Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism (Day 2)


 Today's Focus Question  What are the basic beliefs of the religion of Judaism?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Guided Reading and Notetaking  Today we are going to learn about three of the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism. As we read, your objective is to synthesize what you learn about each belief from two different sources (the Social Studies textbook and workbook) and take notes on what you find to be most important, using the Basic Beliefs of Judaism - Notetaking Guide (located in your Social Studies Google Classroom). Next week, you will use these notes to construct an explanatory (informational) paragraph about the beliefs of Judaism. 













Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 




























Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 













Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism

The Star of David: As a symbol, the six-pointed star has represented Judaism in many lands for many centuries. 


 Today's Focus Question  How did the ancient Hebrews develop and record their beliefs?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  Today we will study some of the key vocabulary related to the beliefs of Judaism, using the document Beliefs of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which can also be found in you Social Studies Google Classroom (as well as here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Origins of Judaism (Day 2)

Of all the stories in the Hebrew Bible the Exodus is among the best known and most influential.


























 Unit Focus Question  How did the Hebrews have a lasting impact on Western Civilization? 



 Today's Focus Question  What were the origins and early beliefs of the Hebrews?


The Origins of Judaism: Guided Reading  Today we will read in small groups about the 'Origins of Judaism' from an excerpt from our Social Studies workbooks below. As you read, please consider the following questions:
  •  How did the beliefs of the Hebrews differ from those of other people at the time?
  •  What happened during the Exodus? Why do you think this event is considered so  significant to the  ancient Hebrews and to Jewish people today? 
You will record the answers to these questions on the assignment Origins of Judaism - Questions, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. I've included a PDF of the reading passage below in your Social Studies Google Classroom as well. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Origins of Judaism

Abraham is considered one of the patriarchs of the early Hebrews. 


 Unit Focus Question  How did the Hebrews have a lasting impact on Western Civilization? 


 Today's Focus Question  What were the origins and early beliefs of the Hebrews?


Introduction to the Unit  From our textbook: "The study of the Jewish people (the Hebrews) provides an excellent opportunity to show how a relatively small group of people can have a major impact on other peoples and on the course of history. Although the  Jewish people were often enslaved or defeated in wars, their beliefs and writings influenced many civilizations."  

The Origins of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  Next, we will study the key vocabulary related to the origins of Judaism, using the document The Origins of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has  been can also be found in Google Classroom (as well as here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.


Judaism may have been the first monotheistic religion, but it would not be the last. 

Ethical behavior is an important part of the religion of Judaism. 

According to the Bible, God made a covenant with Abraham. 

Moses and the Ten Commandments

There was a large migration of ancient Hebrews from Egypt into the "Promised Land." 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ancient Egypt Project: An Instruction Manual for Journeying to the Afterlife



Project Overview  For the past week, we have studied ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, specifically as they relate to death and the afterlife. It's now time to demonstrate what you've learned. Rather than take a test or write an essay, your assessment will come in the form of a  project. Specifically, you will be creating an instruction manual

Imagine that the pharaoh of Egypt has come to you requesting your advice and wisdom on how he or she can gain entry to the afterlife. The pharaoh wants specifics. "What exactly do I need to do?" he or she asks. You decide the most effective way to communicate the specifics on everything from mummy and tomb preparation, to navigating the underworld, to what to expect at the Hall of Two Truths, is to create an instruction manual.  
   
Examples of Instruction Manuals  The purpose of an instruction manual is to educate its user about how to do something. There are instruction manuals for just about everything, from how to build something to how to fix something to how to play a game. 

An effective instruction manual probably includes: Instructions presented as step-by-step procedures, simple concise language, and visuals to make it easier to understand. 

Below are few different examples of various types of instruction manuals. 































Project Guidelines You will now begin constructing your own instruction manual with the purpose of educating a pharaoh about how to gain entry into the afterlife. You and your partner will initially use the Google Slides application to create slides for each step of the 'Journey to the Afterlife.' 

Other Instruction Manual Project Guidelines
  1. You must select a theme and fonts for your Google Slides presentation, making the design of each slide of your 'instructional manual' consistent and visually appealing. 
  2. You must include a title (e.g., A Guide to the Afterlife), along with your name. 
  3. You must include information about the following topics and create a titled slide for each: Preparing the Tomb, Preparing the Body, The Journey Through the Underworld, The Hall of Two Truths, The Final Judgement, and The Afterlife.
  4. Information should be presented in a step-by-step format and use either numbers or transition words to make clear each step. 
  5. You should write clearly and concisely, use your own words, and use second-person pronouns (e.g, you and your).  
  6. You should include at least one visual, image, video or illustration for each step on each slide.
This project will be due Friday, December 1.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Journey to the Afterlife (Day 3)



 Lesson Focus Question   What was the role of religion in ancient Egypt?

Journey to the Afterlife: Video Selections  Today we will continue to investigate ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, specifically as they relate to beliefs about the afterlife. We will also continue to examine multiple sources; today our sources include a variety of videos. As you watch the videos, continue to to take notes using the document Journey to the Afterlife - Study Guide.

The first video provides an overview of ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife, with a special focus on the role and importance of tombs.


The next videos explain the mummification process



Now we will watch in excerpt of a video examining role of the Book of the Dead and the journey through the underworld.


Finally, check out this comically gruesome take on what goes down in The Hall of Two Truths, and which includes an appearance by Osiris at The Final Judgement

Monday, November 13, 2017

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Journey to the Afterlife (Day 2)




 Lesson Focus Question 
  What was the role of religion in ancient Egypt?

Journey to the Afterlife: Overview  Now that we all clearly understand some of  the important terms and concepts related to ancient Egyptian religion, it's time to begin our investigation into the ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Your task is to gather important information about each step an Egyptian would take on his or her journey to the afterlife. You will take notes using the document Journey to the Afterlife - Study Guide which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom

Ultimately, we will use our collected information to construct an Egyptian Afterlife Instruction Manual, which you will design for an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to help him or her successfully navigate the journey to the afterlife. More to come.

Today, however, we will begin working as a whole-class by examining an excerpt from your Social Studies textbook featured below entitled "Journey tot he Afterlife." Make sure as we read to add important information to your Study Guide. 



Journey to the Afterlife: Group Read and Investigation  Now we will break up into groups and dig even deeper for critical information related to the journey to the afterlife. I will provide each of you with a copy of the book The First Civilizations which also features a section entitled "Journey to the Afterlife" beginning on pg. 40. You and your group will read the section together, identify important information, and add key details to the pertinent sections of your Study Guide.