Agenda: Monday, January 31, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." - Martin Luther

Learning Targets:
* Who is Martin Luther and why did he want to change the Catholic Church?
* What is a Christian Humanist?
* How did the ideas of the Renaissance also influence the Reformation?

1.  Introduction to the Reformation.
2.  Video, "Martin Luther" a documentary.  Video questions (download here) will be used to teach the principles of the chapter and documentary.
3.  Collect the questions.

Watch the entire video here on Youtube:
Part I here
Part II here
Part III here
Part IV here
Part V here
Second half of the video (that we will not see in class is here):

Agenda: Friday, 1/27/2011 TGIF

Quote of the Day:  "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
- Groucho Marx

Learning Targets:
* Who wins the Italian Wars?
* What are the 3 characteristics of the Renaissance?
* What are the characteristics of a noble?  What did Machiavelli think a leader should be and how should they act?

1.  Collect Human Rights Projects.
2.  Pictures from my former student Ayla in Italy.
3.  Finish notes on the Renaissance. Monday we'll start the Reformation.

State of the Union Wordle

What were the most popular words and themes?

I have had a 1/2 dozen emails already turned in on the state of the union extra credit.  Hope you enjoyed it and learned something.  It was an interesting speech and reaction from Congress.

Agenda: Wed/Thu January 26 & 27, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America." - Jimmy Carter, American President

Learning Target:

Humanism was a key intellectual movement of the Renaissance, focusing on the study of the ancient Greek and Roman classics. While early humanists emphasized solitary learning, fifteenth century humanists stressed intellectualism in the service of the state. Petrarch was called the father of Italian Renaissance humanism.
Humanism encouraged the use of classical Latin. However, European writers such as Dante and Chaucer wrote in their own vernacular. Humanist schools taught a broad range of liberal studies. 
Renaissance artists sought to imitate nature, but also to make human beings the focus of their works. Painting, sculpture, and architecture were among the revolutionary achievements.
Some Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, produced masterpieces in all three disciplines. Artistic developments in Italy were a major influence on art in northern Europe.

1.  30 minute Timed Writing:  "How Did Rosa Parks, MLK, and the Civil Rights Movement Change Your Life?"
Mr. Duez will be looking for
a strong thesis & introduction: 30 points
Multiple paragraphs of supporting evidence (including prior knowledge about the Civil Rights Movement): 20 points per paragraph
a strong conclusion where the thesis is proven and driven home: 30 points
2.  We will finish the Renaissance.  Mr. Duez will show pictures from his former student's trip to Italy.  Also we'll see a video on Da Vinci and what it means to be a "Renaissance Man."

EXTRA CREDIT due in the morning (or through email).  Preview of what the Houston Chronicle/Associated Press expects the President will discuss.
Human Rights Project due Friday.

Extra Credit Tonight - The State of the Union Address

Gain extra credit on your Human Rights Project:
Watch the State of the Union Address tonight.
Take Notes.
Write a summary of what you learned and what your thoughts are on the President's address to Congress and the nation. 
Turn in the Notes/Summary in 2605 before the first bell on Wednesday morning before 1st period.  Anything turned in after that will not be counted.

For a preview of what to expect on the State of the Union Address, here is today's CNN Student News:

Email to all students regarding MLA Formatting & Human Rights Paper

World History Pre-AP students, 
Your Human Rights Paper is due on Friday (along with the poster).  Remember to follow the rubic!  

Here are a few references to understand MLA formatting:
We covered these last semester, so I understand that it may be some catchup for some of you who are new.  My biggest thing is just making sure you understand how to do it.  It should be very similar to what you have learned in English class because it's MLA formatting.

What you need to consider and think about is that anything in your paper that is information that you found elsewhere - it needs to be cited.  So you have a works cited page at the end.  And in the paper itself you put parenthesis at the end of a sentence that is not your own and site the author.  The sites above will help with that.

One thing to consider, the conclusion should really drive home your thesis.  So restate it and provide the reader with a closing statement.  Basically, it is like you are a lawyer arguing a case in court.  Your thesis is a lot like your "opening statement" (The defendant committed this crime, in this place, for this reason and I will prove he did it during this case).  Then you have paragraphs that present your facts.  A lot like a lawyer calls witnesses to testify at the stand.  Then the closing argument is your conclusion.  You'll restate your thesis and pull your case together.  In the end you prove your thesis.

