CHW: Persia and Cyrus the Great

Before we launch into our examination of Ancient Greece, we need to understand its nemesis, Ancient Persia. I want you to understand how the version of the Persians depicted in the film 300 is a reflection of a graphic novel, and has nothing to do with the Persians who attempted to conquer Greece in the 2500…

CHW 3M: A Review…in 3D!

We have visitors today. Let’s show them what you can do, ladies and gents. Our goal today is to review what we have learned about ancient Egypt so that we are prepared for the test on Wednesday.  We will use a variety of 3D models to refresh our memories. Before we begin, please keep the…

CHW 3M: Test Prep

On Tuesday, October 2nd, we will have a test on what we have learned about Egypt. You need to know the following: geography and the founding of Egypt (esp. the Nile) The Faiyum (connected to geography) The Rosetta Stone The role of magic in Egyptian life (curses, health, etc) mummification practices the building of pyramids…

CHW 3M: Of Robocop and Imhotep

Yesterday,  we played  games about Egypt. Today, we return to something more traditional. But first, millions of mummies. Our goals for today are: to quickly review our understanding of the construction of the pyramids. We will use this clip to do so. If you pay attention, you will see an actor who was in the…

CHW 3M: For basketball players

Hope the game went well! Tonight, I’d like you to do the following: Start by exploring this interactive mummy making exercise. Please take point form notes that explain important elements of the process. For example, include the four organs that are placed in the canopic jars, but don’t worry about the gods responsible for each…

CHW 3M: Examining Primary Sources

Our goal today is to examine a few important primary sources. In order to do this, however, we need to understand how to use primary source questions in the first place. We will start by examining the Code of Hammurabi, the world’s first great legal code (written, as you might have guessed, by a ruler…

CHW 3M: What’s in a Story? The Epic of Gilgamesh

Today, I want you to learn more about the ancient land of Mesopotamia. Located in the same region as modern-day Iraq, Mesopotamia was crucial to Western development. Nothing indicates this more than its nickname: the cradle of civilization. Its key city, Babylon, was the epicenter of western civilization for over a thousand years. In particular,…

ENG 3U: Information, Bias, and the News

Just the facts. On the surface, this is all that news seems to be. What happened? Where did it happen? Why? Who was involved? Unfortunately, simple questions don’t always beget simple answers. The more important the event, the less likely that a simple answer will do. In some cases, simple answers can be downright dangerous. This…

ENG 3U: Changes

By User:R013 – Author, CC0, Link I will be honest with you: I was never a fan of our version of this course. It had some good bits, yes, but it felt like some cumbersome monstrosity we had cobbled together from whatever we had lying around. Some Shakespeare? Of course we had it. Novel studies?…