We learned about Confucianism and Taoism today. We read an article and discussed the principles of filial piety, ancestor veneration, yin yang, wisdom of sages, and the creation of the civil service exam. We did a review worksheet from the textbook to sum up all 7 world religions and philosophies.
We started the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We talked about the history of Jesus in primary sources, the spreading of Christianity by Paul throughout the Roman Empire, and how these three religions have a lot in common.
Watch the first five minutes of the video below, and then jump to the 25 minute mark to learn about Paul and the use of the Roman trade networks to spread religion.
This led to the rise of Islam and the importance of Mecca. We spent the rest of the period talking about Islam and Muslims. A lot of the period was going over the many rumors and misunderstandings associated with this religion and dispelling them. Students completed the worksheet below after the reading.
We spent the day learning about Buddhism, the story of Siddartha Gautama, and what his teachings are. Students received a worksheet and reading, which we completed in class. We watched a video on what the 4 Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, and Middle Way mean.
Flocabulary - Buddhism and Hinduism Rap
The second part of our lesson was on the historical Jesus and how cultural bias changes the way we envision this religious leader.
We started our journey through World Religions by starting with the oldest of the continuous religions, Hinduism. We did a journal on reincarnation, read an informational sheet, answered questions, and watched some short videos and songs.
Brainpop - Major World Religions Explained - use "leecs" for login and password
Flocabulary - Religions Rap
We completed the Colosseum video and found out what happened to Verus and Priscus, our two primary source gladiators.
We reviewed for the Unit 1 test tomorrow and students took the essay portion of the test in class.
We completed the notes on the decline of Rome and discussed the parallels to the problems of the United States. Students were given their study guide for the Unit 1 Test. We will be reviewing tomorrow.
It's Gladiator Day. Get your fill of how entertainment like chariot races and gladiator battles distracted the citizens of Rome from their everyday problems. We completed a worksheet and wrote a journal on the back. We watched a great documentary about Verus and Priscus, two real gladiators that fought on the opening day of the Colosseum and were immortalized in a poem by the famed Martial (Roman Poet). Check it all out below.
Cum traheret Priscus, traheret certamina Verus, esset et aequalis Mars utriusque diu, missio saepe uiris magno clamore petita est; sed Caesar legi paruit ipse suae; -lex erat, ad digitum posita concurrere parma: - quod licuit, lances donaque saepe dedit. Inuentus tamen est finis discriminis aequi: pugnauere pares, subcubuere pares. Misit utrique rudes et palmas Caesar utrique: hoc pretium uirtus ingeniosa tulit. Contigit hoc nullo nisi te sub principe, Caesar: cum duo pugnarent, uictor uterque fuit.
While Priscus drew out, and Verus drew out the contest, and the prowess of both stood long in balance, oft was discharge for the men claimed with mighty shouts; but Caesar himself obeyed his own law: that law was, when the prize was set up, to fight until the finger was raised; what was lawful he did, oft giving dishes and gifts therein. Yet was an end found of that balanced strife: they fought well matched, and…. (what do you think happened at the end?)
Marcus Valerius Martialis (aka Martial)
All students took the Unit 1 Vocabulary Quiz.
We learned about "Rome in a Day" and spent a lot of discussion time talking about the comparison of the decline of Rome to the United States. Students pointed out how we have political, economic, and military issues just like Rome did, which caused the civilization to eventually be conquered. We did the notes for this section, went through a Powerpoint, completed a journal writing, and watched a video clip from Mankind showing the first MegaCity, ROME (one million residents).
We completed a reading and question worksheet, which we attached to the Athens vs. Sparta worksheet from yesterday, and turned in for a grade.
MANKIND EPISODE 3 - start at 6:10 and go until 14 minutes in.
We completed our lessons on Greece by covering the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, the rivalry between Athens and Sparta, Pericles expanding democracy, and Alexander the Great and Hellenism. We took notes from the PowerPoint and then started a new worksheet on Athens versus Sparta. Check out the links, videos, and files below. Worksheet is due for homework tomorrow.
Children of Sparta Training
Alexander the Great Mini Biography
Parthenon in 3D
Watch Mankind Episode 2 from the 8th minute to the 20th minute to learn about Sparta and Athens.
STUDY FOR VOCABULARY QUIZ HERE
Students had time
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