Archive for November, 2011

Critical Question Mapping

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Critical Question Mapping is a “technique for fast learning” developed by scientist and innovation consultsnt Dr. Terry Barnhart.  In critical question mapping, a group led by a facilitator generates the questions that need to be answered in order to accomlish a strategic goal or objective. Then the mass of questions are organized into coherent groupings by the participants ( you can also show connections between groups, sequencing etc. and other relationships).

8th grade students had a strategic objective of “Forming a perfect government”:





Lecture: Forms of Government

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Partially finished lecture focused on the contributions of the ancient Greeks and Romans and then the French Revolution to our understanding of government and the political spectrum.

Will be continued this week.


Unit Vocabulary: Forms of Government & Political Spectrum

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

We are starting a unit on the forms of government and the philosophies of the modern political spectrum. Below is our unit vocabulary by category:

Forms of Government & Related Terms:

Anarchy, Tyranny, Monarchy, Aristocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Republic, Dictatorship, State of Nature, Social Contract, Natural Law, Revolution, Right of Revolution, Sovereign, Popular Sovereignty, State, Nation, Rule-Set

Political Spectrum & Related Terms:

Anarchist, Radical, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Reactionary, Authoritarian, Totalitarian, Libertarian, Populist

Philosophers & Thinkers:

Aristotle, Plato, Polybius, Cicero, Machiavelli, Baron de Montesquieu, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, James Madison, Edmund Burke, Socrates, Ibn Khaldun, Confucius

Forms of Government include the Iron Fist of Tyranny!

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Students have begun learning about Forms of Government: