Search for Jesus

• Block 4 - Henry's current events presentation

Homework due Feb. 4
• Read and answer questions about religious tolerance and persecution in the Roman empire.

Jan 29
In class:
• Finish video - Rome: Engineering an Empire
• Begin discussion - Foundations of Christianity

Homework due Jan. 31
• Study for a map quiz of ancient Rome (review your big map and try practice sheets handed out in class).

• Read 2nd section of text packet and take notes - due Feb. 6.

Jan 25
In class:
• Current events presentations (B2 - Christina, B4 - Caleb and Conor)
• Continue video - Rome: Engineering an Empire

Homework due Tues., Jan. 29
• See below.

Jan 23
In class:
• Continue debrief of emperors
• Begin video - Rome: Engineering an Empire

Homework due Tues., Jan. 29
• Begin reading Chapter 6: The Pax Romana up to p. 175 (stop at section heading: Rome in Disarray)
• Take notes on your reading using one of the methods outlined in this handout (choose one method to use for note taking):

Jan 18
In class:
• Debrief Emperors!
• Annotated Art link - this is a link to a Google Presentation, so you'll be able to add text boxes.

Homework due Jan. 23
Complete annotated art assignment about Augustus... be sure to read the text on the Khan Academy site AND watch the video. Please be sure to share your Google Presentation slide with me.

Jan 16
In class:
• Discuss homework on the end of the Roman Republic
• Watch scenes from Ben Hur about the extension of Roman power
• Begin work on emperors!

Homework due Jan. 18
• Complete brief (max 3 slide) presentation about an important Roman emperor. Be prepared to present to the class key information from the note taking guide (Emperor History Hunt).
- Please include an image on each slide - this might be artwork/sculpture or a map if the emperor conquered some new territory to expand the empire. Please cite images with URL next to image.

Jan 14
In class:
• Current events presentations
• Work with Preceden timeline (block 2 only)
• Debrief homework
• Read about Roman expansion and challenges to the Roman Republic (finish as HW)

Homework due Jan. 16
• Complete text reading and notes on the expansion and crisis in the Roman Republic.

Jan 10
In class:
Block 2 - Teo and Walter's current events presentation - postponed until Monday.

Open this document and follow the links to learn about daily life in Rome.

Block 4 - Sam and Sydney's current events presentation - postponed until Monday.

Homework due Jan. 14
• Block 2 - Complete Daily Life in Rome assignment. Please print before coming to class.

• Block 4 - Because of shortened class period (assembly) and video, please choose any 2 aspects of daily life in ancient Rome to read/take notes. Please print before coming to class.

Jan 8
In class:
Block 2 - Watch remainder of ancient Carthage video about Punic Wars. Review foundation of Roman Republic notes (class Keynote).

Block 4 - no class because of Power of One activities.

Homework due Jan. 10
• Block 2 - no homework
• Block 4 - complete Founding Roman Republic homework.

Jan 4
In class:
• Finish ancient Rome maps
• Watch first part of video about ancient Carthage, rival to Rome
• Read and discuss "Genius for the Practical"

Homework due beginning of next class
• Read class handout on foundations of ancient Rome.
• Complete vocab. and answer reading questions from this handout. Please print before coming to class.

Jan. 2
In class:
• Introduce ancient Rome unit
• Small group analysis & discussion of Thomas Cole's paintings, Course of Empire
• Begin map work on ancient Rome

Homework due Jan. 4
• Please work on your ancient Rome map - using the labeling guidelines handed out in class - for 20 minutes. Skip over anything you get stuck on; you'll have an opportunity to ask questions in class.

Dec. 20
In class:
• Finish film, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.

None - enjoy the winter break!

Dec. 18
In class:
• Make peace flags - focusing on messages of peace, compassion, and kindness.
• Debrief homework on Tibet.
• Begin film, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.

Homework due Dec. 20
No homework.

Dec. 14
In class:
• Debrief Spread of Buddhism homework.
• Read about history of Tibet and profile of the Dalai Lama

• Watch TimeLife video segment on Buddhism in Tibet

Homework due Dec. 18
Learn more about current issues in Tibet by opening this Pages document and following prompts on the page.

Dec. 12
In class:
• Debrief Hinduism homework
• Discuss current events and sign up for presentations
• Read and discuss Buddhist teachings and Buddhist morality
• Open Pages document to read about the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia -

Homework due Dec. 14
Complete spread of Buddhism homework. Please do not print, but do have homework ready for the start of class.

