1182…China Revolution Timeline and Campaign Poster

The final reading in The Earth and its Peoples is 745-748, 795-798, and 803-804. There’s simply not much class time left, so you’re going to be responsible to do some self-directed learning with 20th Century China. One thing that students struggle with in 1182 is placing things in chronological order. That’s understandable because the scope of the class is huge.

Job 1: Create a CHINESE TIMELINE that begins in 1899 during the Boxer Rebellion and ends in 1949 at the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War. To create this timeline, we’ll utilize the ReadWriteThink website. You need to include at least 8 events. These events must be formatted as follows:

  • Title
  • Context
  • Significance
  • You also must include an image for each event

Once you’ve completed your timeline, select finished! The next screen will allow you to download a PDF. Put a link to that PDF on your blog post. Here’s my example:

China Revolts

Job 2: Is to create a campaign poster for either the Guomindang or the Communists. Mr. Sturtevant provided you with ample original sources. Select one and then build a campaign poster off the information. The website we’ll use for this task is BeFunky.  Your poster must have:

  • 4 images
  • text
  • an explanation for each image and the text





1181 In the Moment…will Help you Live in the Moment

Buddhism promotes the idea of being in the moment. You need to be where you are…who you’re with…and present with what you’re doing! Technology CAN be a problem. If you ignore your surroundings because you’re buried in your phone, you’re not being present.

Here’s a tool to help you monitor your presentness (I just invented this word.) The average American spends a whooping 4.7 hours on their phones. Let’s take the next few days and monitor our phone usage. The Inthemoment App measures your screen time daily. I’ve wracked up more time daily than I like to admit:

In fairness to your humble teacher…March 31st was my birthday, so I was on my phone a lot! Now it’s your turn.

Task 1: Download the Inthemoment App.

Task 2: Track your phone use till Friday.

Task 3: Create a post that chronicles your experience. Include an image which helps you communicate your feeling about your phone use.

1182 Brazilian Cultural Fair

To appreciate Brazil, one must experience Brazil. We’re going to create a bit of Brazil here in Central Ohio. Allow your inner-Brazilian to emerge! Regardless of which prompt you choose, you must include images or video on your post (20 points) and at least one paragraph about what your creation says about Brazilian culture (20 points). For this post, you have 5 choices:


  1. Samba Demonstration:

Below are links to 3 short videos which teach basic samba moves. Your job:

  • Teach this dance to someone
  • Create a video that demonstrates you and your student dancing together to samba music highlighting the basic moves







A great samba song to play in the background:



  1. Capoeira Demonstration:

Demonstration Video:


  • Research Capoeira’s basic moves and origins
  • Create a video where you describe then demonstrate this martial art


  1. Mural, Graffiti Art, or Collage:

The Brazilians love to decorate structures. Whether it’s the favelas of Rio, or the impressive public buildings in Brasilia, they cannot resist placing their mark on a blank wall. For inspiration, check out this brief video on a beautiful mural created for the Olympics.


Here’s an article about this amazing mural:


You have 3 choices for this prompt:


  1. Brasilia Architecture Review:

Select a structure in Brasilia from the article below:


Address the following prompts in your post:

  • Describe the structure
  • Highlight important design elements
  • Indicate what these elements mean
  • Indicate what this structure says about architecture in Brazil


  1. Create a Brazilian Dish:

Select one of the recipes from the article below:

Create a photo or video diary of the creation of this dish. Also, write a paragraph of how the dish was received and what it says about Brazilian culture.

1181 Hindu Concepts…Expanding on the Story of India

Imagine you’re a Hindu. Below are 7 concepts that are very important to Hindus. Mr. Sturtevant will assign you one. Click on the link to learn about it. Consult other sites to learn more. Once your research is concluded, create a brief dialogue between an imaginary Hindu you and the Big Walnut High School you. The Big Walnut high school you has many questions about this concept. If you’d like, you could create a dialogue based on the DESCRIBE, CONTEXT, and SIGNIFICANCE template. The Hindu you is eager to explain to the Big Walnut you! Create 3 provoking questions and 3 in-depth responses. Also, include a great image from the either Google Advanced Image Search, or Public Domain. Each of the concepts below will be a short answer options on the test.



1182 Blog 3 Industrial Revolution Reading

“The Earth and Its People”

Pages 562 -588

The Industrial Revolution is a topic that may be quite familiar to you. For this longish section of the reading…we’re going to divide and conquer! Each group of 3 will be responsible for a concept. Here are your choices:

  1. Enclosure Movement
  2. Mass Production
  3. Wedgwood
  4. British Textiles
  5. Steam Engine
  6. Telegraph
  7. Railroad
  8. Laissez Faire
  9. Mercantilism
  10. The Communist Manifesto
  11. Muhammad Ali
  12. The Nemesis

Once you have your concept, research it in the text and online. Just like on the test, you must be able to explain to your peers:

  • Describe
  • Context
  • Significance

This explanation will be a communal blog post. You and your partners will each master one of the bullets from above! Make certain to contextualize your concept in the Industrial Revolution. To communicate this concept to the greater class, we will use two vehicles:

  • A wonderful image produced on Canva
  • A voice-over sound file below each image. This voice-over should explain the concept and the image!


Your communal blog post should be comprised of 3 images and 3 sound files:



1182 Blog 2 Turn up your Nose at the Industrial Revolution

The Chinese resisted the Industrial Revolution. They considered most of what was produced to be of little value. Unfortunately for them, they got rolled by European nations whose industrial militaries utterly wasted China in 19th Century conflicts.

Ironically, today vast quantities of industrial trinkets erupt from Chinese factories every second. The world is awash in products from China…that Chinese 200 years ago would have found disgusting.

It’s easy to understand how China once felt. There are times when the modern world is gross and dehumanizing. You are going to eliminate a technology that you think has ultimately subtracted from the human experience.

I focused on 15th Century European ships that were fast and maneuverable. They inspired Europeans to explore first and then colonize. The West is still attempting to burn off the karma of imperialism.

This is a communal post. You and your two partners will work together. Focus on an innovation that undermined human existence.

Person 1 will research the history of the innovation. They’ll then write a narrative about how and why this thing came to be. They must also talk about why it’s such a problem.

Person 2 will speculate about how life would be better without this annoyance. They’ll then write a narrative about an improved existence.

Person 3 will build a comic like I did on imperialism. You may draw it, or use this awesome platform:  http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

I suggest creating a shared Google Doc. Everyone contributes and then you all can copy and paste it into your own blog post


Feng Shui your Room

Many students were amazed by how Mr.s Sturtevant’s room transformed over break! It used to be a crowded mess! I felt like I couldn’t get out of my own way!

Utter chaos

I decided to get rid of a lot of stuff:

  • 2 desks
  • 1 filling cabinet
  • 1 lectern
  • 2 chairs
  • reams of paper

I cannot tell you how much bigger my room seems and how unburdened I feel moving through it. This has also LIBERATED the flow of chi through my workspace!

Below, are excerpts from an article written by Carol Olmstead entitled “Feng Shiu for Real Life.”

feng shui basics

Feng Shui is a system for arranging your surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. In Chinese, the words Feng Shui mean “wind and water.” Feng Shui For Real Life is a contemporary, practical approach that allows you to use what you already have and what you want to acquire to bring good things into your life.

Three Power Principles of Feng Shui

  • Chi

Chi is energy. It is the constantly moving and changing life force that we feel around us making us feel either good or bad in a certain location. Chi can accumulate in the objects around you. In your home or office, the chi will flow in through the door and out through the windows. The goal of Feng Shui improvements (or “cures”) is to keep the chi flowing gently throughout your environment rather than running straight through it. Chi can have a negative effect on your surroundings when it gets stuck or blocked.

  • The Five Elements

The Five Elements is the collective name used to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. The Elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each Element is distinguished by a characteristic shape, colors, and set of attributes. Feng Shui improvements for homes and offices balance all of these Elements in your interior environment.

Fire FireTriangle Red, Orange, Purple Passion, Emotion
Earth EarthSquare Brown, Yellow Grounding, Stability
Metal MetalCircle White, Metallic Strength, Independence
Water WaterCurvy Black, Blue Relaxation, Inspiration
Wood WoodRectangle Green, Teal Growth, Expansion
  • The Bagua

The Bagua is the chart used to map the areas of a home or office and determine where to locate the objects and colors that represent the Five Elements. The traditional bagua is an octagon (the word bagua means “8-sided” in Chinese). Modern approaches to Feng Shui use a grid-shaped chart to map nine areas of your life (see Bagua Map):

  1. Power/Wealth/Abundance
  2. Fame/Future/Reputation
  3. Love/Relationships/Marriage
  4. Creativity/Children/Legacy
  5. Compassion/Travel/Helpful People
  6. Self/Career/Work
  7. Knowledge/Wisdom/Harmony
  8. Family/Health/Community
  9. Well-Being/Balance

Now…it’s your turn!

Job 1: Feng Shui something. Your bedroom, unless you’re an organized person, just may be an excellent candidate. If your bedroom is neat, how about your car, or your locker?

Job 2: Include a Before and After pic your effort.

Job 3: Explain in your post how your new arrangement honors:

  • Chi
  • The 5 Elements
  • Bagua

Job 4: Write a brief narrative about your feelings about your new setup!



1182 Post #1…Morph a photo into a Chinese Landscape

Job 1: Select an interesting landscape image. If you already have one on your phone…GREAT! If not, go capture an image. If there are any people or animals in this image, make certain they’re minimal. They should NOT be the focus. Make certain to add a description of your image in a caption which informs the viewer about the picture.

Good morning Winter Solstice. The scene behind Big Walnut High School early on the morning of December 20, 2016.

Job 2: Download Prizma, which is a photo editor. You can upload photos right from your phone and then alter them. The filter we’re going to use is WAVE. Here’s what it looks like:

Job 3: Morph your photo into a Chinese landscape!

My dreamy landscape


Oak Leaf Debris in a Snowbank

Image WAVED in Prisma

Job 4: Apply these 3 prompts, which are similar to the ones you applied to the original source images in your text. Compose a narrative comprised of responses to the prompts and post it with your images!

  • How would you describe the inner spirit of nature in your image?
  • What message does your image communicate about humanity’s relationship to the natural world?
  • Why did you select this image…aside from it being interesting?

The Final Argument

What do you wonder about?

What do you wonder about?


What’s a topic you’ve always wondered about? For our last prompt, choose a topic and make an argument. This is a class on Global Studies, so it should be outside the United States. You argument should be stated immediately:

Imperialism was immoral

After you’ve stated your argument, provide 3 essential questions that will be answered in your presentation. Then, launch in to proving your argument!

Here are your options:

  • write a 1000 word paper
  • create a 5 minute podcast
  • create a 5 minute documentary
  • write 1000 word movie review
  • write a 1000 word book report

Before you decide on an option, submit your topic to Mr. Sturtevant for approval.

Blog #11 Write Like a Mayan

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There’s no way you’re getting out of here with out one last art project! For these two challenges, use the resources in the Maya Glyphs Book and Mayan Date Calculator.

The first task, is to write your name in Mayan glyphs. When the Spaniards arrived, they were disgusted by what they saw. This is understandable, but tragic. They destroyed invaluable artifacts in the quest to purge the Americas of civilizations they were convinced emerged from the pit of hell!

Unfortunately, they did a great job of wrecking things. We are just now learning to crack the code of the Mayans. You’re going to utilize the Glyph Book to become like a palaeographer (someone who deciphers ancient writing).

Understand…Mayan writing is fluid. Don’t get too bogged down in doing it perfect. There are many variations of drawing and spelling available. Also, the explanations are complicated. Just have fun with it!

In the book:

  • skim pages 12-31 for an overview
  • skim pages 32-45 to learn how
  • you’ll find the primary key on pages 17-22
  • another important key is on page 36

I first broke my name into syllables:

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My name busted into syllables

Then, I spelled it like I say it:


My name pronounced phonetically

Finally, I Mayanized that bad boy:


My name Mayanized!

When you’re done, take a picture of your creation and insert in on your post. Put what name you translated as a caption on your image. Blog about the process.

The Mayans were obsessed with time. I love this cartoon!


For your final activity, you’ll create a Mayan stela. Stelas were placed on stone columns. Here’s an example:

VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M100

Please read the brief description of the Mayan stela on Google Classroom.

Now…think of an important date. It could be your birthday. It could be an important date in history. It could be a first date with a smoking hot significant other! Whatever you choose, plug that date into the Mayan Date Calculator. Recreate the image that appears on the paper column I gave you. Take a picture of your masterpiece and insert it on your blog with the date as a caption. Make certain to blog about why you chose the date and how you feel about your creation.

I made the one below for my wife on her birthday:


My wife’s birthday 9/26/62