Thursday, January 16, 2014


We've spent the past week "Exploring Economics", and I think that we had some good discussions about entrepreneurship, supply and demand, scarcity, and globalization among other things.  This topic may seem unrelated to the ancient civilizations that we are studying, but we've actually been discussing economics since we did the "Road to Civilization" charts back in October. 

The start of agriculture led to a varied labor force (specialization), the build-up of capital (surplus), and all of this resulted in bartering for goods and services (trade).  Merchants and traders were the first entrepreneurs when they took the risk that their goods would actually allow them to trade for other goods of value.

We're starting the last section on Egypt soon, so let me ask you this - What kind of economic system did they have in ancient Egypt?  What evidence do you have to support your theory?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

A little late, but better late than never, right?  

We have about three weeks remaining in our study of ancient Egypt.  After that, we move onto Greece (and with that comes our next major project)!

It can be tough to re-focus after a two-week break, but second quarter grades are closing soon, so don't take your eye of your studies!  This is actually a great time to buckle down, put some good grades in the book and finish the second quarter on a strong note.

The third and fourth quarters also get a bit more difficult, so this is no time to be taking it easy when it comes to your studies.  Seventh grade teachers will expect a lot more work from you right off the bat, so we need to get you ready for a heavier workload between now and the end of the year.

I've added a Quizlet page to my website so that you can practice vocabulary and ideas.  I only have the terms from this section, but I think that's a good start, since this section has quite a few terms (eleven).  Test yourself when you get a chance - practice makes perfect!