Roman World Assignment Discovery

1. Why did so many cultures settle in or pass through Lecce throughout history?

2. Why did local authorities initially close down Mr. Faggiano’s project, and what did they require to allow it to resume?

3. Why couldn’t Mr. Faggiano do whatever he wanted with his land and the treasures he found beneath it?

4. In what ways did history force Mr. Faggiano to change his plans for the property, and what was the impact of those changes for him and the broader community?

5. Do you think Mr. Faggiano handled his unexpected discovery well? Would you have made similar decisions? Why or why not?


Student Inquiry Assignment

If you have more time, invite students to conduct their own research on a historical site from the Roman Empire, investigating the ways in which life has changed in that place.

As a warm up to generate ideas and enthusiasm, teachers may wish to share the slide show “Ancient Rome Today” from The Guardian, or the New York Times travel video “36 Hours in Rome.” Students may use stories from the list below as resources, along with this map from’s Archaeological Atlas of Antiquity project which depicts specific archaeological sites from the empire.

As students read the stories below and gather additional resources from the internet, the class can use the following guiding questions to help focus their inquiry:

Q: How was this place used or developed in the ancient world?
Q: How has this place been used or developed in modern times?
Q: What are some of the most significant ways in which this place has changed?
Q: What have been some of the most significant challenges or conflicts in preserving these remnants of history?


Strays Amid Rome Ruins Set Off a Culture Clash
Acqueducts’ Defenders Volunteer to Fill Breach in Upkeep of Park
Illegal Dumping in Roman Catacombs Leaves Precious Ancient Site Polluted (The Guardian)
Rome Won’t Be Rebuilt in a Day: The Challenge of City Center Restoration (The Guardian)


Under English Garden, ‘Unparalleled’ Remains of Roman Villa
Roman France
In Bulgaria, Roman Grandeur East of Italy

Middle East

When Cultural Heritage Is Caught in the Cross Hairs
The Ancient City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online

Northern Africa

Tourists Return to Tunisia, but Slowly
Rome’s Glory Is Now Tunisia’s
In Qaddafi’s Realm, Shadows of the Caesars

If students need additional background on the Roman Empire, teachers may wish to introduce the topic using resources such as The Roman Empire in the First Century from PBS, National Geographic’s Ancient Rome page, and ideas on teaching about ancient Rome from The Guardian’s Teacher Network.

Share student work on a class map using an online tool like National Geographic’s interactive MapMaker, which allows students to add text links and graphics to a pin on a map of the region.


Going Further

What are the true costs of protecting history? It takes real money to keep ancient structures strong and safe. Nearly 300 people died in a 2016 earthquake in central Italy, and many priceless artifacts were destroyed — in part because property owners couldn’t afford necessary structural upgrades. Learn how this disaster revealed the costs of preserving Italy’s historical architecture. Then organize a class debate to decide what percentage of Italy’s budget should be devoted to structural upgrades, for the sake of safety and historical preservation, versus other priorities.

What have we learned in recent years about Ancient Rome? With all that digging, it’s no wonder that researchers periodically discover new insights into daily life in the Roman Empire, such as:

• Archaeologists have found that malaria may have contributed to the empire’s downfall;
• Romans enjoyed eating a fish sauce called garum that may have given them tapeworms;
• Those impressive Roman buildings were constructed just like Legos;
• The city’s bakers once commissioned frescoes to show off their work.

Read one of these stories or find other examples. Then create a presentation that shows how researchers have helped to overturn conventional wisdom or lead us toward a better understanding of life in ancient times.

Can one historical event erase others? Learn how wars in Europe and Asia have destroyed historical sites in this story, “When Cultural Heritage Is Caught in the Cross Hairs.” Then use Unesco’s global list of endangered sites to find another threatened treasure, and design a social media campaign to spread the word.

How do modern Iraqis and Syrians feel about the historical sites that have been destroyed in recent wars? In “Life Among the Ruins,” the writer Kanishk Tharoor explores the personal stories of locals who live near historical relics. Using this and other stories, create a poster that highlights a few of the most powerful narratives from sites in these conflicts.

Does it really matter if historical sites get destroyed? In this travel essay, the writer Patrick Symmes suggests that nothing lasts forever. What’s important, he says, is helping the current inhabitants of ancient places to achieve their own vision of greatness. Do you agree? Write a personal essay in which you make an argument about the value of protecting historical sites, including examples that are close to your own home or heritage. As part of your analysis, consider: What — and whose — history should be preserved? For example, in the United States, are the plantation house and the slave market both deserving of preservation? What about the Native American burial ground and the colonial church? And, who should get to decide, especially if preservation funds are limited?

