Hittite, Harappa, Olmec, Shang, Mycenaean
These are just a few of the ancient civilizations students are studying in faculty member Tyler’s freshman World History class at White Mountain. The other day, I had the chance to sit in on this class. Students were preparing for a presentation and working on finding credible sources and information to include. To start the class off, Tyler reviewed and offered suggestions on what they should include on how they should spend their time working.
Location and geography, size and population, aspects of culture like architecture and art work. As a history geek, I find this stuff fascinating. I spent a whole week in high school obsessing over cities like Pompeii and Atlantis after finding out that they once existed, and there were ruins to prove it. I love that ruins are like a time capsule, taking us back in time and giving us a peak into what life was like.
As students got to work, I circled the room and asked students which civilization they had chosen to study. I became quite captivated with Nathaniel Clement’s ‘20 presentation on the Hittites. After speaking with him for a bit, I confessed that the group had only sounded familiar because I had come across the name in the Bible. He confirmed this and proceeded to tell me more interesting facts about the Hittites and their civilization of the BC time period. Engaged and fully present, with Tyler making the occasional check-in, students were still hard at work when I snuck out a few minutes later.
In a span of 15 minutes, I learned a lot about words that I still cannot pronounce. I do know that I’m looking forward to reading and looking at some of the final presentations though. Hopefully by then, I’ll have a better grasp on the pronunciation.
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By: Sarah Wilfred, Director of Communications