Summer Reading for AP World History

Click this link to see: Six Glasses Information, Reading Check Questions, Notes over the book, and Video Lectures by Mr. Duez over the entire book

Welcome to WHAP young Jedi. This is a monumental undertaking that you are about to embark on with, what for many of you is, your first REAL Advanced Placement class. As you have already been forewarned, this is a class that will challenge you to the highest level. Do not let the challenge deter you. You can do it. But it takes hard work.
Believe it or not, that's actually 6 Glasses being read at the beach. I kid you not.
Personally I have just finished the best year of teaching in my career. The students who have blazed a trail before you the previous three years have helped me to create a class where I am certain these things WILL happen:
1. You will learn how to work at a college level.
2. You will write more in this class than any class you have ever had before.
3. You will become skilled in the art and science of analytically thinking through difficult questions and superbly stating your answer when writing a thesis to argue a historical point.
4. You WILL be prepared for the AP World History Test on May 15, 2014. (A mere 341 days, as I write this)
5. You will learn things about the world, history, culture, conflict, and the human condition that you did not know before.
6. You will have fun doing it, but the struggle will not be easy.
The best way to prepare yourself is to get the summer read: "A History of the World in Six Glasses" by Tom Standage and have it read and understood by the first day of school. We will spend the first 10 days discussing the book, learning how Advanced Placement functions, and introducing you to the fast-paced and incredible world of AP World History.

We will have a 6 Glasses quiz on the 1st day of the second week (Mon).
The 6 Glasses test is the first block day (the following Wed/Thu).

These tests and quizzes are not meant to crush you, wean the weak out of this class, or punish those who could not understand the summer reading on their own. The quiz and test are exactly like the ones we will take while studying "The Ways of the World" by Robert W. Strayer during the school year. They are meant to support the outside of class work you will do (and that is a lot!) and prepare you for a very rigorous AP Test in May.

As I mentioned earlier, you will be ready.

The summer reading takes you through the entire course of history that we are preparing to study. It is a wonderful way to prep for the year. Good luck and please feel free to email me if you have any questions:

Even though it is summer, I don't mind answering emails. I would rather do so now than have confused and intimidated students on the first day of class.

Mr. Duez's Advice to Freshmen About to Enter WHAP

YouTube: Mr. Duez's Advice to Freshmen About to Enter WHAP

Published on May 27, 2015
Mr. Duez talks to freshmen students about the opportunity of taking AP World History, the summer reading, and tips on how to prepare for WHAP. 

Make the best of your summer. Come to WHAP ready to hit the ground running.

Link to all the information for the Summer Reading - A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage

Google Docs Slides Presentation: WHAP-INTRO-CURRENT-FRESHMEN

Pictures of the Year - Spring 2015

It was a great year! Thank you all so very much.

Safe travels this summer. Stop by and see me next year.

Hope to see some in AP Psychology. :)

Randy Pausch: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Today during our last class together, I mentioned Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture. Thanks to the awesome technology our of school, I was unable to show you some of the things I wished I could first hand and with me there to discuss it with you. However, I got as much in as I could. And I wanted to share the video out with you so that you could understand more fully what I was referring to.

YouTube: Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Life Lessons from The Last Lecture:
1. People are more important than things.
2. Decide if you're a Tigger or Eeyore.
3. Never underestimate the importance of having fun.
4. Work and play well with others.
5. Live with integrity.
6. Tell the truth.
7. Apologize properly.
8. If you wait long enough, anyone will show you their good side.
9. Show gratitude.
10. Don't complain, just work harder.

Agenda: May 26 - June 4 - Last 2 weeks!

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Genocide: Rwanda & Legacy; Local Houston History; Video Project
Review Week & Final Exams
WEEK at a Glance:
Tue May 26 - Fri May 29
MON - No School - Memorial Day
TUE - Collect Movie Questions; Hotel Rwanda: Look back at what we learned; Genocide Prevention; Video Project Discussion
WED/THU - Video Project discussion; Local Houston/Humble/Atascocita History
FRI - Extra Credit Due; Video Project Due; Local Houston/Humble/Atascocita History; Review for Final Exams

Week of Monday - Thursday, June 1-4
 Last week of the school year...
MON & TUE - Review; Watch any Video Projects; Sign Exemptions
WED - Finals
THU - Finals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Quote: "And we shall shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun." - John Lennon

1. DO NOW: Could a genocide ever happen in the United States? Why/Why Not?
--Prepare Hotel Rwanda Questions/Answers we will turn them in this period--
2. Rwandan Genocide Notes, Video, & Discussion.
3. Rwanda Today: Video, Notes,  Discussion.
4. Turn in Hotel Rwanda Questions.
5. Video Project - Questions/Time to work in groups.

Genocide Today:
Where are there trouble spots? 
South Sudan: In July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest country after its citizens voted for independence from Sudan. The country faces great challenges as it seeks to build its democratic institutions, overcome a history of internal conflict based on ethnicity, and resolve ongoing tensions with Sudan over the region’s oil resources. Since the 1950s, the Arab-dominated government of Sudan has tried to impose its control on African minorities on the country’s periphery. More than 2.5 million civilians have been killed in a succession of brutal conflicts—between north and south, in Darfur in the west, and in other regions.

Syria: Since its outbreak in April 2011, the conflict in Syria has already cost well over 100,000 lives, displaced millions, and involved numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity. Its increasing sectarian nature puts certain regions and peoples at risk of genocide.

How can I do anything about it?
“Never Again!” That’s what leaders in the United States and throughout the world declared after the Holocaust. Yet tragically, in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur millions of people lost their lives, lost their families or were forced to flee their homes. History doesn't have to keep repeating itself. The powerful movement in response to the Darfur genocide showed us that by acting together, we can compel our elected leaders to act on their responsibility to protect innocent men, women and children from brutal regimes. We believe that, working together, we can prevent mass atrocities and we can end genocide by:
  • Sounding the alarm and demanding action;
  • Stopping the enablers of genocide and mass atrocities; and
  • Making genocide prevention a core value in U.S. foreign policy.
Genocide Prevention Task Force (Part of the US Holocaust Museum):
The Genocide Prevention Task Force was launched in November 2007, and released its report to the public on December 8, 2008. Co-chaired by Madeleine K. Albright and William S. Cohen, the task force was co-convened by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and the US Institute of Peace, and it was funded by private foundations. Its purpose was to spotlight genocide prevention as a national priority, and develop practical policy recommendations to enhance the capacity of the US government to respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 & Thursday, May 28, 2015
Quote: "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do." - Benjamin Franklin

1. DO NOW: Why is Humble called Humble anyway?
2. Local History Unit: Discuss Houston, Humble, & Atascocita History.
3. Video Project: Discussion/Group work to prepare. Due Friday.
4. Discuss Final Exam in WHAP.
If Time Permits: AP Psychology Class Preview.
Houston is developing quite a great reputation across the country. 
Friday, May 29, 2015
Quote: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein

1. DO NOW: Prepare extra credit ~ both video project
2. Local History Unit: Discuss Houston, Humble, & Atascocita History.
3. Psychology Class Preview.
4. Discuss Final Exam in WHAP.
5. Work on Video Project with Mr. Duez
I will forever miss you my boy. RIP: Gryffindor Duez, the Gryffa-Gryff!
Monday, June 1, 2013
Quote“People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.” - George Carlin

1. Work on video project with Mr. Duez
2. Local History Unit: Discuss Galveston, Houston, Humble, & Atascocita History.
3. Psychology Class Preview.
4. Discuss Final Exam in WHAP.
5. Work on Video Project with Mr. Duez

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 -- Through -- Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Quote: “As they say in my hometown, Don't Forget To Be Awesome." - John Green

Thanks for a GREAT SEMESTER! 

1. Final Exams