Dec. 10
In class:
• Go over ancient Greece tests.
• Discuss early civilizations in India - visit - 2500 BCE Indus River
• Discuss Hinduism textbook homework and learn about historic development and key aspects of Hinduism.
• Video - Hindu temple
• Video - Hindu holy city of Varanasi

Homework due Dec. 12
Option 1: Learn more about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Create a Pages document to share key ideas you learned and add some images to illustrate important aspects of this cultural festival.
- Link 1
- Link 2

Option 2: Learn more about Hinduism and art/architecture. Create a Pages document to share key ideas you learned and annotate images.
- Link 1
- Link 2

Option 3: Learn more about a Hindu-American's efforts to share the stories and artistic traditions he's grown up with in a new way. (The Pixar veteran brings a modern twist to gods and demons of Hindu mythology.) Create a Pages document to share key ideas you learned and annotate images.
- Link 1
- Link 2

Dec. 6
In class:
Greek Travel Brochure
Create a travel brochure to Greece. You have a limit of $5,000 per person airfare and transfers included for a 1-week stay. Make sure you have spending money for food and other activities.

Use a template from the Pages program to make a tri-fold brochure.
1. Airfare- Expedia

2. Transfers - do you need to fly into Athens and then get on another flight to get to the location you want to visit?

3. Hotel - Where would you stay? Tripadvisor has reviews of hotels and sites to visit.

4. Currency Exchange Rate - What is the money system used in Greece? How much will your trip cost? Check out this converter.

5. Excursions - detail some of the major activities you plan to do on your trip.

-Please be sure to add a citation (URL in small font is fine) of any photographs/images you find.

Website that might be helpful to choose a site - or visit the brithplace of your Great Greek?:

Print and hand in whatever you have done at the end of class... have fun planning your adventure!

Please fill out this FORM about your current events preferences!

Homework due Dec. 10
• Begin reading and learning about Hinduism. Please type your responses and print before coming to class.

Dec. 4
In class:
• Unit test - ancient Greece

Homework due Dec. 6
• No homework.

Nov. 30
In class:
• Review for unit test - ancient Greece

Homework due Dec. 4
• Study for unit test.

Nov. 28
In class:
• Finish GreatGreek presentations
• Discuss Peloponnesian War homework
• Learn about Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods of Greek art
- Keynote:
- Khan Academy analysis video
• Read about Alexander the Great (classroom handout).
• Also read text on this link (10 Reasons Why Alexander the Great was Great) and provide brief annotation on your map (starting at #6) about what happened at each of the locations mentioned on this website.

Homework due Nov. 30
• Complete annotated map of Alexander the Great's conquest through North Africa and Asia.

Nov. 26
In class:
• GreatGreek presentations
• Please download and open the file PeloponnesianWar12. This is a web-based assignment to help you learn about the war between Athens and Sparta.

• You may also wish to borrow a classroom textbook (page numbers listed on your assignment). Please return borrowed texts.
• You may work quietly with others as you read and discuss, but your answers should be in your own words. Due at the beginning of the next class.

Homework due Nov. 28
• Complete Peloponnesian War work.

Nov. 19
In class:
• GreatGreek presentations
• Turkish students visit

Homework due Nov. 26
• No homework because of Thanksgiving; enjoy the holiday!

Nov. 15
In class:
• GreatGreek presentations!

Homework due Mon., Nov. 19:
• None - we'll continue Great Greek presentations in class.

Nov. 13
In class:
• Work day on GreatGreek project.
• Here's some CD templates if this is helpful for your project:

Homework due Thurs., Nov. 15:
• Finish work on GreatGreek project and be ready to present in class on Thursday.

Nov. 8
In class:
• Continued library research on Great Greeks and begin work on GreatGreek project.
• Template for CD cover -

Homework due Tues., Nov. 13:
• Notes and bibliography on GreatGreek due.

Nov. 6
In class:
• Continued library research on Great Greeks.

Homework due Thurs, Nov. 8:
• Continue research/reading/notes from online library sources (see below). You should have approximately 4-5 sources to build knowledge about your Great Greek.

Nov. 2
In class:
• Reflect on 1st quarter work habits and class participation
• Go over Great Greek quizzes
• Learn about creating an online citation, choose a Great Greek to study, and begin library research - adding notes on the Pages document below as you read.

Homework due Tues, Nov. 6:
• Choose at least one online resource from this subset of library online resources. You may need to click on a link that says "Access Gale Virtual Reference Library here."
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• Enter yarm56728 for both username and password.
• Look for the search bar at the top of the web page to add your search term) to learn more about your Great Greek
• Add notes to your Great Greek Note sheet to show me on Tuesday. (You do not need to print - I'll circulate to check your notes on your computer).

