Monday, December 18, 2006

HW this week (12/18-12/22)

1. Due Tuesday: Read handout "An Introduction to Islam". Answer these questions in your spiral:
  • a. What new things did you learn? (minimum of 5 new things)
  • b. What is interesting to you? (minimum of 3 interesting items)
  • c. What questions do you have? (minimum of 3 questions)
  • d. What did you learn that you previously thought was not true about Islam?
2. Due Wednesday: Re-read Chapter 1, section prepared to discuss in class.

3. For Thursday: Study for quiz. Quiz topics include: Arabian geography; Muhammad's life/call; Islamic beliefs; Five pillars of Islam.

No HW over break! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Islam info

1. In spiral, please describe what things were surprising to you about the mapping activity you just completed (we just began talking about this in class) and why.

2. Go to the following link and explore just that
one page (top to bottom). What did you learn in one page of the portal? What was interesting? Surprising? Why? [please do not go to other pages, stay on this one only-- for purposes of the assignment...of course you may look at other items on your own].

Friday, December 08, 2006

ok no weekend hw

Ok, I decided against the small weekend assignment.

So have fun! :)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ch. 1; Section 2

1. Read Ch. 1 section 2 (Islam) in your text.

2. Read/answer questions from handout.

3. Prep for quiz on this assignment (quiz tomorrow).

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

PJ#7-- Silk Road Merchant

1. Go to your next stop on your map.

2. For that place, please find 3 pictures showing any major geographical features (landmarks, landforms, etc). Paste/Label them in your PJ.

3. Find a historical building from that place (church, mosque, government building, palace, etc) and paste a picture of it in your PJ (label please).

4. Write a journal entry about your new stop. Do you like it? What do you like about it? why?

5. Write another entry in which you are in the historical building (sightseeing) when you happen to run into a merchant from the Silk Road in China. This merchant thinks that it is still around 500 CE. What do you tell him? What does he tell you? Describe the meeting and discussion.


Thursday, November 30, 2006

Quiz Postponed Until Monday

For those of you who see this tonight-- the quiz is postponed until Monday.

Tomorrow in class you will be studying for it with a revised Study Guide.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For Quizam

You should be comfortable with these items for the Quizam:


  • Dates for all dynasties
  • What each dynasty was known for (highlights)

Other items that will be tested (you will get notes tomorrow):
  • Taoism
  • Confucianism
  • Legalism

Monday, November 27, 2006

Work on Poster if you Need to Only

Tonight's home work is only to work on the poster project if you NEED to. Some groups might, and others might not.

Posters MUST be finished by the end of tomorrow's class (total time=45 minutes).

Monday, November 20, 2006

Ancient China HW + Finish PJ

Please finish the PJ assignment due for tomorrow.

Please click on the link below. Explore and discover what's happening in Ancient China.

Write about 5 things you didn't already know about China. Also write about 5 things that you find very interesting about China. These should be different than the things you didn't know.

Ancient China Link

DUE: Tomorrow...there will be NO hw over the holiday. Happy Turkey Day!

Friday, November 17, 2006

PJ # 6- Meeting a Hindu/Buddhist traveler

You are at your first stop getting ready to move on to your next stop when you meet a Hindu or Buddhist traveler. Answer the following prompts within a narrative journal entry. You MAY use imagination, but this entry will be graded on how accurate you are in discussing the traveler and what you talk about.

a. Describe where you meet the traveler (cafe, library, historical landmark, mountain pass, etc)?
b. Make sure you state which religion they are...
c. Describe the conversation you have (which needs to include details about the religion-- your choice).

Be imaginative! You may talk as if it is the past (ancient-medieval world) or present (now), but you may not talk as if it is the future.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Cheat Sheet for Quizam

Please prep for your Ancient India Quizam by working on your cheat sheet.

The Quizam will be THIS friday (Nov. 17).

Things to Study:
  • Geography (5 Themes; features, etc)
  • Mohenjodaro/Harappa (city info, etc)
  • Aryan migrations (what did they bring, etc)
  • Hinduism (monotheistic [1 god/many forms], caste, 4 aims/4 stages, # of followers, karma/reincarnation, ahimsa, vegetarianism, the cow, etc)
  • Buddhism (nontheistic, who was the founder? what was his story? 4 Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, Mahayana/Theravada/Tibetan, Nirvana, non-violence, vegetarianism, How is it different from Hinduism?)
Questions? email me

Monday, November 13, 2006

PJ #5-- The Journey Begins!

And we're off!

1. This is for your first stop.

2. Describe what your first stop is like using the FIVE THEMES of GEOGRAPHY. You must have a picture for each theme and an explanation as to why each picture works for each theme.

