Welcome to WHAP - 2013-2014 Edition: Summer Reading & Introduction

Welcome to World History - Advanced Placement with Mr. Duez
Introduction to the Class & Summer Reading Assignment

Welcome to WHAP Flyer - About the class, Textbook (Strayer), and Summer Reading Assignment

Summer Reading Guide - Standage - A History of the World in Six Glasses

About World History AP:
Just do it!
Your Advanced Placement test for World History AP is on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8 am. As of Monday morning, it is less than 350 days away (and counting). Everything we do in WHAP will be geared towards getting you prepared for that morning. You will have the opportunity to gain up to 6 college credits (depending on the college/university that accepts you).
Our WHAP course is College Board Certified and audited. The course is demanding, high paced, and rigorous. We cover the course at a pace of a chapter per week which will put us on a pace to have a month of review before the exam. You can ask any student who took the WHAP test and they will tell you, the month of review is absolutely essential.

The course covers these 6 units:
1 - Technological & Environmental Transformations 8,000 B.C.E. to 600 B.C.E. 
2 - Organization & Reorganization of Human Societies c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E. 
3 - Regional & Transregional Interactions c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450 
4 - Global Interactions c. 1450 to 1750 
5 - Industrialization & Global Interaction c. 1450 to c. 1750 
6 - Accelerating Global Change & Realignments c. 1900 to the Present
Our Textbook: Strayer’s Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources
The text we will use for the course is the same one used at The University of Texas at Austin for their World History coursework. We have had graduates of AHS attend and report that Strayer was the book they were using. It is quite popular because it provides a tremendous narrative and big picture analysis of world history. Strayer is written at a college level reading vocabulary. The sources provided with the text are documents that we will analyze that accompany each chapter. The book is 24 chapters (an average of 30 pages per chapter) over 1,200 pages in length. You will read each and every page. Most students read Strayer while consulting a handy dictionary at the same time. We recommend also purchasing a Webster’s New World College Dictionary for your desk at home.
Meet: "Strayer" - You'll love it!
Strayer actually begins with the history of the universe, charts the emergence of mankind and then the first three waves of civilizations. The classical era (Eurasian Empires to 500 C.E., African and American variations to 1200 C.E.), birth of cultural traditions & religions, social hierarchies, commerce and culture are all explored throughout the first semester. Special emphasis is spent on Chinese Dynasties, Indian culture, The Mongol Empire, and the Worlds of Islam.
Our second semester begins with the birth of global trade in the early modern world (1450-1750), religion & science (The Enlightenment & Reformation), and the Atlantic Revolutions (American, French, Haitian, & Spanish American). Revolutions of Industrialization, colonial encounters, World War I & II, rise & fall of world communism, independence & development in the Global South, and accelerating global interaction since 1945 end our semester.

WHAP Commitment: It is worth it!
Taking World History AP is a massive commitment. 70% of the nation’s high school graduates attempt college. Yet fewer than 30% of adult Americans hold a college degree! Why is that? Most colleges and universities agree that it is because students are not prepared for the academic challenge of college coursework.
There is only one way to prepare for the rigors of a college education: fully challenge yourself in high school. The statistics tell quite a story. High school students who have taken at least two Advanced Placement classes double their chances of graduating from college, according to the College Board! This will be the toughest class you have yet taken in your academic career. Yet your teachers are here to help you. But, how can you succeed: “Those students who do the work, do the learning.” It is just that simple. Hard work and dedication will pay off in the end. Best of luck with the end of your freshman year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

6 Glasses
The book needs to be completely read and understood by the first day of school. Your test on this book will be at the end of the first week. There is no better way to prove to your teacher that you are a serious and prepared student of history than to walk into class having mastered this book. 6 Glasses is a fantastic way to experience the history of the world through one specific dimension - drink. You will learn a perspective on the world that will be invaluable in preparing you for the scope and depth of the course.
How can I get help throughout the summer?
You are not alone in this. We will provide help to you as you make your way through the book. Do not be shy about asking questions. Forming a study group that meets once or twice a month can also provide you with a push to complete the book. There is no better way to know something with depth and clarity than to help someone else understand it.

Also, Mr. Duez will be posting short videos that correspond with each section of the book to help you understand it, in terms of how it relates to World History AP. Please do not hesitate to ask him if you have any questions while reading over the summer. http://whap.mrduez.com

How much does it cost and where can I find it?
Amazon.com and BN.com the price lists for just over $10 in paperback. Used editions are 1/2 off or more. Nook version is $10. Audiobook version available. Paperback: 311 pages Publisher: Walker Publishing Company; trade paper, later printing edition (May 16, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0802715524 ISBN-13: 978-0802715524

This is actually a person reading Standage while at the beach. What could be better? ;-)
About A History of the World in 6 Glasses
From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history. Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.
Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.
For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations.
You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again!

