Monday, May 14, 2018

Renaissance Action Figure Projects

The Ed-U-Fun Group is designing a line of Renaissance action figures to sell to history teachers and students.  They already have a William Shakespeare doll test figure designed.

You have been hired to design an action figure and write a biography for the package.


Select one Renaissance figure (person) from the list below.  Research the life of that person.  The Ed-U-Fun Group wants you to design and present the following items:



  • An action figure.  The figure must include two items it can hold, one in each hand. These must be detachable.  
  • An accessory that will come with the figure.  This must be displayed in the package.  This is one thing the Shakespeare figure does not currently have. 
  • A 300 word biography of the figure that will go on the back of the packaging.  This biography should include these things:
    • A brief passage about the overall life of the figure-- childhood, major events in their life, achievements.  This should be appropriate for 11 to 14-year-old students. Keep it interesting.
    • An explanation of the two items and the accessory. This may not be a bullet list, but should be written in an interesting way. 
    • A summary of why the figure is important in history and how he or she contributed to the Renaissance. 
    • The year of your figures birth and death and their birthplace.
    • One good quote from your figure; something important or impressive your figure said or wrote.
Begin your project by selecting a figure from the list below.  Let Mr. Chester know whom you have selected.  The Ed-U-Group wants to see as many Renaissance figure designs as possible.

You will have  Tuesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16  to research and prepare your rough drafts.  You will have Monday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 23 to type up your paper, create your action figure and prepare your presentation.  We will practice presentations on Tuesday, May 29.   Presentations are scheduled for Thursday, May 31.  There will be no make-ups no late presentations.  If you're not going to be in class on Thursday, May 31, make arrangements with Mr. Chester to present your action figure early.

Speeches must be memorized this time.  Your action figure and the accessories will be your visuals.

Possible Renaissance figures
List A
  • Leonardo da Vinci        Jacob     Grace     Yahir
  • Michelangelo             Aldo        Sloane   Kayla
  • Galileo Galilei              ----       Wolfy    Cristal
  • Nicolaus Copernicus     Matt         Revil
  • Isabella I of Spain            Larika   ------------
  • Elizabeth I of England       Stephanie  McCabe  Jezzel
  • Christopher Columbus         Edson       Koto     Joaquin
  • Martin Luther               Mikayla          Jose   Nathan
  • King Henry VIII           Bryce   James
  • Vasco da Gama           Jordan          Diego    Hale
  • Ferdinand Magellan         Joseph     Kiana
  • Hernan Cortes              Salvador      Isabella     Eduardo
  • Isaac Newton       Miranda  Daniel    Teagan
  • Titian                   ----        Mason  
  • Albrecht Durer     ----  ---------
  • Andreas Vesalius     -----  --------
  • William Shakespeare    -----     Sneha   Jacob
  • Miguel Cervantes        -------   Miquel  Daeshaun
List B
  • Catherine de Medici               Karen        Emma         
  • Dante Alighieri                  ------  ------   Kevin
  • Filippo Brunelleschi           -------  --------
  • Sandro Boticelli                 -------  Josh
  • Machiavelli                        -------  --------
  • Sir Walter Raliegh             Bryden  --------   
  • Desiderius Erasmus         --------  ---------
  • Pope Leo X             --------      Iman
  • John Calvin               -------    Patrick
  • Anne Bolyn           Tati      Daisy      Samari
  • Francisco Pizarro       J.J.  -----------  Nimsy
  • Henry Hudson         Emerson    Jaden  Brady
  • Johannes Kepler                 Michael  ------------
  • Johannes Gutenberg      -------  --------
  • Marco Polo        Deysi   --------    Marquan

