1. Bracketology - Level 2
2. Brain Chain - Level 2
Your task: Create a tournament bracket with 8 terms from the unit and battle them against each other to determine which is most important.
1. Create a chart on your own paper like the one below but without the words.
2. Choose 8 terms from the unit and write them on the lines in the far left column (the Elite 8) in any order.
3. For each pair of terms (there are four pairs total) decide which of the two terms was more important. Write that term on the next bracket to the right (the Final 4).
4. Under your bracket write at least two sentences explaining why that term is more important. (Number 1 would describe your first battle, number 2 the second and so on.)
5. Repeat 3 and 4 until your bracket is full and you’ve explained 7 total battles. (That would mean at least 14 total sentences.)
Click on the file for instructions and an example.
Your Task: Make connections between important concepts and vocabulary from the unit.
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Remember: When you are done you must have 15 concepts and 14 sentence links!
3. Cause and Effect Chain - Level 1
Your task: Copy and complete the following chart (found in the links below) for your assigned event.
1. Copy the chart below onto your own paper. (follow the link below for the chart)
2. Write the assigned event (look at the assignment choice sheet) in the middle box [box 3].
3. In box 2 write an event that caused the event in box 3. Include a short explanation (at least one complete sentence) about the event.
4. In box 1 write an event that caused the event in box 2. Include a short explanation (at least one complete sentence) about the event.
5. In box 4 write an event that was an effect of (was caused by) the event in box 3.
6. In box 5 write an event that was an effect of (was caused by) the event in box 4.
7. When completed you should have a complete cause and effect chain for 5 events.
4. Civilization in a bag - Level 3
Your task: Find five items that represent the key aspects of a civilization and include them in a paper bag. Explain how they relate to the civilization.
1. On the front of a paper bag (large or small) write the name of the current civilization we are studying and your name (first and last.)
2. Think of 5 objects that represent people, events, places, inventions or ideas from the civilization and place them in your bag.
a. The items do not have to be actual things but just represent important concepts. For example, for Rome, you might put scissors in your bag to represent how Rome was cut into pieces to help govern it.
b. You may make the items by drawing them carefully and cutting them out.
3. On a separate paper write 1 paragraph for each object in the bag (that’s 5 paragraphs) explaining how it represents the civilization and providing information about what it represents. An example of what one paragraph might look like is provided below.
4. Staple your written paper to your bag when you are finished.
Rome in a Bag
5 items: Scissors, a picture of President Kennedy, a small water bottle, a toy from McDonald’s, and a Spanish-language Maná CD
A picture of President John F. Kennedy is included in the bag since he was a leader who was assassinated much like Julius Caesar. There are some major differences in what happened to the two men. Caesar was assassinated by well-known Roman senators who were afraid he was becoming too powerful. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman for reasons that still aren’t completely known. Both men were greatly loved by their people and their assassinations led to great changes in society. Caesar’s assassination led to the end of the Republic period and the beginning of the Empire in Rome ruled by his nephew Octavius who became known as Augustus Caesar.
5. Create an App - Level 3
Steps in creating apps
First: Select a title of the app that you are creating based on the material that we have covered in class
Second: Decide what category this app would be in. For example, Games, News, Social Network, Reference, Education, etc.
Third: Create a logo for your app by either drawing a logo or placing a logo created from a computer.
Fourth: Draw or place three pictures that show what you would see in this app.
Fifth: Write a description of what your app does. Make sure this is in complete sentences.
Sixth: Write ten items down that your consumers would learn from this app.
Last: In complete sentences, discuss what competitive apps would be made against yours. Write a brief description discussing that app.
6. Deadliest Warrior - Level 3
Your task: Complete a chart to compare two warriors from history. You will need to do some outside research using books or the Internet. Class notes will not be enough!
1. Divide your paper into two halves - one for each warrior.
2. In each column include:
a. The name of the warrior (such as gladiator or knight)
b. The civililization the warrior comes from.
c. A small, colored pictured of the warrior dressed for battle.
d. At least three sentences describing the offensive weapons and tools the warrior might use and how they would function in battle.
e. At least three sentences describing the defensive tools and armor the warrior might use and how they would help to protect the warrior.
f. At least three sentences describing the special training the warrior would receive including any rules for the warrior (codes like bushido or chivarly.)
