Italian Renaissance Continued


We will continue our examination of the Italian Renaissance by looking at the key characteristics of the Renaissance. We will also look at the key artists and writers of the Italian Renaissance. Afterwards you will work together in groups and examine individual works of art. Each group will fill out an Art evaluation worksheet for the art you examine. Each person will receive a group grade of 75 points. Powerpoint link below.

Powerpoint Italian Renaissance Part 2

Italian Renaissance part 2 Guided Notes

After notes everyone will complete a short crossword puzzle on the Renaissance. All the answers are in your notes

Renaissance Crossword

Art Evaluation Worksheet

If you are absent the day groups work together then you will still be responsible for evaluating at least 1 piece of artwork. Pick from one of the Four paintings below.

Caravaggio_-_La_Deposizione_di_Cristo                                                                                                                                         The Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio               Titian_Bacchus_and_Ariadne                                                                                          Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

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Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese.


Pastoral ConcertFête champêtre or Le Concert champêtre by Giorgione or Titian

The Renaissance

Thursday & Friday we will begin a study of the Renaissance. The Renaissance began in the 14th century in central & northern Italy with Florence being the most important city. We will discuss the origins and ideas central to the Renaissance as well as the major artists & writers. We will also examine in groups individual paintings looking for ideas & themes common to the Renaissance. Later we will examine how the Renaissance spread to northern Europe and the impact it had there. See below for links to the Powerpoint and assignments. Monday and Tuesday you will continue to examine the Renaissance and you will organize in groups to investigate Renaissance art.


We will examine the painting below Virgin with Chancellor Rolin by Jan Van Eck as an example of Renaissance art.

Introduction to the Renaissance Powerpoint

1.1a Italian Renaissance Guided Notes

After we finish looking at the Renaissance you will finish your Coat of Arms you worked on last class period.

Ancient and Medieval History: Romans to Middle Ages

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Today we will finish our review and introductory session with an examination of the Roman Republic & Empire, Byzantine Empire, the rise of Islam and the Middle Ages. The Guided notes and powerpoint are found below. As we finish the Medieval period we will examine Gothic architecture and Westminster Abbey. We’ll also see the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr in London with his inclusion as a 20th-century martyr with his statue on Westminster Abbey.

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You’ll also have an opportunity to use your talents and complete a Herald shield that represents you and your personality.

Romans to Middle Ages Power Point


History of Westminster Abbey on American TV

Presentation of 20th century martyrs on Westminster Abbey

Make a Coat of Arms (sheets will be provided in class)

  • During the Middle Ages, individuals & families were identified by a Coat of Arms
  • Create your own Coat of Arms based on your interests, hobbies, personality, character & family.
  • Include at least 5 symbols(can have as many as you want)
  • Include a personal motto

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Review: Ancient History; Fertile Crescent-Greeks

The next two class periods we will review Ancient History up to the Middle Ages. This was a period of history you would have studied in Middle School. We will study the Roman Empire, the Byzantium Empire, and the Middle Ages afterward. By next week hopefully, all your schedules will be straightened out!

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After you take notes you will complete a crossword & a map. We’ll also watch two short videos. One will feature the Egyptian site Abu Simbel and another The Dead Sea Scrolls.

Ancient History: First Civilizations to the Greeks Powerpoint

Ancient History Crossword

Ancient Near East Map

After you finish your daily assignment you can work on your personal timeline.


Welcome Back


Welcome to World History. This year we will look at World History from the Renaissance to recent events. History will help with your critical thinking skills as well as provide you with knowledge that will aid you in your relationships with other cultures and world events.

First Day of class we will review our syllabus and classroom rules and expectations. Remember this website will help you know both what you are going to cover and what you missed. I will attempt to provide the daily classroom assignments and powerpoints.

Classroom Rules and Expectations Powerpoint

World History Syllabus

Download the syllabus, sign the

After we examine our rules and expectations we will look at sources and why they are so important to our study of history. We will use the Powerpoint below and then using a handout you will complete a worksheet on sources.

Primary & Secondary Sources Powerpoint

Primary & Secondary Sources Guided Notes

Defining Primary & Secondary Sources Reading

Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources Worksheet

Often we will use videos. The video below has an amusing take on the Middle Ages


Lastly You will put together a personal timeline. You will include the ten most important events in your life and then include the ten most important historical events that took place in your lifetime. You can complete the timeline on the worksheet provided for 40 points or complete your timeline on a mini poster with artwork and pics for 75 points.

  • Complete a personal timeline
  • Include the most important events in your life
  • Include historical events that coincide with your life
  • Include at least 10 events. 10 personal events and 10 historical events.
  • Complete on this paper for 40 points or complete on a mini-poster with pictures/artwork for 75 points

First Project Personal Timeline Worksheet

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World War I: The War Ends


As the war dragged on into 1916 and then 1917 it seemed to be a war with no end. The Western Front was a stalemate with battles that yielded little progress but costs thousands of lives. In response to a British blockade the Germans utilized U-boats or submarines to attack British naval vessels but then the Germans began to target British merchant ships delivering goods to Great Britain. When the passenger ship Lusitania was sunk by a U-boat killing over 1200 people including 120 Americans. Fearing the entry of the US into war Germany soon ceased attacking passenger ships but by 1917 the Germans returned to unrestricted submarine warfare because they saw it as vital to defeating the British navy.

