Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Classroom Procedures and Community Building

Classroom Procedures and Expectations  Let's talk a little bit today about some of my classroom procedures and expectations. 

Back-To-School Scavenger Hunt  Let's continue to get to know each other. For each question on the Scavenger Hunt worksheet find someone in class who shares that attribute and have them sign the answer blank for that question, as well as provide additional information. Don't have the same person sign for each question. Avoid talking to people you already know. Be brave and meet new people! We are all in this together!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Roman Games

Guided Reading: "The Roman Games" Today we are going to learn about some of the forms of ancient Roman entertainment by reading the informative article "The Roman Games" from the Bridges to Literature textbook. You can find "Roman Games" on pg. 306. Before reading, let's preview the 'Key to the Article' below. 

After reading the section 'Chariot Racing,' watch an excerpt of the chariot racing scene from the movie Ben Hur in order to better imagine what this event may have been like. 

After completing the article as a whole, complete the assignment The Roman Games: Think It Through, which can be accessed from your Google Classroom

Video: Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story After completing our work we will begin watching the documentary film Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story As you watch, consider what modern sport/athlete is most like gladiators? How are the two similar?  How are the two different? 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Welcome to Ancient Rome

 Today's Learning Objective  Identify the location and describe the rise of the Roman Republic, including the importance of such mythical and historical figures as Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar, and Cicero. 

Warm-Up  Welcome to Ancient Rome. Romulus and Remus are the legendary twin brothers who according to myth founded the city of Rome. Read about Romulus and Remus here and then take the quiz here. Next, we will watch the Romulus and Remus video below.  


Introduction to Ancient Rome: Digital Guided Reading Read along with Mr. Dowling as he introduces you to the new rising power of the ancient world - Rome. After reading, complete the Ancient Rome: A New Power Rises (Reading and Fill-in-the-Blank) worksheet that accompanies the text.

The Geography of Ancient Rome: Map Exploration If time permits, check out the site here and using a set of digital maps explore how the geography of Rome changes over time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

How many of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses can you identify?

 Today's Learning Objective  Explain the significance of Greek mythology to the everyday life of people in the region. 

Ancient Greek God and Goddess Web Exploration Unfortunately, due to time constraints we had very little class time dedicated to learning about Ancient Greek mythology and religion, which many consider to be the most interesting aspects of Ancient Greece. If you finished your comparison/contrast paragraph, you are welcome to use class time today to explore Ancient Greek mythology and religion, especially as it pertains to their gods and goddesses. You may enjoy the websites and videos below.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What's So Great About Alexander?

 Today's Learning Objective  Trace the rise of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture. 

Warm-Up  Today we will be learning about one of the most famous and powerful figures in world history: Alexander the Great. Read a short description of Alexander's life and achievements at Ducksters and then be prepared to share something you learned about with the class.

Alexander the Great Video Hour  Let's continue to learn about Alexander the Great through a series of videos. The first comes from history teacher Mr. Corwin; the second from WatchMojoand finally the third from the team at Crash Course. What sort of portrait is being painted of Alexander? Does he come across as 'great' in your mind?

Group Discussion: Is Alexander Great or Not So Great? Today you and the members of your team are going to discuss Alexander the Great's achievements and whether they indicate greatness or something else entirely. Check out these guidelines for "Scholarly Discourse." Feel free to use them to help guide your conversation with your classmates. Make a point to express your ideas using academic language, build upon each other's ideas, ask clarifying questions, and even disagree with each other in a scholarly manner.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Athens and Sparta: Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph

 Today's Learning Objective  Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.

Warm-Up Flocabulary Video: Compare and Contrast  Learn how to compare and contrast from Flocabuary.

Athens and Sparta: Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph Today we will take the information we gathered about the differences and similarities between Athens and Sparta and transform them into a well-written comparison/contrast paragraph. Before we do, however, let's take a look at a sample paragraph.

Notice that comparison-contrast paragraph includes a clear topic sentence that names two things and identifies whether they are alike, different or both, contains details that illustrate the similarities and/or differences, and uses signal words to emphasize these similarities and differences. You can see the steps to writing a good comparison-contrast paragraph below.

Now it's time for you to write your own your own comparison-contrast paragraph on Athens and Sparta. The assignment Athens and Sparta - Comparison/Contrast Paragraphwhich includes a list of signal words and an assignment checklist, can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. This assignment will be due Friday, May 26.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Comparing and Contrasting Sparta and Athens (Day 2)

 Today's Learning Objective  Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta.

Video Analysis: Sparta and Athens  Today we will continue use our Athens and Sparta - Venn diagram to explore the similarities and differences between Ancient Greece's two most famous city-states, Sparta and Athens. First, we will watch a compilation of scenes from the movie 300, which illustrates the values, emphasis on war, and harsh lifestyle of the Spartans. Continue to use your Venn Diagram from yesterday to take notes and similarities and differences. 

Next, we will watch a BrainPop video on life in Athens. I will play the video for you on the Big Screen, but you may also access the video using the BrainPop app in your Google Drive. 

Types of Government: Sparta and Athens  Now we will read about the different types of government in Ancient Greece, particularly in Sparta and Athens. Open the document Government in Ancient Greece (Sparta and Athens) and let's process it together. Continue to add new details to your Athens and Sparta - Venn diagram. On Monday we will use the similarities and differences about Athens and Sparta that we have gathered to write compare/contrast paragraphs.