Thursday, December 02, 2021

Spotlight on Peru

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/Machu_Picchu%2C_Peru.jpg

EQ:

  • Which videos should I use to teach about Peru?

Engage:

  • Call back to the Peru segment from Walt and El Groupo
  • Students will be given a short intro to each video and will choose which to watch.

Explore:

  • Peru's Sacred Valley (47:00) Gordon Ramsay Uncharted National Geographic Disney+
  • The Lost City of Machu Picchu (44:00) National Geographic Disney+
  • Lost Temple of the Inca (44:00) National Geographic Disney+

Explain:

  •  Questions will depend on video students choose. 

Evaluate:

  •  Class discussion

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Inca: Island in the Sky

  EQ: 

  • How did the Inca culture develop in Peru?

Engage:

  • None

Explore:

  • Vocabulary CeremonialTerracePlazaMasonryLidarAnomaly
  • Inca Island in the Sky 45:00) Lost Cities with Albert Lin National Geographic Disney+

Explain:

  •  When was Machu Picchu built?
  • What is the name of the language the Incas used?
  • What evidence are they looking for on top of the hill?
  • What are chullpas?
  • What shape of chullpas made the archaeologists believe they were Incan?
  • What was at the heart of Incan life?
  • What is the name of the volcano Albert Lin investigates?

Evaluate:

 

Articles of Confederation

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articles_of_Confederation#/media/File:Articles_page1.jpg

EQ:
  • How well did the Articles of Confederation meet the needs of the new nation?

Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • Were the Articles successful?
  • What were the weaknesses of the Articles?
  • How did Shay's Rebellion doom the Articles?
Evaluate:
  •  Assessment

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Search for El Dorado

 


Eldorado

By Edgar Allan Poe

Gaily bedight,
   A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,   
   Had journeyed long,   
   Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

   But he grew old—
   This knight so bold—   
And o’er his heart a shadow—   
   Fell as he found
   No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

   And, as his strength   
   Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—   
   ‘Shadow,’ said he,   
   ‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’

   ‘Over the Mountains
   Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,   
   Ride, boldly ride,’
   The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’


EQ:
  • Is El Dorado a real place?
Engage:
  • None
Explore:
  • Vocabulary: gaily, bedight, gallant, pilgrim
  • Digging for the Truth: The Search for El Dorado
  • Eldorado poem by Edgar Allen Poe
Explain:
  • How is the El Dorado that Josh Bernstein searches for like Poe's Eldorado?
  • How are they different?
Evaluate:
  • Draw and color a picture inspired by the poem. Try to include at least one detail from the poem.
  • Write a short story about you, the narrator, searching for El Dorado. 
  • This story should be at least 350 words long.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Washington Crossing the Delaware Part 2

Emanuel Leutze "Washington Crossing the Delaware "

The painting of "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze is a historically significant piece of art in the United States. It is so iconic it has become inspiration for pop art. Read about pop art here.

Below is one example of using the painting to create a pop art piece. Compare the two pieces of art, what is similar and what is different?
  1. Create your own piece of pop art using the knowledge you learned from the Wikipedia page. Use "Washington Crossing the Delaware" as your inspiration.
  2. Check with me if you have any questions.
EQ: 
  • What is pop art and why should it be a thing?
Engage:
  • Part 2 of the lesson
Explore:
Explain:
  • Is pop art based on original works ok? 
Evaluate:

  • Students will create a piece of art using Leutze's painting as inspiration.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Washington Crossing the Delaware Part 1

 


Washington Crossing the Delaware is a very famous painting. Its use in popular culture probably even led to a contest to pick the best George Washington impersonator to re-enact the crossing every year. Watch this video to find out more about the contest. 


After watching the video, lets look at the paining. What do you see? Can you find any historical inconsistencies? You can find more information about the painting of Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Emanuel Leutze "Washington Crossing the Delaware "
The painting creates a lot of questions. Why was this painted? Is it historically accurate? Who is the artist Emanuel Leutze? Check out the article below to find out these answers.

