Agenda: April 30, 2012 - May 4, 2012

AP Review Week
2 1/2 weeks to go! 

Monday April 30, 2012
Quote of the Day: "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." - Colin Powell
1. Finish Video #3 of Ferguson's China: Triumph & Turmoil. (We will hand the questions & answers in tomorrow in class). If you were absent and need to see one of the videos, bring a flash drive to me and I'll copy them for you to watch at home.
2. Work in groups to find answers to the AP Practice Test. Corrections are due on Wednesday/Thursday.
3. Also students can be working on analyzing their DBQ take home. We will do a comparative essay in class on Friday. Students will get a handout covering comparative theme ideas.

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Quote of the Day: “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” - Indira Gandhi
1. Students will work in cooperative teams and compete through questions that come from Unit 4 Time period. Students can refer to the targets for Unit 4.
2. Students will pick up "Past, Present and Future" article to help prepare and understand Change & Continuity Over Time.
3. The CCOT on Friday will be about China. Check out these student samples of actual student work from past CCOT responses. The last pages discusses how they scored.

Wednesday & Thursday May 2 & 3, 2012
Quote of the Day: “I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.” - Ray Bradbury
1. We will take a 70 question AP World History Practice Test in 55 minutes.
2. After the test, we will grade it in class and review the questions.
3. Students will be able to get them back on Friday.
4. Students will hand in their previous test with corrections.
5. Students will get answers to the first AP Practice test that we took in class. And they will get the answer to the DBQ we practiced at home.

Friday May 4, 2012
Quote of the Day: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison
1. Students will write the CCOT Essay, dealing with China. 35 minutes is all that is allotted to write.
2. Afterwards we will discuss websites that can help you prep for the AP Test.

Agenda: Monday, April 23, 2012 - Friday, April 27, 2012

Targets for World History AP Period #3: 600 to 1450

Key Concept 3.1. Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks
I.  Improved transportation technologies and commercial practices led to an increased volume of trade, and expanded the geographical range of existing and newly active trade networks.
II. The movement of peoples caused environmental and linguistic effects.
III. Cross-cultural exchanges were fostered by the intensification of existing, or the creation of new, networks of trade and communication.
IV. There was continued diffusion of crops and pathogens throughout the Eastern Hemisphere along the trade routes.
Key Concept 3.2. Continuity and Innovation of State Forms and Their Interactions
I. Empires collapsed and were reconstituted; in some regions new state forms emerged.
II. Interregional contacts and conflicts between states and empires encouraged significant technological and cultural transfers. Required examples of technological and cultural transfers: Between Tang China and the Abbasids, Across the Mongol empires, During the Crusades.
Key Concept 3.3. Increased Economic Productive Capacity and Its Consequences
I. Innovations stimulated agricultural and industrial production in many regions.
II.  The fate of cities varied greatly, with periods of significant decline, and with periods of increased urbanization buoyed by rising productivity and expanding trade networks.
III. Despite significant continuities in social structures and in methods of production, there were also some important changes in labor management and in the effect of religious conversion on gender relations and family life.

Monday, April 23, 2012
Quote of the Day: "I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives." - Annon
1. Video Study - China: Triumph & Turmoil Episode I - Emperors
2. Students will answer these questions with the video.
3. We will discuss the video either at the end of this period, or beginning of the next.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Without me, it's just aweso." - Anon
ONLY Periods 5 and 6 will meet today. 
Period 5: 11:29 - 12:53
Period 6: 1:00 - 2:45
1. Video Study - China: Triumph & Turmoil Episode II - Maostalgia 
2. Students will answer these questions with the video.
3. We will discuss the video either at the end of the period, or beginning of the next.

Wednesday/Thursday, April 25/26, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Before you insult a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you insult him, you'll be a mile away, and have his shoes." - Anon

Only Periods 3, 4, and 5 will meet Wednesday.
3rd 7:25 – 9:20
4th 9:27 – 11:22
5th 11:29 – 12:53
A Lunch 11:22 – 11:49

Only Periods 4 and 6 will meet on Thursday.

4th 12:07 – 1:31
A Lunch 12:00 – 12:27
6th 1:38 – 2:45

1. Video Study - China: Triumph & Turmoil Episode III - Superpower
2. Students will answer these questions with the video.
3. We will discuss the video at the end of the period, or beginning of the next.

Friday, April 27, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak." - Anon
Only Periods 3, 5, and 7 will meet on Friday.

3rd 11:02 – 12:01
5th 12:08 – 1:32
A Lunch 12:01 – 12:28
7th 1:39 – 2:45

1. We will finish any of the Video Study on China that we may not have been able to complete. (Our schedule this week is very different for each period, so it may be different for each class.)
2. We will discuss the Chinese videos and discuss China as a whole. 
3. Students will debate in a Philosophical Chairs discussion:
"Is China going to keep growing and become the world's superpower? 
Or will it collapse as it has done at times in it's history?"

Next Week: AP Test Corrections due on Tuesday.
Wed/Thu is the 2nd AP Test Multiple Choice. 70 Questions in 55 minutes.
Next Friday we will write a comparison essay. The only thing that you will know prior to the comparison essay is the period the question will come from: Period #4: Global Interactions - 1450 to 1750.

AP Testers - Important Announcement!

All AP test takers need to attend one pre-test meeting, either 
Pre-administration session for Wednesday the 18th at 2:50pm is now: 
White LGI for alpha A-J     Red LGI for alpha K-Z
Pre-administration session for Thursday the 19th at 8:40 am is now: 
White LGI for alpha A-J          Gold LGI for alpha K-Z

Agenda for Week of Monday April 16 - Friday April 20, 2012

To Review what we learned last fall in our study of Unit 1 & 2:
See the "Notes" section on the tabs above
Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
• Demography and disease
• Migration
• Patterns of settlement
• Technology
Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
• Religions
• Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies
• Science and technology
• The arts and architecture
Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
• Political structures and forms of governance
• Empires
• Nations and nationalism
• Revolts and revolutions
• Regional, trans-regional, and global structures and organizations
Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
• Agricultural and pastoral production
• Trade and commerce
• Labor systems
• Industrialization
• Capitalism and socialism
Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures
• Gender roles and relations
• Family and kinship
• Racial and ethnic constructions
• Social and economic classes

Monday April 16, 2012
Quote of the Day: "In a mad world only the mad are sane." - Akira Kurosawa (1910 - 1998)
1. With the 1st AP Practice Test (Multiple Choice only), pick the top 10 that you did not understand. (first 5 min)
2. Spend 5 minutes with a partner to compare questions and answers.
3. Discuss the assignment for Friday: Interview an older person about what it was like to be a teenager for them. Write out the questions and answers. Then answer them yourself. We will use this to do the timed writing on Friday - CCOT - Continuity and Change Over Time.
4. Review Unit 1 and 2: Discuss the Targets for Unit 1 and 2
Video & Discussion: Crash Course

Tuesday April 17, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
1. Pass out the answers to the 1st AP Practice Test. Review them and discuss with partners.
2. Discuss Friday's CCOT. (assignment for Friday: Interview an older person about what it was like to be a teenager for them. Write out the questions and answers. Then answer them yourself. We will use this to do the timed writing on Friday - CCOT - Continuity and Change Over Time.)
Study Sheet Card Front & Study Sheet Card Back
3. Review Unit 1 and 2. Discuss the Targets for Unit 1 and 2.
Video & Discussion:
Crash Course

Wednesday & Thursday April 19 & 20, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go." - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Hamlet, Act III, sc. 1
1. Students will have 55 minutes to complete the 70 question Multiple Choice portion of AP Practice Test #2.
2. After the test, students will discuss with a partner their CCOT for Friday. (15 minutes)
Pick up Practice Test #3! & Writing Progression Handout
3. Video after the test to review Unit 1 and 2 (TBD).

Friday April 20, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule." - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
1. CCOT - Continuity and Change Over Time. Students will have 30 minutes to write the response to the question: "What is it like to be a teenager? Compare your teen years to an older adult after interviewing them."
2. Pick up DBQ Take Home - Due Next Friday!

Great Videos on Feminism, Fundamentalism, & Environmentalism

On block day we'll be discussing your answers to the "Question to Consider from Chapter 24." Along with that discussion, we'll watch some pretty awesome video and also discuss in relation to Strayer.

Globalism (Global Economy): 
We will discuss the video we saw on the The Crisis of Credit last class.
Hank Green uses hats to give a very simplified explanation of the financial mess of 2007-2010.
Financial Times Graphic World - Website explanation (Video)
FT - The Global Economy
FT - The Recession & Recovery
FT - Money Talks

Archie Bunker discusses "Equal Rights" - 1970s sitcom. Equal pay for women is an issue regarding pay inequality between men and women. It is often introduced into domestic politics in many first world countries as an economic problem that needs governmental intervention via regulation.

1950's Dinner Date. A rather hysterical (looking back at in in hindsight now, but it was not made to be funny) guide to how to do dinner for families. It focuses on the roles of each member of the family. I am sure each of you have dinners JUST LIKE THIS! Maybe not!

Indian Widows. Women in some cultures (especially the Global South) are relegated to the fringe of society when their husband dies.

Dowry Demands (Killing Bengali Women 2008). Women in Bengali are attacked by their husbands when their families do not produce the agreed upon dowry payment during marriage. Some are burned in the face with acid.

Saudi Women Demand Rights to Drive. After launching an internet-based campaign for women's rights to drive in Saudi Arabia, Manal al Sharif is jailed.

(Religious) Fundamentalism:
National Geographic Channel Presents: Inside 911 - The War Continues
10 years after the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center, NGC updates their landmark 2005 television event.

Fantastic talk by Hank Green (Creator of the Ecology Site: Ecogeek) about Climate Change and the 5 scariest things that will likely happen because of climate change: Link to the video on Youtube.

Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is extremely vulnerable to rising ocean levels. The government is looking into options for relocation of the entire population of the 32 islands (This article is from March 8, 2102 where the nation is in talks with Fiji). Link to the video on Youtube.

We will also look at the differences between the Global North and Global South (or Developing and Developed countries... or 3rd world and 1st world countries).

Here are some "First World Problems" for your enjoyment:

Understanding the Global Economy, 2008 Financial Meltdown, and our Economic Future

This topic is indeed a difficult one. You will see some of these ideas when you take AP Economics with Mrs. Duez when you are a senior. But, having a grasp of where the world is at today is not only helpful in our study of World History, it is definitely a fantastic idea if you want to live in this new world.

Here are some wonderful resources to help you. We will see some of these clips in class, others are too long to play during our study this week. We will definitely watch The Crisis of Credit on Monday after our quiz.

The Crisis of Credit
Understanding the Financial Crisis for Kids (And Adults)

Financial Times Graphic World - Website explanation (Video)
FT - The Global Economy
FT - The Recession & Recovery
FT - Money Talks

60 Minutes: An Imperfect Union: Europe's Debt Crisis
Ten European countries are in recession and three have needed bailouts to avoid default. How could this impact the U.S. economy?

Ted Talk: Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China
Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of "When China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Frontline: Inside the Meltdown (2008)
In March 2008 rumors swirl around a blue chip Wall Street bank, Bear Stearns. It's got huge exposure on subprime mortgages and other toxic assets.

Frontline: Breaking the Bank
FRONTLINE's Breaking the Bank tells the story of Ken Lewis' struggle to survive in this new financial order, where public outrage and government edicts are now as important to banking as shareholders and deposits. With his bank on the brink, Lewis now finds himself the subject of a shareholder revolt, congressional indignation, presidential pressure and the increasingly conflicting demands of private investors and government officials.

