This week students will continue their study of the states of the Mid-Atlantic by looking at their peoples and economies.
Monday – Mid Atlantic States – People & History
Tuesday – Mid Atlantic States – Economy
Thursday – Mid Atlantic States – Economy Project Day
There is no homework this week.
This week students will continue their study of the early voyages of exploration.
Tuesday – Early Voyages of Exploration – Project Day
Thursday – Early Voyages of Exploration – Project Day
Friday – No Class – Spirit Day
Students will have Tuesday and Thursday of this week and then Tuesday of next week to complete their projects on the early voyages and dangers of exploration. On Friday’s class I demonstrated several key techniques including drafting the map, titles, and using larger illustrations. Students may use up to 6 printed pictures in their work which they can research at home. I will be putting the example I made in class up while students work on their projects together.
This week students will continue their study of despotism in England by working on their timelines on the English Civil War and Glorious Revolution.
Monday – Despotism in England – Timeline Project Day
Wednesday – Despotism in England – Timeline Project Day
Friday – No Class – Spirit Day.
The final version of the timeline will be due on Monday of next week.
1 – The goal of a timeline is to show a logical and clear progression or journey. As a result, its important to create some kind of theme which will continue throughout your work in terms of your writing, titles, arrangement of writing, and images. If you keep switching styles then it makes it difficult to follow the information.
2 – As with many organizers, the goal is to summarize larger passages of text effectively. You may have to create short sentences but there may be other times when you can use a title to establish the theme and then single words or illustrations to add details. It’s important to focus on what people or groups did. For example:
Question 3 – What did Charles do early in his reign to make himself unpopular?
The new king, Charles I, held very similar views to his father when it came to the power of kings. At this time England was heavily involved in the 30 Years’ War with the king requesting large amounts of money to assist his Danish allies that Parliament was unwilling to grant. Charles then dissolved Parliament and used “forced loans” to raise money threatening anyone who refused with imprisonment. The king also decided to impose martial law for extended periods of time, effectively suspending traditional English laws, and giving officials nominated by him almost unlimited power. Further money problems, and resistance to the forced loans, forced Charles to recall Parliament in March of 1628. Almost immediately the members began to debate not finances, but the rights and freedoms that they believed Charles was violating. Charles then attempted to block any speech in Parliament critical of himself or any of his ministers – something that no monarch had ever attempted before – causing outrage amongst its members.
The underlined sections are what the king did. Not necessarily why he did these things or how people reacted to them.
3 – Using culturally appropriate styles of writing, art, and motifs can add value to your work. Use google images to research common clothing styles of the era as well as the kinds of uniforms and weapons used during the Civil War. You could also, for example, look at the kind of money the English used at the time rather than use modern types/symbols.
4 – When illustrating it’s important to make items clear. Rather than doing many small illustrations, its often much more effective to do a smaller number of larger ones which can be clearer and also allow you room to write inside or around them. If you do an image large enough it also means that you often don’t have to draw all of it. You can also overlap large images which allows you to make a better use of the space available.
5 – Rather than drawing lines on your work, get hold of a sheet of lined paper and go over the lines in a dark pen. If you put this sheet behind the plain piece of paper then you will be able to clearly see the lines and write much more evenly with the bonus that you won’t then have to erase any lines on the poster.
6 – Make sure that you’ve finished your work in pencil first before going on to add any kind of pen or color. Once you put these on you can’t then go back and change anything if you discover a mistake or realize that you might need to move items to make them fit.
This week students will continue with their study of Ancient Greece by working on their projects on the development of Athenian government.
Wednesday – Athenian Society – Men, Women, and Slaves
Thursday – Athenian Society – Boys and Girls
Friday – No Class – Spirit Day
On Wednesday and Thursday students will be undertaking some short in-class projects on the different groups in Athenian society. However, there is no homework this week.
This week students will continue their study of the rise of Fascism in Nazi Germany.
Monday – The Nazi Party in Power – Essay Preparation Day
Tuesday – The Nazi Party in Power – Essay Preparation Day
Wednesday – The Nazi Party in Power – Essay Writing Day
This week we will continue work on the following essay question:
In what ways did the Nazis attempt to create their version of an orderly people’s community in Germany between 1933 and 1945?
Students will have time in class on Tuesday and Wednesday to start typing the essay with the final version due by 8PM on the following Monday. Below are the instructions/hints posted last week:
In this essay the key is for students to focus on the major themes of government, the economy & workers, youth, women, culture, and minorities. Students will be given some reading sheets on each topic which they will then have to review independently, placing the information they find into an organizer/matrix which I will introduce to them in class. Here are a few hints on planning/writing:
1 – As with many essays this year, the key to writing is to find common themes between topics rather than simply write about each topic in turn. In this case consider how the words inclusion and exclusionmight apply to Nazi policies in each area.
2 – There is a fine balance to be found between using too many examples and not enough. In the essays on the New Deal some students went a bit too far in mentioning every single kind of project which groups like the WPA and CCC worked on. At the same time, other students managed to not mention these groups or their work at all – only stating that programs were started to give people jobs.
3 – Introductions really need to focus on the topic of the question. In this case you’re writing about the Nazi Party in power and how they implemented Fascist ideas in Germany. You should probably briefly mention the reasons for their rise but there would be no need to mention, in detail, things like hyperinflation or the political instability of the Weimar Republic during the 1920s and early 1930s.