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November 30, 2015 MacArthur
Welcome back! I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of your hard work and positive attitudes. Here is your lesson plan for Monday, November 2015:
(7th Graders: Do more research on your project. You now need 8 pieces of evidence on the side that you choose to be the answer for your project. You may sit together. Please see #4.)
1. Anyone interested in running for the office of President of the United States of MacArthur (for our Model Congress), come to the meeting in room 9 at Lunch on Tuesday, December 2nd.
2. Read the Thanksgiving Day lesson at Current Events Blog. Answer all five questions at the bottom of the reading. If you finish in class, you will receive a "5" on your quiz this week. If anyone bothers the substitute teacher, you will not receive a "5" on your quiz this week.
3. Watch the Thanksgiving Day lesson that the substitute will show you.
4. Before you leave at the end of the class, look at the substitute in the eyes, smile, and say, "Thank you. Have a nice day!"
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Friday, October 15th
Hello MacArthur 8th Graders!
I'm sorry I couldn't make it to school today. Try to have a good day without me. Please smile and fist pump your classmates and be extra nice to your substitute. Here is your "work" below (or "fun" depending on how you look at it.) :)
1. Complete answering the questions for Chapter 13, found on the post right below this one. You can use the downloadable text written by a master teacher, or, you can use the text that is located on the student table. Please return this text to the table at the end of class.
2. Go to this link, read the amazingly well written current event, and answer the questions. Read both articles on immigration and answer the questions.
3. Go to this link, and watch the current event videos and ponder their meaning.
Have an excellent weekend, and I'll see you Monday.
Mr. De Gree
Read the text and answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. Why is it important for Americans to understand how liberty developed in Medieval England?
2. What were two main principles that founded the United States of America?
3.What happened to Sir Walter Raleigh's colony in North America?
4. Who paid for the founding of Jamestown?
5. How was the first winter for people of Jamestown?
6. How did Pocahantas help the English settlers?
7. What was the "gold" for Virginians?
8. What did the Great Charter of Virginia do?
9. What two peoples were brought to Virginia in 1619?
10. Who were the Pilgrims?
11. What was the first year like for the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation?
12. What was the reason for the first Thanksgiving?
13. Name at least three American leaders who have issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation.
14. According to the Mayflower Compact, what were the beliefs of the Pilgrims?
Chapter 5. The Age of Barbarians
1. About when was the age of barbarians in Europe?
2. Why is this sometimes called "The Dark Ages?"
3. Why did the Romans call the Germanic peoples barbarians?
4. Describe the Germanic barbarian people? Who or what did they worship? What was their lives like?
5. Who else was migrating west in Europe at the end of the Roman Europe?
6. Describe the common characteristics of the Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, and Asian peoples that were migrating west.
7. List the nations of peoples and where they conquered and settled at the end of the Roman Empire.
Chapter 6. Civilizing Europe
1. In which ways did the various tribes and nations of Europe change from A.D. 476 to about 1000?
2. Did life improve for the average person from the beginning of the Medieval Ages to the year 1000?
3. Who founded the United States of America?
4. What survived the fall of the Roman Empire?
5. Who did Christians trace the beginning of the Christian Church to?
6. What does the word "universal" in Greek translate into?
7. Who were monks?
8. What did the monks teach the pagan Germans, Celts, and Slavs?
9. Name three missionaries and to which people of Europe they were missionaries to.
10. Name two or three things the Europeans adopted from the Romans.
1. What played a key role in the foundation period of European kingdoms?
2. Which kingdom did the French, German, and Italian kingdom come from?
3. When was the English and Russian kingdoms founded?
4. Who was the first Frankish king and what religion did he convert to?
5. Who possibly saved medieval Europe from being conquered by the Muslims?
6. Who was the first Holy Roman Emperor?
7. Who defeated the pagan Vikings in England and was the first English king?
8. How did St. Vladimir I change after he converted to Christianity?
Chapter 4. Western Civilization
1. What does "Western Civilization" mean?
2. What is another way of saying Western Civilization?
3. List four beliefs and practices of Western Civilization.
4. In Western Civilization, is there a belief in right and wrong? Do people believe in morality?
5. What does the rule of law mean?
6. What does limited government mean?
7. What happens when a government becomes too big?
8. Name some rights of people who live in Western civilization that are not found in other countries.
9. According to the author, is life in Western Civilization better than elsewhere?
10. On what ideas was the United States of America founded?
Chapter 3, Part 2: Christianity
1. Who was Jesus Christ and where was he from?
2. What were his followers called?
3. What were Jesus' followers called to do?
4. What is the holy book of Christians and when was it written?
5. What idea in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence came from Christianity?
6. After the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as the official religion, who was head of the Christian Church in the Roman Empire?
7. In the Roman Empire, what were the titles of the leader of the Empire and the leader of the Church?
8. In Christianity, do individuals have rights over the government, or is government stronger than the individual?
Chapter 3. The Roman Republic
1. What is the U.S.A.'s governing document?
2. Who is George Washington compared to?
3. Who were citizens in the Roman Republic?
4. Name one right Roman citizens had?
5. How was power separated in the Roman Republic?
6. What does the rule of law mean? How is this concept not followed in most countries of the world?
7. What were the Twelve Tables?
8. What did Cicero write about laws?
9. What was Cicero's opinion about representative government?
10. Who was Cincinnatus?
11. What did he do and what did George Washington do that was similar?
Copy the quote and write in your own words what you think this quote has to do with American history:
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
Hint: An apple is a fruit that grows on a tree, the apple tree. When it falls, it doesn't fall far from the tree. In many ways, when people describe children, they notice that when children become adults, they resemble their parents. Or, in history, if one country (the "mother country") founded a colony, the colony looks very similar to the mother country.
Copy the quote and write what you think it means for everyday life.
"Rome wasn't built in a day."
The most powerful and important civilization for many centuries of the ancient world was the Roman civilization. However, this civilization didn't start out big and strong, but only as many families living in group. Over time, these families grew, more families joined, and this people, called the Latins, were ruled by other people, called the Etruscans. Eventually, the Latins became their own rulers. In a few hundred years, the Romans had one of the most powerful empires in the world.
John De Gree
Mr. De Gree is teacher of intermediate students at MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate, and is Founder of The Classical Historian