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Wednesday, June 1

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    Question: What is the best way to understand history?
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    a mammoth?
    2. Is modern life "always" better than it was in the past?
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    linear history?
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    cyclic history?
    - Ira Socol, Michigan State University
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    12. Back to the Isles: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England in the 15th and 16th centuries
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/
    Question: Is monarchy more or less effective than democracy?THIS WEEK WE'LL BE HAVING OUR REN FAIRE! GROUP CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATION.
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    1. How does Henry VIII maintain power while breaking away from the Catholic Church and destroying monasteries and churches? (Francesca R., Fort Worth)
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    4. Explain the links between politics and religion in the face off between England and Spain culminating in the invasion of the Spanish Armada.
    5. Give a brief history of Scotland from the 14th through 16th centuries.
    13. High Art (a case study): Shakespeare and Michelangelo
    Question: Where does modern culture begin?
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    1. What were Michelangelo's influences? Consider his works in fresco, sculpture, architecture, poetry and underlying humanist beliefs?(@explorehistory)
    2. In what ways have Michelangelo's works been quoted or "recycled" in modern culture? Are the references to his works general in line with Michelangelo's original intent or not? (@explorehistory)
    3. Is Shakespeare worth studying? Why? (from Twitter)
    4. Why do you think we know so much about Michaelangelo but so little about Shakespeare?
    5. In his mind, how do you think Michaelangelo justified turning on the Medici?
    6. Did Shakespeare exist?

    Grades:
    1) P/F (25/25 or 0/25) for Rough Drafts each Weds. 2) 100 points for weekly writing assignments due each Fri. 3) Final Exam: equals 20% of total semester grade.
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Friday, May 13

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    11. From War to Exploration: The Arts and Explorers ofFrom the 100 Years' War to the Early
    NO WEEKLY ESSAY; RICHARD AND SALADIN CHILDREN'S BOOK DUE FRIDAY
    Please read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/ on the Hundred Years' War. You will also be assigned one of the sub-topic articles to prepare to lead the class in conference discussion.
    Movie source on Northern Renaissance Art: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/northern-renaissance.shtml
    Birth of Artist: http://ht.ly/1GeMz The Supreme Art: http://ht.ly/1GeNE Image Wars: http://ht.ly/1GeOt
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    Before the Reformation, did people really work all the time? How was "work" viewed in the "Middle Ages"? How was time viewed? - Ira Socol, Michigan State University
    10. The Third Crusade
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    THIS WEEK. WE WILL START OUR RICHARD AND SALADIN CHILDREN'S BOOK.
    CHILDREN'S BOOK PROJECT
    Use http://storybird.com/ to tell the story of Richard, the Lionhearted and Saladin.
    1. Your story may be creative (funny, witty, etc -- after all, it is a children's book), but must have basis in historical fact.
    2. You may use template pictures or your own; you could make the story in a faerie tale or tell it as a metaphor a la Dr. Seuss. Or you could tell your story in a matter-of-fact style. It's up to you.
    3. If you would prefer using a format other than storybird, you may; but you have to run your idea by me first (for example, one group is making a stop-action animation).
    4. Your story book may be humorous, but it should be respectful as the story of the Third Crusade was and is a serious matter.
    5. The length of your book is up to you: whatever works best to tell the story.
    Due Next Friday to share in class.

    Required Reading:
    BBC: The Crusades -- A History of Conflict: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4938202.stm
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    3. Was Richard the Lionhearted a noble leader?
    11. Exploration: The Arts and Explorers of the Early Continental Renaissance
    Question: Is exploration a 'good' thing? Consider the economic, social, cultural, and political impact.NO WEEKLY ESSAY; RICHARD AND SALADIN CHILDREN'S BOOK DUE FRIDAY
    Movie source on Northern Renaissance Art: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/northern-renaissance.shtml
    Birth of Artist: http://ht.ly/1GeMz The Supreme Art: http://ht.ly/1GeNE Image Wars: http://ht.ly/1GeOt
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Tuesday, May 10

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    10. The Third Crusade
    NO WEEKLY THIS WEEK.
    In addition toRequired Reading:
    BBC: The Crusades -- A History of Conflict: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4938202.stm
    Required Listening:
    The Third Crusade (BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00547ls
    Richard I
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_I_of_England
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/richard_i_king.shtml
    http://www.history.com/topics/richard-i
    Saladin
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saladin
    http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/profilessaladin.html
    Primary Sources on the Crusades in
    the Medieval Sourcebook , see: http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/contents.html
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    1. Why was Jerusalem so important to Christians and Muslims?
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Monday, May 9

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    Before the Reformation, did people really work all the time? How was "work" viewed in the "Middle Ages"? How was time viewed? - Ira Socol, Michigan State University
    10. From Dialectic to Rebirth: Philosophy and Art 12th - 14th centuriesThe Third Crusade
    NO WEEKLY THIS WEEK.
    In addition to the Medieval Sourcebook , see: http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/contents.html
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    1. WhatWhy was the 12th Century Renaissance? 3. Re-tell the story of AbelardJerusalem so important to Christians and Heloise... asMuslims?
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    a puppet show. Video and post to blog. 4. Find examples of French Gothic influence on British architecture. 5. Chose three ofbrutal leader?
    3. Was Richard
    the following topics: Warfare, Architecture, Religion, Social Classes, Knights, Black Death, Stained Glass. CreateLionhearted a 30 sec Animoto visual project for each of the three you choose; you must use public domain pics only. Caption your pics; quotes from primary sources would make perfect captions! (Counts as TWO dailies).noble leader?
    11. Exploration: The Arts and Explorers of the Early Continental Renaissance
    Question: Is exploration a 'good' thing? Consider the economic, social, cultural, and political impact.
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    Before the Reformation, did people really work all the time? How was "work" viewed in the "Middle Ages"? How was time viewed? - Ira Socol, Michigan State University
    10. From Dialectic to Rebirth: Philosophy and Art 12th - 14th centuries
    Question: True or False: Islamic Scholars saved European Philosophy.NO WEEKLY THIS WEEK.
    In addition to the Medieval Sourcebook , see: http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/middleages/contents.html
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Monday, May 2

