Class Agenda #1 – Revolution Introduction


  • I can ask factual, interpretive, and evaluative questions to drive learning.
  • I can think about how following the norms of this class will benefit me.

Opening Circle- Seated

  • Whip 1- Introduction, Name, Grade


  • More Independent Writing
  • Preparing you for a Freshman 101 Expository Writing or Lit Course that most colleges require.
  • Regular School Norms- Leave No Trace, Be Prompt and ready to think, be responsible for your technology
  • Whip 2- When you hear the word “Revolution” what do you think of?
  • Whip 3- Can you think of any examples of a revolution that you know of?


The word “revolution” has an interesting etymology. When asked by Soviet sociologists what it meant to them, Russian peasants responded “samovol’shchina,” or, roughly, “doing what you want.” In modern adver­tising, “revolutionary” has come to mean “radically new,” and hence, by implication, “improved.” When used in everyday speech, it is another way of saying “drastically different.” From such usage one would hardly suspect that the word had its origins in astronomy and astrology.

“Revolution” derives horn the Latin verb revolvere“to revolve.” It was originally applied to the motions of the planets. Copernicus called his great treatise which displaced the earth from the center of the uni­verse, On the Revolutions of Celestial Bodies. From astronomy, the word passed into the vocabulary of astrologers, who claimed the ability to pre­dict the future horn the study of the heavens. Sixteenth-century astrologers serving princes and generals spoke of “revolution” to desig­nate abrupt and unforeseen events determined by the conjunction of planets-that is, by forces beyond human control. Thus the original sci­entific meaning of the word, conveying regularity and repetitiveness, came, when referring to human affairs, to signify the very opposite, namely, the sudden and unpredictable.

-Richard Pipes

  • Discussion of text.
  • Focus on the word entomology. Where did revolution come from and how did we get to here?

Group Work-

Create a list of as many possible “revolutions” as you can think of. Feel free to use visual representations with labels.

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Syllabus Review- College Writing Syllabus


Exit- After the class discussion today, what does the word revolution mean to you? Put it in your own words.


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