First Semester Reflections

These were the questions asked today of the students as we reflected back on the semester:
1)  What did you like the best about the semester?  Why?
2)  What did you like the least about the semester?  Why?
3)  Which was your favorite...  project & chapter?
4)  What would you like to see in the spring semester?
5)  What can Mr. Duez do better?

Fall 2009 World History Pre-AP Video

This is the video we'll watch in class today.  It is a look back at all the pictures we took in class of projects, presentations, and all our fun.  It has been a wonderful semester.  Students, thanks for all of your hard work.

I will email the password out to students and parents.  If for some reason you do not get the password, please email me and I'll be glad to send it to you:

World History Pre-AP Fall 2009 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
We had a great fall together. From prehistory, paleolithic, projects, presentations, posters, plague, to papers! Lots of learning and lots of fun.
Have a great holiday and I can't wait for 2010!

(The video will be blacked out within Humble ISD computers because they do not allow streaming media. You will need to watch it at home. The video is hosted on vimeo.)

Agenda: Monday, December 15, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "Finish each day before you begin the next.  Put a solid wall of sleep between them."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

1.  Video - "World History Pre-AP with Mr. Duez - Fall 2009" (15 minutes)
2.  We will write reflections as we look back on the semester.  What did you like, dislike?  What do you want to see more of in the spring semester?
3.  Review games for Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages

It's been a great semester!
If you need to retake the test, quiz or homework from Ch. 7, 11, and 13 - Tuesday after school from 2:45-3:30 is the last tutoring time.


Agenda: Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "Work is love made visible."  - Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese Poet

1.  CNN Student News and Make Up Tests from Friday.
2.  Get Castle Project essays back.
3.  Review games from Chapters 1-4.
4.  Discuss final exam.

Agenda: Friday, Dec. 12, 2009

Quote of the Day: "When you quit something it starts a habit. Don't ever quit." - Anon.

Today we will take our TEST on chapters 7, 11, and 13.
Also we will get the Targets for the Final Exam.

Fall Final Exam Targets

Here they are!  Fresh off the presses.  The Fall 2009 Final Exam Target Sheet!  A "piece of work."  Use this as you would any other target sheet to prepare for the final.  The bold/italics questions within each unit are bonus questions on the test.  You will answer them as if you were answering an essay and you can earn one bonus percentage point per correct bonus question.  There are 6.

Also, the final will have 100 questions.  It is mostly multiple choice.  The questions all come from previous tests.  This is not a "try and trick you" test.  These are the key components and most essential elements of each unit we have studied.  The target sheet was created by looking at the final.  So it will be very helpful.

Good luck!
Final Targets Fall 2009                                                                                                                                                

Final Exam Schedule for next week:

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009
7:25 - 8:50    1st period exam
9:00 - 10:25   3rd period exam
10:35 -12:00   5th period exams

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2009

7:25 – 8:50      2nd period exam
9:00 – 10:25    6th period exam

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2009
7:25 – 8:50      4th period exam
9:00 – 10:25    7th period exam

Castle Project Video

Here is the video of our GREAT Castle Projects for Fall 2009:

You need a password to view it and I have emailed it out to students.  If you want the password, please comment or send me an email.

Castle Project 2009 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
The Castle Projects were great this year. Awesome job.

Information on the Castle Project here

Agenda: Wednesday and Thursday, December 9th and 10th, 2009

Quote of the Day: "These people are very unskilled in arms... with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished." -- Christopher Columbus

Learning Targets:

- The explorations of the fifteenth century led to expanded European power and a sharp increase
in trade. Colonization, a dramatic growth in the slave trade, and the spread of Christianity were
among the consequences of European expansion.
· The European conquest was primarily a biological one. Explorers and colonists brought a wide
range of deadly communicable diseases directly from crowded European cities.
· Slavery, which had been practiced in Africa since ancient times, saw a dramatic rise in the
sixteenth century. Many of the slaves were sent to Brazil and the Caribbean to work on
sugarcane plantations.

