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  • General

    September 5th. 2011. Hi and Welcome Grade 6 to our  Ancient World Moodle Site. We'll use this to post progress and updates (great if you miss a class or need a reminder). We'll also have homework and assignments posted here.

    Here's a little about the course:

    Students study the time period from early hominid development through the Greek city states.

    We focus on concepts of:

    • Culture

    • Time, Continuity, and Change

    • People, Places and Environments

    • Individual Development and Identity

    • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

    • Power, Authority, and Governance

    • Production, Distribution, and Consumption

    • Science, Technology, and Distribution

    • Global Connections

    • Civic Ideals and Practices

    Our unit themes/topics are:


    1. Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization

    2. Ancient Egypt and the Near East

    3. Ancient India

    4. Ancient China

    5. Ancient Greece
    6. Ancient Rome

    Homework will be used regularly (weekly) to test and develp individual understanding of key topics. class work will be assessed regularly (at the end of each topic) and graded based on the criteria given at the start of each unit.

    Mr. G.

    Here's a link to the Neanderthal  museum in Krapina, which has some excellent displays on prehistory:

    And for all the Mums and Dads at home, here's a link to the 'History Alive' on line resources site:

    • Topic 1

      Each week you should find an update of the work we do in class.  This will start from next Monday (19th September) so look out for regular updates, homework info and news!
      After some problems with moodle, here's the power point slides for all our class from Neolithic to Sumeria
      Mr. G.
    • Topic 2

      Hi grade six

      Last week of September and here is the update for our work in class.  Grades are now entered in power-school for the latest question paper on our topic.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a grade entered as I’ve kept some back to just check answers with you.

      A special Thanks to Kennon for bringing in his Neolithic cave sculpture and sharing with us his ideas on the period.

      Next week we'll begin investigating in depth the first Empires

      Have a good weekend

      Mr. G.

    • Topic 3

      Here's our class work for the first week of October and the four Empires.  We are making stele's to represent the stories of how these four great Empires of  Mesopotamia came about and ended.

      I'm really looking forward to your work on stele's for each empire!

      Mr. G.


    • Topic 6


      Week of 10th October



      During this week (remember, we only have 2 classes) our focus is to complete the Steles.



      Once done, you will have two question papers to complete. You will need to 'visit' each of the Steles ( there are four in all ) to gain all the answers. Also you'll need to study the Mesopotamian timeline.


      If you don't manage to complete these in class, complete at home and return them first class week of 17th October.



      If you need a reminder of where we are, take a look at the  power-point in the next section (week of the 10th)



      Mr. G.



      • Topic 7

        It's a shorter week but we've done lots - here's the class work fo the week of 10th October


        Mr. G.

      • Topic 14

        Now we're back to our usual schedule, here's the class-work for the 17th. October - Egypt. Don't forget to complete the questions for Friday's class!

        Mr. G.

      • Topic 15

        Hi guys,

        Here is your classwork and homework for the last week in October and the end of the first quarter.  I can't believe we're here already!

         Mr. G.

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        Here's our programme for the first week of November:

         The daily lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

        Essential Question – ‘How was the ancient Egyptian civilisation structured and why?’
        Our aim should be to understand the complexities of daily life and complete the graphic organiser on pages 66-67 of your workbook.
        Let’s begin with readings from chapter 9.
        Homework will be to have the G.O. on pages 66-67 completed for Friday’s class.
        Keywords – social structure, artisans, government officials, scribes and peasants.
        Mr. G.
        P.S.  Following Friday's class I now have your workbooks so no homework.  A great start so far to the new quarter from all of grade 6.  Well done.
        • Topic 17

          Hi All. Here's the classes (shortened!) for the week of the 7th November.

          Mr. G.

        • Topic 18

          Just in time for 'Passport Day' (Israel this year), we begin our topic on the early Hebrews (week of November 14th).

          Here's the classwork.

          Mr. G

        • Topic 19

          What a short week -just one class, so here's the slide.  The scrolls completed so far are truly amazing so well done grade 6.

          We'll do the quiz sheet next week and so no homework this (short) week.

          Have  a great Thanksgiving

          Mr. G.

        • Topic 20

          I can't believe it but we're already half way through the second quarter and Christmas is looming!  Out new project 'A book on ancient India' starts this week.

          See the powerpoint slides for this week's work.

          Mr. G.

        • Topic 21

          Well we've reached the end of the year so have a great and safe Christmas

          You' should have made good progress with your Ancient India book by now, some have even finished, so well done to you.  If you've taken your book home, take care to look after it! 

          A sad farewell to Valdemar and we wish him well in Denmark

          Homework is only for those with the geography challenge to complete and/or quiz paper 11.

          Sretan Bozic i Nova Godina

          Mr. G.