Assignment 

In the comment section of this post answer the following questions:

  1. In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
  2. Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? 
  3. Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. 
  4. Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. 

Copy and paste the following frame for your comment:
  1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
  2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
  3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are
  4. Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because 
EQ: 
  • Should artists have a responsibility to make their art historically accurate?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • The students will examine pop culture homages to the painting. We will also discuss how the painting has been used for political reasons.
Evaluate:
  • In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
  • Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? 
  • Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. 
  • Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

1776 The Musical

  

Since 2015 the biggest musical, let alone history based musical has been Hamilton. Here is a clip from the Tony's. 


What you may not know is there was a musical over the same time period that started on Broadway in 1969 and later became a movie in 1972. We are going to watch the movie and try to parse what is factual and what is changed for the medium (besides the congressman not randomly breaking into song.)


EQ: Why did the Declaration of Independence get written and who wrote it?

Engage:
Explore:
  • Vocabulary: declaration, independence, self-evident, equal, endowed, inalienable, liberty, derive
  • Vocabulary: government, destructive, transient, accustomed, usurpations, assent, tyranny, justice
  • 1776 the Musical
Explain:
  • What held up the Continental Congress from declaring independence from Britain?
  • Who was the most ardent supporter of independence?
  • How did slavery complicate declaring independence?
Evaluate:
  • Worksheet questions
Extend:

Walt and El Group

EQ:
  • Why did Walt Disney take a group of animators to South America during World War 2?
Engage:
Explore:
  • Vocabulary: animation, movie, union, strike, goodwill tour
  • Vocabulary: overcoat, sketch, sophisticated, plaza, Nazi
  • Vocabulary: estuary, deforestation, gaucho, llano, pampas
  • Walt and El Grupo documentary
  • Selections from Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros
Explain:
  • Why was the Disney company reeling before the trip?
  • Why did the US Government pay for Disney's trip?
  • How did the trip to South America influence Disney's work and the work of his artists?
Evaluate:
  • How does Education for Death inform what you saw in Walt and El Grupo? 
Extend:

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Map of South America

  

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Languages_of_South_America_(en).svg



EQ:
  • What are the official languages of the countries of South America?

Engage:

Explore:

Explain:

  • Identify the countries of South America
  • Identify the capitals of South America
  • Identify the official languages of South America

Evaluate:

Extend: 

Monday, November 08, 2021

Jefferson City Field Trip

Friday we will be traveling to Jefferson City to visit the state capitol and the now closed state penitentiary.

Let's first watch this video on the history of the building. If you pay attention you may be able to answer some of the tour guide's questions and look really smart!



Next is a video on the symbolic meanings of the Missouri state flag and the Missouri seal. In it you will learn about the colors of the flag and the reason we have grizzly bears all over the seal.



One of the most interesting parts of the capitol is the artwork that you find inside. We have two videos that talk about the artwork. While you are there you will tour the artwork with the guide and these videos will give you some insight into them.



Below is a photo of the Missouri State Penitentiary which is now closed. Listen carefully to the tour guides to learn the history of the site. 


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Missouri_State_Penitentiary.jpg


EQ: Why should we take a field trip to Jefferson City?

Engage:
  •  Friday is the field trip.
Explore:
Explain:
  • What is the purpose of the state capitol?
  • What are some interesting facts about the capitol?
  • What should we learn about the penitentiary?
Evaluate:

Extend:

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The Girl From Ipanema: Bossa Nova and Brasil

  The Girl from Ipanema is probably the second most recorded pop song of all time, behind The Beatles' Yesterday. It is a type of Jazz called the Bossa nova, and helped make that genre known worldwide in the 1960's. 


Here is Astrud Gilberto singing the song in a live recording:




I love a good story, and I fell into this one a few years ago. As I was looking for more jazz to listen to I came across the story of The Girl from Ipanema. This BBC produced documentary gives us a good look not only into Bossa nova, but into the popular culture of Brazil. I hope you enjoy learning about this amazing musical art form as much as I have.





