Targets for Chapter 4 Ancient Greece

While we are working on the Video Project in class we are also chipping away at Chapter 4 Ancient Greece.

Today we introduced it and began discussing the impact of geography on Greece.

Chapter 4 Targets

Video Project ESSAY Rubric

Here's the essay rubric for the Video Project.

Rough draft is due on Tuesday. I will need to see paragraph form, thesis statement, and your sources cited in MLA format.

Rubric Video Project Essay

Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 & Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

Quote of the Day: "Wake me up when September ends." - Green Day

Learning Targets:
* Understand the impact of Geography on Greece.
* The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
* support a point of view on a social studies issue or event;
* The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
* transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate.

1. Intro to Greece - Notes and information on the Impact of Geography on Greece
2. Time to work on researching the Video Project in class on laptops.

Next Tuesday - Rough Draft is due! Have a thesis, rough draft and sources cited.

AHS Library - Research Help

You can find LOTS of great information on the AHS Library Website. They have a tremendous amount of research databases available to you. They also source everything so you will be able to find quick references to all the sources you need.

Here's the Link to the AHS Library Research Page

You can use it at school and at home. Great resource.

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Quote of the Day: "Be a fountain, not a drain." ~Rex Hudler

Learning Targets:
Learning Targets:
* The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
* support a point of view on a social studies issue or event;
* The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
* transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate.

1. Warmup, we'll watch 2 videos from last year to get a feel for how to do the project:

Earth Day - Period 3 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.

A video with an upbeat message that explains what Earth Day is all about.


Child Abuse - Period 5 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.

A powerful video that shows the damage that child abuse can produce.

2. I will collect any Student Surveys ~ with parent signatures. If they are not turned in today they will be a zero. You can turn it in for a 50 late, and you can bring it up to an 85 by coming to tutoring on Thursday.

3. Remainder of the period to work with laptops in groups. I will collect proposals on the projects and make decisions on what groups will be doing what video projects.

Rough Draft of the paper is due next Tuesday in class.

Software Choices for the Video Project

I am very excited to say that I have received my code for our free use of the Animoto website to create videos.

You now have 3 very good options on how to create your videos:

1. Photostory 3 - Take still digital photos and music to create a story.
Microsoft's Tutorial on How to Create a Photostory
Nice Tutorial on about How to Use Photostory

2. Windows Movie Maker - Windows Movie Maker 2 lets you create, edit, and share your movies right on your PC. It's easy to use, yet it provides powerful capabilities that rival those of expensive computer editing packages.
Great set of Tutorial Videos for Movie Maker

3. - Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing.
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your media. Free, fast and shockingly easy. Check out Animoto here: Animoto I will be giving you a code in class that will allow access to the site for free! :)

Each choice is free. Each choice has some different strengths and weaknesses. Luckily you have the 2 weeks that we have the laptops in class to do some experimentation. If you are having any problems, see me in class or shoot me an email.

Citing Sources

There are many great internet sites that can help you create a bibliography or works cited for your project. These are super for helping you format information. Just type in what they need and click a button ---> Presto! You have it.

I really like KnightCite a lot:

It does MLA, APA and Chicago Style FOR FREE. And you know what Mr. Duez says, "If it's free, it's for me. If it's free, I'll take 3!"

Agenda: Monday, Sept 28, 2009

Quote of the Day: "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth." - Evan Esar (1899 - 1995)

Learning Targets:
* The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
* support a point of view on a social studies issue or event;
* The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
* transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate.

1. Warmup. View a video from last spring's Video Project:

Pollution - Period 3 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.

2. Pass out Targets for Chapter 4 "Ancient Greece." We will not being Greece until Wed/Thu in class. But, you can begin learning vocab, reading the chapter and prepping for homework.
3. Remainder of the period spent finding a partner or two for the project, reading online to find out which topic they would like to do, and writing a proposal to determine the project topic for each group. The proposals will be due on Tuesday.

Tomorrow: Proposals are due. Only one topic per class period. No group will repeat another topic in the same class.

Did You Know? Videos

Today to kick off class we showed the two latest "Did You Know?" videos. We wrote reflections after each.

If you would like to reflect on the blog and write about it, please do. Leave a comment below this post.

