CHW 3M: An Infographic of Our Own

A few days ago, we considered seven infographics about important cities around 1450. Today, we will attempt to make one of our own.  Our infographic will show the following: which societies interacted the nature of the interactions (war? trade? thought?) the intensity of the interactions the direction of the interactions It will also show big…

CHW 3M: Podcasts for Independent Study

Timbuktu: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/african-history-special Agincourt: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/Last-Kingdom-Agincourt Maya: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072n5x3 Genghis Khan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00773mr Vikings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vrx8g Vikings: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/motivations-behind-viking-raids-and-life-dr-johnson      

Asking the Right Questions

A few weeks ago, I proposed a new assignment to my CHW 3M (History before the 16th century) students. Though the assignment went through several incarnations, we settled on the following guidelines: students would choose three events from the rise, golden age, and fall of Rome (so, 9 events in total)  and briefly summarize them…

CHW 3M: Questions, Questions

Earlier this week, you wrote a series of questions based on your investigation of the Roman Empire. Now, these questions will help you focus your approach to the next unit. Your goal today is to find at least 5 reputable sources that you will use next week. You will need: at least one full-length documentary…

CHW 3M: Crossroads

So, ladies and gents, we are at a crossroads. We are essentially finished with Rome, and we need to decide what we will study next. While we have lots of choices–and remember that you don’t all have to study the same thing–we will need some focus, some guiding principle that will unify our work. Thus,…

CHW 3M: Amazing Chain/Feats of Engineering

Next week, we launch our bit in the Amazing Chain of Contraptions. We have several tools at our disposal: the physical universe and its applicable laws MinecraftEdu (not quite as powerful as the universe, but progammable/customizable, so…) Microbits Your brains, Fezzik’s strength, my steel. (sorry…Princess Bride reference) Today, everyone needs to find a major feat…

CHW 3M: In the Shadow of Augustus..

Rome’s greatest emperor wasn’t really an emperor. Augustus ruled like an emperor, certainly, but he was technically the Princeps Civitatis (first citizen) and Pontifex Maximus (high priest), not the ruler of an empire. And yet, every emperor that followed him lived, to some extent, in his shadow. Today, you will choose one emperor from the list…