Today we met Mr. Buker's history man crush, Jared Diamond. We started to watch Guns, Germs, and Steal in order to understand why some societies have so much while others have so little.
Today we finished our conversation about the Inca. We talked about how the Inca were able to create a unified socialist theocratic empire through a complete system of roads, running messengers, written language, and cultural unity.
Your homework tonight is to finish the Mesoamerican Marketing assignment that we started in class today. Here are the instructions:
Using what you know about any of the 3 Mesoamerican Societies, develop a product you market to them.
What do they value?
What do they need?
What would make their lives easier?
For your product, create an advertisement with a drawing, written advert, product name, and slogan
Your advertisement needs to demonstrate an understanding of the society you select.
Today we started to talk more about thesis statements. We looked at just what it takes to write a solid "3" every single time. We decided that the formula for a 3 is:
Restatement of prompt + because/due to/through+ list of evidence
Then we transitioned and talked about the Inca. We looked at Inca geography, watched some Disney clips, and talked about the purpose of public school in the United States.
Tomorrow we will finish our conversation about the Inca before starting a project to synthesize what we learned about all 3 Mesoamerican Societies.
Today we talked about Tenochtitlan. We saw how an impressive city was created long before Western Europeans came to the New World. Then we started to talk about the Incan Empire!
Your homework tonight is to read the attached reading and complete the attached question sheet.
Today we talked about the Aztec society. We looked at how the Aztec rose to power, how they kept power, and we met the man who would cause their decline.
Your homework tonight is to finish reading the attached article in order to draw Tenochtitlan in class tomorrow.
Today Mr. Buker was gone (kind of). In SS we watched "Engineering an Empire" about the technology the Maya used to create impressive city-states. Then their civilization collapsed...
Your homework this weekend is to critically read the attached reading.
Today we started talking about the Maya. We looked at how geography impacted Mayan society before analyzing their religion, culture, government, and entertainment. We talked about human sacrifice, the Mesoamerican Ball Game, and the importance of sports in modern society.
Your homework tonight is to critically read the attached article about the collapse of the Mayan Civilization.
Today we started a new unit, and it was filled with problems. By problems I mean our computers hardly worked. Thank you all for being patient with the lesson today, it will likely happen again...
Your homework tonight is to read and take notes on the attached document about the Maya.
Today we took a test. It was thrilling.