APUSH, Tuesday 9/2


Flip to page 9 of the excerpt from Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.  Howard Zinn presents a much different viewpoint on U.S. history than many historians.  Read page 9 starting at “The treatment of heroes “Columbus” through page 11 where he says, “The reader may as well know that before going on.”  This will hopefully take you 6-8 minutes.  After reading, discuss:

1.  In what way does Zinn argue that his approach to explaining history is different than that of other historians?

2.  Why does he argue that “we must not accept the memory of states as our own?”

Now, flip to the top of page 17.  Begin where Zinn writes, “Was all this bloodshed and deceit…” and read through the end of the article.  This will hopefully take no more than 15 minutes or so, but if you can’t get to the end, don’t worry!  Just do what you can. Highlight, underline, and make any marks you need!

Then, discuss:

1.  Zinn throws out a question to you, the reader. “Was all this bloodshed and deceit….a necessity for the human race to progress from savagery to civilization?”  And later, “If there are necessary sacrifices to be made for human progress, is it not essential to hold to the principle that those to be sacrificed must make the decisions themselves?” (p. 17) These are really important questions to think about as we begin our study of U.S. history.  There are lots of different ways to answer this.  What do YOU think?  Why?

2.  What are some examples that Zinn gives (p. 18-20) of how Native American cultures may have been “superior” to those who were conquering them (p. 21)?

8-Minute Essay: 1993 DBQ


The purpose of the 8 Minute Essay is to get you some practice writing DBQs and FRQs in a low-stress environment that does not require a full class period and 24 hours of commitment like most of our DBQs we do in class.  These are important as well, but we’re just not able to complete them as frequently as I’d like to.  Behold, the 8 Minute Essay!

(Name that movie!)

Here’s the requirements:

1. You START with your thesis. No intro paragraph, no fluff. Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Get to the point, pronto!  Set up a strong argument.

2.  Pick ONE or TWO documents that you’d like to use to prove your point.  You will ONLY use a quote or small excerpt from this in your 8 Minute Essay.

3.  Go!  Prove your thesis quickly and concisely.  Pull in some outside information, too, if you can.  Don’t worry about a conclusion paragraph; a concluding sentence is just fine.

8 Minute Essays are just one paragraph, unless you’re some kind of speed writer.  In that case, go nuts! But one paragraph is all that is expected of you.

This will give you the opportunity to practice DBQs more frequently than we could before.  8 Minute Essays will be somewhere in the range of 15-20 points.

The FIRST ONE:  1993 DBQ

Open it up, take a little time to read through and jot down some notes, and then when I say go, you GO!

The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem: APUSH, due 8/28


For Thursday, August 28th, read the Davidson and Lytle article on the Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem, and be ready to discuss:

1.  What is the author’s THESIS (What is the WHOLE POINT?) Read the article and ask yourself this at the end.

2.  What are 3-5 pieces of evidence from the article that back up your thesis?  These can be quotes or paraphrase quotes from the article, and should relate to your thesis.

Comment here with what you think is the author’s thesis by class time on Thursday. (You do not need to provide your evidence; we will discuss in class.)

World History: Unit 1 Helpful Stuff


Here you will find all kinds of good stuff to help you succeed on the Unit 1 test!  We’ll start first with our Machiavelli assignment.  Here are the quotes you may choose from.  Remember, your letter should be 150 words and you need THREE REASONS your person is Machiavellian and ONE Machiavelli quote.  Share it via Google Drive with ziemnik.sara@rrcs.org by class time on Wednesday, August 27th.

Machiavelli Quotes
HERE is our very first STUDY GUIDE.  We will fill this in as we go, so be sure to come prepared to class and bring it every day!

Study Guide Age of Monarchy

Here are our review notes on the Renaissance:  COMING SOON!

Here are some helpful notes on the REFORMATION and how it divided Europe and England, as well as the role of Elizabeth I:Reformation and England

Here is our “Top 5 Ranking” of political power in Europe.  Think about how and why the rankings changed during this time period–that’s what you’ll discover during our presentations! Top 5 Rankings of Political Power Europe

Okay, so I warned you that this unit is a little tough, right? To help you prepare, I made a video that goes through the major points of the unit. This is also great if you were absent or missed any of the presentations. Check it out below and be sure to follow the instructions in the video for a secret bonus point that’s “hiding” in there… :) (You’ll comment on THIS POST with the secret bonus answer! Just use your name and school email–no website is necessary.)

