Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Your Five Pillars

Dear Humanities Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. Reviewed your opinion concerning the pastor from Florida that felt strongly about burning the Koran.
2. Each student submitted their notations/annotations regarding the article.
3. We then continued with the power point regarding Islamic art and architecture.
4. Journal #17 Interesting Islam
As you view the video regarding the Islamic pilgrimage to Meccas, please include what you found interesting about the narrator's journey to Mecca.
5. Students were given the explanation for the "Personal Pillars" assignment. Please visit with me about this prior to your return.


1. Please read and notate t he information regarding Islam.
2. Return to class with a physical "plan" for your Personal Pillars assignment
3. Personal Pillars assignemtn is due on Wed. May 4th!   

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Introduction to Byzantium and Islam

Dear Humanities Kids,
We completed the following today in class:

. We responded to Journal #16 entitled "Ground Zero Mosque"               
           '" In a stirring defense of the proposed mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero, Obama declared last week that Muslims "have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country." Polls show nearly 70% of Americans oppose construction of the mosque, and that efforts to block other mosques have sprung up from California to Conneticut." As we will study Islam, let's write about our feelings concerning this debate.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"The Edict of Milan"

Dear Humanities Kids,
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful break, and are now prepared to complete the year by "running across the finish line."
1. Prior to reading the "Edict of Milan" please respond to the following:
Journal #14 Religion
Why do people argue over religion? Don't most faiths preach "peace," "compassion," and "forgiveness?" So, why is it then that so many religious discussions end in violence?

2. We then proceeded to read "The Edict of Milan" by Constantine. This document gave all faiths the right to worship during Constantine's reign.

3. We also read and discussed "Pygmalion" by Ovid.

1. Quest covering Rome on WED.
2. Please read "Pygmalion" found in your book.
3. Please read "Cupid and Psyche" found in your book.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Christianity vs. Rome

Dear Humanities Kids,

If you  missed class, we completed the following:
1. We completed the movie regarding Pompeii.
2. Responded to the following: Journal # 13 Itally vs. England
             When Pompeii was intially discovered, several foreign archeologists were working on the project. Many of them took artifacts from Pompeii back to their own countries. These artifacts currently "reside" in British and French museums; the Italian government wants the artifacts returned. What is your opinion on this matter? Give reasons as to why both arguements have merit.
 3. We continued with our handout regarding Rome. We discussed the significance of Constantine and his importance to the Christian faith.
4. We also reviewed the reason for Rome's decline.

None! Have a fabulous Spring Break, and return renewed and ready to work hard! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Continuation with Roman culture.......

Dear Humanities Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Journal #12 "All Roads Lead to Rome"
The above quote is a metaphor. Tell what you think it means! What have you found interesting about the information shared with you concerning Roman culture so far?  In addition, refer to your notations from our last class period, and tell me what you found interesting from each section ("Constantine," "Fall of Rome," and "Pompeii"). I can't wait to hear from you.

2. We contintued with discussing Roman frescoes and the lost city of Pompeii. We also viewed a video clip regarding Pompeii.

3. Journal #13 "Questions about Pompeii?"
While you view the information concerning Pompeii please identify questions you have regarding the city, its inhabitiants, artwork,  the eruption of Mt. Vesuveus, and the archeological work surround Pompeii.

1. Please annotate/notate the information regarding the Pompeii exhibit located in NYC. Please use RED and ONE OTHER COLOR (your choice). You should obtain 7-10 notations/page.