Please follow the directions below to take a survey on this year's course
The end of the year is upon us and there are lots of housekeeping items we need to address. Any work that you want credit for in this quarter must be in ASAP - no work will be accepted after June 1st. Please bring back your textbooks NOW! I don't want to fine anyone for missing books so please bring them in.
Our year-end survey is available and if you could please fill it out, it will help me to make continued improvements to the course. Follow the link below and be sure to answer each question (there are less than 10 but there are multiple options for each question)
These are suggested graphic organizers for the European free response questions & you can submit your thesis statements after the following the link below the graphics
Finally here are some sample graphics from the free responses of Unit 3. You can submit thesis statements for each of these through this post (follow the link after the graphics) Here are the free response graphics for Asia 600-1450
Based off our workshop today in comparing our summer to one another - here are some of the slides (many with some revisions/additions) to help with your thesis writing. Please make sure you are submitting your thesis tomorrow at the beginning of class.
Just an update from the vlogbrothers for the TFIOS premiere - thought you might enjoy since many of you are waiting for the movie
So today became a bit - insane as the hail storm hit us hard. I hope that everyone got home alright. It was announced that I will accept your handouts tomorrow but you have until Tuesday to turn in your World Issues Board (hopefully, everyone was able to get home without their boards being wrecked) if you ran into weather related issues please email me/text me/ send smoke signals - let me know so that I can help. If you have any materials you need printed for your board you can also send them via email. If this is sent via a document that is great but if not - please indicate any sizes for the images sent.
On another note - the creators of thought bubble or thought cafe posted this TFIOS inspired art & since this is the current excitement in the air I thought I would share this gif with you. As I am typing this, the trailer is also airing (feels kind of bizarre and awesome). Again, if you are having any issues with your projects please let me know ASAP!
As we approach the AP exam and the World Issues Fair - I wanted to post some updates. We will have review card materials that were requested by several students (more copies will be available for those who have not yet voiced their desire for these extra materials) You should be able to get these cards on Monday.
Several current event issues recently made the news and have included videos from two of the sources we have used before (Sourcefed & the Vlogbrothers). Please feel free to post questions or comments below if you want to know more.
There was a request (okay several requests) for a checklist of what should be in by this Friday for Unit 4. Please note that this is not all that must be submitted for all of the 3rd Marking Period but just Unit 4. The final portions of Unit 4 will be the Unit Exam (multiple choice, 3 essays) and the Unit Notebook. Please remember all 3 essays must be in by March 12th and the FARCEBOOK Project must be in by March 17th. This list will be copied and distributed in class tomorrow.
After about 4 or 5 attempts at putting this up on here - I am hoping that the graphic below helps you with your Middle East 1450-1750 Comparative Free Response question. We will be working on the CCOT in class today so hopefully that also will help in your writing of that free response question. Remember with this graphic & any of the sample graphics - that you can work in more specific details to help answer the question from either our class notes or from your chapter readings (details are a good thing!!)
Based off of the terror in the eyes of many concerning the upcoming work on the Catcher and the Rye for English Class - I opted to post these videos from Crash Course on the book. Hope that this helps!! Good Luck
P.S. - John Green uses the names of authors to take the place of swearing/cursing - it is weird but also kind of awesome!
For many of you the quarter is slipping past at an alarming speed & there is much that needs to get in before the end of the grading. Please keep an eye on the class calendar so that you are aware of due dates. There were some submissions of free responses that prompted a new chart to help you with working on your CCOT for the section on Asia. This chart is truly off the top of my head and can be expanded upon based on your notes and your chapter readings. Let me know if these charts are helpful and if you would like to have charts like these for the units to help you in developing your outlines.
As we discussed Friday, the CCOT for Mesopotamia should included the changes for the leadership/government over time. The time periods can be broken down into the emergence of small agricultural settlements which formed the first city-states, then the rise of empires such as the Assyrians and the Persians. See the chart below:
Based on this we discussed some possible thesis statements & this was one that emerged from our workshop :
The Middle East from 8000BCE to 600CE was dominated by a patriarchal leadership which came from a select group of upper-class men who ruled with a codified law system, yet the political system became more complex as small city-states became parts of larger empires such as the Assyrian and Persian . The changes came with challenges that some societies were unable to overcome such as the Assyrians, while later groups were more successful such as the use of satraps to control the growing empires
As you can see this is a bit longer and broken into two sentences but as long as they are together they do make a thesis. We also talked about the Comparative Free Response for Mesopotamia and it was clear that there were some questions about the faith systems. As this should have been review from last year the notes for this were only skimmed over but extended notes are now on the Middle East page for the section. You can follow the link below to learn more about each - Judaism , Zoroastrianism, and Christianity.
So there has been a bit of delay in my updating this blog, my apologies. As we were discussing document analysis today it was obvious that we ran a bit long in our discussion and several of you asked about whether the overview was on the website. It is and you can follow the links below to the two document analysis methods:
After we finish our discussion of OPTIC tomorrow, we will turn to the section on the Middle East 8000BCE-600CE. Please remember to complete your outline for the Africa Free Response prompt (the comparison of foragers and agriculturalists) and the multiple-choice for the Africa section.
Dr. S. Hinzman
I am a Reading School District teacher at the Reading Muhlenberg Career Technology Center. My educational background includes a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in History with a minor in Religious studies. After PSU, I earned my Masters in Urban Education and Secondary Teaching Certification from Alvernia University. Also from Alvernia, I have earned my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I have certification through the College Board for the teaching of Advanced Placement World History and have been teaching world history for 10 years. I have also taught: Citizenship, Sociology, and American History.