        
EQ:
  • Why is Bossa nova important to Brazilian popular culture?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • What is Bossa nova?
  • Why was Astrud Gilberto chosen to sing the song?
  • How important is the Bossa nova to Brazilian popular culture?
Evaluate:
  • Class discussion

Boston Tea Party

  

The difference between a riot and a protest may simply be which side of the political argument you are on. But, what happens when the riot or protest isn't really about politics at all, but about money? As we learn about the Boston Tea Party think about the reasons behind it and determine for yourself if it was a riot, a protest, or something else completely.

 EQ: Why did the Boston Tea Party take place?

Engage:

  • Tea!!!

Explore:

Explain:

  • Who was involved in organizing the Boston Tea Party?
  • What happened at the Boston Tea Party?
  • What was the result of the Boston Tea Party?
  • What do you think of the tea?

Evaluate:

  • Class Discussion

Extend:


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Boston Massacre Printmaking

 


The most famous example of propaganda in United States history is the Paul Revere print of the Boston Massacre. The fact that we still refer to this incident as a massacre is proof of that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Massacre#/media/File:Boston_Massacre_high-res.jpg

The real story of the 'Boston Massacre' is more complicated than a bunch of soldiers indiscriminately firing into a peaceful crowd of Boston citizens. As we examine the evidence as revealed in the trial of the soldiers and find out the true story we need to ask ourselves why would Revere lie? What purpose did it serve? Who benefitted from the false narrative and who was harmed?

Your assignment will be to create a print using the facts of the incident. Obviously the medium we are using will make details very difficult so keep that in mind as you work on the design. 

EQ: Why did Paul Revere create his famous Boston Massacre print?

Engage:
Explore:
  • Vocabulary: massacre, mob, cudgel, deposition, manslaughter engraving, print, propaganda, brayer, art
  • John Adams miniseries video of Boston Massacre
  • Boston Massacre Wikipedia
Explain:
  • What is propaganda?
  • Why did Revere create an inaccurate print of the Boston Massacre?
  • Do you think the soldiers were justified when they fired into the crowd?
  • What do you think was the effect of John Adams representing the soldiers on his career?
Evaluate:
  • Students will create a factual print of the Boston Massacre.
Extend:

Government and Economies of Latin America

EQ:

  • What are the governments and economies like in Latin America?

Engage:

Explore:

Explain:

Evaluate:

  • Assessment

Extend: 

Monday, October 25, 2021

The Halloween Tree

  


EQ: What are some of the influences for today's Halloween celebration?

Engage:

  • The students will watch The Halloween Tree

Explore:

  • What happens in Egypt?
  • What happens in England at Stonehenge?
  • What happens in France?
  • What happens in Mexico?

Evaluate:

  • None

Extend:

  • Read Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree

Friday, October 22, 2021

Road to Revolution


After examining the role of the Seven Years War in the last lesson, today your job is to find out how other events continued to pave a path to independence. I have identified fifteen events that I want you to research. Tell me what happened and why it is important to the Revolution. 

You will click on the link to the worksheet, put in your name, and start researching the events. All fifteen events need to be completed, you need to work with a purpose. 

As a bonus, if we have time you will make a digital timeline of the events as well. Of course, you only get to do that after the worksheet has been completed. See me when you think you are ready to do it. 

EQ: What events led to the American Revolution?

Engage:
  •  Quick review of the Seven Years War
Explore:
Explain:
  •  How did each event lead us closer to the American Revolution?
Evaluate:
Extend:

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dia de los Muertos

 

By José Guadalupe Posada - ArtDaily.org, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1485430Add caption

Today's lesson surrounds the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Mexico. Translated Dia de los Muertos means the Day of the Dead. We will watch a National Geographic video on what it is and then we will read about it. 

