First, before we begin today's Current Events topic, you will take a formative quiz on the Roman Empire (Exittix.com)
For today's Current Events...
We will be reading and discussing "failed and fragile states" since in this unit we are learning about the rise and fall of civilizations. Our focus today will be on looking at Syria. To understand the Syrian refugee crisis and rise of the power and threat of ISIS, let's take a closer look at how this Syrian crisis began. Let's take a closer look:Link to Syrian Crisis Presentation
For more information... check out the Fragile States Index Report of 2015
This week, you working within group to further research and learn about the significance of the Roman Empire and understand the rise and fall of this great civilization ("great" in terms of power, size, length of civilization, and important contributions). You will need to collaborate and work effectively as a team to accomplish all tasks. You will also need to delegate the work--assigning roles and responsibilities. You will present what you create to the class next Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. Good luck!
Thursday and Friday's Objectives:
Read Chapter 8: "The Roman Republic" and complete the 2-column notes in your journal. This will be formatively assessed by Mrs. Stewart at the end of next week (we will take handwritten notes of Chapters 8 and 9). Use the suggested outline for your notes provided in the 2-Column Notes Template (linked below). For this task, notes must be taken in your journal--not digitally on laptop. If you don't know why I ask you to hand write your notes, please read the articles linked above.
Reminder that G-SPICE digital notes are due by the beginning of class next Tuesday. You will have a short formative quiz on the Roman Empire on Tuesday!
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Today, you will be introduced to our new unit on Creativity and Innovation: Contributions from Civilizations. The first civilization we will study will be the Roman Empire.
Useful links for today's class:
- We will be starting a new unit next week:Unit 3: Human Creativity & Innovation: Contributions from Civilizations -- from Ancient Times to Renaissance. A large part of our unit will be focused on the Middle Ages--not just European Middle Ages (A.K.A. "The Dark Ages") but civilizations (empires, dynasties, etc.) from other continents as well. Throughout these time periods there were many innovative ideas, inventions, events and advances in civilizations that changed the way people thought and lived. While some civilizations may not have ended, their contribution and legacy has lived on and influenced society after their fall or disappearance. To prepare for what we will learn over the course of the next unit, we will begin to look at some of the key and related concepts we will study in this unit and read news articles that relate to these concepts.
(definitions are hyperlinked below)
MYP Key Concept: "Change"
MYP Related Concepts: Causality (cause and consequence), Innovation and Revolution, Processes, Perspectives, Relationships
Global Context of Study: Orientation in Space and Time
For this reason, let's spend some time today looking at a few news articles that deal with some of the concepts and within the global context of innovative and revolutionary changes happening across different regions of the world (Orientation in Space and Time)
Pick one of the following articles to read and be prepared to respond to the following guiding question:
In what way are the topics in these articles related to the idea of innovation? (you will respond to this in your journal!)
_This week in Advisory, you are working on New Year's Resolutions. As you set goals for yourself, its helpful to learn what your strengths are and learn to use those strengths to help you become the best YOU. You will be more successful when you learn to use your strengths more in your daily activities. So... let's find out more about who we all really are!
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