Vocabulary Poster/Presentation Assignment

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Mr. Case
Vocabulary Poster/Presentation Assignment

Overview: We’re starting our study of history with the Scientific Revolution, which is generally viewed as having begun in the early 1500s. Before we start there, however, we need to review some important aspects of earlier history. In this assignment, it’s each student’s job to teach the class one vocabulary term. Each student will make a small poster about the term and present it to the class. After the presentation there will

The poster/presentation assignment is worth 30 points:

Effort—10 points

If it’s clear that you tried hard to make your poster look good, you found solid information about your term, and you’ve made an attempt to find a way to explain your term to the class, you’ll earn 10 points.

Meets Requirements—10 points

If you’ve included all the elements shown in the example on the back of the page and they’re done well, you’ll earn 10 points.

Detail/Creativity—10 points

If you’ve tried to use unique examples and metaphors that will help the term stick in your classmates’ minds, or spent extra time on artistic details of the poster, you’ll earn 10 points. If it’s just like all the others, you’ll probably earn five or six.

Grading Note: If you’re too shy to present your poster to the class, you can still earn full credit for the assignment by coming in to talk to Mr. Case before school or at lunch and asking him to present for you. He’ll need you to explain your poster to him. If you don’t do this before school or at lunch, you’ll lose 4 points from the effort portion of the grade.


There will be a multiple choice quiz on the formal definitions of the terms. It will be worth 33 points.


September 10: Introduction/Sample

September 14: Library and Work Time

September 16: Library first half, Begin presentations second half

September 20: Finish Presentations

September 22: Vocabulary Quiz

Global Studies Vocabulary Terms

Civilization: a society in an advanced state of social development

Economy: a system of production and distribution and consumption

Mesopotamia: the land between the Tigris and Euphrates; site of several ancient civilizations; part of what is now known as Iraq

Monarchy: a form of government in which supreme power is absolutely lodged with an individual

Agriculture: farming: the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

Classical Greece: a culture that was highly advanced and which heavily influenced the cultures of Ancient Rome and still has an enduring effect on Western civilization

Roman Empire: An empire that existed between 85 BC and AD 476; it encompassed territories stretching from Britain and Germany to North Africa and the Persian Gulf

Conquistador: an adventurer (especially one who led the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century)

Crusades: a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns waged by much of Western Christian Europe. The campaigns to restore Christian control of the Holy Land were fought over a period of nearly 200 years, between 1095 and 1291.

Empire: a group of countries under a single authority

Feudalism: Any system that resembles the one used in the middle ages, where the people provided labour and military service to a lord in return for the use of his land.

Islam: a religion based on a belief in one god and the teachings of Muhammad as embodied in the Koran

Judaism: A religion tracing its origin to the Hebrew people of the ancient Middle-East, as documented in their religious writings, the Torah, or Old Testament

Christianity: a religion based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

Triangle Trade: three-directional trade route between Europe, Africa, and the Americas in the 1600s

Columbian Exchange: a dramatically widespread exchange of animal, plants, culture (including slaves), communicable diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western hemispheres Spanish establishment of colonies in New World

Republic: a form of government in which the citizens choose their leaders and the people (or at least a part of its people) have an impact on its government

Renaissance: a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries

Protestant Reformation: a religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant churches

Julius Caesar: a Roman general and statesman. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

Alexander the Great: king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria

Charlemagne: king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons

Martin Luther: a German theologian who led the Reformation; believed that salvation is granted on the basis of faith rather than deeds

Joan of Arc: French heroine and military leader inspired by religious visions to organize French resistance to the English and to have Charles VII crowned king; she was later tried for heresy and burned at the stake

Cleopatra: beautiful and charismatic queen of Egypt; mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony; killed herself to avoid capture by Octavian

Pope Urban II: is most known for starting the First Crusade

Genghis Khan: Mongolian emperor whose empire stretched from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Buddha: was a spiritual teacher in the north eastern region of the Indian subcontinent who founded Buddhism

Confucius: Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophy known a Confucianism

Marco Polo: Italian traveler who explored Asia in the 13th century and served Kublai Khan

Christopher Columbus: Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China

Ferdinand Magellan: Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain; he commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world

William the Conqueror: duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England

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