Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HOW ARE GENDER ROLES DETERMINED?


It has long been believed by many that gender roles were largely biologically determined but such is very far from being the case as more and more new research indicates that gender roles are more of a social construct. Do your research and write an essay discussing the factors that determine gender roles.
This reading into writing activity was designed in collaboration with Gökçen Çiftlik to whom we owe thanks.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Gender roles: nature versus nurture” http://prezi.com/ebfpx9lh_23k/gender-roles-nature-vs-nurture/
·         Gender roles: Margaret Mead (Sociology) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCzE9_QvpE4
Reading material to annotate
·         “The gender spectrum: social pressure to act girly or macho is stronger than you think” http://www.babble.com/toddler/children-gender-roles-girly-girls-macho-boys/
·         “Advertisers fight to shape the image of acting like a girl” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/marketing/advertisers-fighting-like-girls-to-reshape-the-female-image/article19452049/ Make sure to click on the links and watch the videos; especially the one on female behavior.
·         “Male and female ability: differences down to society not genetics” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/15/girls-boys-think-same-way
Documentaries to watch and make notes on:
·         “Understanding the complexities of gender: Sam Killerman” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRcPXtqdKjE
·         “Gender Fluidity: Gabrielle Burton” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOkyc91eY90

·         “How to avoid gender stereotypes: Eleanor Tabbi Haller – Jordan” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZFNsJ0-aco

TELL THE STORY OF QUEEN NEFERTITI


Queen Nefertiti is known for her stunning beauty but she and her husband are known for something else as well: something that possibly got her murdered and her tomb desecrated. Do your research and tell the story of this famous ancient Egyptian queen.
The purpose of the task:
·         To provide practice with past tenses and narrative structures
·         To provide the opportunity to improve command of the language and competency
·         To provide an introduction to research based writing and all the skills it requires: note taking, annotating, paraphrasing and summarizing
·         To provide brief insight into an important historical event
Reading material to annotate: less challenging sources
·         “Nefertiti” http://www.biography.com/people/nefertiti-9421166
Reading material to annotate: more challenging sources
·         “Nefertiti, perhaps Egypt’s most beautiful queen” http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/nefertiti.htm
Documentary to watch:

·         “Discovery Channel’s Queen Nefertiti” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTnkqaWW1CY

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF THE RED QUEEN


Who  did the remains of the mysterious woman found underneath a Mayan temple belong to? Why was she dubbed the red queen? Do your research, and tell the story.
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Palenque’s red queen” Make sure to check the links at the bottom of the page. http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/01/2013/palenques-red-queen
·         “The tomb of the Red Queen” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_of_the_Red_Queen
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “The Red Queen – a Mayan mystery part 1” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf8LtqxDnEw

·         “The Red Queen – a Mayan mystery part 2” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL6u7l1epvw

TELL THE STORY OF THE EXPRESSION “CROSSING THE RUBICON”


“We have crossed the Rubicon” is a popular idiomatic expression in English but where does it come from and what is the story behind it? Do your research and write the story.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Crossing the Rubicon” http://prezi.com/1mgj9iafnwqm/crossing-the-rubicon/
·         “Caesar crosses the Rubicon” http://prezi.com/dwib82rdqdsu/caesar-crosses-the-rubicon/ 
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon; 49 BC” http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/caesar.htm
·         “Julius Caesar and the Crossing of the Rubicon” http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/worldhistory/caesarrubicon1.htm
·         “Rubicon” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “What does it mean to cross the Rubicon?” http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/what-does-it-mean-to-cross-the-rubicon
Podcast to listen to and make notes on:

·         “History of Julius Caesar – crossing the Rubicon” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCSlnF_H1T4

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF GALILEO AND THE INQUISITION


The great scientist Galileo had a famous brush with the Inquisition and emerged the worse for wear. Do your research and write an essay.
The purpose of the task:
·         To provide practice with past tenses and narrative structures
·         To provide the opportunity to improve command of the language and competency
·         To provide an introduction to research based writing and all the skills it requires: note taking, annotating, paraphrasing and summarizing
·         To provide brief insight into an important historical event
Familiarize yourself with the topic:
·         “Galileo and the Inquisition” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNMZlcyIj-8
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “Galileo in Rome for Inquisition” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/galileo-in-rome-for-inquisition
·         “Galileo is convicted of heresy” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/galileo-is-convicted-of-heresy
Videos to make notes on
·         “Galileo 1” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImFwQBM560c
·         “Galileo 2 – Threat of Inquisition” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT3VO83AJdE

·         Galileo 3 – Galileo recants” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqScO2uULjM

THE IMPACTS OF COLONIALISM


Colonialism and the great colonial empires have had enormous impact on certain parts of the world and changed the course of history. Colonialism is defined on Wikipedia as the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population. What led to the founding of these empires and effects did they have? Do your research and write an essay in which you discuss the causes and effects of this important period in history.
Familiarize yourself with the topic:
·         “Colonialism” http://www.slideshare.net/Pushkin1799/colonialism-6948051
Reading material to annotate:
·         “What caused the scramble for Africa” http://africanhistory.about.com/od/eracolonialism/a/ScrambleWhy.htm
·         “The impact of colonialism” http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/impact-colonialism This post includes every possible aspect of colonialism not just the impact
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “The colonization of Africa and the Berlin conference: definition and purpose” http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/the-colonization-of-africa-the-berlin-conference-definition-purpose.html#lesson  You will have to register for a 5 day free trial to watch the full video but it is worth it and only takes a minute.
·         “European imperialism: characteristics, motives and effects” http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/european-imperialism-characteristics-motives-effects.html#lesson
·         “Quick introduction to colonialism in Africa” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM2Xa12YsX0
·         “A brief history of European colonization of Africa” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pis5f085P3M 
“What is the impact of colonialism on Africa today?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7adlwy3sb4

Monday, July 21, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS


Ignorance and fear can have some terrible consequences as evidenced by this infamous event in American history. If you don’t know about this period of history it might be wise to find out so as to be able to learn from it. Do your research and write your essay.
The purpose of the task:
·         To provide practice with past tenses and narrative structures
·         To provide the opportunity to improve command of the language and competency
·         To provide an introduction to research based writing and all the skills it requires: note taking, annotating, paraphrasing and summarizing
·         To provide brief insight into an important historical event
Familiarize yourself with the topic:
·         “Copy of Salem witch trials” http://prezi.com/ahuxaehetxjn/copy-of-salem-witch-trials/  
Reading material to annotate:
·         “A brief history of the Salem witch trials” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-salem-witch-trials-175162489/?all
·         “The Salem witch trials” http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-salem-witch-trials/  
·         “Salem witch trials” http://www.history.com/topics/salem-witch-trials There are plenty of videos on this site as well that you should watch.
For more information:
·         “The Salem witchcraft trials – 1692” http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm
Documentary to watch:

·         “Salem witch trials” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU8DMgUeQWg