What's happening this week?

  • January 14th-18th: Middle East Unit Continues!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/14/2019

    On Monday we will start a documentary to better understand the origins of Islam and how it impacted the Ancient Middle East:



    Copy of notes available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cvBqor0ZOW0nKnvA1Kz2gyu2LCbdxKjM/view?usp=sharing 


    On Tuesday we will finish the documentary and be able to answer the question: How did Islam spread so quickly? What did it change about life in the Middle East?


    Wednesday is an early release, so we will have 35 minute classes, we will grade our journals and then do an enrichment (available on google classroom).


    Thursday we will discuss some of the misconceptions about Islam and then start looking at what happened in the Middle East after Muhammad dies and the split of Sunni and Shia Islam using pages in our history textbook.

    We will watch a short video to explain the split between Sunni and Shia and read pg 379 from the scanned pages below.


    Friday we will add the Ottoman empire to our maps and discuss how and why this Muslim Empire was able to control so much land and create the Golden Age of Islam, using pages 386-7 from the scanned pages below. 


    Textbook pages scanned here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14oP2s8Ke8rBK4yOm2UaAPZhNK9tnT7rf/view?usp=sharing


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  • Welcome to our New Unit and 2019: January 8th-11th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/7/2019

    Welcome back to social studies!

    Monday is a work day for teachers

    Tuesday we will begin exploring the Middle East through a picture tour and creating a map of the middle East.

    If you are absent, please label this map:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yVkBRnq1gx1PslK-R6SYkyC-6UAEZu7CRN_niGH6-bc/edit?usp=sharing

    Using this PDF from our school atlas: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fto8WNEnFhPtfm6EFFze64wKOgfdOntZ/view?usp=sharing


    Wednesday we will read finish our maps, and read a Newsela article about some of the advantages and disadvantages geography provided the civilizations of the Middle East. If absent, please read the article here: https://newsela.com/read/lib-mid-east-ancient-modern-crossroads/id/39092/ and underline geographic advantages and disadvantages.

    Students will be able to share their predictions about how geography helped or hurt the growth of Empires in the Middle East.


    Thursday we will look at how important the land of the Middle East is to the world's 3 Major Religions through an inquiry "What Makes the Middle East a Holy Land"

    The google classroom assignment can be found here:


    If you are absent Thursday or Friday, please read this newsela article: https://newsela.com/read/lib-holy-land-three-faiths/id/35498/

    After reading, write a three paragraph reflection explaining why the Middle East is holy land for Christians, Muslims and Jews.


    Friday we will be processing and assessing our knowledge by creating a postcard describing the Middle East through the perspective of either a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim person and why the land is Holy to each religious tradition.

    Assignment instructions:

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  • December 17th-21st

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 12/17/2018

    This week we will do our summative assessment for the Dark Ages unit, a Socratic Seminar

    Here is a link to the packet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-E5wNSILKkepoxRqbf76APIisbVt91Wxv4sHXUOA9-8/edit?usp=sharing

    Monday is our final prep day for the Seminar, we will do some sample claims and work on our seminar packets.

    If you are absent for the Nuance field trip, please EMAIL any questions you have about your packet and the seminar to Mr Marshall

    Tuesday and Wednesday will be the seminar!

    Check out the schedule here to see when you are signed up to be in the discussion:


    Thursday and Friday we will be doing final reflections and course evaluation for 2018 and watching an educational video set in the Dark Ages :)

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  • Dark Ages Week 3 Dec 10th-14th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 12/10/2018

    This week we will look at two more necessary evils of the Dark Ages


    Monday we will look at the spread, impact and surprising benefits of the plague.

    Plague Article: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/13k6LdbwuNAk0Qp2JBdJb70TDB8Bsylec

    and here for surprising benefits:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tON5fwGEoS-rnot1Wre1dyvcwHVHaFnINJ9htaiCzJs/edit?usp=sharing


    Tuesday we will review how the events of the Dark Ages are connected, here is a copy of the in-class notes if you are absent:



    Thursday we will look at the Crusades and how that ended the Dark Ages with a video clip from the end of the Dark Ages Documentary



    Friday we will prepare for the Socratic Seminar using a in-class review and this packet:


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  • Dark Ages Week 2- Dec 3rd-7th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 12/3/2018

    Monday we will take a quiz on feudalism and start learning about the KNIGHTS with these short readings:



    Tuesday we will share our knowledge about knights, clarify any misunderstandings, and complete a personal coat of arms:


    More examples of symbols used on coats of arms:



    Wednesday We will read in the textbook pages 130-131 to understand the rise of towns in the Dark Ages and then do a mixer to meet people in medieval towns with a focus on "What new economic opportunities did people have in Medieval towns?"


    Thursday we will examine the benefits and risks of living in medieval towns through class discussion and reading here:



    Friday we will write a short narrative (creative writing) describing an experience in town (instructions on google classroom)

    Here are the notes from class:


    And some sensory details we brainstormed to include in your narrative:




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  • NEW UNIT: The Dark Ages!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 11/26/2018

    Welcome back from break!

    Our new unit is all about the Dark Ages, the period of chaos and violence that followed the Fall of Rome.

    We will be investigating the question of what good comes out of difficult, or is there such thing as a "necessary evil"?


    Monday we will do a welcome back game, watch a short clip to introduce the Dark Ages, and build an analogy about the Fall of Rome as the "mother of the world"


    Tuesday we will look at a few more video clips for context of the Dark Ages and finish by re-telling our own version of the analogy to understand the Dark Ages overall.

     If you are absent, the video can be found here: https://vimeo.com/106872140

    The viewing guide for the DARK AGES DOCUMENTARY is here- documentary notes can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AltzuO2CtP1zLDHmo4zxwbLGiMYjGLrQiqV1aKlfTyw/edit?usp=sharing

    Wednesday we will start looking at the question of "necessary evil" and examine the Feudal system in a reading

    The Feudalism reading is here if you miss class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zD6SGVVXtV9QlKh5B-fsE0_QdF0qCYXc/view?usp=sharing  


    Thursday we will play a game simulating the Feudal system and Friday we will debrief the experience using our ideas of necessary evil in a quick write.

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  • Fall of Rome Assessment 11/5-11/16

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 11/5/2018

    During the next two weeks, we will be exploring connections between Rome and the US and reading current events.

    Monday we will do an example about inequality in both the Rome and US, the assignment is posted on Google Classroom called "Inequality in the US and Rome"

    Tuesday we will search through headlines and current events for issues that remind us of Rome. The Text Set is posted in Google Classroom and called "Connections between US and Rome"

    Wednesday we will do a silent dialogue, discussing the connections we saw and picking our topics. 

    Thursday and Friday we will do our research, searching for sources in the links provided on the Google Classroom assignment "Researching your topic in Rome and the US"

    -Students are asked to start with those sources and expand to google searching only if they cant find something relevant on those reliable sources.

    The homework for Tuesday the 13th is to have notes on 4 sources!


    Tuesday November 13th:

    We will write our connections between Rome and the US

    Wednesday and Thursday the 14th and 15th:

    WORK DAYS to create our projects

    The Rubric for the assessment can be found here:



    Helpful Materials:

    Notes on reasons for the Fall of Rome:


    Projects are DUE Friday November 16th at the START of class

    If you will be absent, please submit your project before you leave! Thanks so much!

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  • Fall of Rome

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 10/29/2018

    This week we are starting to look at how Roman Empire begins to Fall, so we Read on Tuesday a reading about the "Republic in Crisis" How citizens lost faith in their government- please grab a hard copy in class if you missed it!


    Wednesday and Thursday we were gathering evidence about how Rome fell from two readings, practicing reading informational text and helping teach our classmates the material

    Reading one

    Reading two summaries

    We filled in notes in a collection sheet which you can find here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gJPz1tOb4TSzun36-Ajh1JKIhy8VTG_cMb65u_0ICas/edit?usp=sharing


    Thursday we did a quick write/exit ticket that is important to complete, you can find it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N9zB2ocxdeDpga5amcnPY6uugq2ZmhKO65bkLLYIZIA/edit?usp=sharing


    Friday we will review all these reasons with a fun skit activity!!


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  • Exploring Democracy in Greece and Rome 10/15-10/26

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 10/15/2018

    Week of 10/15:

    We will be doing a deeper look at how democracy developed in Greece and how it was practiced in Athens specifically


    Pages 67-73 of the attached PDF describe the stages of democracy


    On Thursday, we will go on a team bonding FIELD TRIP!


    On Friday, we will examine the contributions of ancient Greeks to today, please ask for hard copies of materials in class!


    Week of 10/22:

    Monday = Quiz on Forms of Democracy in Greece, and Newsela reading on transition to Rome (linked to google classroom "Greece Gives Way to Rome")

    Tuesday = Republic vs Democracy Reading and Notes

    Wednesday = WORKSHOP DAY and enrichment option: https://newsela.com/read/lib-convo-ancient-greece-democracy-oligarchy/id/33824/

    Thursday and Friday =

    Roman Republic Role play and reflection

    Reading:  http://blogs.4j.lane.edu/cylibrary/files/2014/09/History_Alive-The_Ancient_World_Chapter_33_0164.pdf

    Worksheet for Role Play with table groups:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HFoLuEfnMNJ7998nnmcqA4e3MtVV82UpYnLh_OUEPoY/edit?usp=sharing 



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  • New Unit: Greece and Rome!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 10/8/2018 5:00:00 AM

    Hi there!

    This week October 8th we are beginning a new Unit.


    On Monday, students will read an introductory article in Newsela, which is posted in google classroom for them to find, getting to know the geography that led to the rise of Greek city states.


    They will also begin a map of Greek and Roman Civilizations

    The Instructions are here

    and the maps students use for questions #14 and #15 are here

    Map A 

    Map B

    Tuesday we will finish the maps and do a little more investigation of Athens and Sparta using these two articles


    Please see the what you missed folder in the classroom if you were absent to get copies!

    Wednesday we will complete a postcard assignment trying to convince a friend to come visit you in Ancient Athens or Sparta!

    Instructions are here 

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