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: A Warrior’s Journal

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: Players of the New Kingdom

Today, you will  investigate one of three pharaohs of the New Kingdom: Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, or Ramses II. Your goal is to provide a sophisticated and detailed answer to the following question: What does ___________  rule demonstrate about religion, power, and/or culture in ancient Egypt? You will form small groups. Wait…you are already in small groups.…

CHW 3m; The Mystery of Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut is one of the most intriguing figures in history. She built great temples, led a powerful empire, and circumvented centuries of tradition and belief with startling effectiveness. And yet, her own people worked diligently to wipe her from their collective memory. (Hint: if you “excavated” at Luxor, this story might sound a little familiar. Remember,…

CHW 3M: Something Big…

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:…

ENG 2D 2016: Getting Closer…

So far, you have: identified the criteria for a form of writing (short story or article) read an exemplar cross-referenced the criteria and the exemplar to better understand the form What do we need to do today? Well, we have a few goals. Over the next two days, each of you will have a five…