Friday, March 7, 2014
Because we did not have a quorum today (eleven students were not in class) I have decided to not give an additional reading assignment for the weekend. Please make sure all of your current entries are up to date. This also may be a good time to work on your definitions for your terms and people to know or to begin work on your cover page...[read more]
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Today we completed our study of John Locke by discussing his influential 2nd Treatise of Civil Government. We then were introduced to Voltaire. We spent time in class reading and dissecting his short sketch entitled "Patrie".
For tomorrow you are to read the introduction and chapters 1 - 4 of Voltaire's classic novel Candide and answer...[read more]
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Today we took a test covering everything we have studied so far in the block.
For tomorrow, please read Locke's 2nd Treatise of Civil Government. After you have thoroughly read the essay, select a statement from Locke (a sentence or two is fine) and write a one paragraph response to his idea. I am looking for a thoughtful and...[read more]
Monday, March 3, 2014
After reviewing the work of Newton, we turned our attention to the life and ideas of John Locke.
For tomorrow you are to read his Letter on Toleration and answer the study questions. We will continue our exploration of Locke tomorrow before reviewing for Wednesday's test.
If you have not resubmitted your corrected essay on the...[read more]
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Today we reviewed Francis Bacon and examined the importance of Sir Isaac Newton.
Your homework for Monday includes the following:
Read John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding - we may have a short quiz on the essay, so read the article thoroughly.
Your two-paragraph essay "Francis Bacon's Search for a New Method" is due....[read more]
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Following a short quiz,we today explored the contributions of Francis Bacon. For tomorrow you are to create an artistic representation for your block book of Bacon's metaphor of the true scientist. Using the ant, the spider, and the honey bee, graphically (and artistically) depict Bacon's deeper meaning about the purpose of science....[read more]
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Today we discussed the contributions of Copernicus and Galileo. For tomorrow you are to read the brief article on Francis Bacon and answer the study questions. You may have to read this article two or even three times for understanding. I encourage you to take your time with this exercise in order to truly "get" what the author is saying....[read more]
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today you were introduced to the Great Chain of Being and Aristotelian Scholasticism.
Your homework for tonight is to artistically present the two diagrams of Aristotle's ideas that I gave you in class. These should be neatly drawn using colored pencils. Be sure to title your page Aristotle's Cosmos.
You are also to read the handout...[read more]