Today in class we reviewed the various systems of government. Students were pretty clear on the various types, but were encouraged to read through brief descriptions (via handout) of those they were not familiar with. We had a good discussion about anarchy and if it could, or could not work. While some students feel it could, the argument clearly breaks down when we start talking about people who choose not to follow the social contract. What is the consequence - how is it meted out? Isn't that a form of Government?
Tonight's homework is to read the 4 pages of political philosophers on Actively Learn, and to make at least 3 connections or comments on EACH philosopher, for a total of 12. Students were encouraged to know a lot about these guys by tomorrow.
First we went over the test specifics and how to do test corrections (see the slide show if you missed class). After that, we discussed that civics is my favorite thing in the whole world, and that I need a sense of where students are at before I construct the unit of study. For that reason, they are taking the citizenship test. I ask that they do so with integrity - not google or ask friends, because I really need to know where they're at right now. It is not being "graded" but rather it is a hefty 25 points in participation.
The test can be found in the files section.
Today we took a test in History. Scores will not be posted until Monday, as I want kids to go out and enjoy their weekend. If they are constantly checking, please let them know that I won't upload grades until early Monday morning.
For homework, I've asked students to go ahead and upload their first Flipgrid assignment. It is to read their culture paragraph on the platform, and to respond to 3 other people's entries.
Student ID: first two letters of their first name, first two of their last name, then 03 or 04 depending on if they have me 3 or 4
Today we had some really great discussions about Jared Diamond's theory, and discussed if it was accurate or not. After those discussions died down, we moved on to some hearty discourse on cultural relativism and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students had great questions about these topics, ranging from "what if a country is not part of the UN and does not agree with the declaration?" to commenting that "many countries still have slavery, and in some, it's just changed form to be happening in corporations."
We will absolutely dig deeper on these issues as we move into civics, and I'm very excited to do so with this class!
I handed out a study guide for Friday's quiz (which can be found in the files section) and assigned homework.
DUE TOMORROW: Email Ms. Lloyd 5 kahoot questions and the corresponding multiple choice answers, including which answer is correct.
Today I lectured extensively about the underlying tenet of Jared Diamond's theory. The slide presentation is pretty comprehensive on this.
HOMEWORK: Guns, Germs, & Steel Reconsidered (Actively Learn)
**There is no slide deck for today.
We started out by discussing Maslow a bit more. Our conversation focused on the Joe DeSena article and questions including: Do you agree or disagree with Joe DeSena? Even if we disagree with parts of Maslow, is it helpful in understanding people's motivations?
Re: DeSena - interestingly the idea was brought up that trying to "go back down" the pyramid, as DeSena talks about, isn't really the same as actually being at the bottom. Choosing the fast for a day is NOT the same as not knowing where your next meal will come from.
After Maslow, we moved on to Guns, Germs, & Steel and students read excerpts from Jared Diamond's theory (available in the files section). Due Tomorrow: Students were asked to summarize Diamond's thesis in a couple of sentences.
We started English class today with students writing down as many questions as they could about Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. I had given a VERY brief overview, but deliberately did not provide much detail. Students were asked to provide at least 15 questions. At the end of about 10 minutes, I had table groups discuss their questions and choose their favorite 5. They then posted them to a padlet. To see all of the wonderful questions posted, please link to: QFT Padlet - Maslow.
After the QFT, students stayed with their table groups and began working on understanding Maslow's Hierarchy. Each table has a specific level of the hierarchy that they will become experts on. We will then break into additional groups where students will teach one another, but we did not get that far today.
HOMEWORK: Finish your mind map
Today we moved on from the cultural universals and students were reminded that as honors students, it's up to them to constantly question why were are studying what we are studying, and to draw connections between the various lessons we cover.
We went from the 8 cultural universals to drawing a map of the world from memory. Students were asked where they started, and why they started there. By and large, people start where they are from - most students started in North America, and North America was their most "accurately drawn" continent. I handed out a blank map of the world (not uploaded to files, as I do not have it electronically - just ask if you need another one), and let students know there will be a QUIZ NEXT FRIDAY on culture, the themes of geography, and this map. Students do not need to know every country, but do need to now the regions we will be studying this year (which are listed on the map). The map will not be collected or graded, it is to be used as a study guide.
After the map discussion, we began talking about the 5 themes of geography, and each theme was explained in greater detail (see slide deck in "class notes.") Lastly, I assigned homework. Students were asked to create a mind map using color and illustration (last slide of slide deck). This is to be done in their notebook.
DUE FRIDAY, 9/14 - Mind Map
Today we had a brief discussion about how 9/11/2001 changed the culture of America. We continued our discussion of culture in general, and reviewed some vignettes of individuals and their culture. The slide deck is below. The last slide is the day's assignment,