58 Emily Discusses Muslim Texts in 1 Minute

October 20, 2017

A quick minute on the history of Muslim texts by 7th Grader Emily.

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56 Feudalism and Medieval Towns Quiz Show Review Game

September 19, 2017

One thing leads to another, I don’t know any other lyric in that song, except for the title. In The same way, I can’t think of how dangerous and uncertain the world must have seemed after the fall of the Roman Empire. Who would have known what songs to sing, where they could find their next meal, avoiding the dangers of thieves and mercenaries, and finding a place to rest their head.

Today I’m joined by Nick, Anna, and Jack from 7th Grade Social Studies.

Welcome to Hauger history POdcast episode 56, discussing Feudalism and Early Medieval Towns of Europe. Please find a study guide below that will be a helpful review for your Social Studies tests or quizzes:

Feudalism Unit Test Mr. Hauger’s Class           

Circle the letter next to the best answer.

  1. What belongs in the empty box to complete the cause-and-effect diagram?

    1. Food and clothing        C. Rights and freedom
    2. Religion and politics        D. Disorder and danger
  2. In the Middle Ages, most Europeans were living:
    1. Under Roman Control            C. Under Greek Control
    2. Pledged to a feudal lord        D. Living in monasteries
  3. The Franks grew powerful because of their new style of war that used
  1. heavy wagons.         C. knights on horseback.
    1. cannons and gunpowder.         D. peasants who threw rocks.
  1. Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne in return for
  1. a gift of land         C. a noble title.
    1. a large supply of food.         D. military support.
  1. For what achievement is Charlemagne most remembered?
  1. He made war against England C. He became the first Christian ruler.
    1. He united much of Europe.        D. He taught his people to write.
  1. A king gave his most important lords fiefs, which were
  1. grants of land.
    1. large celebrations.
    2. war horses.
    3. market licenses.
  1. Who are the men in the picture?
    1. lord and vassal
    2. peasant and serf
    3. merchant and squire
    4. villager and priest
  1. Social class in the Middle Ages was determined mainly by
  1. birth.
    1. wealth.
    2. religion.
    3. education.
  1. What do these medieval items have in common?
    • stone wall
    • castle moat
    • knight’s armor
    1. They describe parts of a church's architecture.
    2. They describe features of a manor house.
    3. They describe forms of military technology.
    4. They describe structures of medieval towns.
  1. Which of the following was a main job of medieval ladies?
    1. managing the household
    2. selling the manor's goods
    3. negotiating with feudal lords
    4. teaching boys to be knights
  2. Pages and squires were boys in training to become
    1. kings
    2. knights.
    3. teachers.
    4. landowners.
  3. Suppose a knight is known for his chivalry. What does that suggest about him? A. He fought with great skill.
    1. He owned a famous manor.
    2. He traveled to many countries.
    3. He followed a code of behavior.


  1. What factor gave Constantinople an advantage in trade?


  1. What were the lives of the unemployed in Constantinople like?
  2. Emperor Justinian I rebuilt Constantinople after what event happened?
  3. The most famous structure Emperor Justinian I built was the ______________  ________________ that he built as a ___________________.
  4. Describe Justinian’s Code.


  1. Fill in the flowchart to show the hierarchy within the Eastern Orthodox Church:
  1. Why did the Byzantine people not want Charlemagne crowned as Holy Roman emperor?


  1. During the Middle Ages, how was the divine liturgy different between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church?
  1. Define iconoclasm and why it occurred.


  1. What happened between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1054?

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Ep 48 Denis Diderot and the Worlds First Encyclopedia

May 1, 2017

Students wrote and recorded this podcast about Denis Diderot, founder and producer of the world's first encyclopedia. 28 volumes directed by one man and a team of Enlightenment thinkers. Tune in and hear two of our 7th graders break down a man of great historical significance. Watch this podcast on YouTube

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Ep. 49 Violet and Clara Talk Thomas Hobbes and His Enlightenment Philosophy

May 1, 2017

The first episode of our "for students by students" series of Hauger History, brought to you by Podbean.com for donating the bandwidth to our class. In this episode 48, Violet and Clara discuss the significance of Enlightenment thinker Thomas Hobbes. Enjoy their notes and presentation. 

