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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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
Create a video where you describe then demonstrate this martial art
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.
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.
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:
The Communist Manifesto
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:
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:
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.
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 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.
Red, Orange, Purple
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):
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:
The 5 Elements
Job 4: Write a brief narrative about your feelings about your new setup!
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?