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.

 

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Homework: CCOT Practice

This evening, you’ll need to complete the CCOT outline we began in class on the following prompt:

Using the music video below, analyze the changes and continuities of Western popular music between the the 11th century CE and the present.

This exercise is primarily designed to help you better understand the format of Change and Continuity essays, so I anticipate you being a little creative with this response.

Homework: Tokugawa Edicts!

Tonight, please read the two selections from the Tokugawa Edicts located below:

You will note that there are four questions following each of the passages; please fully answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper.  They will be due at the start of class tomorrow.


 

Additionally, please be aware that you’ve got several things coming due relatively shortly:

  • In-class DBQ (Friday, March 11th)
  • Source Scavenger Hunt (Thursday, March 24th)
  • Black Death DBQ Rewrite (Thursday, March 24th)
  • Renaissance and Reformation WebQuest (Friday, March 18th)
  • Unit Four Test (Friday, March 18th)
  • In-class DBQ (Friday, March 25th)

For your Black Death DBQ rewrite, you will want to use the Black Death DBQ documents.  Remember that you should take the comments you received on your first DBQ to heart, and try to avoid making the same mistakes a second time.

DBQ Prep: Sample Essay Scores!

Hopefully, by this point you have read, annotated, and scored the two sample essays included in the packet you picked up on Friday.  It’s time now to see how accurate you were in your assessment, so get out the essays and your scores, and let’s see what the College Board says:

Sample 1A — Score: 8

The thesis outlines factors shaping the modern Olympics and correctly places them in the relevant historical context of the time period (1 point). There are four groupings: peace, political interests, economic interests (“incentive for sponsoring as well as hosting the games”), and social reform (female athletes) (1 point). The essay demonstrates understanding of all 10 documents (1 point) and correctly uses evidence from 9 documents to answer the question (2 points). Document 5 is inverted, expressing the effects of the Olympics on Japan, and therefore did not count for evidence of factors that affected the Olympics. There is analysis of point of view for three documents (Documents 4, 6, and 10) (1 point). The request for additional documents from people who were not athletes or people from Africa and South America shows awareness of other factors that could have affected the Olympics in the time period (1 point). An expanded core point was earned for additional analysis of documents through groupings and of point of view (1 point).

Sample 1C — Score: 4

The thesis identifies three factors that shaped the modern Olympic movement: “nationalism,” “host country to show off,” and “feminism” (1 point). There are three document groupings: peace (Documents 1 and 6), nationalism (Documents 3, 4, and 10), and feminism (Documents 2 and 8) (1 point). The essay demonstrates understanding of all 10 documents (1 point). No points were awarded for evidence because the documents are used to support the inverse of the question, i.e., how the Olympics had consequences or effects. There is analysis of point of view for three documents (Documents 3, 4, and 7) (1 point). No point was earned for the request of an additional document because the explanation of how the requested documents would help assess a factor that shaped the modern Olympics is incomplete.

So.  How accurate were you?  Don’t forget to quickly explain any discrepancy between your original score and the one assessed by the College Board!

DBQ Practice!

Sorry for the late post, guys! I had to cover a class during my planning period and then had a meeting after school, so this is the first chance I’ve had to put up this post.

Tonight for homework, please complete the  DBQ Essay Worksheet, using the prompt and documents from the Olympic DBQ which you received in class.  This assignment will be due at the start of class tomorrow, and you can expect it to take you a fair amount of time to complete.  (The first AP-style DBQ is always difficult to put together; I promise it will get much, much easier with practice.)

If you missed our discussion of how to write a DBQ, or if you want to review the process or receive some extra help on the subject, please check the Document-Based Question page under the Essay Writing Resources tab on this page.  You’ll find a number of instructional videos and additional downloads which may help to clarify the process.  It would also be a good idea to come and talk to me to clear up any questions you have on the process before next Monday– we’ll be writing our first full DBQ at the start of class on February 29th.