How do you feel about our rapidly changing society? How do stats like "there are 240 million TV sets in America and 2 Million of them are in bathrooms!" -and- there are as many Facebook users as Americans! Over 300 Million.

Crazy, huh?

Student Survey & Cornell Notes How-To

It is the 5th week of the six week's period. So we have one week remaining.

Tutoring next week will be Monday and Thursday from 2:45 to 3:30

Please fill out the survey with honest information about what you have been doing for the class. Have a parent/guardian sign it and bring it back on Monday. We are trying to help focus you on how to be successful. On the back of the handout was "Cornell Notes: How To."


The Video Project

The projects are digital. Students have the option of creating a video file from photostory or moviemaker. Windows Movie Maker and Photostory are loaded on every computer in the school. Photostory is a free download from this site: Photostory 3 for Windows

The grade will consist of 30 points for the video, 40 points for an essay/sources, and 30 points for a presentation.

Students must also use a works cited or bibliography of 5 sources. The score for the bibliography will be recorded within the essay grade. So students will place their works cited page at the end of their essay. There must also be at least 5 text slides within their video depicting their topic.

Check out last year's projects here:
Check out 2007-2008's incredible Digital Project Videos at this link:
Africa, The Environment, and The Modern World Videos

Possible Topics:
The Africa project is an opportunity for students to learn more about the very complex continent. From its diverse eco-systems to its kaleidoscope of cultures, Africa offers a wealth of valuable learning opportunities.

The project will focus on bringing to light the most difficult issues of life in Africa and it's history. There are also some project choices that are designed to show what the world is doing to help and give hope to the African continent. Students will research to find answers to key questions and they will share with the class their findings.

The Environment:
From the United States government website the definition of Earth Day is Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

Through these projects students will learn what is being done around the world to protect the planet for future generations.

The Modern World
In World History class we cover material up and through the second World War. During the fifth six week's period we open a chance for students to learn more about the modern world in a project.

This project gives students a chance to choose from a variety of events that occurred after 1945.

5th Six Weeks Video Project

Africa - Possible Topics
Rwanda: HUTU VS TUTSI "The Rwandan Genocide"
Possible Ideas:
Where are they?
When did this occur?
What was the problem—why were they fighting?
If the people flee, where do they go?
Who colonized the area? What do they have to do with the fighting?
How are the Hutu and Tutsi different from one another?
Why should anyone care about it?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
Where is it taking place?
How fast is it taking place?
Why is it taking place?
What are the possible effects on people, land, animals and the environment as a whole?
Can it be stopped?
Should it be stopped?
Who can stop it?
Why should anyone care if deforestation is happening?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
What animals or animals?
Where are they?
Why are they becoming extinct?
What can be done about it?
Why should people care?
What are the benefits of poaching for a country?
What are the downsides of poaching?
Why should anyone care if there is poaching?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
Where is it taking place?
Who is mining the diamonds?
Why do they call them "Blood Diamonds?"
Why are they fighting?
What is happening to the people mining the diamonds?
How much money do they make?
Is a diamond really worth as much as it sells for?
Who is really making the money?
Why should people care about the diamond trade?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
What is genocide?
Why is it happening?
Who is doing it?
Who is getting hurt?
Who is trying to stop it?
Where are the refugees going?
What are the people like in Sudan?
What are the major problems of Sudan?
Why should people care?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
Where is the African Horn?
Why are people starving?
Why don’t they just move?
What is the climate like?
Why don’t they grow more food?
Why do people keep having more babies?
Who is helping?
Why should anyone care?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
How do do/did these programs work?
What were the goals?
Did the programs reach their goals?
How does charity, benefits and programs like these help the people of Africa?
How can business and companies around the world help to support Africa?
What is the importance of trade on African countries?
What companies are involved in (Product)Red? How does it fund aide to Africa?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the world do to help? How are current charitable benefits contributing to the relief and support for the peoples of Africa? What more can be done?

