National History Day
Alexander the Great
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Alexander the Great
I don't believe I'd do very well in the place where Alexander the Great
was raised. In Macedon you did
not fully become a man until you passed the key manhood test of
hunting and killing, without a net, one of the ferocious wild boar that
roamed the heights of upper (western) Macedonia. Only then could you
recline - as opposed to sit - when participating in the daily ritual of
the symposium. This was the regular evening drinking party, at which and
through which the Macedonian elite celebrated together and mutually
confirmed their elevated social and political status. Back to the boar
for a second. Have you ever really looked at a wild boar? Pictured at
right behind the mountain of teeth and fur, aka, a wild boar, are three
Macedonians. Alexander did not have a gun. They hadn't been invented
Another kind of hunting - the killing of an enemy in battle - entitled a
Macedonian to wear a special kind of belt, as a visual reminder of his
attainment. Alexander had passed both those tests triumphantly by the
age of 16 (in 340 BC), when his father thought him already sufficiently
mature to act as regent of Macedon.
After securing the throne and getting all of Greece under
his control, Alexander turned east to conquer more of the civilized
world. He moved swiftly using his military genius to win battle after
battle conquering many peoples and rapidly expanding the Greek empire.
Then it was look out Persia, here comes Alexander the soon to be great!
Remember now, he's a guy in his 20s and he commands tens of thousands of
troops and takes over three of the four great river civilizations' area.
That's huge! Here are his conquests:
At this point Alexander had accumulated one of the
largest empires in history. However, his soldiers were ready to revolt.
They wanted to return home to see their wives and children. Alexander
agreed and his army turned back. On
the way home he got sick and died. Or is there more to the story?
- First he moved through Asia Minor and what is
- He took over Syria defeating the Persian
Army at Issus and then
laying siege to Tyre.
- Next, he conquered Egypt and established Alexandria as the
- After Egypt came Babylonia and Persia, including the city of
- Then he moved through Persia and began to prepare for a campaign
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are Essential Skills an integral part of this class?
The World History class at Oxbridge Academy is a challenging course
that focuses on integrating and incorporating 21st Century
Skills across all curricular disciplines. Descriptions of what constitute
essential 21st century skills are plentiful. As society changes, the
skills needed to deal with the
complexities of life also change. The 21st century skills framework
was developed using the latest research from a variety of sources and
(1) technology literacy
(2) financial literacy
(3) health literacy
(4) employability skills
(5) civic literacy
Within this 21st century skill framework there are common strands, or
learning skills, that will allow students to thrive in the world of work
and to be productive entrepreneurial citizens. Tony Wagner, Harvard
Graduate School of Education, and a guest at an Oxbridge sponsored
symposium held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, labels these
"survival skills" as (1) critical thinking and problem solving;
(2) collaboration and leadership; (3) agility and adaptability; (4)
initiative and entrepreneurialism; (5) effective oral and written communication;
(6) accessing and analyzing information; and (7) curiosity and imagination.
Wagner proposes that schools use academic content to teach these skills
at every grade level, and be accountable for a new standard of rigor.
Paradigms are mental models that filter incoming data. So what? Our competing
successfully in the coming years is dependent on our accepting, no, EMBRACING
change. Our paradigms can prevent us from seeing and dealing with the
one constant of our future: Change.
One problem: People generally
don't like change. Why change if what you've always done has served
you well in the past? Change is scary. Change can be, to misquote Martha
Stewart, "A bad thing."
Our study of
Paradigms begins with Thomas Kuhn and ends with Thomas Friedman.
Along the way we'll see how using our understanding of Paradigms will
equip us to compete in the 21st Century.
In class we
will refer to an old fellow named Zig Ziglar. He's a guy that
made a lot of money motivating people to do the incredible things we're
all capable of achieving. Over the years everyone from NFL teams to
Fortune 500 companies have employed him. If you've ever heard of Tony
Robbins then you have an idea of what Zig is all about. It may be corny
He'll explain the
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not so secret formula:
we graded in WHttA ?
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It is expected that assignments will
be submitted when due. It is understood that there are extenuating circumstances
that may preclude this from happening. Students will conference with
the teacher when this situation arises. A case by case review will be
in effect. Otherwise, a grade reduction of 10% per day may be imposed.