8 History: Resources from Today’s Lesson – Nice Weather for a change Edition (Class Lesson) (Photos) (Video)

Today we had a slight change of scenery.

The cool thing with using iBooks and iTunes U is all the resources we use are easily found and accessed in one place. Videos, information, web links, and more are all contained in the books I make and your responses can easily be stored on iTunes U and the blog.

So, as the sun was shining, I decided that students could work – anywhere!.

Most went out to the croquet lawn (as you see in the pictures below, we are lucky to have such great scenery) and some students stayed in the class (which was eerily quiet but a great place to concentrate).

Below is a video of my intro to the class for those that were away. Also, make sure to answer the iBook Question and place it on the blog and in your iTunes U Course notes.

Here is the link to where you post your answer – 8 History: Holy…Wars? – iBook Student Responses

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6 thoughts on “8 History: Resources from Today’s Lesson – Nice Weather for a change Edition (Class Lesson) (Photos) (Video)

  1. The crusades were a series of eight religious wars fought in the Middle Ages. Jerusalem was a holy city to the the Christians (where Jesus was crucified and ascended to heaven), to the Muslims (where Mohammed ascended to heaven) and to the Jews (“ancient temple built by Solomon). All these religious groups claimed that they had right to control Jerusalem.
    In 600CE, arabs (muslims) took control of Jerusalem. The arabs allowed Christian and Jewish pilgrims to enter the city and even live in the city as long as they payed appropriate taxes. That all changed in about 1095 when a new group of arabs took control of Jerusalem not letting any Jewish or Christian pilgrims enter.
    When this happened Emperor Alexius appealed to Pope Urban II to help him fight his Muslim enemies and set up a crusade to retake Jerusalem. In 1095 the pope called upon christians to rise up and take back Jeruselem. The pope said that if you fourght in Jerusalem (a holy cause) you would be freed of all sins and be let strait into heaven when you died. This was an especially good prospect for peasants who were poor and had no money to give to the church to be forgiven of their sins. For knights this was a good opportunity to use their fighting skills and for all this was an adventure and perhaps get rich. The crusade was a volunteer army made up of about 3,000 men.
    The first crusade was in two expeditions. One, which was known as the Peasants Crusade, which was a violent rabble leaving a trail of destruction all the way to Constantinople. Because it was poorly organized, it was wiped out by the Turks.
    The other expedition was lead by knights. It was much better organized and after having Jerusalem under siege for two months finally took it.
    This was a short victory tough, there was only 50 years of piece until the Muslims rose up and re took Jerusalem, this caused the pope again to call on christians and take back Jerusalem. This crusade lasted from 1147-1149 and was not successful.
    The third crusade lasted from 1189-1192 and was not successful.
    The forth crusade lasted from 1202-1204. Instead of attacking Jerusalem they attacked and pillaged Constantinople.
    There were several more crusades over the next few years. The crusades eventually stopped in 1453.
    I do not think that the crusades were fought just for religious purposes. They may have been fought for religious purposes at the start but they eventually tuned into fights for land, with religion as an excuse.
    I don’t think that anyone had a rightful claim to Jerusalem. They should have shared it and lived in peace… But this will never happen, we are human and will never be able to live in peace.

  2. The Crusades

    The crusades where a series of wars. Fought in the holy lands or Jerusalem, they where fought between the crusaders of Europe, the Muslims of Jerusalem and the Jews of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a holy city to the the Christians (where Jesus was crucified and ascended to heaven), to the Muslims (where Mohammed ascended to heaven) and to the Jews (“ancient temple built by Solomon). All these religious groups claimed that they had right to control Jerusalem. In around 600CE, muslims took control of Jerusalem. The muslims allowed Christian and Jewish pilgrims to enter the city and even live in the city as long as they payed appropriate taxes. That all changed in about 1095 when a new group of muslims took control of Jerusalem not letting any Jewish or Christian pilgrims enter. The pope decided that this was not allowed so he sent Christian solders and so begin the first crusades. The first crusade was in two parts The first crusade was in two expeditions. The first one was known as the Peasants Crusade, because it was made up of peasants, this was basically just a violent unorganised rabble leaving a trail of destruction all the way to Constantinople. Because it was poorly organised, it was wiped out by the Turks. The other crusades was lead by knights. It was much better organised and after having Jerusalem under siege for two months finally took it. Unfortunately after only 50 years the Muslims retook Jerusalem in around the 1140s. The pope once again called for a crusade but it was unsuccessful. The third crusade was all so unsuccessful but the during the fourth crusade the crusaders attacked and pillaged Constantinople there where several more crusades over next few years. The crusades eventually stopped in 1453. The crusades may of started because of religion but by the end that was just an excuse and the fighting was just about land and money. I don’t think anyone has a right to the city but if I had to pick one I would pick the Jews because they didn’t actually do any fighting.

  3. The crusades were a series of wars fought between three religions. The Christians, Muslims and Jews.

    The Christians fought to claim Jerusalem from the Muslims because it was and still is a holy place for them. This is because it was where Jesus was crucified and ascended to heaven.

    The Muslims fought to protect Jerusalem from the invading Christians, Jerusalem is also a holy place for Muslim people. This is because It was where Muhammed ascended to heaven.

    The Jews also fought to protect Jerusalem form the Crusaders but were not ‘on the side’ of the Muslims. They simply did not want Jerusalem to become a Christian only place. It was a holy place for Jews because it was a
    Site where there was a temple built by Solomon.

    Jerusalem was an important city because there were so many religions considering it a holy place.

    The Christians of Europe were eager to fight in Jerusalem because the pope told them that if they fought they would go to heaven when they died.

    I believe that the Muslims and Jews had the rightful claim because they never tried to control it completely, they allowed others to come freely.

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