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Quatr.us Study Guides Projects and Articles for mid-September:
YOM KIPPUR: It’s almost time for Yom Kippur! Read about the history of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Find out about challah bread, the history of apples, and the history of honey. What is a synagogue? What’s a rabbi? What do people do for Yom Kippur?
HURRICANES: As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, read up on what causes hurricanes – why is there wind? Why does it rain? What makes thunder and lightning? You can also review the different kinds of clouds – nimbus clouds, cumulus clouds, cirrus clouds, stratus clouds – and check out what causes tornadoes. Make your own tornado in a bottle! And why are hurricanes getting worse? That’s global warming, thankyouverymuch.
Be safe, everybody. And be good to your neighbors.
This week in history:
FALL EQUINOX: September 22nd – Days and nights are the same length – this is the first day of fall. Find out more about why the seasons change.
BATTLE OF SALAMIS: September 22nd, 480 BC – The Athenian navy, under its admiral Themistocles, defeats the navy of the Persian king Xerxes in the Second Persian War. More about the Athenian navy here.
PHILIP AUGUSTUS: September 18th, 1180: When his father Louis VII dies, Philip Augustus becomes king of France. Thanks to the Albigensian Crusade and winning wars against the British, Philip left France much richer than he found it, and much more powerful.
SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: September 21st, 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman on the United States Supreme Court.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK: Celebrate Yom Kippur the way Jewish people do: by forgiving anyone you have been holding a grudge against.
History Gifts – what to get with your Amazon gift card!
Especially check out the last one: The Silence of the Girls – a new novel giving a voice to the women whose voices we don’t hear in the Iliad, especially Briseis.
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What we’ve been working on:
APPLES: We’ve just rewritten and updated our page on the history of apples, so check it out! They’ve done new DNA studies that give us a much better idea about where apples come from, and how they got domesticated in Central Asia and spread all over the world.
New discoveries this week:
OLDEST BEER: It looks like people were making beer before they were farming – like, first they were gathering wild barley and making beer out of it, but then they were like, this is not enough beer, guys, and they started growing it themselves. Why am I not surprised?
WOMAN POTTER: Analysis of the bones of a woman buried in the Bronze Age shows that she was probably a professional potter – based on how her bones are worn out and where she had big muscles. She wasn’t the only one, if so – there’s a red-figure vase that shows another woman potter too.
Seasonal food of the week:
FALL: A hint of frost in the air? Turn to some warm early fall recipes that still use late-summer vegetables like ratatouille, corn fritters, eggplant with ground lamb, zucchini and tomato galette, eggplant moussaka, scallops primavera, or stuffed zucchini. Still cold? Just go ahead and make some quick, easy hot and sour soup.