The temple of Angkor Wat, the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the famous statues on Easter Island were all built without the conveniences of modern technology. Ancient peoples didn’t have access to forklifts, hydraulic cranes, or flatbed trucks. So how did they build the temples and statues that we admire today? This question is one of the first I have when I visit an amazing ancient ruin like the ones mentioned here. Read this new National Geographic article I just saw on Facebook to learn how some of these places might have been built. How were they built?
Theo Van Den Hout, a professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, tells us about scribes in Mesopotamia and Anatolia. This short video was made for the Oriental Institute Museum special exhibit “Visible Language: Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East.” In Chapter 3, you will learn about scribes, the people who specialized in writing, the stylus, which is the instrument they used to write on clay tablets, and cuneiform, the wedge-shaped writing. Tell me what you think about it in the comment section. Read more about the development of writing and pictograms on the British Museum’s website on Mesopotamia.
Today we started writing our scripts for our Blabberize activity. You are creating a first-person account on a book you are reading or one you recently read, from the point of view of a main character or the author. Today we had a bit of a rough day with technology and slow wifi…actually, it has been a rough week. Anyway, tomorrow is a new day. and we hope for better success. In the mean time, play around with Blabberize at home, if you would like. Here are some links for directions that are easy to follows. You can use one or more of them. They are more or less the same. If you cannot find an answer in one, you can probably find it in another link below. I recorded the audo through my computer the first time and the second time I tried it, I used an I-Pad app called ‘My Memo.’ You can use anything you want to record the audio, including your phone. Do not embed your blabberize video on your blog, until your teahcer has seen it. You can email your teacher the URL when you are done.
What was your favorite part of UN Day?