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44 The Top 8 Enlightenment Thinkers and Quotes for 7th Grade History

April 19, 2017

Welcome to a 7th Grade Edition of the Hauger History Podcast! Today we explore 8 of the most significant thinkers and philosophers of the Enlightenment! 

1.Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679)

2.John Locke (1632 – 1704)

3.Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778)

4.Baron de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)

5.Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

6.Denis Diderot (1713 – 1784)

7.Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797)

8.Adam Smith (1723 – 1790)

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38 Protestant Reformation Spread and Impact part 2 of 3. Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism

March 7, 2017

This is episode 2 in our 3-part series on the Protestant Reformation for Middle School students. Students have been exploring the spread of ideas following the Renaissancee, and this second edition chimes in with the advancement of Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism. What stayed the same? What changed int he Church? Tune in for a quick overview and study guide foryour test or assessment on the Protestant Reformation, and listen to part one here on YouTube.

Part 2: https://youtu.be/qIoL7OI7H2w


37 The Protestant Reformation, Martin Luthers 95 Theses, and the Great Schism

February 27, 2017

From one Catholic Church, to 33,000 Christian denominations today, the Reformation clearly had a significant impact on the Church's influence, power, and the Great Schism, or split into many segments of Churches around Europe and eventually the world. The impact of this time period is still felt today, and the idea that change could come through social reform was a powerful moment in history. This Martin Luther episode is also on YouTube. Below is a study guide that I hope will help you prepare for your assessment on the Reformation and Martin Luther.  

  1. Where did the word Protestant come from?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. What were two problems the Catholic Church faced during the MIddle Ages?
  3. Describe what was happening when the Church was selling indulgences. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. Along with indulgences, simony was a huge problem during the MIddle Ages. What was Simony? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. True/False: Martin Luther was a German born Catholic very committed to becoming a monk.
  6. True/False: Germany celebrates Reformation day during each calendar year.
  7. True / False:  Everyone agreed on how symbols should fit into religion.
  8. True / False: Letting anyone read the Bible was seen by a good idea by all Church authority members.
  9. True / False: The Anabaptists began to Baptize people at all ages.
  10. True / False: Puritans loved the complexities of the Catholic Church and art like stained glass.
  11. Where did John Wycliffe say Religions guidance should come from?  ____________________________________________________________________________________
  12. What was John Calvin’s influence on the reformation and what did predestination have to do with it? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  13. What was the risk of printing and distributing challenging ideas against the Church during the 1500’s? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________11. Why did people begin to question some Church practices? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________12. Why did the Great Schism weaken the Church? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


  1. Name two things that Martin Luther criticized about the Church in his theses.
  1. ___________________________________________________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________________________________________________
  1. What does the word Reformation mean in this chapter?


  1. true / false Peasants revolted in part because they thought they had God’s support

16 true / false The Jesuits were supporters of the Reformation

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35 History of Valentines Day in Church and Society

February 10, 2017

The History of Valentine's has many hearts and faces, and some of it may be news to you. There are multiple St. Valentine's  in history! It may depend on when or where you were raised, or you may just celebrate the way most people do, with sweets!


Tune in to this special all grades edition of the Hauger History Podcast for a little history on Valentine's Day and its modern practices, projecting that the average person spends more than $150 this year on Valentine's gifts! Thanks for listening. Please subscribe! The video will be live at:https://youtu.be/FZDZX_hvl40 for this podcast. 


34 Florence the Center of the Renaissance for 7th Grade Social Studies Students

February 4, 2017

Florence, Italy, is today's stop on the Hauger history, discussing 1300-1500 advances and wealth from banking, cotton, and wool that allowed patrons and sponsors to send the most brilliant minds in human history to work following their arts and passions. Join us in a discussion of Michelangelo, Da Vince, De Medici, and more exploring the rebirth of the Renaissance through art and culture centered in Florence! We are studying how the growth of trading cities spread Renaissance ideas and culture throughout Europe.  