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Attention students and parents! Due to the changes that have been made to Discovery Education and the  inconsistency with the unit assessments, I will no longer be using the D.E quizzes to check for student understanding. However the readings will continue to be assigned so that students may enrich their understanding of the material covered in class.  In addition, many study guide and test questions will still be taken from the  Discovery Education readings and I urge that students keep up with the readings to maximize their understanding. In other words, if you choose to skip the readings you do so at your own peril.

Welcome to Mr. Sproul's assignment page! If you miss class or just need a little review of what we did this is the place to come. The listings are in reverse chronological order (last day of unit at the top). Included is a description of what we covered, links to materials, and the homework assignments for next session.


 Tuesday, March 14th (B day students) & Wednesday, March 15th (A day students) - Session 58:

Monday, March 12th (B day students) & Tuesday, March 9th (A day students) - Session 57:
  • Click here to play an Ancient Greece Review Jeopardy game.  *PLEASE NOTE*: This is an online version of the game, and since our study guide is only 16 questions, this game may have questions that won't be featured on the exam.  Don't forgot to also use your Discovery Education quizzes and paper study guide to review for the exam!
  • Click here to view a NEW song from Mr. Nicky about Ancient Greece!
  • Click here for KAHOOT!
  • Schlesinger Video -Great for Review-Click here.
Homework: Study For Exam! Take practice quiz
Thursday, March 8th (B day students) & Friday, March 9th (A day students) - Session 56:
Alexander the Great (click here for notes from today's class).Finish Study Guide

Tuesday, March 6th (B day students) & Wednesday, March 7th (A day students) - Session 55:
The Persian Wars (click here to view notes from today's lesson).  Click here to view additional notes about the Persian Wars.
  • Review: Greek Mythology in Advertising (Companies).  Click here to visit a website with many examples, from A-Z!
  • Vocab: cavalry
  • The Persian Empire: Why did they want to conquer Greece?  (Click here to view the reading on the Persian Wars from today's class).
    Persian War Battles: Click here for a copy of the Persian Battles Chart.
  • Click here to print the web that accompanies the reading.
  • The Battle of Marathon, The Battle of Thermopylae, The Battle of Salamis, The Battle of Plataea: Who was involved?  What happened?  Where and when?  Why did it happen? 
Homework: Complete the Greek Battle Chart. Continue to work on study guide. Click here for the readings that go with the chart filled out in class. 

Friday, March 2nd (B day students) & Monday, March 5th (A day students) - Session 54:
Accomplishments of Ancient Greece - continued (for a copy of today's notes, click here).
  • Click here to listen to a rap on the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Click here to listen to the BEST PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM RAP EVER!
  • Click here to listen to the Pythagorean Theorem Math Song
  • Click here to listen to a brief history of the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Click here to take a quiz on the Pythagorean Theorem
Homework:  9.3 on Discovery Education. Study Guide questions 1-2, 8-11.

Wednesday, February 28th (B day students) & Friday, March 1st (A day students) - Session 53:
Accomplishments of Ancient Greece (click here to print a copy of today's notes!)Homework: Read 9.2 on Discovery Education and do quiz, work on study guide questions 5, 7, 13 & 14.  

Monday, February 26th (B day students) & Tuesday, February 27th (A day students) - Session 52:
Government of Greece (click here to print a copy of today's notes!)
  • Click here to watch the youtube video on the Geographic Challenges of Greece
  • Vocab: monarchy, tyrant, oligarchy, democracy
  • Athens vs. Sparta (click here to view additional powerpoint notes)
  • Click here to print another copy of the Athens/Sparta comparison chart. Click here for answers.
  • Design a travel brochure:  Prepare a poster or travel brochure or real estate ad extolling your city-state (choose between Sparta and Athens).  Tell about its advantages to the prospective visitors or potential home owners.Highlights may include: cultural activities (such as drama, music and arts); recreation, athletics and sports; architecture and famous sites; schools; accommodations (like homes where the tourists can stay with some of the locals or homes for sale); transportation; and food. Include a map showing where your city-state is located. In another smaller section you may want to add "travel alerts" which warn the tourist of some of the dangers he/she might encounter while staying in your city-state.
Homework: Complete Travel brochure of Greek City State. (Description above)

Thursday, February 22nd (B day students) & Friday, February 23rd(A day students) - Session 51:
Geography of Greece (Click here for today's notes)
  • Vocab: peninsula, colony
  • How did the Geographic Features of Greece impact the people of Greece? (Click here to print another copy of the Geography reading, NOT on Discovery Education).
  • Click here to see pictures of Greek Geograqphy. See what predictions you can make about their culture.
  • Click here to print another copy of the Greece map
  • Click here for map quiz and answers.
Homework: Read 9.1 on Discovery Education and do quiz, begin study guide.  Click here to print another copy of the study guide!  This study guide will NOT be on Discovery Education for Ancient Greece.


