Happy End of the Year!

Congratulations, my intrepid AP World History Warriors!  You’ve made it through, and I’m so proud of you.  I know this class is tough for a lot of you, and you may have struggled.  There may have been some late nights, some tears, and frustration– and that’s okay.

It’s okay– not because it’s any fun to struggle (it’s not, of course it’s not fun)– but because you didn’t stop trying, and that is one of the hardest and most important lessons to learn. This is the thing about high school: it’s not a springboard to the real world.  It is the real world– just a little bit smaller and with some safety nets. The world is full of deadlines, and stress, and rules that can chafe, and people with whom you don’t always get along– but it’s also full of good friends, and cool things to learn, and chances to prove yourself.

After high school, you’re going to run into all sorts of challenges.  You know the sort– money, jobs, education, relationships, family, health– all of it.  And when you hit that stuff (and you will, because we all do, because that is what it means to be human), you have to know how to work through it when you feel yourself struggling.  You’ve got to be willing to keep trying, just like you did in this class– even when it wasn’t fun.

That willingness to keep working on it until you get it right?  That’s resilience.  That’s grit.  It’s not glamorous, or flashy– but it is real, and it will take you so much farther than brilliance of mind or charisma or pessimism or complaint.  So.  If I have one piece of advice for you going forward, it’s this: don’t be afraid of the hard stuff.  The hard stuff’s the stuff worth doing, and redoing, until you get it right.


Now.  On a lighter note, Sydney has given me permission to post her own version of someone dealing with the harder parts of life:

And for those of you wondering, I’ll have grades in by 3:30 PM tomorrow.  Try to refrain from obsessively refreshing Synergy, okay?  It’ll all be okay.

Final Review Project: Curating the Museum of AP World History

Nope, we’re not done yet, guys!  Remember, you’ve got some big stuff coming up this week:

  • Bonus Film Review (Monday, May 16th)
  • Final Exam (Tuesday, May 17th)
  • Final Narrative Paper (Wednesday, May 18th)

… so hopefully you’re using your time wisely this weekend.  Additionally, we’ll be working in class every day next week (except Tuesday when we take our final) so that you can have time to create your museum exhibits.  If you were absent, please download the instructions below and read over the PowerPoint– your groups are included in the PPT.

Remember to bring in materials to work with, if you think you’ll need art supplies!  You’re welcome to store things in my room while we work.

You’ve got this.

Hey.  I know you’re nervous.  It’s okay.  You’ve got a high-pressure test tomorrow, and it’s probably weighing on you a little.  It’s all right to be anxious about things like this– but it’s also important to know how to handle that anxiety.

So, here: I made you a checklist, because sometimes it helps to have a tangible list of things to do when you’re nervous.  If you’re in class this semester, you already received a copy today.  If you took AP World last semester, you might want to download this, print it out, and read it over.  (And if you’re not one of my students– because I know there are some of you out there who read this who aren’t in my classes– feel free to take this advice and apply it to your own testing circumstance tomorrow.)

AP World History Exam Checklist

And because I think it’s important, and I think you guys probably need to hear this sometimes– especially in our current world of high-stakes testing– I’ll repeat what I said at the end of the checklist.

If there’s anything else you should know for tomorrow’s exam, it’s this: I’m so proud of you guys.  This is a hard class—it’s the history of everyone, everywhere, since the beginnings of humanity!  It couldn’t be anything BUT hard.  But you’ve handled this semester with grace, perseverance, curiosity, enthusiasm, and grit.  You’ve already proven yourselves to me; I don’t need the College Board to tell me whether or not you know this stuff.  This is three hours out of your life, with seventy questions and three essays.  It can’t possibly tell me—or anyone else—about your sense of historical empathy, your ability use historical precedents in your personal decision-making, or your value as a person.

So go in there tomorrow and kick butt on the exam, because I know you can.  But remember when the scores come back in July that you’re not a better person for scoring a five, or a worse person for scoring a two.  (I think you’re awesome regardless.)  The only thing that really matters is what you DO with the information you gain in this or any other class, and you can do so very, very much more than take a test.

So there you go.  Go forth and conquer.

Buena suerte, bon chance, and good luck!


Improvised Google Hangout Study Session!

All right, guys.  Time to get this show on the road!

Now, let’s just hope it works.

And if you can’t join the discussion directly, remember you can tweet me at @GallowayAPWorld and use the hashtag #AskMsGalloway, and I’ll answer your questions as I see them.

ETA: Hey, it sort of worked!  I hope it was helpful for you guys.  And if you didn’t get to watch it live, there’s always the video archive version above which you can watch as many times as you like.