This is the type of writing we were developing all fall.  And it's the type of writing  you will need to do next year in AP US History.
Good luck.

Agenda: Monday January 24, 2011 AND Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quote of the Day: "I gotta feelin' Pittsburgh's goin' to the Super Bowl!" - Mr. Duez, who grew up near Pittsburgh, PA.
Mr. Duez, Aidan, and Suki celebrate a Steeler touchdown.
Today we'll have a split agenda.  Mr. Duez will be  here for 3rd period and we'll cover the notes for Chapter 12 "Renaissance."
For 5th and 6th periods the students will watch "The Children's March" and take notes.  They are preparing for the timed writing on Wednesday & Thursday.
Tomorrow we'll flip it and 3rd period will watch the video and 5th and 6th will discuss the Renaissance.

The Human Rights Project

Agenda: Friday, 1/20/2011

Quote of the Day:  "A well-spent day brings happy sleep." - Leonardo da Vinci
The Faces of Leonardo
Learning Targets:
* What is the Renaissance?  How does it differ from the Dark/Middle Ages?
* Who were the people who brought the Renaissance to live?

1.  Time to review Rosa Parks/MLK video from Tuesday.  Discuss essay, "How did Rosa Parks, MLK and the Civil Rights Movement change my life?"  It will be a timed writing on Wed/Thu next week.  30 minutes.
2.  Discuss the Human Rights Project.  Essay due on Tuesday.  Poster due next Friday.
3.  Notes on Chapter 12 - The Renaissance.  introduction

Agenda: Wed/Thu 1/19 and 1/20, 2011

Mr. Duez is out because of medical stuff.  :(  The videos that you will watch in class are embedded below:

Students will take notes and they will help with our study of Chapter 12 - Renaissance & Reformation.
This is part one, the other portions are on the youtube website and I'll post links to them below this video:

Part II:
Part III:
Part IV:
Part V:

If time remains you will also watch CNN Student News.

Email to my students regarding substitute this week

Hey everyone,

I am sorry to report that I will not be at school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.  I am hoping to be back on Friday.  

Last Friday I had a 2 hour doctor appointment with my neurologist.  He worked very hard to determine what is going on with my health.  He believes I have Multiple Sclerosis, but because I am in the first year of the disease it is not showing completely in all of my tests.  But, the doctor said my symptoms match it perfectly.  So he is starting me on some therapy for the disease this week (mostly high dose steroid through an IV - which helps to suppress the disease flare I am currently experiencing).  He has also ordered 7 medical exams as well.  Crazy thing, the MRIs that I had also showed multiple fractures in my back.  He wants to investigate those as well.

Anyway, because of all of this, I've called in for a substitute Tue-Thur.  But, I have left for you two tremendous videos.  The first is about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.  I love this video and wish I could be there to watch it with you guys.  We will definitely discuss upon my return.  

On Wed/Thu you will watch "Engineering an Empire: DaVinci's World."  This is also an incredible video and should give you a great insight into the Renaissance world of Europe.  That is where our studies take us next - to Chapter 12 "Renaissance & Reformation."  The sub will also pass out target sheets to you tomorrow and I have already uploaded them to the website.

What I have been going through has been very, very hard.  Some of the tests they are putting me through have very strange and painful side effects.  Please know that your behavior and attitude with the substitute goes a long way towards making me feel better.  It really does.  I have told this substitute what I tell all of them, "I know you will have a great day because I have the best kids in AHS."  

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Friday - I have my fingers crossed!

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Agenda: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote:  "Each person must live their life as a model for others."  - Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
Mr. Duez will be out on Tuesday.  The substitute will show the video and pick up the work.

Learning Targets:
* Who was Rosa Parks?  What issue did she protest?  How did her efforts help the civil rights movement in America?
* Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?  What was his role in helping Rosa Parks?

