The third quarter flew by and we accomplished much in World History. Highlights include: the National Geography Bee in which students put their World Geography knowledge to the test, the Greek Olympics, and Roman museum exhibit day.
To start off 2017, students immersed themselves in everything Greek. In a competition to be the greatest Polis in all of Hellas, we debated, Kahooted, taken quizzes, drawn fate cards and even competed in the Greek Olympics. Ask your child about the rise of democracy in Greece, the role of the Assembly, the birth of Theater, and how their architectural ingenuity still impacts the world today. When your done with those questions, ask them to share with you which Polis (City State) they would have rather lived in, Athens or Sparta? You will be blown away with their responses as they have critically debated this issue in a Harkness style discussion.
I can’t begin to tell you how proud them I have been in their transformation this year to really dig deeper into material and critically think about the issues such as role of government, economic impacts of trade and isolation, and how religion shapes the daily lives of people throughout the history of civilization. Here are a few shots of them at work, dressed in their Chitons everyday.
“Euge! Euge!” …the chant that could be heard as students debates social issues such as the citizenship of women, the freeing of slaves, and whether or not to give into the the Persians.
Students finished the unit in true Greek style by competing in the Olympic games over the course of two days. Events ranged from “The Great Philosopher” to “Chariot Racing.” The greatest joy for me was to the see the smiles on their faces as they cheered each other on. Zeus would be proud!
After the Greek Olympic games which took place in the first week of February we then took on the mighty empire of Rome. We have discussed many contributions the Romans have left our modern world, none less important that the ideas of a republic. Students also learned about the expansion of Rome and how that made them the world superpower just before the common era began. Among their engineering feats, the Romans left us with ideas about central air, plumbing, baths, arches, domes, and improved upon the Greek columns. In fact, your child will probably tell you that the Romans were fantastic thieves who made what they found, better. We closed the unit with a Harkness discussion about the primary reasons Rome fell and what are the lasting legacies they given the world.
Below are pictures of students’ Roman Museum projects. Some chose to recreate great Roman architectural achievements such as the baths, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. Others wrote a Roman Times report of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, and finally our thespians performed amazing “I Am” monologues of their favorite Roman gods. Below are images of the amazing work they did using our MakerSpace facility above the library which is equipped with all kinds of fun resources for students to tinker with.
Until next time…which will be very shortly, as we wrap up the year with our Guild Day and May Madness tournament to find out who was the greatest ancient civilization! It truly has been an amazing year with these students and I can’t wait to see what they produce down the home stretch. Go Tigers!