CHW 3M: Emperors on Trial

Tomorrow, we will put Rome’s greatest (and most notorious) emperors on trial. We will evaluate these emperors by using the following questions: Was this emperor great? (remember our discussion of greatness) What impact did this emperor have on Rome? To what extent did this Emperor strengthen/weaken the Empire? Your choices are: Caligula Claudius Nero Vespasian…

CHW 3M: The Power of Curiosity

According to a recent study, being curious about things (even boring things) makes your brain establish more permanent connections. The parts of your brain that control pleasure and reward respond differently to the information, making it easier for you to recall it later on: “Say you’re watching the Breaking Bad finale,” (researcher) Charan Ranganath explains….

CHW 3M: Introduction to the Romans

Today, our goal is to understand the basic principles, traditions, and values that lay at the heart of Roman society. Some Things You Need to Know About Romans: They valued reputation above all else…but it was NOT the same as vanity. Praise for a Roman reflected the  greatness of the Republic, and Romans truly loved the Republic. For…

CHW 3M 2018-2019: The Founding of Rome

Here are some key terms/ideas you will need for today’s short lecture: The story of Romulus and Remus Sabine Women The Story of the Sybil Etruscans Palatine/Aventine Patricians/Plebeians Carthage Next, we will take a look at pag 165 in the text. Our goal is to answer the following question: How might the geography and weather…

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,…

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…