Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Here is the movie I would like you to watch for a snow day treat. I am having difficulty uploading the powerpoint with this embedded. We will talk about it on Wednesday. Be sure to read the chapter for Destiny Disrupted for tomorrow as well. Keep plugging along on your study guide and chapter packet. Enjoy!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Do Carmo Quiz Chapter 5

Do Carmo Quiz

do Carmo Quiz Answer Grid

World Religions Quiz Student Edition

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Below is the link to the shared document where each World Religion should copy and paste ONE of their multiple choice questions. Your format should be 12 pt. font and single spaced. 

STOP AND READ THIS: You must also make sure that your powerpoint slides are loaded into our class powerpoints so that other students can have access to the content that gives them the information for answering your Multiple Choice question. With one question for each religion, from each section, there should be 16 questions overall. Please pick your highest quality question!

Monday, October 16, 2017


Its time to take this WHAP experience to the next level. Writing in all different forms and lengths is a HUGE part of the AP Exam. The SAQ (Short Answer Question) is a great place to start. Honing your careful reading of prompts, decoding of sources and crafting of clear, evidence based claims is all a part of the SAQ drill. These are the building blocks of great essays to come. Please read through the SAQ Powerpoint to familiarize yourself with the format if you could not attend our introductory session on Tuesday. You will be practicing these as a group on Wednesday. Be sure to pick up your graded chapter 4 Homework Packet as the Rome/Han comparison chart will come in handy on Weds.

SAQ Powerpoint

Friday, October 6, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

STANDARD OF UR - Podcast fun

The Standard of Ur


Getting used to AP level assessments is a process. Our weekly require you to master a large amount of content quickly as well as utilize Historical Thinking Skills to interpret the "stuff" you have learned. Although many of you struggled on the first quiz, do not fear. This is normal. Here are a couple of tips going forward:

1. Use complete sentences on the IDs and LOTS of detail. I wasn't here to explain that and the DLCDS format was confusing for many of you who just bulleted information. You were not penalized for this. HOWEVER, starting on the next quiz (Chpt. 3) you need to write in full sentences. Below are two Identifications that received full credit from the last quiz. These are a solid start, but I would even get more detailed when possible. My additions are in italics.

They were found all over Central and Western Europe around 23,000 BCE. This is a mother goddess figurine that emphasized women's large hips. This is significant because it is an example of (paleolithic) cultural diffusion, since many were found throughout the continent (of Europe). It is also evidence of the (use of) tools and clay. Finally, its important because it showed that Paleolithic people weren't constantly fighting against nature. They had free time. ~ Emily Hall

23,000 years ago these (mother goddess) figurines of the female body with emphasis on sexual organs were (dispersed) throughout Europe. It has led scholars to believe that the female was viewed as religious and tied to regeneration and growth. It is significant because it shows cultural diffusion (of a rich ceremonial life) among paleolithic people. ~Rebecca Connelly

Originating in modern day Nigeria and occurring between 3,000 BCE - 1,100 CE, Bantu language speaking peoples spread east and south throughout sub-Equatorial Africa. These farmers and nomadic herders practiced slash and burn agriculture which placed intense pressure on resources and motivated them to constantly be on the move. As they migrated throughout Africa they spread their agriculture and iron-working skills as well as animal born diseases, absorbing, displacing or encountering resistance from the hunting gathering people they encountered. The significance of the Bantu Migration is the loose cultural web it created (language, religious beliefs, technology) in sub-Equatorial Africa.  - JMDC

The Bantu Migration started around 3,000 BCE in modern Nigeria and Cameroon. The migration spread east and south and killed many paleolithic societies due to (disease and warfare). This migration was significant because it spread agriculture into sub-equatorial Africa and as well as the Bantu languages. ~ Cole Emerson

2. The Talking Points are your key to becoming successful on the Multiple Choice. Study them! Seriously. Print them out and know them.

3. You may do corrections on this quiz. Here are the corrections eligibility requirements:
     * Under a 90% (this will drop to 85% next quiz)
     * You must write out the question, the correct answer (long form - no A,B,C), the page or 
        slide the correct answer is found on AND what confused you/why you got it wrong 
       (this can be brief). 
     * You can earn UP TO half credit back for each corrected question. AP Bonus and IDs are
         not eligible.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sample Response To a Homework Packet Question

My lovely WHAPsters:

As I review the Chapter 1&2 Homework packet and after grading your discussion questions from the summer assignments (they are in my Graded Work Basket on the table by my door) I have noticed a common theme. Answers tend to be more or less accurate but without the depth of analysis and supportive detail that will be essential to essay writing on the WHAP exam. Please take a look at the sample answer below to the first question from the last HW Packet. This is the kind of specific evidence and analysis that will earn you full credit. Gimme those deets, folks!

1. In what ways did various Paleolithic societies differ from one another, and how did they change over time?

While all Paleolithic humans shared a lifestyle of gathering and hunting, different variations in their environments and their different food supplies did create differences among groups that became increasingly pronounces as humankind spread across the globe. For instance, the spread of humankind into the Pacific islands required the development of seaworthy canoe technologies that other Paleolithic groups did not develop, and the cold and lack of caves in parts of Eastern Europe spurred the development of multilayered clothing and partially underground dwellings constructed from the bones and tusks of mammoths. 

A key differentiation occurred after the end of the last ice age between 16,000 and 10,000 years ago. As many plants and animals thrived, providing humans with larger and more secure food sources, some Paleolithic groups were able to settle into permanent settlements or villages like the Jomon Culture in Japan. Others continued their nomadic existences. Those societies that settled down became larger and more complex. Settlement meant households gained the ability to store and accumulate goods to a greater degree than their nomadic ancestors. This accumulation of goods led to inequality and a wearing away of the egalitarianism found in more nomadic Paleolithic groups.