Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Judaism and Chanukah


The Story of Chanukah  As our unit on Judaism and the ancient Hebrews comes to a close, and with the celebration of Chanukah (or Hanukkah) fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to learn more about the history and customs related to this important Jewish holiday. To learn more about the story of Chanukah, check out the video below. 
  

Why do Jewish people celebrate an event that happened so very long ago? Listen as these talented young men explain why through song. 


And in light of our recent poetry unit, what better way to understand the meaning of this important holiday than through a couple of poems. 




Video Treat: "Rugrats Chanukah"  The Rugrats learn about the "The Meaning of Chanukah" in this holiday special. 



Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Spread of Judaism (Day 2)

The Diaspora of Jews followed the laws and rituals of Judaism wherever they were.


 Today's Focus Question  How did the influence of Judaism spread across time and place? 


The Spread of Judaism: Reading and Notetaking  Today we will continue to learn about the spread of Judaism, with a special focus on the time of judges and kings, the Diaspora, and the legacy of Judaism. You will be taking notes on these important ideas using the Spread of Judaism - Notetaking Study Guide. You have two different sources available to locate pertinent information. You may utilize the relevant section of your Social Studies textbook here, and/or you may reference the excerpt from your Social Studies workbook below. 

Judges could inspire an army of volunteers. 
The time of judges came to an end when a warrior named Saul become king. 
After King Solomon's death, the kingdom of Israel was split into two parts.
After being conquered, many Jews were sent into exile.
The synagogue allowed Jews to practice their religion wherever they were in the world. 
Yohann ben Zaccai was important for helping to preserve Jewish teaching and learning. 
Judaism introduced the idea of one God to the world. 

Homework  Complete the assignment Spread of Judaism - Notetaking Study Guide, which along with The Spread of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, will be due on Friday, December 5.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Spread of Judaism


 Today's Focus Question  How did the influence of Judaism spread across time and place? 


Publishing Your 'Beliefs of Judaism' Paragraph  Today we are publishing our 'Beliefs of Judaism' paragraphs to our Social Studies blogs on Kidblog (4th period is here; 6th period is here). After you log in, click 'New Post'. Give your post a title (e.g., The Basic Beliefs of Judaism). Copy and paste your paragraph from your Google Doc into the text box below your title. When you're ready, click 'Publish' and you're in business. 

Build Background Knowledge: The Spread of Judaism  Have you ever moved? Do you know anyone who has moved? Did you take your beliefs, thoughts, and memories with you when you moved? Do you think the Jewish people took took their beliefs, thoughts, and memories with them when they moved? Do you think that this is a way in which Judaism spread? Let's start to explore these ideas today. 

The Spread of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  First, we will study the key vocabulary related to the spread of Judaism, using the document The Spread of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has been placed in your Social Studies folders (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.

Deborah was a judge (and not in courtroom) who inspired an army to win a great battle.

In addition to being a king of the Israelites, David was also the author of many psalms (or religious songs).

There were several times in history in which the Jews rebelled against those that sought to conquer them.

But there were also many times in history in which thew Jews were exiled from their homeland. 

Communities of Jews living away from their homeland made up the Diaspora

The synagogue is where many Jews go to worship God. 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

"The Prince of Egypt" and Paragraph Writing (Redux)


Beliefs of Judaism Paragraph Writing  If you still haven't completed a publishable draft of your 'Beliefs of Judaism' paragraph, that must continue to be your priority today. If you need help, I will be available at the back table. Before you decide that you're "done," make sure you check your paragraph using the rubric form yesterday. 

Video: The Prince of Egypt  For those of you who have completed a paragraph that you're proud of and who have self-assessed using the rubric, you may continue watching the movie "The Prince of Egypt" which tells the story of the ancient Hebrews enslavement in Egypt and the Exodus that follows. What does the movie tell us about the religious beliefs of the ancient Hebrews and about the nature of their relationship with God? 

Speaking of films depicting the Exodus, did you know a new movie about the historical event is coming out soon? Check out the preview below.  


Homework  A final draft of your Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph must be completed by Friday, November 21, at which time we will be publi


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"The Prince of Egypt" and Paragraph Writing


Beliefs of Judaism Paragraph Writing  If you haven't completed a publishable draft of your 'Beliefs of Judaism' paragraph, that must be your priority today. If you need help, I will be available at the back table. Before you decide that you're "done," make sure you check your paragraph using the rubric form yesterday. 

Video: The Prince of Egypt  For those of you who have completed a paragraph that you're proud of and who have self-assessed using the rubric, you may continue watching the movie "The Prince of Egypt" which tells the story of the ancient Hebrews enslavement in Egypt and the Exodus that follows. What does the movie tell us about the religious beliefs of the ancient Hebrews and about the nature of their relationship with God? 

Homework  A final draft of your Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph must be completed by Friday, November 21, at which time we will be publishing our paragraphs to Kidblog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beliefs of Judaism: Paragraph Writing (Day 2)


Beliefs of Judaism Paragraph  Today we will continue writing well-written and well-organized expository paragraphs that demonstrate our understanding of the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism. 

You can still find the document Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph in your Social Studies folders. Remember the document includes a paragraph graphic organizer and a list of helpful transition words (similar to what you see featured below) to help you with the construction of your paragraph. It also provides you a space to put together the final version of your paragraph, which we will publish to Kidblog on Friday.  

