Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! - Nov. 26, 2014






 I. Presentations

II. CNN Student News

III. Thank you Wednesday

IV. Brain Pop: Thanksgiving

(F Period: Test Retake)

Homework: Have fun! Eat lots of good food!

Monday, November 24, 2014

China/Mongols Exam - Nov. 24, 2014



I. Prepare for exam

II. China/Mongol exam - CLICK HERE when instructed to do so


If you finish early get out a book to read or work on above and beyond projects

Homework: C-period, turn in video release forms

China/Mongol Review - Nov. 24, 2014






I. Kahoot! Review

II. CNN Student News

http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

-Topics: Natural disasters, Black Friday, and U.S. Marine.  
-Essential Question: What makes a hero? What do heroes look like? How do individuals transition from ordinary to extraordinary?  What does our culture say about heroes?

Homework: Study for unit test tomorrow!  (C period-turn in video release forms) 

What's going to be on the test?
1. Ancient China: Everything on the study guide on Ancient China is fair game.

2. The Mongols: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, and The Ming Dynasty.  Everything on these websites are fair game.  
http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/genghis_khan.php
http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/kublai_khan.php
http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/ming_dynasty.php

3. CNN Student News:  We will also have questions on current events found on CNN student news that we covered in class which includes Nov. 24, 2014 and Nov. 21, 2014.  The website is listed above.

-The Test will have some multiple choice and some short answer questions.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Can my child really "hack" their grade?

Dear parent/guardian,

Recently, some students on our team have been convincing other students (and perhaps their parents as well) that their grades are higher than they really are. They have been doing this by supposedly "hacking" into Infinite Campus and changing their grades in one or more classes.

Can students really hack into Infinite Campus? No, but with a little technology knowledge, they can give the appearance that they have. They could even fool a parent or guardian into thinking that any website (including the grade portal in Infinite Campus) says something different than what it really does. Check out this demo here: http://youtu.be/RWHAKM3Yyx0

Some kids have learned this trick, so parents should know the counter-trick: CTRL-R. That's how you refresh a webpage. If you're ever suspicious of a website, grade page, or anything your child is showing you online, simply Refresh the page. Or you can close the page they are showing you and log in yourself (or have them log in with you watching). This "hack" is only temporary, and disappears as soon as you close or refresh that browser window.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Have a great weekend, and a great Thanksgiving holiday next week!

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

Presentations and CNN Student News - Nov. 21, 2014



I. Announcements by Mr. Ippolito

II. Finish presentations

III. CNN Student News

IV. Population Density Exercise

Homework: Study for unit exam!

(Unit exam will be on Tuesday November 25, 2014.  The exam will cover ancient China and the Mongols) 

C Period: Return Release forms for Monday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mongol Presentations - Nov. 20, 2014


I. Introduce handout

II. Mongol Presentations

Homework: Watch trebuchet video

Want to know what a trebuchet is? Check this out:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Art in the Time of Confucius - 11/19/2014


1. Celly refresher - getting messages from Mr. Ippolito
  • Text the word @TitanHistory to the phone number 23559
  • Mr. Ippolito sends important reminders and messages from time to time; I will send a message out sometime today between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and would love your response!
2. Art in the Time of Confucius
  • Handout and slideshow


3. Take 5-7 minutes to make any final preparations for your Mongols Presentation (Ming Dynasty, Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan)
    4. Infinite Campus - Make sure you continue to monitor your grades this week as we approach the quarter progress report.

    HOMEWORK
    • Make sure you are ready to give an OUTSTANDING Mongols presentation.
    • Please make sure you share it with Mr. Ippolito in Google Drive. Share it with "Ron Ippolito" at rippolito@hartdistrict.org.
    • Know your words; you should not simply be reading from the screen. You should NOT face the screen while you present. Present to your audience.
    • Make sure the text on each slide is easy to read.
    • Understand the answer to your essential question. Be prepared for Mr. Ippolito to ask any student in the group about the essential question.
    • Smile. Presenting to a group is easier when you smile. You will feel more confident, and your audience responds to you more positively.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    The Mongol Empire - 11/18/2014

    1. Collect homework from last night
    2. Take out your paper notes from your research on your "Mongols Presentation"
    3. Infinite Campus - this is the last week before the 15-week progress report. It is important that you stay on top of your grades in ALL classes. I will walk around today to verify that you can successfully log in to Infinite Campus, and provide help for those students who cannot. To make things easier for both of us, please open up a separate tab (CTRL-T) and have yourself already logged in to Infinite Campus so I can quickly check when I come to your table group. You can quickly toggle from one tab to another with CTRL-TAB. When I am finished checking your table, you can close your Infinite Campus tab with CTRL-W.