WWI U-boat

The attacks on shipping began to draw the US closer to war and then the discovery of the Zimmerman note which was a secret message from the German government to Mexico promising the southwestern US if they came into the war on the side of Germany. So with the pressure from different directions, the US declared war in April 1917.


The Zimmerman Note

Today we will examine the end of the war and the Treaty of Versailles which formally ended the war. We will examine the conditions of the peace treaty and how it also set up the conditions that led to World War II.

End of WWI and the Peace Treaty Powerpoint

End of WWI and the Peace Treaty Guided Notes

Battle of The Somme Primary Source Worksheet

Treaty of Versailles Source Reading

Russian Revolution


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At the beginning of World War I Russia was a nation in turmoil. The reforms promised after the Revolution of 1905 never materialized and poverty persisted as the economy worsened. As the war progressed Russia’s prospects in the war were dim as Russia showed herself ill-equipped to fight a war against the Germans. As 1917 began Russia was on the edge of another revolution. By the end of 1917 Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin had seized power began to establish a radical Communist government as well as executing the entire Russian royal family. This led to a negotiated peace with the Central Powers and Russia’s withdrawal from World War One.


Below you find links to the Russian Revolution, Guided notes and the worksheet for the day.

Russian Revolution Textbook Reading

Russian Revolution Powerpoint

Russian Revolution Guided Notes 

Russian Revolution Guided Reading & Crossword

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Black & Asian Troops in World War I

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Many Sikh Indian troops fought for the British during WWI

Because most of the action and fighting during WWI took place within Europe many have the mistaken idea that only Europeans fought in WWI. But the reality is that WWI was a truly global war that included troops from around the world. Many African and Asian troops took part in the fighting as colonial troops with the hope that their courage and valor world win them respect and eventually self-rule and independence.


369th Infantry Unit

When the United States entered the war in 1917 one of the most decorated and prestigious units was the  369th Infantry Unit better known as the Harlem Hellfighters. The Harlem Hellfighters were an all African-American unit who fought with amazing tenacity and courage alongside French troops in Europe. Because of racial discrimination in the US during training, the 369th was sent to France ahead of other troops and were allowed to fight alongside French troops because American generals did not want them fighting with white US troops. The

The French government awarded the entire regiment the Croix de Guerre. The video below  by the National Guard highlights the courage of the Harlem Hellfighters.

The Harlem Hellfighters
African Soldiers in World War I
India’s WW1 Hero You’ve Never Heard of


Below are links to the Powerpoint and assignments for the day.

Black and Asian Troops during World War One Powerpoint

Black and Asian Troops during World War One Guided Notes

Harlem Hellfighters Reading

Harlem Hellfighters Organizer Worksheet

We will also watch a trailer from the movie Joyeux Noel a movie which recounts the true and extraordinary Christmas truce of Christmas 1914 when German and Allied troops exchanged Christmas presents and played each other in soccer.

The graphic novel below is based on The Harlem Hellfighters; 200 Bonus points will awarded to students who read the novel and write a 1-page typed review.


For more information on Black history in Great Britain see the website Black Presence in Britain- Black British History

World War I: A New Kind of War


Today we will continue to examine World War One or The Great War as it came to be known. World War One began with great waves of patriotic enthusiasm but the enthusiasm soon died down as the war reached a stalemate on the Western Front and thousands died trying to claim a few feet.


WWI also became a new type of war as new technologies led to new weapons and even more horrific ways to bring death to the battlefield. WWI saw the introduction to machine guns, poison gas, new artillery and high powered shells. Airplanes and tanks were seen for the first time on the battlefield. We will also see that the war spread to battlefields outside of Europe to the Ottoman Empire, Middle East, Africa and even Asia. When you come to class you will take about 5 minutes to take an online review quiz. Afterward, we will examine the war in more detail as we look at the powerpoint found below.

World War One-A New Kind of War Powerpoint

World War One- A New Kind of War Guided Notes

Europe Plunges into War Textbook reading

After we take notes we will break into groups and examine what makes World War I different than the wars that came before it. You will research with your group one of the following areas: Tanks, Poison Gas, Weapons, Aircraft, U-boats & submarines or Trench Warfare. If you are absent then you can complete the worksheet below.


World War Definitions & Questions  (Substitute in case of absence)

New Unit: World War I


Next, we will begin looking at World War One sometimes called the Great War.We will first examine the complicated causes and events leading up to World War One. These events are complicated but are based on four basic causes. These four causes or tensions were

  • Militarism
  • Alliances
  • Imperialism
  • Nationalism

But the spark that caused the explosion of World War One was the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. As the Archduke and his wife were traveling through the streets of Sarajevo they were both killed by Gavrilo Princip a member of a Serbian nationalist group. Soon after recriminations and ultimatums were issued that led to multiple declarations of war that plunged all of Europe into a war that spread worldwide.


Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife

Below are the links for the day:

Beginnings & Causes of World War 1 Powerpoint

Beginnings & Causes  of World War 1 Guided Notes

Causes of World War One Organizer 

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