Next we will look at the artist Jose Posada and examine his work La Calavera Catrina which is an iconic piece of artwork that may be the artistic symbol for Dia de los Muertos. 

There has been a lot more interest in this holiday thanks to movies such as the Disney film Coco and  Guillermo del Toro's The Book of Life.

Essential Question:

  • What is the Day of the Dead and why is it celebrated in Mexico? 
  • Who is Jose Posada?
  • Why is the image La Calavera Catrina important to the Day of the Dead in Mexico?

 Engage:

Explore:

Explain:

  • Why does Mexico celebrate Dia de los Muertos?
  • Who is Jose Posada?
  • Why is La Calavera Catrina important to Dia de los Muertos?

Evaluate:

  • Notebook Page: Jose Posada
  • Day of the Dead 5 W's and H worksheet

Extend:

  • Day of the Dead Wordsearch

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Seven Years War

 Now that we have a pretty good handle on what it was like to be an early colonist in the Americas, let's jet ahead a few years and look at the first defining event in the American Revolution.


Why is this the first defining event? Watch and see.


Here is a little more information on the Seven Years War with a little lagniappe thrown in. What new information is provided? Does that also move us closer to the Revolution?


What does smuggling have to do with taxes? What does taxes have to do with the American Revolution? What other events took place that bring us to the Revolution?


EQ:

  • How did the 7 Years War contribute to the unrest in the colonies?
  • Why was smuggling so important to the colonists?
  • Why did the colonists not want to pay taxes?

Engage:

  • None

Explore:

Explain:

  • What caused the war?
  • How did the war end?
  • What were the consequences of the war on the colonies?

Evaluate:

  •  Worksheet

Monday, October 18, 2021

Salem Witch Trials

Happy Halloween! Today we are going to learn a little about the Salem Witch Trials, where mass hysteria and a couple mean kids caused the death of over 20 people. Is there anything more Halloween-like than that? Unfortunately real people suffered for things we tend to enjoy, the confluence of life and death.


As you watch try to identify what caused the trials to begin and what caused them to end.



As you watch see how many cultures are represented by the holiday. Also, when did Halloween as we celebrate it come into being?

EQ:
  • What were the Salem Witch Trials?
  • What is the history of Halloween?
Engage:
  • Don't really need any, it is Halloween
Explore:
Explain:
  • What started the Salem Witch Trials
  • Why did the trials end?
  • What are the historic roots of Halloween?
  • When did the modern version of Halloween start?

Map of Mexico

  


This is a political map of Mexico. You will color the states, but do not label (otherwise there will be way too much writing on the map when we are finished.) 



https://www.mapsofworld.com/mexico/mexico-political-map.html

Here is the physical map that you will use to label the names provided on the checklist


https://www.ezilon.com/maps/north-america/mexico-physical-maps.html

EQ: Where in Mexico do you find the important landforms and cities?


Engage:
  • Ask if any students are from Mexico. If so, have them identify on the map where they are from. 
  • Mexico Geography Now (18:20) 
Explore:
Explain:
  1. Label the physical landforms listed below.
  2. Color the states of Mexico on the paper map.
  3. Checklist
  • Rio Grande River
  • Rio Santiago River 
  • Rio Bravo River
  • Yucatan Peninsula 
  • Isthmus of Tehuantepec 
  • Baja California 
  • Mexican Plateau
  • Sierra Madre Del Sur, 
  • Sierra Madre Occidental 
  • Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains
  • Pacific Ocean 
  • Gulf of Mexico 
  • Gulf of California
  • Caribbean Sea
Evaluate:
  •  Map of Mexico
Extend:

Columbian Exchange and Atlantic Slave Trade

  Today we are looking at how choices made by Europeans fundamentally changed Europe and the Americas.


In the first video we will look at what scholars call the Columbian Exchange. It encompasses the exchange of plants and animals, diseases, and ideas. As you watch identify the positive and negative exchanges. How important were they to the Americas? How important were they to Europe?



