AHS Tour of Mr. Duez's Room

Trying something new this year.
Thought this might be nice for parents. Or for students to show someone what our room looks like. :)
The view out of our back window in 1207.
The view just inside the door in the front of the classroom looking towards the assignment board.
See a slideshow of images, including the 360 degree shots from below at this link:
Mr. Duez's Classroom Slideshow Tour Extravaganza 2014

View of Mr. Duez's room from the podium at the front:



View more 360 viewpoints below:

Agenda: Week of August 25 - August 29, 2014

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Summer Reading Unit - Standage - Six Glasses
Week at a Glance:
MON - Welcome, Introductions, History Pre-Quiz.
TUE - How to use the website, what is a flipped class?, 6 Glasses Discussion
WED/THU - How to WHAP - through 6 Glasses: Periodization, Themes, & Historical Thinking with 6 Glasses
FRI - Quiz over Standage. Review the quiz results. How to prepare for the test next Wed/Thu over the summer reading - 6 Glasses.
Thinking of the awesome class of 2014 this week. Hoping they are well where ever life takes them!
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Quote: "Begin with the end in mind."

Unit: Introduction to Course: Summer Reading Discussion - A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Targets:
1. Clearly understand the scope and procedures of WHAP.
2. Examine the major themes of the WHAP course.
3. Understand expectations regarding summer reading text.
4. WHAP Skills: Periodization, Themes, Historical Thinking Skills. Understand them and apply them to the summer reading Six Glasses.

Essential Questions:
1. What is World History?
2. What is Advanced Placement?
3. Why Standage and Six Glasses?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW - Pick up a welcome letter on the table.
Read, mark, and write down any questions you have as Mr. Duez takes attendance.
2. Welcome to World History ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Discuss the summer reading, syllabus, course objectives.
3. History Pre-Quiz. A quick 20 minute quiz that will check for any knowledge of history students may already have coming into the class. Students will do it on their own. If time permits they will share and compare answers with a partner and then a full class discussion.

Assignment:
Fill out the student survey. Due on Tuesday of next week.
Watch the screencasts over Six Glasses, take notes.
Bring your notebook, pens/pencils, and your brain to class. We will use them in class each day.
Bring questions you have over anything and ask them at any time.
Six Glasses: Quiz is on Friday. Test is next Wed/Thu.
Does Standage match each period with a drink, roughly? 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Quote: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Laozi

Unit: Introduction to Course And Summer Reading Discussion - A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Targets:
Examination of the major themes of WHAP:
Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict (Political)
Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures
Mr. Duez created this "SPICE" rack this summer. NICE!
Essential Questions:
1. Which two of the six glasses that Standage refers to are the most similar? How & Why?
2. Which 2 are the most different? How & Why?
3. Can you group them in twos? How & Why?
4. Also discuss periodization through the summer reading:
5. Can you explain the major events from each period that can be tied back to each drink?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Which 2 six glasses that Standage refers to are the most similar? Explain How & Why? (Think in terms of WHAP Themes: S.P.I.C.E.)
2. Video Clip: How to Use The Website, by Aidan Duez. (5 min) Discuss any questions after the video ends. Pull up the website, walk through how to find the resources needed to study and prepare for the Six Glasses quiz on Friday & test next Wed/Thu.
3. Six Glasses Comparison: Students will discuss six glasses in terms of grouping the drinks. Which have similar characteristics? Which drinks contributed to world history in similar ways?

Assignment:
Fill out the student survey. Due on Tuesday of next week.
Watch the screencasts over Six Glasses, take notes.
Bring your notebook, pens/pencils, and your brain to class. We will use them in class each day.
Bring questions you have over anything and ask them at any time.
Six Glasses: Quiz is on Friday. Test is next Wed/Thu.
The beach and Six Glasses... two great things that work great together! That's why it's summer reading folks!
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Wed. & Thu. August 27 & 28, 2014
Quote: “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Unit: Introduction to Course And Summer Reading Discussion - A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Targets:
Examination of the major themes of WHAP:
Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict (Political)
Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures

Essential Questions:
1. How was beer "essential" to human civilization?
2. How did the use of wine in Roman culture differ from that of ancient Greece?
3. Why do Christians Drink Wine and Muslims Do Not?
4. How did Columbian Exchange change the globe?
5. What is colonization and how to British imperial power change the world?
6. How does 'coca-colonization' explain American dominance in the 20th century?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Students will pick up the Introduction to Six Glasses. They will annotate the text by following directions at the top. 
2. Periodization through Six Glasses:
I. Individual students will copy down the periods of world history written on the board. Using their notes from the summer reading, they will pencil in each of the six glasses to where they correspond.
II. Individual students will write the important historical events that occur during those time periods.
III. Working in pairs, students will put their heads together to fill in anything they may be missing. We will also write each drink next to each period on the board. Then write the corresponding important events that may have occurred in those time periods. Students have a better understanding of how Standage's Six Glasses connect with world history.

Discuss these questions in pairs and then as a full class:
A. What was the impact of beer and wine on world history? 
B. Explain what a spirit drink is and what is the significance of this drink on world history?
C. How is coffee a "revolutionary" drink?
D. How is Tea and Coca-Cola similar
E. Students will discuss the impact of trade on the globalization of the planet.

3. Video Clip: The History of the World in 7 Minutes. Students will watch the video clip.
A. Then they will discuss their reaction in pairs. 
B. How did the video make you feel, did your feelings change during the video? Why?
C. What is the creator of the video attempting to show? 
D. How does this video portray his "Point of View"?
E. Can you explain the first drink that Standage refers to in context with the video clip?

Assignment:
Fill out the student survey. Due on Tuesday of next week.
Watch the screencasts over Six Glasses, take notes.
Bring your notebook, pens/pencils, and your brain to class. We will use them in class each day.
Bring questions you have over anything and ask them at any time.
Six Glasses: Quiz is on Friday. Test is next Wed/Thu.
History is many things to many people. To me, it is pretty awesome.
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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 -- shortened periods due to extended Advisory for AHS Pep Rally
Quote: “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Unit: Introduction to Course And Summer Reading Discussion - A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Targets:
Examination of the major themes of WHAP:
Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict (Political)
Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures

Essential Questions:
1. How was beer "essential" to human civilization?
2. How did the use of wine in Roman culture differ from that of ancient Greece?
3. Why do Christians Drink Wine and Muslims Do Not?
4. How did Columbian Exchange change the globe?
5. What is colonization and how to British imperial power change the world?
6. How does 'coca-colonization' explain American dominance in the 20th century?

Agenda:
1. Quiz over Six Glasses.
2. Review the quiz and answers.
3. How to succeed & survive in WHAP. Advice from students of the past in video form. :)
How will I survive WHAP? - A Google Search - Video YouTube
How to survive AP World History - a student perspective - Video YouTube

Assignment:
Fill out the student survey. Due on Tuesday of next week.
Watch the screencasts over Six Glasses, take notes.
Bring your notebook, pens/pencils, and your brain to class. We will use them in class each day.
Bring questions you have over anything and ask them at any time.
Six Glasses: Quiz is on Friday. Test is next Wed/Thu.

Textbooks

If you still have not gotten a textbook...  
The textbook room will be open every day after school for the first week for those students that did not attend Flight School.  We will open at 2:50 and close at 3:15.

If a student has early release then they must see Gold 2 Secretary or Principal before school to fill out a textbook request form and we will have them pick them up the next morning.

Any student that has any lost textbook(s) from the previous year will not be allowed to check out textbooks until the books have been paid for.
Of course you could always purchase a book if you wished. 

I had several students do that last year.


Textbook: Strayer, Robert W. Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2011, 1st Edition.

Funny Email

Got this email tonight from a former WHAP and future AP Psych student:
"I saw you the other day on television! I didn't think I would see you again until school started back up again!
Many people wanted me to share this with you, so I hope you get a good laugh or two! Have a great day/night!
Sincerely,
B~"
Pretty funny. The pic on the right is what they sent me, but I figured it looked more like Colonel Sanders & Donald Sutherland combined. But, come to think of it, I love both of those guys.

So, be it. "Let the Southern Fried Chicken Games Begin!"

2014 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.

The first quiz is the first Friday.

The first 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: david.duez@gmail.com

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.

AP Psych Summer Read: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

Please see this link for all the information on the summer read for AP Psychology.
Psychology is NOT all common sense. It is the scientific study of the mind and behavior.
Looking forward to seeing so many of you again next year (or your senior year)! I am a lucky man to have the chance to continue teaching such wonderful students. Thanks again for a great year!

Also, there are new Crash Course Psychology videos being released each Monday this summer! :) Trade in John Green for his brother Hank. (DFTBA!)

7th Period: Thanks for a Great Year!


6th Period: Thanks for a Great Year!


5th Period WHAP: Thanks for a great year!

Agenda: May 27 - June 6 - Last 2 weeks

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Review Week & Final Exam
WEEK at a Glance:
MON - No School - Memorial Day
TUE - Hotel Rwanda
WED/THU - Hotel Rwanda
FRI - Extra Credit Due, Review for Final Exams

Last week of the school year...
MON & TUE - Review
WED - Finals 1, 2, 5 - None in WHAP
THU - Finals 3, 6
FRI - Finals 7, 4
DONE! 

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Quote: "And we shall shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun." - John Lennon

Agenda:
**Pass out our WHAP Shirts - they have been delivered**
1. DO NOW: Could a genocide ever happen in the United States? Why/Why Not?
2. Rwandan Genocide Notes, Video, & Discussion.
A little wrinkly out of the box. 
3. Rwanda Today: Video, Notes,  Discussion.

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?
EndGenocide.org
“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.
Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 and Thursday, May 30, 2013
Quote: "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do." - Benjamin Franklin

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Why is Humble called Humble anyway?
2. Local History Unit: Discuss Galveston, Houston, Humble, & Atascocita History.
3. Psychology Class Preview.
4. Discuss Final Exam in WHAP.
What do you know of the 4th largest city in the United States?
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Quote: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prepare extra credit ~ both video project and review to turn in - This is the FINAL DAY.
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
Houston is developing quite a great reputation across the country. 
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Monday, June 3, 2013
Quote: "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama

Agenda:
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
Houston skyline just outside of old Robertson Stadium on the campus of  U of H. 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Quote: “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.” - George Carlin

Agenda:
1. Last Day - Photos and Fun.
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
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Through Friday, June 7th, 2013
Quote: “As they say in my hometown, Don't Forget To Be Awesome." - John Green

Thanks for a GREAT SEMESTER! 

Agenda:
1. Final Exams