Today (09/30), we revisited the feudal system and explored in greater detail the lives of lords and serfs in the manor system. Tomorrow, we'll be in the library doing some research for our manor project!
Today (9/27), we went through a feudalism simulation that gave us a better sense of how exactly the feudal system worked. Here's a neat diagram that helps us too!
Have an excellent weekend!
Today, we distinguished how the Vikings might be perceived and then examined primary and secondary sources about who they really were. Remember, whenever we complete research projects, we need be sure that the sources we use are accurate and reliable.
Tonight, you should read pp. 323-326 and take notes. We'll be moving on from the Vikings and exploring the feudal period during the Early Middle Ages.
See you tomorrow!
Today, we partnered up and checked our work on the Vikings WebQuest. Then, we began a History Channel viewing The Vikings. How much of what we saw reinforced our understanding about the Vikings...how much of it didn't?
See you tomorrow!
Yesterday (9/23), we reviewed a European political map -- in the near future, we will have a map quiz that requires you to know every country in Europe!
Today, we began our next unit on the Vikings and the early Middle Ages. For homework, you should complete the "Mapq
"Yesterday's history" -- on Wednesday (9/18), we prepared for our first unit exam, and then took that exam on Thursday (9/19)!
"Today's a gift" -- on Friday (9/20), we took a mini-field trip to the library to learn about all the resources available to us at AB, and then we worked on completing a present-day European political map.
...and "tomorrow's a mystery!"
Have an excellent weekend, folks.
Today, we completed our first unit by exploring the life and times of Charlemagne, one of the most important kings of the Carolingian Dynasty. Here he is depicted on the left. "Frankly," Charlemagne looks so dreamy -- look at those whiskers!
Then we began our review of the unit by talking about test-prep strategies.
See you tomorrow!
On Friday, we finished a film on the rise and expansion of the Frankish kingdoms. Specifically, we explored the happenings of Clovis, who became one of the first Christian Franks to spread his faith "by the sword."
Today, we organized our binders as a necessary first step in getting ready for your first test! Please check the Master Binder to make sure everything is in the right place. We then worked on an in-class reading on the life and times of Charlemagne ("Charles the Great").
UPDATE: Our first test will be moved to Thursday (9/19).
I'll see you tomorrow!
Today, we looked at the differences and similarities between the Roman civilization and the Barbarian Kingdoms. Then, we watched a film on Clovis and the rise of the Barbarian Kingdoms.
Tomorrow, we'll finish the film on the Barbarians and then explore the evolution of Christianity through the experience of monks.
I'll see ya when I see ya!
Sorry for the delay folks.
On Monday (9/9), we reviewed ideas, images, and ancient artifacts from the Roman civilization. Many of the "things" we value today come from Rome, the cradle of civilization!
On Tuesday (9/10), we explored the factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire. Many of those factors are described in our readings, and within the textbook is a graphic organizer (pp. 160) that might help you better understand the factors that led to the fall.
Today (9/11), we spoke briefly and broadly about the significance of September 11th. For our class, I can't say enough the importance of studying ideas, issues, and questions of the past -- they help inform us of how we approach those same factors in the present and in the future.
We briefly examined the rise of religions around the world -- how pockets of organized religion first emerged in Asia, and then made its way around the Eurasian continent (and beyond). We focused primarily on the Christian tradition, in part because it emerged around the same time as the Pax Romana.