Agenda: Wed & Thu Dec. 1st and 2nd, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."  ~Native American Proverb

Learning Targets:

* The diverse geography of the Americas resulted in the emergence of many varied and highly
advanced civilizations. Some of these early civilizations were wiped out by diseases introduced
to the Americas by European expeditions.
• In North America, these early inhabitants included the Inuit people near the Arctic Circle, the
Anasazi people of the Southwest, the Hopewell peoples of the Ohio River valley, and the
Iroquois of the Northeast. The Iroquois built villages of longhouses and had a highly organized
alliance called the Iroquois League.
• The Iroquois relied on the land and specifically - corn, beans, and squash, called the"three sisters.”Mesoamerica refers to areas of Mexico and Central America that were civilized before the arrival
of the Spaniards.The Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations developed and administered
complex societies.
• The arrival of the Spaniards in the sixteenth century brought diseases against which the Aztec had no immunity. Devastated by these diseases, the Aztecs were defeated by the Spaniards, who then destroyed much of Aztec civilization.

1. Pass out the Fall Final Exam Targets (Review Sheet)
2. Finish Notes from Chapter 7 - Early Africa
3. Introduce Chapter 11 - The Americas
Video for Chapter 11 - The MesoAmericans

Castle Project Due on Friday
Homework for Ch. 7, 11, 13 due on Tuesday of next week
Quiz is Wed/Thu of next week
Test on Ch 7, 11, 13 is next Friday

Youtube Video: Engineering an Empire - The Aztecs:

Targets for Chapter 7, 11, and 13 - Triangle Trade

2010 Chapter 7-11-13 Targets Triangle Trade

Notes Chapter 7 - Early Africa

2010 Chapter 7 Early Africa

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional." - Joe Paterno

Learning Targets:
* Compare and contrast Eastern (Kush, Axum) and Western (Ghana, Mali, Songhai) Early African trading empires. 
* Understand the power of religion in determining culture of early Africa.What impact does Islam have on the development of early Africa? 
* Valuable trading commodities, such as iron and gold, were the basis for their wealth and power. In exchange, they received metal goods, textiles, horses, and salt from the Muslim merchants of North Africa. 
* Villages in southern Africa consolidated more gradually to form states. One of the wealthiest and most powerful was Zimbabwe, which flourished from 1300 to around 1450.  For most Africans, family and ancestral relationships were paramount. Slavery was practiced, and women were usually subordinate to men. However, lineage was based on the mother, and mothers had a key role in educating children.

1.  Warm up - Write your thesis statement that answers the prompt for the Castle Project paper.  We will briefly discuss the project.  It is due on Friday.
Castle Poster or Model
Coat of Arms
2.  Introduce next unit - Chapters 7, 11, 13.  We'll start with Africa today and work on The Americas on Wed/Thu.  Next week we'll finish The Americas and begin Chapter 13 European Explorers. The test is next Friday.

Agenda: Monday, November 29, 2010

Mr. Duez is absent today.  If you were also absent, you can do the assignments below.  If you chose not to do them you will not get credit for them, but it will not be a zero either.  It will go into the gradebook as an X for exempt.

1)  CNN Student News - Take notes as you watch.  Then write two summary sentences for two different stories (4 total sentences - 2 each for 2 stories).

2)  Read the handout about Ibn Battuta and follow the instructions at the end of the second page:

Agenda: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land." - Jon Stewart

Learning Targets:

Essays - Pick two of the following essays and write a complete answer 
for each on a separate sheet of paper.  Use paragraph form.
1.  Explain the importance of the monasteries to the cultural renewal 
       of the Carolingian Empire.
2.  Describe the elements of the feudal contract for both vassal and lord.
3.  Explain why Europeans go on Crusade and how the Crusades 
      end up changing Europe?? 
4.  Identify the economic consequences of the Black Death.

Pick up the Targets for Chapter 7, 11, 13 -


Agenda: Monday, November 22, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will." - Joan of Arc

Learning Targets:
"Chapter Objectives"
Essays - Pick two of the following essays and write a complete answer
for each on a separate sheet of paper.  Use paragraph form.
1.  Explain the importance of the monasteries to the cultural renewal
       of the Carolingian Empire.
2.    Describe the elements of the feudal contract for both vassal and lord.
3.    Explain why Europeans go on Crusade and how the Crusades
       end up changing Europe??
4.    Identify the economic consequences of the Black Death.

1.  Notes - Finish Chapter 10 - Black Death, Hundreds Years' War, Joan of Arc
2.  Quiz Chapter 9 & 10
3.  Review Chapter 9 & 10

Castle Project due on Friday, Dec. 3rd

Castle Project Information

Castle Project is due on Friday, Dec. 3rd.