3. At the bottom of your chart or on the back of your paper write a story describing how a battle between these two warriors would play out. Include which would win the battle and why. The story must be at least two complete paragraphs in length.
7. Epitaph/Gravestone - Level 1
Your task: Write the epitaph (a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person) like you'd find on a gravestone for a person from this unit.
Your epitaph should follow this model:
Two pictures that represent the person.
8. iHistory - Level 3
Your task: Follow the directions and templates on the following pages to create an iPhone for a historical figure.
1.Fold a paper in half (the short-way, taco/hamburger style) and copy this outline of an iPhone onto the right side of the paper. Include the App boxes and App names. This will be the cover of your project.
2.Across the top of the iPod write the person’s name such as “Julius Caesar's iPhone.”
3.Create a colored icon for each of the Apps on the iPod.
4.Draw a background image appropriate for this person.
5.Divide the back side of the paper into six boxes.
6.In each box complete one of the following:
a. Clock: Write the year the person was born, the year they died and the year of one other significant event in their life.
b. Map: Draw and color a map of this person's civilization including all major geographic features.
c. Notes: Write 3 facts about the person in complete sentences.
d. Contacts: List two other historical figures this person was involved with. Explain how they are connected.
e. Calendar: Write out 5 things this person might do in a day.
f. Photos: Draw and color a picture representing the person.
7.When complete fold your paper in half and put your name on the back
9. Legal Brief - Level 2
10. Picture Analysis - Level 1
Your task: As a defense lawyer your job is to prove your client is not guilty of crimes he/she is accused of. Write a legal brief defending a particular person or group in history. You will create an opening statement and describe what witnesses you would call and what you would ask them.
Instructions: Copy and complete the sheet below---------------------
Name of Defendant:____________________________________________
Crime Accused of: _______________________________________________________
I. Opening statement- Write one paragraph summarizing the issues at hand and to introduce what you will present as evidence to defend your client.
II. Witnesses- Explain who would you call to testify for or against your client.
1. First witness to be called: _________________________________________________
i. First question:
What will this witness say that will help/hurt your client?
2. Second witness to be called: ______________________________________________
i. First question:
ii. Second question:
iii. What will this witness say that will help/hurt your client?
Your Task: Select a historical picture from your textbook or the Internet. Answer the following questions in complete sentences on your own sheet of paper.
1. What is the title of the image? If it doesn't have a title, what title would you give it?
2. What exactly do you see in the painting / photograph?
3. Study the people and/or objects in the image one by one. What similarities and differences do you see?
4. How are the people dressed?
5. What are they doing?
6. Imagine you are in the picture. What might you hear or smell?
7. What is unique about this image that the artist / photographer wanted to capture?
8. What happened right before this image?
9. What is about to happen after this image?
10. What information does this picture give you about the culture or civilization it represents?
11. Quest for Knowledge - Level 2
Your task: read the assigned section of the textbook and complete all FOUR actions below on your own paper.
1. In Cornell format, outline the chapter using the model below; include ALL red and blue headings in the section.
I. First Blue heading
i. Main idea of this blue section
1. First red heading
a. Main idea of this red section
2. Second red heading
a. Main idea of this red section
3. Continue as needed
II. Second blue heading
i. Main idea of this blue section
1. First red heading
a. Main idea of this red section
2. Continue as needed
2. Add three questions to the Cornell notes you have just taken on this section in the questions column on the left side of your paper.
3. List all key terms and people along with their definitions. (They are bold in the textbook).
4. Answer all the review questions at the end of the chapter in complete sentences. (You do not have to do any questions labeled “Critical Thinking”)
12. Soaps - Level 1
Instructions: Copy and complete the following chart in complete sentences (at least two per sections) on your own paper. You should respond to the primary source your teacher assigns you.
Source - Describe the source itself. What type of document is it? Who created it? What do you know about the creator?
Occasion - Describe the historical situation surrounding the document. When and where was it created? What else was happening in the civilization at that time?
Audience - Who was this document created for? What do you know about them?
Purpose - Why was it created? Was it written to provide facts, to entertain, or to convince people? What does this tell you about how believable the document is?
Summary and Significance - Write a three-sentence summary of the document. Make sure to include why it was important or significant.
13. Top Ten - Level 1
Your Task: Create a list contributions and achievements of a civilization and then rank them.