Google Hangout Study Session Tonight!

Hey, guys!  I hope you’re all getting some studying done today– but if you need some additional help, I’m going to be setting up a Google Hangout on Air this evening between 7:00 and 8:30 PM.  So here’s how it will work:*

  1. A Google Hangout is basically a video/text chat.  I’ll have it set up so that you can see me (and maybe if I wear a headset, the mic will pick up my voice enough for me to talk a bit), but I’ll set it so that you can’t see each other.  Too many videos can be a mess.  You’ll be able to ask questions via typing, and you can vote up questions you want me to answer first.  It will probably work best for you to do this on a computer if you can (for ease of typing), as I understand that trying to type in a question while running the Hangout app on a tablet or phone can be obnoxious.  (But if that’s your only option, you can always watch along anyway.)  Also, I’m given to understand that only about ten of you at a time will be able to actively participate– so if you’re NOT able to type your question, please feel free to tweet it at me using the hashtag #AskMsGalloway. (I feel ridiculous typing that, btw.)  I’ll have a second window open and make a point of asking those questions in the Hangout, too.
  2. A Google Hangout on Air means that our session will be streaming live on YouTube while the session is ongoing, and it also means that it will be archived there, afterwards.  So if you can’t watch and participate in the session live, you should be able to watch the recorded version whenever you have time.  I’ll be embedding the YouTube stream on this page so that you can watch if you like.
  3. I’m sending out Hangout invitations via email as soon as I finish this post.  HOWEVER!  A Hangout requires a Google account, so if you don’t have a gmail or Magnet account that I know about, I won’t be able to send you one.  If you HAVE a gmail address that I don’t know about and would like to participate in today’s Hangout, please email, tweet, or send me a message via Remind to let me know what it is, and I’ll add you before the Hangout starts. (DON’T leave your email in a comment on this post.  That’s not great Internet security practice.)
  4. Here’s how to join the Hangout: First, you need to install the Google Hangout plugin or install the app.  (It takes like seven seconds.  Go here: https://hangouts.google.com/.  If it says, “Hi, [your name]!,” you’re good.)  Then, go to your gmail or Magnet account.  You’ll see an email notification about the Hangout, and it SHOULD have instructions on how to join.  I think all you need to do is hit accept, but you may need to go in through Google Plus in order to see the event itself.  If you’re super confused about how to do all this, here’s a quick tutorial (you can disregard the stuff on audio and video, though):

Okay, guys!  Hopefully this works, but if not, Twitter’s our backup– you can always contact me @GallowayAPWorld, or use the hashtag #AskMsGalloway.

*in theory. I’ve never done one of these before, so it could be a disaster! We shall see.  I’m fairly techie, so hopefully I can figure out any bugs before we go live.

Student-Led Study Session!

I’ve had some intrepid students step up and say they’ll try their hand at running a study session at Swift-Cantrell Park tomorrow from 9:30 to 2:00, so if you would like to head out and meet up to get some serious studying in, you might want to considering meeting up!

If you have questions, you should try contacting Sara K. and Jordan W.

Good luck, guys!  Remember, you can also check back here to see when and how I’ll be answering questions online tomorrow, too.

No Study Saturday. :(

Hey, guys.  I’m so, so, so sorry, but my voice still hasn’t returned.  It’s marginally better than yesterday, but I don’t think that it’s going to make enough of an amazing turnaround tonight to let me be effective in leading a study session.  So unfortunately, I’m going to have to cancel the study session at Swift-Cantrell Park tomorrow.

I know a lot of you have been counting on this study session as a way to get ready for the AP exam on Thursday, but I’ll let you in on a secret: you can totally do this without my help.  You know so much more than you think you do.  So here’s what I suggest:

  1. Get a group together and plan to study for whatever time you had allotted for tomorrow.  You had planned to come to the study session for the whole five hours?   AWESOME.  Meet at a friend’s house or a coffee shop or go to the park and make yourself study for that length of time.  It’s helpful to have other people around when you study, sometimes, because they can make you accountable for the way you spend your time.  If you’re studying alone and spend twenty minutes on Tumblr because you got distracted, you’re not wasting anyone’s time but your own.  But if you do that when there are five other people giving up their time to study with you, it’s a lot easier to make yourself stay on task.
  2. Give yourself breaks at LEAST once an hour.  Take fifteen minutes to stand up, check your phone, talk about what you’re getting your mom or grandma or whoever for Mother’s Day (that’s Sunday, btw, you might want to get on that), stretch, have a snack, or go play basketball for a few minutes.  Whatever.  It’s easier to focus and be productive when you give yourself a set time to goof off, too. Don’t expect to be able to bury your nose in your textbook for five hours straight; you’re going to want to check your phone, or you’ll get off-topic, or you’ll have a sudden and desperate need for Oreos.  That’s okay.  Just plan your breaks, and end them when you say you will.
  3. Have a plan for what you want to accomplish when you study.  Maybe break your study time up into sections: for the first hour, review Units One and Two.  The second, Unit Three, then Unit Four, and so on.  Maybe make one member of your study group responsible for running that part of your review (that doesn’t mean they have to know the answers– just have them be in charge of looking up information, asking questions of the group, and keeping everyone focused on the topic at hand).
  4. DO SOMETHING WITH THE INFORMATION.  Make something when you study.  A timeline, a comparative chart, a mindmap, an outline– whatever.  What you need to do is not just look at the information again, but actively rehearse it.  Make your friends act out charades about industrialization, SING THE CHINA DYNASTY SONG (or write your own about another topic), write a limerick about the unification of Germany— anything that makes you use and think about information in a new way is helpful.

As for me, I’m going to be looking at how to set up a Google hangout (or something similar).  I hope to be able to have some means of letting you guys chat and ask questions online some time tomorrow evening, probably between 7 and 9 PM.  If I can’t get a hangout to work, we can at least do a Twitter chat– and you can tweet questions at me all day tomorrow while you’re studying, if you like.  My school twitter account is @GallowayAPWorld, and if you use the hashtag #AskMsGalloway, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  (The only things you should be asking Ms. Galloway, however, are AP World History related questions.  This is not Reddit, and I’m not running an AMA.)

Hopefully I’ll have my voice back next week, guys, so I can help you with any last minute questions or concerns then.  In the meantime, study productively, GET SOME SLEEP, and I’ll see you on Monday.

Update on Study Saturday

So.  Those of you who were at the practice multiple choice exam yesterday know that I lost my voice midway through yesterday– and not just a little bit.  (It was pretty hilarious, actually, if a bit painful and inconvenient.)  Today, if anything, it’s worse.

I went to the doctor yesterday after school, and I have a nice case of laryngitis, which means that my vocal chords are inflamed and irritated and therefore not working normally.  Unfortunately, there’s not much to do get my voice back quickly– I’ve been drinking so much green tea with ginger that I might prompt a third Opium War in China in order to address the trade imbalance I’m creating, and I’ve had enough honey-lemon concoctions to last me a lifetime.  The only thing for it is to simply not talk, and give my vocal chords time to fix themselves.

If you’re clever, you’ve spotted the problem: running a study session through the medium of mime is perhaps not the most effective thing ever.  Usually at these sessions I talk for about four or five hours, answering questions and reviewing content, and I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to do that by Saturday.  I’m HOPING my vocal chords will suddenly decide to play ball overnight, but that may not happen.  So.

  1. If my voice isn’t cooperating tomorrow morning, I’m going to go ahead and call off the study session at Swift-Cantrell.  I know many of you are coming from all over the county, and I want you to have time to make alternate plans if you need to.
  2. I will post an update as to the status of the study session on this blog, and over Remind, and on Twitter, and hang a sign on my door.  PLEASE make sure you pass the information along to everyone in APWH (especially if they took the class in the fall).
  3. EVEN IF there is no official study session, you still CAN AND SHOULD hold your own!  Meet up with friends at a coffee shop, or hang out at someone’s house– or go ahead to the park!  Work together to complete those timelines on the back of each Unit Guide, make a mind-map for each period of study, draw up compare and contrast charts for major empires or faiths or trade systems.  You can do this.
  4. I’m going to try to set up a Google hangout for you guys if I can’t manage to run the study session, so that you’ll have a venue to ask me questions, and so that I can answer— it’ll have to be a text chat, however, rather than video.  I’ll put information about a hangout up on this blog if that’s the case.

I really, really hope we don’t have to cancel, guys– I’ve never NOT run a study session on the Saturday before the exam, and I don’t want to break tradition now.  But we’ll see.  Keep your fingers crossed, okay?

On a brighter note, however– I just got word that we’ll be doing one more Twitter review chat on May 11th from 8:00 to 9:00 PM– the night before the exam.  Use the hashtag #APWorldCobb and you can ask last-minute questions and get help from several AP World teachers (including me) from around Cobb.  AND– this is the exciting part– Raoul Meyer will also be online to help us answer questions.  Who is Raoul Meyer, you ask?  Why, he’s one of the writers for Crash Course– John Green’s high school history teacher!