Castle Project Rubric:

Castle Project Essay Rubric:

Nick Walker put together a mammoth castle in 2006.  It was incredible.  Here is his blog that shows pictures from start to finish of him creating it:

Here is the video of our GREAT Castle Projects for Fall 2009:

You need a password to view it the password is: castle

The Castle Projects were great this year.  Awesome job.

The 2008 Castles were GREAT.  Super examples of how to get it done.

Castle Project 2008 from fordee on Vimeo.

Agenda: Friday, November 19, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."  ~Albert Camus
Aidan in Dec. 2005

Learning Targets:
* How did the population growth in Europe lead to the building of walled cities?
* How did the population growth, rise of cities, and sanitation problems lead to the Black Plague?

**Collect  Homework**
1.  10 minutes of "Castles and Dungeons" video.  We'll see the portion where an attacker is trying to get into the castle and the defense system is at work.
2.  Notes - The Rise of Cities and the Black Plague

Quiz is on Monday.
Test is on Tuesday.
Then Turkey & Football.
Dec. 3rd is the day the Castle Project is due.

Agenda: Wed & Thu November 17/18, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity." -Edvard Munch

Learning Targets:
* How does the crusades change Europe?
* Why did Europeans build castles?
* How do castles protect their inhabitants?
* How did the defense systems operate?
* What was life like in a castle?

1.  Finish our discussion of the Crusades.  We'll watch the last 5 minutes of the First Crusade video that we saw yesterday.  We'll discuss how the crusades change Europe.  (15 minutes)
2.  We'll discuss Castle Plans and get into groups of 6 based on our castle groups.  Then Mr. Duez will pass out the Castle Information and we are going to work on it in groups.  Then we'll come back together to discuss as a full group.
3.  End of the period will be discussion and video about "Castles and Dungeons."


The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross, Part I

We watched the first few minutes in class today.  Great video to bring the Crusades home and explain the reasons why Europeans decided to go on crusade.  Pope Urban II explains to Christians that they will be remitted of all sin, if they go on crusade and liberate the holy land from Muslim rule.   This included killing, as long as those killed are infidels.

In part two and three, the slaughter of Jews throughout Europe is profiled as Christians are on the move to the first crusade.
Part two is here:

Military historians reveal the harsh realities of life on crusade.  Crusaders needed about 6 years of salary to go on one crusade.
Part three is here:

Chapter 10 - The Crusades - Notes

Ch10 Sec1 Crusades

Agenda: Tueday, November 16, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962), 'This Is My Story,' 1937

Learning Targets:
* What is the Magna Carta?  How did it limit the King's power in England?
* What are the Crusades?  How did they change Europe?

Passed out Castle info at the beginning of the period.  These two handouts (to be read for next time for our socratic discussions):
1.  Notes on The Magna Carta and The Crusades.
2.  See a video clip from the History Channel's "The Crusades:  The Crescent and the Cross."

“All who die… whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission (forgiveness) for sins.”

Dark Ages Video Part II

This is the link to the questions from Friday that we used to cover the Dark Ages Video:

If you watch it on Youtube, you'd begin around chapter 5 or "Charlemagne."

If you were absent, it will not count against you.  But, if you answer the questions  you'll be able to get a grade for it.

Chapter 9 & 10 Part II - Vikings, Castles, & Feudalism


Notes Chapter 9 and 10 Part I - Clovis & Charlemagne

2010 Chapter 9 and 10 Middle Ages Part I Charlemagne

Hey Kids...

Agenda: Monday, November 15, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "Never, Ever, Ever give up!"  (a good thought when being a Texans fan!)
Are Texan's fans Charlie Brown? :(

Learning Targets:
* Why were castles originally constructed?
* How does Feudalism work and why was it needed?
* How do the Crusades bring about the end of the Feudal system?
1.  Notes Chapter 9 & 10 Feudalism.
2.  Check out 10 minutes of the Dark Ages video that describes the invasion of Vikings.
3.  Introduce the Crusades and their impact on Feudal Europe.
4.  Last few minutes of class for discussing Castle project with partners.  We need to have our partners chosen and a quick proposal drawn up by Wed/Thu this week.  We'll work in groups to research what a castle is and how it was used that day.

Agenda: Friday, November 12, 2010

**Note - because of Mr. Duez's absence yesterday, 6th period will be doing Wed/Thu Activities which include learning more about the castle project.**

Quote of the Day:  "Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself." - Samuel Johnson
"Where there is a will, there's a way."  (or a guy named Will)

Learning Targets:
*  Explain how Magyars, Muslims, and Viking invaders led to the creation of castles.
*  How did feudalism develop?  And what ways did royalty use it to control their people?