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30 Muhammads Life and the Origins and Spread of Islam for Middle School Students

January 24, 2017

What do you know about Islam? Maybe that the word Islam comes the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. Maybe you know that it's The fastest growing religion in the world, the center of study for millions in the United States, and a trending topic on Social Media everywhere. In today’s edition of the Hauger History podcast, we separate hype and fiction, and discuss some of the origins of Islam for MIddle School Students.

Thanks for joining us on this 6th grade edition of Hauger HIstory Podcast with Mr. Hauger, I am the second part. Today we discuss the origins and spread of Islam. Thanks for listening, you can find the Hauger History Podcast on YouTube at the Danny Hauger Channel, at Haugerhistory.podbean.com, on itunes, or on Twitter @HaugerHistory. (www.dannyhauger.com

Islam began on the Arabian Peninsula and spread outward. Islamic traders from the Arabian Peninsula who traveled to Persian, Egypt, Spain, and elsewhere brought their religion with them. Islam spread through trade, war, and peace.

Today, more than a billion people around the world practice Islam, and the Middle East, which includes the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the most important regions in the world. In this unit, you will take a closer look at this region.

The prophet Muhammad was born sometime around 570 C.E. (For a Christian reference point, this was about 540 years or so after the time of Jesus. Muhammad taught of a faith called Islam. The word Islam comes the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. Followers of Islam are called Muslim. Muslim is an Arabic word that means one who submits to Allah. Allah is told to be the same God worshipped by the JEws and Christians, who are often referred to as people of the book. Islam shares many of the Old Testament and Christian prophets. Muhammad teaches that he is the seal of the prophets, who is the final messenger with a direct line of communication to teach the will of God.

Muhammad’s birthplace, Mecca, was an ancient place of worship and is sacred ground for Muslims. There are also many relevant locations to Abraham and other Old Testament prophets, building on the history of the people of the book and making reference to it.


Abraham built a house of worship at the site, called the Ka’bah. Over time, people settled near it. By the time of Muhammad’s birth, this settlement, now known as Meccas, was a prosperous city at the crossroads of great trade routes. Muhammad had a difficult time growing up, losing his father, and was sent to live with a family of nomads in the desert. He learned the skills of being a merchant from his family and became a skilled trader, and communicator who won the respect of colleagues and people around him. He married an influential woman at 25 and had several children.

Between 610 and 611 CE, Muhammad had a vision within a cave in the Mountains and was visited by the Angel Gabriel. He was told he was a messenger of God. His teachings were recorded by his followers in the Qur’an, as Muhammad could neither read nor write. Not everyone accepted him readily as a prophet, and he was met with significant resistance. The ideals of charity, peace, and generosity won many people over as Muhammad continued to travel and teach people of his faith. Muhammad led an army to eventually remove all previous idols of worship in Mecca, and did so without battle, after finding loyalty from other clans and tribes who were appreciative of his message.

After Muhammad’s death shortly after, there was disagreement over who should continue to lead the faith, Abu Bakr, the chosen Caliph, or Muslim Ruler, Bakr used military force and converted much of the Arabian Peninsula. Caliph Umar continued to expand territory of Muslim influence after Bakr’s death. Most Muslims, called Sunnis, supported the line of the Caliphate, as leaders of Islam. A split came when Shi’ah Muslims, believed that true leadership could only come from Muhammad’s bloodline through his daughter Fatima, should be acknowledged as the true leaders of the faith.

Many people came to worship and make pilgrimage to the Ka’bah. This still occurs today, as one of the five pillars of Muslim faith, to make at least one trip to Mecca in your life, if you are able.

After Muhammad’s call to faith and diligent work, which was challenged by many at the time, the Ka’bah became a center of Islamic worship as the faith spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

The Qur'an is the holy book of Islam. Its pages record Muhammad's teachings. Eric Von Seggern/Shutterstock

Importance to modern day: In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.

A Pew Research poll in 2015  are predicting a jump from 1.6 to 2.7 billion Muslims by the year 2050 if current trends continue (Becoming nearly 31% of the world’s population).