Reimagining an Ancient Chinese City

One of the first large-scale projects I attempted with my students was to recreate the Tang Dynasty capital city of Chang’an. The lesson turned out wonderfully and it is now a staple of my unit on Medieval China. Today, it becomes the first of my maps to make its way to the…

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On the Road to Timbuktu

In a previous post I described how I intended to support student writing  earlier in the school year by connecting seemingly disparate first semester content objectives by using a time traveling backstory with a steampunk twist. We just finished the first unit in this series and I’d like to share the results.…

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It’s About Time – Blending History, Minecraft, and Steampunk

I am very excited to share a new project idea I am currently exploring and readying for launch on Monday morning. It has taken a considerable amount of my time and focus and I’ll find out soon enough if it was worth it. I ended the past school year on…

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Silent Trade Minecraft Simulation

In Medieval West Africa as well as in other parts of the world at various times, there arose a type of trade that required no party involved in the trade to speak. Early west African kingdoms in Mali and Ghana were fertile grounds for the establishments of trade routes. It…

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MineQuest Building Blocks

The beginning and the end of the school year are two of the most reflective times for a teacher. I begin Tuesday with students and I’ve never been more excited at the start of the school year then I am for this term. A great deal of that is due…

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From WebQuest to MineQuest

I don’t consider myself a gamer by today’s standards, although I have always enjoyed playing games. I bought Pong 1.0 in the seventies, transitioned to being a Dungeon Master for my friends in college, got hooked on Strat-o-matic baseball, early SimCity, and numerous role playing games in the eighties. In the…

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