Tuesday, February 20th (A day students) & Wednesday, February 21st (B day students) - Session 50:
Confucism/Daoism/ Seminar
Friday, February 16th (A day students) & Monday, February 19th (B day students) - Session 49:
Ancient China Test! No homework.

Wednesday, February 14th (A day students) & Thursday, February 15th (B day students) - Session 48:
  • The Silk Road (click here to view notes from today's lesson).
  • Vocab: import, export, monopoly, Silk Road
  • History channel video on the Silk Road
  • Play the Silk Road game here
  • The Silk Road: How did it work?  Click here to view a classzone map showing the route!
  • Why was Silk such an important trade item? (Click here to view a youtube clip on how silk products are made).
  • Travelling the Silk Road: What were the experiences like? 
  • Kahoot in class interactive game. Kahoot!
  • Ancient China Review Video (23 mins) - Great for Review, Click here to watch.
  • Homework: Finish the study guide.

Monday, February 12th (A day students) & Tuesday, February 13th (B day students) - Session 47: 
  • The Han Dynasty (Click here to view full notes from this session.)
  • Vocab: suppress, piety, bureaucracy
  • The Han Dynasty - Why was it called the Golden Age? (click here to view additional powerpoint notes on the Han Dynasty.
  • Achievements during the Han Dynasty/Golden Age.
  • Click here to view a classzone interactive map of the Han Dynasty.
  • Han Civil Service Exam - search for Discovery Education video, "Han Civil Service"
  • Click here to view a youtube clip about Chinese Seismology.
  • Click here to view a History Channel clip about the Silk Road.
  • Homework: Read section 7.3 on D.E. and take the "Life in the Chinese Dynasties" quiz. Don't forget the Ancient China Study Guide, due 2/16- Tonight's questions 23-30.

Tuesday, February 6th (A day students) & Friday, February 9th(B day students) - Session 46:
  • The Qin Dynasty (click here to view class notes from today's session).
  • Vocab: standardization, censor, reform, legalism
  • For Reading on Qin Shi Huangdi click here
  • How did Qin Shi Huangdi bring reform to ancient China?  How did this impact the people?
  • Discovery Education activity (when you log in, find the Ancient China readings, find section 7.3, click on the "elaborate" tab, and find the "Life in China during the Qin Dynasty" activity.  Click launch, and fill out the information on your sheet from class.  Click here to print another copy of the handout.
  • Click here to view the classzone map of the Chinese dynasties.
  • Click here to view a 360 degree virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
  • Click here to view a youtube clip about the Terra-Cotta Soldiers.
  • Homework: Think about the accomplishemnts of Emperor Qin. Make either a wanted poster or a commemorative plague displaying the deeds of Emperor Qin. Complete questions 10, 11, 18-22.

Friday, February 2nd (A day students) & Monday, February 5th (B day students) - Session 45:
Zhou Dynasty (click here for notes from today's lesson).
  • Vocab: philosophy, feudalism, virtue, Mandate of Heaven, Confucianism
  • Zhou Dynasty - The Mandate of Heaven (Who gets it?  How does it work?).  Click here for additional powerpoint notes on the Zhou Dynasty.  Click here to print a paper version of the Discovery Education reading on the Zhou Dynasty.
  • Feudalism and the Warring States period - Why did the Zhou Dynasty decline?
  • Confucianism - click here to view some of Confucius' popular quotes.
  • Homework: Read 7.2 and take quiz on Discovery Education. Continue working on study guide.  Work on study Guide questions 12-17. 

