January 30-February 3, 2017

Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 – HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12)


Monday and Tuesday

Making your PSA : Now that your group has researched and typed your annotated bibliography, you can decide whether to contact or not contact your tribe. Consider your EPL reflections below.

Honors and AP

Siddhartha sacrificed all that a human could desire at different stages of his life to attain enlightenment. Buddhism defines Nirvana as void of attachments. What is it that you hold on to so dearly? Can you live without it? In order to empathize with our protagonist, we will conduct a Self-Deprivation Experiment. We will record one week of living without a luxury* that we feel we cannot live without. Think about it. Is this luxury a novelty that your PBL tribe lives without? How do they do it? How will  you do it?

*Please abide by the rules, regulations, and norms of your school and household. Your health is of utmost importance. Your  self-deprivation experience must be teacher-approved.

Wednesday: EPL Reflections


  • What source did you use that your audience will trust?
  • How can your audience relate to this culture?
  • Is the story from a reliable source?
  • How have you presented an issue that your audience would value?
  • How have you used language that is appropriate for your audience?


  • What facts, quotes, or statistics have you included to support your views?
  • Did you cite your sources?
  • What reasons did you give to support your views?
  • Did you include and explain any jargon?


  • Which emotions did you express in your views?
  • Which emotions of your tribe did you present?
  • How might the vivid, concrete language and emotional examples attract your audience?

You should be able to answer these reflection questions about your PSA.



Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 – HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12)


Honors/AP: Siddhartha Test


PBL’s due

Binder Check:

  • EPL Notes
  • Homework Haiku & Tanka
  • EPL Reflection questions (each student)
  • Annotated Bibliography Notes
  • Autopsy Report Sheet (2nd &  3rd)
  • Gunpowder Empire Notes (2nd & 3rd Block)
  • Buddhist story answers (3rd Block)
  • Siddhartha Study Guides Ch. 5-12 (2nd & 4th)
  • Self-Deprivation Log (2nd & 4th)
  • Columbus Exchange Graphic Organizer (4th)
  • Disease Reading Questions/Answers (4th)


The parallel text for February will be Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The link to the audiobook is here.



January 23-27, 2017

To Contact or Not to Contact

This unit’s Problem Based Learning Project will discuss whether to contact or not to contact civilizations in less- or underdeveloped regions. We have learned the positive and negative effects when cultures collide. Your group will create a PSA (video), an annotated bibliography of research to present to the Humanities classes. Here is the powerpoint to help your group members with the Annotated Bibliography Entries.

Check out this website that lists tribal civilizations. You and your group may use this source and humanities-pbl to select one group to discuss. Remember the PBL is due February 3rd.  The presentations will be February 6 and 7. Please be present.

January 11-20, 2017

All AP and Honors students will read the entire text of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

The audio version is available here.


  • Hinduism Video
  •  Buddhism Notes

Wednesday: Buddhist text, Analects of Confucius

Thursday:  Chinese Poetry Haiku Homework

Friday: Gunpowder era notes


We will have a binder check next Wednesday, January 18. The following items will be on Binder Check 3:

  • Midterm Study Guide
  • Siddhartha anticipation guide
  • Unit 5 Vocabulary (See below)
  • Chinese Dynasty Quiz
  • Chinese History Notes
  • Hinduism Video Notes
  • Gunpowder Notes
  • Siddhartha Discussion Questions Chapters 1-4 (Honors/AP)
  • Age of Exploration Exercises (AP)
  • Religious Theory Notes (AP)

Unit Vocabulary

  1. Nirvana
  2. Om
  3. Brahmin (distinguish from Brahman)
  4. Dynasty
  5. Ottoman Empire
  6. Hinduism
  7. Buddhism
  8. Confucianism
  9. Pagoda
  10. Clause
  11. Phrase
  12. Independent clause
  13. Dependent clause
  14. Run-on sentence
  15. Comma splice