Welcome to Mr. Jacobs 2016-2017 Homework Link


MONDAY MAY 15th, 2017!



1. The “Middle Ages” (“MA”)
(c.500AD--c.1350AD) is the historical period between the…

    “Roman Empire” &  “Renaissance”

2. What was the main problem of the MA?

Since  Roman Empire has disappeared, there is no one to protect us from the “Barbarians”.

3.  Explain the MA system called “Feudalism” (3):

    1.  A system of organizing society in the MA in Europe

    2. Nobles gave protection to the common people

    3.  The common people gave service & crops to their noble      Pg. 22

*** 4.  In the MA, why was the Christian Church the most powerful “thing” in people’s lives?(7)

     1.  Most people in Europe in the MA were Christians.

     2.  Only leaders of the  Church could read & write.

     3.  You were baptized, married, & buried by the Church.

     4.  The Pope could “excommunicate”* you if you were bad.

     5.  All art was dedicated to the Church.

     6.  Even kings obeyed the Church.

     7. The Church owned more land than anyone.

5. An example of a medieval* king bowing to a Pope* was…

Henry IV had to stand in the snow for 3 days & beg forgiveness from Pope Gregory (!)

(p. 33)

6. How did the Plague spread from China to Europe? (2)

1.      It was carried by travelers along the Silk Road.

2.      Fleas--on rats--traveled on ships.

7. Where does the term “Bubonic” come from?
How many people died from the Plague in Europe?

1. “Buboes” were the swelling under the arms you got from the Plague.

2. Nearly 1/3 of the population of Europe died from the Plague (!)

8.What do the following represent in the nursery rhyme (3):
a.  posies

b.  all fall down
c.  ring around the rosie

     a.  Herbs used to “scare away” the plague

     b.  Death

     c.  Red rash around the body from plague

*9. How did the plague help change Europe from the MA to the R? (3)

     1.  Fewer peasants now.

     2.  Peasants demand a “better life”, but the nobles refuse.

     3.  So, many peasants move away from castles into towns. This begins to end  feudalism. (p. 56-7)

*10.  What were the “Crusades” of the MA?

  Several attempts during the MA by the Europeans to re-capture from the Muslims the lands where Jesus had lived.

11.  What were the lands (where Jesus had lived) called?

The “Holy Land” (today, Palestine & Israel)

***12. How did the Crusades of the MA help cities in “Italy” become wealthy, & therefore create the R? (3)

     1.  Crusaders from all over Europe traveled through “Italy” to get to the Holy Land.

     2.  Crusaders bought supplies, food, & ships in “Italian” cities.This creates new wealth for “Italy”.

     3.  Crusaders brought back new ideas learned from the Muslims:  algebra, gunpowder, calligraphy, a desire for Muslim riches & art & spices.

13. What invention in Europe in the 1320’s changes the entire world forever?
gunpowder & guns

14.  Guns & gunpowder quickly moved Europe from  MA to  R by making __________ and _________ useless. (2)

    1.  Knights in heavy armor are useless b/c bullets go through their armor.

    2.  Castles are now blown apart by cannons.

***15.  How did guns change the world forever?

    1.  Guns allow Europeans to conquer most of the world simply b/c Europeans now have guns & others don’t.

    2.  Ex (4):

  Europeans (E) capture slaves in Africa.

  E  wipe out Native Americans in N. America.

  E  defeat Aztecs & Incas in S. America.

  E  kill aborigines in Australia.

16. One of the great documents in history granting freedom was the “Magna Carta”.  What was it?

1. 1215 CE

2.The English King John was forced to sign this paper that guaranteed certain rights & privileges to English nobles.

3.The English consider the MC as the beginning of their rights & liberties. (P. 54)

*17. Marco Polo was an Italian explorer in the MA who walked all the way to China!  Why is he important to the R? (3)

     1.  He showed--even during the MA--that you could travel & explore.

     2.  He wrote journals about the gold, silk, & brilliance of China, so E wanted this stuff.

      3. R explorers (Columbus, Magellan, etc.) were inspired by Marco Polo to travel. Pg. 209

18. The approximate dates of the R…

c. 1350 CE  to  c.1650 CE

19. “Renaissance” means…(2)

    1… “rebirth”. 

    It’s a rebirth of interest in “secular” learning in the ancient “Classics”.

    2. (secular  means “not religious”)

20.  “Classical” means…

    1…great art & ideas from ancient Greece & Rome

    2…something agreed to be of high quality so that it lasts through time

    3. Examples:


21. Towns – instead of lords in their castles – became more important in the R b/c…

    1.  More people moved into towns

    2.  Townspeople became merchants, craftsmen, moneychangers… & artists

    (In MA, most people were just farmers for their lords.)

**22.  Religion & the Christian Church were not quite as important during the R
 as they had been in the MA b/c…

    …townspeople became more concerned about success on earth, & earning wealth during the R.

23.  “Italy” was NOT a country during the R.  Instead it was…

    …made up of many independent cities & “city-states” p. 319

24.  What is a “city-state”?

    An independent city that rules other towns & villages around itself.  (map, p. 319)

25. What were the 4 most important city-states in “Italy” during the R?

    FLORENCE, Milan, Venice, Rome

26. Describe the city of Florence

    1.  Wealthy; most famous; “many” people (100,000)  (Malibu has 13,000).

    2.  Beautiful buildings; Leonardo & Michelangelo both lived here.

    3.  A great center of art and learning. (324)

27.  In the MA most people tried to…

    …survive their short & miserable life on earth by being religious enough to get into heaven.

28. What is the R idea of “humanism”?

    1.  Human life on earth has value.

    2.  People have dignity, & if we work hard, study well, & learn we can achieve many good things. (320-1)

*29.  3 beliefs of humanists…

    1.  Each of us can improve with study & hard work.

    2.  We owe society our public service.

    3. We should all develop every skill & talent we possibly can. (320-1)


*30. Describe the differences between MA & R art…(3)

     MA= Religion was main subject; little depth; spirit of religion more important than realistic art

      R= Mostly earthly  subjects; R understands depth; realistic  portraits &  landscapes. (316-7)

31.  Give an example of “realism” in R art…

    Michelangelo studied the body so he could create life-like , realistic statues.

    Ex: “Moses”. (p. 327)

**32. How did the new wealth of “Italian” city-states help create the R?

    1.  People had time to learn and study now, not spend all their time fighting or working in fields (as in the MA).

    2.  People felt it was their duty to encourage art & artists by paying artists well.

33.  One of the most powerful & influential families of Florence was the…

    …Medici (pronounced Medachee) family  (p. 328)

34.  Patron…

    A person who supports the arts by hiring artists & attending artistic performances

35.  Were women expected to become “ideal R people”?

    No…women were to manage the house & raise the family, not become educated.

*36.  How did the R spread from Florence to most of Europe? (3)

    1.  People traveling, taking R ideas  with them.

    2.  People could read about the R in printed books now.

    3. Other people wanted art & achievements, too.  (p.334)

37.  What European invented “moveable type”?

    Johannes Gutenberg, a German

**38.  Why is the invention of “moveable type” so important?

    1.  Books in the R can now be quickly (& therefore cheaply) printed (not just hand-copied as in the MA).

    2. Many more people learned to read b/c there are more books in R. (p. 334)

39.  How did the R spread from Florence to most of Europe?  (3)


1.  People traveling, taking R ideas w/them.

2.  People could read about the R in printed books now.

3.  Other people wanted art & achievements, too.  (p. 334)

40. William Shakespeare (of England) was one of the greatest R writers.
List two of his famous plays. (2)
Repeat 2 of his famous sayings. (2)

1.      “Romeo & Juliet”

2.      “Hamlet”

3.      a. Love is blind.

b. All’s well that ends well. (p. 342)

41.  Nicolaus Copernicus was a R…(4)


    From Poland

    He believed what he could see, not what he should see.

    The sun is the center of our system, not the earth. (p. 338)

42.  Vesalius was…

Flemish (from Flanders, modern Belgium)


Dissected human bodies so he could describe them in a book. (p. 339)

43. In the MA & R, the Church had laws against cutting up even a dead human body.  But…

Leonardo, Michelangelo, & Vesalius all secretly robbed graves so they could learn how the human body worked.

44.  Galileo was…



         Observed & experimented w/telescope; showed objects of various weights/shapes fell at same speed.  (p. 329)

45. Machiavelli wrote a famous R book called The Prince.  Discuss 2 main ideas:

1.      Leaders should do what is best for their city-state, to make it strong even if it is not “good” or “right”.

2.      Leaders should be feared rather than loved (!) (P. 330)

46. This R genius carved the sensitive “Pieta” , the thoughtful “Moses”, AND painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Who was this famous sculptor?


47. Miguel Cervantes was a famed
R Spanish author who wrote one of the greatest novels ever written, Don Quixote.  What was it about?

An old man thinks he is a knight from MA.  He has comical but noble adventures fighting giants (really windmills), etc.  A classic book.

(p. 343)

48.  What is a “monarch”?

    A government leader who is the king or queen.

49. She was “married to the people of my country.”  She reigned during her country’s “Golden Age”.  She was the monarch* of the country who defeated the mighty Spanish Armada.  Who is this?

Queen Elizabeth I of England

(p. 341)

50. Why is Leonardo da Vinci called the “ideal” R man?
(List 5 + accomplishments)

     He’s “ideal” b/c he had a huge variety of interests & talents:

     1. Painted the “Mona Lisa”

     2. Invented  the helicopter

     3. Studied  & sketched birds, animals, plants (p. 329)

     4. Dissected & sketched bodies! (p. 344)

     5.  Understood the math of “Vitruvian Man”

ON Monday April 24th, 2017:

The Pink sheet is due signed by parent/guardian with painting of choice.


 Friday, 3/10/17 is Checkpoint #1 = (The first 10 assignments complete plus any other 5) from the list below:
 Friday, 3/17/17 is Checkpoint #2 = (The first 10 assignments plus any other 10) from the assignment list below.
 Friday, 3/24/17 is Checkpoint #3 = (The first 10 assignments plus any other 15) from the assignment list below.

CHIVALRY Assignment Page      Name:____________________ Period:_____

Please read these instructions carefully!!

RECORD MY DUCHY NAME HERE:____________________________________________ (and spell it correctly!!!)’

A. In order to earn  "A"  for the Middle Ages, I get to complete at least 25 assignments neatly, thoughtfully, and completely.

B. For each assignment, I will be CREATIVE!!  Pretend that I am there, PARTICIPATING  “IN” the Middle Ages.  Do an interview, be a knight, create a letter, make a diary entry, etc.  I won't just write a boring report. A boring report WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  I will be PROUD of all my assignments.  (And I know I will be in serious trouble if I copy anything from a kid or any source including the internet!)

C. In order to receive full credit, each hand-written assignment will be at least 2 FULL PAGES  in length—and in INK.

 (Note:  A complete assignment on computer will be 1 page if single-spaced and a font size of about 12 or smaller.)

D. Unless otherwise noted, an assignment may only be done once. Each member of the duchy may do each assignment below.

 Each assignment is worth 25 wealth.

E. All  work must be written in ink or done on computer. I will put my name, period, and the assignment number (in a box) at the top RIGHT CORNER of each assignment I complete.  All drawings, “certificates”, and scenes must be colored.

F.  On the final day of the game, I will place all assignments in my beautifully neat and well organized packet--with an amazingly creative and beautifully stunning cover (#49 below)---so that I can present it proudly to the Mighty Merlin in order to earn my “A”.

The following 10 ASSIGNMENTS ARE REQUIRED.  (“IN” means that I am a participant IN the story that I’m writing):

1. Complete the map of Europe.  Label in ink. (Use page 4 in the text.) Color.

2. Pgs. 19-23 in text. Describe, underline: barbarians, Rome fell,  Christianity, need for order/protection, Vikings, feudalism, monarch, fiefs, manors, nobles, Duke William. “IN” 2 pgs

3. Using pages 24-29 in text, describe & underline: manor houses, castles, lords’ jobs, women’s jobs, knights, chivalry, peasants’ lives, etc. “IN” 2 pages

4. Pgs. 31-3, 35-7,40: Discuss & underline: Church, center of life; clergy, pope, power of Church, excommunication, pilgrimages, crusades, cathedrals, illuminated manuscripts. “IN”

5. Pgs.  43-45, 48-9, 56-7.  Describe, underlinetowns, guilds, apprentice, journeymen, disease & leprosy, bleed, crime, Bubonic Plague, black death, impact of plague. “IN”

6. Use pg. 143 in D/K  & 153 in Kingfisher: carefully sketch a castle on white page, color, label at least 15 parts of the castle. Not “IN”  (unless you want to be!)

7. Complete the 4-paneled story. (Label in ink.Color  the pictures about the Viking invasion during the Dark and Middle Ages that we started in class. Use white paper.

8.  Highlight the 4-page handout on the Middle Ages.  Take a good set of notes from the slides in class on castles.

9. Create my own Coat-of-Arms. Use blank white paper. Draw a shield; divide into 4+ parts. Draw animals & symbols that are very special/important to me (& my family) to design and create this symbol of my life. Use few words---remember, few people could write in the Middle Ages.  Color.  Make this something to save!  (See pg. 513 in old blue text for actual medieval coats-of-arms.)

10. Write a letter to my duchy teammates, explaining to them all the ways I plan to be helpful, how hard I will work  on assignments, how I will help the team make tough decisions, what helpful ways I will try to solve problems, how I will try to not argue, and what I expect of my team.   (Spell my duchy’s name correctly here: ________________________________________) 2 pages  “IN”

>>>> Use the green assignment page to record all the assignments as I complete them, making sure the Mighty Merlinettes sign my green  page as  the assignment is paid and collected from me.

