Skip to main content

A Leap Back in Time

by Abby Ellinghausen and Whitney Smither
      Wondering why several sophomores from MHS are walking around in costumes from a previous time period? It all has to deal with Mr. Burgess’s World History Honors classes.
   “This class is taught primarily through Project-Based Learning (PBL); a process in which the entire process of learning is a project. World history class consists primarily of big projects for a couple reasons. One, the class simply lends itself to projects. Two, in my research of highly effective teaching strategies, PBL allows the teacher to incorporate a multitude of highly effective teaching but also creates opportunities for students to become more engaged in the material. In other words, it moves students from passive to active participants,” history teacher Mr. Burgess said.
    The day students returned from winter vacation, January 8, Mr. Burgess introduced a new project to his classes that dealt with the Renaissance and Reformation time period. The Renaissance and Reformation time period demonstrated itself essentially in sculpture, architecture, painting, writing and later on the emphasis was put on scientific intellectualism and religious humanism. 
    The students examined the Reformation, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and the Enlightment through a series of lectures, writing exercises, interviews, and peer reviews for twenty school days. Their main focus was on answering the driving question throughout the project, when future generations look back upon our time, what do you hope they will see?
   “I like this project more than any of the others, because I believe it helps me understand more about specific people,” sophomore Grant Bailey said.
   The sophomores had the option of working by themselves or in a group made up of no more than four people. Each student was responsible for reenacting a major event in a key leader’s life from the Renaissance times period, describe and analyze its significance, propose a new area of investigation for today’s society, and evaluate contributions to civilization since their passing.
   Another key component of the student’s presentations was dressing like their key leader for the entire school day.
   “I am Catherine, King Henry’s wife. I am against divorce and oppose the divorce Henry wants,” sophomore Natalie Clevenger said.
   Projects were due Friday, February 1 for a peer review. The final rough draft was due this past Monday on February 4. Classes will be presenting from Monday through Thursday in the auditorium in front of Mrs. Kassen’s theatre art classes.  
   Also the top five presentations will have an extra credit option of presenting the projects again during the National Honor Society Induction in April.    

Popular posts from this blog

Homecoming Week Spirit Theme Days

Monday, September 17: Neon & Camouflage Day Tuesday, September 18: Sports/Jersey Day Wednesday, September 19: Super Hero Day Thursday, September 20: Nerd Day Friday, September 21st: Pioneer Pride/Homecoming Shirt

Homecoming Queen Candidates by Abby Cox

Senior Peighton Noel is nominated for queen for winter homecoming court. Noel’s activities include cheerleading, HOSA, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Pulse. Noel’s favorite things include sushi, her best friends, fleetwood mac, and her two dogs. Her love for animals has influenced her to pursue the career of a veterinarian. Noel is being escorted by junior Sam Henderson.
  “Elizabeth Gillin and Taylor Robertson are two of my best friends. I’m so excited to be on court with them. We are all being escorted by my other best friends,” Noel said. photo by Terri Harris
  Senior Taylor Robertson has been nominated for winter homecoming queen. Robertson’s activities include cheerleading, Key Club, Best Buddies, and will soon start unified track. Robertson’s favorite things include mac and cheese, the color yellow, her dogs, music, hair and makeup, and the artist Russ. Robertson enjoys hanging out with her best friends Elizabeth Gillin, Peighton Noel, and Camille Gonzales. Robertson…