Possible Ideas:
What is AIDS?
Where did it come from?
Why is AIDS such a big deal in Africa?
Do the people get medication?
Why is it spreading at such an alarming rate?
Why don’t the people use protection?
What is being done to stop it?
Who is helping those with the disease?
Why aren’t more countries helping?
Why aren’t the people educated about the disease?
Why should you care if people have AIDS in Africa?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

Possible Ideas:
What is apartheid?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
How could it happen?
How long ago did it happen?
Who ended it?
How were people treated?
Why wasn’t there a revolution earlier?
Why did people care about Apartheid—or did they care about it?
MUST INCLUDE: What did the US do, what are they doing now and/or what are they going to do? Do you think the US did or is doing the right thing?
At least 5 pictures.

The Environment - Possible Topics

1. Earth Day
What is Earth Day? When does it happen annually? What year did it begin? Why are there two Earth Days? What events are planned for this year to celebrate Earth Day? Why is the day celebrated? What are the goals of organizers?

2. Global Warming and Climate Change
What is Global Warming? What are the causes? What is the greenhouse effect? What is the relationship to Ozone depletion? What is the cause of recent global temperature increase? What are scientists claiming to be the cures for global warming? How can it be slowed or halted? What small things can be done by individuals to help? What is the "cap and trade" approach to solving emission problems? What is the Kyoto Protocol? Why did the US decide not to join?

3. Future Cars
What are the types of hybrid cars that consumers can currently purchase? How do they work? Do hybrid cars need to be plugged in? Do hybrid cards go slower or perform more sluggishly than their all-gas counterparts? What do hybrid cars look like today? Explain the advantages and drawbacks to future technologies to propel our cars: hybrid (gas/electric), hydrogen, ethanol-bio diesel, solar, and even air cars. Would you drive a 'future car'? Should governments mandate that gas mileage rates improve? Should governments mandate/fund future car initiatives?

4. Alternative Energy
Possible choices to explain their possiblities: Clean burning coal, Nuclear power, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Ocean thermal energy conversion, Wave power, Bioenergy, ethanol, hydrogen. How does your electric company produce the power that you use in your home? What is energy deregulation and explain how it has worked in Houston? How do these non-carbon producing energy sources work and which are considered most feasible for future use? Research energy companies that produce their electricity through green sources (like wind, solar, and geothermal). Are they more expensive? What will our future homes be like in regards to our power and electricity needs?

5. 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
How does recycling work? What products can be recycled? Is there recycling in your neighborhood? Where does your garbage go? Is it worth the cost of recycling to go through the trouble? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? Explain the techniques used to recycle. How can average households practice the 3 R's?

6. Air Quality
How does the United States measure air quality? Which cities have the worst air quality? Which have the best? What factors determine the quality of air? What kinds of medical conditions can be caused by poor air quality? What is SMOG? How are cities & national governments working to prevent SMOG and poor air quality? Are citizens prone to breathing conditions (like asthma) because of the quality of their air? What is Houston's reputation as a city in regards to it's air quality?

7. Water Quality
What effects do oil spills, ship pollution, and surface runoff have on our seas and oceans? What kinds of waterborne diseases are spread through poor water quality around the world? What agency in the United States protects and regulates contaminants in the public water system? What about bottled water? What effects the quality of drinking water in the United States and why does it vary so much depending on community? What effect does over population play in the amount of available safe drinking water for the Earth's residents? Who tests our water? What is in our drinking water? Where does your area's drinking water come from?

The Modern World - Possible Topics

1. Cold War
Who fought in the Cold War? Who won the Cold War? How many battles were fought? What is MAD - Mutually Assured Destruction? What is a Super Power? Explain the two types of government that were at odds in a bipolar superpower world. What events ended the Cold War? What was the impact of the Cold War on present day events?

2. Vietnam War
When was the Vietnam War fought? What countries were involved? Who won the war? How many lives were lost? What was Agent Orange (a chemical defoliant) and how was it used? What was the Tet Offensive and how did it change American involvement in the war? What did Americans learn from the War? Why do some people compare the current war in Iraq to the struggle in Vietnam?

3. Cuban Missile Crisis
When did this occur? What were the nations involved and who were their leaders? How did the "Bay of Pigs Invasion" lead to the crisis? What was the U-2? How did the "quarantine" or blockade function? Explain the importance of telegrams to the crisis. How close were the two sides to an all out nuclear war?