1 - Quiz.  For bonus analyze the quote on the board.  You will have 15 minutes for the quiz.  It is timed.  There are only 10 choices.  (Correct the quiz and discuss the quote)
2 - Video - Chapter 13 "European Explorers - Magellan"
3 - Notes Chapter 13 "Exploration" - Reasons for European Expansion, Growth of Triangular Trade, the horrors of Slave Trade and the Middle Passage.
4 - Review for test Friday.


Dual Credit Information from your counselors

AHS Dual Credit Presentation

AHS Dual Credit Presentation                                                                                                                                                

If you have any questions, please let Mr. Duez know.  I'd be glad to help.

Agenda: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Christopher Columbus

Learning Targets:
*The explorations of the fifteenth century led to expanded European power and a sharp increase in trade. Colonization, a dramatic growth in the slave trade, and the spread of Christianity were among the consequences of European expansion.

1)  Video - "MesoAmerica" -- 
**Collect Homework Questions**
2)  Finish Notes on "The Americas" Chapter 11
3)  Introduce Chapter 13 "European Explorers"
4)  Pass out "The Many Faces of Christopher Columbus"  Have the students answer the questions on the back and discuss.

Quiz on Vocabulary tomorrow
Test is Friday

Notes for Chapter 13 "European Explorers"

Chapter 13 European Explorers                                                                                                                                                

Notes for Chapter 11 "The Early Americans"

Chapter 11 Early Americans                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Monday, December 07, 2009

Two Quotes for today:  "A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child."King Moonraiser

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  On Dec. 8th, 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed Congress:  "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Learning Target:
* Be able to identify the Inuit, Hopewell, Plains Indians, Iroquois, Anasazi, Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations.
* Understand the advances made by early native American civilizations.

1.  Video Clip of pictures from the Castle Project Presentations on Friday - 5-10 min
2.  Notes Chapter 11 "The Early Americas" 
3.  Video clip Chapter 11 - "The MesoAmericans"

Tomorrow homework is due.
We will also be visited by the counselors to discuss Dual Credit classes for next year.
Wednesday is the quiz.  And we will discuss Chapter 13 "European Explorers" and "Triangular Trade."
Friday is the test and we'll get the review sheet for the final exam.

Finals are next week!

Agenda: Friday Dec. 06, 2009

We presented Castle Projects in the LGI.  It was great!  Look for a video of them soon.

We also had a SNOW DAY... well, at least we got out at 1:45!  And it did snow.  The earliest snowfall in Houston history.  And first time ever recorded two year in a row snow fall.  Amazing.

These pictures were sent out by Mr. Anderson to the faculty.  They are amazing!

Aidan had a ball.  I hope everyone had time to enjoy the snow.  Believe me, I can enjoy one afternoon of it a year.  I moved here from Pennsylvania and part of the deal was no blizzards.  They get old fast!

War in Afghanistan - Explanation of the Complexity and Difficulty

This is a very good video clip that explains the complexity of this war in Afghanistan.

CNN's Michael Ware and John King discuss President Obama's decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Ware says the U.S. faces a daunting task there because much of neighboring Pakistan offers haven to the Taliban.

Agenda; Wed/Thu Dec. 2 and 3, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is to give your gift away."  - David Viscott

Learning Targets:
*Compare and Contrast the Western Africa trading empires.
*Understand the impact of geography on the diversity of varied and advanced civilizations in the Americas.
*Compare and contrast the history, culture and lifestyles of the Early American civilizations of North America, MesoAmerica, and South America.

1.  CNN Student News
2. "Death of a Pulitzer Prize Winner."  Student reflections.  My Thoughts on Africa - By Mr. Duez

3.  Finish notes on Chapter 7 - "Africa"
4.  Video introduction of "The Americas."
5.  Notes - Chapter 11 - "Early Americans."

Friday - Castle Project is due - Model/Poster and Coat of Arms.  We will be in the BLUE LGI.

World Aids Day - December 1st

More than two million AIDS related deaths reported globally in 2008 - two million children under the age of 15 now live with HIV

December 1st, is World Aids Day.  
You can make a difference.

Video from last spring 2009:
Aids in Africa - Period 5 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
Video that details the horrible disease of HIV and Aids in Africa.