>>>I MAY NOW CHOOSE TO DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, in any order I wish:  Remember, most assignments must be 2 pages if handwritten, & in ink.

11.Read any of these sections in D/K.  Then write a 2 page story:  108: Sack of Rome/  111:  Charlemagne/  141: Church life/  158: 100 Years War & Secret Weapon. 142:  Battle of Hastings “IN”  (each story counts as an assignment)

12. Read any of these sections in KINGFISHER.  Write a 2-page story: 82: Barbarians/ 102-3: Monasticism/ 150-151: KNIGHTHOOD! (a good one!)/

178-9 Black Death 150-151:  VIKINGS! (another good one!) “IN” (each story counts as an assignment)

13. Text, page 38 & 39:  What were education and holidays like in the Middle Ages?  “IN” 2 pages

14. Page 46 & 47:  What were trade and homes like in the Middle Ages? “IN” 2 pages

15. Page: bottom of  58 & top of 59:  Describe my life as (or with) Joan of Arc. “IN” 2 pages

16. Page 54 (bottom)-55 top:  Describe the “Magna Carta”, and how it changed history forever. “IN” 2 pages

17. Page 40-41:  Describe “your” life as a monk, a friar, or a nun in the Middle Ages. “IN” 2 pages

18. Pages 121-2:  Describe my participation on one of the Crusades.  “IN” 2 pages

19. Page 298 in the Old Text: (blue).  Draw a crusading knight in detail, labeling all the "parts" (in ink). Add my own original sentences and thoughts under some of the labels. (Use white paper from Merlin, not lined paper.)  (Color.) (I may do this only once.))

20. Using the information between pages 18-59 of our new text, write 20 "challenge" questions AND their answers, AND the page on which I found each question.  (No number or date questions, please.)  Each time I write 20 good questions & their answers & the page number on which I found each question, it will count as an assignment.  I may write up to 4 sets of questions (80 questions)! (Oh So Mighty and Merlin’s hint to Duchies:  divide up these pages between members of your Duchy b/c…)

21. Page 124:  Discuss how the Crusades affected Western Europe.  2 pages

22.  Choose 20 terms about the Middle Ages (feudalism, chivalry, crusades, etc.)  Define them well in my own words, and then use each of them in a clever, intelligent sentence. (Twice.)

23. Page 56.  Sketch neatly (on white, non-lined paper), label in ink, and carefully color  this map. Be sure to draw the arrows for the spread of the plague.  Label the countries & cities in ink.  (Add for Merlin's amusement some cute little Viking ships, castles, churches, etc.)  (Once)

24. Get a book on "fashion" or costumes from the Middle Ages.  Draw the clothing of the Middle Ages for a knight or duke or peasant.  (Use white paper.)   Color. Remember:   Like most assignments, I may only do this assignment  Once.

25. Make up a creative story about the knight, the king, and the queen in the tournament on page 27. “IN” 2 pages (Once)

26. Make a LARGE flag or banner of either cloth or paper that I will be proud to hang above my duchy.  This flag will be very colorful; have a design or picture of a spiffy castle, coat of arms, scene from the Middle Ages; a slogan; and the name of my duchy on it.  (Once)

27. Make one set of 10 beautiful, colorful "battle flags" for my duchy to be used on the War Board.  I must bring the straight pins to which I will tape these little flags.  My duchy must agree on the colors and design before I do them. (All duchy members’ flags must look the same.  Yes, this breaks our rule about not copying!  But this is so all your duchy’s  flags are the same on the War Board.)  I may do this ONCE.

28. Write a script (1+ page) and put on a short (3 minutes+) play, demonstrating through clever dialogue and acting some event during the Middle Ages.  Actors must be members of my duchy.  Costumes will be a clever addition…...and scenery, too? Anyone who helps write the script & acts in the play will receive credit. Once

29. Make a beautiful and accurate diorama of a scene from the Middle Ages.  (Once)

30. AFTER we have played the game for 10 days or so, evaluate "Chivalry":  how authentic is it, what is going well for me and my duchy, what problems am I having, what problems are we having as a duchy, what would I do to improve the game, etc.? 2 pages  MERLIN WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. Once.

31.Make a cartoon strip of 5 or more panels about any event during the Middle Ages. Color!  (Once)

32.Make an editorial cartoon about any event during the Middle Ages.  (Remind Merlin to show you some examples.) (Once)

33.Make a good crossword puzzle with at least 20 terms AND definitions ( in my own words)  from the Middle Ages.  (I will not  waste my time making a word  search.) (I may do this twice, if I use different words.)  Make my own grid, or use the free website “Armored Penguin” to help you.  (Make your OWN definitions.)

