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.