Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Medieval Empires

Empires to consider:

  • Tang and Song Dynasties, China
  • Abbasid Empire, Middle East
  • Byzantine Empire, Eastern Europe
  • Kingdoms of Ghana and Mali, Africa
  • Mogul Empire, Asia
  • Ming Dynasty, China
  • Delhi Sultanate, South Asia
  • Kingdom of Ethiopia, Africa
->Important search tip: Silk Road between 600 CE and 1450 CE 

Check for alternative spellings and identify the correct time frame. This is essential - particularly in Africa, where there are countries that are now named after these empires, but not necessarily geographically or historically aligned with the actual empires.

About PERSIA + GT. Look in the left sidebar. Do you see these? There is a list of literally hundreds of search terms for PERSIA+GT. Please think out of the box on this. Do not confine yourself to the search terms on your assignment handout. 

Please use Destiny, the online catalog. Not only do we have a plethora of eBooks, but we have excellent print sources for this project - again particularly for the African kingdoms, which are a little more obscure in the mainstream databases. Download the DestinyQuest app!

Download the Gale appDatabases you will find helpful include: 
      • Encyclopaedia Britannica
      • ABC-CLIO (Ancient & Medieval Eras, and Daily Life Throughout History)
      • History Resource Center
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library (these resources are also accessible via Destiny)
      • Ancient & Medieval World (Marshall Cavendish)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dictator Dating Game

Here is your teacher's  assignment

As always, use Destiny to access your eContent. That's old news now, right? This is just a reminder. There's an app... yadaydayada.

"Finding the resources is the easy part. It's the thinking that is hard!" 

The biographical information is easy. We have great resources for biographical info.
        • Biography Resource Center (database)
        • Encyclopedia of World Biography (ebook and Gale Virtual Reference Library)
        • Britannica
        • History in Context
        • ABC-CLIO
Those should get you the who, what, why, where, when facts you need to answer many of the questions on your assignment. As you have in most of your social studies projects this year, you will need to reach beyond the basic facts for this assignment.

That's where you might want to consult:

  • Historical Newspapers
  • Roper iPoll (starts at 1930, so cutting it a little close on some of these)
That's where you will find the more granular details that will make this fun and creative. You should knock off the basics quickly, then focus on finding news articles from back in the day that help you get to know your dictator - try to get inside his head. What made him tick? It's easy to explain about Hitler's life, but we want to find out what drove Hiltler's life. Do you see the difference? 

Here is a tutorial for using iPoll. It is soooo cool!

Let's play with the inquiry process a bit. Please post your responses to the question below on this Padlet board.