    HOMEWORK
    • Finish your Mongols presentation, and be ready to present starting tomorrow. Please note that this presentation may be used as an assessment, meaning a successful presentation can earn you credit for having met your particular standard.
    • Support your team! Sell Popcornopolis!

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    China Presentation Intro - Nov 17, 2014




    I. Kahoots!

    II. Google Slides (Share with group and Mr. Carranza)

    III. Presentation Requirements:

    1. Students will have 2 or more slides
    2. All questions and answers must be on the slides
    3. All questions must be answered
    4. The essential question is the most important question
    5. All students must speak during the presentation
    6. Make sure it is well organized
    7. Be creative and if you would like to go beyond the questions, please do so!
    8. Each group will have 4 minutes to present.  
    9. Practice your presentation

    (Mr. Carranza will come around to help out with organization and essential question)

    Homework: On a piece of paper, answer these questions: explain what the Silk Road was and how it contributed to the sharing of Chinese and European ideas, technology, and goods.  What did they trade and how did they travel?  This will be collected tomorrow

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Africa Exam - Multiple Choice Re-take

    Do you need to do the re-take for the MULTIPLE CHOICE questions (African geography)?

    When Mr. Ippolito instructions you to do so
    CLICK HERE

    China Study Guide - Nov. 14

    China Study Guide! Test on Monday November 17, 2014!



    Religion

    1. Who was Buddha?
    -A sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

    2. What did Buddhists in China believe?
    -The Chinese believed in Zen Buddhism which emphasizes meditation and experience to reach perfect wisdom.

    3. What country did Buddhism come from?
     -India

    4. Approximately what year did Buddhism come to China?
    -500 C.E. (A.D.- the paper handout says BCE but this is a typo.  The correct answer is 500 C.E.)

    5. How did Buddhism come to China?
    -Traders coming along the Silk Road

    Government
    6. What is a meritocracy?
    -An elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth.

    7. How did meritocracy change the hierarchal order in ancient China?
    -People from the lower classes could become government officials.

    8. Under which dynasty did meritocracy begin to flourish?
    -Song dynasty

    9. Explain what the exams the candidates for public office would look like. 
    -They wrote essays and poems.  They answered questions about political and social problems based on Confucian ideas.

    10. The ancient Chinese government was run by officials whose qualifications were based on education and talent.  Who established this idea?

    -Confucius

    Economy/Technology
     13. What was the Silk Road?
    -A trade route from China to Europe

    14. Why was it so important?
    -It generated trade and commerce between a number of different kingdoms/empires.  It helped spread ideas, culture, inventions, technology and other products around the world.

    15. What did they trade on the Silk Road?
    -Silk, tea, spices, silver, gold, ivory

    16. How did they travel?
    -Caravans of camels escorted by guards.

    17. What technological advances did China share with the world?
     -Metal casting, compass, paper, gunpowder, silk

    Culture
     16. Why did the Chinese develop martial arts?
    -War, hunting, raise soldier morale

    17. Who practiced martial arts?
    -Soldiers, hunters, and eventually monks

    18. What character traits did the ancient Chinese value?
    -Wisdom, patience, and hard work.

    19. Why did the ancient Chinese tell myths, stories, or idioms?
    -To teach a lesson, to entertain.

    20. What was the name of the books Confucius's students wrote based on Confucius's teachings?
    -The Analects

     

    Retake and Presentation Research - Nov. 14, 2014



    I. Africa Unit Retake

    II. Fantasy Geopolitics

    III. Finish Presentation Research (Goal: Research should be finished by today!)

    *Genghis Khan Questions:
    1. What was Genghis Khan's real name?
    2. What year was Genghis Khan born?  What year did he die?
    3. What does Genghis Khan mean?
    4. After marrying Borte, why did Genghis Khan have to return to his father's tribe? What did he find when he got there?
    5. Why did the other tribe leaders join Genghis Khan?
    6. What made Genghis Khan's armies so powerful?  (Describe their military tactics)
    7. What year did Genghis Khan invade and conquer northern China?
    8.  What do you think, "Conquering the world is easy, it is dismounting and governing that is hard" mean?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy left behind by Genghis Khan

    http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/genghis_khan.php

    *Kublai Khan Questions:
    1. What year was Kublai born?  What year did he die?
    2. What experiences in Kublai's childhood would help him become a powerful war leader?
    3. What dynasty ruled southern China when Kublai Khan invaded?
    4.  What was the capital city of the Yuan Dynasty?
    5. Why did Kublai stop invading China after his brother, Mongke died?
    6. What weapon did the Mongols use to defeat the Song?  Where did they get it from?
    7. Describe 3 ways Kublai Khan remained in power of the Yuan dynasty.
    8. Who was Marco Polo and what was his relationship with Kublai Khan? (Click on the link and scroll down to the paragraph that talks about the relationship between Marco Polo and the Silk Road)

