Wednesday, October 26, 2016

History Unit 1 Common Core Task

Question: Why did the Black Plague kill so many people?

 Read and examine the following resources before you begin the task.


 "Plague Song" by Horrible Histories. 


 "Study Shows Black Death Did not Kill Indiscriminately" 

"The Black Death of 1348-1350" 


 History Alive! Section 5.3: The Bubonic Plague


Map of trade routes and bubonic plague's progress 

 Task:  After reading the articles and text and examining the map above, write a long paragraph that addresses the question and analyzes the reasons why the Black Plague killed so many people providing examples to clarify your analysis.  What conclusions or implications can you draw? Be sure to support your position with evidence from the resources.  Write a one page response to the question.  Make sure you cite the above resources to support your answer.  L2 In your discussion, address the credibility and origin of sources in view of your research topic.

Friday, October 14, 2016

On this day in 1066

William the Conqueror defeated the Saxon armies at the Battle of Hastings.

 We decided to celebrate, since this is th 950th anniversary, with a cake.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Clock Store

Here is the cartoon we watched in class today.  It's by Disney Studios; made in 1931 which makes it almost 80 years old.

This is the cartoon Hugo saw when he went to the movies with Isabelle in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  

If you're interested, there are many more "Silly Symphony" cartoons like this one on YouTube.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Automaton One-Pager Assignment (for English only)

Create a one-pager on Maillardet's automaton using text and images to creatively highlight the most important information. Be sure to include the following:
  • The definition of automaton (the plural is automata)
  • A description of the automaton's history, including its creation and creator; how it was damaged; and the roles Charles Penninman, Bryan Selznick, and Andy Baron played in restoring the device; and its influence on the novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
  • A description of how Maillardet's automaton works and its capabilities
You can use these links to complete the one-pager assignment about Maillardet's automaton.

CBS Sunday Morning video The Lost Art of Automata Lives Again

The Maillardet automaton in action

Read Andrew Baron’s essay

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We watched the last part of Safety Last starring Harold Lloyd today.  Here's the full movie if you're interested in watching it.  The wall climbing scene starts 53 minutes in.

Earn stamps on your Scorpion Card if you can tell Mr. Chester how they made it look like he was so high up in the air.