The second video is on the importation of kidnapped Africans to the Americas to be slaves. This, along with the attempted genocide of the indigenous peoples of the America, is the most shameful act of the European colonists of the Americas and later of the citizens of the United States. 


EQ:
  • What were some of the effects of the Columbian Exchange on Europe and the Americas?
  • Understand the inhumanity of the transatlantic slave trade.
Engage:
  •  None
Explore:
Explain:
  • What foods did Europe gain from the Americas?
  • What diseases were transferred from Europe to the Americas? 
  • What diseases were transferred from the Americas to Europe?
  • How many Africans were forcibly moved to the Americas?
  • What was the life expectancy of a kidnapped African in a British Colony in the 1700's?
Evaluate:
  •  Student Worksheets
Extend

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Massacre at Mystic

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pequot_War#/media/File:Pequot_war.jpg

The Pequot Wars started with the death of one man and ended with making use of the word Pequot a crime. We often put the Puritans on a pedestal, due mainly to the pride many Americans have with being remotely descended from a passenger on the Mayflower as well as politicians constantly referring to them when they talk about our Judeo-Christian culture.

Essential Question: Is violence inevitable between indigenous peoples and colonists?

Engage:
Explore:
  •  Watch the video Massacre at Mystic 
  • Vocabulary: wampum, concessions, subjugated, diplomatic
Explain:
  •  What was the relationship between the Pequot and Puritans before the massacre? After?
  • What differences in ideas about land and property caused so much trouble?
  • Why did some Native Americans fight with the Puritans against the Pequots?
  • How much responsibility do you place on the Puritans actions leading to the massacre?
  • How did the massacre change the colonies going forward?
Evaluate:
  •  Class Discussion questions during the watching. 
 Extend:
  • Read p. 118 of Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewn
  • Read about the Pequot War

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Canada Vacation

Mr. C is wanting to visit Canada next summer. He wants you to come up with an itinerary for the trip. His only instruction to you is he wants to see the real Canada, not the one portrayed in movies like Strange Brew!!!'

You will need to come up with 6 places Mr C absolutely, positively, without a doubt must visit while there.  


After watching the video above, what other sources will you use to to find information about 'must do' places in Canada? Here are some of Mr. C's suggestions:

1) Do a Google search of places to visit in Canada.
2) Do a Youtube search of places to visit in Canada.
3) Ask around to see if anyone has visited Canada, and ask them.
4) Ask Mr. C if he knows someone who might be willing to to answer some of your questions about Canada. (Don't wait until Friday) 
5) Visit the library, maybe they have some of those old things called 'books' that might have some information.
6) Check Wikipedia, maybe they have some good information.
7) Do a search for the Canadian Visitors Bureau. 
8) Sit around until Friday and write down any junk you think of. (This one is probably not a very good suggestion, but you know how Mr. C likes to joke.)

Mr. C has worksheet for you to use to gather information. 

Assignment Requirements

  1. Find the 6 most Canadian places for Mr. C to visit.
  2. Use this worksheet to gather your information.
  3. Write down each place with your explanation of why he should visit there.
  4. Add some pictures of each place. Mr. C does require you to cite where you get the picture from and to make sure the picture you picked is copyrighted so that you can use it legally. Creative Commons has a search engine you might want to use https://search.creativecommons.org/
  5. Hyperlink the address where the picture came from.
  6. Create a Google Slideshow using this template 
  7. Share your slideshow with Mr. C when completed
  8. Make sure it is finished on Wednesday. Late work will be accepted, but you will have to do it on your time. Class moves on!
EQ: Where are the most 'Canadian' places to visit in Canada?

Engage:
Explore:
  • Students will identify a variety of sources to gather information from with an eye on tourism.
  • Possible choices would be visitor bureaus, wikipedia, youtube etc.
Explain:
  • On a document, take notes with links to original sites.
  • Name 6 places that epitomize Canada and explain why.
  • Identify pictures to share and create hyperlinks 
Evaluate: