World History

Weekly Activities for May 11th-22nd

The Holocaust: Read An Introduction to the Holocaust to gain a better understanding to what happened in Nazi Germany and surrounding areas leading up to and during WWII. The document is located below. 
A Survivor Story: Linked are a bunch of Holocaust survivors stories to watch. Think about these questions as you watch. 

Is it possible to truly understand the experience of a Holocaust survivor?
What limits our understanding of the Holocaust?

Lydia's Story
Anne Franks Step Sister's Story
Otto Franks, Anne Franks Father
Sidney Zoltak Story
Erika meets Ursula

Dr. Mengele: Dr. Mengele was also known as the Angel of Death. He did unthinkable things to young children at Auschwitz. Watch the stories below

The Twins of Auschwitz 
Dr. Mengele Bio

Weekly Activities for May 11th- 15th 

Charlemagne: Read Einhard on the Life of Charlemagne and answer the questions in the margin. This document is located below
The Vikings: Watch the History Channels Barbarians The Vikings and answer the question document located below.
Feudalism: Read the description of each class found in the Feudal System (Medieval Worldview-Roles) located below then create a Feudal Pyramid detailing each class.

Weekly Activities for May 4th- 8th

Persian Empire: In class we spent a small amount of time discussing Ancient Persias legacy on modern civilization. Watch the documentary Engineering an Empire Persia and complete the viewing guide found in the document container below.
The Rise of Islam: Islam is one of the five major religions throughout the world and is becoming present in urbanized areas of Iowa. We looked at Islam and the role that religion played during the Crusades. I created a folder in the document container with a ton more information about the development, spread, culture, and beliefs of Islam. In the folder you will find readings, PowerPoints, and short activities.
Knight Life: Watch The Daily Life of a Knight. Based on what you learned would you want to be a knight in Medieval Europe why or why not? 
Now watch The Top Five Greatest Knights in Medieval History. Why are each of the knights considered great?  
Coat of Arms: The first coat of arms was used to distinguish one knight from another. ... Because of this, knights began to paint symbols on their shields. They eventually began to put the symbol on their banner and the coat they wore over their armor. This is how it got the name "coat of arms". If you were a Knight in Medieval Europe what would you coat of arms look like? Draw and color a picture of a coat of arms that represents you. There is a template in the document container if you wish to us that. 
Weekly Activities: April 27th- May 1st 
Ancient Greek Philosophers: During the Ancient Greece Unit we only highlighted the Golden Age of Greece. Using the textbook pages (Chapter 5: Classical Greece)found in the Document Container to fill out the Ancient Greek Philosopher graphic organizer to take a closer look at the Golden Age of Greece. 
Ancient Greek Engineering an Empire: Watch the documentary Engineering an Empire Greece and answer the questions on the viewing guide found in the Document Container.
Ancient Greek Mythology: Below in the document container is collection of Greek Mythology for you to read. Let me know which story is you favorite and why?
Ancient Rome Government: It is often said the United States is the New Rome. Complete the Venn Diagram below comparing the Roman Government to our Government. Do you think that the United States are the New Rome explain why or why not once you complete the Venn Diagram.
Alexander the Great Empire: Refine your map reading skills by studying the map and answering the questions located below. 
All Road Lead to Rome: Watch the following short video on Roman Roads and answer the following questions. Why were Roman Roads such an Engineering Feat? What is the difference between modern roads and Roman Roads? How were the roads constructed?

World History: April 20th-24th 

A closer look at Hammurabi's Code: 
1. Let's look at law number 8. Read it out loud to yourself or a family member. What does this law mean? Should a law like this still exist today? If it would exist today what is a real life example of it? Here is mine: If someone were to steal the president's car the thief must pay thirty times that its cost as penalty. Continue this process with the rest of the laws. 

2. Here is a good informational video that explains Hammurabi's Code a little better

Ancient Egypt
1. Watch Engineering an Empire Egypt and answer the questions in the viewing guide found in the document container below. 

2. Try your luck at deciphering ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Find the document below in the document container. 

The Assyrians 

The Assyrians are known for their brutal torture tactics. Read the following quotes from Assyrian soldiers during times of war.


“In strife and conflict I besieged [and] conquered the city. I felled 3,000 of their fighting men with the sword ... I captured many troops alive: I cut off of some their arms [and] hands; I cut off of others their noses, ears, [and] extremities. I gouged out the eyes of many troops. I made one pile of the living [and] one of heads. I hung their heads on trees around the city.” 


“I felled 50 of their fighting men with the sword, burnt 200 captives from them, [and] defeated in a battle on the plain 332 troops. ... With their blood I dyed the mountain red like red wool, [and] the rest of them the ravines [and] torrents of the mountain swallowed. I carried off captives [and] possessions from them. I cut off the heads of their fighters [and] built [therewith] a tower before their city. I burnt their adolescent boys [and] girls.”


“Nabû-ushabshi, their king, I hung up in front of the gate of his city on a stake. His land, his wife, his sons, his daughters, his property, the treasure of his palace, I carried off. Bit- Amukâni I trampled down like a threshing (sledge). All of its people, (and) its goods, I took to Assyria.”

The Assyrians found these actions to be just normal wartime tactics we consider them torture now a days. Based on these quotes define what war must of meant to an Ancient Assyrian soldier and explain why in today's society that idea of war is not acceptable anymore? How do you think American's would react today if the American Military used those tactics in conflicts today? Share your thoughts with me. 

Also, this an interesting article and video about the Assyrian Empire.