Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 20


Porfirio_DiazWhat caused the Mexican Revolution?

In 1877 Porfirio Diaz became president of Mexico. He behaved like a dictator and achieved peace through corrupt means. During this time, the country’s economy fell further into debt. During the 1910 election, Diaz ran again in the last minute and won the race from Francisco Madero. Madero was jailed after Diaz won the election. One year later, Diaz was forced out of the office leading to a ten-year period of political instability. Madero became president in 1911.

Mexican RevolutionWhat happened in the Mexican Revolution?

Three leaders emerged during the Mexican Revolution. They were Emiliano Zapata, Paul Orozco, and Pancho Villa.

Madero’s new administration failed to convince the Senate to give back the land that Diaz had stolen from the peasants; this caused Orozco and Zapata to rebel. In 1913, General Victoriano Huerta emerged by capturing Madero and killing him. Huerta took administration but lost power to Venustiano Carranza who was then elected president. Aldolfo de la Huerta led a rebellion against Carranza, killed him and took his place as interim president. The revolution began to wind down in 1920 when Alvaro Obregon replaced Huerta in an election. Obregon’s presidency marked the end of the Mexican Revolution.

Pancho VillaWho was Pancho Villa?

Pancho Villa was born to the name of Doroteo Arango in Chihuahua, Mexico. Pancho was popular with the people of Mexico because he would share his spoils with the poor. His followers were known as Villistas. During the Mexican Revoluton, Villa won several important victories for the revolutionists. In 1920, Villa was convinced by interim President Adolfo de la Huetra to retire to his home state of Chihuahua. Three years later Villa was shot and killed by assassins.

Emiliano_Zapata,_1914Who was Emiliano Zapata?

Emiliano Zapata was an uneducated landowner who led an army of Indian farmers whose land rights had been denied by Diaz and the politicians that followed him. After President Carranza ordered for Zapata to be killed, Zapata was betrayed by Colonel Jesus Guajardo who shot and killed him.

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Other Resources: Story of the World V. 3, Ch. 35, V.4, Ch. 20; Everything You Need to Know About World History Homework pp. 66-67


38px-EarthAtmosphereBigTroposphere – Lowest portion of the earth’s atmosphere. Its temperature is cooler higher up and warmer further down.

Stratosphere – Second major layer of the earth’s atmosphere. It is stratified in temperature with warmer layers higher up and cooler layers further down.

Mesosphere – The middle part of the atmosphere. The temperature decreases with increasing height.

Thermosphere – In this layer the ultraviolet radiation causes ionization. The temperatures increase with altitude due to absorption of highly energetic solar radiation.

Exosphere – A thin atmosphere like volume surrounding a planet. It is the uppermost layer where the atmosphere thins out and merges with interplanetary space.

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Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework pp. 67-69


(video starts at 37 seconds)



Helping Verb (week 20 starts at 31 seconds)



3rd Declension (starts at 1 minute and 11 seconds)




Mesoamerica 2


Other resources: The Story of the World V. 2, Ch. 32; The Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History p. 281

Fine Arts

Orchestra & Composers

When it comes to Fine Arts the best resource out there is Half a Hundred Acre Wood! She has an entire post dedicated to Orchestra and Composers for weeks 19-24 and with tons of great resources. These resources include free lap book pages, free printable, music, links for additional resources, and much, much more! Be sure to scroll down the page for the resource you want. Click here to be taken there! 🙂

Timeline (week 20 starts at 3 minute and 58 seconds)


History Timeline Song Video with Music Only – Classical Conversations from Eneldo on Vimeo.


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