Here’s a little something on the rise and decline of the Spanish empire (and a little dash of England, too) during this period…view from about 5:20 to the end:

Unit 1 Packet and Helpful Stuff


Below is the first Unit Packet for APUSH.  Remember, the terms are not collected for a grade, but they are extremely important to understand before the test.  It is suggested that you fill them in as you are reading and take advantage of study sessions offered during seminar, too!  Flash cards are very helpful, and Kaplan makes a great set called AP U.S. History In A Box.

Here is a tutorial on how to create a good, solid thesis statement.

Here is our Unit 1 Packet

Here are the notes from Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Presentation

Here are some notes from Chapter 2: Colonies

Here are the notes on Mercantilism and Great Awakening from Chapter 3.

Our supplemental readings are found here.

Have you found Crash Course U.S. History yet?  If not, meet your new best friend.  Like anything, this is NOT a substitute for careful reading, but is an entertaining quick review!  Here’s a little something fun taking you from the Prologue to Chapter 1:

And some more fun related to Chapters 1-2:

Here’s a great bit that will help with Chapter 3:

APUSH: August 25th

Today we are going to examine signs of tension within colonial society.  The colonies were not always harmonious, and there was often tension between rival European nations that played out in this theater.  Furthermore, tensions within colonial society were also apparent.

Your task is to examine these four colonial conflicts.

1. WHEN and WHERE was the conflict?

2. What was the root of the conflict?

3. How did it show tension within colonial society?

4. How was it resolved?  Or, was it truly resolved at all?

The Stono Rebellion: General background is here, and here is a primary source letter describing the rebellion and its effects.  Also, examine the 1740 slave code that was created in South Carolina to discourage any other rebellions.

King Philip’s War: General background here and here.  A Harvard historian, Jill Lepore, gives a lecture on the topic here.  It is quite long, but you may want to listen to at least a little bit!

Pueblo Revolt: General background here.

Bacon’s Rebellion: General background here. Here is a letter from VA Governor Berkeley describing Bacon’s Rebellion.  Note the massive spelling errors throughout that are very typical of this period.

What is An American? APUSH HOMEWORK, DUE 8/26

Although not published until 1781, this letter sheds light into what made Americans different from the point of view of a European. As you read, think about the ways that Crevcoeur argued that people living in America were forever changed by their experiences. Comment briefly (using your own name please!) on at least 3 ways the author believes that Colonial Americans differed from Europeans. Comments will be open until class time on Tuesday, August 26th.

What is an American

Welcome to World History!

Welcome to class!  Here is our syllabus: Syllabus World History

And here is a fun little “quiz” we’ll take: how many of these people can you name? I guarantee by the end of the course you will know lots of great stuff about ALL of them!  (Well, at least 19 of them…)

Now, we’ll do another activity to give you a little perspective on the world today. Here’s some pretty amazing information we’ll discuss.

Unit 1 Supplemental Readings

Here are copies of all supplemental readings.  You will receive a hard copy in class, but in case you’d rather read online and/or lose a copy, here are extras!

Columbus Indians and Human Progress

Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem

Shy Hearts and Minds Article

Viewpoint 4 Martin Howard PRO PARLIAMENT

Viewpoint 3 Stephen Hopkins PRO COLONIST

Viewpoint 2 Daniel Dulany PRO COLONIST

Viewpoint 1 Soame Jenyns PRO PARLIAMENT

World History Extra Credit: World Bicycle Relief

As extra credit, we are taking donations for a “class bike” to be sent to someone in Africa (and/or also a mechanic’s toolkit to help create a lasting job for someone).  To learn more about what bicycles can do, view this video:

Now, come up with a creative way to raise awareness and money for the “Power of Bicycles!”  Here is a link to helpful tools with information, statistics, and logos that you can use to create your own flyer, video, etc. to spread the word.

Donations are welcome, but I can’t just give you points for money.  To earn extra credit, you need to RAISE AWARENESS.  This could be something as simple as tweeting a video or information mentioning @PowerOfBicycles, taking a screenshot, and emailing it to me.  That would be 1 point.

For more points, you can get creative!  Have a lemonade stand and pass out flyers that you make showing people where the money goes.  Sell some old stuff in your garage and pass out a flyer you make showing people where the money goes.  Come up with a fundraiser to do here at school, again involving a homemade flyer that shares information on the World Bicycle Relief.  Donate a portion of your babysitting earnings, grass-cutting money, etc. and give the person who is paying you a homemade flyer showing them where their money is going.

Depending on the time and effort involved, you can earn up to 10 bonus points.  Collections will be taken through Friday, June 6th.  Grab some friends and make a difference!