Video from 2008 spring:
Aids in Africa - Michelle from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
Aids in Africa is a terrible problem. Michelle does an excellent job of capturing the pain that the continent is in and inspiring all of us to help.

Your purchasing power is POWERFUL. Join Product(Red) to help:

Castle Project Jump

Here is a jump to all the posts on this blog about the Castle Project:

Castle Project Information

Essay is due on Tuesday
The Model/Poster & Coat of Arms is due on Friday

Let me know if you are having any questions.  Best of luck!

Agenda: Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the Day: "There is no medicine to cure hatred." ~ African Proverb

Learning Targets:
*Compare and Contrast the early African trading empires.
*How did African ancestry lineage occur? 
*What was the role and impact of slavery, women, and religion on early Africa?

1.  40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes. (5 min)
2.  Make up tests
3.  CNN Student News (15 min)
4.  Pass out Targets for Chapter 7, 11, 13.  Introduce Africa.  Notes and Discussion.

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes:

CNN Student News:
November 30 - We're bringing you a lot of ups and downs on our first day back from Thanksgiving break: mixed retail reports from weekend shopping, debt dragging down a developer in the Middle East, a tree growing up before going up to the White House, and some students' efforts to hold down dozens of doughnuts in Illinois.
Discuss - Afghanistan Troop Increase?  What is Cyber monday?  


From Time Magazine's "Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving"
FDR learned the hard way not to mess with some traditions. In 1939, the President declared that Americans should celebrate the annual feast one week early, hoping the decision would spur retail sales during the Great Depression. But Americans did not react kindly to the New Deal meal. Some took to the streets while others took to name-calling; the mayor of Atlantic City solved the controversy by declaring his residents would simply enjoy two meals — Thanksgiving and "Franksgiving." After two years of squabbling (or gobbling, as it were), Congress adopted a resolution in 1941 setting the fourth Thursday of November as the legal holiday.

Read more:,28804,1862503_1862505_1862523,00.html#ixzz0XzpkJLM5

The History of Thanksgiving

The History of Thanksgiving:
3:50 video from History Channel

The Puritans, George Washington, FDR?  Nahhh, the real hero here is Sarah Hale.

1924 is the date of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
1934 is the first Thanksgiving Day football game for the Lions.  (Of course, I'm not going to mention that other team that plays on Turkey Day.)

It is uniquely American.

But, of course, it's about family.  I'll be spending my Thanksgiving at home with my wife and son.  Yesterday we took a trip to Discovery Green in downtown Houston and had a nice picnic lunch and a special day together.  It's what Thanksgiving weekend is all about.

"The Decade from Hell" - Time Magazine

Were the last 10 years really that bad?
Started with Y2K, 911, Katrina, Iraq War and Afghanistan Wars, the economic crisis... I guess there were some problems, eh?
Time Magazine's latest cover calls it one of our worst decades ever.  (I lived through the 70s and can say those stunk pretty badly, too)

What do you think?

Notes for Chapter 7 "Early Africa"

Chapter 7 Early Africa                                                                                                                                                       

Targets for Chapters 7, 11, 13 "Triangular Trade"

Questions due: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
Quiz on Wed/Thu Dec.
Test on Chapters 7, 11, and 13 is on December 11, 2009

Chapter 7, 11, 13 Targets Triangle Trade                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” - Annonymous


Chapters 9 & 10

What to study:
1.  Vocabulary (Flash Cards)
2.  Review the Target Sheet
3.  Read and Take (Cornell) Notes from Chapters 9 & 10

Have a great Thanksgiving.  Be safe. -- Prevent Genocide

David Duez has invited you to join the movement to prevent genocide. Pledge your support at:

Youtube Video: "The Cruades: The Crescent and the Cross"

We watched the first 15 minutes today in class.  A must see if you were absent.  Not a bad review if you saw it Friday before the test.

Part II
Part III

Agenda: Monday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” - Joan of Arc

[image on the right is from the movie "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)" Check it out here on IMDB]

Learning Targets:
*Understand that the Growth of Cities and population grew after the Crusades ended feudalism.
*There were plenty of positives during the time period - more food, stable growth of population, and towns grew.  But, the Bubonic Plague or Black Death was a result of this incredible growth of cities without proper sanitation.
*The Hundreds' Year War developed after the Black Death.  It is the first war between "States" or countries France and England.  France wins the war after being inspired by Joan of Arc.  The development of the cross bow is a major advance in weapondry and kills thousands.