34.Carefully sketch and then color beautifully (or even paint) any scene from the Middle Ages.  (Use white paper.)  I may do this once.

35.Write a creative biography about ANY person during the Middle Ages, including Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, King Louis of France, King Richard of England, Robin Hood, Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Arthur, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Merlin  (I like to read about myself J),etc. 2 pages “In”

36. If the treasurer OR scribe keeps 2 complete, written pages of records of their duchy, we will count it as 1 assignment. (Twice)

37.Using the slides seen in class, describe what I see at Mt. St. Michel.  (Remind Merlin to show these slides!) 2 pages

38.   Use ANY book on the  Middle Ages (Merlin’s, mine, or the library’s)---or the Internet. Read some interesting pages about any spiffy topic concerning the Middle Ages:  King Arthur, a castle, armor, crusades, Merlin, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, etc.  Write a 2+page story with me “IN” the story, using information I just learned from the book or Internet site. I may do this assignment as often as I wish, as long as I write about different topics & use several different books or sites for information.  “IN”

39.After reading  a source on castles, design my own castle, labeling in ink at least 10 different parts.  Color the banners, etc. (Use white paper.) (Once)

40.Sketch and color a section of the famous Bayeux Tapestry (use pg. 23 in brown text) or the tournaments (pg. 27, brown text).  Use white paper. (Once)

41.Come accurately dressed as a person from the Middle Ages--a duke, scribe, knight, lady--and describe my costume to the class. 2-3 minutes (Once)

42. Look carefully at the castle door in Room 2. Describe the 19 “hidden” objects/creatures: describe where they are, why they were included in this picture of the Mid Ages, what my favorite one was, find any other objects that only I can see, etc. Then to fill up my 2 pages, make up a story about the things in the painting to finish my 2 written pages. (Once)

43.Make "badges" for all members of my group:  the duke, treasurer, merchant, scribe, and knight.  Each badge should be beautifully colored, identify my duchy, and have the name and title of each person.  They can be any shape, but at least 2 inches large.  Bring pins or tape so everyone can wear their badge every day. (once)

44. Write my own 25+ line poem about the Middle Ages.  Include things I’ve learned about castles, knights, crusaders, etc. (Once)

45.Memorize a poem or "chanson" written during the MA, then present it to the class. (Ex:  Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, etc.) It should be about 15+ lines in length.

46.Bring in an instrument or music from the Middle Ages and play it for us or sing it to us, either by myself or with some friends.  (Ex:  Gregorian Chant, “Greensleaves”, Scarborough Fair etc.)  (See Mr. Bixler for help.)  (Once)

47.  Make a beautiful   "certificate of trade"   AFTER  they have been auctioned off during the second week of the game.   Each certificate I make counts as one assignment. I may make a total of SIX that  count for my assignments,   but each must  have a completely different picture AND  a different  paragraph of information  to count. ***Each certificate will include:  the title, a beautiful drawing in color, a complete paragraph of information.  For the paragraph, include real facts, put into my own words! Write the SOURCE of my paragraph information.) Somewhere on my certificate, be sure to include my name, period and duchy name.  Please HAND DRAW the picture; don’t just download from computer. (See examples in class.)   Reminder:  I may only create the certificate(s) that my duchy has “bought” the right to make from the auction in class. Record here the ones my duchy can make:     1.                                                 2.                                        3.                                     4.                                    5.                                      6.                                                   7.                                             8.

48.Put on a short play about the Middle Ages in French  or  in Spanish.  This should be at least a 1 page script, and take 3-4 minutes to perform. Once.

49.Create a beautifully designed and illustrated cover for my Chivalry Packet.  Use medieval creatures, castles, knights, other subjects; color or paint.  Make this a wonderful cover of which I can be very proud. It will be the cover for my Chivalry packet.  (Once)

50.Read any of the Canterbury Tales and rewrite one as if I were a part of the story. “IN” 2 pages

51.Describe the weapons used during the Middle Ages.  (I may wish to illustrate them, too.) Remember:  2 written pages (Once)

52. Write a 2- page story as if I were a kid living in the Middle Ages.  Include as many interesting facts as I can; be creative and clever. 2 pages. Twice.’

53. Practice calligraphy in class with the Mighty Merlin.  Write a full page in calligraphy AFTER practicing with Merlin in class. Write a letter, a poem in praise of Merlin, the alphabet, etc.   Experiment with different kinds of fonts. Use a calligraphy pen (if you can get one),  AND  special lined paper available from Merlin. (Once)

54.Take an excellent, complete set of notes from Mr. DiMercurio’s (“Brother Dominic’s”) brilliant presentation on Illuminated Writing.

>>>>>>For the following four assignments, go to the malibuhigh.org teacher homework link for Mr. Jacobs, then click “Illuminated writing”.   Follow the directions for the assignment, being sure to write a full 2-handwritten pages for each assignment:

55. Lesson on Illuminated Manuscripts   56. Lesson on Illuminated Manuscripts   57. Lesson on Illuminated Manuscripts  58.  Lesson on Illuminated Manuscripts

59.  Complete the back-to-back page of Illuminated Writing provided by Brother Dominic.  Carefully draw and color.

60. Using any of the Illuminated Writing books (in the MHS library), re-create a beautiful page of medieval writing. Use a calligraphy pen. 1 page, but colored and beautifully written in ink.

61. Read part of Mists of Avalon (Bradley), Joan of Arc (Brooks), Doomsday Book (Collins), etc.  See Merlin for a special way to earn credit  for these fine books.

62. Draw & label a “Venn” diagram, showing at least 12 differences and 12 similarities between the Middle Ages and my world today. For the 12 differences and 12 similarities, write out at least a sentence of explanation, not just 1 or 2 words.  Once.

63. Write a 2-page summary describing the many differences between us today and life in the Middle Ages. Once

64. Read ANY of these sections from the great  World In Transition book, available in class. (These are all great stories!) Write a 2-page story, including the interesting information you find:  Vikings, pgs. 103-7;  Plague, pgs. 108-15;  Women, pgs. 118-23; Children’s Crusade, pgs. 124-7; Armor, pgs. 131-4.  “IN”

65.  Check out from our library any of these great books & write a 2-page story from the info:  Marco Polo, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Dante, and Chaucer. 2 pages. IN

66.  Write 2 pages of thoughtful Cornell notes on any section of any of Merlin’s books on the Middle Ages.  Include 5 high-level questions.  I may do this 4  times.

67.  Participate in a dinner/evening at “Medieval Times” in Buena Park’.  Write 2 pages on your experiences, describing how accurately the MA were represented.  I

68.  Make up at least 10 “nicknames” that truly apply to myself:  Jade the Artistic, Jake the Jubilant, Jessica the Fierce Cat, Dana the Cheerleader, Tom the Athlete, etc.  On  white paper, calligraphy your 10 nicknames into 10 separate “banners” or “flags”, and add colorful flowers, designs, and unicorns.  Once.

69.  Sketch, color, and write an interesting’ paragraph about any 10 mythical medieval animals.  (Dragons, unicorns, griffins, assorted gargoyles, etc.)  Once.

70. The last week of the game, ask Merlin how to make the “We Won Chivalry Certificates”!  Once.

****71.  Make up my own assignment about the Middle Ages. (These may NOT be more drawings, pictures, or illustrations, however.)   NO models or weapons of any kind. Sorry!   Have Merlin approve my own project BEFORE I do all the work, too.   


 >>>To find information, type into “Google” or “Bing” or “Ask Jeeves” or “Yahoo” the term “Middle Ages”, and then whatever topic about which you want information:  kings, castles, Black Plague, etc.  .>>>Another good site is:  “Medieval-life.net”     

DUE MONDAY FEB. 13th, 2017 

 China/Japan Packet will consist of the following : Stapled (bound) and in order:

 PACKET IS DUE MONDAY, FEB. 13th, 2017 (same day as exam)


  • The Great Wall of China Notes (notes from 4 texts)
  • The Great Accomplishments Cards notes
  • Chapter 16 worksheet #1
  • Chapter 16 #2
  • Chapter 17 Terms and Questions
  • Chapter 18 – Scrolls
  • Chapter 19 – Terms and Questions
  • Highlighted Info sheet of Buddhism/Confucianism/Shintoism/Daoism


  • Japan INFO Sheet #1
  • Mt. Fuji Japan of Notes
  • One typed Paragraph (5-8 sentences) on what Confucius/Yoda/Lao Tzu or Buddha would say if one of them showed up in modern day Los Angeles or Malibu or USA.  Include your one favorite quote of any of the above 4.  What would they say about our society/culture? (Government/Leaders/school/Entertainment/Religion/Music/Movies etc. etc. etc.)


China Review Questions


 Japan Notes for Packet and Exam


ANCIENT  CHINA: (Not mandatory to complete, but very helpful!!) 

1.  Briefly describe the term “dynasty”.  180

2. Why were the trade routes to China important?  *What is the “Silk Road”? What “stuff” was traded? 206, & map on 206 Who was Marco Polo?

3. How do the Mongols affect ancient China? 184, 208-9

4. Describe the person we know as Confucius. 183

5. What were the main ideas of Confucius? 183

6. Why were the ideas of Confucius so important to Ancient China? 183

7. Use the map we sketched to explain how the Himalayas, the flat northern plains,  and the ocean in east would affect the history of China.

8. Describe  10  of the most important discoveries and inventions—and their importance-- of ancient China. 196-203


MEDIEVAL JAPAN:  (“Mt. Fuji Notes” - Mandatory!!)

  1. Demonstrate how ancient Japan is separated (isolated) from the rest of the world.        See map pg. 220.
  2. Give  5 examples of ideas & techniques that Japan borrowed from China and Korea. 220-1, 224.
  3. Describe: SHINTO 222 and explain how Buddhism and Shinto blended together.
  4. Describe  Buddhism as it came from India to China, and then arrived in Japan.  Bottom of 222 & all of 223.
  5. Explain the relationship between the shogun, daimyo, and the samurai. 242
  1. What did the samurai warriors wear in battle, and what weapons did they use?
  2. How did Amida Buddhism and Zen Buddhism develop?
  3. What influence did Buddhism have on the samurai warrior?
  1. Describe the life , training,  and purpose of a samurai. 242-5
  2. Explain the code of conduct called “Bushido” and how it was related to samurai values and traditions?248
  3. Describe the 5 great accomplishments of the ancient Japanese in writing , art, and drama. 236-7
  4. Describe the importance of “The Tale of Genji”. 237
  5. Why is the Heian Period called Japan’s Golden Age? 229
  6. Describe the unique Japanese version of Buddhism called “Zen” Buddhism.  Include tea ceremony & Zen garden. 246-7


1) Unit EXAM for Arabian Peninsula & ISLAM - MONDAY, 12/12/16

2) "Guide to Islam" due Monday, 12/12/16

 MY GUIDE TO ISLAM will contain the following items:

_____A.  Map 1 of Arabian Peninsula (Zones)                  ____B.  Map 2 of Islamic Expansion

_____C.  Camel sketching with labeling 

_____D.  Arabian Peninsula Travel Story & ( TYPED paragraph about importance of location)

_____E.  Story of Muhammad

_____F.  Story with Islamic terms

_____G.  Great accomplishments of Islam

_____H.  Five Pillars

_____I.   Compare Shi’ite to Sunni  (1/2 page)      

_____J.   Arabic language NAME      

_____K.  Mosaic

_____L.  ***5 things I will never forget of ISLAM



#1.  Describe the desert of the Arabian Peninsula (where Islam begins) (3)



·      Hot during day, cold at night

·      Very little rain

·      Windstorms bring blowing sand



#2.  What are the adaptations (how humans learn to fit in) to the desert? (3)



·      NOMADS move often

·      Must find OASES for water

·      Wear long robes, headdresses to keep sand from eyes



#3.  What are NOMADS?



·      People who continually move, searching for grass for their animals

·      Live in tents so they can move easily, quickly



#4. Describe an OASIS  (3)



·      A place where water bubbles up, water available, plants can grow

·      Nomads can stop wandering, become SEDENTARY

·      Can build homes & villages, grow crops



#5.  What does the term “SEDENTARY” mean?


·      To settle and live in one place.



#6.  Describe the environment of the Coastal Plains.  (3)

·      Rocky cliffs and flat plains

·      Damp, moist

·      Rain


#7.  What does the term “irrigate” mean? (1)

·      To bring water to a dry place for farming


#8.  Explain the Mountain Environment (3)

·      Changing altitudes

·      Rain

·      Fertile land


#9.  What are 3 main adaptations to living in the mountains? 

·      Houses of mud bricks

·      Terraces

·      irrigation


#10.  Explain the idea of a “terrace” (2)

·      Cutting into the side of a mountain to make flat spaces to grow crops



FROM HOMEWORK #11, pgs. 83-85.

#?  Muhammad was born in what year? (1)

·      570CE


#? In what holy Muslim city was M born?

·      Makkah (Mecca)


#? What is a “prophet”? (2)

·      A person sent to earth as a “messenger of God/Allah”.

·      Ex:  Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad


#?  Describe Makkah in the time of M: (3)

·      No farming

·      A wealthy trading city

·      Abraham had built the Ka’ba (w/ statues of many gods)


PGS 85


#?  When M was sent out into the desert, what did he learn? (1)

·      Arab traditions, such as being kind to strangers, homeless or orphans


#?  What special name was M given b/c he was so honest & trustworthy?

·      al-Amin


#?  Where did  M  receive Allah’s message?

