Mr. Wannamaker's Class Updates

Class Updates

  • 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
  • New Year, New Unit

    Students will spend this week doing a few things. 

    First, students will wrap up their writing prompts comparing the cultures of the past and present Fertile Crescent. 

    Students will also complete a brief post-assessment on the Eight Traits of Culture. To do so, students will identify traits while reading several articles from Newsela. 

    We'll then be moving on to our next unit, on Ancient India. Students will first look at the Geography of that ancient area, and will then learn about the different people who lived in Ancient India. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Jan 2, 2018, 2:04 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Quizzes, Projects, and Wrapping Up the Year

    Students will be taking their quiz this week on Government and Economy, and how these traits of culture relate to the Fertile Crescent. Most students will be taking this quiz on Tuesday, though some have already taken it. 

    The second part of the quiz concerns all eight traits of culture, and identifying examples of them from the Fertile Crescent. Most students will complete this activity on Wednesday, though some may be able to squeeze it in on Tuesday 

    We'll then finish our small research project that started last week in the library. Students will do so by comparing the cultures of the Ancient Fertile Crescent with a present-day culture in that region. 

    To wrap up the week (and 2017), students will learn very briefly about a few additional subjects in Egypt (such as pyramids), and the Persian Empire. 

    Have a great week, and a safe and happy holiday break!
    Posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker
  • Wrapping Up Economy, Going to the Library

    King Assurbanipal (pictured above) had his ancient library in Nineveh. LCJSMS has it's Library Learning Commons, located on the first floor. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will visit the library to learn about research and citations. We'll then put this new knowledge to good use by researching a present-day country in the Fertile Crescent and surrounding areas. We'll then compare what life was like then and now in that area. 

    We'll also wrap up our activities on Economy, and how they relate to the ancient Fertile Crescent. This will be in preparation for a quiz next week, on Economy, Government, and the Fertile Crescent. We'll discuss this quiz more at the end of this week, and we'll also start preparing study tools for the quiz. 

    Have a great week!
    Posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:27 PM by Warren Wannamaker
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