Homework: Thoughts on Civilization

Tomorrow we’ll be doing some discussion-driven work on a pretty contentious issue in world history– trying to define and understand the term “civilization.” Therefore, your homework tonight will be oriented around trying to give you some background ideas on civilization.  You should have picked up the handout today in class, but if you’ve lost it, you’ll need to download a copy of Thoughts on Civilization and following the directions on the sheet.

Your general tasks are as follow:

  1. Read over the various definitions and quotations regarding the idea of civilization.
  2. Generate at least one good comment or response to the definitions you’ve read, and at least one good question you might be interested in discussing on the subject tomorrow.
  3. Watch the Crash Course: World History video embedded below. (If you can’t see it, the raw URL is provided is provided on your handout.)
  4. Answer the associated questions regarding the video on your handout.

In order for our conversation tomorrow to be valuable, it’s extremely important that you prepare effectively by completing this work.

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Latin American Revolutions Homework and Due Dates!

All right, guys– I know it’s been nothin’ but revolutions this week, but you’ve got one more.  Or rather, a series of revolutions.  What you need to do is get out your Latin American Revolution handout from class (or download another copy here: The Age of Revolutions in Latin America), and complete it using the Crash Course video located below, your textbooks, and the notes from this PowerPoint: Latin American Revolutions.


Now, on to due dates.  Big dates coming up that you should keep track of:

  • Annotated Bibliography (Monday, November 9th)
  • Unit Five Reading Quiz (Wednesday, November 11th)
  • Unit Five Vocabulary Assignment (Wednesday, November 11th)
  • In-Class DBQ (Thursday, November 12th)
  • Second Film Review (Friday, November 13th)
  • Industrial Revolution WebQuest Due (Thursday, November 19th)
  • Unit Five Test (Thursday, November 19th)

Additionally, remember that we’ll be in the Media Center tomorrow for a WebQuest, and I’ll be absent on Tuesday of next week for Model UN.  (You’ll have a lot of work in my absence, so try not to get too excited.)  Also, I’ll be teaching you how to write the third and final type of essay for this course on the 20th, so if you know you’re going to be absent that day in advance of Thanksgiving break, please let me know so that we can make arrangements.

Homework Clean-Up: Black Death Crash Course

I know that in second and third period we were pressed for time today, so if you could take about ten minutes and watch the following Crash Course on the role of disease in history– and the effect of the Black Death on Western Europe in particular, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks, and remember: we’ll have a study session after school tomorrow from 3:40 to 4:40 PM in room 312.  If you haven’t started studying for your Unit Three test yet, let me gently suggest that you start.  Tonight.  Right now.  Don’t wait– you’ve got a LOT of material on this test, and you had a week off in the middle of the material, so things are probably at least a little bit fuzzy.

Homework: Mandate of Heaven!

Reminder: There will be a study session for the Unit One Test held after school tomorrow (Wednesday, August 12th) in Ms. Galloway’s room from 3:40 until 4:40 PM.


Today we finished up our discussion of the Indus River Valley, and began our discussion on the early Chinese dynasties.  (First period, being terribly efficient, is already finished with China.  Nice job, first period.)  We won’t have time to watch it in class right now, but there is a good Crash Course on the process of dynastic rule and the Mandate of Heaven in China– just ignore ALL of his pronunciation.  It’s horrific:

You DO have homework tonight: please read the Mandate of Heaven document you received in class today, and complete the seven associated questions on a separate sheet of paper.  This will be due at the start of class tomorrow.

Egypt and the Indus River Valley!

No homework tonight, guys!  (Well.  There’s always the unit reading.  And quiz corrections.  And you could probably stand to start reviewing for the Unit One test on Thursday.  But there’s no assigned homework, so that’s something at least.)

Today we finished up talking about ancient Egypt through the Old Kingdom.  If we didn’t get to it in class, you might like to watch the Crash Course episode on this subject as a means of review:

We also began working on identifying the major political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic accomplishments of the Indus River Valley civilization by comparing what various AP World History textbooks have to say on the subject.  We’ll be finishing this up tomorrow, and then moving on to China.

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Remember, if you were absent for the reading quiz on Friday, you need to schedule a make-up with me as quickly as possible.  Everyone else: you have until Monday, August 17th at 4:30 PM to get your quiz corrections completed.

Happy studying, guys!

Homework: Bronze Age Zaption!

Congratulations on making it through your first week of AP World History!  I hope you’re feeling more comfortable with the class– if you’re not, I strongly suggest that you make some time to either come and talk to me in person, or send me an email.  The sooner we address any concerns or anxieties you have about the course, the better.

Now, as to your homework this weekend: don’t worry, it’s not too much at all.  You have your Unit One Vocabulary assignment which is due on Monday, so don’t forget to finish that if you haven’t already, and you’re going to complete the Zaption video assignment linked below.

Basically, I’ve taken an online streaming video– a Crash Course video on the Bronze Age collapse, in this case– and added my own material and questions to it.  You’ll need to enter your full name before you watch the video– otherwise I won’t be able to give you credit!

Once you’ve entered your name, you can start the video.  You’ll need to answer the various questions as they appear in the video in order to get credit for the assignment.

Here’s the link, since I can’t embed this one:

Crash Course: Bronze Age Collapse Questions

Have a marvelous weekend!

Homework: Thoughts on Civilization

Tomorrow we’ll be doing some discussion-driven work on a pretty contentious issue in world history– trying to define and understand the term “civilization.”  Therefore, your homework tonight with be oriented around trying to give you some background ideas on civilization.  You should have picked up the handout today in class, but if you’ve lost it, you’ll need to download a copy of Thoughts on Civilization and follow the directions on the sheet.

Your general tasks are as follow:

  1. Read over the various definitions and quotations regarding the idea of civilization.
  2. Generate at least one good comment or response to the definitions you’ve read, and at least one good question you might be interested in discussing on the subject tomorrow.
  3. Watch the Crash Course: World History video embedded below.  (If you can’t see it, the raw URL is provided on your handout.)
  4. Answer the associated questions regarding the video on your handout.

In order for our conversation tomorrow to be valuable, it’s extremely important that you prepare effectively by completing this work.

Also, remember that if you haven’t completed the student information survey, I need that information ASAP.  Additionally, your Handbook Acknowledgment form is due tomorrow, so please remember to bring it with you.

See you tomorrow!