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What We’re Reading: World History

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What our freshmen students are reading in World History and AP World History.

World History:  Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 

Teacher Commentary: Takes place in England and France during the early period of the French Revolution. It is the story of a beautiful French actress who becomes the wife of a wealthy Englishman. The story is filled with the various plots of the Scarellet Pimpernel to free the aristocrats of Paris who are being guillotined daily.

AP World History: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Teacher Commentary: The story focuses on pre- and post-colonial life in late nineteenth century Nigeria. The novel is divided into three parts, with the first describing Okonkwo’s family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo people. The second and third sections introduce the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community.

 

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

Autopsy of an Empire

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A Mauyran "Empire Autopsy"

A Mauyran “Empire Autopsy”

AP World History is divided into six time periods, and students recently finished Period 2.  Each group designed an “Autopsy of an Empire” on Mayan, Gupta, Mauyran, Hellenistic, Qin / Han China, Roman and Greek-city state cultures.

Each body part represented a different aspect of the Empire. For example, the head was the significant leaders and major accomplishments of the given empire. All the way down the feet were the trade routes, currencies, animal transport and goods traded.

Empire dissection(s) complete!

Hellenistic society, drawing dissected.

Hellenistic society, drawing dissected.

AP World Egypt Projects

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Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

AP World History students did a project concentrating on a different aspect of Egyptian culture.  These included the pyramids, hieroglyphics, Rosetta stone, the geography of Egypt, the construction of a model shadoof (an ancient Egyptian irrigation tool) and the Egyptian Shadow Clock.

 

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!