Social Studies

Ancient Civilizations

After studying the fall of Rome, students moved on to learn about the development of feudalism in Western Europe. After the fall of Rome, there was a time of uncertainty and Europeans developed the system of feudalism to help provide some stability. Students learned through an experiential exercise how the different social classes worked together and what was required to create this stability. They learned about what it took to become a knight and the different jobs of lords and ladies. Recently they have been learning about the Roman Catholic Church during this time and learning how influential it was. We are still discussing all of this. Students have been asked to begin work on their own Coat of Arms and have a written component to this assignment as well. We will soon be discussing life in the medieval towns and the decline of feudalism.

Medieval History

After studying the fall of Rome, students moved on to learn about the development of feudalism in Western Europe. After the fall of Rome, there was a time of uncertainty and Europeans developed the system of feudalism to help provide some stability. Students learned through an experiential exercise how the different social classes worked together and what was required to create this stability. They learned about what it took to become a knight and the different jobs of lords and ladies. Recently they have been learning about the Roman Catholic Church during this time and learning how influential it was. We are still discussing all of this. Students have been asked to begin work on their own Coat of Arms and have a written component to this assignment as well. We will soon be discussing life in the medieval towns and the decline of feudalism.

U.S. History

We continued our study of the colonies and students had to ultimately pick a colony that we had studied and created a persuasive brochure, slideshow, or website to entice people to come and settle in their colony. We discussed the Great Awakening and how it might have laid a foundation for all the political changes to come. Recently, we have been working on studying why there was an American Revolution. Students are currently participating in an experiential exercise in which they are a historical figure during this time period. They are either a loyalist, patriot, or neutralist. As we break down all the different actions Britain took in the colonies, students are asked to determine their views on each of these acts and try to persuade people to their point of view. This is a very important lesson for the students to fully understand all that led up to the American Revolution. 

In geography, students took their states test on Friday and we will be moving on to study different countries in Europe.

 

Social Studies Wishlist

As I am building up the Social Studies classroom, I decided to make a list of some things that would be nice to have as resources for our classes. I started an Amazon Wishlist. Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

Amazon Wishlist