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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Everyone

This is the week things are going to start to get real. Modern World History is going to start analyzing some documents and will also have an essay due two weeks from today (September 29, 2014). Yeah, that's kind of a big deal. Also, I'm going to be out a few days over the next few weeks. This will become more normal as the year goes on. No one hates having a sub more than I do, but I think I have one who will keep things rolling for us in class. And, let's remember that learning can (and should) be done without me looking over your shoulder every second. You are maturing, responsible, young-adults and teenagers. You are more capable of being successful than you give yourself credit for. My job isn't to teach you history, it's to get you to believe in yourself and prepare you with the skills you need for the post-high school life.

AP, you are reading about India... no, the Aryans are not some predecessor to Hitler's Nazi Regime who moved from Germany to India and really destroyed every aspect of empire there.... this is what happens when people don't read their history (or don't understand it) and therefore misuse information and confuse the living heck out of people.

Also, AP, I'll award 5 points of extra credit to anyone who turns in their Ch, 9 Notes and activities (fully completed) on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

I'm excited for this week.

Let's Rage (that's another word for party.... at least that's how I'm using it).
-Markstone



Modern World History
  • Analyze the law codes of Justinian.
  • Extract evidence from a text and use it to formulate an opinion. 
  • Use evidence to substantiate an argument (WGOITP) 

    AP World History


    Quick-write #14:



    Objectives:
    • Use evidence to substantiate an argument (WGOITP) 
    • Analyze the meaning and definition of empire.
    • Analyze the virtues of good leadership, as presented in "The Classic of History."

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Everyone

    So, I really hate waking up late. As I've gotten older my body has become accustom to waking around 4:00am most days. However, Another result of getting older is that it takes me longer to recover from a lack of sleep caused by any number factors. Usually if I'm not sleeping it's because my kids are sick or we have some sort of family crisis that needs attention and prevents me from sleeping. Last year, for example, I flew to Maryland and back one weekend. So, between driving to LA after school on Friday, catching a plane at 11:00pm, making a transfer around 7:00am Atlanta time and then landing in Baltimore and driving to my family's house about two hours form the airport, and then reversing the entire thing on Sunday, meant that I really wanted to just go to sleep, for a long, long time.

    I think I can deal with situations like that. They don't come up all that often, and they truly do require my energy and attention. Sometimes, though, the things that keep me from sleeping are entirely my own fault and of my own doing (not that they aren't fun, but still). Last weekend was fantastic. I had a ton of fun, but I'm still suffering from the lack of sleep. Between an adult birthday part on Friday night and a late-night catering about 1.5 hours from my house on Saturday night, I got about 4 hours of sleep each night. Sunday was a long day as well. I left my house about 6:00am and didn't get back until about 2:00am Monday morning.... but, it was worth it I got to see the Astros! The pictures are below.

    Best Seats I've ever had... and they weren't that expensive,
    making the O.Co my suggestion for a baseball trip for anyone who  wants to go.


    Jake Mariskick, Outfielder acquired in a trade with the Marlins this year.  


    Jose Altuve, current MLB Leader in Batting Average,
    Hits, and AL leader in Stolen Bases. He stands
    Just 5'6"

    Dexter Fowler (batting) and Chris Carter (on-deck). Carter
    is currently 3rd in the MLB in Home Runs with 36 on
    the year.
    Signature of Chris Carter, #23 (pictures=d above and to the left).


    Is there a moral to this story? No, not really.  I love the Astros.I had never been to the O.Co before. I had never seen the A's play. I hadn't been to a baseball game this yet this year (and there's less than two weeks left). So, overall, I think it was worth it. I'm going to suffer from a lack of sleep and miss a few workouts, but I'm going to try really, really, hard not to beat myself up over it.... The Astros are playing in Anaheim this weekend.... maybe I could... I better not, but we'll see.






    Modern World History
    • Analyze the 10 commandments in order to identify their purpose and how they contributed to the development of democracy.

      AP World History


      Quick-write #12:


      Objectives:
      • Analyze the causes and effects of Periodization, especially surrounding the break between era's 1 and 2.
      • Analyze the major continuities and changes for period 2.

      Monday, September 8, 2014

      Monday. September 8, 2014

      Everyone

      And we're back... We have our first official "What's Going On In This Picture" from the New York Times Learning Network. I also got a tweet re-tweeted by the Houston Astros yesterday,,, it's kind of a big deal. 


      Modern World History
      • Use evidence to substantiate a claim. 
      • Analyze the spread of democratic ideas and influences on modern democracy.

        AP World History


        Quick-write #11:



        Objectives:
        • Analyze the rise and spread of religious and spiritual thought over the course of Period 2.

        Thursday, September 4, 2014

        Thursday, September 4, 2014

        Everyone

        Tonight is Back-to-School Night.. for us AND my son. It really is lame that I have to choose between seeing my son's room and meeting his teacher and being here to meet your parents. However, the decision has been made, and I will be here for you... so PLEASE come and bring your parents. 

        Also, remember that if you are bilingual you have the opportunity to practice your public speaking skills by translating for me when necessary.... it's only for the period in which you are enrolled. So, roll out. With the top back... get here and learn some stuff about the class. Your parents and teachers all want the same thing. We want you to be successful, now and in the future. 

        Looking forward to seeing you all later. Be good for the sub.

        -Markstone

        Modern World History
        • Use evidence to substantiate a claim. 
        • Analyze the spread of democratic ideas and influences on modern democracy.

          AP World History


          Quick-write #:

          No warm-up. Go straight to "Doing World History." 

          Objectives:
          • Analyze the rise and spread of religious and spiritual thought over the course of Period 2.

          APRQ Ch. 7- Due Sunday, September 7th, by Midnight.

          No fancy stuff here. It's a weird week with an off day, a short day, and a meeting day for me... CLICK HERE to view the quiz for chapter 7. As always, consider watching the video below before you go off and take the quiz. Your notes and one activity are still due tomorrow, just an FYI.

          When watching these videos it's important to pay attention to the opening monologue. John Green has a done an exceptional job crafting this entire video course, and he is especially great at infusing the skills and debates of historical scholarship into the short, entertaining videos that he and his team have put together. Keep these things in mind as you watch... I am biased, but this is the best video series he has produced.

          Tuesday, September 2, 2014

          Tuesday, September 2, 2014

          Everyone

          Bye-Bye Bo: Astros Release Bo Porter and Bench Coach Dave Trembley
          So, Labor Day is about rewarding the workers of the US with a paid holiday for a years worth of work... Generally, the weather is still nice, people enjoy the "end" of summer (you know, that season that starts with Memorial Day). Most people enjoy the day off. But, there's a big difference between getting one day off and being fired or dismissed from your job on Memorial Day. Well, that's what happened to the manager of my favorite baseball team, the Houston Astros. Bo Porter, former manager of the Astros (managed for about 300 games or almost 2 seasons) was released by the team yesterday, only days after reports rumored that he and the front office (especially General Manager, Jeff Luhnow) were at odds with one another. I don't have all the facts, so I can't really make a very informed opinion, even though I do follow the Astros quite closely. Did Porter have some on-field snafus? Yes. Did he make some ridiculous mistakes? Yes. Was he the best man for the job at the time? Probably. Had Jeff Luhnow planned on getting rid of Porter as the Astros began to turn the corner and become a viable and competitive franchise? Who knows,but it sure seems that way right now.
          Yeah, Bo. My thoughts exactly... on Labor Day? C'mon man!

          I have mixed emotions about the entire thing. However, the lesson here (for me and the kids in my class) is that I can't allow my emotions to cloud my judgment on the issue. There's a lot I don't know (and a lot I'll never know) and I need to be sure that I'm clear on the issues before I publicly criticize anything or anyone involved in the story...a search for a new coach is underway. From bench coaches for other teams, to minor league managers, to Astros' Legends, I'm excited to see who will lead this young, talented team in the future.


          Modern World History
          • Use evidence to substantiate a claim. 
          • Identify and label major landmarks (physical and political) of the Mediterranean Region on a map. 

            AP World History


            Quick-write #:

            No warm-up. 

            Objectives:
            • Show me what you learned over the course of Unit 1.