Download the guide here: 
It's a trap!

Agenda: Last 2 Weeks of the Year - May 28 - June 7, 2013

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
1. DO NOW: Could a genocide ever happen in the United States? Why/Why Not?
2. Continue 
Viewing Hotel Rwanda Movie. Use the handout to follow along with the movie and help you discuss.
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: Could a genocide ever happen in the United States? Why/Why Not?
2. Continue 
Viewing Hotel Rwanda Movie. Use the handout to follow along with the movie and help you discuss.
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. Work on Video Project with Mr. Duez
3. Review for the final exam.
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. Review for the final exam.
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. Review for the final exam.
My boy Gryff knows how to have a good time.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Through Friday, June 7th, 2013
Quote: “DFTBA - Don't Forget To Be Awesome." - John Green 
Thanks for a GREAT SEMESTER! 
1. Final Exams.


Sign up for AP Test Scores

From the AP Scores.org Website:
Beginning in July, students will get AP scores online! Since we'll no longer be sending reports in the mail, there are a few things students will want to do to get ready.

Also, you could follow Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and College Readiness on TWITTER:
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AP_Trevor provides great information regarding each of the tests, including statistics, chronology of when to expect scores, and general AP Info.

Agenda: Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Special Topic Week - Genocide & Hotel Rwanda
Week at a Glance:
MON - Introduction to the topic of Genocide.
TUE  - Hotel Rwanda with discussion.
WED/THUHotel Rwanda with discussion.
FRIHotel Rwanda with discussion.

Crazy Schedule this week:

Monday, May 20, 2013
Quote: "There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help." - Paul Rusesabagina

Discuss the following items:
1. Book return is happening during English class.
2. Digital 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. Pass in Permission Slips for Hotel Rwanda. We will start the movie tomorrow.
5. We will discuss the 2013 AP World History Essay Questions. How do  you think you did?
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
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 22nd and 23rd, 2013

Quote: “In this jersey I pledge to play for the logo on the front, not the name on the back.” - Sidney Crosby
1. View Hotel Rwanda Movie. Use the handout to follow along with the movie and help you discuss.
Friday, May 24th, 2013

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. Final Exam Review, if time.
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.

Movie Extra Credit is due next Friday.

Hotel Rwanda Parent Notification

One of the 100 most inspirational
movies of all time. (link)
So what is happening after the test? We are going to engage students in discussion and analysis of the film Hotel Rwanda, a dramatized depiction of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Having shown this film before, I can attest to its power to motivate students to think critically about international violence, and the responsibility of the individual, groups of individuals, and political movements. I will use a teaching guide produced by Amnesty International

We will not only study the Rwandan Genocide (1994), but also relate it to the other atrocities of the modern world. The genocide of Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1995) also occurred at the same time as Rwanda (1994). Many are familiar with the Holocaust (1930s and 1940s) during World War II. The students have already studied about the horrors of the Nanking Massacre, Mao’s Great Leap Forward (late 1950s and early 1960s), Stalin’s forced famine of his own people in Russia or Holodomor (1937), Pol Pot's Killing Fields in Cambodia (1969-1975) and The Armenian Genocide (1915-1924). We will also discuss The War in Darfur (2003-present). Information on Hotel Rwanda will be included on the final exam. 

I would also like you to be aware that this film is rated PG-13. As a courtesy to you, I would like you to acknowledge your consent before I show the film. If a student is not given permission, an alternative assignment will be provided.

Link to Questions for Hotel Rwanda Film.

Official Trailer for Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Written by Sujit R. Varma from IMDB.

AP Test Review - 2013

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Wait for it...

CC Top 10 Essentials: 