Additionally, remember that you need to budget time during the remainder of the week to complete quiz corrections on the Unit Three reading quiz.  And– THIS IS IMPORTANT– I goofed on when I told you they would be due! I think I told all three classes that your corrections would be due on Tuesday, March 1st (the day of our next test).  However, my policy is to give you five class days to complete corrections, which would mean that corrections should be due on the second of March, not the first!  Sorry about that, guys.  I’ll address my mistake tomorrow in class.

Bonus Assignment: Film Reviews!

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

Then you need to complete the Real to Reel: AP World History on Film assignment by Friday, March 4th!

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 most of the films listed (The Lion in Winter‘s trailer is super weird and not all that helpful):

Throne of Blood, dir. Akira Kurosawa (1957)

Spartacus, dir. Stanley Kubric (1960)

Hero, dir. Yimou Zhang (2002)

Henry V, dir. Kenneth Branagh (1989)

The Lion in Winter, dir. Anthony Harvey (1968)— remember, this one is rated PG, but the content is definitely edgy.  Best to clear this one with your parents first.

Some of these you may be able to find online or through instant streaming services, and some you may not.  You may even find it useful to check at your local community library for a few of these– they’re well-regarded films, many of which have won Oscars, so it’s not unlikely that you’d be able to check a DVD out from a library if you can’t find the movie streaming on Netflix.

Happy viewing!

Homework: Comparative Essay Prep

I hope you all have a relaxing, slightly extended weekend!  Please make sure to be careful if you’re out traveling about on Saturday; while I sincerely doubt we’ll be snowed in, there’s enough water on the roads to make life exciting (in a bad way) overnight.  So– be careful out there, okay?

Now.  Over the weekend, you will need to do some work to prepare for your first in-class comparative essay.  You’ll need this: Imperial Collapse Comparative Prompt

You may ONLY use the space below the line to write your outline, which you may use to help you write your essay on Monday.  You MUST hand-write your outline– no typing allowed, and you may not use the back of the paper.

Use your notes, use your reading on the collapse of empires, and use your textbooks.  I would STRONGLY SUGGEST that you stay away from using Internet sources unless you are absolutely confident in their accuracy.

Also: a number of you were absent today.  Please remember that unless your absence is excused, you are not eligible to make up the reading quiz you missed today.

Homework: Comparative Essay Grading

Apologies for the late posting on this one, guys.  I wasn’t feeling too well yesterday and today, and only just realized I hadn’t put up instructions for the homework assignment for those of you who were absent.

I know that there were several of you out on Friday– some for the AP Euro trip to the High, and some for other reasons.  You missed a lesson on how to write the Comparative Essay, which is a fairly important topic in this class.  The first thing you’ll need to do is check the drop-down menu at the top of this page labeled “Essay Writing Materials”– go to the Comparative Essay tab, and read over the materials linked on that page.  You’ll also want to watch the two videos on the page to help you better understand the process of writing the essay, and how the rubric for the essay works.

Once you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect from the essay, you’ll need to download the following:

Your homework this weekend is to read over the annotated rubric from the 2009 Comparative Essay, and use that as a standard of grading for ONE of the three sample student essays.  On Tuesday we’ll discuss how accurately you graded the essays and address any questions you have regarding AP scoring techniques.

Other than that, your homework is to make a stab at your Unit Two Reading– the reading guide and vocabulary assignment can be found on the Unit Two Resources page.


 

Upcoming Due Dates:

  • Unit Two Reading Quiz (1/22)
  • Unit Two Vocabulary Assignment (1/22)
  • In-Class Comparative Essay (1/25)
  • Unit Two Test (1/29)

 

If you missed the Unit One Test, remember that you must schedule a time to make it up with me as soon as possible, and that you are only eligible to make up missing work if your absence is excused.

I hope you all have a thoughtful and restful Martin Luther King Day, and I’ll see you on Tuesday.

One Week to Go!

Thank you so much for your hard work on the Student Learning Objective today, guys.  I’ll let you know how you performed as soon as I get the word from the county on the time-table.  Overall, I was very pleased with how you performed, so congratulations on a job well done.