"This is more than a story about just one man or one bank," says producer Michael Kirk. "This is the story of the most important change in the relationship between government and private business in a generation."

Frontline: The Warning
In The Warning, veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk unearths the hidden history of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. At the center of it all he finds Brooksley Born, who speaks for the first time on television about her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008.

Agenda: Week of Monday April 9 - Friday April 13, 2012

Learning Targets CHAPTER 23 Independence and Development in the Global South 1914–Present
         •  To explore the breakup of imperial systems in the twentieth century
         •  To consider, through the examples of India and South Africa, how the process of decolonization worked
         •  To examine the challenges that faced developing nations in the second half of the twentieth century
         •  To investigate the potential clash of tradition with modernity in the developing nations, especially considering the case of Islam in Turkey and Iran
           •  To consider the steps since 1945 that have increasingly made human populations into a single “world” rather than citizens of distinct nation-states
         •  To explore the factors that make it possible to speak now of a true “world economy”
         •  To explore the debate about economic globalization
         •  To raise student awareness of global liberation movements, especially feminism, and their implications for human life
         •  To investigate the “fundamentalist” religious response to aspects of modernity
         •  To consider environmentalism as a matter that cannot help but be global because the stakes are so high for all humankind
         •  To step back and ponder the value of studying history

Monday, April 9, 2012 - No School

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 
Quote of the Day: "April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." —William Shakespeare
1. Quiz Chapter 23 & 24 ~ Last Quiz of the Year!
2. Students will hand in their homework over the Chapter 23 Document Discussion from last week. 
2. Students will pick up the Questions to Consider for Chapter 24 and work on these independently after the quiz.
3. We will group up and discuss the first section of the questions after everyone is finished with the quiz.
4. Notes, Video, & Discussion Chapter 24: The Global Economy
5. Students should take the questions to consider home with them and complete them before the next class period. Bring them with you to class for discussion.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day." —W. Earl Hall
1. Students will be in groups and discuss their answers to the Chapter 24 Questions to consider.
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion Chapter 24: The Global Economy, Feminism, Global Modernity & Religious Fundamentalism, Environmentalism

Friday, April 13, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Spring is when life's alive in everything." —Christina Rossetti
1. TEST Chapter 23 & 24
We are done with Strayer! Congratulations. Next week begins our review for AP Testing.

Important Announcement - Sent in Email

Here is an important announcement. I sent it in email, but wanted to make sure everyone was alerted to it:

The AP Test is on May 17th. It is going to be here before we know it. Because of the crunch,I have decided to push our quiz up to tomorrow's class for Chapter 23 and 24.The test will be this Friday, Good Friday.  But, Good News -- you don't have to come to school to take it! I will be creating an online test site where you can take the test from any internet connected device (even your phone). You will have until 12 midnight Friday to complete the online test for Chapter 23 and 24. 
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I know this might be a problem for some people, but I have looked at today's weather and it is going to be rainy all day long. Plus, I am copying in some links that will help you below. Each of these videos and websites will give you a great hint into the kind of information that will be on the quiz tomorrow and test on Friday. I figured that watching these videos might help you speed up the learning process.

Again, I wanted to tell each of you just how proud of you that I am. It has been a tough year, but it has been a great one. And just think, after the Chapter 23 and 24 test... we are FINISHED with Strayer! What an accomplishment. 

This video may not seem to be a part of Chapter 23 or 24, but it will help you email and text much quicker. It is so worth you watching and learning this new "Tap Technology."

Also, this is totally AWESOME. You can now order Youtube on DVD. They will make deliveries weekly to your home. Now those of you without internet access (who aren't reading this by the way) will be able to enjoy all of those history documentaries that I send to you in emails (which you can't read if you don't have internet):

This shows the importance of understanding culture around the world. 

And, if you are still confused... do you realize what day it is? Yep, 
"Happy April Fool's Day!"
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Mr. David Duez
"Don't Forget To Be Awesome." - DFTBA