1.  Students will watch the video "Mighty Times: The Rosa Parks Story"
2.  Students will take notes and write a summary at the end of the video.  They should focus on the question: "How has Rosa Parks and the efforts of people like Martin Luther King, Jr., changed my life?"
3.   Next class, we will discuss the video and prepare for the timed writing next Wednesday over the question - "How has Rosa Parks, MLK, and the Civil Rights Movement Changed Your Life?"

Agenda: Friday, January 14, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "A right delayed is a right denied."  -  Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday is MLK Day.

Today  - TEST on Asia - China/Japan - Chapters 3, 8, 16, & 22

Students will pick up the Target Sheet for the Renaissance & Reformation chapters after the test.

Agenda: Wed/Thu, January 12/13, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." - Sun Tzu

Learning Targets:
During the mid-fifteenth century, Chinese ships larger than those of Columbus briefly explored as far as East Africa. Zheng He was the leader of those voyages.  The arrival of a Portuguese fleet during the early sixteenth century led to an exchange of ideas and introduced Christian missionaries to China.
The declining Ming dynasty was replaced by invading Manchus, who formed the Qing dynasty. The Qing lasted until 1911 and produced perhaps China's greatest emperor, Kangxi, who ruled for 61 years. Europeans returned during the eighteenth century, seeking to trade, but by the late eighteenth century, the Qing were restricting trade, and even European contact, with the Chinese. 
Japanese unification began in the sixteenth century. Trade and manufacturing expanded in China and Japan, although both countries kept Europeans at arms length.
Mounting external pressures only weakened China's ability to address its internal problems. Japan, Russia, and other nations laid claim to Chinese territories. When rebellions in China threatened Western interests, Western nations responded with military force. They also challenged Chinese sovereignty by establishing spheres of influence inside the country. To stabilize relations among the Western nations, the United States declared an Open Door Policy. This gave all Western nations equal trading privileges in China.
After the Boxer Rebellion, Empress Dowager Ci Xi embraced some reforms. However, the emerging new elite was impatient with the slow pace of change. 
Under military pressure, Japan agreed to establish diplomatic ties with the United States. Similar treaties followed with other Western nations. Samurai warriors responded by forcing the shogun from power. The Meiji Restoration ended the shogunate and restored the emperor as a figurehead. The Meiji Restoration brought reform and industrialization as well as Japanese imperialism.

1.  Finish Japan Notes from Ch. 8.
2.  Begin China 16-22 notes.
3.  Engineering an Empire: China, Chapter 5, Zheng He.
4.  Finish notes
5.  Quiz on Chapters 3, 8, 16, 22.

Questions to consider:

Why did the Chinese build the Great Wall of China?  Explain its purpose, relevance and relationship to the Chinese people.

Why does President Fillmore want to establish a relationship with Japan?

Explain the process of Dynasty changes in China through the Mandate of Heaven principle.  How did it function and what controlled the process?

Current Event: Terrible Flooding in Australia

Notes Chapter 16 and 22 - China and Japan

2011 Notes Chapters 16 22 China Japan

Agenda: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "To know and to act are one in the same." - Samurai Proverb

Learning Targets:
* What is the geography of Japan?  How does it impact their culture and development?
* How did the Samurai warriors develop into a system of protection in feudal Japan?

1.  Pick up homework assignments.
2.  Finish China Notes from 3/8.  Video from Engineering an Empire on the Great Wall.  Show Chapter 1 for the first 3 minutes.  Then show the Great Wall portion in Chapter 2 after discussing the Great Wall.
3.  Notes - Ch. 3/8 Japan

Wed/Thu - Quiz
Friday - Test

Agenda: Monday, January 10, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

Learning Targets:
* Understand the steps involved in the "Dynastic Cycle"
* Explain the transformation between the Qin and Han Dynasties.  How did the Han differ from the Qin?
* Understand the geography of Japan and how it influences the culture and tradition of the country.

We will watch and discuss CNN Student News today.  This is a sad time in our country because of the terrible tragedy in Arizona.

