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Scientific Revolution & the Enlightenment (4th 9 Weeks)
*BR#1: Have you ever been wrong about someone or something? Was it hard for you to admit you were wrong? Why do you think it is sometimes difficult or impossible for some people or groups to admit when they are wrong?

*BR#2: We know that the Roman Catholic Church was threatened by many of the discoveries and ideas from the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. How would history be different if the pope had been an enlightened monarch?

*BR#3: How would history be different if the Scientific Revolution had happened in China?

*BR#4: What if the Enlightenment had never happened? Would the British colonies have been inspired to declare themselves independent? Explain what you think.

*BR#5: Which event has had more impact and influence on our lives today--the Scientific Revolution or the Enlightenment? Explain your answer.

*Vocabulary 4 Square (12 words)

*Historical Figure Graphic Organizer (blue or white)

*Attribute Web (character traits) Graphic Organizer (green)  AND *Museum Exhibit Activity on back

*Historical Character 4 Square (blue)


Civilizations of the Americas (4th 9 Weeks)
*BR#1: The Aztec and Inca civilizations of Mesoamerica were discovered int he 16th century when they came into contact with European explorers. How do you think the history of these civilizations would be different if Europeans had not discovere the New World?

*BR#2: In your opinion, which Mesoamerican invention was the most significant contribution to modern-day society?

*Vocab 4 Square (13 words)
* 4 cultures of Mesoamerica packet

Age of Exploration (4th 9 Weeks)
*BR #3: How do you think the Renaissance era influenced the Age of Exploration?

*BR #4: Some people would say we are currently in an age of space exploration. How would you compare our modern-day exploration with that of the Age of Exploration?

*BR #5: In your opinion, who benefitted more from the Columbian Exchange, Natives or Europeans?

*Vocab 4 Square (12 words)
*Age of Exploration packet
*Age of Exploration packet--Part 2


Renaissance & Reformation (4th 9 Weeks)
*BR #1:
Renaissance literally means "rebirth". Why do you think Renaissance/rebirth is the term used to refer to this time period in European history? Would a different term be more appropriate? Why/why not?

*BR #2: What does it mean to say someone is a Renaissance Man today? What are you saying about someone when you call them a Renaissance Man / Woman? Do you personally know anyone who can be described this way?

*BR #3: If you were a wealthy noble during the Renaissance, what kind of art /artist would you support? Explain.

*BR #4: What if Leonardo da Vinci had actually built some of the inventions in his notebook such as the helicopter, glider, or tank? How would history be different?

*Vocab 4 Square: Renaissance, classical art, city-state, individualism, vernacular, Florence, simony, Reformation, Protestant, theocracy, nationalism, Counter-Reformation, humanism, humanities, secular, indulgence, denomination

*Activity Rotation Stations: 
-- Vocabulary (crossword puzzle, 8 acrostics, or 8 Who/What Am I? riddles) 
   --Cultural Contributions (Cultural Contributions Graphic Organizer AND Shakespearean Insults-A-Day
                                                                                                                                      Art Analysis--B-Day
   --Martin Luther & the 95 Theses (95 Theses Excerpt Analysis, 95 Theses Rap Analysis, or,Martin  
               Luther Character Analysis)
   --Middle Ages vs. The Renaissance (Before & After the Renaissance Analysis, OR Event Map AND
              Cause & Effect Chain)


Medieval Europe--Part II (3rd 9 Weeks)

*BR #1: What has been the biggest challenge so far with your project? How do you feel abou your abilities to conduct research and draw conclusions based on that research?

*BR #2: How did religion play a role in medieval European society? In other words, how did Catholicism (Christianity) dominate life in medieval Europe?

*BR #3: How did gothic architecture reflect the increasing power, wealth, and importance of the Roman Catholic Church?

*BR #4: How ws the Roman Catholic Church able to increase its power and influence during the Middle Ages? What is your prediction / hypothesis?

*BR #5: Tuesday was "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday". Wednesday was "Ash Wednesday". What is /was special about these two days to the Roman Catholic Church? What is your prediction?

