• Welcome to Spring Term!

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 1/6/2020

    Welcome to World Cultures! I am so excited for the term ahead. In this class we cover world history and culture from the 1700s to the Modern Day. We talk about cultures and events from around the world- Europe, Japan, China, Africa and India in particular. We do most of our work on Google Classroom. 

     

    This year, I am piloting Standards Based Grading for my World Cultures classes. This style of grading emphasizes student knowledge and progress towards mastery of a standard. Please read the information provided on the first day of school regarding how students will be graded(you can also find it on my website). 

     

    I look forward to the Spring 2020 term ahead

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  • World War I

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 9/20/2019

    It's been a little crazy around these parts lately. Between a stomach flu at home and homecoming here, things haven't been updated as much as I would normally like. But we're back on track!

     

    Monday we start World War I. This is hands down one of my favorite units of study. World War One is the first war on film(still and motion pictures) and adds so much human intrest to our in class discussions. We will examine the war from its origins to its uneasy peace settlements. We will focus in on the experiences of those involved in the war through archival film footage, pictures, letters and other primary source documents. The 100th anniversary of the armistice was in 2018 and because of it there are tons of resources out there to help us navigate this unit. It is my hope that students walk away from this unit with a deep understanding of the sacrifices made in this war and how this war changed virtually every element of life for people- especially those in Europe and the European Colonies. 

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  • Upcoming in September

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 9/3/2019

    This week we will be wrapping up our unit on the French Revolution. Last week, students wrote argumentative style essays examining the Reign of Terror. Those should be read through this week, with scores being delivered to students as soon as possible. We will wrap up the French Revolution with a look at Napoeleon and the impact he's going to have on Europe. We will have a brief summative writing assignment related to Napoleon on Thursday.

     

    Friday we jump into our shortest unit- The Industrial Revolution and then next week we will begin looking at the age of Imperialism. We will round out September by starting World War I. WWI is one of my favorite units to study, it sets the stage for every other event in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

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  • End of Our First Unit

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 8/21/2019

    On Thursday of this week we will be wrapping up our first unit- The Enlightenment. Students will have their summative exam in class on Thursday. After that we will have our first reall dive into the hear of Standards Based Grading- the reflections. Students will be given the opportunity to self-assess where they are in terms of mastering the content we've covered. Students will be asked to grade themselves on the 4-point scale and provide evidence of their learning. Evidence could come from in-class work, scores on a summative exam, or their other work they have. Our first grade conferences will be Monday. Parents and students can expect to see 3 standards go into the gradebook on Monday. 

    Students who do not achieve the mastery level they want, have the opportunity to utilize Flex Time and work towards attaining mastery. 

     

    Our next unit is the French Revolution. I personally find that once we get past the Enlightenment, student interest in what we're discussing in class grows. The stories have more action and excitement, the people we talk about tend to have vibrant personalities and it's just easier to paint a more entertaining picture of the topics we're covering. 

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  • Day 1

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 8/12/2019

    What a fantastic first day! It was so great to meet everyone and I was very appreciative of everyone participating in our get-to-know you activities. Check the At-Home Work page for items due this week. We will have our Get-to-Know You standard's summative on Friday, not Thursday. 

     

    This week we will be jumping into our first unit starting on Wednesday. This first unit is the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution. We will be examining how the way people think changed during the 1700s and put the world on a path towards revolutions and modernity. 

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  • Welcome to World Cultures!

    Posted by Sarah Deters on 8/11/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Welcome to World Cultures! I am so excited for the year ahead. In this class we cover world history and culture from the 1700s to the Modern Day. We talk about cultures and events from around the world- Europe, Japan, China, Africa and India in particular. We do most of our work on Google Classroom. 

     

    This year, I am piloting Standards Based Grading for my World Cultures classes. This style of grading emphasizes student knowledge and progress towards mastery of a standard. Please read the information provided on the first day of school regarding how students will be graded(you can also find it on my website). 

     

    I look forward to the 2019-2020 year ahead!

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