Wednesday, January 31st (A day students) & Thursday, February 1st (B day students) - Session 44:
Begin Ancient China Unit! - Geography of China (click here to view the notes from today's class)
  • Geography Challenge!  Locating different geographical features of china, discuss how they would impact the people.  Click here to print off another copy of the Ancient China MAP.
  • Nomads - How did they impact Ancient China?
  • Click here to view a youtube video on ancient China.
  • Homework: Read  7.1 "Ancient China" assigned on Discovery Education, complete "Geography of China" quiz (also assigned on Discovery Ed.) Begin the Ancient China study guide #'s 1-9.  Click here to print a copy of the study guide.

Ancient China

Monday, January 29th (A day students) & Friday, January 30th (B day students) - Session 43:

Thursday, January 25th (A day students) & Friday, January 26th (B day students) - Session 42:
Silly Monkeys Seminar/Triangulation Lesson on Monsoons (click here to view the class notes/questions from the lesson).
  • Click here to watch a youtube video on the history of Ancient India!
  • Click  here to watch a video on Indian Monsoons.
  • Click here to print off a copy of the triangulation documents!
  • Click here to print off a copy of the pre-writing chart we will use.
  • Click here to see the Silly Monkeys Text and discussion questions.
  • Homework: Study for test!

Tuesday, January 23rd (A day students) & Wednesday, January 24th (B day students) - Session 41:
Ancient Indian Empires, Part 2. - The Gupta Empire (click here to view class notes from today's lesson).
  • Review: The Mauryan Empire (click here to learn more about Ashoka's edicts).
  • The Gupta Empire (click here for additional notes on the empire).
  • ​Achievements of the Gupta Empire (click here to view a youtube clip on the "Golden Age"). To print another copy of the achievements chart, go to today's class notes.Comparing the Gupta & Mauryan Empires - Review.  To view the instructions for our in class project (board builder, billboard, brochure, or organizer) look back at today's class notes.
  • Create Palm leaf book on accomplishments of the Golden Age under the Gupta empire. Instructions and rubric can be found on Canvas  or clickhereto see the assignment in word.
  • Homework: Complete study guide. Finish Palm Leaf Book. 

Tuesday, January 16th (A day students) &  Monday, January 22nd (B day students- Session 40:
Ancient Indian Empires, Part 1 - The Maurya Empire (click here to view notes from today's session).
  • Vocab: edicts
  • Click here to view additional notes on the Maurya Empire.
  • Re-read "Aryan Invasion" on Discovery Education (pages about Mauryan Empire), and complete the web handed out in class.  Click here to print another copy of the web.
  • Ashoka's edicts:  What goals or accomplishments did he want for his people?  What kind of leader did this make him?  Click here to view the edicts we viewed in class.
  • Homework: Complete the Mauryan Empire web by next class. To see the reading, click here.

Thursday, January 11th (A day students) & Friday, January 12th (B day students) - Session 39:
The Caste System in Ancient India (click here to view notes from today's class).
  • Vocab: Hinduism, reincarnation, Vedas, caste system.
  • Click here to view the classzone map of the Aryan Invasion.
  • Click here to view additional notes on the caste system.
  • Click here to view the youtube video on the caste system.
  • An American girl's thoughts on the role of the Caste system today.
  • Caste System diagramming activity (click here to download another copy of the word bank to use for your graphic organizer).
  • Homework: Read 6.3 and take section quiz. This reading will be referenced again in our upcoming lessons on the Gupta Empire and Mauryan Empire.  Continue working on your study guide too!

Tuesday, January 9th (A day students) & Wednesday, January 10th (B day students) - Session 38:
Ancient Cities of the Indus River Valley (click here to view class notes from this lesson).
  • Vocab: surplus, citadel, deforestation.
  • Comparing the Ancient Cities of Harappa & Mohenjo-daro (use Discovery Education reading from Session 40 to review these).
  • Click here to watch the youtube video on pollution of the Ganges River.
  • Click here to view the classzone map of India's Resources (both ancient times and today).
  • Homework: Continue working on the Ancient India Study Guide (on discovery education), due Session 43.  ALSO, complete the 6.2  reading and quiz in your Discovery Education assignments.

Friday, January 5th (A day students) & Monday, January 8th (B day students) - Session 37:
1st Day of Ancient India Unit: Geography of Ancient India (click here to view the class notes from this lesson).
  • Vocab: subcontinent, monsoon, plateau.
  • Mapping India/Geography Challenge! (Click here for another map copy of India.  Click here for mapping instructions)
  • Geography of India Youtube Video!
  • Exploring India's Geography Around the Room (click here for another ratings chart.  Click here to view the readings on each physical feature). 
  • Homework: Read section 6.1 on the geography of India on Discovery Education (in your assignments under "Between the Mountains and the Sea").  Use reading to help you begin India Study Guide (due session 43).  Click here to print a paper copy of the study guide!

