This is our schedule for the week ending December 21st, 2007. It is important to remember that these schedules are not etched in stone. Our firm belief in adjusting our curriculum to meet the needs of students sometimes causes slight changes. It is important to note that ample time is given in class to complete most assignments. There are occasional projects, spanning a week or more, that will require students to work outside of class. There will be no more than one of these per month. If you have any questions, please contact me at extension 38.
1st Year Social Studies (Period 1 & 3) – This week we will continue our study of the colonies. Students should be finishing their biography of one of the following people: John Smith, William Penn, Lord Baltimore, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, or James Oglethorpe. The biography must be typed, Times New Roman font, double spaced, with standard margins, and is due Thursday December 20th.
Monday: We will be studying the Southern Colonies. The Southern Colonies of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and North and South Carolina were very distinct from England’s other American colonies because their economic success was based on slave labor. This program tells the stories of these colonies. Beginning with England’s first attempts at colonization on Roanoke Island in the 1580s, this program examines the motivations for founding each southern colony. The problems colonists faced in settling new territory and interactions with American Indians are detailed. The role of slavery, conflicts with Spain, colonial exports, and methods of government are also examined. There will be two worksheets and a short quiz.
Tuesday: We will be studying the circumstances that led to America proclaiming independence. Taxation without representation emerged as the central issue of conflict between the colonies and Great Britain. The Boston Tea Party, the Quartering Acts, the Townshend Acts, Committees of Correspondence, the First Continental Congress, the Boston Massacre and the Intolerable Acts contributed to the American Revolution, a revolution that signaled the birth of the first new nation in modern history, and became a sign of hope for our country and for people throughout the world seeking freedom. There will be a short quiz.
Wednesday: We will be studying the Declaration of Independence. Our discussion will explain not only the basic principles and concepts set forth in the Declaration of Independence, but we will also explore the valiant American leaders, their ideas, and the historical events that spurred them to declare independence from England in 1776. There will be a short quiz.
Thursday: We will be taking our colonization unit test. After the test we will, time permitting, view Unsolved History: The Boston Massacre. For 200 years, Americans have been misled about the circumstances surrounding the Boston Massacre. Now, see why British troops accosted by an unruly mob fired on colonists in self-defense. Part of Discovery Channel's "Unsolved History" series, which takes a detailed forensic approach to some of history's most vexing mysteries via a painstaking examination of photographs, artifacts and interviews from experts and eyewitnesses.
2nd Year Social Studies (Period 2 & 4) – We will be studying Ancient Egypt.
Monday: We will view “Great Egyptians.” Gender, age, and cunning were behind three of ancient Egypt's most intriguing rulers — and left indelible marks on the history of the country. Hatshepsut: Queen Who Became King — She declared herself King of Egypt and got away with it. Peek into her incredibly successful 22-year reign. Tutankhamen: Mystery of the Boy King — Victim of foul play? What happened to the 11-year-old king whose life was a clash between childhood and kingship? Cleopatra: Last of the Pharaohs — Discover how Cleopatra used shrewd political instincts to seduce the Roman Empire into restoring Egypt's greatness. We will decide “Who Killed King Tut?”
Tuesday: Meet Akhenaten, who brought dramatic change to Egypt with his slogan, "Living in Truth." We will do a little detective work to shore up a tale of power and intrigue in one of the world's oldest whodunits. We will also be discussing how Akenaten may have laid the foundation for modern monotheism.
Wednesday: We will study Ramses the Great. This man clearly was concerned with posterity: he built more monuments and fathered more children during his reign than any other pharaoh. We will view some of Ramses' legacies, including the massive figures at Abu Simbel that inspired Mount Rushmore. Then examine a key battle Ramses may have lost — the one with Moses and the God of the Israelites. Judge for yourself how well archaeological evidence supports the events described in Exodus.
Thursday: We will look further into the correlations between the archaeological accounts and the Bible’s of the Exodus of the Israelites.