TOK: October 18, 2017

Good Morning! Today we will begin a more substantive look at Language as a Way of Knowing.

  1. Charades debrief, and I mean brief.
  2. Warm-up:
    1. Think of a place at least three miles from here. Don’t say it out loud to anyone around you. It should not be a place that you regularly go (home, Dutch Bros., etc.). Write directions to that place, using no names of streets, landmarks or the destination. You may use distances. You must describe any turns or movements in space using only the cardinal directions (North, South, East and West). For example: You cannot say, when you arrive at the destination, “the destination is right in front of you.” You should say something like, “The destination is about 50 feet directly to the north of where you stand.”
    2. Switch directions with someone. You will both try to figure out what and where the destination is. No guessing. You get only 2 tries. How close did you get?
  3. Read “Does Your Language Shape How You Think?” Highlight. Take notes in the margins. Write clarifying questions, etc. We will talk about it when you have finished.
    1. Discuss these questions with a neighbor or neighbors:
      1. What habits of mind may develop based on YOUR language?
      2. How does language constrain our perception?
      3. How would your conversations change if you had to give justification for everything you say?

Homework: LISTEN TO THE RADIOLAB EPISODE: WORDS (Here is the transcript.) We will discuss this in class next time.  

You might also enjoy this short Radiolab video on words.

Global History: October 17, 2017

Hello. Today you will be getting back together with groups from last week to talk about the different sources of power in the Middle Ages in Europe.
1) Get out the notes you took on your section of Chapter 13 (2, 3, or 4).
2) Follow directions on worksheet to take group notes and create and be able to defend a thesis about the most important kind of power in the Middle Ages.
3) Present your thesis to the class.
4) Feudalism in Europe and Japan. Read your role and follow the directions.
Homework: None

HOTA: October 17, 2017

Hello. Today we will finish the video on Haitian Independence and begin researching independence movements in other parts of Latin America.

  1. Finish Haiti film
  2. Research and posters on independence movements and leaders.

Homework: Find other resources, if needed.

TOK: October 16, 2017


Today we will  begin discussing Language as Way of Knowing. But first, we will have some fun with personality types.

  1. Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Indicator
  2. Charades
    • Each group of 10 has an envelope at your table. Your group should divide evenly into 2 teams. 1 team will get the yellow cards and one team will get the blue cards. DON’ READ THE OTHER TEAMS CARDS!
    • One person from the yellow “team” will act out the scenario on their card, with the blue “team” trying to guess as accurately as possible what is being communicated. When this first person is done acting out their card, tell the blue team the number on your card. The corresponding blue card with the same number will then act out what is on their card, with the yellow team guessing. Go through all of the cards in this way.
    • When you are finished, discuss and respond to the discussion questions. I will collect these at the end of class.


Global History: October 10, 2017


  1. In your assigned groups:
    1. Get text books, copies of the test, your graded Scantron sheets, and a blank Scantron sheet
    2. Using these resources, you have 20 minutes to find the correct answers to the test and fill them in properly on blank Scantron sheet. You should also mark them on the paper test.
    3. We will go over this when you are all done.
  2. Middle Ages
    1. Film clip: Take notes during and we will talk about it after.
  3. Homework and sources of power in the middle ages.

Homework: None

Global History: October 9, 2017


  1. Quiz: You have 15 minutes to get ready for the quiz and ask questions.
  2. Middle Ages
    1. You will be assigned to read 1 section from Chapter 13 for homework. You should take 1.5-2 pages of detailed notes.
      1. Section 2- Pages 358-363
      2. Section 3- Pages 364-369
      3. Section 4- Pages 370-373

Homework: Take 1.5-2 pages of notes from your section of Chapter 13.

TOK: October 6-9, 2017

Hello. Today we will wrap up our look at Sense Perception.

  1. Radiolab: Colors Image result for Mantis Shrimp
    1. Working with a partner, choose one of the stories presented in the podcast and come up with 1 good knowledge question for that Real Life Situation. The stories were:
      1. Our biology determines what colors we see. Dogs have fewer cones than humans. Mantis Shrimp can see crazy colors.
      2. Implanting monkeys with color receptors.
      3. Search for women who can see more colors than the rest of us.
      4. Language and color. Were Greeks color blind? Language may affect the colors we see. Is the sky blue?
    2. Scott Fraser: The Problem with Eyewitness Testimony  
    3. Sense Perception reading and worksheet.

Homework: Finish Sense Perception reading and worksheet.

Global History: October 5, 2017

Hello! Great job on completing your presentations and essays about your ancient civilization.

Today we will be taking a quick look at the Governmental structures of Athens and the Roman Republic, as well as both of their contributions to Western Civilization.

  1. In groups of 3 (you pick ’em), you will be jigsawing 3 sections from the text about Greece and Rome.
    1. Decide who is reading which section
    2. Read your section from the text and take detailed notes.
    3. Share your detailed notes with your partners.

Homework: Nothing, but there will be a 20+ point quiz on the material covered in class. You can use your notes, but it might be a good idea to double check your notes before Monday’s quiz.