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.

For more information, here is my video discussing the summer reading and introducing you to WHAP.

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!)

Crash Course Psychology #1 - Intro to Psychology

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

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

**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?
“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
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 and Thursday, May 30, 2013
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 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?
Friday, May 31, 2013
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 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. 
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

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. 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Quote: “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.” - George Carlin

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
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! 

1. Final Exams

Agenda: May 19 - 23, 2014

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Movie Study - Genocide "Hotel Rwanda"
Video Project Details; Extra Credit Reminder
Final Exam Review
MON: FRQ 2014 Breakdown; Video Project Introduction; Extra Credit Reminder; Intro to Genocide Unit; Inspiration.
TUE: Inspiration; Genocide Project: Hotel Rwanda w/discussion questions.
WED: (1, 2, 5, 7) Inspiration; Genocide Project: Hotel Rwanda w/discussion questions.
THU: (No Late Arrival; Rather Early Release - 3, 4, 6) Inspiration; Genocide Project: Hotel Rwanda w/discussion questions.
FRI: (1st 90 min; remainder of sched. shortened; no advisory) Inspiration; Genocide Project: Hotel Rwanda w/discussion questions.


Monday, May 19, 2014
Quote: "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." 

Discuss the following items:
1. 2014 FRQ Questions Released - Discussion in groups.
2. Video Project is optional and a bonus score. You will work with Mr. Duez on a project to create a 5-10 minute video to capture the essence of WHAP. This video will be used to help freshmen transition to the course.
3. Final Exam - Our final will be an AP Test for World History -or- one of our Practice AP Tests. Study those and prepare. The FRQ questions will be extra credit for your final exam grade.
4. Introduction to Genocide Unit - Hotel Rwanda - we will begin the movie with discussion questions tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Quote: "I am the person I am today because of the choices I made yesterday." Elanor Roosevelt
1. DO NOW: Pick up the handout in the front of the room over Hotel Rwanda.
2. Watch the movie Hotel Rwanda and answer questions that go with it. Mr. Duez will also discuss it throughout and at the end of the period.
Wednesday & Thursday, May 21st & May 22nd, 2014
Quote: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn

1. View Hotel Rwanda Movie. Use the handout to follow along with the movie and help you discuss.
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

1. Finish Hotel Rwanda. Discuss.
2. Rwanda Today
Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day. 
No School!

Quote: "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." - Arthur Ash

Remember those who sacrificed their lives to protect your freedom and liberty.

Extra Credit is due next Friday.

We made it - 25 shirts sold. They WILL BE PRINTED.

Great news for those of us who purchased a T-Shirt.
Way to go. Glad you get to celebrate with a shirt.