List C
  • Francisco Petrarch    ----------- ----------
  • Donatello             Mayk         Cesar   Annadale
  • Girolamo Cardano    --------  ---------
  • Lorenzo de Medici        --------  ----------
  • Galen                         -------------   Ashleigh
  • Pope Clement V         Troy     Jace
  • Pope Gregory XI       -------------  ---------
  • John Wycliffe           --------  ---------- 
  • Jan Hus                     -------------  ---------
  • Catherine of Siena     Lexi  -------
  • Huldrych Zwingli      -------------   ---------
  • William Tyndale      Juliet     -------------
  • Queen Mary of England      Ailish      Valeria
  • Ignatius Loyola           ---------  ---------
  • Prince Henry the Navigator     --------- --------  Ryan
  • Pedro Cabral              --------    -------        Jennifer   
  • John Cabot          ----------   ------------   Katie
  • Giovanni da Verrazano         Hector    -----
  • Francis Bacon               ---------      Owen   Kyle
  • Antoine van Leeuwenhoek       --------  ----------
  • Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit       ---------  ----------
  • Artemisia Gentileschi       Julia  ------------
  • Isabella d'Este            Rachel   Caitlin
  • Lucretia Borgia      Yasmin   ---------            
  • Ben Johnson          ----------   Jorge  Nate
  • Elisabetti Sirani     Elzie   -------------
  • Raphael (Sanzio)  --------  ------------ Karlos 
List D

  • Other people you can suggest

Grades will be based on three things: Your speech, your written paper, your action figure.  Each will be work 1/3 of your overall grade.  

This is a 75% assignment.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Which Greaser are You?

Which Greaser are you? 

Follow this link and take the quick quiz to find out which Greaser you are.

Write your result in your journal.

Review your notes for that character.

What do you have in common with that character?

Write a 75 cent paragraph long response explaining the traits that you and that character share, how you are alike?  Do you agree with your result? Why or why not? Which Greaser do you think you have the most in common with?  

Count up the money you spent on your paragraph and write down the amount at the bottom of the page.




Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Geo-Challenge Questions for Age of Exploration


  1. Which explorer was the first to establish a sea route to Asia?  For which European country did he sail?   Use the correct color to trace the route of this voyage. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.
  2. Which explorer was the first to sail to the east coast of South America? For which European country did he sail?  Use the correct color to trace the entire route of this voyage. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.
  3. By 1600, on which continents did Portugal claim or control territory or cities Use the correct color to shade and label the areas claimed by Portugal.
  4. Which explorer was the first to sail to what are today the Caribbean Islands between North and South America? For which European country did he sail?  Use the correct color to trace the route of this voyage. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.
  5. Which explorer was the first to lead a voyage that eventually went around the world? For which European country did he sail?   Use the correct color to trace the route of this voyage. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.
  6. Which country had explorers who led expeditions into the lands of the Aztecs and Incas in North and South America?  Who were these explorers?   Use the correct color to trace the route of these expeditions. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.
  7. By 1600, on which continents did Spain claim territory? Use the correct color to shade and label the areas claimed by Spain.
  8. Which European countries during this period sent explorers to North America's east coast. Name three of these explorers.  Use the correct color to trace the route of this voyage. Label it with the explorer's name and the year(s) of the voyage.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Aztec Files Cover

Create an illustrated cover for your Aztec file. 

Follow these guidelines:


  • Cover the entire file with paper(s).
  • Include a slogan of no more than eight words.
  • Include hand drawn items.  Use your book to find pictures.
  • Make your cover promote the Aztecs and Tenochtitlan.
  • Include at least four items from history that impressed you.
  • Include a 3 by 5 card with a 50 cent artist statement.
Here are pictures of the two examples Mr. Chester made.




Thursday, April 26, 2018

Did Moctezuma Have a Zoo in Tenochtitlan?

Visit this blog post.  Read it over and then answer the questions about it in your packet.

Next take a look at a few pages from the Florentine Codex and then complete the questions in your packet about it

Then, use this zoomable map of Tenochtitlan, or the map in your Aztec File, to answer some questions.

Finally, take a look at Cortes letter to Emperor Charles V of Spain in the original text and in translation to answer questions about what he says he saw in Tenochtitlan.

Now you are ready to answer the question citing evidence from the documents to support your position.

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