3. Discuss what you found intriguing/interesting/exciting about this first stop.

DUE: You should have completed 3 out of 5 pictures/explanations by tomorrow...the rest will be due on Wednesday.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Weekend HW

Now that you are familiar with Hinduism and Buddhism, please explore the following link (a timeline of Indian history):

Answer these questions in your spiral:

1. Click on a few hyperlinked items between the years 0-1500 CE/AD. What were some of the things going on in India at this time?

3. What do you find interesting or surprising? Why?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Buddhism HW

1. Please finish answering the question you began in class: What would you give everything up (family, material possessions, pets, etc) for? Why? Or conversely, why could you not do this?

2. Please read the handout you were given in class (begin on p. 205-- Buddhism).

3. In your spirals, complete the following tasks:

A) Critical Thinking question # 3 on page 208 of handout (Compare/contrast)
B) What do YOU think makes a person both
free AND happy? Why?
C) How is Buddhism DIFFERENT from Hinduism?


Monday, November 06, 2006

Hinduism HW

I gave you the wrong number of how many Hindus there are in the world today-- there are closer to 1 billion Hindus today! (Tomorrow I will update your list of numbers-- as population grows so does the number of people in the various religions)

Please visit the link below to see where Hindus live in the world today.

1. What part/s of the world have the most Hindus?

2. Are there Hindus in our country? How many?

3. What are the top ten places in the world where Hindus live?

4. Is anything surprising to you about this? Why?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Weekend HW

1. Read the handout from The Upanishads very closely.

2. Paraphrase each paragraph (in your own words) in the blank space next to the paragraph.

3. So what similarities to things you have seen/heard/believe do you notice? (You may make a list on the page or your spiral).

4. What is your overall impression of the readings? (like/dislike/cool/etc) Full paragraph answer or more please.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Due Friday

1. Please visit the following links on Mohenjodaro and Harappa.

2. Explore the links. Look at photos with explanations.

3. Print/copy 5 photos that you found very interesting/intriguing or surprising.

4. Paste/tape them into your spirals and please explain in a paragraph beneath each photo what it is and why you found it interesting/intriguing, etc.


Monday, October 30, 2006

Finish MHD handout/prep for quiz

  • Finish the Mohenjodaro readings and answer the questions (in spiral).
  • Prep for a brief quiz on India (geography mostly, menu and Mohenjodaro)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Weekend HW Cancelled!


Since I am not feeling well, I didn't get around to posting HW as planned.

Well, you had the Harvest Festival anyway.

So, weekend HW is cancelled!

See you Monday!

I think you can expect a quiz this week (Tuesday!)...


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Handouts on India, PJ

1. Finish the handouts on India

2. Finish covering your PJ.


P.S. I may not be there tomorrow...if that is the case, I will check all HW in our shortened class Friday.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

PJ # 4-- Covering the Journal

Cover your journal.

Make sure it has a PICTURE of a place within your Final destination and it has a title like -- THE JOURNEY OF ______ or MY TRAVEL TO _______.


PJ # 3-- Mapping The Journey

Finish making the map of your journey.

Paste/tape it into your journal.

DUE: Tomorrow.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Weekend HW & PJ#2

Please follow the order of this homework posting:
  1. Go to
  2. Explore the site and write about FIVE things you found INTERESTING about Ancient India. Please explain why you think they are interesting as well. (2 paragraphs in your spiral)
  3. Then, you may PREVIEW you textbook for CHAPTER 4; Lesson 3. It is an overview of Medieval India.
  4. What is interesting to you from this section? Why? (2 paragraphs/spiral)
Pilgrimage Journal #2--

You will need to choose a FINAL DESTINATION for your pilgrimage, but not everyone will be able to get their first choice. So look up some of the places that interest you from the list below and look them up on wikipedia or another encyclopedia to get some idea of the place.
Then write your top 5 destinations in your pilgrimage journal. Title it: PJ#2/Final Destination Top Choices.

  • Rome (Italy)
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Santiago de Campostela (Spain)
  • Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
  • Tangier (Morocco)
  • Djenne (Mali)
  • Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
  • Varanasi (India)
  • Amristar (India)
  • Miyajima (Japan)
  • Lhasa (Tibet)
  • Chang'an (China)
  • Shandong (China)
  • Uluru (Australia)
  • Teotihuacan (Mexico)
  • Uxmal (Mexico)
  • Tikal (Guatemala)
  • Cusco (Peru)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

PJ #1

Pilgrimage Journal #1

Please transfer the list of places you would like to visit in your lifetime to the first page of your Pilgrimage journal.

Follow these guidelines:

1. Put the date WITHOUT a year (ex: 10/18 or October 18)
2. Put the title "Wish List" on the top line.
3. Simply write the list using bullets or numbers. You may add to the list if you choose.