WELCOME TO MR. SCOTT’S WACKY WORLD OF HISTORY 2017-2018!

Inspired by Ms. Earhart in the lower school, I began a blog almost two years ago for my history classes.  Because I received such fantastic feedback, welcome to year three of Mr. Scott’s Wacky World of History blog. Here you will find just a snapshot of what you (the students) have accomplished the previous quarter.  Pictures, videos and a brief synopsis of content and skills will be the format. You should be proud of what you are able to create in such a short amount of time.

Without any further ado…let’s dive in the first edition of the 2017-2018 school year!

Our first unit of the year included studying the formation of civilizations. We learned about how man went from hunting and gathering to farming communities through the development of language and their ability to manipulate their environment.  In this unit, students were introduced to the QFT method of learning to ask better questions. Below is the method in full and then some pictures of our amazing students!

The RQI Question Formulation Technique

  • Produce your own questions
  • Improve your questions
  • Prioritize your questions

Produce your questions

4 essential rules for producing your own questions:

  • Ask as many questions as you can
  • Do not stop to discuss, judge or answer the questions.
  • Right down every question exactly as it is stated.
  • Change any statement into a question.

Improve your questions

Categorize the question is closed – or open-ended

  • Closed-ended questions: They can be answered with yes or no or with one word.
  • Open-ended questions: They require an explanation and cannot be answered with yes or no or with one word.

Find close-ended questions and mark them with a C.

The other questions must be open-ended so mark them with an O.
Name the value of each type of question:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of asking closed-ended questions.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of asking open-ended questions.

Change questions from one type to another:

  • Change closed-ended questions to open-ended.
  • Change open ended questions to close ended.

Prioritize the questions

Choose your three most important questions:

1.

2.

3.
Why did you choose these three as the most important?
Next Steps

How are you going to use your questions?

 

The QFT in action for Mesopotamia:

 

In order for history to come to life, we engage in many simulations with the hope that the students will get a tangible and somewhat empathetic to help the words they read jump off the page. Below are snapshots of students learning the invaluable lesson about how advantageous it was for man to discover the ability to manipulate their environment rather than living a nomadic life of hunting and gathering.

The Hunter and Gatherer at work!  They never know what’s hit em’ when they enter Mr. Scott’s wacky world of history…

 

 

The next challenge the students were faced with was to control the flooding of the Scott River. Forced to work together and solve the problem of floodwaters just as early civilizations in Mesopotamia managed to do successfully reemphasized the importance of establishing a government and developing technology.

 

 

In our service learning unit put together by Hayley Brantley, students brought the problems of the ancient world into the 21st century by living out scenarios posing real threats to millions of people in this country who live in a food desert. The video below captures their experience.

 

 

As we closed out the 1st quarter, the Phoenicians, Babylonians, Hittites, and Persians were battling it out to see who would reign as the greatest Empire. Through a month-long simulation, students learned about the Fertile Crescent, what makes up a civilization and how they evolved throughout Mesopotamia. The question remained, who would have the most civilization points to reign as champion of the ancient world.

 

 

That wraps up edition #1 for the 2017-2018 school year. Hope you enjoyed. Next time we will see the Empires simulation in action. Until then…don’t forget to be awesome!