Wednesday, January 3rd (A day students) & Thursday, January 4th (B day students) - Session 36:
Decisions: Decisons Ancient Empires-Historical interactive decision making game.
  • Homework: Check Powerschool-write down your name, your grade for quarter 2, and any missing assignments-turn into Mr. Sproul next session for double homework grade.


​Friday, December 15th (A day students) & Monday, December 18th (B day students) - Session 33:
No homework. Have a great BREAK!!!!

Wednesday, December 13th (B day students) & Thursday, December 14th (A day students) - Session 32:
King Tut 
(Click here to view another Mr. Nicky song/video on King Tut!)
Escape Room
Schlesinger Video on Egypt - Great for review-click here.
King Tut have a greater impact alive or Dead?
Click here to see Steve Martin's King Tut
King Tut WebQuest here
Was King Tut Murdered by his Uncle?
Homework:   Take the practice test on discovery education. The highest score you receive on the study guide will be the score that goes in the gradebook! Study for test!

Monday, December 11th (B day students) & Tuesday, December 12th (A day students) - Session 31:
The Kingdom of Kush (Click here to view today's class notes).
  • Vocab: Succession, Dynasty
  • Click here to view the reading from this class.
  • Click here to view the reading from class, highlighted version for your comp. notebook.
  • Click here to view the powerpoint from this class.
  • Click here to view the youtube video on the forgotten Kingdom of Kush.
  • Click here to view another video on the Kush Empire.
  • The Four Periods of the Kushite Empire notes & comic strip activity.
  • Review Jeopardy - Ancient Egypt
Homework: Complete Ancient Egypt Study Guide due next session. IF NOT COMPLETED, FINISH PHAROH GALLERY SHEET. Click here to download the Pharaoh reading and here to download a copy of the gallery answer sheet .

Thursday, December 7th (B day students) & Friday, December 8th (A day students) - Session 30:
Egyptian Pharaohs (click here to view the class notes from today's lesson).
  • Vocab: topography, pharaoh, reign, treaty, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom
  • Impact of the Nile River (click here to view Classzone video). 
  • Differences between the 3 Kingdoms.
  • Pharaoh Gallery Walk: Khufu, Senusret I, Hatshepsut, Ramses II
  • Click here to watch a youtube clip of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.
  • Click here to watch a youtube clip of the song "Horrible Histories - The Mummy Song".
  • Click here to download the Pharaoh reading and here to download a copy of the gallery answer sheet .
  • All other videos viewed today available on  Just search for pharaohs!
Homework: D.E. reading, 4.3 "Pharaohs Unify Egypt", and quiz, "Egyptian Society", due next session. Also, continue to work on the Ancient Egypt & Kush Study Guide questions 14-23.

Monday, December 4th ( A day students) & Monday, December 5th (B day students) - Session 29:
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, Part II Homework: Complete the "Characteristics of a Civilization Chart - Ancient Egypt" chart (to print another copy, click here).  Answer the question in the chart, "Did Ancient Egypt Have the characteristics to qualify as a civilization?" Work on study guide questions 7-13, 24-30.  Complete 4.2 on Discovery Education .

Wednesday, November 29th (B day students) & Thursday, November 30th (A day students) - Session 28:
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, Part I. (click here to view the class notes from today's lesson).  
  • Vocab: vizier, scribe, artisan, peasant.
  • Click here to see the Classzone link on the Great Pyramid.
  • Click here to see the Classzone link on the New Powerful Kingdom.
  • Egyptian Social Structure (click here to view the Classzone link on the Egyptian Social Roles).
  • Egypt Daily Life Stations! (stations & instructions will be posted to weebly for completion AFTER 12/8).
  • To see 17 minute video on Ancient Egyptian Daily Life, head to, log in, and search for "Journals Through History_Ancient Egypt_Constructing Civilizations".
  • Click here to play a game on the Symbols of Ancient Egypt.
​Homework: Work on study guide questions 7-13, 24-30.  Complete 4.2 on Discovery Education

Monday, November 27 (B day students) & Tuesday, November 28th (A day students) - Session 27:
Geography of Ancient Egypt (click here to view today's class notes).
  • Vocab: topography
  • Impact of Geographical Features (click here for reading taped into notebook).
  • Impact of the Nile River (click here to view Classzone video). 
  • Comparisons of the Nile River to other modern day rivers.
  • Hymn to the Nile (click here to read the full version, and learn more about Egypt)
Homework: Begin new study guide for the Egypt unit, questions 1-10! Click here to print a hard copy of the Ancient Egypt Study Guide!  D.E. Reading - 4.1  "Egypt: Built Along a River", and quiz "Geography of Egypt".


​Monday, November 20th (B day students) & Tuesday, November 21st (A day students) - Session 26: 
  • Mesopotamia Unit Exam!  
Homework: No homework over the break! :)

Thursday, November 16th (B day students) & Friday, November 17th (A day students) - Session 25:
Hammurabi's Code Seminar (Click here to view class notes from today's session.)
  • Click here to watch a youtube video about the four empires discussed in class.
  • Hammurabi's Code-Was it just? (Click here to view a cartoon on Hammurabi's Code).
  • Click here to view the class notes, including discussion questions.
  • Click here to print off another copy of the triangulation documents/laws to take notes.
  • Empires Report Card
  • Empire Madness! Bracket Busters!
Homework: Study for test (next session). Complete Hammurabi's Code Triangulation Prewriting.  

Tuesday, November 14th (B day students) & Wednesday, November 15th (A day students) - Session 24 :
Mesopotamian Empires - Assyrians and Neo-Babylonians (Click here to view class notes from this session).
  • Vocab: siege, aqueduct,
  • Comprehension Web (Click here to print copy of comprehension web.)
  • Click here to view a review song about Mesopotamia!  Awesome!
  • Click here to view a youtube video on the Neo-Babylonian empire.
  • Comparing the empires (click here to view an additional powerpoint on Babylonia & Assyria.  Click here to view the reading on the Assyrian & Neo Babylonian Empires).
  • Schlesinger Video on Ancient Mesopotamia, Great for Review, Click here. 
Homework: Study Guide Due next session.  Read and take quiz on D.E. 3.2. 

Thursday, November 9th (B day students) & Monday, November 13th (A day students) - Session 23: 
Mesopotamian Empires - Akkadians & Babylonians (Click here to view class notes from this session).
Today's class assignment is found here.
  • Vocab: Empire, tribute, resume
  • Click here to watch a youtube video on farming in Ancient Sumer.
  • For more on Sumer, click here (video on daily life in Sumer).
  • For readings on the Akkadian and Babylonian Empires, click here.
  • To watch a video on Sargon's conquest, click here.​
  • Click here to watch a youtube video on Ancient Sumer.
  • Akkadians, Sargon's Resume, Babylonian Empire, Hammurabi's code. 
  • Click here to view the reading on the Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Empires.

Homework: Work on in class worksheet using readings and videos from weebly. Complete study guide questions 11-17  as well as 25-28 on Study Guide (note: questions 11-17 come from the reading).  Study Guide Due session 25

Tuesday, November 7th (B day students) & Wednesday, November 8th(A day students) - Session 22:
Topic: Mesopotamia
  • Rise of city-states (click here to view notes from today's class).
  • Vocab: complex, maintain, dispute, levee, irrigation, city-states.  (Click here to view video on irrigation in Ancient Mesopotamia).
  • Geographic problems/solutions.  (Click here to print another copy of problem/solution chart.  Use class notes (above) to help fill in the blanks!).
  •  Rise of city state handout  to help organize your thoughts on Ancient Sumer.r
  • Reading web.on Sumerian city states.
  • Absent? This video will help you make up this important lesson. Click here.
Homework: Study Guide 1-10.  Click here to print a copy of the study guide! Log on to discovery education and read 3.1 "Locating Mesopotamia" and complete the quiz "Geography of Mesopotamia".


Thursday, November 3rd  (B day students) & Friday,  November 6th (A day students) - Session 21: (Pushed back for A day)
  • (Please note: This exam will be the first formal grade for Quarter #2.  It will NOT be counted toward Quarter #1).  
  • No homework.  This is the end of Quarter #1
  • Early Humans Jeopardy!  (Click here to play - use as a full screen slide show, remove 'num lock' on keyboard, click home key each time to return to main slide
Homework: Find 5 elements of civilization on the penny. Extra credit for finding 7.

Friday, November 1st (B day students) & Monday, November 2nd (A day students) - Session 20: 
Topic: Ancient Sumer (Click here to view class notes from this session).
  • Elements of a Civilization (stable food supply, technology, social structure, written language, government, religion, art).  Click here to view powerpoint notes on Mesopotamia.
  • Was Sumer a civilization?  (Click here to view youtube video on Sumerians).
​Homework:  Study for Test!

