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 Ancient Civilizations

Beckman High School

June 13th and 15th

Response Activity: None
In Class:  Final Exam Presentations
Homework:  Course Notebook[Due 6/15] 

June 10th [No School - Furlough Day]

June 9th

Response Activity:  None
In Class:  Prove It / Disprove It Debate [Day 2]

June 8th

Response Activity:  None
In Class:  Prove It / Disprove It Debate [Day 1]

June 7th

Response Activity:
In Class:  Prove It / Disprove It [Homework if not finished - Debate Begins 6/8]

June 3rd

Response Activity: None
In Class:  "The Isms" - Communism, Capitalism and Socialism
Homework:  Modern China Articles from the China Reader.  Read and take notes on the following articles.

    Contemporary China: Chiang Kai-shek       Page 53

    Contemporary China: Mao Zedong              Page 56

    Contemporary China: Chinese Civil War     Page 60

    Contemporary China: capitalism                  Page 62

    Contemporary China: communism              Page 65

    Contemporary China: socialism                    Page 71

 

 Your notes should follow the following format;  For each article write 5 words that connect with the article.  For each word, provide ample evidence from the article in support of the word.

 

May 20th

Response Activity:  How are the Han connected to Globalization?
In Class:  Good or Evil
Homework: Modern China Reading [Due 5/24]

May 19th

Response Activity:  What is a modern day example of the Silk Road and how has it impacted the world?
In Class:  Organizing the Silk Road

May 18th

Response Activity:  Is the Silk Road an example of globalization?
In Class:  Concept Grouping: Silk Road

May 17th [No Class Due to CST's]

May 16th

Response Activity:  Why is it accurate to state that our daily lives are impacted / influenced by global events and interaction?
In Class:  Diffusion and Globalization [Discussion]

May 13th [No Class Due to CST's]

May 12th

Response Activity:  How do you make a...?
In Class:  Diffusion and Globalization

May 11th

Response Activity:  None
In Class:  FRQ: Compare and Contrast [Asoka and Shi Huangdi]

May 10th

Response Activity:  None
In Class:  FRQ: Compare and Contrast [Asoka and Shi Huangdi]

May 9th

Response Activity: None
In Class: What Have You Learned? - Reviewing the Shang, Zhou and Qin Dynasties
Homework:  Read and take notes on the following articles from the China Reader [Due 5/16];
  • Imperial China Comes of Age - Overview
  • The Decline of the Han Overview
  • East Meets West: The Silk Road

For each section of the articles, write a brief summary of each section.  Beneath each summary, provide details in support of the summary. 

May 6th

Response Activity: Which theme best represents Qin Shi Huangdi’s life; fear or power?  Review Qin Shi Huangdi - Hero or Villain?
In Class: What Have You Learned? - Reviewing the Shang, Zhou and Qin Dynasties

May 5th

Response Activity: Is your Frankenleader more like Qin Shi Huangdi or Asoka?  Can a person be both a hero and a villain?  What is more influential on a person; fear or power?
In Class: Qin Shi Huangdi - Hero or Villain? [Due 5/6]

May 4th [Late Start]

Response Activity: Have you ever experienced a form of Legalism?  What is the “best” characteristic your Frankenleader possesses? 
In Class:  Review Frankenleaders
In Class:  Video: Zhou and Qin Dynasties

May 3rd

Response Activiy: What person in your life would you consider to be a “great” leader - What made this person great?
In Class: Frankenleader [Due 5/9]

May 2nd

Response Activity: Would you rather live in a society governed by an “enlightened” or capable dictator or in a society governed by a direct democracy?
In Class: A Good Way to Govern Assessment
Homework:  Asoka and Shi Huangdi Reading and Assessment [Due 5/4]

April 29th

Response Activity:  Can a legalist society be a productive society?
In Class: A Good Way to Govern [Discussion] 
Homework:  Finsih A Good Way to Govern - Questions 1 -3 [Due 5/2]

April 28th

Response Activity: Primary Source Reading: Legalism
In Class: A Good Way to Govern [Day 1]

April 27th [Late Start]

Response Activity:  Is the Mandate of Heaven more of a religious document or a political document? In what ways is the Mandate of Heaven like the US Constitution? Why was the Mandate of Heaven necessary?
In Class: Mandate of Heaven Wrap-Up
Homework:  Read and take notes on the following articles from the Reader on China - The Qin Dynasty: page 23, Shi Huangdi: page 26, Legalism: page 36 [Due 4/29]

