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.

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Bonus Film Opportunity!

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

Then you need to complete the Real to Reel: Movies in World History assignment by Friday, April 22nd!

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.  Be aware that some of the selections below contain adult material, and that you should make your selections with the approval of your parent or guardian.

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

The Young Victoria (2009), dir. Jean-Marc Vallee

Jodhaa Akbar (2008), dir. Ashutosh Gowariker

Last of the Mohicans (1992), dir. Micheal Mann

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), dir. Peter Weir

Seven Samurai (1954), dir. Akira Kurosawa

Amistad (1997), dir. Steven Speilberg

 Have fun!

Classwork: Latin American Revolutions!

Using the handout you received at the start of class, please analyze the causes, participants, main events, and long-term effects of the Latin American revolutions in Mexico (1810), Spanish South America, and Brazil.  Your textbooks and the material below should help you to evaluate each revolutions– and don’t forget to note how well you think each revolution represents the ideals of the Enlightenment!

Latin American Revolutions PowerPoint

Also, the always-excellent Freeman-pedia has a really useful page on this subject: Latin American Independence!  I strongly suggest you check it out.

You should be ready to hand in your worksheet tomorrow at the start of class– I will (very quickly!) check it for completion and major errors, and will return it to you so that you can study from it as we get closer to the Unit Five Test.

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: Urbanization Game Redux

So today in class we played the Urbanization Game, which hopefully allowed you to see just how incredibly chaotic and rapid the pace of change was during the 18th and 19th centuries.  If your city was anything like most other groups’ cities, it was cramped, poorly-planned, and probably a really dangerous and unpleasant place to live.  And that really isn’t an unfair categorization of most cities during this era: most were deeply unpleasant places to live, especially if you were part of the working class.

Therefore, your homework tonight is to reflect on the city you built in class today, its problems, and what you might be able to do in order to improve things.  To that end, you will take a sheet of paper (notebook paper is fine, but if you want to make yours pretty, that’s fine) and design a better industrial city.  The city you draw must contain the following:

  • 1 river
  • at least 50 trees
  • 70 houses
  • 50 tenements
  • 15 estates
  • at least 15 stores
  • at least 5 churches
  • 12 public houses (pubs)
  • at least 5 hospitals
  • 25 factories (with smoke)
  • 5 coal mines
  • 7 schools
  • 2 cemeteries
  • 2 jails
  • 1 theater
  • 1 music hall
  • 1 museum

You may draw in as many roads, bridges, railroads, and canals as you see fit.  Additionally, you might consider adding in municipal parks– green space for public use and enjoyment was a new idea in the 19th century, and the first public park will be designed in Liverpool, England in 1843.  Your goal is to design a city which would work– a place that is safe, pleasant, efficient, productive, and attractive.

When you have finished designing your new and improved city, please answer the following questions on a sheet of paper:

  1. How would you describe the city your group created in class?  What were some of the biggest problems you noticed about your first city?
  2. How is your new city design different from what you designed in class?  Describe how it is organized.  Why did you choose this design?  Do you think this sort of city design would work in real life?  Why or why not?

Don’t forget– you’ll be writing me another in-class DBQ during the first part of class tomorrow, so it might be a good idea to look over your notes on how to write one tonight.

19th Century Migrations: Classwork for November 10th

Hello, lovely students!  I hope everything went smoothly today with your substitute– remember, all of your work is due at the start of class tomorrow.  If, for some unknown reason, you didn’t finish gathering all of the material you needed from the signs up around the room, please check the file located below.

Nineteenth Century Migration Placards

That should be all you need to finish your work.  Also, remember that your Unit Five Vocabulary is due at the start of class tomorrow, and we’ll begin class with your Unit Five reading quiz.

See you soon!

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: Final Paper Topic Selection!

As we discussed in class today, we’re going to begin working on a final research project which will require you to do a significant about of work with primary sources in order to get a better feel for the historical position of someone involved in a significant event or moment of human history.  You received the handout describing the process we’ll be going through for the rest of the semester, and you should read it carefully.  If you’ve misplaced yours, you can download a new copy here (Final Research Project: Topics and Instructions).  You can also find a full description of the project on the Talking About History: Final Research Project page on this website.

(In order to get to the Talking About History page, look at the drop-down menu at the top of this page.  Hover over “AP World History WebQuests and Projects” and you’ll see the page and all of it’s related materials at the bottom of the drop-down menu.  It wouldn’t be a bad idea to peruse all of the pages associated with the assignment in order to get a feel for how this project will progress.)

For homework this weekend you will choose topics you would be interested in selecting for your research project.  I suggest you review the available topics on the instruction sheet and do some quick Googling to see what your options and preferences might be.  You will make your selections via a Google form which you can access on the Topic Selection page.

The Topic Selection form will go live at 12:00 PM EST (noon) on Saturday, October 10th.  You MUST have completed your selections by 8:00 AM EST on Monday, October 8th.

Remember, topics will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  I want you all doing unique projects, so if you really have your heart set on a particular topic, make sure you fill out the form early!  If you fail to complete the form, I will assign you whatever topics are left.