Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mapping History

CNN Student News and Current Event Mapping  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Syria and Kodiak, Alaska were both featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. 

Mapping Ancient History  We have spent a sizable part of our Social Studies class time mapping events that are taking place around the world right now. But what about events about ancient history? Today you will have an opportunity to use the 'Ancient History Layer' of your  Social Studies World Map by adding some of the important historical events that you have learned about so far this year to your map. 

First, make sure you've added an 'Ancient History Layer' to your Google Map and that is it checked. You may also consider temporarily unchecking the 'Current Events Layer' so there is not confusion about what layer you are working on. 

Next, decide which events from ancient history that you've learned about so far that you would like to pin on your map. I've provided a list below of some of the historical events we've studied below (along with the page numbers you can learn about them from your Ancient Civilizations textbook). 

Be selective. You can't pin all of these events today. Which are you most interested in learning more about? Once you've decided on an event, you need to research where it took place. Some of the places from ancient history no longer exist, so you may need to consult both historical and modern maps and compare them to figure out where the event should be pinned on your Google Map.

What happened there? Who was involved? When did it happen? Why was it significant? These are just some of the questions that good reporters ask. After you title your historical event on your map, include the answers to some of this questions as part of the accompanying text. In addition, to your textbook you may also consult reliable online sources to learn more about these historical events. And remember, you can also include an appropriate image or video that relates to the event. Have fun! 

Homework  The following assignments are all due tomorrow, Friday, October 30:  Hatshepsut and Ramses II - Venn Diagram, Hatshepsut Notes, Ramses II Notes, and Hatshepsut and Ramses II - Comparison-Contrast Paragraph.