- 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!)
- "Educational gaming is catching on, especially in science class" - Newsela.com
- "President Obama makes history during his visit to Africa" - TimeForKids.com
- "Texting Program Helps African Farmers Fight Drought" - NationalGeographic.com
- "Opinion: As world changes, education must also change" - Newsela.com