Friday, October 27th (B day students) & Tuesday, October 31st (A day students) - Session 19: 
Topic: School Success
  • Ms. Babao will be our guest speaker to talk with us about life at CHMS.
Homework: Study for test.

Wednesday, October 25th (B day students) & Thursday, October 26th (A day students) - Session 18: 
Topic: Paleolithic vs. Neolithic
  • Click here to view Session 18 class notes.
  • Vocab: enable, efficient
  • From Hunters to Farmers youtube video
  • Changes from Paleolithic to Neolithic Era.  Click here to view answers to changes chart filled out in class.
  • The Flintstones - Were they REALLY a modern stone age family? (Click here to view Flintstones opening/closing theme song).
  • The Neolithic Era (click here to view an informational video on the Neolithic Era) - permanent settlements (Catal Huyuk), innovations, etc.  Click here to see a video of archaeologists uncovering Catal Huyuk in Turkey!
  • Stone Age Review.
Homework: Finish Study Guide. 

Monday, October 23rd (B day students) & Tuesday, October 24th (A day students) - Session 17:
Topic: Capabilities
  • How did early adaptations and innovations change societies?  Click here for class notes.
  • For additional notes on Early Humans click here.
  • Review: Archaeology (Click here to view video describing the work of an archeologist.  Click here to view a video of the Top 10 Archeological Finds of all time!)
  • Vocab: Hominids, Paleolithic, Capability, Migration, Paleoanthropologist
  • Click here to listen to They Might Be Giants - "I Am A Paleontologist"
  • Hominid Superheroes 
  • Emergence and development of civilizations (innovations & adaptations)
  • Video: Mankind the story of all of us: inventors
Homework: Discovery Education reading Chapter 2.1 Early Agricultural Civilizations. Take chapter quiz and mark complete. Students should be able to complete study Guide questions 7-16, 22, 24.

Thursday, October 19th (B day) & Friday, October 20th (A day) - Session 16:
Investigating the Past
  • Vocab: emerge, expansion, capability, prehistory, artifact (Click here to view Session 16 class notes).
  • Geography Challenge!  Click here for GC questions.
  • Click here for Fertile Crescent answer #1 (video).
  • Click here for Bugs Bunny clip on Mesopotamia.
Homework: Log onto Discovery Education assignments via NCEdCloud-Click on assignments tab, read  Chapter 1.2 : Early Humans (take chapter quiz and mark complete-you may take the quiz as many times as you want before the due date). Students should be able to complete study guide questions 1-6, 20.


Monday, October 16th (A day students) & Tuesday, October 17th (B day students) - Session 15

Wednesday, October 11th (B day students) & Thursday, October 12th (A day students) - Session 14:
 Map Seminar
  • Learning symbolic representations of maps
  • Map of Early Virginia: Seminar
 Study for test. 

Monday, October 9th (B day students) & Tuesday, October 10th (A day students) - Session 13:
Geographic Features
  • Why where you live impacts how you live (Click here for Session 13 notes)
  • Vocab: topography
  • Mapping our world; Interactive Map activities for kids. Click here for link.
  • Features Foldable
Homework:  Make a map of your home. Include major features, dangers,  resources, title, compass rose, and anything else they choose to include.

Thursday, October 5th(B day students) & Friday, October 8th (A day students) - Session 12:
Thematic Maps/Europe Inspirer
  • Computer simulation which utilizes map reading skills, strategizing, collaboration and gathering details from multiple sources to draw conclusions.
  •  If you need another map, you can find it here.
  • For extra practice on the 5 themes click here
Homework:   Finish study guide. Due next session.

Tuesday, October 3rd (B day students) & Wednesday, October 4th(A day students) - Session 11:
Trial of the Lorax (Human-Environment Interaction)
  •  Click here to view class notes from Session 11.
  • Click here to view  the Lorax.  
Homework: Work on study guide. Due session 13.

Friday, September 29th (B day students) & Monday, October 2nd (A day students) - Session 10:
Studying Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" (Human-Environment Interaction)
  •  Click here to view class notes from Session 10.
  • Click here to view  the Lorax.  Prepare for trial. This will be turned in during class for a formal grade!  DO NOT complete before class; you will be able to take notes during the video! :-)
Homework: Prepare for Trial! 

