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 … Continue reading CHW 3M: A Warrior’s Journal
Today’s Goal: to understand the foundations of Greek culture. We will start with a short lecture about the foundations of Greek. This will give you some context for what is below. If you wish to work individually, you may examine … Continue reading CHW 3M: Introduction to Greece
Ladies and gents, Today, we conclude our study of Egypt. We need to understand how this empire that lasted for thousands of years came undone. Was it a single event? Was it slow? Who is to blame? Was it inevitable? … Continue reading CHW 3M: Why Do Empires Fall?
Today, I’d like you to learn more about Egyptian beliefs of the afterlife. The Egyptian concept of the soul is complicated; it had three components, each with its own role and duties. As always, you can organize your ideas any … Continue reading CHW 3M: Ka, Ba, and the Akh
I’ve decided to present today’s lesson in script form. I hope you are ready… Mr. Pedrech: Hi class! Class: Hi Mr. Pedrech! (Please say with the same level of enthusiasm shown here) Student not named Timmy: What are we doing … Continue reading CHW 3M: What’s in a Game?
So, there is a new project we need to discuss. I’d like to explain the project in this blog entry but, unfortunately, I can’t. Too many eyes. Wait. That’s not true. No one reads my blog. Let’s start again. There is a new project we need to discuss. Let me tell you what I can: it will involve schools from across our board we must build an amazing contraption lots of people will be watching Though you will have lots of freedom to decide what we will build, I’d like our build(s) to be, well, historical. This is History class, … Continue reading CHW 3M: Something Big…
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 … Continue reading CHW 3M: What’s in a Story? The Epic of Gilgamesh
What you will do: Over the next two weeks, you will work with a partner to examine an event, period, person, or cultural practice from a civilization of your choice. Your choice must be from the 16th century or earlier You will produce an annotated bibliography that outlines the sources you consulted You will create an activity/lesson that will teach your fellow students about what you studied. Your activity must make connections between a historical school and your topic. The order of presentations will be decided according to topic. Once everyone has chosen a topic, I will do my best … Continue reading CHW 3M: Independent Study
Becoming a Monk from Mr. Paiva) Read pages 503-506 and complete one of the activities below. Please remember that this is an in-class task, so it does not need to have the level of sophistication of an assignment. Option 1: construct a small one-sided pamphlet that will entice others to join your Monastery. Include the following: An explanation of the spread of Christianity (remember that a good pamphlet might convert some of the local pagans…they need to know a little about your faith if they are to join) An explanation of monastic life in a Benedictine monastery The role of saints … Continue reading CHW 3M: Becoming a Monk
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. If you’re a huge fan of the show, you’re certainly really curious to know what happens to its main character, Walter White. “You’ll undoubtedly remember what happens in the finale,” he says, but you might also remember what you ate before watching the episode, and … Continue reading CHW 3M: The Power of Curiosity