If you finish your paragraphs with time to spare today, consider reviewing your paragraph alongside the rubric I will be using to assess your work. How did you assess yourself? Is there an area where improvements can be made?   

Homework  A final draft of your Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph must be completed by Friday, November 21, at which time we will be publishing our paragraphs to Kidblog


Monday, November 17, 2014

Beliefs of Judaism: Paragraph Writing


Beliefs of Judaism Paragraph: Overview  Today our objective is to transform what we have learned about the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism into a well-written and well-organized expository paragraph that demonstrates our developing understanding.

You can find the document Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph in your Social Studies folders. The document includes a paragraph graphic organizer and a list of helpful transition words (similar to what you see featured below) to help you with the construction of your paragraph. You will also need to utilize your Basic Beliefs of Judaism - Notetaking Guide as a resource. Today I will model how to use each tool and resource, and show you how to get started on writing your paragraph. 


Homework  A final draft of your Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph must be completed by Friday, November 21, at which time we will be publishing our paragraphs to Kidblog 



Friday, November 14, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism (Day 2)


 Today's Focus Question  What are the basic beliefs of the religion of Judaism?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Guided Reading and Notetaking  Today we are going to learn about three of the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism. As we read, your objective is to synthesize what you learn about each belief from two different sources (the Social Studies textbook and workbook) and take notes on what you find to be most important, using the Basic Beliefs of Judaism - Notetaking Guide (in your Social Studies folders). Next week, you will use these notes to construct an expository paragraph about the beliefs of Judaism. 













Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 




























Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 













Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism

The Star of David: As a symbol, the six-pointed star has represented Judaism in many lands for many centuries. 


 Today's Focus Question  How did the ancient Hebrews develop and record their beliefs?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  Today we will study some of the key vocabulary related to the beliefs of Judaism, using the document Beliefs of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has been placed in your Social Studies folders (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.

Homework  (1.) Complete the assignment Beliefs of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which will be due next Friday, November 21(2.) Tomorrow is Friday, so several assignments from the past week are due, including: The Origins of Judaism - Questions   and The Origins of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Origins of Judaism (Day 2)

Of all the stories in the Hebrew Bible the Exodus is among the best known and most influential.



 Unit Focus Question  How did the Hebrews have a lasting impact on Western Civilization? 



 Today's Focus Question  What were the origins and early beliefs of the Hebrews?


The Origins of Judaism: Guided Reading  Today we will read in small groups about the 'Origins of Judaism' from an excerpt from our Social Studies workbooks below. As you read, please consider the following questions:
  •  How did the beliefs of the Hebrews differ from those of other people at the time?
  •  What happened during the Exodus? Why do you think this event is considered so  significant to the  ancient Hebrews and to Jewish people today? 
You will record the answers to these questions on the assignment Origins of Judaism - Questions, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. I've included a PDF of the reading passage below in your Social Studies folders as well. 



Homework  Complete the assignment Origins of Judaism - Questions, which will be due on Friday, November 17.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Ancient Hebrews: The Origins of Judaism

Abraham is considered one of the patriarchs of the early Hebrews. 


 Unit Focus Question  How did the Hebrews have a lasting impact on Western Civilization? 


 Today's Focus Question  What were the origins and early beliefs of the Hebrews?


Introduction to the Unit  From our textbook: "The study of the Jewish people (the Hebrews) provides an excellent opportunity to show how a relatively small group of people can have a major impact on other peoples and on the course of history. Although the Jewish people were often enslaved or defeated in wars, their beliefs and writings influenced many civilizations."  

Video: "The Story of Judaism"  In order to set the stage for our unit of study on the ancient Hebrews and the origins of Judaism, we will watch the short introductory video below.  


The Origins of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  Next, we will study the key vocabulary related to the origins of Judaism, using the document The Origins of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies folders. We will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has been placed in your Social Studies folders (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.

Judaism may have been the first monotheistic religion, but it would not be the last. 

Ethical behavior is an important part of the religion of Judaism. 

According to the Bible, God made a covenant with Abraham. 

Moses and the Ten Commandments

There was a large migration of ancient Hebrews from Egypt into the "Promised Land." 

Homework  Complete the assignment The Origins of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which will be due on Friday, November 17.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

From Egypt to the Promised Land


Publishing Ancient Egypt Writing Paragraphs  If you haven't already posted your 'Ancient Egypt Writing' paragraphs, please visit your Social Studies Kidblog and 'Publish' them (Period 4 and Period 6). Remember, the paragraph counts as a 5 point mini-assessment.   

From Egypt to the Promised Land: 'The Prince of Egypt'  As we end our unit on the ancient Egyptians and start to learn about another group, the Hebrews, I thought it would be interesting to examine a moment in history where these two distinct ancient peoples intersected. Today we will watch an excerpt from the movie The Prince of Egypt. As you watch, make note of the different religious beliefs between the ancient Egyptians and the Hebrews.

Academic Study Hall  If you have major projects and assignment that have yet to be completed, I would strongly recommend not watching the movie today and instead use this time to get caught up and get your grades up. You are welcome to sit at the table in the back of the room and work quietly on the projects and assignments that demand your attention. Thank you for taking your job as a student seriously.