April 26th

Response Activity:  Primary Source Reading: Mandate of Heaven
In Class:  Mandate of Heaven Wrap-Up
Course Note: Collect Mandate of Heaven Illustrated Definition

April 18th - 25th [Spring Break - No School]

April 12th [Minimum Day]

Response Activity:  Should a government ensure that each person in a society enjoys economic prosperity?  Explain your answer.
In Class:  Class Discussion on Government
Homework:  Mandate of Heaven Illustrated Definition and Explanation [Due 4/26]

April 14th

Response Activity:  Should the government have the power…to tell you where to live? to tell you where to work?  to tax you? 
In Class:  Class Discussion on Government

April 13th

Response Activity:  None
In Class:  Class Discussion on Government

April 12th

Response Activity:  RID's on Government
In Class:  Class Discussion on Government

April 11th

Response Activity:  Why are uniform writing systems important?
In Class:  Summarizing the Shang [Written Language]
In Class:  Introducing the Zhou dynasty [Using PERSIAA]

April 8th

Response Activity:  Interpreting Motivational Phrases
In Class:  Summarizing the Shang [Written Language]
Homework:  Read and take notes on the two articles regarding the Zhou dynasty [Due 4/11]

April 7th

Response Activity:  Would you consider the Shang, more or less developed than the Mesopotamians?
In Class:  Summarizing the Shang [Written Language]

April 6th

Response Activity:  What is a modern day example of oracle bones?
In Class:  Summarizing the Shang [Written Language]

April 5th

Response Activity:  Summarizing the Shang 5 Minute Assessment
In Class:  Summarizing the Shang [Written Language]
  • Film Clip:  Shang Dynasty

    April 4th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Summarizing the Shang dynasty

    April 1st

    Response Activity:  Ancestor Veneration Article
    In Class:  Ancestor Veneration and the Shang dynasty

    March 31st 

    Response Activity:  10 Minute Assessment on Belief Systems
    In Class:  Belief Systems Wrap-Up Discussion
    Homework:  Read and take notes on the "Shang: Civilization in the Yellow River Vally" [Due 4/1]

    March 30th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class: FRQ: Compare and Contrast Review: 2nd and 3rd Paragraphs
    • Turn in the Revised Paragraph
    Homework:  Read and take notes on the "Shang: Civilization in the Yellow River Vally" [Due 4/1]

    March 29th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class: FRQ: Compare and Contrast Review: Analytical Thesis

    March 28th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  FRQ: Compare and Contrast Response

    March 25th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Class Discussion:  Lybia 

    March 24th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Create a Belief System Presentations Wrap-Up [Questions] 

    March 23rd

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Create a Belief System Presentations Wrap-Up [Graphic Organizer] 

    March 22nd

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Create a Belief System Presentations Wrap-Up [Graphic Organizer] 

    March 10th - March 21st

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Create a Belief System Presentations 

    March 9th [CAHSEE Testing No Class] 

    March 8th [CAHSEE Testing]

    Response Activity:  Prove it / Disprove it [Philosophical Sides]
    In Class:  Lab:  Belief Systems of the World Analogies [Day 2 - In Groups]

    March 7th

    Response Activity:  What would they do?
    In Class:  Lab:  Belief Systems of the World Analogies [Day 1]

    March 4th

    Response Activity:  Prayer Identification
    In Class:  Create a Belief System Presentation- Assignment Review [Presentations Begin 3/10]
    • Form Groups
    • Review Presentation Expectations
    • Preparation Time

    March 3rd

    Response Activity:  Fact or Fiction
    In Class: Belief System Graphic Organizer [Homework if not finished] 

    March 2nd [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  Are the world’s belief systems more alike than they are different?
    In Class: Belief System Graphic Organizer 

    March 1st

    Response Activity:  Why are symbols important parts of belief sytems?
    In Class:  Class Discussion:  Identifying Symbols 

    February 28th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class: Lesser Known Belief Systems - Reading and Activity
    Homework:  Identifying Symbols [Due 3/4]

    February 25th

    Response Activity:  Which question has a more significant impact on people; What happens after you die? or Why do we exist?
    In Class: Power Point:  Christianity [the basics and a little bit more] 

    February 24th

    Response Activity:  Complete the following analogy; Muhammad is to Jesus Christ as In and Out is to...  
    In Class: Power Point:  Christianity [the basics and a little bit more] 

    February 23rd

    Response Activity:  Should the religion of a ruler influence how they govern?
    In Class: Class Discussion:  2011 - 2012 Course Registration - Course Registration Recomendations 

    February 22nd

    Response Activity: 
    What is the most important part of any belief system?  Explain your answer.
    In Class:  Power Point:  Christianity [the basics and a little bit more]
    Homework:  Read and take notes on Judaism from the Belief Systems Reader  [Due 2/23]  When taking your notes, follow the following format.
     

