History Apprentice, Feb.8th


*CATCH-UP WEEK* This is your very last catch up week. Starting next week we’ll be writing the paragraphs and if you don’t have your 4 square filled out correctly and completely it will be much more work when you start actually writing. And remember, writing class is required so if you don’t get writing class work done, you can’t go to journeyman and masters classes.

Please make sure you have all of the following on each page:

  • Complete topic sentence in the middle box
  • 3 topics (one in each box) with 2 subtopics with details under each one. (The example I posted above has 3 subtopics, but don’t stress, you only need 2.)
  • A concluding sentence in the 4th box restating the topic sentence and including the 3 topics.
  • Connecting words in each box to help the flow when you write.


This week will be like NO OTHER in the history of history class. This week you will NOT all be learning the same thing. There is so much happening in the world during our time period (1865-1945!) that we just can’t cover it all. We’ve learned a little of what has happened in America, some of what has happened in Russia and parts of Europe but what about the rest of the world?!

This week you get to choose what country you will be learning about for your assignments. This puts a lot of pressure on YOU because I will not be giving you a specific reading assignment or video assignment — you will need to figure that out based on what you will be studying.

I highly suggest that you use Story of the World as your first resource because that is the book we are using this year for history and the book does a great job giving you an introduction to what’s happening in the world.

I also highly suggest you supplement that reading with online or library research because you are going to want to know more 😉

So FIRST, text me what country you would like to study (435-709-5525) There is a reason we can’t do a sign-up sheet, it has to be top secret. I will let you know if the country you desire has already been chosen so wait to research until you get the go-ahead from me (I promise I text back very quickly). You will be specifically studying what was going on in this country during 1865-1945. You may NOT choose America and if you choose a country that was heavily involved in WW1 and 2 then you may not make your report about that — we’ve already studied WW1 and we will be studying WW2.

SECOND, pull open Story of the World and read the chapters that cover what was happening in your country. Spend at least 1 hour studying, taking notes and learning all you can about the country you chose from whatever resources you want to use. If your country isn’t in STOW that is not a problem, you’ll just need to find all of your own resources.

THIRD, create an engaging presentation about the history of your country. Tell us the highlights of what was going on in that 100 year time span in your country. You may include details about culture, food, etc but give us a good history summary please 🙂 No longer than 3-5 minutes and definetly do not just plan on standing and talking. I encourage you to try a new presentation style that you haven’t done yet this year if you are getting sick of presentations 😉 Spice it up! Make a video, a skit, write an epic poem, create a gorgeous poster, make a diorama, create a quiz game, make a timeline, a slideshow — what else can you come up with?? You will be presenting for the entire class and they will be taking notes.

FOURTH, create a quiz question and text it to me before 7 p.m on Wednesday night so we can still have our “Quiz Time!” with jazz hands. Your quiz question should not be purposefully tricky (remember, they just heard you talk about it, they didn’t study it out for themselves) but it should be about something important to your country.

FIFTH, create 4 geography clues for your country. We’ll be playing a game of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” at the start of your presentation to see which team can figure out WHERE in the world you’ll be taking us in your presentation. An example of your geography clues would be this:


  • Australia – “Carmen is in the Southern Hemisphere. She’s in a country that is also a continent. It’s divided into six states and two territories. The capital is Canberra.”
  • Andes – “Carmen is in the Western Hemisphere, hiking in the longest continental mountain range in the world. This mountain range stretches from Venezuela to Argentina. Cities like Quito and La Paz are located in these mountains.”

ALSO: If you are Garrett, Tommy, Anna and Douglas YOU ARE DOING YOUR COMMERCIAL IN CLASS THIS WEEK. That’s a lot of caps. So don’t forget 🙂

This month we are focusing on how it’s ok to not know all the answers. In my scripture study this week I was struck by how Nephi received the knowledge to build a boat — something he defineintly did not have all the answers to when he set out. It says in Nephi that “the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.” This tells me pretty clearly that Nephi wasn’t given a blueprint downloaded into his brain with all the knowledge and answers he needed. Instead Nephi trusted that the answers would come line upon line. Some answers we may never know or understand in this life but others will be given to use line upon line and it’s on us to be patient and move forward in faith trusting in the knowledge we DO have.

Watch this short video from Elder Bednar and then journal this prompt: When was a time you felt you were led line upon line? What did you learn from that experience? Do you like not knowing all the answers or is it tricky for you? How can you become more confident moving forward with faith even if you don’t have all the answers?

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