You have several things to consider this weekend, so here are your priorities for this class, in order of importance:

  1. Finish your narrative for your final research project!  If you need any clarification on instructions or my grading standards, please email me or check the material on the Final Narrative Project tab on this website.  Remember that you MUST have a hard-copy ready to turn in when the bell rings on Monday, and you must also submit an electronic copy to TurnItIn.com.  Your narrative is due at the start of class on Monday, December 14th.
  2. Communicate with your group members on what you might want to do for your Final Exam Review Project.  You’ll need to bring any supplies you think you might need to school on Monday if possible.  Make sure to stay in contact with your group members this weekend.  (If you’ve forgotten who is in your group, please consult this list: Final Project Groups.
  3. Think about what placement you would like for next year: Honors U.S. History?  AP U.S. History?  I’m not inclined to place anyone in on-level U.S. History unless you have a particularly compelling reason.  Think about your course load next year, talk about it with your parents, and be ready to make a decision on Monday.
  4. REGISTER FOR THE AP EXAM!  Have you signed up yet?  Go here and take care of it now!

Have a good weekend, guys.  Work hard, get some rest, and come ready to knock Finals Week out of the park.

Bonus Film Reviews: 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: AP World History on Film assignment by December 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)

A Very Long Engagement [Un long dimanche de fiançailles], dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)

***NOTE: This film is rated R for violence and sexuality.  If your parent or guardian would object to you viewing this film, please move along to another option.

Modern Times, dir. Charles Chaplin (1936)

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

Casablanca, dir. Michael Curtiz (1942)

The Last King of Scotland, dir. Kevin Macdonald (2006)

***NOTE: This film is rated R for language, violence, and sexuality.  If your parent or guardian would object to you viewing this film, please move along to another option.

Happy viewing!

Happy Thanksgiving! (And also, you have some work to do. Sorry.)

Congratulations, guys– you made it to Thanksgiving.  Take some time over the next week to relax, enjoy time with your family and friends, and eat some pies.

However.

We’re getting awfully close to the end of the semester (only three more weeks when we get back!), which means you’ve got some work to complete over the break.  So here’s what you need to do during your break:

  1. Complete the CCOT Worksheet using the prompt from the 2015 AP World History exam.  (For those of you who were absent on Friday, please check your email– I’ll send it to you.  You should also review how to write a Change and Continuity essay by looking at the Essay Writing Materials section of this website.)
  2. Read, annotate, and grade one of the three released student sample essays from the 2015 CCOT essay.  (Again, those of you who were absent, please check your email.)  We’ll talk about how you graded the essays when we get back on Monday, November 30th.
  3. Read for this unit! (Basically: finish the book.  Your reading quiz will be on December 3rd.)
  4. Work on your Content Paper.  It’s due on December 1st.
  5. Start working on the Student Learning Objective Review.  Remember, your Student Learning Objective (SLO) exam will make up 10% of your final grade, and will take place on December 11th.

So that’s what you need to be up to date for the next week.  Take care, have fun, and I’ll see you on the 30th.

 

(And just a reminder– I’m going to be out in the hinterlands starting on Sunday, so I make no guarantees about my availability via email.  If you need to get in contact with me for any reason, I may not respond until Saturday, November 28th.)

Homework: Russian Empire Work (Also, DBQ Rewrite Information)!

Apologies for not being terribly entertaining today, guys.  I’m feeling pretty rotten.  And alas, that means you’ve going to be responsible for this information through independent work.  Tonight, you need to finish up the following assignments using your textbooks (if you didn’t finish them in class):

  1. Imperial Russia Organizer— Please complete a PERSIA analysis of both the reigns of Ivan IV (the Terrible) and Peter the Great.  Be sure to note the causes of change or continuity in the arrows between each ruler.
  2. Caribbean Slavery vs Serfdom— Coercive and forced labor forms become increasingly important during this unit, so you’ll need to complete this compare-and-contrast worksheet to help you understand the similarities and differences in labor systems.  Don’t forget to write a comparative thesis statement as part of this assignment.  (Also: I won’t say anything in class, but this would make a really great comparative essay topic.  Gosh.)
  3. Peter the Great: Correspondence with His Son— And finally, please read the associated letter from Peter the Great to his son, Alexei, on the topic of absolutism and power.  There’s one analytical question on this exchange which you will need to answer on a separate sheet of paper.

