1. I printed out the lyrics to "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. I purchased a big piece of poster board and transferred the world events highlighted in the song.
|My hand hurt after writing.|
|What events to you think are important?|
2. We bought a notebook. Please excuse my coffee table. It's "craft central."
|We used a simple composition notebook. Anything works.|
3. One of our summer projects is writing out information on two subjects a day. An essay isn't necessary. In fact, just a few sentences in summary. Sure there are a few subjects that require more, but I'm interested in exposure, not research papers. If Maddie enters a world or American history class in 9th grade and has already been exposed to the Rosenbergs she's ahead of the curve. She already knows the basic story. This notebook is actually something she can even take to school with her and work on when the students have free (computer) time, though it would be great for her to research these subjects from actual books!
|She now knows who Eisenhower is.|
I admit there were several events that I didn't know...and I'm pretty well versed in world history, more than most. I found a great little site discussing, just as I highlight in this post, each point in the song. It's a great cross reference or someplace to go if you, yourself wants to review.
Happy history everyone!
*All rights to the title and subject matter to Billy Joel of course. No copyright infringement intended or implied. I think I've made is really, really, really clear that this is his song and he wrote it. :)