Monday, August 31, 2020

Elijah Dean's Transcript ~ World Cultures

Elijah's World Culture course was developed to be a special interest course for him in addition to wrapping up a few areas of world history that I felt he had missed. We used numerous resources to complete this course. ~ Elijah watched this 10 minute show geared toward high school students at least three times a week for the entire school year. We occasionally delved deeper into the news that was presented. 

Universal Yums Subscription Box ~ We enjoyed 12 Universal Yums boxes over the year. These boxes are filled with snacks from a different country each month. In addition to the snacks, there is a book that describes the history of each snack, a brief history of the country, a recipe to try at home, a trivia game about the country (Elijah's favorite part of the book), and a few other fun pages that rotate such as a few language words from the given country, puzzles or a suggestion of movies to learn more about the specific country. Elijah always read the entire book and did the activities. We only got around to about six of the recipes. Here is the list of countries he learned about with his Yum boxes.

  • Poland
  • Brazil
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Ukraine
  • Israel
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Philippines
  • Egypt
  • Scotland
Guns, Germs and Steel ~ We watched this series on National Geographic with some further research and discussion from the book of the same name.

Mini Unit studies ~ We used YouTube videos, Internet research and a few books from the library (in which my list was lost). For each mini unit he read a book or two, watched a few documentaries and narrated answers to my questions.
  • The British Empire
  • Mother Teresa
  • The Cold War
  • The Korean War
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
Games ~ He played each of these games dozens of times until the facts were memorized.
  • Professor Noggin ~ Ancient Civilizations
  • Professor Noggin ~ Wonders of the World
  • Timeline ~ Inventions
  • Timeline ~ Classic
  • Timeline ~ Events
Field Trips
  • Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Suwana's Thai Orchid Restaurant
  • Kathmandu Kitchen ~ an authentic Tibetan restaurant
  • The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Movies and Shows ~ 
  • Suffragette (2015)
  • Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
  • The Monument Men (2014)
  • 1917 (2019)
  • Midway (2019)
  • National Geographic ~ "Ancient Egypt"
  • Netflix series ~ "Civilizations"
Books with Homemade Worksheets
  • Who Was Mother Teresa? by Jim Gigliotti
  • Who is the Dalai Lama? by Dana Rau
  • Who is Malala Yousafzai by Dinah Brown
  • Who was Genghis Khan? by Nico Medina
  • Who Was Alexander the Great by Kathryn Waterfield
  • Who Was Fidel Castro? by Sarah Fabiny
  • Who Was Napoleon? by Jim Gigliotti
  • Who Was Winson Churchill? by Ellen Labrecque
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Elijah Dean did all assignments and reading activities. He participated in all field trips and unit study work. He earned an A for this course.

Blessings, Dawn

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading Dean's transcript classes. Wonderful choice of books and movies. I'm stealing a few for our study of Europe this fall. I'm excited to start Europe. It will be our first time through it. The food snack boxes look great. I've toyed with that idea also. I may look into those boxes as well.