Facts & Opinions About Ancient Rome

Go to http://rome.mrdonn.org/index.html.
Write three interesting facts that you learned from this site. You may
post your answers in response to this blog or submit your answers on
paper. If you choose to post your answers, be sure not to repeat any
facts that have already been posted. Additionally, indicate from what
category (e.g. clothing & hairstyles, wedding customs, dinner,
etc.) you found your facts, and share one opinion with each fact you
turn in. This 27 point assignment is due January 20th (Wednesday).

Reviewing Geography Skills: Part 2 – Using Maps

Cartographer’s Challenge

You will design a very special physical map (G10) of a country you have created. Your country can be any shape or size you desire – be creative! The map you design should NOT be a political map (G9). Man-made structures such as buildings, railroads, or airports are NOT to be included on your map.

You should have a combination of exactly ten different landforms and water bodies (R46-47). These landforms and water bodies should be named after something related to the theme you have selected. Examples of a theme include characters from your favorite book or movie, athletes from a particular sport, or names of different insects. Select a theme that you find interesting. The possibilities are endless. For example:  If you decide that one of your country’s landforms is a mountain range and your theme is Bible heroes, you could label the mountain range The Mountains of Moses.

Your map should also include a compass rose (G6), map scale (G7), map key (G8), and a title (the name of your country). Your map key should have six natural resources that are also found in the country you have created. Do NOT put landforms or water bodies in your map key. Remember, the landforms and water bodies are labeled on the map. The natural resources are NOT labeled on your country because the map key provides the information needed to identify what the resource is.

Natural resources are any property of the physical environment and can be classified as renewable or non-renewable. Mining, petroleum extraction, fishing, hunting, and forestry are generally considered natural resource industries. Agriculture (farming) generally is NOT.

You can go to https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2111.html for a list of natural resources found throughout the world. You should know any resource and how it is used if it is on your map.

Below is how your map will be graded. You have two more days to complete this project. If you have questions while working at home, you may e-mail me at mwickersham@tiseagles.com.

Presentation (This includes coloring which should only be done with colored pencils. Your entire map should be colored.): 5 points
English: 5 points
10 Landforms and Water Bodies: 10 points                                                                      
Theme: 10 points
Natural Resources in the Map Key: 6 points
Natural Resources in your Country: 6 points 
Map Key: 2 points
Map Scale: 2 points                                                                                                             
Compass Rose: 2 points                                                            
Title: 2 points
Total: 50 points

How Are My Grades Calculated?

Grades: The nine weeks grade a student earns will consist of an attainment grade and a behaviors grade. The attainment grade is 75% of the final grade and includes assessment of specific subject related skills and content (80%), quality of English grammar used (10%), and quality of presentation (10%). Behaviors grades are 25% of the final grade and include elements of the following as relevant to the task:  participation, conduct, organization, working with others, completion of work and carrying out directions.

A variety of assignments will be given to assess the students. Some of the assignments include bookwork, creative writing, individual or group presentations, internet research, maps, projects, quizzes, tests, workbook pages, and worksheets.

On average, the available points are distributed as follows:
Class/Homework: 5-30 points; Quizzes: 30 points; Projects: 50 points; Tests: 100 points

Grades will be calculated by straight percentages; that is all earned points are added up and divided by all possible points available at the end of each quarter.

Spring Trip 2009: One More Day

I just got back from eating breakfast on the 30th floor of our hotel. The meal was delicious and the view was incredible. Only a handful of students were there when I arrived at 6:45 a.m., but we do not leave the hotel until 9 a.m. Throughout the week the students have expressed their excitement, and I think that will continue today when we see a variety of marine mammals. We will be leaving Dalian in the early evening before arriving in Tianjin in the early morning hours. Your children will be able to leave TIS around 7 a.m. Friday morning. I cannot guarantee that they will have much energy when they see you, but they certainly should have much to tell you at some point in the day. Some of your children had very deep and meaningful conversations so please sit down and have a heart-to heart with them. See you soon.

Spring Trip 2009: Sunday to Wednesday in Liaoning Province

My apologies for not writing earlier in the trip, but the internet connection at the hotel in Shenyang did not allow us access to much of the World Wide Web. It is almost Thursday morning, and your children are safely in their rooms at the Bohai Pearl Hotel in Dalian. We have had an excellent spring trip that has consisted of a great deal of learning and fun. Tonight we ate a late dinner at Pizza Hut where I had a slice of the tuna pizza for the very first time. It is certainly not your typical topping, but I highly recommend it. We left Dandong mid-afternoon where the students were excited to get a glimpse of North Korea. They could clearly see that the Middle Kingdom and the Hermit Kingdom are two very different nations. Monday was a designated "service" day although we have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of capacities throughout the trip. Yesterday was a very full day consisting of visits to the Shenyang Imperial Palace and Shenyang Botanical Gardens. It is amazing how much energy your children have! Tomorrow we will be going to the Laohu Pole Aquarium on what should be another beautiful day. Your children will be arriving home in less than 1.5 days. Many of them will have lots of pictures to show and stories to tell. I hope to write more and post some pictures before the school year comes to an end. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach them.

Cultures of Medieval Europe

Go to http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/index.html. Write three interesting facts that you learned from this site. You may post your answers in response to this blog or submit your answers on paper. If you choose to post your answers, be sure not to repeat any facts that have already been posted. Additionally, indicate from what category (e.g. Vikings, Banks/Money, The Crusades, etc.) you found your facts, and share one opinion with each fact you turn in. This 27 point assignment is due March 12th (Thursday).
 

An Upcoming Exam

In less than two weeks, there will be an exam covering chapters 8-10. That means you will be tested on the following civilizations: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Ancient Arabia. This exam will be on Friday, February 20th – the day that mid-quarters are sent home. Like previous exams, the Chapter 8-10 exam will have fill in the blank, matching and short answer questions. If you know the vocabulary terms in the first three sections (lessons) of each chapter, you will do well on the exam. Don’t you think that I am such a nice guy to tell you that?