Improvised Classwork: Ms. Galloway Has No Voice Edition

All right, guys– this is incredibly bad timing, but I have lost my voice entirely.  So.  I can’t lecture today as I had planned.  That means we’re going to have to improvise.  So here’s the plan:

  1. We’ll watch the Crash Course video on decolonization.
  2. You’ll review the information on the two PowerPoints posted the blog on decolonization and independence movements in Africa and South Asia.
  3. After reviewing the information, work on completing the Decolonization in the Twentieth Century handout you received.  You should use the information in the PPTs and textbooks to help you link the related people, terms, and historical events together.  Do your best to find a date for each chain of terms.

Here are the relevant PowerPoints:

Decolonization (Africa) and Indian Nationalism

There WILL be a study session after school, but I’ll really be encouraging you all to answer each others questions.  I’ll step in and correct (by typing answers and projecting them) if necessary.

As to Study Saturday– guys, I’ve got to be honest. I have no idea if I’ll be able to talk by then, and I really don’t know how effect the study session will be if I can’t talk.  What do you think?

CCOT Make-Up Schedule!

If you missed yesterday’s CCOT essay due to the AP Psychology exam, you need to fill out this form in order to schedule your make-up essay.  The only days I will be offering the make-up essay are those listed on this form.


Homework: World War II and the Holocaust


Hey, there.  Since our schedule today (and for the next few days) is rather messed up, second period doesn’t have much time in class to work on their infographic, which means they’ll need to focus on that for their homework tonight (5/2).  Thus, I would like you to complete the assignment below by the start of class on WEDNESDAY (5/4), rather than the start of class tomorrow (5/3).  Sorry for the confusion, guys– I wish I’d known about the bell schedule for today in advance, but I didn’t. :/

This evening, please review the following material on the Holocaust (or Shoah) as a continuation of our study of World War II:

World War II and Society

After reviewing the material above, please listen to the following radio broadcast by journalist Edward R. Murrow on the liberation of Buchenwald in April of 1945. You will find that the sound quality is far from perfect– there are lots of hisses and pops and the whine of interference, as this is the actual recording from 1945. If you would like to, you can follow this transcript of the broadcast while you listen– but please do listen. Sometimes the tone of voice is just as important as the words themselves:

Liberation of Buchenwald, 15 April 1945, reported by Edward R. Murrow (CBS News)

In a thoughtful comment, please respond to the following prompts:

  • Describe the events in Germany beginning in 1933 which led to the Final Solution. What was their purpose? How did these actions normalize discrimination?
  • What were the conditions like in Buchenwald when Murrow and the American troops arrive? What sort of men did Murrow encounter in the camp? What do you think shocked Murrow the most about the experience? What shocked you the most about his description?
  • At the end of the broadcast, Murrow tells his audience that “if [he] has offended [them] by this rather mild account of Buchenwald, [he’s] not in the least bit sorry.” What is Murrow’s tone when he delivers this line? (That is, how does he sound?)
  • Murrow, as a journalist, believed that it was his job to make an argument– NOT to be a mere reporter of facts. What argument is he trying to make through this report? What does he want his listeners to feel, learn, and believe as a result of his work? Do you think that he achieved his goal? Why or why not?

Remember, normal commenting rules apply: one thoughtful comment which addresses all of the discussion points thoroughly will receive up to 95%, while you must comment and leave a response on someone else’s comment in order to earn full credit.

Bonus Film Opportunity: Third Time’s the Charm!

Are your essay grades less than desirable? Do you need to do some grade repair?

Then you need to complete the Real to Reel assignment by May 16th!

As we discussed in class, remember that this assignment is NOT a simple bonus assignment– your work needs to be thoughtful, reasoned, and polished, and address all of the requirements described in the assignment sheet above. Poor quality work will be graded as such. This is, however, an optional assignment– you are not required to complete this review, and if you choose not to submit one, you will simply be given an exemption.

In order to help you make your selections for this assignment, I humbly present the original trailers to all of the films listed below:

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, dir. Ashutosh Gowariker (2001)

Paths of Glory, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1957)

Modern Times, dir. Charles Chaplin (1936)

***NOTE: This is a silent film. I know. You’ll live.

Casablanca, dir. Michael Curtiz (1942)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1964)

Charlie Wilson’s War, dir. Mike Nichols (2007)

Suggestions for Tomorrow’s CCOT Essay

Don’t forget that you’ll have a CCOT essay tomorrow in class.  If I were you, I would consider the following:

1. Unit Four.
2. Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and one other place I’m not giving away.
3. Trade.

Also, the word “interregional” is interesting, isn’t it?  I wonder what it means.