CHW 3M: Turning Points and the Fall

Today, the class will watch a video about the history of the Mayan empire.  In your notes, please track any examples that fit into any of the categories below; next week, we will apply these categories to our chosen civilizations: The Rise of Civilization (look for beginnings and growth) Turning Points:  (look for important changes,…

ENG 3U: Submitting Your Draft

Hi everyone! Over the next two days, you will submit a draft of your personal essay. A few things: please cross-reference your work so far with what you see on the rubric. No surprises, right? Did you find the specific references to organizing principles and anecdotal introductions? Good. That’s why I feel confident giving you…

CHW 3M: The Great Man Theory and Your Civilization

Remember the Great Man Theory? It argues that “great men” (note the gender bias) shape their times. Essentially, they do what no one else could do in similar circumstances, turning crises into opportunities. In the first half of today’s class, your goal is to find your civilization’s greatest figure. You have a tremendous amount of…

CHW 3M: The Greatest Warriors?

Today, you and your team are facing a unique challenge: you need to prove that the warriors from your chosen culture are far superior to all others. You will have 50 minutes to conduct all of the research and planning necessary. In the last 20 minutes, each team will make its pitch. Questions that need…

Your Civilization and SPEAR

Today, you will apply one element of SPEAR to your chosen civilization. Don’t remember SPEAR? That’s okay. We talked about it at the very beginning of the course. SPEAR is an acronym we’ve invented to study the past: Society Politics Economics Arms Religion So, which one will you apply? It is up to you. Whatever,…

CHW 3M: Founding Your Empire

Yesterday, you learned about the creation myths and/or founding myths of the civilization you have chosen.  Today, you need to learn about how this society was actually founded. What you will do: Using traditional texts, databases, or reputable internet sources, find out what you can about the founding of your chosen civilization, Consider searching for…

CHW 3M: Origin Stories

Today, you and small group of intrepid peers will embark on a thrilling adventure: you will study a civilization of your choice for the next week or so. Where to start? Well, with origin stories. Whether it is Peter Parker’s encounter with a irradiated spider or humans being spun into existence on an Egyptian god’s…

CHW 3M: Greece Test Review

Ladies and gents, There will be 6 questions on the test. You will answer 5; each response will be a paragraph in length. During our Jeopardy fiasco, you may have noticed that there were 6 categories. Hmmmm…6 questions…6 categories….6 options below. Can it be a coincidence? Each group will write one question an answer it…

ENG 3U: What To Do Today

So, two of our Ocean at the End of the Lane groups have finished their novel. Thus, while the other groups complete their last literature circle discussions today, those who are finished are invited to do one of the following: watch Neil Gaiman’s famous commencement speech, Make Good Art Read this essay about “Memory and…

CHW 3M: Founding Your Own State

Today, we will form our own city/state. Or, more accurately, we will form two city/states: You will be divided in half and give you exactly 10 minutes to create yours. In these 10 minutes, your group must decide the following: the name of your city/state three key virtues that you want every inhabitant of your city…