Monthly Archives: March 2013

Grade 9 ~ Latin America Life and Revolutions

The first part of April we turn our attention to America. For some background information watch:

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History

The Columbian Exchange: Crash Course World History #23

… and most importantly watch:

Latin American Revolutions: Crash Course World History #31

Then we will learn about Nationalism, Imperialism, and Wars!



Grade 9 ~ The Revolution in Haiti


Be prepared to answer these questions for an exam on Friday.

(Given as a study guide on Thursday, March 20, 2013.)

Who was the first to colonize Haiti?

What animals did they leave?

How did pirates influence Haiti?

What were the 4 groups on Haiti?

What was the economy based on?

How did the French Revolution affect Haiti?

Who did different colonial powers support?

Who were important people in the revolution?


This week we are looking at the Columbian Exchange

Here is and interesting link on the new foods that came to the New World:

American animals:


European explorers set out to find routes to Asia, but their discovery of new lands and new peoples had an effect they never imagined. The exchange of plants, animals, and ideas between the New World (the Americas) and the Old World (Europe) is known as the Columbian Exchange. It changed lives in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Old World Plants and Animals

One exchange to occur was the introduction of new plants to the Americas. When European explorers went to the Americas, they took seeds to plant crops. Bananas and sugarcane, originally from Asia, grew well in the warm, humid climate of some of the places where the Spanish and Portuguese settled. Europeans also planted oranges, onions, and lettuce. Europeans also brought new animals to the Americas. Domesticated animals such as cows, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens all arrived in the New World with the Spanish.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the people of the Americas didn’t have many domesticated animals. Even accidental exchanges occurred sometimes. Europeans unknowingly took some plants, animals, and diseases to the Americas. For example, rats hid on ships, and explorers carried germs for diseases such as measles and smallpox.

New World Plants and Animals

While Europeans introduced plants and animals to the New World, they also found plants and animals there they had never seen before. They took samples back to Europe as well as to Africa and Asia.This exchange of plants changed the eating habits of people around the world. For example, Europeans hadn’t tried tomatoes until explorers brought them from the Americas. Now they are a primary ingredient in Italian food. Europeans also took back potatoes, beans, squash, avocados, pineapples, tobacco, and chili peppers. Even chocolate came from the Americas.

Europeans also carried New World products to other parts of the world. In this way, the Columbian Exchange affected Africa and Asia.Many plants from the Americas also grew well in West Africa and Asia. Sweet potatoes, peanuts, and tomatoes became staples in African cooking. American fruits such as pineapple became popular in India. In China, peanuts and maize became major crops.

Along with plants and animals, Europeans introduced their ideas, culture, and technology to the places they explored. People in Asia, Africa, and the Americas all learned new ways of living and working.

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Some of the biggest cultural changes Europeans brought to places they conquered were in religion and language. Christians set out to convert people to their religion. Missionaries went to Asia and Africa, and they also worked to convert American Indians to Christianity. In some places, their religion blended with native traditions to create new kinds of religious practices. In addition to spreading Christianity, missionaries ran schools. They taught their European languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The Impact Today


Besides religion and language, Europeans introduced new technologies. They took guns and steel to parts of Africa. In the Americas, they introduced guns and steel, as well as ways to use the wheel. Europeans also introduced the idea of using animals as technology. They brought horses, which were good for transportation and for carrying heavy loads. Oxen could be used to plow fields. People also learned to make candles from cow fat. European ideas also changed industries in the Americas. For example, animals were used to carry silver from mines. The introduction of sheep and sugarcane also created new industries. People began to make new kinds of textiles and to grow sugarcane on plantations, or large farms.


Grade 7 ~ Physical Geography of Europe and Countries of Europe.


You should know the major geographical features of Europe. Be sure you can label the mountains, rivers, seas, peninsulas, and countries of Europe. What geographical features form the boarders of Europe?

Bring materials from home to build a model of Europe that will show the physical geography of Europe. You will need poster board, egg cartons, markers, paint, and any other material they you think will help you make a map of Europe showing it’s topography.

Grade 8 ~ The Phoenicians

Please review these links:

Be able to answer the following questions:

  1. Who were the Phoenicians?                    
  2. Where did they live?
  3. What did they make?
  4. How did they use their resources?
  5. Where did they trade and establish colonies?
  6. What was their most important colony?
  7. Who lived to the south of them?
  8. Draw a map of the Mediterranean that shows where they lived and traded.

Grade 9 ~ The Haitian Revolution

From 1700 to 1900 might be called the Age of Revolutions. The most important of these revolutions was the Industrial Revolution which changed the way we live and made our modern life style possible. We have learned about political revolutions like the Amerivan and French Revolutions and now we turn our attention to the Revolution in Haiti. Please watch Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30

Also study this site, Haiti revolution: