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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014


Everyone

When you played games as a little kid did you ever pretend to be someone else? I used to play X-Men when I was young. Since I was the youngest, and had glasses, I was forced to be Cyclopes. That was, until one of my other, older, bigger friends got glasses. Then he got to be Cyclopes and I had to be Gambit... weakest character ever.

I also used to pretend to be different baseball players when we were playing in the front yard. Jeff Bagwell. Ken Griffey Jr. Randy Johnson. Ivan Rodriguez.

Or, when we were wrestling. I always got to be the Ultimate Warrior. The list goes on and on. Those were the good ol' days.

Today the SMHS staff team in playing against the Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Because of this, I think today I need to pretend to be a REALLY, REALLY good soccer player.

Here are my choices. You help me decide who to be... and do it quickly!

Zinedine Zidane

Luis Suarez
Alexi Lalas
Modern World History


Quick-write #:

Geography Quiz #6.


Objectives:


    AP World History


    Quick-write #:

    Discuss life, liberty, and the pursuit of Turkey.



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    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Thursday, November 20, 2014


    Everyone

    Things are a little weird this morning. MY family is going through a serious tragedy, which has caused  number of things to happen. It's difficult to pull much of a positive out of the situation, but poorly timed jokes are kind of my thing... Here's one of the things that did happen.

    I slept here:
    Pretty sweet, huh? I'm pretty sure my back is permanently destroyed due to sleeping directly on top Tinkerbell and Doc McStuffins.

    #itisnotasimmons 

    If I seem out of it today, it's because I laid down for two whole hours last night. #letsrage.

    Modern World History


    Quick-write #:





    Objectives:
    • Locate and Label the physical and political features of Central America and the Caribbean region on a map.
    • Use evidence to justify a claim.

      AP World History


      Quick-write #:
      No quick-write.... just write your DBQ.





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      Monday, November 17, 2014

      Monday, November 17, 2014


      Everyone


      A couple things for you all to think about as we enter the last week before Thanksgiving break...

      1. I didn't grade a single essay this weekend.
      2. I did build a cabinet/shelf, cleaned out/up my daughter's toys (we sent three bags to the Goodwill).
      3. I cleaned the backyard.
      4. I cleaned the house... from the windows to the walls... 'till the sweat dripped down my... 
      5. I mounted my surround sound speakers on the wall (They look pretty killer).
      6. I went on a date with my wife.
      Seriously, though here are some things that relate to class.

      In Modern World History last week we were talking about voting, mostly how it relates to the colonists in the 13 colonies, but then I got sidetracked (just a little) and we delved into local elections and, eventually, we wound up discussing the exam you have to take to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Well, if you take the entire exam and bring a picture of your screen showing your final score, I'll throw in some extra credit. No cheating on the exam, though. Just answer the questions to the best of your ability.... click here to take the test.

      AP kids, if you want to look at the digital chapters of Bentley then please click here and then choose the "AP STUDENT DOCUMENTS" folder. Inside it is a whole treasure trove of stuff I've compiled and developed just for you. It's kind of a big deal. Inside it is a folder titled "BENTLEY BOOK." Click it and the chapters are all yours.


      I got 6 incorrect... I'd complain about "unfair" questions, but I'm pretty sure no one would feel sorry for me.

      Modern World History


      Quick-write #4.6million:





      Objectives:
      • Locate and Label the physical and political features of Central America and the Caribbean region on a map.
      • Use evidence to justify a claim.

        AP World History


        Quick-write #29:








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        Thursday, November 13, 2014

        Thursday, November 13, 2014


        Everyone


        So, it's been a while since this was update. #FAIL, on me.

        We'll fix that, though.

        I have a personal Twitter account, in addition to the one I use for class. I follow a good mix of sporting and education news, authors I like, and a few friends who cross-post things from Facebook, which I don't use. I know I'm following the right people, though, because nowhere in my personal Twitter feed did I get a picture of Kim Kardashian's ass. #breaktheinternetonyourowntime.. we'll my brother showed me the picture...
        On that note,... you and I may forget things, but the internet doesn't. What you post online will live there forever. That's a true story. Just ask Kim Kardashian how her kid going to feel about this incident, or her other escapades, when he hits Jr. High and has to endure a whole host of ridicule from his friends for a decision he never made. Or, that fact that now EVERYONE has seen the Kim Kardashian the same way as her husband has seen her. Some things are just not okay. This is one of them.