4. JFK Assassination
Where did it take place? What commission conducted the official investigation and what was their findings? Why was the result controversial to some people? Explain the possible conspiracy theories. What was the HSCA's controversial Dictabelt evidence? What were the similarities to other presidential deaths while in office? How did America respond to the loss of President Kennedy? How is JFK remembered as a President in history?

5. Civil Rights Movement in the US
When did they occur? Who were the leaders and heroes? How did the work of The Black Panther Party, Young Lords, the Weatherman and the Brown Berets differ from the tactics of earlier Civil Rights groups? What legislative and judicial decisions gave legal rights to African-Americans? What is the impact today of the Civil Rights Movement?

6. Chernobyl Disaster
Where is this city? What disaster happened here? How many people lived there before the accident? How many people died "officially"? What were the causes of the accident? What were the effects of the disaster? What have been the long-term health risks for the people of the areas surrounding Chernobyl? How did it effect the environment? What are the consequences of further collapse and problems on the site? As scientists monitor radiation levels and contamination on the site, how do they explain the abundance of animal and plant life?

7. Iraq Wars - Gulf War (1990-1991) & Iraq War (2003-present)
What were the conditions behind the first Gulf War and the Second? What countries were involved? How did the first and second wars differ? What was "Shock and Awe?" How did conditions change for American troops after the invasion of Iraq began an occupation? List the advantages of American involvement in Iraq for the people of Iraq. List the disadvantages. What are insurgents? Explain why some believe Iraq is in a civil war between religious combatants. What is the surge? How does the President think the surge will help end the present Iraq War? What are the names and beliefs of the different Islamic groups in Iraq? Why are they fighting?

8. September 11, 2001 Attacks
Who were the terrorists? What was their plan? Explain the destination and success of the three attacks. List other potential plots that have been uncovered that did not occur on 911. Explain the motive of the attackers. What was the reaction of the United States and the World? What have been the long-term economic and potential health effects? Explain the plans for memorials and future rebuilding at the sites of the attacks. Why do some people compare the 911 attacks to Pearl Harbor? What is the impact on the United States today?

Agenda: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Quote of the day:
"Video Killed the Radio Star." -- Lyrics from the very first video on MTV by the Buggles. Aired at midnight on Aug. 1, 1981

Learning Targets:
* Concentrate on personal reflection of study habits and class prep.
* Understand the need to use technology to teach and to learn in our times.
* Decide on a project topic, team, and come up with a proposal.

1. Warmup Video: Did You Know 2k8 and Did You Know 2009. Students will watch the videos (each are about 3 min long) and write a reflection of what they saw. I will pick them up at the door.
2. Pass back Rock Art Project Grade and Essays. They will be able to read over my comments on the rubric and discuss.
3. Students will get the handout "Student Study Survey" and fill out the information. The assignment is to get it signed by a parent and bring it back on Monday.
4. Introduction to the Video Project. Power Point and discussion of topics.

On Monday we will have the laptops in class, write our proposals and work to find partners. Over the next two weeks we will be preparing for the Video Project and also introducing Ancient Greece.

Egypt Uncovered: Pyramid The Reserrection Machine

This is some additional video on Egypt. We watched a video much like it in class today. It's a Youtube video, so it will be blocked at school. But, you can check it out at home. It is an excellent example of the mystery, glory, and greatness of the Great Pyramid.

Over 3 Million blocks (some weighing 15 tons a piece!)
The Great Pyramid was the tallest man made structure on earth for 4,000 years!

Agenda: Wed. Sept. 23, and Thu. Sept. 24, 2009

Today's Quote: "A nut does not reveal the tree within it." - Egypt proverb

Learning Targets:
*Learn about the secrets behind the Pyramids of Giza and the process of mummification.
*Practice cornell notes

1. Discuss test and proper study strategies.
2. Review Cornell Notes - how to use them.
3. Watch "Pyramids of Giza" video in class while taking cornell notes
4. Turn in notes after doing a summary of the notes.

We will get our test scores, project scores and six week's scores so far on Friday. We'll also introduce the "Video Project."

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

TEST TODAY: Chapter 2 Ancient Civlizations.

