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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!
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Semester 2 Final: Game Remediation Project

Are you interested in bringing up your grade? Complete this project by choosing a unit to master! Create a game based on the standards and themes of your unit. If you earn a 3 or above on the project, I will change your scores for that unit to reflect this mastery. Check the rubric and instructions for details! 

Renaissance Facebook Project Due Monday 4/23 by Midnight!

The purpose of this project is to create a Facebook page using your knowledge, class discussions, readings, and internet research on a historical figure from the Renaissance. You will have two days of computer time in class to complete the research and create a “fakebook” page from the provided template for your project (available on Google Classroom). You will have an additional two days over the weekend to complete your project, and submit it to Google Classroom. The Facebook page should be developed as if the person created it about his/herself. Be creative and have fun, but keep it school appropriate and historically accurate.

Unit 5 Test on Monday (3/12)!

We are nearing the end of Unit 5: Medieval Japan, and will be having a test on Monday 3/12 in class. This test will be an online test through Google Classroom, and you will be able to use your notes. Therefore, it is incredibly important for you to have your homework completed (because you can use it on the test). A study guide will be given ahead of time, but it will be much less detailed and will only include the main topics that need to be studied. The reason for this, is because you will have access to your notes.
 
Also, the last day to turn in late/missing work for Unit 5 is Friday 3/16!

Unit 4 Group Test Tomorrow!
Don't forget to study for your test tomorrow. Here is where you can find the info for your study guide.

Week #24 of World History 1/22-1/26

Focus This Week:
  • Unit 4: Imperial China

Essential Questions:

  • Which form of government led to the best leaders of China?
  • How was China reunified under the Tang dynasty?
  • How did Buddhism spread?

Schedule:

In Unit 4 we will learn how China was governed between 220 and 1644 C.E and how they used various methods of selecting government officials (CA Content Standard 7.3)

  • Monday:
    • Qin, Han, Sui Dynasty: Aristocracy and Reunification
      • Chapter 15.2
      • California Content Standard 7.3.1
  • Tuesday:
    • Tang Dynasty: Buddhism
      • Chapter 15.3-4, 18.2
      • California Content Standard 7.3.1
  • Wednesday:
    • Tang Dynasty: Agriculture
      • Chapter 15.4, 16.2
      • California Content Standard 7.3.2
  • Thursday:
    • Tang and Song Dynasty: Trade
      • Chapter 16.3
      • California Content Standard 7.3.2
  • Friday:
    • Tang and Song Dynasty: Commerce
      • Chapter 16.3
      • California Content Standard 7.3.2

 

Week #23 of World History 1/15-1/19

Focus This Week:
  • Culmination Reflection
  • Begin Unit 4: Imperial China

Essential Question:

  • What are the characteristics of a dynasty?

Schedule:

In Unit 4 we will learn how China was governed between 220 and 1644 C.E and how they used various methods of selecting government officials (CA Content Standard 7.3)

  • Monday:
    • MLK Day, No School
  • Tuesday:
    • Culmination Reflection
  • Wednesday:
    • Characteristics of a dynasty
  • Thursday:
    • Physical Geography of China
  • Friday:
    • Analysis of the Mandate of Heaven

 

Culmination Projects Are Upon Us!

Come visit us on Saturday January 13, 2018 for Culmination! In World History, we will be focusing on food in culture (specifically the aquaponic herbs that were grown in Science class). Students will trace the origins and intercontinental spread of herbs throughout history. Research will include the development of inquiry based questions, interviews with the community, a reflection of the significance of food in culture, and the culinary preparation of a recipe.
 
Students will be interacting with the community by presenting their "History of Food" brochures, and handing out samples of culinary treats (food, yum)! You can also scan the QR codes on these brochures for the recipe to take home with you.
 
Attached, please see the World History Culmination Packet and sample Brochure for further instructions (these can also be found in the course assignments).

Week #14 of World History 11/13-11/17

Focus This Week:
  • Unit 2 Test: Islam in Medieval Times
  • Begin Unit 3: The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa

Essential Question:

  • What was the most significant factor in the development of early societies in West Africa?

Schedule:

In Unit 3, we will learn how kingdoms and empires grew out of early societies in West Africa. (CA Content Standard 7.4)

  • Monday:
    • Unit 2 Multiple Choice (MC) and Brief Constructed Response (BCR)Test
  • Tuesday:
    • Geography and Trade
  • Wednesday:
    • Early Communities
  • Thursday:
    • Town and Cities
  • Friday:
    • Substitute (I will be out for the NCSS Conference)
    • Kingdoms and Empires