1. Create a list of 10 achievements, people, inventions, events and/or ideas from a civilization.
2. Rewrite your list in order of importance with your top item being the most important down to ten being the least important.
3. For each item write one sentence explaining why you ranked it where you did. (That would be 10 total sentences.) These can either be part of your ranking list or in a separate section at the bottom of your list.
Rome Top 10
1. Christianity – This religion not only defined the later Roman Empire it continues to be a greater influence in the world today than anything else Rome did.
2. Barbarians – These non-Latin speaking Europeans were the reason the empire was conquered.
3. Constantine – As the empire’s last truly great Emperor he managed to reunite the provinces and installed Christianity as the official religion.
4. Julius Caesar – It was Caesar’s ambition and death that led to the beginning of the empire period.
5. Aqueducts – Without this technology Rome couldn’t have grown as big as it did.
6. Republic – Rome as a republic was a model for the United States government.
7. Latin – The Roman language became the basis for many major modern languages.
8. Citizenship – Roman ideas of the role and rights of a citizen have continued today in many ways.
9. Gladiators – While interesting, gladiators didn’t really have much a lasting impact on Rome.
10. Pompeii – Though Pompeii has provided great information for historians it didn’t have much impact on Rome itself.
14. Travel Brochure - Level 3
Your Task: Create a travel brochure that would excite potential tourists to take a vacation in the society we studied this unit. Everything in the brochure should be something that fits with the culture.
1. Turn a blank sheet of computer paper sideways and fold it into thirds.
2. Unfold it and number the sections on the back – from left to right – 5, 6, and 1. I know it seems wrong right now, but in the end it will be right.
3. Flip it over and number the sections on the front – again from left to right – 2, 3, and 4.
4. Now complete each section as follows:
Section 1: Write the name of the location (example: “Exciting Rome”) and draw a picture of
Section 2: Write the word History and briefly describe the important events of this culture’s
past. Draw a map of the location.
Section 3: At the top of the section write the name of a specific site in this culture that every vacationer has to see. Draw a picture of the site and write about why tourists should see it. (Why is it important to the culture? What happens there?)
Section 4: Create a fake amusement park. Title this section with the amusement park’s name, draw a picture, and write about some of the rides and attractions. These should be based on something important from the civilization.
Section 5: Title it “Accommodations and Dining”, draw a picture, and describe where the vacationer will stay (in other words, this culture’s type of home) and write about the types of food a vacationer might eat there.
Section 6: Write a paragraph that persuades tourists that this culture and location is the best place to take a vacation. (Hint: if it doesn’t make you want to go there, it probably won’t make anyone else want to either.)
15. What If - Level 3
Your Task: Create a textbook page showing how history would have changed if one major detail had changed such as if King John had written the Magna Carta to grow his power instead of his nobles writing it to grow their own.
1. Find the page in your textbook that discusses your event and read it. Twice.
2. Decide what you are going to change about the event and write out that change at the top of your paper. This will be the title of your altered page.
a. For example: “Magna Carta Makes King John More Powerful”
3. Write a one-paragraph summary of how this change may have happened. (example below)
4. Write a one-paragraph summary of what you think would have happened in history if this detail had changed in history. (example below)
5. Show the two paragraphs to your teacher.
Do not move on until you have completed steps 1-5 above and shown them to your teacher.
6. After your teacher approves your paragraphs create a new page for your textbook that teaches your version of the event. Your page should include:
a. Proper titles and headings.
b. The information in your two paragraphs with details.
c. A graphic (picture, timeline, map, etc.) that illustrates the event.
d. A review question
7. The page should have color in appropriate places and be neatly written. It should look like a real page from your textbook (except handwritten). You may, however, do it on a computer if you choose.
Example of part 3 and 4 for The Magna Carta:
King John became incredibly rich and powerful. His new alliance with the church, sealed by this document, required the nobles to submit to him in every situation. If they did not they would be punished harshly by both John and the church. The people, amazingly, had even less rights than before. Even the courts worked to keep the people in line. Instead of protecting their rights judges simply enforced anything John said.
How it Happened:
When threatened by the church King John backed down immediately. He told the church that England needed the extra tax money and he couldn’t think of any other way to do it. The church agreed that the money was needed and told John they would support him raising taxes against the nobles. They sat down and wrote the Magna Carta to set out a new set of rules for the nobles to ensure John’s power would be safe.