Wednesday, September 27th (B day students) & Thursday, September 28th (A day students) - Session 9:
5 themes of Geography: Movement, Region, & HEI
  • Applying the theme of location (Click here to view today's class notes).
  • Vocab: longitude, latitude, hemisphere, absolute location, relative location (Click here for additional notes on latitude, longitude, and hemispheres). 
  • Latitude and Longitude song. (Hey, I didn't make it!)
  • Click here to listen to the Longitude & Latitude Shuffle!
  • Click here to access the study guide questions.
  • Location Game
  • ​In case you are still having trouble,here it is again. (The 5 themes of Geography explained by someone else)
Homework: Begin working on the Study guide.  Do questions 2, 5, 7, & 9-11. Entire study guide due Session 12. 

Monday, September 25th (B day students) & Tuesday, September 26th (A day students) - Session 8:
5 themes of Geography: Location and Place
  • Applying the theme of location (Click here to view today's class notes).
  • Vocab: longitude, latitude, hemisphere, absolute location, relative location
  • Location Game or here.
  • Vocab: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, regions.
  • Click here to view "5 Themes of Geography" song
  • Click here to view definitions/descriptions on each of the 5 Themes of Geography
  • Click here to view a video on the 5 themes of Geography.
  • Click here to play a Jeopardy review game on the 5 Themes of Geography.
  • Click here to view additional notes on the 5 Themes of Geography.
  • 5 themes activity
Homework: Study guide questions 1-5. Click here to access the study guide. For the maps, click here and here.

Tuesday, September 19th (B day students) & Wednesday, September 20th (A day students) - Session 7:
  • Students will present their multi-cultural projects to the other classes as the other team fire classes visit our gallery.
  • For another copy of the description/rubric, click here.
Homework: None-take a break. When we return we will begin Geography!

Friday, September 15th (B day students) & Monday, September 18th (A day students) - Session 6:
  • If you did not score an 84%, you may retake the test but you must show that you have reviewed by (a) having a complete an accurate study guide (b) completing either test corrections OR a tutoring session.
Homework: Culture Presentation due next Session (Monday, 9/18 for A day students, Tuesday, 9/19 for B day students).

Tuesday, September 12th (A day students) & Wednesday, September 13th (B day students) - Session 5:
Seminar and Test review
  • What does an anthropologist do?  Click here to view link.
  • Globalization Triangulation Seminar.
  • YouTube Video on the Pros & Cons of Globalization click here.
  • Globalization Triangulation Lesson: Is globalization beneficial or detrimental to a culture?
  • Kahoot review: 
  • Jeopardy Review for Exam!  Click here to download Jeopardy powerpoint.​
Homework: Study for Test!

Friday, September 8th (A day students) & Monday, September 11th (B day students) - Session 4:
Cultural Diffusion
  • Click here for notes from this session
  • What does an anthropologist do?  Click here to view link.
  • Vocab: Innovation vs. Invention, Diffusion, Domestication
  • Click here for video on Cultural diffusion. For additional video click here.
Homework: Study Guide due next class. Seminar focus: Is globalization beneficial or detrimental to a society's culture?  -Begin work on Culture presentations!

Wednesday, September 6th (A day students) & Thursday, September 7th (B day students) - Session 3:
GlobalizationHomework: Complete Study Guide for Session 5.

Friday, September 1st (A day students) & Tuesday, September 5th (B day students) - Session 2:
World Religion
  • Click here for a jeopardy game on World religions
  • Click here for notes from this session
  • World Religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
  • Vocab: Monotheistic & Polytheistic
  • How does Immigration Impact Religion?`
  • World Languages, Customs & Language Families.
  • Videos explaining Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism
Homework: Culture Study Guide Questions 1-5 due next session.  Click here for a copy of the study guide. Get parent's signature on commitment pledge.

Wednesday, August 30th (A day students) & Thursday, August 31st (B day students) - Session 1:
What is culture
  • Click here for notes from this session
  • Vocab: Culture, Ethnic Group, Anthropologist
  • Elements of culture
  • What is your family's culture-Create your own Culture Web​
Homework:    Culture Study Guide Questions 1-5 due Session 3.  Click here for a copy of the study guide. 

Monday, August 28th (A day students) & Tuesday, August 29th (B day students) 
  • Click here for notes from this session
  • Class introductions
  • Class expectations
  • Elements of Social Studies
  • Why study history?  For video, click here.
Homework: Me in a bag project

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