    Essential Question:  How did the relationship between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan affect the world? (hint: the Silk Road)

    http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/kublai_khan.php

    *The Ming Dynasty
    1.What ancient enemy of China set up the Yuan dynasty that ruled before the Ming took over?
    2. How did the Ming dynasty begin?
    3. Who was the first ruler of the Ming dynasty?
    4. List 3 great projects the Ming worked on and describe them.
    5. What was the Jinyi Wei? Who established them and why?
    6. Who was Zeng He and why was he important to the Ming?  (Click on the link)  Where did he travel and what did he bring back?
    7. The first traders from Europe arrived in China during the Ming Dynasty.  What country were they from?
    8. What type of blue and white art was the Ming Dynasty famous for?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy of the Ming Dynasty?

    http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/ming_dynasty.php 

    IV. Watch Google Slides Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zisDxe84Wrk
    -If you have completed the presentation research.  Everyone in your group must have completed their work before watching the video.

    V. Begin Presentation
    -If you have watched the video

    Homework: Study for Monday's quiz!

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Mastery Day - Thursday, 11/13/2014


    The Mongols - Nov. 13, 2014




    I.  Introducing the Mongols
    YouTube Crash Course: The Mongols
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szxPar0BcMo

    II. Choose your assignment:
    Students will prepare a presentation based on 1 of 3 options about the Mongols and the ancient Chinese. Students will choose what option to make their presentation on.  Today, they will research their option by answering questions about their options.  

    The options:
    Genghis Khan 

    Kublai Khan, Marco Polo, and The Silk Road

    The Ming Dynasty 

    III.  Research
    Students will read the website and then write the questions (on the option they chose) in their composition books.  The answers to the questions are found in the links given.

    *Genghis Khan Questions:
    1. What was Genghis Khan's real name?
    2. What year was Genghis Khan born?  What year did he die?
    3. What does Genghis Khan mean?
    4. After marrying Borte, why did Genghis Khan have to return to his father's tribe? What did he find when he got there?
    5. Why did the other tribe leaders join Genghis Khan?
    6. What made Genghis Khan's armies so powerful?  (Describe their military tactics)
    7. What year did Genghis Khan invade and conquer northern China?
    8.  What do you think, "Conquering the world is easy, it is dismounting and governing that is hard" mean?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy left behind by Genghis Khan

    http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/genghis_khan.php

    *Kublai Khan Questions:
    1. What year was Kublai born?  What year did he die?
    2. What experiences in Kublai's childhood would help him become a powerful war leader?
    3. What dynasty ruled southern China when Kublai Khan invaded?
    4.  What was the capital city of the Yuan Dynasty?
    5. Why did Kublai stop invading China after his brother, Mongke died?
    6. What weapon did the Mongols use to defeat the Song?  Where did they get it from?
    7. Describe 3 ways Kublai Khan remained in power of the Yuan dynasty.
    8. Who was Marco Polo and what was his relationship with Kublai Khan? (Click on the link and scroll down to the paragraph that talks about the relationship between Marco Polo and the Silk Road)

    Essential Question:  How did the relationship between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan affect the world? (hint: the Silk Road)

    http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/kublai_khan.php

    *The Ming Dynasty
    1.What ancient enemy of China set up the Yuan dynasty that ruled before the Ming took over?
    2. How did the Ming dynasty begin?
    3. Who was the first ruler of the Ming dynasty?
    4. List 3 great projects the Ming worked on and describe them.
    5. What was the Jinyi Wei? Who established them and why?
    6. Who was Zeng He and why was he important to the Ming?  (Click on the link)  Where did he travel and what did he bring back?
    7. The first traders from Europe arrived in China during the Ming Dynasty.  What country were they from?
    8. What type of blue and white art was the Ming Dynasty famous for?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy of the Ming Dynasty?

    http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/ming_dynasty.php

    Homework: Study for test!

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    China: Study Guide - Nov. 12, 2014

     

    I. Homework Check!

    - Write a brief summary on "Cowherd and Weaver Girl" and "Monkey King" in your composition books.

    II. Continuing the scavenger hunt.

    -Make sure to write the question in your composition books and use the sources to find the answers.
      