Quote of the day: "What lies behind us and what lies beneath us pales in comparison to what lies within us." - Emerson

Open House Tonight @ AHS - 6pm.

Open house is tonight at 6pm at Atascocita High School. Hope you can make it.

We will be following a bell schedule so that you have equal opportunity to meet with all of your teachers.

Open House Bell Schedule
Monday, September 21, 2009
6:00 - 8:32

6:00 - 6:25 Parent can pick up child's schedule in front of the library

6:25 Bell rings for parents to head to 1st period
6:30 - 6:40 First Period
6:46 - 6:56 Second Period
7:02 - 7:12 Advisory
7:18 - 7:28 Third Period
7:34 - 7:44 Fourth Period
7:50 - 8:00 Fifth Period
8:06 - 8:16 Sixth Period
8:22 - 8:32 Seventh Period

Agenda: Monday, Sept, 21, 2009

Quote of the Day: "Do or do not. There is no 'try.'" - Yoda.

Learning Targets:
* Understand what a thesis statement is and how it is used.
* Understand the 3 time periods of Egypt.
* Why did Egyptians build the pyramids, sphinx, and use mummification?

1. Warmup - "Compare and Contrast 2 Ancient Civilizations" -- this is the question on your test tomorrow that we have been working on over the past week. What is your thesis statement? It is in the opening paragraph, 1 or 2 sentences long, and underlined. It is THE Answer to the question. It will be worth 5 of the 10 points on the test. The 3 paragraphs that follow the thesis is just supporting evidence.
2. Notes - Egypt
3. Review for the test tomorrow.

Tips for the test:
Read the chapter.
Follow the target sheet for help in organizing your thoughts.
Know your vocabulary.
Notes can be found on this blog.

Chapter 2 Early Civilizations: Notes

Chapter 2 Early Civilizations

Agenda: Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

Quote of the day: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence." Robert Frost

Learning Targets:
* How as the development of Mesopotamia and Egypt similar? (River systems)
* Understand the 3 Egyptian Time periods
* Why were the Pyramids built? Why do they use mummification?

1. 5 min to quietly study for the vocabulary quiz for chapter 2
2. Vocab Quiz for Chapter 2
3. Introduction to Egypt notes

Monday we will finish Chapter 2 and review for the test on Tuesday.
Test = Tuesday

Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 & Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Quote of the day: "You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell if a man is wise by his questions." -- Naquib Mahfouz, 1988 Nobel Prize winner in literature from Egypt

Today is 80's dress up day. Pop your collars and peg your jeans. Yeah. (this is bring back bad high school memories for Mr. Duez - graduate of the year 1988!)

Learning Targets:
*Work cooperatively in groups to present Early Civilization Posters to the class
*Compare and contrast two early Civs; look at similarities and differences; use the 6 characteristics of a Civilization and P-E-R-S-I-A to help you.
*Understand the significance of geography on early civs (Mesopotamia & Egypt)

1. Warmup - Essay question for the test next Tuesday - "Compare and Contrast 2 early civilizations. Use 6 Characteristics and P-E-R-S-I-A." Answers should be at least 3 paragraphs long.
2. Collect homework assignment from chapter 2.
3. Finish Poster Presentations - Take Notes - Compare/Contrast 2 Early Civs
4. Notes on Chapter 2 "Ancient Mesopotamia"

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Quote of the day: "Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy." - Thomas Jefferson.
Today is "Dress Like a Tacky Tourist Day" for Homecoming. "Man, I look good!" -- Mr. Duez.

Learning Targets:
*Work cooperatively to present posters on civilizations
*Document Early Civilization (Take notes during the poster presentations)
*Compare and Contrast the 9 Early Civlizations

1) 5-10 minutes of time to get the finishing touches on the posters.
2) Present posters to the class. In this order:
1- Ancient Mesopotamia, 2- Egypt, 3-Nomadic Peoples, 4-Phoenicians, 5-Israelites, 6-Assyrian Empire, 7-Persian Empire, 8-Early India(Chapter 3), 9-Early China (Chapter 3).
Students will take notes to prepare for the vocabulary quiz on Friday and test next Tuesday.
3) We will finish the posters tomorrow in class.

