Social Studies Vocabulary list here - will update throughout the year
(Dolphins calendar of events - with homework - at bottom)
"What are Continents?" video link here
Egyptian Hieroglyphic Fun Links:
Trojan War Song - Parody of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" about the Trojan War
Today in Class:
1/23: [THIS IS BEING UPDATED LATE. 2-Hour Delay!] Students read about Augustus Caesar and answered a few questions about him on "The Emperors of Rome..." document. We then discussed the meaning of "Pax Romana".
1/24: Students read "The Emperors of Rome..." and then created a Wanted poster or a Hero poster about one of the Roman Emperors mentioned in the reading. If there was time, Mr. Capps showed this darkly funny Horrible Histories music video about four of Rome's worst emperors. If students didn't finish their Wanted/Hero poster, they should do so for homework.
1/27, 1/28, 1/31: [THIS IS BEING UPDATED LATE. One full day and two half-days.] Students completed "Gods and goddesses of Ancient Rome". They took notes on "Judaism and Christianity" and completed a hardcopy "Timeline of Christianity in the Roman Empire" with three letters of Peter, Paul, and Nero on the other side.
2/3: We reviewed the letters of Peter, Paul, and Nero from Friday. Students then read about Constantine the Great from "Roman Christianity and the Fall of Rome", and, if time, read about the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire (to be finished tomorrow).
2/4: We discussed the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire from the "Roman Christianity and the Fall of Rome" document (linked above). We then reviewed for the test by playing a quick round of Jeopardy!
2/5: Students took the Golden Age Test today. If they finished early they were given the opportunity for extra credit by illustrating one of the Golden Age timeline dates.
2/6: Students finished their Golden Age Tests today (if necessary). They then worked on "Barbarians Invade Rome!". If they didn't finish, they should do so for homework tonight.
2/7: Students learned about the different barbarian groups that invaded the Roman Empire by completing a map that showed their migrations/invasions. They were then asked four questions about the map and turned them in at the end of class.
2/10: We reviewed the map of barbarian invasions from Friday. Students then took notes on the "Germanic Kingdoms After the Fall of Rome" and then completed the "Letters of King Theodoric" primary source document activity that is linked in the notes. Students should complete the Frankish Law section (at the bottom of the document) for homework.
2/11: Students learned a little more about the Franks and completed/discussed the Frankish Law section of the "Germanic Kingdoms After the Fall of Rome" document. We then introduced Justinian the Great with notes. Students should complete The Justinian Legal Code section at the bottom of that document for homework.
2/12: [Snow - Early Release!] Students finished taking notes on Justinian the Great on the document linked under 2/11. They should make sure to have the Justinian Legal Code section finished.
2/17: We reviewed the Golden Age test responses and how to turn in test corrections. We then talked about the weekly Study Island topics that should be completed (listed below under "Homework"). Finally, students learned about the early Roman Catholic Church and the monastic life using this document. Students should complete the RAFT assignment at the bottom for homework (by Wednesday).
2/18: G.R.E.A.T. today. No class.
2/19: Students read a passage about Mecca and its beginnings as an oasis trade town in the Saudi desert. They then took notes on Islam and the life of the prophet Muhammad.
2/20: [UPDATED LATE!] Students finished taking notes on the life of the prophet Muhammad and Islam, including the Five Pillars of Islam. They were then assigned a hardcopy worksheet for homework ("Muslim Expansion Under the Umayyad" with a reading selection on the Abbasid Dynasty on the back).
2/21: [UPDATED LATE!] Students learned about Islamic Law (the Sharia) and the types of crimes and punishments committed under it. They then took an open-note exit slip ("pop") quiz on Islam.
2/24: [MR. CAPPS ABSENT TODAY.] Students worked on labeling a map of Africa and answering questions about the kingdoms/empires of Axum and Ghana on "Africa Map Activity".
2/25: G.R.E.A.T. today. No class.
2/26: We reviewed the spread of Islam from the "Muslim Expansion Under the Umayyad"/Abbasid Dynasty worksheet. We then reviewed the Africa Map from Monday and discussed the growth of the empire of Ghana (c.100-800 CE). Students then watched "Sub-Saharan Survey" and took a few notes on the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai on the document "Sub-Saharan Africa". Students should complete the document for homework by Friday.
2/27: Field trip to Carrboro Arts Center. No class.
2/28: We reviewed "Sub-Saharan Africa" from Wednesday. Students then took an exit slip pop quiz on the geography of Africa.
3/3: [MR. CAPPS ABSENT TODAY.] Students worked on the "Mayan Webquest". If they do not finish it in class, they should do so for homework.
3/4: NO SCHOOL - Snow and sleet!
3/5: [MR. CAPPS ABSENT TODAY.] G.R.E.A.T. today. No class.
3/6: [MR. CAPPS ABSENT TODAY.] Students watched a video clip on the ancient Mayan civilization, called the Olmecs. They then worked on a summary and chart about Olmec civilization.
3/7: NO SCHOOL - Sleet, snow and ice!
3/10: NO SCHOOL - no power :(
3/11: G.R.E.A.T. today. No class.
3/12: We reviewed the Olmecs and Mayans from last week. Students watched video clips about the Mayan calendar, pyramids, and numbers/math, and then did some Mayan Math problems.
1/24: Finish Roman emperor Wanted/Hero poster
2/6: Finish "Barbarians Invade Rome!" (linked above)
2/10: Finish the Frankish Law section of the "Germanic Kingdoms After the Fall of Rome" document (linked above)
2/11: The Justinian Legal Code (at the bottom of the "Justinian the Great" document)
2/17: RAFT assignment from "The Early Roman Catholic Church and Monastic Life" (linked above)
2/20: Worksheet - "Muslim Expansion Under the Umayyad", selection on Abbasid Dynasty (due Monday)
2/26: "Sub-Saharan Africa" (linked above) (due Friday)
3/2: Finish "Mayan Webquest" from class (linked above)
STUDY ISLAND TOPIC(S) FOR THIS WEEK*:
"Civilizations of China"
*All Study Island topics are due by the Sunday of that week, so for this week, that date is: 3/16
Golden Age Test Corrections - Don't forget to turn them in to Mr. Capps!
Any exit slip/quiz corrections - Don't forget to turn them in to Mr. Capps!
Can you identify the above image?
THEY SAID IT:
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana
TODAY IN HISTORY:
World History - International World History
American History (mostly) - History.com
This latest update brought to you while listening to this awesome cover of "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker (sorry, cannot post on this website). Such a great sentiment.
Let Capps know what you think about his taste in music here.