Class Announcements

China's Geography, Government, and Religion

posted Mar 19, 2018, 2:42 PM by Warren Wannamaker

Students will do a few things this week. First, we'll wrap up our section on the Geography of Ancient China. This will culminate with a quiz on this material, which students may take on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will have time in class to prepare and create study tools. 

We'll then begin to look at the culture of Ancient China. To do so, we'll first focus on the governments and religions of China, especially in terms of the Ancient Shang Dynasty. 

If students need any extra help, or to review their notes before the quiz, they may stop in before school any day this week. 

Have a great week!

Starting our next unit on China

posted Mar 12, 2018, 1:56 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

From India to China

posted Mar 5, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Recommendations for the Rajah, and Hoops

posted Feb 26, 2018, 1:53 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Mauryan and Gupta Quiz and Project

posted Feb 21, 2018, 2:03 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Mauryan & Gupta Empires and Preparing for our Quiz

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:25 PM by Warren Wannamaker


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!

Ancient Indian Religion and Empires

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:52 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Hinduism & Buddhism

posted Jan 29, 2018, 2:50 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Indus Valley, Aryans, Hinduism & Buddhism

posted Jan 22, 2018, 2:23 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

Indus Valley and Aryan Migration

posted Jan 16, 2018, 2:16 PM by Warren Wannamaker

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!

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