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I have always had a passion for History (I know, all History Teachers say that), but I mean it! My parents would frequently take me to museums so I could explore all the artifacts, and we soon became regulars at every museum in the LA area that participated in "Free Tuesdays". However, I found history in the classroom to be boring and stuffy. It wasn't until I was in my second year at UC Santa Cruz that I realized that researching past cultures and events could be relevant and fun. I switched my major from Literature to History, and ended up graduating a year early (I enrolled in as many History classes as I could get my hands on!). Thinking I wanted to be a Museum Curator, I followed my passion to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. I worked there for several years until I realized that I could make more of a difference within the classroom, so I went back to school. While simultaneously working as a long term substitute and test proctor at my local high school, I enrolled in and attended USC's Rossier School of Education on a partial scholarship and graduated with my Masters Degree in Teaching. I have experience teaching a wide variety of Social Science areas including Global Issues, Modern World History, U.S. History, and Human Geography. I am excited to be joining the team here at the SAE as the new 7th grade World History Teacher, and hope to inspire a new generation of historians!
 
 
 

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Announcements for Week #6

  1. Any missing assignments must be turned in no later than Thursday 9/28. This is when the unit ends, and any assignment received after this due date will not be accepted.
  2. Tutoring will be held Tuesday morning 0. per.
  3. Tutoring for Thursday after school is cancelled (only for Mrs. Becker's class) due to an after-school meeting I have. But, I will be here Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:30 pm if  you need help.

Week #6 of World History 9/18-9/22

Focus This Week:
  • Finish Chapter 3, The Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Europe.
  • Chapter 4, Life in Medieval Towns

Essential Question:

  • What was life like in medieval European towns?

We Will Explore:

  • Urbanization (movement of people from the countryside into towns):
    • Guilds, Trade, and Commerce
    • Home and Households
    • Disease and Treatment
    • Crime and Punishment
    • Leisure and Entertainment

Standards:

  • California Content Standards:  7.6.6 Discuss the causes and course of the religious Crusades and their effects on the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe, with emphasis on the increasing contact by Europeans with cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean world. 7.6.7 Map the spread of the bubonic plague from Central Asia to China, the Middle East, and Europe and describe its impact on global population. 7.6.8 Understand the importance of the Catholic church as a political, intellectual, and aesthetic institution (e.g., founding of universities, political and spiritual roles of the clergy, creation of monastic and mendicant religious orders, preservation of the Latin language and religious texts, St. Thomas Aquinas’s synthesis of classical philosophy with Christian theology, and the concept of “natural law”).
  • Common Core:CCSS ELA-Literacy. RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7, RH.6-8.8, RH.6-8.9.
  • UNLOCK Skills: Understand Diversity- understand environmental, historical, and global trends. Never Give up on Excellence. Learn to Problem-Solve- seek out innovation and expert resources to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Open yourself to Collaboration- practice active listening and reflective dialogue.

 

Week #5 of World History 9/11-9/15

Focus This Week:
  • Chapter 3, The Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Europe.

Essential Question:

  • How influential was the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe?

We Will Explore:

  • The emergence of the Roman Catholic Church after the fall of the Roman Empire, and its role in the daily life of medieval western Europe:
    • Structure of the Catholic Church
    • The Crusades and Pilgrimages
    • Art, Architecture, Education, and Holidays
    • Monks, Nuns and Friars

Standards:

  • California Content Standards: 7.6.2 Describe the spread of Christianity north of the Alps and the roles played by the early church and by monasteries in its diffusion after the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire. 7.6.6 Discuss the causes and course of the religious Crusades and their effects on the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe, with emphasis on the increasing contact by Europeans with cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean world. 7.6.8 Understand the importance of the Catholic church as a political, intellectual, and aesthetic institution (e.g., founding of universities, political and spiritual roles of the clergy, creation of monastic and mendicant religious orders, preservation of the Latin language and religious texts, St. Thomas Aquinas’s synthesis of classical philosophy with Christian theology, and the concept of “natural law”).
  • Common Core:CCSS ELA-Literacy. RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7, RH.6-8.8, RH.6-8.9.
  • UNLOCK Skills: Understand Diversity- understand environmental, historical, and global trends. Learn to Problem-Solve- seek out innovation and expert resources to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Open yourself to Collaboration- practice active listening and reflective dialogue.

 

Week #4 of World History 9/5-9/8 (Reminder: Full day on Friday!)

 Focus This Week:
  • Continuing Chapter 2, The Development of Feudalism in Western Europe.

Essential Question:

  • How well did feudalism establish order in Europe in the Middle Ages?

We Will Explore:

  • Life during feudal times and the system that helped provide safety, economic and social stability:
    • Feudalism
    • Monarchs and Lords
    • Knights and Peasants

Standards:

  • California Content Standards:6.3 Understand the development of feudalism, its role in the medieval European economy, the way in which it was influenced by physical geography (the role of the manor and the growth of towns), and how feudal relationships provided the foundation of political order.
  • Common Core:CCSS ELA-Literacy. RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7.
  • UNLOCK Skills: Understand Diversity- understand environmental, historical, and global trends. Learn to Problem-Solve- seek out innovation and expert resources to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Open yourself to Collaboration- practice active listening and reflective dialogue.

 

Viking Men and Boat Craftivity!

Have some fun over the weekend and create your own viking man and boat using these templates. Bring them in on Tuesday and I'll hang them around the room :)
 
Directions: Go crazy coloring and decorating your Viking ship or Viking man. Next, cut out the figures from each template, and glue onto a piece of construction paper. Use the picture for an example.

Week #3 of World History 8/28-9/1

Focus This Week:
  • Chapter 2, The Development of Feudalism in Western Europe.

Essential Question:

  • How well did feudalism establish order in Europe in the Middle Ages?

We Will Explore:

  • Life during feudal times and the system that helped provide safety, economic and social stability:
    • Feudalism
    • Monarchs and Lords
    • Knights and Peasants

Standards:

  • California Content Standards:6.3 Understand the development of feudalism, its role in the medieval European economy, the way in which it was influenced by physical geography (the role of the manor and the growth of towns), and how feudal relationships provided the foundation of political order.
  • Common Core:CCSS ELA-Literacy. RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7.
  • UNLOCK Skills: Understand Diversity- understand environmental, historical, and global trends. Learn to Problem-Solve- seek out innovation and expert resources to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Open yourself to Collaboration- practice active listening and reflective dialogue.

 

Pop Quiz Tomorrow!!

Study for the pop-quiz tomorrow!! Topics will include the Fall of the Roman Empire, and it's legacy on society. Use your Prezi notes, and "Legacy Center" notes. This is a formative assessment and we will correct/discuss it in class.

Week #2 of World History 8/21-8/25

Start of Unit 1: "Europe During Medieval Times"
 
Focus this week:
  • Chapter 1, The Legacy of the Roman Empire.

Essential Question:

  • To what extent have the contributions of ancient Rome influenced modern society? 

We Will Explore:

  • The legacy of Ancient Rome including:
    • Art, Architecture, and Engineering
    • Language and Writing
    • Philosophy, Law, and Citizenship

Standards:

  • California Content Standards:1 Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire.
  • Common Core:ELA-Literacy. RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4.
  • UNLOCK Skills: Understand Diversity- understand environmental, historical, and global trends. Learn to Problem-Solve- seek out innovation and expert resources to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. Open yourself to Collaboration- practice active listening and reflective dialogue.

 

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Thank you for visiting my teacher page :) I will update the site regularly with PowerPoints, worksheets, videos, etc. Please click the selected course subjects above to view the resources for each, and to keep updated on due dates for upcoming assignments/projects.