All right, lovely AP World folks– it would appear that we’ve run directly into one of the joys of Spring semester: the snow day. And while I sincerely hope you all enjoy your day and get a chance to rest up a little, I also need to ask you to get some work done for me today.
Here’s what you’re going to do today:
- Download and review the following PowerPoint on Classical Greece: Ancient Greece. Make sure you read over the notes carefully; you can print them out if you like. If you’re still unclear on the highlights of Classical Greece when you finish with the PowerPoint, please download these chapter notes and review them– the portion on Classical Greece starts with the yellow highlight. (The earlier portion focuses on the Persian Empire.)
- Then, please watch the Crash Course video embedded below:
- Once you have finished reviewing the content for the day, get out a blank sheet of paper. You are going to create a Mind Map, which is a visual means of organizing information using text and illustration. You will need the content from your PowerPoint to help you complete your Mind Map. Download the instructions for your Classical Greece Mind Map here— and remember, you should complete the assignment on a SEPARATE sheet of paper (not the instruction sheet), and you MUST use color in your completed work. YOUR COMPLETED MIND MAP IS DUE AT THE START OF OUR NEXT CLASS.
Here are two examples of how past students have organized Mind Maps, but please be aware that the most important aspect of this assignment is that your information be THOUGHTFUL and ACCURATE:
This weekend, you should work to finish the mini-project we began on Thursday on non-Western belief systems. You should already have a copy of the instructions for the project, but if you have misplaced it, you can download a second copy here: Non-Western Belief Systems Project Instructions.
Remember, you need to complete both the Comparative Non-Western Belief Systems Chart and the completed Bloom ball as described in the project instructions. In order to put your Bloom ball together, follow the instructions shown below:
If you need additional Bloom ball sheets, you can download extra copies here: Bloom Ball Template.
If you’ve been struggling to find reliable information to help you with your project, the BBC’s Religion Page may help. This page is no longer being updated, but it has TONS of material on a large number of global faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Daoism (Taoism).
Okay guys, here’s what I need you to do this weekend:
- Please watch the videos below to get a sense of how the online textbooks work.
- Try to log on to the online textbook resources following the instructions I provided in the video. If you can log in, play around with the resources a little and try to familiarize yourself with them.
- If you CAN’T log in to the textbook resources, please complete the online form I’ve provided on the online textbook resources page. Provide as much information as possible on the form, just so I can know if it’s a roster problem, or a technical problem.
- Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and don’t forget to work on your vocabulary!
I hope you all had a great first day back at North Cobb High School. Remember, if you’ve got any problems with your schedule (missing classes, duplicate classes, incorrect classes) to let your teachers know immediately this week so we can get you settled into whatever courses are correct for you as quickly as possible.
Tonight, I need you to do a few things for me. First, sit down with your parents or guardians and go over the AP World History Class Handbook which you received today in class. We went over some of it in class, but you should really take a moment to look through the whole thing– and make sure you show it to your parents, as well. (If they’d like their own copy, by the way, they can download a .pdf of the handbook here: AP World History Handbook.) Once you’ve read over the handbook, please sign the acknowledgment sheet you received in class, and put it in your folder to return to me.
After looking over the handbook, please take a few minutes and complete the student information survey linked here. Please provide the most accurate information you can so that I can have a better picture of who you are and how I can best help you be successful in the course.
After completing your student information survey, you’ll need to get to work on your first homework assignment of the semester: establishing a baseline understanding of the geographic regions addressed in this class.
While this course is (clearly) not a geography class, it certainly helps to be able to recognize regions and have a basic geographic knowledge of the world. After all, you certainly don’t want to mess up and write an essay on China when you were meant to write about South Asia. To that end, tonight you will need to read the short article I handed out in class today– “The Myth of Continents” by Peter Morris. Tomorrow, we’re going to start our discussion of world history with some Big Geography, so you need to come prepared.
So after two and a half years away from AP World History– I’ve taken on teaching AP Comparative Government and Politics and several other courses– I’m coming back to AP World History for one of my classes this semester. That means I’ll be reworking a lot of my materials on this blog, so if you’re a teacher or student outside of North Cobb, please don’t be alarmed if things move around a bit.
I look forward to getting back into the swing of things with all you lovely AP World folks again!