Happy Chinese New Year

Xin Nian Kuai Le!chinese new year

I’m wishing all of you a Happy Chinese New Year. Safe travels if you are leaving Shanghai for the holiday. We had a wonderful Chinese New Year celebration at SAS yesterday.

Upon return from the break, we’ll be diving into the Middle Ages in Europe. We’ll begin reading a novel in class called, Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman.

CCBGreat work on your Feudal pyramids and paragraphs. Your work is presented on the walls and in the halls for all to see. I attached one of my favorites, by Aiswarya. It uses symbols, pictures and words to clearly show the Feudal Pyramid.

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Blog Journal #4

It’s time to publish your Blog Journal #4. Remember to really edit carefully for Conventions and Sentence Fluency. Have several different people read it and give you feedback. Ask an adult or teacher too.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Select an interesting journal entry that you’d like to publish.
  2. Take it through the writing process (assume your journal entry is the rough draft).
  3. REVISE your journal, think about how you can improve your Voice. Have others read your journal and give you feedback and ideas on how to make it better.
  4. Carefully EDIT your journal entry.
  5. PUBLISH your journal on your Blog. The title should be Blog Journal #4. Add the title of your journal entry at the beginning of your journal. Put your Blog Journal in the Humanities category.

Due Date: Tuesday, 1/25/11

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The Byzantine Empire

Re-read the section on the Byzantine Empire and answer the following questions for homework. All answers should be wellworld studieswritten sentences that re-state the question.

  1. Where was Constantinople located?
  2. How did its location contribute to its growth and to the strength of the Byzantine Empire?
  3. What qualities made Justinian a good and successful ruler?
  4. Why was Justinian’s Code so important?
  5. What was the dispute that split the medieval Christian church?
  6. Why might that split have weakened the empire?
  7. Why did Constantinople finally fall?

Click Here to read the pdf of pages 10-15 on the Byzantine Empire.

The Fall of Rome

Today in class we read pgs. 236-240 in our World Studies book. Tonight for homework you need to answer the followingworld studiesquestions.

  1. Describe the factors that contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire.
  2. What effect did each of these factors have on the health and stability of the empire?
  3. What did the emperor Constantine do to show he accepted Christianity?
  4. What did Constantine try to strengthen the Christian church?
  5. What events led to the fall of Rome?
  6. Why was the Roman army unable to resist the invading armies of the northern tribes?
  7. Writing Activity (describe in a paragraph): Today we think of the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476 as a great turning point in history. However, some historians think most people in those days hardly noticed any change. Why do you think that might have been true?

Click Here to read the pdf of pgs. 236-240

Christianity and the Roman Empire

  1. What ideas did Jesus teach?rome_a6
  2. Why did Jesus’ ideas attract so many followers?
  3. Why do you think the Roman governor had Jesus put to death?
  4. What was the Roman Pantheon?
  5. What does persecution mean?
  6. In what ways were Christians persecuted?
  7. Look at source A in the attachment. How do you know that the owner of the house was a Christian? Explain your answer fully.
  8. What helped the spread of Christianity?
  9. Look at source C. Why do you think that Constantine had the troops paint the emblem on their shields?
  10. Make a list of things that have remained the same since Roman times in the Roman Catholic Church.
  11. Which of the sources are primary and which are secondary? Explain your answer fully.
  12. What does source A tell you about the spread of Christianity?
  13. Writing Activity: You are a Roman citizen who has just learned about Christianity. Write a paragraph describing what you now know about the religion. Write your description from the Roman’s point of view.

Christianity and the Roman Empire