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 beginning preparation for Roman museum exhibit day (coming up on March 28th).
To start off 2018, 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 you’re 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 by 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 the material and critically think about the issues such as the 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 every day.
“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 Persians.
Here is a snapshot of their initial presentations on their polis.
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!