*BR #6: What does the "bad luck" of Friday the 13th have to do with the Templar Knights of the Middle Ages? In other words, what is the connection between Friday the 13th and the Middle Ages?

*BR #7: How was the spread of the Black Death / Bubonic Plague similar and different from the current spread of the flu? 

*BR #8: How did the Black Death / Bubonic Plague help to end feudalism?

*BR #9: Do you think kidsshould continue to play "Ring Around the Rosie" since it's about one of the deadliest epidemics the world has ever known? Why or why not?

*Handout from the Black Death Simulation: Reflection Questions
*Vocab 4 Square #1, #2, #3

Medieval Europe--Part I (3rd 9 Weeks)
For the rest of the school year, all bell ringers must be answered with paragraphs that are least 9 sentences long. (Last semester, paragraphs only had to be 5 sentences in length.)

*BR #1: Think about first semester. What went well? What do you need to work on or improve? Keep in mind that this semester "counts" for qualifying for Hume Fogg. What is your plan for doing well in social studies this semester?

*BR #2: If someone is described as "living in the Dark Ages", what does that mean? What is being said about that person?

*BR #3: What concerns do you have about National History Day project? What kind of help do you think you'll need?

*BR #4: How is the feudal society of Medieval Europe similar to the Medieval society of Japan? How are they different? Which one was more successful and why?

*BR #5: Compare and contrast "chivalry" in Medieval Europe to "bushido" in Medieval Japan.

*BR #6: Who were the Normans? What is their lasting impact on Europe?

*Nystrom Activity #33: Viking Impact on Europe

*BR #7: What problems are you having with your NHD project research? What is your research question?

China Unit (2nd 9 Weeks)
*BR #1: Create a K-W-L chart in your notebook. Complete first two columns with bullet points.

What I know about                      What I want to know about                What I learned about
China 500-1500 A.D.                  China 500-1500 A.D.                         China 500-1500 A.D.

*BR#2: "The pleasure and joy of man lies in treading down the rebel and conquering the enemy, in tearing him up by t he root, in taking from him all that he has." What does this quote tell you about the man who said it?

*BR#3: The Ming Dynasty worked hard to isolate themselves from surrounding  cultures. They reconstructed the Great Wall and built the Forbidden City. Do you think these were efficient and wise decisions? Explain your answer.

*BR#4: Compare and contrast the Tang and Song/Sung Dynasties. (Use TechBook Unit 4, Chapter 13.1)
     1) How did each come to power?
     2) Who were important leaders and why were they important?
     3) New inventions or products or ideas?
     4) Trends in the arts (not just in painting, but in literature, education, performing arts, etc.)
     5) Important artists?
     6) How did innovations/ideas of each dynasty contribute to strengthening each dynasty?

*BR#5: How did Neo-Confucianism combine elements of Daoism (Taoism), Buddhism, and Confucianism? How did the Song Dynasty use Neo-Confucianism in its system of goverment?

*BR#6: China Crossword Puzzle and Map (get from Mrs. Verner)

?*Two column notes for videos (must have information column AND critical thinking column filled in)

*Vocabulary 4 Square

Africa Unit (2nd 9 Weeks)
*BR #1: Think about your family's stories that have been shared and passed down. How would you/your family be different without these stories? What is your favorite story? Why?

*Folktale Analysis Sheet

: Think about the role of a griot. Why is this one of the most important and well respected positions in African society?

*BR#3: Create a K-W-L chart in your composition notebook. Be neat and organized. Complete the first two columns with bullet points.

What do I KNOW about        What do I WANT to know?     What did I LEARN?
Africa 500A.D. - 1500A.D.?

*BR#4: Sundiata Kieta was the founder of the Mali Empire. He was often called "The Lion King." The animated Disney movie is very loosely based on his life. What do you think Sundiata Keita and Simba could possibly have in common? Make a prediction.

*BR#5:  Describe how traditional religious practices in Africa changed after contact with Christianity and Islam.

*Activity Station Rotations

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