Have you heard about Google’s Art Project? Evidently, Google is “mapping” art museums around the world with their street-view technology (think Google Earth). Visit the site here: http://www.googleartproject.com/ and learn all about the cool things you can do with it here http://www.googleartproject.com/c/faq (including zooming in so far that you can see brush strokes!). Bookmark this site; you might need it for paper 3!
Unit II Exam: It was really obvious as I graded the Unit I exam who had taken advantage of the practice exams and who had found the essay questions here on the blog in advance and prepared for them. So, first, let me just remind you to take the practice exams. They matter. Additional tips can be located at http://hum120.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/five-steps-to-success-exams/. Second, re-read this post on how to write essay exams (size matters) here at http://hum120.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/how-to-write-the-essay-questions-on-the-exams/. And then, what you have probably been waiting for: here are Unit II’s exam questions. Please use these as discussion questions this week!
- Compare and contrast the life of a peasant on a manor with that of a town merchant or artisan.
- Discuss the political, social, and religious changes from 1300 to 1500. How did these changes affect the arts of the period? Use at least two examples from painting, architecture, literature, or sculpture.
A few students with the questions in advance for Unit I still had trouble answering them. The issue is not that the material is not available in your book and PPT/YouTube presentations. The issue is that you have to THINK about the answers. Nowhere does it just say “here’s the differences” or “here’s how religion reflected the political changes,” etc. To successfully answer the essay questions (all semester), you must learn the material and process it. You have to think about it and become a critical thinker. To read about critical thinking, visit these websites:
Unit II Paper: The Unit II paper is about architecture. The description of the assignment is on the course Blackboard site and here at http://hum120.wordpress.com/architecture/. A chapter on architecture is on the Bb site, as well, for extra reading / understanding as needed. A student example of this paper is posted here at http://hum120.wordpress.com/architecture/student-example/.
Unit II Extra Credit: Film options for Unit II are available here at http://hum120.wordpress.com/extra-credit/unit-ii-options/. I have never received a paper on one of these films, so I don’t have a student example to share. Please consider writing one! (I recommend Name of the Rose if you haven’t seen any of these.)
Supplemental Materials: I have been searching Youtube for other interesting videos for this Unit, and I have found the following that you might watch for supplemental assistance.
- Medieval Europe: Castle Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Fn2WtXfis&feature=related
- Medieval Castles with Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioGvEA_KNc4
- Medieval Europe: Feudalism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCPp7XWZfHo&feature=related
- Medieval Europe: Design of a Castle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_w4FGgOVsM&feature=related
- Medieval Europe: Religion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2t3S8jp8w&feature=related
- Inside the Medieval Mind (multiple videos; begin here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QcQWhqIQfw
(multiple videos; begin here)
- The Dark of Ages (multiple videos; begin here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLNrxajzGCw&feature=related
- Western Civilization: The Middle Ages (multiple videos; begin here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hEx9-kR5Rs&feature=related
- Medieval Europe: High Middle Ages (multiple videos; begin here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTYPFNs5LP8&feature=related.
Good Luck finishing up Unit II! You can do it.
PS: I found another series on Netflix (on demand) set in this time period: Pillars of the Earth. Description: “Like the novel on which it is based, the miniseries centers on the construction of a cathedral in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge during a tumultuous period of English history known as The Anarchy in the 12th century.” Evidently, there were 8 episodes last year, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe. You can read more about the book by Ken Follett at http://www.ken-follett.com/bibliography/the_pillars_of_the_earth.html.