Wed/Thu: homework is due.
Fri: Quiz
Tue: Test Ch. 2

Ida: "The Link"

Very interesting discovery 47 million year old discovery.

I know it has been a few weeks since we have finished chapter 1 First Humans. But, seeing this when I came into school today reminded me of the Richard Leakey quote that is in our text:
“Theories on prehistory and early man constantly change as new evidence comes to light.”
-Richard Leakey
This discovery is pretty amazing. Amazing because so much of it is perfectly preserved. Check out the video: Watch the "Link" Video
Quotes from the clip:
"It's hard to think of anything else in primate evolution that is as complete as this fossil."

"It's really an important specimen..." "It's really a rosetta stone." "The most complete fossil primate ever." "This is like a holy grail for paleontologists."

Agenda: Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

Today is the beginning of Homecoming Celebration week. Today is "Rock T'Shirt Day!" Mr. Duez will be sporting his Led Zeppelin T'shirt.

"If the mountains crumble to the sea there will always be you and me." - Led Zep (Robert Plant)

*Document an Early Civilization, build a poster to present to the class.
*Be able to describe the similarities and differences between early civilizations.

1) Discuss the extra credit from history channel on friday - 911
2) Celebrate Homecoming week ~ Rock T'shirts
3) Get into groups and work on posters on the early civilizations
4) Be Prepared to present on Tuesday - First thing.

Homework on Chp 2 due Wed/Thu
Quiz on Friday.
Test is next Tuesday.

College Essay (Rock Art Project) Writing Rubric

This is what I am using to grade the Rock Art Project Essay - The College Essay:
Rubric College Essay
Unfortunately I have been very sick this weekend and I have not graded many of them. My goal is to have them back to you next Monday. So hang in there. Sorry for the delay.

CNN Student News - Houston Mayor Bill White

In this episode they discuss (about 1/2 way through) a story on dropout rates in America. They also look at a promise made to Mayor Bill White by a Houston student and how she graduated last spring. Armando passed this along to me this weekend:

Some interesting facts...
*You have 2 Million Minutes in high school from the time you are a freshman to the time you are a graduating senior.
*7,000 Students drop out of high school EVERY DAY.
*1 Million drop out every year.

What are you going to do with your 2 Million Minutes?

Agenda: Friday, Sept 11, 2009

"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Learning Targets:
* remember 911
* Document Early Civilizations
* Compare and Contrast the 9 Early Civilizations

1. 911 Tribute - 15 minutes. We will watch two student created videos about 911 from last spring. We will do a quickwrite on our reflections of 911. & Discuss.
2. Collect College Essays - last portion of the Rock Art Project.
3. Rest of class period on researching an Early Civilization, preparing rough draft sheet of paper, Monday we will get our posters and design them. We will present the Early Civilization posters on Tuesday in class.

Early Civilization Posters:
There are 9 early civs that we will focus on -
1) Ancient Mesopotamia
2) Egypt
3) Nomadic Peoples
4) Phoenicians
5) Israelites
6) Assyrian Empire
7) Persian Empire
8) Early Indian (Chapter 3)
9) Early China (Chapter 3)

Students will be divided into one of the 9 groups randomly. They will work cooperatively to put together information for the poster. They will then present the information to the class.

We will use some handouts from the chapter and the many older textbooks that Mr. Duez has in class to do the research. All posters must have:
A) Name of the Civilization very big at the top of the poster
B) A Map of the Civ
C) Highlight notes from the 6 Characteristics of a Civilization - 1. Religion 2. Social Structure 3. Writing System 4. Government 5. Art 6. Cities
D) Highlight notes from P-E-R-S-I-A: Political, Economic, Religious, Social, Intellectual, Artistic qualities of the civilization.
E) All posters much have at least 3 symbols drawn on it to showcase the civilization

Here are some examples from the past:

Inspiration: Heather and Troy

Watching the Steelers-Titans opening NFL game of the year and saw this on twitter at the 1/2. Very inspirational. A reminder to all of us to enjoy each day we are given and to try to make our lives here together the best we can.

The Pyramid Game

This is a lot of fun. It's called "The Pyramid Game." You basically go through steps and make choices to build your pyramid. It is pretty complex, more than you would think. Please let me know in the comment box what you think.

