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Week 5/ August 5 to August 8

September 5 2017

Essential Question:

What was early civilization in the America’s like?

Standards:

e. Explain the rise of the Olmecs.

 

Activator:

We will complete a word splash reviewing the content that we have covered and will cover.

Teaching Strategies:

Students will write multiple choice questions that cover ancient religions and Africa.  We will take a multiple choice quiz today.  It will cover the content we cover in class today.

Classnotes-

Peoples first entered the Americas by crossing the Bering Strait.  These peoples lived as hunter gatherers, but eventually organized complex societies, first in Central (Mesoamerica) and South America.  The Olmecs (the first major civilization in Mesoamerica) developed a highly complex society based on the trade of rubber. These organized societies were needed to organize laborers, build irrigation systems, and drain farmland.  The Olmecs were  located in the tropical forests along the Gulf Coast of Mexico.  They are most well-known for 50 stone heads made of basalt, weighing 40 tons each. These  required advanced technology to move the stones over 50 miles.  Olmecs had a system of writing, but it cannot be read.  The Olmecs are considered the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica because other cultures adopted their advances.  Their civilization simply disappeared.

 

Summarizer:

Students will take a multiple choice quiz that covers Olmecs, early religions, and Africa.

 

Differentiation:

None, Quiz

 

September 6 2017

Essential Question:

How was the Ancient Indian World changed by Alexander the Great?

Standards:

SSWH2 Identify the major achievements of Chinese and Indian societies to 500 CE/AD.

a. Describe the development of Indian civilization, include: the rise and fall of the Maurya

and Gupta Empires.

Activator:

Students will be provided with a list of everything we will cover over the next 4 days.  This includes:

The Mauryan Empire in India

The Gupta Empire in India

The Zhou Dynasty in China

The Qin Dynasty in China

The Han Dynasty in China

Buddhism in India

The Silk Road

Students will be prompted to take a second to look at the classmates for these topics on the teacher’s online classroom.  They will pick the top 3, in order that they wish to do a project over the next 4 days.  After notes, this is how I will group the class based on choices.  I will do my best to make sure a student gets their top choices.

Teaching Strategies:

Classnotes-

The Aryans and Alexander the Great invaded India from the northwest.  After Alexander the Great an Empire known as the Mauryans ruled much of Northern India and lasted for about 150 years.  The Empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya.  The Mauryans were an early successful dynasty in India.  Chandragupta Maurya’s grandson Ashoka was a key ruler in India.  He made the Empire even bigger by using the army to conquer other people.  The Empire eventually included all of India except the very southern tip of the country.  The Mauryans had a strong central government that taxed, kept a strong army, and set standards.  Ashoka, the grandson of the Empire’s founder, converted to Buddhism, practiced peace, and placed “edicts” on pillars.  Ashoka sent Buddhist missionaries to spread the religion.  Eventually, after the fall of the Mauryan Empire, the Gupta Empire rose to power.  Chandra Gupta I was the founder of the Gupta Empire.  The Guptas caused a decline in Buddhism and a rise in Hinduism.  The early years of the Gupta dynasty was called the “golden age” of Indian civilization because of great achievements in the arts  and extreme prosperity for the people.  The Gupta’s were never able to exercise the same level of central authority as the Mauryan’s.

 

Students will be placed in groups of 3-4 for this project that will take 4 days.  Students will be told that they will create a Crash Course Transcript and Rubric on the topic they were assigned in groups.  Students will be reminded that they will still receive notes each day, but the balance of time will be spent on this project.  Students are expected to create a transcript that has all the requirements as dictated by the rubric and a then an actual Crash Course video will be made.  Students will be reminded of the schedule every day, as they MUST film on the last day.  Instructions for submitting will be provided as well.  Students will also be instructed to watch Crash Course videos if needed, so they will know what to include.  This first day is meant to serve as an introduction day to what is expected for this project.

Crash Course Rubric CLICK HERE

Crash Course Transcript Example 1 and 2 CLICK HERE

Crash Course Tips CLICK HERE

Summarizer:

Teacher check of work

 

Differentiation:

Student choice of topics, Student transcript and video creation

 

September 7 2015

Essential Question:

What traits did early Chinese states have in common and how were they different?

Standards:

b. Describe the development of Chinese civilization under Zhou, Qin, and Han.

 

Activator:

If needed a Crash Course video will be shown, or portions will be shown, so students know what they are creating.

Teaching Strategies:

Classnotes-

The Zhou Dynasty (pronounced Joe)  was the first major dynasty to control China.  They did not create a centralized form of government.  Instead China was set up in territories, and each territory was ruled by a member of the royal family. Rulers of each territory were responsible for providing military service to the king.  The Zhou made very important technological advances in China including irrigation, waterways, and the use of iron.  Over time local leaders began to fight among themselves for control of more territory.  This caused the Zhou kings to lose control of the country. Over time the kings lost power. The real power was held by the rulers of about 150 states.

 

In Ancient China the Mandate of Heaven was the belief that god gave rulers the right to rule, when rulers lost power, they had lost the Mandate of Heaven.  Rulers of each dynasty believed that the God of Heaven decided who should rule China.  When a new dynasty took over it was because the old dynasty had lost the Mandate of Heaven.

 

Students will continue working on project.

Summarizer:

Teacher check of work

Differentiation:

Same as previous project day

 

 

September 8 2015

Essential Question:

What traits did early Chinese states have in common and how were they different?

Standards:

b. Describe the development of Chinese civilization under Zhou, Qin, and Han.

 

Activator:

Students will answer 4-5 multiple choice questions on the following 2 days content.

Teaching Strategies:

Classnotes-

After the end of the Zhou, a number of kingdoms fought for power in China.  This time period was called the Warring States.  The Qin (pronounced Chin) dynasty finally gained complete power in 221B.C by defeating their rivals.  Their founder was Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China.  This dynasty only lasted about 15 years, but made major changes in Chinese life.  The Qin ruled over an area almost twice the size of the Zhou dynasty.  Emperor Qin maintained order in China by establishing an autocracy – a form of government where the emperor has complete and total power.  He believed that it was dangerous for scholars to be able to research and solve problems on their own.  He limited their right to discuss issues among themselves & executed anyone who criticized the government.  The Emperor used forced labor to build the Great Wall, a barrier to the north that was constructed to keep out nomads.  The Emperor also began land reforms to break up the power of local kingdoms.  These reforms helped create the foundation for the State that would eventually govern China’s vast territory. The people were extremely upset about being forced to work for the emperor.  In 206 B.C. a rebel army revolted against the dynasty.  Liu Bang, a general in the Qin army, overthrew the empire and founded the Han Dynasty.  The Han dynasty was one of the most important in Chinese history. The empire had a centralized government instead of separate governments in each state and remained in power in China for 400 years.  The Han dynasty utilized the civil service examination system that tested one’s knowledge of Confucianism to select government officials based on merit and not on birth.  Under the Han, China experienced a dramatic increase in population and productivity.  Trade outside the Empire grew as well.  Over time though, wealthy landowners rose to power, weakening the Han.

 

Students will continue working on their Crash Course video.  It will be due on the following day.

Summarizer:

Teacher check of work.  Students will be reminded that they must finish on Monday.

Differentiation:

Same as previous project days

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