This week students will commence their study of the states of the Appalachian highlands.
Tuesday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography
Thursday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography Project
Friday – Appalachian Highlands – History & People
There is no homework this week.
This week students will commence their study of the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan.
Tuesday – Ferdinand Magellan – Voyages & Navigation
Thursday – Ferdinand Magellan – Voyages & Navigation
Friday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day
Students will be learning about the circumnavigation of the world undertaken by Ferdinand Magellan. This will involve learning some basic navigation principles of latitude and longitude and then a group project commencing on Friday. I’ll put up more details about the project towards the end of the week.
This week students will continue their study of the French Revolution.
Monday – The French Revolution – Outbreak of the Revolution
Wednesday – The French Revolution – Revolutionary Government
Thursday – The French Revolution – Terror & Later Revolution
Students will be working on a timeline of the French Revolution towards the end of the week and over 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:
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 French Revolution. You could also, for example, look at the kind of money the French 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 looking at the history of the Olympics
Monday – Ancient Myths – Project Day
Wednesday – The Olympics
Thursday – The Olympics – Project Day
On Monday I will be going over and checking the final versions of the students’ myth comics. On Wednesday and Thursday we will be learning about the ancient Olympics with students working on a program project which will be due on Monday of next week.
This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the causes and early eventsof the conflict.
Wednesday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Essay Planning Day
Thursday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Writing Passage Analysis
Friday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Essay Writing Day
Due to schedule changes the final version of the students essays will be done in class on Friday. We will spend Wednesday going over some more details and planning and then Thursday looking at some sample writing passages. Students should remember the following things when planning their essays:
1 – You are looking at events BEFORE and AFTER the outbreak of war. The question is asking you about the reasons for the rise of German power which includes the overturning of the Treaty of Versailles as well as invasions of Western Europe and Soviet Union.
2 – Its important to understand and express that the reasons for the early German successes involved both things that the Nazis did as well as things that their opponents did (or didn’t do). For example:
– In what ways did the French not prepare properly for the conflict with Germany?
– What mistakes did Stalin make before and during the Nazi invasion of Russia?
More details will be posted on Wednesday.