        Modern World History


        Quick-write #:




        Objectives:
        • Analyze the causes of the American Revolution.

          AP World History


          Quick-write #:
          The exception has come....







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          Objectives:
          • Evaluate your DBQ performance on the "Responses to Buddhism in China DBQ.
          • Identify POV in a range of documents.
          • Analyze the views of the Mongols in their conquered territories.

          Resources for you:

          Wednesday, November 5, 2014

          Tuesday, November 5, 2014


          Everyone

          Today is my little brother's birthday... He's 24... he's also taller than me and weighs less than I do, but that's because I have #thunderthighs. Anyway, even though I refer to him as my little brother, or even just my brother, that's not who he is. He is his own person. He's making his own way, with his own family and his own decisions... it's something to consider when we discuss people. How they are know, or how they are presented, tells a lot about how people see or remember them. You remember some actors for their one good role, or maybe their one bad one. If you introduce someone as your friend instead of your boyfriend or girlfriend, then you might be in for a fight later, when you are in private with your significant other... just be aware.

          My brother has grown up over the past few years.... he's gettin' more manly by the day.
          Here are a few throwbacks, even though it's not Thursday:
          I generally keep my shirt on in pictures, but this is going way back, to when we were both ripped.

          Brother, uncle, me, dad.
          Me and Jordan...he's #bostonstrong




          Resources for you:


          Modern World History


          Quick-write #468:
          Seriously, we need to write the paragraph today. For Real.




          Objectives:
          • Analyze the writing of John Locke.
          • Explain John Locke's view of the law of nature, freedom, and government.

            AP World History


            Quick-write #:
            More POV Practice and some DOC Analysis today... then ESSAY TOMORROW!! YAY!





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            Objectives:
            • Analyze the responses to the Spread of Buddhism in China.
            • Identify POV in a range of documents.
            • Evaluate a student essay.

            Monday, November 3, 2014

            Monday, November 3, 2014


            Everyone

            Running late, even though I had an entire extra hour!

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            Resources for you:


            Modern World History


            Quick-write #468:





            Objectives:
            • Analyze the writing of John Locke.
            • Explain John Locke's view of the law of nature, freedom, and government.

              AP World History


              Quick-write #:







              Objectives:
              • Analyze the responses to the Spread of Buddhism in China.
              • Identify POV in a range of documents.
              • Evaluate a student essay.

              Friday, October 31, 2014

              Friday, October 31, 2014


              Everyone

              Well, it's Halloween. It's literally my least favorite holiday ever, in the entire world (unless there's a holiday I don't know about that celebrates some saint or massacre by forcing me to buy overpriced flowers for someone who already knows I love them and care about them, but who will somehow think I don't unless I produce some extravagant gift for no reason other than to be sure that everyone else doesn't think I'm the worst husband in the world... wait a minute...yep, that exists).

              To be completely honest, I don't really care for Halloween. Not that I don't like seeing little kids dress up like Wolverine and Iron Man, or Elsa and Anna, or even the occasional Dracula of fairy. But, what I do dislike (I'd even go all the way to hate), is that some people (and it seems like more and more every year) seem to think Halloween means dress like a ratchet/slutty version of (fill in the blank).  That's simply just not true... Maybe I'm just older now, and married, and I have a son and daughter that I'm somehow trying to protect, but I really don't care for it. Now, all of you hormone enraged high school guys, I know you like it. You're supposed to. It's normal. You, however, don't need much stimulation. Just think, do you want your daughter of the future to be dressed like that, and do you want guys looking at them the way you are looking at girls now?... if you answer yes to that, then you have issues.

              Oh, and yes, as you saw yesterday, I do have tattoos. Two of them. I got them both from this guy. His name is Sid, and he's more awesome than any of us will ever be... well, at least me. He has a wait list a mile long and he enjoys nothing more than the 5 hours of pain he puts you through each time you sit or lay on the table... he's like a serious girlfriend, though.. what I mean by that is, no one will every touch me in the same way he did... my body, at least in terms of it being a canvas, will never be touched by anyone but him... he's the best, in the west and the rest (of the world).


              Here's to a #ratchetfree Halloween.

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              Resources for you:


              Modern World History


              Quick-write #:

              No warm-up. We're going to take our Geography Quiz.



              Objectives:
              • Analyze the writing of John Locke.
              • Explain John Locke's view of the law of nature, freedom, and government.

                AP World History


                Quick-write #:

                No warm-up.






                Objectives:
                • Identify POV and Bias in a range of documents.