1.  Dark Ages Video.  We'll watch the 2nd half (starts with Chapter 5 of the video) with lots of commentary and discussion from Mr. Duez.  This video does an incredible job of painting a picture of what was occurring in the very early middle ages.  Students will answer questions that go with the video.
2.  We'll discuss the rubric for the Castle Project and be sure that everyone understands what is expected.

Agenda: Wed, November 10th, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "To have another language is to possess another soul."  - Charlemagne

Learning Targets:
* Understand the requirements and rubric behind the Castle Project.
* Who is Clovis?  Who is Charlemagne?  How do they influence post-Rome Europe?

1. Castle Projects
    Pass out Castle Rubric & Essay Rubric
    Watch video clips from previous years
    Discuss project
2.  Chapter 9 and 10 Notes, Part I - Clovis and Charlemagne

Agenda: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "So I left NBC because I did not want to move my show to midnight.  Now I'm on at 11pm on TBS, but tonight is right after daylight savings time... so it's basically midnight and I'm an idiot."  - Conan O'Brien

Learning Targets:
* Students will present their world leader project to the class and discuss what it means to be a leader.  What characteristics did their leader have?
* Who was Clovis and what impact did he have on life in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire?

1.  Finish World Leader Digital Project Presentations
2.  Collect notes over the presentations and their reflections.
3.  Begin Chapter 9 Notes on "The Middle Ages."

Agenda: Monday, November 8, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "People ask me why I've stayed here so long," Paterno told the crowd of 104,147, none of whom went home. "Look around!  Look around!  I love you all...  Now that the celebrating is over, let's go beat Ohio State!"  
-- Joe Paterno, Coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, as Penn State held an on-field ceremony that included a video tribute and a crystal football given to the coach to commemorate win No. 400. 

Learning Targets:
* Students will understand the term Dark Ages and how it is used to describe what the book refers to as the Middle Ages.
* Students will present their digital projects on their World Leaders

1.  Discuss the "Dark Ages" video from Friday.  
2.  Students will present their digital projects from the World Leader Project.
3.  If Time, we will discuss Chapter 9 & 10 "Middle Ages"

The Dark Ages

This is the video we watched in class on Friday.  You can see all of it at Youtube.  They have each of the parts of the film. Great stuff.  Will really help for chapter 9 and 10.

Agenda: Friday, November 5, 2010

Mr. Duez is out on an AVID field trip to Stephen F. Austin University.
It is a great school.  Definitely one to put on your list to look at this year.

Quote of the Day:  "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

Learning Targets:
* What were the Dark Ages?
* How did Europe respond after the fall of the Roman Empire?

1.  Sub will take attendance
2.  Sub will pass out the handout for the video = "The Dark Ages"
Students will write what they already know about it, what they want to learn, and on the back what they have learned.  With 5 minutes left, they will write a summary of what they saw.

The Visigoths enter Rome in 410 AD.  The Dark Ages begin.  :)

2010 Targets for Chapters 9 & 10 "Middle Ages"

2010 Chapter 9 10 Targets the Middle Ages

Agenda: Wed/Thu November 3 & 4, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Stories behind Famous Sayings
Who Said It: St. Ambrose
When: 387 A.D.
The Story behind It: When St. Augustine arrived in Milan, he observed that the Church did not fast on Saturday as did the Church at Rome. He consulted St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who replied: "When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday; when I am at Milan, I do not. Follow the custom of the Church where you are." The comment was changed to "When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done" by Robert Burton in his Anatomy of Melancholy. Eventually it became "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
1.  Finish "Fall of Rome" -- Factors for the Fall
2.  Review Ch. 5 "Roman Empire"
3.  TEST - Chapter 5

Pick up Target Sheet for Chapter 9 & 10

Agenda: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls--the World." - Lord Byron
The city burns as the Visigoths sack Rome
Learning Targets:
1.  How does the rise of Caesar change Rome?  Why does he rise to power?  How does he fall?
2.  How does the rise of Christianity change Rome?  
3.  What leads to the downfall of Rome and the collapse of the Roman Empire?

1.  Story of Tiberius Graccus, Caesar's Leadership, Rise of Chrisitanity, & Fall of Rome.
TEST is next class.

I'll be here for tutoring Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  Get in here if you need to make up work or retake a test/quiz.

Notes for Chapter 5 - Roman Empire

Here are the links to our 3 portions of notes for this chapter:

For the test on Wed/Thu, I would definitely look over the notes.  I would also read sections 1-3 very closely and take notes from the book.

Study your vocabulary.

There are no essays on this test.