Monday, January 26, 2015

Schedule January 26 - 30

Monday, January 26

Activity:  New World Colonization. In small groups, you will be putting together a chart that highlights the characteristics of the Spanish, French and English experiences in colonizing the New World.

You can find the information in your textbook.  And, Chapter 20 from the regular history book.

Tuesday, January 27

Chapter 15 Reading Quiz.  This quiz is a little longer than the previous quizzes.  It is 30 questions over Chapter 15.  You can use your reading notes.

Tonight, start reading Chapter 16.  Your Chapter 16 reading quiz will be next Tuesday, February 3rd.

Wednesday, January 28

Empire Building: Russia and the Ottoman Empire

Thursday, January 29

Introduction to the Compare and Contrast Essay

Friday, January 30

First COMP Essay:  Empire Builders

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Semester, New Things!

Welcome to Semester 2.  We are going to continue with Unit 4.  However, we will need to start learning the 3 different essays that we will be doing this semester.  So, keeping up with your reading is more important than ever.

This week:  READ CHAPTER 15!  Your quiz over Chapter 15 will be next Tuesday, January 27!

Wednesday, January 21

Go over the most missed on the Final Exam. Discuss new semester.

Thursday, January 22

Lecture: Spanish colonization of the New World.  You will have a note sheet for this lecture.

Read "The Economies of Exploitation" and answer the questions on the note sheet.

Friday, January 23

Meet in the THEATER for the Sophomore Renaissance Art Forum!

Make sure you are reading Chapter 15!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Studying for the Final Exam

This is a final, which differs from a Unit exam in scope and detail.  But here are some things to keep in mind:

1.  The College Board likes "big picture" analysis: causes and effect; general characteristics.  For example:

  • Characteristics of eras (regions, trade networks, etc)
  • Characteristics of culture 
  • Causes and effects of movements of people, fall of empires, spread of disease, war, trade, migration, etc

2.  Comparisons are huge.  Instead of knowing the details, you must be able to compare generalities between civilizations and time periods.  For example:

  • Differences and similarities between the religions
  • Differences and similarities between periods of time
  • Differences and similarities between empires
  • Differences and similarities between modes of economics, government and gender roles

Keep in mind the time periods that we have talked about this semester:

We called these time periods "Foundations," "Classical," "Post-Classical" and are currently in the "Early Modern Period."

Also, there are THEMES the College Board emphasizes:

Finally, go through your unit overviews.  These have the KEY CONCEPTS listed. 

The questions on the final exam (and on the AP test in May) tend to fall into these categories.

Most of the questions deal with some type of comparison.  

Hope this helps. You need to get out of the mindset of memorizing tiny details.  

 Good luck!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review for the Final

Well, it's that time of the year to get ready for finals.  Your final is 70 questions, taken from the material you did from the summer to what we have done so far with Chapter 14.

1. Fill out the Final Exam Review.  This is a basic overview of the major topics from the semester.

2. Read the Princeton Review, Chapter 6, 7, 8.  Chapter 8 of the Princeton Review is called "Old Stuff: Approximately 1450 to Around 1750." This chapter has some things we have not yet talked about, but that is okay.  We are continuing Unit 4 next semester and will have a test just on Unit for in about 3 weeks.

3. Check out the John Green Crash Course World History Videos.  These are awesome review, of not just the old, but the new stuff too.  I added some for Unit 4.

Happy Studies!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Schedule--End of Semester

Monday, January 5

Lecture:  The Muslim Empires.  You will have a notesheet for this lecture.

Tuesday, January 6

Finish lecture.  Take quiz over the Muslim Empires, using your notesheet.

Wednesday, January 7

Renaissance Forum:  Meet down in the theater for a forum on Renaissance ideas and art.

Thursday, January 8

Lecture:  The Age of Exploration

Friday, January 9

Quiz:  Chapters 13 and 14

Monday, January 12

Lecture:  The Columbian Exchange

Tuesday, January 13

Review for Final Exam

Wednesday, January 14