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          • Topic 22

            Hi Guys and welcome back,

            Here is the slide for the first week back.  You'll notice I haven't specified which quiz papers you'll need to do - that's so that I can assess where you're up to before giving them out - see you in class.

            Mr. G.

          • Topic 23

            Hi All,

            For those that don't yet know, we are very lucky to have Mr. DeStefano working with us in social studies for the next two months. Mr. D. hails from New Jersey and to help everyone follow what we're going to be up to during this time, here's his plan of action. I'm sure grade six are going to have a great time.

            Best wishes,

            Mr. G.

            Mr. DeStefano - January 17, 2011

            Introducing the Shang Dynasty

            “Excavation of Royal Tomb”

            Essential Question: What can we learn about Shang culture by examining the artifacts and remains excavated from royal burials?

            Objectives: Students will be able to identify and explain characteristics of Shang culture by examining ancient artifacts (e.g. written language; belief in an afterlife; class structure; human sacrifice…)

            Assessment: Students will complete a worksheet in which they examine various artifacts and hypothesize as to what they mean about Shang culture.

            Excavation Activity:

            · The desks will be arranged in such a way as to resemble the ruins of a royal Shang tomb.

            · Paper cutouts of artifacts will be scattered throughout the tomb.

            · Students will work individually, in pairs, or in groups of three.

            · They will be instructed to enter the tomb, look at each artifact and record them on their worksheet.

            · After the students have identified each artifact, they will spend some time making hypotheses about what they were used for. I will guide a discussion and help students come up with possible ideas.

            · After brainstorming their uses, students will be told that they can now pick up the artifacts to reveal some clues that I put on the backs of them.

            · From these clues, students will gain insight into their purposes in Shang culture.

            · Once the students know what the artifacts were used for, they can begin to think about what we can learn about Shang culture from them.

            · Students will then be involved in a discussion about what they have learned about Shang culture from the artifacts.


            • Topic 24

              Mr. DeStefano – January 24, 2012

              For the week of 1/23-1/27, Grade 6 studied the Zhou Dynasty and the three "Isms" (Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism). Their task this week was to design their own school based on one of these three philosophies. Below are the instructions:

              Design Your Own School (using a Chinese philosophy)

              Include the following:

              ·        A name for your school that indicates whether its philosophy is Confucian, Daoist or Legalist.


              ·        Your school mission statement (For a frame of reference, here is the AISZ’s mission statement:

              “The American International School of Zagreb is a culturally diverse learning community that provides students with an intellectually stimulating program in a nurturing environment. We place students at the center of education, and encourage them to be creative individuals, critical thinkers, life-long learners, and socially responsible world citizens.”


              o       But yours must reflect Confucian, Daoist or Legalist values.

              o       Confucian- Moral conduct, proper behavior, respect for elders, etc.

              o       Daoist- Simplicity, natural, individualized, no clear authority, etc.

              o       Legalist- Clear rules, rewards for good behavior, punishments for bad behavior, respect for authority, etc.


              ·        A curriculum (the classes that your school will offer). You may include any classes you like, but they should reflect your school’s philosophy. (Example: Confucian schools might stress History classes; Daoist may stress philosophy; Legalist might stress Law and Politics.) How does your curriculum reflect Confucian, Daoist, or Legalist values?


              ·        Rules for your school. What are the rules? How must students behave? Will they have freedom, or be under close watch? Will there be rewards? Will there be punishments? How do the rules reflect Confucian, Daoist, or Legalist values?


              ·        A weekly calendar. (How many days per week and hours per day will you have school? 5 days, like most schools? Or only 3? Maybe all 7 days?) How does the calendar reflect Confucian, Daoist, or Legalist values?


              ·        Will your school be public or private? Do you need to have certain beliefs to get in? Will you need to take an entrance exam to get in, or is anyone invited to join? How do these criteria reflect Confucian, Daoist, or Legalist values?


              BE CREATIVE!!!


              • Topic 25

                Hi Guys and welcome to the new topic in which you'll be making your own Meotope about Athens and Sparta.

                Here's the project details in power-point

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 26

                Our understanding of ancient Greece now develops apace as we look at the Persian wars in which some of the most importnat battles of all time took place.

                Click on the power point below

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 27

                Alexander the Great week of March 26th.! See slides for more

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 29

                On to Rome - the rise of the Roman empire.  Slides below with this week's homework (April 23rd).

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 30

                Week of 16th april 2012 - Now onto Rome!

                Class notes below

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 31

                First week of May:  After last week and our study of the rise of the Roman empire, we're now going to study what daily life was really like for Roman citizens!

                Mr. G.

              • Topic 32

                We are now beginning to look at the rise of Christianity during the Roman period.

                See slides below with homework due

                Mr. G.

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