1.  Collect Human Rights Packet.  Discuss the agenda for the week - Tue - Homework, Wed/Thu - Quiz, Friday - Test Chapters 3, 8, 16, & 22 China & Japan.
2.  Review the "Dynastic Cycle" and finish Ch. 3 & 8 China with the Silk Road, Han Dynasty and the Great Wall of China.  Can you see the Great Wall from space?
3.  Introduce Japan from Chapter 3 and 8.  We will focus on the geography of Japan and how it impacts the life and culture there.

If you want to practice for the vocabulary quiz on Wed/Thu, here is some help:

Agenda: Friday, January 7, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Study the past if you would define the future."  - Confucius

Learning Targets:
* What is a Human Right?
* Why did the UN create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
* Asia - What is the Dynastic Cycle and how does it work?

1.  Good News for Friday.  Mr. Duez and students will discuss any of their "Good News" for this week.
2.  Mr. Duez will pass out the Rubric for the Human Rights Project.  We will also discuss the power point that describes the project.
3.  Notes from China Chapters 3 & 8 - "The Dynastic Cycle"

UDHR packet questions is due on Monday
Homework is due for Chapters 3, 8, 16, and 22 on Tuesday.
Quiz on the chapters on Wed/Thu.
Test next Friday.

Current Events - Mass Bird Deaths in Ark and LA

What do you think happened here?  Fireworks, disease, something else?  Pretty crazy.  Similar find today in Sweden:

Human Rights Project Rubric

Here is the rubric for the Human Rights Project.  We will pass this out on Friday.

Rubric Human Rights Project

4th Six Weeks Period Project - Human Rights - Explanation

Project information for the Human Rights Project.  We will review this on Friday in class.  We'll also get the rubric on that day.

Human Rights Project

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In class today (Wed/Thu Jan 5/6) we will use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and discuss it in socratic groups.  We will discuss the meanings of each of the articles and rank them in importance.

On Monday, students will need to turn in their answers on a separate sheet of paper.  This gives Mr. Duez and opportunity to check your progress on the project and be sure you understand your article.

Download the UDHR here:

Agenda: Wed/Thu January 5 and 6, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." - Confucius

Learning Targets:
* Confucianism - Religion?  Philosophy?
* Qin Shinuangdi - China's First Emperor.  400 - 700 BC Bloody Civil War, then the Qin Dynasty began
* What is the Dynastic Cycle?  How does it work?

1.  Notes - China Chapter 3 & 8
      Geography of China
      Dynastic Cycle
2.  Socratic Seminar - Mr. Duez will pass out the 30 articles of the Declaration of Human Rights.  The students will be grouped in 5 or 6.  They will discuss the articles and then list them in order of importance.  What are the top 10 articles of the Declaration of Human Rights according to your group?
    We will discuss what Human Rights are and which of the 30 are most important at the end of the period.
If time, we'll discuss the project.  I will officially introduce the project on Friday and we'll distribute the articles to each student.

UDHR packet questions is due on Monday
Homework is due for Chapters 3, 8, 16, and 22 on Tuesday.
Quiz on the chapters on Wed/Thu.
Test next Friday.

Agenda: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Welcome to 2011 and the Spring Semester of World History Pre-AP
Quote of the Day:  "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."  ~Benjamin Franklin

Learning Targets:

1.  New Seats - we'll project the seating chart and get into our new seats.
2.  Welcome back & we'll look at some inspiration:  "40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes"
3.  Look back at 2010 - 10 minute video to show the 2010 year in review.  We'll discuss a few minutes after students write:  "What was your favorite moments of 2010?  What problems, adversity or obstacles did you have to overcome personally?  What is your 2011 resolution?  What are you looking forward to most in 2011?"

3.  Introduction of new students & a quick review of how we do business.  Mr. Duez will pass out the Welcome To World History Pre-AP course information sheet.
4.  Mr. Duez will pass out the Targets for the Asian Unit and begin the notes and lecture on this chapter.
5.  Mr. Duez will begin lecture/discussion on Chapter 3 and 8 Notes on China

Chapters 3, 8, 16, and 22 - China and Japan Targets

China Japan Targets

Welcome Back

Hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.
I was very sick over most of it, but I will choose to remember it like this:

Hope everyone is ready for a wonderful semester.  Our goal is to prepare you for your junior year and....
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