1.  Collect Homework
2.  Review the effects of the Crusades on Europe (the fall of Feudalism)
3.  Notes on Chapter 10 "Growth of Cities, Black Death, and Hundreds' Year War"

Review for test on Tuesday if time with power point Jeopardy.


Chapter 10 Notes "Growth of Cities, Black Death, Hundreds' Year War"

Ch 10 Growth of Cities, Black Death, Hundreds' Year War

Notes: Chapter 9 & 10 "European Law & The Crusades"

Ch 9 & 10  European Law & The Crusades                                                                                                                                               

Agenda: Friday, November 20, 2009

Quote of the Day:

Learning Targets:
*Understand what the distinction "High Middle Ages" refers to
*Why did Europeans go on the Crusades?  What were the results?  What changed in Europe after the Crusades occurred?

1.  Turn in Homework Questions from Chapter 9 & 10 
2.  Notes - High Middle Ages & The Crusades
3.  Second 1/2 of period is a video on the Crusades

We will finish the chapters on Monday.  TEST is Tuesday.

Castle Project 2009 - Research

The Tower of London:

The Tower of London, A Dark and Sinister Place?
The Tower of London is one of the capital's best known and most popular visitor attractions, as well as a World Heritage site, but it's had a long and bloody history. It had a dark and sinister reputation, although it was used as a palace for a while, it's also been a prison, a place of torture and of execution - notably by beheading with an axe. It's no wonder that many people have seen ghosts in the Tower.
Nowadays, visitors can see the places where executions took place, the Crown Jewels which Captain Blood attempted to steal, and the famous Yeoman Warders, nicknamed Beefeaters.
 The Tower of London:  A Brief History 
 The Tower was not only a fortress but eventually became a royal palace, state prison, the Mint, a record office, observatory, and zoo. As a state prison it was used for criminals considered most dangerous to the state, and the Mint was the treasury for the Crown Jewels. It became a zoo, the original Zoo, in 1834 when pets that the king had accumulated over the years were among a great diversity. The zoo consisted of lions, leopards, bears wolves, and lynxes.

A queen is executed:  Queen Anne Boleyn is executed on Tower Green

Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was tried and executed within the walls of the Tower.
An educated and influential queen with strong opinions on matters of policy, she fell foul of vicious court faction and religious politics.
Her failure to produce a son for the King also made her position precarious.

 Tour the Tower of London - Virtual Tour 

Layout of the Castle - A Diagram   

Agenda: Wed & Thu Nov. 18/19, 2009

Quote of the Day:

1. Quiz on Chapter 9 & 10
2. Notes - Feudalism
3. Video - "Modern Marvels: Castles & Dungeons" -- Students will take notes to use on their Castle Projects.

Friday - Homework for Ch. 9 & 10 is due.
Tuesday - Test Chapter 9 & 10.

Notes for Chapter 9 and 10 "Feudalism"

Ch 9 Feudalism

Castle Project from the Past

Today in class we discussed the Castle Project.  You can check out the power point here:
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Also, today on Facebook a former student wrote me about the website he created back in 2005 to show his castle being built.  Here it is:

Nick's Project Blog

Check it out.  Pretty cool.

Agenda: Tuesday, November 16, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "To have a second language is to possess a second soul."  - Charlemagne

Learning Targets:
*Understand how the Carolingian Renaissance and Empire helped keep Roman and Greek ideas alive.
*Compare the impact of Clovis and Charlemagne on Europe.

1.  Turn in the reflections on the Video Project.  I keep forgetting to do this!  Don't let me forget.
2.  Notes on Clovis, Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire
3.  Video - Charlemagne - take notes over the video.
4.  If time, discuss Castle projects in groups.

Next time - Vocabulary Quiz.  Homework is due Friday.  Test is next Monday.

Agenda: Monday, November 15, 2009

Quote of the Day:

Learning Targets:
* Understand what is expected of the Castle Project - Research Paper, Product (model or poster), and Presentation
*  Who is Clovis and Charlemagne and what impact did they have on Europe?  Why did some call Charlemagne the last great king of Europe?