    Taking Notes – Format #1

     

    For each section of the article on Judaism; Introduction, The History of Judaism and The Elements of Judaism, choose one of the following themes: power, change, love, or conflict.    Following your theme choice, you will need to explain the connection that exists between the theme and the text.  Please make certain that your explanation demonstrates an understanding of the section’s content.

    February 18th and 21st [School Holidays] 

    February 17th

    Response Activity:  None

    February 16th

    Response Activity:  Do people and/or societies need religion?
    In Class:  Create Your Own Belief System [Debrief]

    February 15th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Create Your Own Belief System
    Homework:  Read and take notes on Hinduism from the Belief Systems Reader  [Due 2/16]  When taking your notes, follow the following format.

    February 14th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  AP World History Q & A in Preparation for 2011 - 2012 Registration in March
    Homework:  Read and take notes on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism from the Belief Systems Reader  [Due 2/15] 

    February 11th

    Response Activity:   None
    In Class:  Video:  The West Wing - Episodes Dealing With the Palestinian Arab - Israeli Conflict [Review Resolution Discussed in Video]

    Homework:  Read and take notes on Monotheism and Polytheism in the Belief Systems Reader [Due 2/14]  Highlight and make notations on the physical article.

    February 10th

    Response Activity:   None
    In Class:  Video:  The West Wing - Episodes Dealing With the Palestinian Arab - Israeli Conflict

    February 9th

    Response Activity:   None
    In Class:  Video:  The West Wing - Episodes Dealing With the Palestinian Arab - Israeli Conflict

    February 8th

    Response Activity:   None
    In Class:  Grade Level Meeting

    February 7th

    Response Activity:   None
    In Class:  Naviance Registration
    Homework:  Course Notebook [Due 2/8]

    February 4th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Unit Exam:  West Asia [Day 2]
    Homework:  Course Notebook [Due 2/8]

    February 3rd

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Unit Exam:  West Asia [Day 1]

    February 2nd [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Essential Questions:  West Asia 

    February 1st

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Essential Questions:  West Asia

    January 31st

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Fall Final Exam Presentations 

    January 28th [No School] 

    January 25th - 27th [Finals Week]

    Response Activity:  If you had absolute power, how would you resolve the conflict over Israel?
    In Class:  Fall Final Exam Presentations

    January 24th

    Response Activity:   
    In Class:  Proposals for Peace [Preparing for Monday's Debate on Peace Proposals for the Arab - Israeli Conflict]

    January 21st

    Response Activity:  How did the Agricultural Revolution lead to the Palestinian Arab – Israeli conflict?  
    In Class:  Proposals for Peace [Preparing for Monday's Debate on Peace Proposals for the Arab - Israeli Conflict]

    January 20th

    Response Activity:  
    In Class:  What did the UN do? [Discussion of UN actions in the Arab-Israeli Conflict] 
    Homework:  Create a Historical Advertisement based on the group that you have been assigned [Due 1/21]

    January 19th [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  What do you believe is the best way to resolve conflicts?
    In Class:  What did the UN do? [Discussion of UN actions in the Arab-Israeli Conflict]
    • Event A:  The UN Partition Plan

    January 18th

    Response Activity:  On the next available page of your course notebook, answer each of the following in complete sentences:  If a film company was going to make a movie about this conflict what would the title of the movie be?  Explain your title.  What actor should be cast as an Israeli?  Explain your choice.  What actor should be cast as the Palestinian?  Explain your choice.  Summarize what this movie is about.
    In Class:  Jeds vs. Pads Wrap-Up
    In Class:  Power Point:  Describing the structure of the United Nations
  • January 17th [School Holiday]

    January 14th

    Response Activity:  Read the information that you have been provided and write a two sentence summary of the article. 
    In Class:  Jeds vs. Pads
    Homework: Jews and Palestinians:  Two Claims to Palestine - Read the article and complete the following assignment [Due 10/27]

    January 13th

    Response Activity:  Is it better to have a society in which the population is made up of many different types of ethnicities, belief systems etc. or a society in which the population is of a common ethnicity, shares a belief system, etc.?

