Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 26 2017 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Registration is Closed!
This is a two semester class, you must register for this class in the fall of the school year.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Pirates, Politics and Poets
Look beyond pirate stereotypes to learn about the real pirates that sailed the sea, and the history of the world they lived in. This class provides in in-depth look at world history, with a touch of political theory and poetry.
Learn about the early Portuguese and Spanish voyages of exploration, and how with the Pope’s assistance they tried to divide the Southern world between themselves. Learn about Ferdinand and Isabella’s policies helped add to the numbers of Barbary Corsairs and how pirates participated in the religious wars during the Reformation, and after. We’ll learn about the interaction between piracy, the various European East-India Companies, and the history of Japan, China and Indonesia.
This is part one of a two semester course. In the second semester we’ll talk about how the English civil war, the Restoration and Glorious Revolution all contributed to different groups of pirates, and why during the American Revolution the British hung American sailors as pirates
There is an optional Minecraft component to this class. Students will be invited to participate on a collaborative minecraft building project, modeling the scene of one of our stories. Minecraft NPCs (non-player-characters) will provide short quests for students to do reviewing bits of the history. Time will be put aside at 11:00am on the first Friday of the month to discuss, plan and work together on the projects. Students wishing to participate will require minecraft for PC/Mac.
Instructor: Christy Knockleby
5-10 students, 8 years and older
Time: Thursdays 11:30am – 12:30am Pacific.
Class schedules also include a one-week semester break, scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.
Week 1. Spanish and Portuguese Divide the World
Week 2. Christopher Columbus & Amerigo Vespucci
Week 3. Spanish Unification and the Barbarossa
Week 4. Reformation and the English Kings
Week 5. English Pirates for Hire – Netherlands and France
Week 6. Mock Debate – Elizabeth’s advisors
Week 7. Search for the North-West-Passage
Week 8. Francis Drake, Raleigh and the Spanish Armada
Week 9. Cervantes & Don Quixote
Week 10. The Barbary Corsairs
Week 11. Trade and Imperialism
Week 12. Colonization and North America
Week 13. The Thirty Years War
Week 14. English Civil War
Week 15. Henry Morgan
Week 1. Review
Week 2. Samuel Pepys
Week 3. Journeying past the Cape of Good Hope
Week 4. The Atlantic Slave Trade
Week 5. Glorious Revolution & The Salem Witch Hunts
Week 6. Golden Age of Piracy begins – Capture of the Ganjisaweaee
Week 7. Golden Age Pirates – Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack
Week 8. Robinson Crusoe
Week 9. The French and Indian Wars
Week 10. American Revolution
Week 11. Haitian Revolution
Week 12. The French Revolution
Week 13. The end of the Barbary Corsairs
Week 14. Abolition movement
Week 15. Wrap-up and review