    Questions to the scavenger hunt: 


    Religion
    1. Who was Buddha? What did Buddhists in China believe?

    2. What country did Buddhism come from?

    3. Approximately what year did Buddhism come to China?

    4. How did Buddhism come to China?


    Government
    5. What is meritocracy?
      
    6. How did the system of meritocracy change the hierarchical order in ancient China?  

    7. Under which dynasty was this system of government put into place?  

    8. Explain what the exams the candidates for public office would have to take looks like.

    Technology
    9. What technological advances did China share with the world? 

    Economy
    10. What was the silk road?

    11. Why was it so important?

    12. What did they trade?

    13. How did they travel?

    Culture 
    14. Why did the Chinese develop martial arts?

    15. Who practiced martial arts?

    16. How has martial arts affected the world today?


    Sources




    http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/ancientchina.htm

    http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/silk_road.php

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/meritocracy?s=t

    http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/kungfu/history.htm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=729e0O80R4s

    III. Reviewing the answers

    IV. Homework: Study for your test on Monday!  Use scavenger hunt.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    China Online Scavenger Hunt - Nov. 10 2014


    I. Announcements

    II. Scavenger Hunt!
    -Read through the "things to find," and the look through the given websites to find the answers.  Write the answers in your composition books.  

    III. Things to find:

    Religion
    1. Who was Buddha? What did Buddhists in China believe?

    2. What country did Buddhism come from?

    3. Approximately what year did Buddhism come to China?

    4. How did Buddhism come to China?


    Government
    5. What is meritocracy?
      
    6. How did the system of meritocracy change the hierarchical order in ancient China?  

    7. Under which dynasty was this system of government put into place?  

    8. Explain what the exams the candidates for public office would have to take looks like.

    Technology
    9. What technological advances did China share with the world? 

    Economy
    10. What was the silk road?

    11. Why was it so important?

    12. What did they trade?

    13. How did they travel?

    Culture 
    14. Why did the Chinese develop martial arts?

    15. Who practiced martial arts?

    16. How has martial arts affected the world today?


    Sources




    http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/ancientchina.htm

    http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/silk_road.php

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/meritocracy?s=t

    http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/kungfu/history.htm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=729e0O80R4s

    Homework: Read "The Monkey King" and "Cowherd and Weaver Girl." Consider what these stories teach us about ancient Chinese culture.

    Announcements from Mr. Ippolito - 11/10/2014

    1. BrainPop - BrainPop is now available for all Sierra Vista students, all the time! Visit http://www.brainpop.com
    username: svhsd
    password: see Mr. Ippolito or any other teacher for the password (hint: all caps)

    2. Above and Beyond Tracker - As soon as you complete an Above and Beyond Project, please complete the new Above and Beyond Tracker form (available in Box #1).

    3. Eighth Grade Speech Contest - The Hart District Eighth Grade Speech Contest Finals will take place this Thursday, November 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Rancho Pico JHS MPR. Rancho Pico is located at 26250 Valencia Blvd, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 (about a 15-minute drive away from here). Mr. Ippolito will be there, and it's a great experience! Above and Beyond credit is also available if you attend and complete a short assignment afterward.

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Chinese Explanation Myths - Nov. 7, 2014

                                    


    1. Fantasy Geopolitics and Trading

    2. Review:  What we know so far about ancient China

    Geographical: Shandong Province (where Confucius was born) is in the north east part of China.  China is the second largest country in Asia and has a population of 1.3 billion people.  It is the most populated country in the world.  

    Political: For 1300 years, government officials were appointed for their education and talent not because of family connections.  They were scholar officials that passed a rigorous exam to gain their position.  This system of government was heavily influenced by Confucius.  

    Social Structure: Confucius's teachings influenced ancient Chinese society.  They believed in Jen and valued wisdom, patience, and nature.  They practiced oral and written history and favored telling stories as a method for teaching.  

    (H-SS 7.3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages)

    Vocab: Jen, hierarchy, Analects.  

    *Life Lesson: We can learn more about a person or people by finding the intentions behind their words or actions.  

    3. Study Skills: Bubble map handout.

    The "why," "how," and "methods" of oral history.

    4. "Madame White Snake" and "The Woodcutter-Wu Gang"  

    Essential Question: What can we learn about ancient Chinese social norms from "Madame White Snake" and "The Woodcutter Wu Gang."

    Homework: Think of a folktale, myth, or story (other than those covered in class) that seek to try and explain something.  Discuss with a parent or a friend what these myths are trying to teach and what it tells about that community or culture.