Top 10 Things That you should NOT forget for the WHAP Test:
10. Answer ALL the Multiple Choice. There is no penalty for guessing. Try to at least narrow the choices down to two good choices and then take a chance.
9. Bring a watch. Don't less the time slip away on the essays without answering one or two of them! Remember, they don't have to be perfect to still score some points. The readers are trying to help you, but you must hit the rubric.
8. There are FOUR main parts to the DBQ: Thesis, Grouping the documents, Point of View, and Need for an Additional Document. 
1. No Pizza-Taco Thesis! Make an analysis or judgement for your thesis and then back it up. Remember it is the opening statement in your court case. You are the prosecuting attorney and you are about to tell the jury who did it, where, when, and why. 
2. Group the documents 3 ways with 3 docs in each grouping. That is a safe bet. The groups should make sense. Establish a common reason for each group. 
3. For point of view, look for a document from a person that you clearly understand their background and what side they are on. For example, a quote from Maximilien Robespierre during the revolution would most definitely show a point of view that is against the king of France. State, "Maximillien Robespierre has a clear point of view that favors the third estate against the interests of the rich royals and fortunate clergy." You may even want to point out emotional language or possible bias. 
4. Students often forget to suggest a document. If you are totally and completely stumped, think of a historical figure that is not represented in the DBQ and suggest a quote from that person... or a chart, graph, map, or even a picture. Remember, you can't get that point if you fail to refer to a missing document. Remember you are trying to prove your case. So explain that although you may have the murder weapon (strong evidence), it would be great to have a fingerprint, lie detector test, or eye witness account. 
7. Do not forget to write your essays with your historical knowledge. This is your chance to show your knowledge of history and analyze World History in a serious way. I know the prompts (questions) are sometimes vague. But, if you get a date range, consider what events happened in that range. Don't just freak out that you "Don't know dates!" For example, between 1450 and 1750... do you know a certain someone who sailed the ocean blue? 
6. Bring 2 sharpened pencils and 2 blue or black ink pens.
5. Don't get frustrated. Remember you are going to miss a lot of questions and they are going to be hard. But, you don't have to be perfect to get a 3, let alone a 4 or 5. Keep marching. Keep chopping. Keeping running through the test. It is a marathon. 
4. Do NOT write a Pizza-Taco Thesis. (Pizza-Taco thesis is defined as any thesis where the words "Pizza" and "Taco" can be substituted for your actual comparison and still make sense. For example: "The Roman Empire (PIZZA) and the Han Chinese (TACO) were very similar, but they were also quite different." 
3. Know the code. On the test they often refer to a rather vague date, name, region, or theme without giving much information. If you 'know the code' you will understand what the question is asking for. 
Periodization: Memorize each of the 6 period dates and names. Include in your memory a few key dates to reference. 
Regions: East Asia (China), South Asia (India), Southeast Asia (Vietnam).. don't get tricked by these. 
Themes: The questions are usually organized around themes.
2.Relax. You have an awesome (and good looking) teacher who has prepared you the best he could. Worst case scenario: you fail to get a 3, but you do leave with a learning experience that will help you prepare for the APUSH test. AND YOU ARE ALMOST A JUNIOR! Best case scenario: you relax, let your learning flow, remember these tips and you get college credit that could equal 6 full credits! At the University of Texas, 6 credits of World History would cost you $3,039. That's a nice savings!
1. Celebrate! When you are finished with this test... do something special for yourself. Celebrate your hard work. Don't forget about our party in class on Friday!

We are going to take a lot of fun pictures during the party on Friday. One of them will be a big picture with everyone who took this test. It will go on my wall and it will ALWAYS be displayed. 

It impossible for me to express how deeply proud I am of all of you. Thank you for your hard work this year!

If you absolutely can't read another word... 
Check out these videos. They do a great  job of analyzing world history. We have not watched them all in class.

Agenda: Week of May 13, 2013 - May 17, 2013

Advanced Placement World History with Mr. Duez
Preparation for the AP Test on Thursday
Week at a Glance:
MON- Review the correct answers to the 2011 Practice Test
TUE- FRQ Last minute tips; POV reminders; CCOT points of emphasis
WED/THU- Party Prep, Quick Review, Last minute tips
Monday, May 13, 2013
Quote"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

DO NOW QUESTION: What do you need to do to score points on the DBQ? The CCOT? The Comparison FRQs? Do you know the rubrics?
1. Review the answers to the 2011 Fall Mock AP Test.
2. If time, review video: 
We Didn't Start the Fire - AP World History Review Song

Good luck on your AP Test!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Quote:  "Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day." - Polish Proverb

DO NOW QUESTION: While in groups, review the Monster Review books on each group table. Help each other for the first 10 minutes.
1. Review Game over Themes, Periods, Geography, and FRQ Rubrics.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 & Thursday, May 16, 2013
Quote“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”  - Albert Einstein

1. Video: AP World History Review in 12 Minutes.
2. Last minute tips 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. Plan the party for Friday!4. If time remains, and it will on Thursday because students will have already taken the AP Test....
Video Study: Full Episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain: Mozambique. 
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?
8 Years of No Reservations: "Anytime you can walk in another person's shoes, the world is a slightly better place."
No Reservations: Mozambique - The Grand Hotel
"Woman washes clothes in the pool behind ruins of Grand Hotel." -- Tony Bourdain
Friday, May 17, 2013
Quote"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts." - Sir Winston Churchill

Time to celebrate all of the hard work. 
Pictures from Last Year: