Imagine. You are an old woman in the 15th century. There is a dog in the village, presumed dead. But you know different. You take the dog home and heal it. Then you are burned at the stake for being a witch.
This was actually quite a common occurrence in the Dark Ages. People were afraid of change, so they outcasted the ones who inspired change. This has happened since the beginning of time, and still occurs today.
We did a project on this (of course). We started as teens in 14th century Italy. For a few weeks, we had different lessons on the Middle Ages. Black Death, Martin Luther, Feudalism, the Crusades, etc. A blog post too, a bunch of reading and guided notes. It was all quite fascinating.
Then we got into the nitty gritty. The Notebook. Don’t laugh, I’m not talking about the movie. No, I’m talking about books. Defence, agriculture and the environment, transportation, communication, and science and medicine. Five topics, five groups. I was put in the agriculture and the environment group. We used Book Creator for our book, the only group to do so.
It wasn’t as easy as you would think. Tons of research, photos, colour schemes, etc. And that was just the individual pages. We also needed to make a intro, conclusion, table of contents, and bibliography. And you know who had to do most of that cause it was on their iPad? Me. Since it was on my iPad, for homework when we hadn’t finishec if. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of my group was great. We all did a lot. I owe a lot to Raina, Owen and Jamie, cause I went away halfway through the project. I am very proud of how it turned out.
But we weren’t finished there, oh no. No, we had to be ‘forward thinking’ and invent something that would ld help our industry. We wouldn’t have to actually be able to make the thing, maybe a model. Not just inventing it either. We had to create a keynote to pitch the idea (I will not be including the keynote because it will not make sense without the presentation notes).
So we created ‘The Treebot’. The Treebot is a very advanced invention, the technology not yet available. The Treebot removes the need for fruit tree labourers, by being able to pick its own fruit. It would be a metal piece in the branch of the trees, specifically in the cambium layer. The tree would adapt to movement, and help the world as a whole!
I was away for a lot of this project, but I learned tons. The keynote portion taught me about revising, and making things realistic. But overal, I had a lot of fun with this.
I hope you enjoyed learning about change!