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    9. A Serf's Life: The Social Orders of the European Middle Ages
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/
    Question: WhichWhy is better:it so important to understand _ [i.e. the Medieval concepttopic of power or our contemporary concept?
    Required weekly:
    your expert group] if one is to really understand the culture of the Middle Ages Magazine ProjectAges?
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    1. Do human beings have an innate instinct to be free? (from Anonymous)
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Friday, April 29

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    2. Origins: Art / Agricultural Revolution / Monumental Architecture + Urban Planning in Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley
    Resources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/cultures/mesopotamia_gallery.shtml and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/india/
    Question: Is 'Change' a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? (Relate to the origins of art, the agricultural revolution, architecture and urban planning in Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley.)
    Dailies (250 to 600 words each; due each day Mon - Thurs; 100 points)1. Identify the 'Venus of Willendorf'. What does it suggest that the beginnings of art and the domestication of animals happen during the same period in human history? -- or -- The domestic cat and domestic dog both date to the same moment in human history, Syria about 17,000 years ago. How essential were these animals to the development of agriculture and cities? Why? How did humans sleep in the days before domesticated dogs? - Ira Socol, Michigan State University
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    3. Big Stuff: Megaliths in Europe and Pyramids in Egypt
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/
    Question: What is 'Important'? For this week's weekly, you will be designing your own megalithic structure. Use photographs of the JC campus and draw your designs onto them using your stylus and tablet programs. You may use any type of megalithic structure you like, but you must write a five-paragraph explanation along with your visual images discussing the importance of the structure and what it represents.
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    {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Raffael_058.jpg} The School of Athens, by Raphael
    4. Ancient Greece
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/greeks/
    Question: Is History Created by 'the People' or by Individuals?
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    6. Empire: Ancient Rome: The Republic and The Empire
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/
    In a group of three: Prepare a presentation on the topic of "Lives of the Caesars"; must include video and at least three primary sources (one source must be Suetonius; the others could be poems, stories, artwork). Avg length 5 - 10 minutes. We'll discuss possible ideas including bio pics, "Jeopardy"-style game show, parodies, and more.
    (TWO WEEK UNIT -- WILL TAKE US UP TO SPRING BREAK)
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    7. Stuff to Plunder: the Viking Age
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings/
    NO WEEKLY: Instead, we will be creating our own Viking characters. Students will do background research the vikings using sources at BBC, Internet History Sourcebook, etc. We'll be creating Twitter accounts for each of our vikings and we'll share what we've learned -- from the point of view of our viking! (At least ten total Tweets and five re-Tweets; the key is that all Tweets must a) Be based directly on historical information and b) Be told from the point-of-view of your viking.) Please include #viking to your tweets! And please use a url shortener like tinyurl.com or bit.ly to make things fit in 140 characters.
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    8. The Middle Ages: From Hastings to Notre Dame de Paris
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/
    Weekly Question: How do Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrals express different understandings about religious theology? (Rough Draft due Thursday for peer review -- BTW, a hint: the "opposite" argument would be that the architecture of churches does NOT mean anything about theology).
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    Use public domain photographs to build a visitor's tour of one of the following cathedrals or churches: Chartres, Reims, Notre Dame de Paris, Saint-Chapelle, Ely, Lincoln, Durham, Winchester, Salisbury, Canterbury, Cologne/Köln, San Marco (Venice).
    9. A Serf's Life: The Social Orders of the European Middle Ages
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/
    Question: Which is better: the Medieval concept of power or our contemporary concept?
    Required weekly: Middle Ages Magazine Project
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    5. Explain how the Medici encouraged "exploration". Why did they do it?
    12. Back to the Isles: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England in the 15th and 16th centuries
    Resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/
    Question: Is monarchy more or less effective than democracy?
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Wednesday, April 27

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    Weekly Question: How do Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrals express different understandings about religious theology? (Rough Draft due Thursday for peer review -- BTW, a hint: the "opposite" argument would be that the architecture of churches does NOT mean anything about theology).
    Make sure you have:
    1. Intro w/ thesis
    2. Three body paragraphs -- two examples (one Romanesque and one Gothic in each)
    3. Conclusion
    4. Appendix for pictures w/ APA citation under each pic (no need for additional bibliography)

    Example of an APA-style citation for pictures:
    Notre Dame de Paris, facade, 13th century, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:060806-France-Paris-Notre_Dame.jpg, photograph taken in 2006.
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    for peer review).review -- BTW, a hint: the "opposite" argument would be that the architecture of churches does NOT mean anything about theology).
    Example of an APA-style citation for pictures:
    Notre Dame de Paris, facade, 13th century, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:060806-France-Paris-Notre_Dame.jpg, photograph taken in 2006.
    Sainte Chapelle, interior, 13th century, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sainte_chapelle_-_Upper_level.jpg, photograph taken in 2009.
    Citations:
    You should have at least 6 pictures -- three Romanesque and three Gothic; please put them at the end of your paper in an appendix each listed as figure 1, figure 2, etc. When citing, just source as: (figure 1) or (figure 2).

    Link to the 1066 game: http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/0-9/1066/game/
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