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Memphis Homeschool

Enrichment Cooperative


Origin Story/Big History Week 2

Posted by Tanji on August 31, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Hello, Scholars!


I am following up from Tuesday's class (August 25) to review what opportunities you have for learning at home this week in preparation for our next co-op day.


The learning materials used throughout the course are found on We will be using this site every week so I hope you become very familiar with navigating through it. If you haven't done so already, it is necessary to get on the website and "join a class," using our unique class code given out last week. Here it is again: SBGQBY.


Register a username, password and email address, then you will be directed to check your email for a message linking you directly to the Big History class materials. Click on it, and you are in! After that, just log onto the site using the password you created in your registration process. Less than half of our scholars had the opportunity to do that last week, so I would encourage you to make time at your earliest convenience.


The class is divided into 10 units. Each unit offers several lessons which include videos, activities and articles. We are on unit 1, obviously, and have introduced lessons 1.0 and 1.1 in class. There are videos in each of those lessons you will enjoy watching a lot. There is also a quiz at the end of each lesson. Take it! There are less than 10 multiple choice/true false questions. No one will see the results. It is for your own benefit and you can take it as many times and you want.


Lesson 1.2 I am asking you to do on your own at home. Very interesting! It has articles summarizing the origin stories of 8 cultures -- Greek, Chinese, Efik, Zulu, Iroquois, Mayan, Judeo-Chistian, and Modern Scientific. Each article is extremely short! Some are maybe two paragraphs. You might see each file having 9 or so pages, but rest assured, much of it is blank cover pages and illustrations. Whew!


I passed out a worksheet in class entitled: Origin Stories. It is a table for you to fill out that will highlight the differences and any similarities between the stories. Occasionally you will have to put "not enough information" when some piece just isn't covered in the article. If you didn't get that worksheet (Anna and Andrew), it is included in the materials for lesson 1.2 under the file name "Intro to Origin Stories." Bring the completed worksheet to class next week. What? Really? Yes, please.


There is an article entitled: Cosmology and Faith. It is also short -- 3 3/4 pages. I don't even need scientific notation to communicate that. I encourage you to read this and share it with your families for their thoughts. AND lastly, don't forget the quiz for unit 1.2.


Really lastly, finish reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. We will have the book discussion at my house as well as visit a local football field to mark off and photograph ourselves standing on the Big History Timeline. You are finishing up the Big History on a Football Field worksheet, I am confident. If you lost it or, again, did not get it (Anna and Andrew) it is with the materials for lesson 1.1. You can print it out.


You might be thinking that just reading this lengthy email should count as enough homework for one day. Ask your mom. OR take a bathroom break, grab some sustenance, then log onto the Big History website and go exploring! All of this could realistically be done in one afternoon. I think you will love it!


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