Monday, October 27, 2014

Online Readings 10/29 and 10/31

Due on Wednesday, October 29th are questions regarding John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.  You can either write in complete sentences on a lined piece of paper, or you can print out the questions and answer directly on the sheet.

Due on Friday, October 31st are questions regarding Voltaire.  You can either write in complete sentences on a lined piece of paper, or you can print out the questions and answer directly on the sheet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Class Activity - the UK and Scottish Referendum

People often mistakenly use the terms "England," "the United Kingdom" and "Great Britain" interchangeably.  While there is some overlap, the three terms refer to three distinct places.

Please go to this website to find out more about the differences between England, the United Kingdom and Great Britain.  On the blank maps that you have been given, please color in to create these four maps.

1.  A map showing the countries of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.
2.  A map showing England alone.
3.  A map showing the entire UK
4.  A map showing Great Britain

On maps 3 and 4, please include the date when these kingdoms were formed.

Carrying on...

So you know that the kingdom of Great Britain was created by the Act of Union in 1707.  However, you might not be aware that there was very recently an historic attempt for Scotland to secede from that union and become an entirely independent country.  Although the movement failed, it was important both in terms of the potential impact on Great Britain and for other secession movements around the world.

Please read this article that provides an overview of the Scottish independence movement, and answer the questions provided.  They will be turned in at the end of class.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oliver Cromwell Obit

Tuesday, October 7th, in class, you will be writing an obituary for Oliver Cromwell.  You will write it from a either a pro-Cromwell or an anti-Cromwell perspective.  You can think of this as practice for the longer English Revolution essay - writing a short paper that uses evidence to support one point.

The information for the in-class essay will be from our class discussion and the homework reading on Cromwell. 

As your assignment, please make a 2 column list.  On one side, list "positive" things that Oliver Cromwell did when in charge of England.  On the other, list "negative" things that Cromwell did.  Bullet points are fine.  This will be checked for a homework grade.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

James I - Charles I keynote

The short videos aren't in here, but here are the notes about James I and Charles I up until the Civil War.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homework Canceled

You're in luck, folks!  I am going to cancel the reading and questions that were originally due on October 2nd.  See you in class on Thursday!