Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crusader Trading Cards Mini-research Project

Crusader Trading Cards
A mini-research project

Directions:  Create four trading cards about the Crusades.

  1. Read History Alive chapter 11 pages 119-126.
  2. Select four people from the lists below.  Select two from list A and two from list B.
  3. Do some research into each of the four people selected. For this project, Wikipedia is probably the best place to go.  You may also use your history book.
  4. Find out these things about each person: home country or place of birth; date of birth; date of death;  religion;  one major reason they were  important  during the Crusades.
  5. Use your research to create a trading card about each person.  All four should fit onto a single piece of paper.   (You can divide your paper by using the columns feature.)  Your cards should all have the same format.   Include a picture or a symbol on each card.  You may use borders and other artwork.  ( An example is done below.)
  6. Create a rough draft in class.  
  7. Create a final (typed) draft at home or in the library.

People of the Crusades List A:
  • Pope Urban II
  • Alexis Comnena
  • Anna Comnena
  • Richard I of England
  • Eleanor of Aquitane*
  • Stephen Count of Blois*
  • Peter the Hermit*
  • Baldwin, King of Jerusalem*
  • Phillip  II of France
  • Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor*
  • Stephen of Cloyes*

People of the Crusades List B:
  • Eleazar ben Nathan
  • Salah al-Din (Saladin)
  • Eleazar ben Judah
  • Usamah ibn-Munqidh
  • Kalonymus ben Mushullam*
  • Ibn al-Qalanisi

*Challenge: These people are not mentioned in History Alive.

Sample Card

Nicholas of

Home: Germany,  
Born:1198 (approx)
Died:  1212 (approx.)
Religion: Christian

Importance:  Nicholas
was a young shepherd
who started the first
Children’s Crusade in 1212.  He led 7,000
young people from Germany to Genoa, Italy
where many of them settled down and became
citizens.  He later died while crossing the Alps
on his way home to Germany.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

History: Common Core Writing #2 What is the hajj and why is it so important?

After you have viewed the websites listed below, write a multi-paragraph essay that describes the hajj, discusses what people do on the hajj, and makes conclusiong about why it is important.  Support your discussion with evidence from the websites.


Beliefs and Traditions: The Hajj, National Geographic

While you watch this short video about the hajj, take note of the different places people visit on the hajj.

Hajj Pictorial from Time Magazine,29307,1865298,00.html 

While you review this photo-essay, see what conclusions you can draw about the hajj from the pictures.  How can you include this information in your essay?

Hajj 2013, Islam's Pilgrimage to Mecca: Facts, History and Dates of the Muslim Holiday.

Take Cornell notes on this article. Write a summar when you are done. Be sure to review the annotated map to get a sense of all the places visited on the hajj and the importance of each place.

British Museum: Hajj Stories

Watch the short video introduction and then read at least six accounts of the hajj.  When you find something you think you'll be able to use in your essay, make a note of it.

After you have viewed the websites listed above, write a multi-paragraph essay that describes the hajj, discusses what people do on the hajj, and draws conclusions about why it is important. Support your discussion with evidence from the websites. 

You should follow this outline for your essay:
  1. Introduction: hook, topic, thesis statement.
  2. Describe the history of the hajj.
  3. Discuss what is done on the hajj.
  4. Draw conclusions about why the hajj is important.
  5. Conclusion: restate the thesis, final statement (food for thought).
Make sure you cite your sources.  Use quote sandwiches.

Your essay is due on Friday, November 7.  It should be a proof-read first draft.  You do not have to type it up.