**Students needing to make up the test from Friday will do so during the period**
1.  Warm Up:
Watch the Castle Project Video from 2008:

Castle Project 2008 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
These are the castle projects that my students worked on for their unit on the Middle Ages during the third six week's period of World History Pre-AP.
They did a fantastic job.
2.  Students will learn about the Castle Project.  Mr. Duez will introduce through a power point.  Students will refer to the rubrics that were handed out on Friday.
3.  Pass out the Ch. 9 and 10 Targets and introduce Chapter 9 Clovis and Charlemagne.
4.  On the way out - Video Project reflections will be handed in as an exit ticket.

Chapter 9 and 10 Middle Ages Targets

Chapter 9 10 Targets - The Middle Ages                                                                                                                                                

Chapter 9 and 10 Middle Ages Notes - Part I - Rise of Charlemagne

Chapter 9 and 10 Middle Ages Part I: Charlemagne                                                                                                                                                

Castle Project Rubrics

Rubric Castle Project Product                                                                                                                                                

Rubric Castle Project Essay                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Friday, Nov. 12, 2009

Quote of the Day:
Atascocita Eagles 43
Chavez Lobos 37
Texas 5A State Football Playoffs - Final in OT
"Way to go Eagles.  First playoff win in school history."

1)  Test Chapter 5 - Roman Empire
2)  Get Rubrics for Castle Project
Also you will get this article:  The 25 Most Beautiful Castles in the World by Sarah Scrafford.  You may use this as a reference for your project.

Video - The Edict of Milan: Landmark in Christian History

After years of persecution, the Edict of Milan proclaims toleration of Christianity.

Nero - Rome Burns

The great fire of Rome in 64 AD burned for 6 days.  There is evidence that Nero did all he could to help save lives.  But, after the flames burned out, his decisions were less prudent. 

Nero's grand plan after the fire...

And how he planned to rebuild Rome on a grand scale.  But, he needed the money to do so.  Nero stole it by robbing the temples of their golds and fortune.

"I don't need protection from the gods, the gods need protection from me!" ~ Nero

Agenda: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 & Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "Finally I can live like a human being" - Nero, after moving into the Golden House, built upon burned out areas after the great fire of Rome.

Learning Targets:
*  Explain what SPQR and the "Roman Republic" meant to the people of Rome.
*  Why did the Roman Empire collapse?
*  Could the US fall someday, just as the Roman Empire once did?

1.  Warmup Question - Finish your reflections on the video projects that were presented in your class.  Which 3 were your favorites and why?  Mr. Duez will collect these.
2.  Rome Question - What did SPQR and the idea of the Roman Republic mean to the Roman people?
3.  Notes - Caesar, Nero and Pax Romana.  Then the Rise of Christianity and the Fall of Rome
4.  If time we will do a philosophical chairs disccussion about the question - "Will the US fall someday, just as the Roman Empire once did?"

Read the chapter.  Study the notes and vocabulary.  Be prepared for 30 scantron questions and 4 essays.

Chapter 5 Roman Empire Part III "Rise of Christianity & Fall of Rome"

Chapter 5 Notes - Roman Empire Part III                                                                                                                                                

Agenda: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "Veni, Vidi, Vici"  (Latin for:  "I came, I saw, I conquered.") - Julius Caesar, 47 BC

Learning Agenda:

From Republic to Empire: By the second century B.C., a few aristocrats dominated the Roman state. Meanwhile, many small farmers could no longer compete and became landless poor. Some leaders called for land reform to address the problem.
*  After Civil War, The First Triumvirate placed power in the hands of three wealthy generals. One of these generals, Julius Caesar, marched on Rome with his troops, and eventually he was declared dictator. Caesar's rule ended in his assassination.

1.  Do 2 quick video presentations at the very beginning of the period (10-15 min)
2.  Remainder of the period - Chapter 5, Part II "Rome from Republic to Empire."

Test on Rome is Chapter 5 is Friday.

Rome Chapter 5 Notes Part II

Chapter 5 Rome Part II