    January 12th

    Response Activity:  What type of data do you believe provides the greatest understanding of a society?
    In Class:  Using Demographic Data to Understand the Modern Middle East

    January 11th

    Response Activity:  Why is it accurate to state that the actions of foreign powers complicated the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire?
    In Class:  Post Ottoman West Asia [Tracing the Development of Modern states in West Asia] - MAP IT! Presentations

    January 10th

    Response Activity:  How did the downfall of the Ottomans help to create the “modern” middle east?

    January 7th

    Response Activity:  Why do “great empires” like the Ottomans, the Romans, and Abbasids fall?
    In Class:  Post Ottoman West Asia [Tracing the Development of Modern states in West Asia] - MAP IT!

    January 6th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Post Ottoman West Asia [Tracing the Development of Modern states in West Asia]

    January 5th [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  What would be the Beckman equivalent of the Ottoman Empire?
    In Class:  Introduce: Post Ottoman West Asia [Tracing the Development of Modern states in West Asia]

    January 4th

    Response Activity:  Finish Selected Periods in Middle Eastern History
    In Class:  Illustrated Description:  Ottoman Empire

    January 3rd

    Response Activity:  What was the most significant “gift” given to the world by the respective Islamic Empires.  Please support your response with evidence.  What was the least significant “gift” given to the world by the respective Islamic Empires?
    In Class:  Selected Periods in Middle Eastern History

    December 17th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class:  Islam's Gifts[Homework if not finished - Due 1/3]

    December 16th

    Response Activity:  Which of the following groups did not control parts of the Middle East?
    In Class:  Islam's Gifts

    December 15th [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  What is the 1 thing a person must know about Islam?
    In Class:  Class Discussion:  Christianity

    December 14th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam - Present and Defend Lists

    December 13th

    Response Activity:  None

    December 10th [Winter Sports / Activities Assembly]

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam - Present and Defend Lists

    December 9th

    Response Activity:  Why can the terms Dar al-Islam and jihad serve as sources of conflict in today’s world?
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam - Present and Defend Lists

    December 8th

    Response Activity:  None
    In Class:  Read the article  "The Middle East"  and supported or opposed statements regarding the article [Homework if not finished]

    December 7th

    Response Activity:  What do the Hadith and the Sunna have in common?
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam [10 Minutes to Finish List]
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam - Present and Defend Lists

    December 6th

    Response Activity:  To understand Islam, is it more important for a person to know who Muhammad was or to understand what Allah means?
    In Class:  5 Things:  Islam [in groups]

    December 3rd [Club Photo Day]

    Response Activity: None
    In Class:  10 Things:  Islam - Homework if not finished in Class

    December 2nd

    Response Activity:  Was Muhammad more like an email, a tour guide, or a sample math problem?
    In Class:  Grouping Islam [grouping terms about Islam] - Homework if not finished in class

    December 1st [Late Start]

    Response Activity:  Writing in Arabic [Finish Copying Arabic Characters]
    In Class:  Writing in Arabic [Translate Letter]
    In Class:  Grouping Islam [grouping terms about Islam - Introduction]

    November 30th

    Response Activity:  Mapping Islam [Wrap-Up]
    In Class:  Writing in Arabic [Copying Arabic Characters]

    November 29th

    Response Activity:  Are all Muslims Arabs?  Are all Arabs Muslims ?
    In Class:  Mapping Islam [Homework if not finished]

    November 19th

    Response Activity:  Define Islam?
    In Class:  Egypt Assessment
    Homework:  Read the Islam article and take notes on the article [Due 11/29]

    November 18th

    Response Activity:  Why have historians started to use BCE and CE rather than AD and BC?
    In Class:  FRQ: Compare and contrast the purposes and architectural features of a cathedral and an Egyptian pyramid. [Work on paragraphs in groups] 

    November 17th

    Response Activity:  FRQ Paragraph Review
    In Class:  FRQ: Compare and contrast the purposes and architectural features of a cathedral and an Egyptian pyramid. [Work on paragraphs in groups] 

    November 16th

    Response Activity:  Why is it accurate to state that our study of Egypt, should  be titled; Egypt a Quest for Immortality?  If Egypt can be defined by its quest for immortality, how can present day American society be defined?
    In Class:  Defining Christianity

    November 15th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class:  FRQ: Compare and contrast the purposes and architectural features of a cathedral and an Egyptian pyramid. [Work on paragraphs in groups] 

    November 14th

    Response Activity:  After your last response activity compare and contrast the following images [Cookie Monster and Elmo].
    In Class:  FRQ: Compare and contrast the purposes and architectural features of a cathedral and an Egyptian pyramid. [Introduce Compare and Contrast Format] 

    November 11th and 12th [No School]

    November 10th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class:  Architecture Comparison [Comparing a Gothic Cathedral and an Egyptian Pyramid]

    November 9th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class:  Architecture Comparison [Comparing a Gothic Cathedral and an Egyptian Pyramid]

    November 8th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class:  Architecture Comparison [Identify Purpose, Location and Compare to Egyptian Pyramid]

    November 5th

    Response Activity:  Complete What Would Egypt Do?
    In Class:  What can architecture tell us about a society? [Whole Class Discussion]

    November 4th

    Response Activity:  What political issues are important to you?  What events or experiences have influenced your views on these issues?
    In Class: What Would Egypt Do?

    November 3rd [Late Start]

    Response Activity: 
    In Class: 3 Little Pigs - An Allegory for Egypt [Debate]

    November 2nd

     Response Activity: 
    In Class: 3 Little Pigs - An Allegory for Egypt [Debate]

    November 1st [No School]

    October 29th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class: 3 Little Pigs - An Allegory for Egypt [Debate]

    October 28th

    Response Activity: 
    In Class: 3 Little Pigs - An Allegory for Egypt [Preparation]

    October 27th [Late Start]

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Comparing Pharaohs

    October 26th

    Response Activity: A Day in the Life of a Pharaoh Article [How do the day to day actions help to create a "divine" leader?
    In Class:  Comparing Pharaohs

    October 25th

    Response Activity:  What influenced the design of your monument?  What did you want people to take away after viewing your monument?
    In Class: Quest for Immortality
    Homework:  Was Pharaoh Divine - Read the article and complete the following assignment [Due 10/27]

    October 22nd

    Response Activity:  Egyptian Headlines
    In Class:  Personal Monument

    October 21st

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Take a Stand! [Meopotamian Version] - Debate

    October 20th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Take a Stand! [Meopotamian Version] - Debate

    October 19th

    October 18th

    Response Activity:  Can a civilized society succeed without a written legal code?

    October 15th

    Response Activity:  Why are students today forced to learn about Hammurabi’s Code?
    In Class:  Code of Hammurabi [Introductory Discussion - Examining the Code]

    October 14th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Code of Hammurabi [Introductory Discussion - Examining the Code]

    October 13th [Late Start]

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Code of Hammurabi [Introductory Discussion - Nature of Laws]

    October 12th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Code of Hammurabi [Introductory Discussion - Nature of Laws]

    October 11th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Epic of Gilgamesh Literature Circles
    Homework:  Hammurabi Article and Notes [Due 10/13]

    October 8th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Epic of Gilgamesh Literature Circles

    October 7th

    Response Activity:
    In Class:  Epic of Gilgamesh Literature Circles

    October 4th

    Response Activity:   What influence did the Mesopotamian gods have on the Mesopotamian people?
    In Class:  Mesopotamian Artifact Review! 

    October 1st

    In Class:  Mesopotamian Artifacts [A review of Mesopotamian society]
    Homework:  Read the Epic of Gilgamesh and write a summary for each section [Due 10/1]
    Homework:  R.I.D.'s Student Responses [Due10/5] 

    September 30th

    In Class:  Mesopotamian Artifacts [A review of Mesopotamian society]

    September 29th [Late Start]

    In Class:  R.I.D. [Really Important Discussions on the traits of a civilized society] Review commentary on responses

    September 28th

    In Class:  R.I.D. [Really Important Discussions on the traits of a civilized society] Commentary on responses

    September 27th

    In Class:  R.I.D. [Really Important Discussions on the traits of a civilized society]

    September 24th [Minimum Day]

    In Class:  R.I.D. [Really Important Discussions on the traits of a civilized society]
    Homework:   Mesopotamia - Reading and Notes [Due 9/27]

    September 23rd

    Response Activity:  
    In Class:  Land Of...[Presentations]

    September 22nd

    Response Activity:  
    In Class:  Land Of...[Presentations]

    September 21st

    Response Activity:  
    In Class:  Land Of...[Presentations]

    September 20th

    Response Activity:  
    In Class:  Land Of...[Presentations]

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