Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • Starting our next unit on China

    Students return from their impromptu break to begin their next unit, on China (the unit website can be found in the link to the right). 

    We'll first focus on some unit-specific vocabulary, and then we'll look at the geography of the region. On Friday, we'll have a brief quiz on the vocabulary and the locations of specific physical features that we'll be learning about. More will be discussed in class this week. 

    Have a wonderful, kind week!
    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 1:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • From India to China

    Students will do a few things this week - 

    First, we'll finish our Recommendations for the Rajah Project. This will include the class serving as an Audience for the projects, reading several of them, and offering critiques of the projects. 

    We'll then start our next unit, on Ancient China. This unit will start with a preassessment, and then we'll learn some unit-specific vocabulary (this will end with a very brief, very small quiz on the vocab). We'll then move on to learning about the geography of Ancient China, and how it affected the people of the region. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Recommendations for the Rajah, and Hoops

    Students will spend time this week working on their Recommendations for the Rajah project. In this project, students will use their knowledge of Ancient India to provide a Rajah with advice on how to maintain and provide success for an Ancient Indian Empire. More about the project, including our task statement, outline of requirements for the project, and grading information, can be found on the unit website (the link is to the right). 

    Students learned who their partners are today, and will work individually and in pairs this week to create their presentations. The final product should be complete and ready to hand in by the end of class on Monday, March 5. 

    Also this week, students will take two very small, very brief assessments on the Five Themes of Geography (Wednesday in class) and the Eight Traits of Culture (Thursday in class). We'll talk more about these assessments in class on Tuesday. In the meantime, students should review the Traits and Themes. 

    Lastly, on Thursday, students should definitely consider attending Hoops for Humanity. It's a splendid time, it's for a good cause, and Mr. Wannamaker gets to show off his legendary (lack) of basketball skills. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Mauryan and Gupta Quiz and Project

    Students will use this abbreviated week to complete their quiz on the Mauryan and Gupta Empires. Students have completed their review charts, and will create their study tools during class and at home. Students may take the quiz on Thursday or Friday. 

    When finished with the quiz, we'll complete several minor activities related to Ancient India. We'll also begin looking at the directions for our project, and will identify what the project includes and how it will be graded. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 2:03 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Mauryan & Gupta Empires and Preparing for our Quiz

    Students will spend the week learning about the Mauryan Empire and the major achievements of Ashoka. We'll then move on to discuss the achievements during the golden age of the Gupta Empire. 

    We'll then start preparing for a quiz on the Mauryan and Gupta Empires. Which will most likely be given when we return from break. 

    Have a great week!

    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:25 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Ancient Indian Religion and Empires

    Students will spend this week doing several things. First, they'll prepare for and take their quiz on Hinduism and Buddhism. Students will be taking the quiz on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the period and their readiness. 

    We'll then learn about the Mauryan and Gupta Empires. We'll see how these empires started, the key rulers for each, and their major achievements. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:52 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Hinduism & Buddhism

    Students will spend time this week continuing to learn about Hinduism as it developed in Ancient India. We'll also learn about Buddhism, its tenets, and the similarities and differences between Hinduism and Buddhism. 

    This will all build towards our quiz on these topics, which will likely take place next Tuesday, February 6th. 

    Also, do remember to bring in your cereal boxes for the Cereal Bowl. Especially if you're on my team. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 2:50 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Indus Valley, Aryans, Hinduism & Buddhism

    Students will spend the week doing a few things. We'll start the week by preparing for our Indus Valley and Aryan Migration quiz. The afternoon classes (Periods 4, 6, and 7) have the quiz on Tuesday. Students in the morning classes (Periods 1 and 2) are taking the quiz on Wednesday, as our recent delayed openings have caused those classes to have less class time, and therefore less time to complete the activities and take the notes required for the quiz. 

    Students should come to class with their study tools, pens, and Planning For Our Quiz sheet. Any students who have questions or need a bit of review can stop by before or after school this week. 

    We'll then move on to our next topic in the India unit, which focuses on Hinduism and Buddhism. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 22, 2018, 2:23 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Indus Valley and Aryan Migration

    Students will spend the week looking at the Indus Valley Civilization and the Aryan Migration. We'll complete readings, analyze maps, and identify examples of government, economy, and religion in these two important segments of Ancient Indian History. 

    These studies will culminate in a quiz, which will most likely be held on Tuesday, January 23. We'll plan, and prepare, more in class at the end of this week. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 2:16 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • India Geography, Introduction, and the Indus Valley

    Students will spend the week learning some preliminary information about India. 

    We'll begin by looking at some of the major physical features of the region, and how humans interacted with them. This will culminate in a small quiz this Wednesday, where students will demonstrate their ability to identify the locations of these physical features. We'll talk more about this assessment on Tuesday. 

    We'll then create a small timeline of the key events, peoples, and individuals who we'll be further discussing during the unit. Then, we'll move on to an exploration of the first of these groups, the Ancient Indus Valley Civilization. We'll learn about how their cities were designed, what their lives were possibly like, and what eventually happens to the civilization. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:00 PM by Warren Wannamaker
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