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…

CHW 3M: Because Today is Not My Day

Today, you assume the role of either a Spartan or an Athenian hoplite during the Persian Wars. You will write a series of journals outlining your experiences in the crucial battles of this monumental conflict. As a nice bonus, you will learn the meaning of the name Kratos (God of War, anyone?). Each entry should be…

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,…

CHW 3M: A Society of Thinkers, A Society of Warriors

Today, you will learn more about the differences between Athens and Sparta.  First, however, let’s watch a hockey video. What? Comments from the audience? Well, I don’t know what to think. Student Who Loves Hockey:  Hockey video! Hit the lights, Marissa! Concerned Student: Mr. Pedrech, I am concerned that you are impacting my learning by…

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: 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…