Monte Verde Mystery
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2012

Scientists have dated Monte Verde, an archaeological site in Chile, as being at least 12,500 years old. Monte Verde is located 10,000 miles south of the Bering Strait, the narrow channel of water between Alaska and Russia.

The Monte Verde findings have caused archaeologists to question how early peoples migrated to this area. Artifacts discovered in North America, in places like Clovis, New Mexico, and the Topper Site in South Carolina have been shown to be "younger" than Monte Verde.

  • If early peoples entered North America via the Bering Land Bridge, how is it possible that a site located close to the bottom of South America have older artifacts than in North America? 
  • Is there another way that early peoples could have migrated to South America?

Write your thoughts and possible explanations below in the blog. Remember to write five or more sentences in your post.

MAIN OBJECTIVE: In this blog post, I will be paying special attention to capitalization in your writing. Remember to capitalize the first word of each sentence andto capitalize cities, countries, oceans, and continents.

Writing an email with a historical question
Deadline: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by 08:00

This week I would like all of you to write an email to my ES Intenational School account for your blog assignment.

Some of you who are new may be asking, "Where can I find Mr. H.'s email?" If you do not remember it, click on the syllabus box in your grade's history dropbar and open up the syllabus in PDF format.

Make sure your email contains the following points:
  1.  The email needs to start with "Dear Mr. Hendricks,"
  2. The first paragraph of the email must give a brief introduction of yourself, including:
    A) Your full name
    B) Your nationality
    C) Your age and birthday
    D) How long have you been a historian (or studied history in school?)
  3. The second paragraph is one that requires some thought and a bit of research. You need to ask any historical question you wish from the history we are going to study this year. Check the syllabus on this website for topics we are covering in class or look at the back of your textbook to see a quick listing of the chapters we will study. You start your second paragraph with, "My historical question that I would like to know the answer to is this: ______________________________?"
  4. The email should conclude with "Sincerely," and your first and last name.

NOTE: To write an excellent question, do your best to be specific on a certain subject, event, or person, and ask questions with "How?" or "Why?"

  • How have The Simpsons changed the face of comedy?
  • Why are The Simpsons yellow?

For fun, you can try and answer The Simpsons questions above on the blog right now and start a debate with your classmates!

BONUS: If your question is "most excellent" in its construction and depth, I will ask you to find a famous historian via the Internet and see if he or she can answer your mind-boggling question. You may earn 1,000 House points if your question is well written and you can find an expert who can provide a suitable answer to it.

What is La Diada?
DEADLINE: Monday, September 17, 2012 by 08:00

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, people across the province of Catalonia will celebrate La Diada.

Do a web search on this Catalan public holiday and answer the following questions on this blog:

  • What is La Diada?
  • What do people traditionally do on this public holiday?
  • Two flags are traditionally seen on La Diada (see below). What are their names in Catalan and what is the difference between them?
  • PREDICT: What connections do you think there may be with La Diada and the American Revolution which we will study this year?

Thank you!

-Mr. Hendricks

Catalan Flag #1

Catalan Flag #2


    The rules are simple:

    1. Check this blog every Monday. Blog writing is part of your homework grade.

    2. Write a comment of 5 sentences or more on the weekly blog post or on another student's response.

    3. Use correct capitalization and punctuation when writing.

    4. Go back and read your comment again OUT LOUD. (This can be to your computer screen or to your dog, if you have one). Edit your mistakes.

    5. Make sure your commentary is clean and respectful.


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