If you need further information on Ivan IV and Peter the Great, or if you’re just fascinated by Imperial Russia in general, you might consider watching the documentary below:

Now!  As to your DBQ rewrite.  Remember, you are not required to rewrite your Black Death DBQ– but many of you probably would like.  If you would, your rewrite will be due at the start of class on October 29th.  If you have lost your documents for this DBQ, you can download another copy here: Black Death DBQ.

Homework: Outline 2008 Olympic DQB

Happy Fall Break, guys!  Enjoy your well-deserved time off– catch up on some sleep, binge-watch some television, and go enjoy the heck out of this lovely weather.

But!

Remember that you do have some homework to take care of over the break, as well.  On Friday, you’ll remember that we discussed how to write the Document-Based Question essay in class.  So this week you’re going to set aside some time from your marathoning of Friends or whatever you’re in the middle of on Netflix, and you’re going to use the DBQ Essay Handout I gave you on Friday to outline the 2008 AP World History DBQ.

If you need to review the process for writing a DBQ, please see the Document-Based Question page on this website (it’s under the Writing Materials drop-down menu at the top of this page).

I look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Film Review: Extra Essay Assignment!

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

Then you need to complete the Real to Reel: AP World History on Film assignment by Friday, October 2nd!

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 most of the films listed (The Lion in Winter‘s trailer is super weird and not all that helpful):

Throne of Blood, dir. Akira Kurosawa (1957)

Spartacus, dir. Stanley Kubric (1960)

Hero, dir. Yimou Zhang (2002)

Henry V, dir. Kenneth Branagh (1989)

The Lion in Winter, dir. Anthony Harvey (1968)— remember, this one is rated PG, but the content is definitely edgy.  Best to clear this one with your parents first.

Some of these you may be able to find online or through instant streaming services, and some you may not.  You may even find it useful to check at your local community library for a few of these– they’re well-regarded films, many of which have won Oscars, so it’s not unlikely that you’d be able to check a DVD out from a library if you can’t find the movie streaming on Netflix.

Happy viewing!

Homework: The Question of Mongol Awesomeness

Don’t forget, you have an in-class essay tomorrow.  You will NOT be allowed to use any notes or textbooks on this essay.  However, it would not be a bad idea to re-read the Southernization article and really think about the role of the Mongols during your homework tonight.

Deep breath, guys.  It’s just an essay.  You’re bigger than it is.  You can totally take it.


Quick announcement regarding applications for GHP in Social Studies– I need everyone’s completed application by TOMORROW at the end of the day.  

Also, tomorrow’s picture day.  Brush your hair, smile pretty, and get yourself in the yearbook.


Now!  Regarding your homework for tonight.

Today in class you should have read and analyzed documents regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious history of the Mongols from a variety of sources.  If you would like to read those documents again or download a copy for your personal reference, you can find them here: Mongol Documents.  You also watched the Crash Course video on the Mongols as well (which I will embed below, thusly:)

Using these resources, please post a thoughtful, reasoned comment to this entry addressing the following prompt:

All things being equal, were the Mongols a beneficial or harmful force for Eurasia during the post-Classical period?  Why do you think so?  Consider the role the Mongols played in trade, cultural diffusion, warfare, and disease in your responses.

Be sure to use SPECIFIC EVIDENCE from the documents, your textbooks, and the video to support your argument.

Normal commenting rules apply– one thoughtful comment will earn you a maximum of 95%, while one comment PLUS a thoughtful response to another student’s comment will earn you a maximum of 100%.

Happy Mongol-ing!