Agenda: Week of Monday May 14 - Friday May 18, 2012

Unit 6 Review - see table of contents for period 6.
Period 6: Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, c. 1900 to the Present
Key Concept 6.1 Science and the Environment
Rapid advances in science altered the understanding of the universe and the natural world and led to the development of new technologies. These changes enabled unprecedented population growth, which altered how humans interacted with the environment and threatened delicate ecological balances at local, regional, and global levels.
Key Concept 6.2 Global Conflicts and Their Consequences
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a European-dominated global political order existed, which also included the United States, Russia, and Japan. Over the course of the century, peoples and states around the world challenged this order in ways that sought to redistribute power within the existing order and to restructure empires, while those peoples and states in power attempted to maintain the status quo. Other peoples and states sought to overturn the political order itself. These challenges to, and the attempts to maintain, the political order manifested themselves in an unprecedented level of conflict with high human casualties. In the context of these conflicts, many regimes in both older and newer states struggled with maintaining political stability and were challenged by internal and external factors, including ethnic and religious conflicts, secessionist movements, territorial partitions, economic dependency, and the legacies of colonialism.
Key Concept 6.3 New Conceptualizations of Global Economy, Society, and Culture
The twentieth century witnessed a great deal of warfare and the collapse of the global economy in the 1930s. In response to these challenges, the role of state in the domestic economy fluctuated, and new institutions of global governance emerged and continued to develop throughout the century. Scientific breakthroughs, new technologies, increasing levels of integration, changing relationships between humans and the environment, and the frequency of political conflict all contributed to global developments in which people crafted new understandings of society, culture, and historical interpretations. These new understandings often manifested themselves in, and were reinforced by, new forms of cultural production. Institutions of global governance both shaped and adapted to these social conditions.
Monday May 14, 2012
Quote: "Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day." - Polish Proverb
1. Christianity from Judaism to Constantinople - Crash Course. 11 minutes.
2. Discuss comparison of religions.
3. Get essays back, in groups discuss and critique them. Special emphasis on thesis statements and analysis. Also checking for how many points have they gotten?

Tuesday May 15, 2012
Quote: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”  - Albert Einstein
1. Buddha and Ashoka - Crash Course. 12 minutes.
2. Discuss comparison of religions. 
3. Islam, the Quran, and the 5 Pilars - Crash Course. 13 minutes.
4. Compare Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. There is almost always an essay question related to religion.
5. Also spend some time on essays in groups. Special emphasis on thesis statements and analysis. Also checking for how many points have they gotten?

Plan party on Friday. What can you bring. How do you want to celebrate the end of the AP test! :)

Wednesday & Thursday May 16 & 17, 2012
Quote: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
1. Last minute tips & review game on preparing for the AP test. 
(Fourth and Sixth Period students should be finished with their test, so we'll debrief. Remember, do not share any knowledge of test questions with anyone. But, I want to know how the testing room was and what feedback I can give to our coordinator for next year.)
3. If extra time, we'll discuss recent history with a focus on Mozambique. How did colonization from Portugal, communism, and revolution impact the people living in Mozambique. How is it unique in Africa? What do they need to succeed in the modern world?

Friday May 18, 2012
Quote: "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts." - Sir Winston Churchill
1. You have fought for your right... to PAAAAARRRRRRTTTTTTY.
Let's celebrate.
We'll also discuss the digital project (rubric here) and freshmen boot camp (rubric here).