BBC Pyramid Builder

Thanks to Mr. Williams for sending the link!

Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 & Thursday, Sept 10. 2009

9/09/09 - Quote of the day: "Come Together Right Now Over Me." - The Beatles
Learning Targets -
*Comprehend how difficult it must have been for our first humans to communicate
*Learn more about your classmates and present your rock art projects.

1) Get Targets for Chapter 2
2) Present "Rock Art"
3) Student News (if time)
4) Discuss in class project (if time)

Due on Friday - The College Essay. Remember to use the rubrics to help you.
We will begin an in class project on Friday with the Early Civilizations of Chapter 2 and 3.

Email from a former student

I wanted to share an email I have received from a student from last year. He gives very good advice.
First Email: Hey Mr. Duez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I apologize that I haven't been able to stop by and say hi personally. As luck would have it, every single one of my classes are in red, white or band hall area. So I hope the year is going well for you. I'm sure the sophomores are enjoying the rock art project. I had trouble with that one. I was never too artistic. Anyway this year has been going great for me. I think I may have gotten myself in a little over my head with 6 AP classes but I'll manage somehow. US History is a lot of work. The material is extremely interesting though but still a lot of work. We had to write a historiographical essay recently and I'm glad to say that I felt very comfortable writing it because of all the essays we had to do for your class. So I guess I'd like to say thanks also!!! Tell all of your students that although your class may seem like it is a lot of work, it does prepare them for AP. And tell them that junior year is killer. We have a test over the first 6 chapters Tuesday. I guess I should go study some more. Just wanted to say hi and thanks!!!


Second Email after I asked if I could post this:
Of course you can post my email on your blog Mr. Duez. You more than deserve the credit and you can keep my name in it if you'd like. It doens't matter to me. Also tell them to - i mean this in the best way possible - take advantage of you. Tell them to make sure they can write a thesis and build a paper off of that thesis and to get help from you while they still have time. The AP teachers are willing to help, but with the workload they give it's hard to find time to learn how to write a thesis. If the students learn how to do it in your class, then it will save them a lot of time next year. So thanks again! I felt very comfortable writing the essay and I credit that to you!

First of all, Kevin is an acceptional student and he works very, very hard. So I do not deserve "all the credit," but I do want you to understand why we are working so hard in this class and what the goal is. So hang in there. I know it seems like we are doing a lot of work right now, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the junior year. We will get you ready. DO NOT DROP TO LEVEL. Stick it out. You can do it. I will help you.

Chapter 2 Targets

Chapter 2 Targets

TV Extra Credit Opportunity

To gain extra credit you would need to watch the program, take cornell notes (with a reflection at the end) and turn them in before the first bell of the next day. This assignment is being given on Friday - so before the first bell means Monday morning before the tardy bell rings for 1st period. Just slide the notes under Mr. Duez's door if he is not there for some reason.

102 Minutes That Changed America
Friday, September 11th at 8PM/7c

As the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded in New York City, some witnesses were frozen with shock, some helped others, and many ran as fast as they could from the growing disaster. Many onlookers also grabbed their video cameras to record history as it happened; despite the chaos and danger, many people kept their cameras rolling throughout the catastrophe. 102 Minutes That Changed America is a special presentation which runs without commercial interruption, retracing the events of that tragic morning through real-life camera footage from more than 100 individual sources.

Carefully piecing together both amateur and professional footage in chronological order, the special is a permanent historical archive for future generations to see. This documentary presents educators and their students with an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the events of September 11th, the role of the professional media and amateur journalists, and the on-going ramifications of that tragic day.

Curriculum Links:
102 Minutes That Changed America would be useful for History, American Studies, Journalism, Media, and Politics courses. It would also be appropriate for September 11th commemorations and activities. Due to sensitive content, it is recommended for mature high school students. Teachers should view the program before airing it to students. It fulfills several guidelines outlined by the National Council for History Education including (1) Values, beliefs, political ideas and institutions, (2) Conflict and cooperation, and (3) Patterns of social and political interaction.

More from
Explore the 102 Minutes Interactive Map. It contains unfiltered video captured by 9 different eyewitnesses.

Watch the 9/11 Timeline for a chronology of what happened that morning.
This program is EXCELLENT. I believe I have watched it previously on the history channel. If you are interested in 911 and want to gain some extra credit, this is a perfect opportunity.

Additional opportunity (must be turned in Monday morning before the first bell) - Read the information and check out the videos from The History Channel about 911 on their website. Take cornell notes and write a reflection to gain extra credit. Here is the site: History 911

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

Learning Targets:
*Comprehend the difficulties that the first humans must have encountered when trying to leave a record of their past and communicate.
*Learn more about your classmates and present the Rock Art project to the class.

1. CNN Student News:

Students will do "2x2s" -- Which means they will take notes, then write 2 summary sentences from 2 different stories. A total of 4 summary sentences. This will not be graded, but Mr. Duez will give feedback about how it is done. The next time we do CNN Student News it will be graded.
2. Get our grades for the Ch. 1 Test.
3. Present the Rock Art Projects.

Due on Friday:
College Essays!

What do you think of President Obama's school speech?

What do you think about President Obama's speech on Tuesday? We will not be watching it in class because Mr. Duez doesn't have a class during that time the speech is being given. Also it would be hard to have one class 20 minutes behind the rest. But, the speech will be online and anyone can watch it. We will probably see a shorter version of it on Wed/Thu for warmup when we do our first CNN Student News current event of the year.

This speech has caused some controversy. But, you can already read the planned remarks because they have been released by the White House.

Read the President's Planned Remarks - His Speech for Tuesday

Here are a couple of news videos that give a good slice of the different sides of the controversy. In the past other Presidents have done a similar address to school children, but is what President Obama doing different and do you agree with what he is going to say?

The College Essay Rubrics

Use these rubrics to help you on your Final Draft of the college essay. I will be using them to help me grade your essay. These two documents have GREAT tips. Good luck.

Let me know if you want me to read your next draft. Email it to me, or come to tutoring.

The College Essay ~ Rubric

NYTIMES College Essay Rubric

Agenda: Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

Target - TEST DAY

Agenda -
1. Students will get their rough drafts of their "College Essay (Who has been the biggest influence on your life)" back
I will also give them the two College Essay Rubrics - linked to in the next blog post.

2. TEST Chapter 1

3. Any good news? Who is set to have an exciting weekend? Be safe and see you on Tuesday.

Due next week:
Tuesday - Rock art project and explanation of symbols and coded message.
Friday - Final Draft of the College Essay.

Agenda: Wed. Sept. 2, 2009

*Understand the impact of the Neolithic Revolution on the development of civilization.
*Gain a command of the vocabulary for Chapter 1

1. 5 min to prep for quiz.
2. QUIZ on vocab for Chapter 1
3. Finish Chapter 1 ~ Copy notes on board and discuss Neolithic Revolution and the 6 characteristics of a civilization.
4. Review Chapter quickly and explain how the test will work next class.
5. Video, Notes, and Discussion. Students will watch 2 video clips, take cornell notes and discuss the videos. - "From Ape to Man" a history channel documentary, we'll watch about 15 minutes of it. The scene is from neaderthal in the German valley and describes what life must have been like for early man.
Youtube Clip here:

If you want to see the rest it is in 8 parts. You can find the parts in Youtube. This introduction helps paint the picture and bring the chapter alive from the perspective of the men and women doing the very difficult work of piecing together our past spanning 3 million years, 300,000 generations.

If time we will also see a video called "Tiny Humans: The Hobbits of Flores." This video clip from Youtube below is not the one we will watch in class, but it is similar:

This video is the exact thing we are focusing on when we discuss the quote by Richard Leakey:
"Theories on prehistory and early man constantly change as new evidence comes to light."

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009

Targets -
* Compare and contrast the Paleolithic and Neolithic Revolution
* Understand the 6 characteristics of a civilization

Agenda -
1. Warmup - "Thesis Statement" - Collect College essays and parent contact form.
2. Notes - Chapter 1 First Humans
3. Prep for Quiz and Test.

For next time:
Prepare for Chapter 1 Quiz.

Friday - Chapter 1 Test
Next Tuesday - Rock Art Project is due. (I will be handing back the college essays with feedback by friday to help with the project)