• TAPopedia

Welcome to TAPopedia!!! This is the place where Minooka TAP students write their own travel guide.

TAPopedia is a lot like Wikipedia, except it is just for us. TAP members will be asked to research topics related to the places we travel. When they find out great information, we'll create a page for that topic. Then, as any other kids find information about that topic, we'll add to the TAPopedia page - changing, editing, and updating our page until we have an article we feel is good enough for our book.

TAPopedia can be viewed by anyone, but only be added to and changed by our members. Feel free to add new pages, add information to an existing page, correct information, or edit mistakes at any time.

When we're done, we'll put the TAPopedia into book form, taking it with us on our trip as our very own guidebook. If we all work together to make it great, it will be a fantastic reference for TAP members on any trip.

How to make a TAPopedia Page

Click here for instructions on how to create a new TAPopedia page.

Here's some general guidelines for contributing to TAPopedia:


An entry about an important person should be about 3-5 paragraphs.
  • One section should tell us the basics about who the person is. Things like their job or title, the years they lived, where they're from, and what they're most famous for.
  • The second section should tell us more detail about the thing they're most famous for. For example, if they're an author - what did they write, if they're a general - where/when did they fight, if they're a ruler - what/how/who did they lead.
  • The last section should be details about what they did or how they affected the specific area of the world we're visiting (city, country, or region).


If you're writing an entry about a place, like a building, a battlefield, a museum, a some sort of tourist attraction, you should also aim for 3-5 paragraphs.
  • Section one should give us the basics. What is that place known for, who built it and why, and when it was built.
  • The next section should cover some of the most famous things that happened there. This could be two or three things.
  • Finally, tell us about what's there today.


When writing about an event in history, you should also fill about 3-5 paragraphs.
  • The first section should tell us who did what, when they did it, where they did it, and why they did it.
  • Next, tell us in a little more detail the important stuff. Dig a little deeper and tell us what happened and why.
  • In the end, let us know how the event impacted or changed life in that area of the world.

Piece of Art or Literature

Sometimes we'll write about a book, a painting, a statue or sculpture, a play, an opera, a type of dance or music, or a poem. In these cases it will usually take 3-5 paragraphs to give enough information.
  • The first thing you need to tell us is the title of the piece, who created it, when, where, and maybe even why or how.
  • After that, give us a synopsis of the story (if it's a piece of writing) or the story behind it (if it's a painting or sculpture).
  • Finally, tell us what that piece of art means to the culture we're studying.

An Animal

We always like to know more about the unique wildlife we'll see on tour. When covering an animal topic, you should write around 3-5 paragraphs. Sometimes we will give a topic that focuses closer on an animal (ex: elephants - habitat. This would be 3-5 paragraphs just on the habitat of the elephant), when given a broader animal topic, you should cover...
  • First give general information about the animal (appearance, sub-species that we're likely to see, classifications...)
  • Next, tell us about the family groupings for the animals.
  • Tell us about the habitat or environment they live in.
  • Next tell us about mating, child rearing, and growing up.
  • The next section will be about the animal's diet, hunting, scavenging, and if there are any predators for them.
  • Finally, tell us about the population of the animal and any conservation issues that are going on.


One of the best things about traveling the world is trying new foods. We love to include articles about regional delicacies so we can try them out while on tour.
  • Give us the basics of what the food is and any relevant history about where it comes from, who made/makes it, and similar dishes we can find elsewhere.
  • Tell us how this food is made (not a recipe or list of ingredients, but a description).
  • Finally, tell where we are likely to find this food while on tour.

Topics with a name next to them have been assigned and should be completed by the next meeting.
Topics that are crossed off are complete.

Topics That need to be Written for the Peru 2017 Book:


  1. Peru - Elyssa Gapinski
  2. Peruvian Flag - Aidan Soprych
  3. Andes Mountains - Elyssa Gapinski
  4. Amazon Rainforest - McLean Holmes
  5. Amazon River - Brianne Phillips
  6. Ecological Tourism - Elyssa Gapinski
  7. The Norte Chico civilization - CJ Moody
  8. Pre-Colombian America - Fabiely Roldan
  9. The Battle of Ayacucho - Brianne Phillips
  10. The Pacaras civilization - Taylor Brown
  11. The Wari civilization - Hannah Jackson
  12. The Chimu civilization - Emma Hall
  13. The Michica civilization - Emma Hall
  14. Peruvian Weaving - Hannah Jackson


  1. pink dolphins - Elli Duensing
  2. jaguar - Bobby Cortesi
  3. giant river otters - McLean Holmes
  4. alpaca - Ceci Carrington


  1. platos criolles - Leah Barys
  2. cuy - Bobby Cortesi
  3. anticucho - Tyler Thompson
  4. cau-cau - Makayla Holmes
  5. mazamorra morada - CJ Moody
  6. arroz con leche - Makayla Holmes
  7. picarones -Leha Barys
  8. chancaca - Lydia Reed
  9. suspiro limeno - Emma Hall


  1. Lima - Joanna James
  2. conquistadors
  3. Francisco Pizarro - Sam Johnsen
  4. Manco Inca
  5. Atahualpa - Taylor Brown
  6. Moche people
  7. Moche ceramic vessels - Lydia Reed
  8. Chavin people
  9. Chavin de Huantar - Faith Gregory
  10. Nazca people - Sam Johsen
  11. The Nazca lines - Lydia Reed
  12. ceviche - Bobby Cortesi
  13. Inca Kola - Elli Duensing
  14. Quinoa breakfast - Hannah Jackson
  15. coca leaf - Shea Clever
  16. chifa
  17. chichi morada
  18. The Government Palace - Tyler Thompson
  19. The Larco Museum - Taylor Brown
  20. Torre Tagle Palce
  21. Casa de Aliaga
  22. Parque de la Reserva
  23. Huaca Pucllana
  24. Huaca Juliana
  25. Miraflores - Taylor Brown
  26. Mario Vargas Llosa (author)
  27. The Latin American Boom
  28. The Archbishop's palace
  29. The Monastery of San Francisco
  30. The Cathedral of Lima - Keaghan Otto
  31. The Walls of Lima - Leah Barys
  32. The Historic Centre of Lima
  33. Plaza Mayor - Zac Myers
  34. The Battle of Cajamarca
  35. The War of the Pacifica
  36. The Paquisha War - Kian Kennedy
  37. The Cenepa War - Joanna James
  38. Fronton (sport) - Kian Kennedy
  39. Plaza de toros de Acho
  40. Peruvian Paso Horses - Lydia Reed


  1. Incan people - Ceci Carrington
  2. Kingdom of Cuzco - Kayla Valuzzi
  3. Quechua culture
  4. Quechua language - Fabiely Roldan
  5. Sacsayhuaman
  6. Killke culture - Bobby Cortesi
  7. Qoricancha
  8. Santo Domingo (church) - Taylor Brown
  9. Cristo Blanco - Taylor Brown
  10. Plaza de Armas (Cuzco)
  11. Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
  12. Inti - Brian Cottingim
  13. Inti Raymi
  14. King Pachacuteq/Monumento Pachacuteq
  15. Toa Inca Yupanqui
  16. Sapa Inca
  17. Huascar
  18. San Pedro Market
  19. Sapo (game) - Taylor Brown
  20. Qenko
  21. Pakapukara
  22. Tambomchay
  23. sopa de zapallo (soup) - Keaghan Otto
  24. Lomo saltado
  25. Alpaca (as a food)
  26. aji de gallina
  27. papa rellena
  28. The Bourbon Reforms
  29. Tupac Amaru II
  30. Peruvian War of Independence - Keaghan Otto
  31. Jose de San Martin - Zac Myers
  32. Army of the Andes
  33. Simon Bolivar - Zac Myers
  34. Battle of Carabobo
  35. Battle of Pichincha - Keaghan Otto
  36. Shrunken Heads that Taylor is obsessed with - Taylor Brown

Machu Picchu

  1. Machu Picchu - Elyssa Gapinski
  2. The Inca Trail - Kayla Valuzzi
  3. Hiram Bingham - Elyssa Gapinski
  4. Incan Empire - Joanna James
  5. smallpox - Brian Cottingim
  6. Vitcos
  7. Gene savoy
  8. Intihuatana (at Machu Picchu)
  9. The Temple of the sun (at Maccu Picchu) - Elli Duensing
  10. Sun Gate (at MP) - Elli Duensing
  11. The Room with the Three Windows (at MP) - Aiden Soprych
  12. The Temple of the Condor (at MP) - Taylor Brown
  13. Royal Feast of the Sun - Joanna James
  14. spectacled bear - Shea Clever
  15. Cock-of-the-rocks or tunqui - Bobby Cortesi
  16. tankas - Kian Kennedy
  17. wildcats - Leah Barys
  18. Wayna Picchu
  19. Templo de la Luna - Zac Myers
  20. Gran Caverne
  21. Secret of the Incas (movie) - Hannah Jackson
  22. Motorcycle Diaries (book/movie) - Sam Johnsen
  23. Che Guevara


  1. Ollantaytambo - Fabiely Roldan
  2. Viracocha (god) - Brian Cottingim
  3. Vilcabamba
  4. Neo Inca State
  5. The Sacred Valley - Kayla Valuzzi
  6. The Ruins of Ollantaytambo
  7. Pinkullyvna
  8. Plaza de Armas (Ollantaytambo)
  9. Temple Hill - Kian Kennedy
  10. agricultural terraces/terrace farming - Aiden Soprych
  11. Battle of Ollantaytambo
  12. Hernando Pizarro


  1. Puno - Joanna James
  2. Lake Titicaca - Brian Cottingim
  3. Aymara culture - Elyssa Gapinski
  4. Floating islands - Kayla Valuzzi
  5. Puma statue in Puno
  6. Pumas - Shea Clever
  7. Condor statue on Puno
  8. Condors - Shae Clever
  9. Llamas - Aidan Soprych
  10. Isla Taquille

break each city down into pre-Inca, Inca, Spanish, independence, modern
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