Homework: Myth of Continents article and questions.

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– “The Myth of Continents” by Peter Morris.

After reading the article, please examine the map of the College Board’s division of the world’s regions, and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. After considering Morris’ points, how many continents do you think there are?  Why?  Is Europe a continent in your scheme?  Why or why not?
  2. Looking at the two maps of AP World History regions, do you agree with how the College Board has divided the world?  Does it make sense to you? If you were going to make your own map of the world, how would you divide up the world’s regions?  Why?

Please make sure your answers are thoughtful, legible, and complete, and be ready to turn them in first thing on Wednesday.

Also, please make sure to have your Handbook Acknowledgment form signed and returned by Thursday.

New semester, new class, new start.

I hope you all had a great first day as sophomores.  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: APWHHandbook.)  Once you’ve read over the handbook, please sign the acknowledgment sheet at the back of the handbook, remove it, 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 embedded below.  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.  You will need your handbook with you as you fill out the survey, as there are several questions which ask you to review information from the class handbook and website.

Some upcoming due dates to help you get off on the right foot:

  • Student information form due tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4th
  • Student/Parent handbook acknowledgement form due by Thursday, August 6th
  • Reading quiz over Guns, Germs, and Steel (chpts. 1-14) on Friday, August 7th
  • Summer reading journal due on Friday, August 7th
  • Unit One vocabulary due on Monday, August 10th
  • Unit One Test on Thursday, August 13th

Remember, any handouts or readings from class for Unit One will be located on the Unit One Materials page of this website.  That includes copies of the handbook, unit one vocabulary assignments, and the unit one study guide.

If you didn’t get a chance today in class, remember to register for the APWH Fall Semester Remind announcement list by texting @apwhkhan to 81010.  This will allow you to receive notifications about class assignments and other events.

See you all tomorrow!