Oct. 31
In class:
Block 2
• Discuss/debrief homework reading on the Persian Wars (text pp. 120-122)
• Watch segment on Persian War from "Engineering an Empire"

Blocks 2 & 4
• Add to our yellow timeline of ancient Greek history
• Learn about different styles of Greek architecture
• Apply what you've learned in this virtual tour of the Lincoln Memorial: what kinds of columns do you see?
• Explore inside the Parthenon
• Begin PBS/Nova video of the construction and reconstruction of the Parthenon in Athens.

Homework due Fri., Nov. 2:
• Watch rest of Parthenon video and complete responses on video guide. Please visit this link and start watching at the time indicated:

• Block 2 - watch from 14:15-35:00
• Block 4 - resume watching at: 36:45 and go until end

Oct. 29
Block 2 - Redistep testing

Block 4 - We will be Skyping with 9th & 10th grade students at a high school in Washington, DC about the election and election-related issues. Come prepared with thoughtful questions for your peers! POSTPONED DUE TO THE STORM... We'll try later in the week. Please come to class with your history binder.

Homework due Wed., Oct. 31 for block 4:
Enrichment - Learn about Greek Gods and Goddesses! It's OK to keep your responses brief... just a sentence or two is fine. You do NOT need to print before coming to class.
You can use this link ( to read about Hephaestus. Block 4B students... don't forget to complete your active reading about the Persian Wars (see below).

Oct. 25
In class:
• Discuss/debrief homework reading on the Polis (text pp. 112-114), discussing early economic and political development in ancient Greece.
• Read together in class and discuss development of Sparta and Athens ("Rivals," pp. 115-119) and discussion of democratic reform in Athens (see Google presentation linked here).
Homework due Wed., Oct. 31:
• Read about Greek-Persian Wars:
- text, pages 120-122
- large handout (both sides)
Actively read by highlighting important events, outcomes, and vocab words/phrases.

Oct. 23
In class:
• Reading quiz on "Legacy of Greece" handout
• Mapping the geography of ancient Greece
Homework due Thurs., Oct. 25:
• Read about the expansion of ancient Greek city-states, economic development in the region, and early political development. Read pages 112-114 in your text and define/explain the following terms in this Pages document -
(or ask me for a hard copy if that works better with your learning style).

Oct. 19
In class:
• Go over Ancient Middle East test
• Introduce Ancient Greece unit
• Read class handout from textbook on Aegean societies, adding to map and timeline
• Watch portions of a video on Minoan and Mycenaean cultures
Homework due Tues., Oct. 23:
• Actively read "The Legacy of Greece" class handout in preparation for a reading quiz. Try these techniques to zero in on how ancient Greece has influenced (broadly) Western civilization:
  1. Underline or highlight key words and phrases as you read. When you return to it later on, you can easily see which points you identified as important. Be selective - too much highlighting won't help.
  2. Make annotations in the margin to summarize points, raise questions, challenge what you've read, jot down examples and so on. This takes more thought than highlighting, so you'll probably remember the content better. (Use sticky notes if you don't want to mark the text.)
  3. Test yourself by reading for half an hour, putting the text away and jotting down the key points from memory. Go back to the text to fill in gaps.
  4. Look for 'signposts' that help you understand the text - paying attention to headings and in-text phrases like 'most importantly', 'in contrast', 'on the other hand'.
  5. Explain what you've read to someone else.

Oct. 17
No class - 9th grade geology field trip

Oct. 15
In class:

Homework due Oct. 17:
None, but please watch the Presidential debate if you can on Tuesday evening.

Oct. 11
In class:
• Test on ancient Middle East (Egypt, ancient Israelites, and Judaism)
• Read class handout, "Electoral College 101"
• Learn more about the political parties and the candidates by opening the link to this Google Doc. You'll need to make a copy of the document and then share your document with me.

Homework due Oct. 15:
Finish completing Google Doc... please be sure to share it with me!

ISSUES LINKS. Learn more about the candidates’ positions on certain issues by clicking on these links: (recommended) or (click on "What They Said") or

Oct. 9
In class:
• Review for unit test on ancient Middle East -

Homework due Oct. 11:
• Study for unit test. Review sheet -

Oct. 4
In class:
• Judaism vocab quiz
• Judaism lecture
Homework due Oct. 9:
• Read Judaism handout and be familiar with terms/concepts from reading. This vocabulary resource may be helpful to you as you read.

Oct. 2
In class:
• Watch video about ancient Egypt (King Tut and Ramses), the pyramids, and the Rosetta Stone.
• Review homework & share debrief of topics studied in last class. Each student will receive a set of all the notes from each small group work (stapled packet).

Homework due Oct. 4:
Read about the origins of Judaism in the textbook, pages 83-86. Take notes (you may wish to write out definitions, make flash cards, and/or make a quizlet) on the following terms for a short matching (vocab) quiz.
  • monotheism
  • prophets
  • covenant
  • Abraham
  • exodus
  • Moses
  • David
  • Jerusalem
  • Solomon
  • exile
  • diaspora
  • Jewish Scriptures

Sept. 28
In class:
• Review homework.
• Share slides from my visit to pyramids at Saqqara and Giza.
• Dive deeper into a topic of interest to you by downloading one of the topic sheets below. Choose to work on your own or with a partner/small group.
Farming -
Army -
Costumes -
Pyramids -
Government -
Death/Burial -
Gods/Goddesses -
Entertainment -

Homework due Oct. 2:
• Complete questions on part 3 of Egypt textbook homework (pink handout) - section that says "For Honors Sections Only."

Sept. 26
In class:
• Arab Spring open note quiz.
• Watch portions of National Geographic video, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and discuss the development of early farming communities in the Middle East.

Homework due Sept. 28:
• Complete Parts 1 & 2 of Egypt textbook homework (pink handout) -
- assignment and 1st example -

For Part 1 as you read locate the items on the list (ex. building pyramids) and place that phrase into either the Old, Middle, or New Kingdom column. Then provide a very brief explanation of that event/person.

For Part 2, define the vocab. words and explain the concepts listed. For the levels of society question, illustrate the hierarchy of Egyptian society in the form of a pyramid (as in example on handout). There is a chapter subheading on Egyptian society that will help you with this information.

Sept. 24
In class:
• Presentations and updates on Bahrain, Syria, and Libya from Round 2 of Senet game.

Homework due Sept. 26:
No homework - we'll have an open note quiz on the Arab Spring in our next class.

Sept. 20
In class:
• Please review your country on this blog:
• Debrief Syria, Libya, and Bahrain versions of the Senet game.

Homework due Sept. 24:
Pairs of students will update the class on the Arab Spring in the country they played during the second round of the Senet game. Pairs should go into Google Drive and create a short Google Presentation of 6 slides plus a title slide. Please be sure to share this presentation with each other and with me. Be sure to indicate who composed each slide. On every slide please include:

• Image (photos, maps and/or political cartoons)
• Under 20 words of text written in bullet form
• citations for all images with the URL under the image
• add a final slide with the full URLs of the news sources you referenced

Resources that may be helpful: (find your country's "path" on the map)

New York Times topic page:
- Syria:

- Bahrain:

- Libya:

Sept. 18
In class:
• Map quiz - Middle East
• Debrief Senet game - Egypt version
• Play Senet game - Bahrain, Syria, or Libya version

Homework (due Sept. 20):
• no homework

Sept. 14
In class:
• Discussion of causes of 9/11 and current unrest/violence in Arab countries targeting US Embassy/Consulate
• Read about Tunisia and Arab Spring - (scroll down to Tunisia)
• Play Senet game - Egypt version

Homework (due Sept. 18):
• Study for map quiz of Middle East. You will have a word bank to use for the quiz.
• Map games (may not match up exactly with your map... you're just responsible for items on your map review)
  1. online map game (countries) -
  2. online map game (cities) -
  3. another game (you choose countries/cities):
  4. and another! -

Sept. 12
In class:
• Debriefclass handout, "What Happened on 9/11?"
• Watch excerpts from film, "Beyond Belief"
• Review cartoon elements for editorial cartoons

Homework due Sept. 14:
• Cartoon analysis

Sept. 10
In class:
• Discuss - What do you know/What do you want to know about 9/11
• Read class handout, "What Happened on 9/11?"
• Watch video segment about Portland Jetport from Zero Hour
• Watch History Channel timeline of what happened in New York -
• Discuss how 9/11 changed US (keynote)
• Watch and discuss (2B... 4B will watch on Wednesday) - Growing up in the Shadow of 9/11 (American University):

Homework due Sept. 12:
• Actively read class handout, "What Were the Causes of 9/11?"
- circle and look up new vocabulary words - write definitions on the handout
- underline or highlight key points
- write a ? mark next to ideas that need clarifying or that you wonder about...

Sept. 6
In class:
• Watch and discuss: Miniature Earth and Did You Know?
• Work on Middle East map

Homework due Sept. 10:
• complete Middle East map, labeling countries, physical features, and major cities
Sept. 4
In class:
• Here is an overview for the course:
• Tolerance activity
• Quiz- Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History

Homework due Sept. 6:
1. "About You" assignment. Name and annotate 3-5 objects important to you as an individual. Feel free to be creative (illustrating objects is optional).