Today we continued to analyze dynastic cycles. We saw the fall of the Xin Empire after a short reign by Shi Huangdi. Then we talked about the rise of the Han Dynasty, including the changes made to Xin legalist systems.
Your homework is to finish the reading guide we started in class. I've attached it here.
Today we talked about ancient Chinese societies. We looked at ancestor worship, respect, and oracle bones. Mr. Buker also got pretty upset when he realized that most of you haven't read Harry Potter...
Your homework this weekend is to finish the narrative that you started in class:
Write a short narrative (page) of your daily modern life as if the United States was based on either Legalism, Daoism, or Confucianism (pick one)
What would school be like? What would you do with your free time? How do you interact with peers?
Today we watched a documentary about Chinese technology narrated by Robocop (Peter Weller). It was informative, and we learned how effectively multiple empires in China used technology to dominate nature.
Today we started to talk about China. We talked about how important China is in the scope of the World, before starting to look at the first Chinese Emperors (including the Xia, which may or may not be real...)
Then we talked about the Mandate of Heaven, and its important role in the Chinese Dynastic Cycle.
Your homework is to finish creating your own Dynastic Cycle. You also should finish the reading guide you were given yesterday (its also attached below).
Today we talked about the Kashmir Region of the Indian Subcontinent. We talked about issues in modern India, particularly the relationship with China and Pakistan that is being driven by the necessity to dominate the water in Kashmir. We talked about MAD, the danger this conflict poses to the world, and why we should care.
Your homework, due Thursday, is to read the complete the attached guided reading sheet.
Today we took an open note test (quiz?) on our India Unit. It was more fun than we ever imagined.
Tomorrow we will look a little at Modern India, before moving to our study of China.
Today we finished watching Gandhi. We saw Gandhi exhibit great empathy in his effort to establish a peacefully independent India. It was interesting, inspiring, and informative.
You have an open-note quiz on Monday after break. You may use any worksheet/notes you have from class as long as it is a hard-copy. I've posted the India PowerPoint to the website for you as well.
Today we continued watching Gandhi. We will finish tomorrow.
Your Gandhi Webquest needs to be on Turn It In by tomorrow morning.
Today we talked about empathy. We decided that empathy is one of the most important characteristics of a leader, and that Gandhi is the best historical example of an empathetic leader.
The Gandhi webquest is due on Wednesday. Here is the worksheet and reading for class today: