Monday, April 16, 2018

The Aztec Files - Geography Challenge

Here are the questions from today's Geography Challenge.

Complete all eight questions on the inside of your Aztec File by Thursday, April 20.

Be sure to include both the question and the answer.

1. Find the area in the Americas where the Mayan and Aztec civilizations were located. Shade and label them on your map.

In which modern countries did the Mayan civilization exist.  In which modern country did the Aztec civilization exist?

2.  Find the area in the Americas where the Inca civilization was located. Shade and label the area on your map.

In which modern countries did the Inca Civilization exist?

3.  What are three important physical features found in southern Mexico and Guatemala?

Label each feature on your map, and draw a symbol to represent it.

4. What are three important physical features found in central Mexico?

Label each feature on your map, and draw a symbol to represent it.

5. What are three important physical features found along the west coast of South America?

Label each feature on your map, and draw a symbol to represent it.

6.  Which civilization existed primarily in a tropical wet climate zone?

7.. What are the principal climate zones in which the Aztecs existed?

Be sure to note where the Aztec capital is located.

8. What are the pricipal climate zones in which the Incas existed?

Be sure to note wehre the Inca capital is located.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Art from Japan's Edo Period

Here are the slides from our lesson on art during Japan's Edo period. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Four Japanese Demons

Daimyo Procession, 

Insect Procession

Otsu-e Yakko - Standard Carrier

Otsu-e Goblin in Prayer

Otsu-e Storefront

View of Matsushima

Mt. Fuji from Miho-no-Matsubara

Rice Paddies and Fuji after Taiga

Basho with a Deer

Basho and Two Haiku

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Samurai's Tale

Use at least 8 of the following terms in your Samurai's tale.

Write you tale in your history journal next to the samurai picture.

Due Friday.


  • shogun
  • daimyo
  • armor
  • weapons
  • training
  • "fear of death"
  • haiku
  • bushido
  • Zen
  • seppuku
  • samurai women
  • Amida Buddha
  • tea ceremony
  • calligraphy
Your tale can be about a single day in a samurai's life or about the entire life of one samurai.  Your samurai can be a man or a woman.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Heian-Kyo Journals. Life in Japan's Golden Age

The Heian-Kyo period is considered Japan's Golden Age because it produced so many great works of art including many diaries like Sei Shonogan's Pillow Book.

Use your notes from the activity and chapter 21 to create your own pillow book about life in Heian-Kyo Japan.  Follow the directions on the handout and the blue sample pages on the white board.

You should focus each paragraph of your pillow book/diary on one section of your notes.  Be sure to include at much historical information in your diary as you can.  Even the pictures should be historical.

You may include captions for each picture as part of your 500-700 words.

Remember 500-700 words is between three and five pages for most people, including pictures.

You may make your diary tell a longer story.

Here are some pictures you can use to inspire your diary.  You may base your illustrations on these pictures.

Shrine of Emperor Kammu.  Your dairy might describe a trip to one of Heian-Kyo's many shrines. You might describe what the priests look like the way Sei Shonagon's did in The Pillow Book

Fujiwara Michinaga. Remember your meeting with Fujiwara Michinaga? You can include it in your diary.

A fan from the Heian-kyo period. This could be the fan you found. You can mention it in your diary.

A lady in Heian-kyo period makeup. If you're writing about a woman in your diary, you can describe putting on all of this make-up.

Heain-kyo era painting of a scene from TheTale of Genji.  You might be reading Lady Murasaki's book. Write your reacting to the latest chapter in your diary.

Sei Shonagon the author of The Pillow Book. Maybe she mentioned you in it. Maybe you have read some. You can include something from one of the lists she wrote.

What was life in the United States like 50 years ago?

Go to this website to find out what life was like in America at the time when Brown Girl Dreaming is set.

Country Living.

While you're there, view as many of the slides in the show as you can. You don't have to see them all.

Take notes on five of the slides including a description of the picture and at least one note from the description.

Be prepared to write a paragraph about the things that surprised or impressed you about life in 1968.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Witness in a Box: Examples by Professional Artists.

Here are some examples of Joseph Cornell and Betty Saar's work.  You can use these as models or inspirations for your own Witness in a Box project.

"Parrot for Juan Gris" by Joseph Cornell

"Cassiopeia 1" by Joseph Cornell

"We Was Mostly About Survival" by Betty Saar

"The Liberation of Aunt Jemima" by Betty Saar

Rules for your Witness in a Box project.

Must use: 
  • a box provided by the teacher.
  • images and shapes
  • something that hangs or moves
  • creativity
May not use:
  • words.
  • images of the person.
  • photographs of the actual event.
May use and material in the classroom or at home.

This is a 75% project.*  Be creative. Take your time. Make your product look good.

*Final grade will include an artist statement and the essay.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. 

How is where we come from important to who we are?

Much of Brown Girl Dreaming deals with the theme of how where we come from affects who we become.  This includes time as well as place.  The time period a child was born into, what was going on in history during her early life, affects the adult she grows up to become.

For this project you will research a person or event from the time period covered in Brown Girl Dreaming, the 1960s/1970's Civil Rights Era in American history.  You will then create a "Cornell Box" that illustrates your research as a visual metaphor.  You will also write up a short $2.50 account of your research.  Both your research and your Cornell Box will be presented to the class as a speech.  You will then write a first person poem based on your box which you might choose to  present at the class poetry slam.

You must select a topic/person from the list below.  As part of your research, you will use the audio/visual link attached to your topic, photographs of the event/person you can find online and one article that you locate on your own.

Here are the people/events you can choose from.  Be sure to let the teacher know what your selection is.  No more than two people may do the same topic.

  1. Dorothy Mulkey (Fair housing advocate)
  2. Shirley Chishom (First woman to run for president)
  3. Ruby Bridges
  4. The 16th Street Bombing
  5. The Children's Crusade
  6. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
  7. Mississippi Burning
  8. The Loving Decision (Mixed Race Marriage)
  9. Greensboro Lunch Counter
  10. Freedom Riders
  11. James Brown's concert the day after M.L. King was killed
  12. Muhammad Ali's decision to refuse the draft
  13. Black Like Me
  14. Petula Clark/Harry Belafonte (television controversy)
  15. Dance Theatre of Harlem
  16. Roots 
  17. John F. Kennedy
  18. Malcolm X 
  19. Rosa Parks
  20. United States Colored Troops 54th Regiment
  21. Lena Horn
  22. Black Panthers
  23. James Baldwin (Author, Civil Rights Activist)
Each person is linked to an audio/visual program about them.  You are required to use this program as part of your research.  Listen to it once, then listen again while taking notes about it. 

Find a second article about that person or event and a few photographs to help you understand the importance of your selection.  You may print out a few photographs (1 to 3) to use as part of your Cornell Box.  However, you may not use a picture of the actual person or event.  You Cornell Box must be a metaphor, not an exact representation.

You will use your research to create a box about your selection in class later this week.