·      While he was in a CAVE in the mountains


#?  In the cave, the angel Gabriel told M he was to  (2):

·      Be the messenger of Allah

·      RECITE Allah’s words              


#?  Explain  M’s  Night Journey: (3)

·      M  taken to Jerusalem

·      M  “met” Jesus & Abraham & Allah

·      (The DOME OF THE ROCK was built on this place)


#? The battle between M and Makkah

·      M leaves Makkah & forms an army

·      Makkah eventually surrenders to M

·      M destroys the statues of the many gods in the Ka’ba



FROM HOMEWORK #14 (P. 93-95, & 101)

#?  What do Muslims call their House of Worship?

·      Mosque (w/ towers called “minarets”)


#?  What is the “Qur’an”? (2)       

·      The Muslim holy book. 

·      It’s the most widely read book in the world b/c Muslim kids learn to read from it !


#?  List 4 similarities between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity:

·      all 3 are monotheists

·      Abraham an important prophet for all

·      The same God

·      The city of Jerusalem is holy for all 3


#? The term “jihad” means to        

·      strive or struggle in life to become better


#? Terrorists use the term “jihad” to mean

·      holy war against non-believers





#?  What does the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar”  mean?

·      God is most Great!


#?  What does Ramadan celebrate?

         M  receiving messages from Allah.


#?  What is a “hajj”?

·      A holy pilgrimage or peaceful journey to Makkah, made once in a lifetime.




1. City Building and Architecture:

·      mosques, palaces, city of Baghdad


2. Scholarship and Learning:

·      schools; libraries;

·      translation of Greek, Persian, Indian, and Chinese texts; philosophers such as Al-Kindi and Ibn Sina


3. Science and Technology:

·      study of zoology and astronomy,

·      underground wells, water wheels


4. Geography and Navigation:

·      travel writing, calculation of Earth’s circumference;


5. Mathematics:

·      algebra, zero, Arabic numerals;


6. Medicine:

·      hospitals,

·      the discovery of bacteria as the cause of infection,

·      The Canon of Medicine;


7. Bookmaking and Literature:

·      bookmaking, epic poems, storytelling,

·      Arabian Nights, Sufi poetry;


8. Art and Music:

·      decorative art, geometric designs, arabesque,

·      calligraphy, fine textiles, conservatories;


9. Recreation:

·      polo,

·      chess





Africa Unit Packet Due FRIDAY 11/4:

1) 2 Maps 1. Political & 2. Climate 
2) Chapter 12 terms and questions.
3) Chapter 15 terms and questions.
4) 6 review paragraphs 
5) Gods Must be Crazy Note sheet
6) Notes from Brooks our Safari Guide Visitor from Africa!
7) One typed Paragraph of what impresses him about the lives of the Bushmen of the Kalahari (last question from Gods Must be Crazy note sheet.)

AFRICA EXAM 11/2 and 11/3

  • Chapter 12 – terms and questions
  • Chapter 15 – terms and questions
  • 6 Review Questions (paragraphs) - “Gold Salt Trade”, Spread of Islam through Caravans, etc.

Maps: Political/Physical - 27 Countries and other places

      yes know spelling

Geography Terms Quiz Friday Oct. 7th, 2016

1. canyon
2. peninsula
3. cape
4. delta
5. valley
6. plain
7. plateau
8. oasis
9. desert
10. mesa
11. harbor
12. bay
13. strait
14. island
15. tributary

1st EXAM WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 9/21 and 9/22 - 2016

Unit One – Know Your Home

WORLD MAP Identifications (ID’s)

Know where ALL of these places are located to earn an ‘A’ and more importantly gain WISDOM about the world we live in.

(Spelling counts)

Seven Continents

  1. North America (remember that Greenland is a part of No. America)
  2. South America
  3. Europe
  4. Asia
  5. Australia
  6. Africa
  7. Antarctica


  1. Pacific (Very Large 3 regions)
  2. Atlantic (2 regions)
  3. Indian
  4. Arctic

Seas and Gulf                                                            Miscellaneous                                 

12. North Sea                                                         35. Lake Victoria

13. Baltic Sea                                                          36. Equator 

14. Mediterranean Sea                                         37. North, South, East, West          

15. Black Sea                                                          38. The City of Mecca

16. Caspian Sea                                                     39. The City of Jerusalem  

17. Red Sea                                                                    40. The United States

18. Persian Gulf                                                     41.  Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

*Ex. Cr. Seattle, Washington - USA            (The home of Pearl Jam)


19. Andes

20. Atlas

21. Alps

22. Ural

23. Himalayas

24. Mt. Everest

25. Mt. Kilimanjaro


26. Sahara

27. Kalahari

28. Gobi

29. Arabian


30.  Tigris

31.  Nile

32.  Amazon


33. Cape Horn, 34. Cape of Good Hope

Ari Jacobs
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