Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Christmas break

Okay, here we go. What do I want you to do over Winter break? I want you to do a lot of things, however, I know that won't happen so how about what I WISH for you to do?

What I would suggest is to start reading chapter 10 and make notes on it. We need to hit the next 4 chapters in about 2 weeks max. The more you know when you walk into class in Jan. The better off you will be and the less you will have to read then. I can not stress enough to write notes and questions as you are reading the chapters. Write down terms, or phrases, names, or places that you don't know, or that confuse you, then look them up or post them on here or the other website. It is amazing how many people are willing to help find answers. Not to mention the additional websites I can give you, to help you with background information. I do think, that once people actually get involved in discussions, the class will get easier. Do not think that I will make it easier, I won't. BUT I will know then, that you are at least trying to step up and do what is needed to raise your grades in my class.

I would like to see more people using both websites that we have up and running. I'm going to start using this more so I would highly suggest that you start checking both sites. One never knows when they might find some surprises.

For now I'm off of this tonight. I'll try my best to post on here at least 2 times per week, maybe more if I find more people using it. Extra notes,vocab words, ect. Would this help anyone? Guess we shall see won't we?


Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Just a thought.. make sure and look at the questions.. I posted earlier. Correlate some notes with the questions.. then.. add the posts together to make a great essay answer!

Just a thought.

Now how to read the book. Easy. Take one section at a time, read it, and write short notes down as you are reading. Nothing BIG. Names, places, era's are seen more often than small indiviual dates.
Ex. Crusades- Christians vs. ?????, why?, and the outcome of the crusades, NOT individual crusades.

Make notes on women's roles from each Empire studied. China, India, Middle East, N. Africa. We will soon encompass all of Africa, add in Europe, and more of China.

Think about this. How did the plague effect civilizations? Why did it effect some, but not others? Why were some more effected than others. How did it effect populations? Decline, Incline? what area's?

Just a few things to think on! Enjoy the night, so far you are doing an EXCELLENT job!

Thursday, November 04, 2004


Why is it that the more one tries to help others, all the others want.. is less work and more given to them withouth doing any work at all? Even in the midst of ignored homework, poorly used class time, and more excuses given than hours in a day, someone tries to help, yet others simply find something "wrong" with the help, instead of using it to the fullest. Go figure..perhaps.. there is no use for a blog to help others, or a webpage, perhaps.. it is more important to post jokes and riddles, than look for information that might help grades in history class. Why should extra credit be easy? And why should it be announced 1000 different ways on more than one occassion? Sarcasm? YES! I find it very hard to understand that Extra credit is supposed to be easy. I find it hard to understand why people can't use ANY means to find out what could be done in class.

IF a student truly wants to make the grade, or raise their grade, then i would think they would check this and the website on more than one occasion. Homework is homework. HOME being the key word there. If you can't get on the net at home, make time to do it during the day at school. There are ways, but it is not up to me to find them for you. It is not my grade, I'm simply trying to find ways to make you responsible for your grade, your work, and your attitude. SEEK and you shall find ways.. to improve grades, to learn, to research, and to become responsible. I'm looking for those who are honestly insterested in making the grade with hard work. NOT freebie grades. I don't give grades. You earn them.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Extra Credit

If you are reading this, it means that you might actaully be using this to help your history grade. If you are then I will give you an extra credit assignment that is due within 48 hours of this post, which means it will be due on Wednesday at the beginning of history class. Read the document on page 151, and answer the questions at the end in paragraph form. It does not have to be extremely long, just long enough to fully answer the questions and make a good paragraph. Yes it needs to have a thesis statement. Now please don't pass this along by word of mouth, only simply make a post to me saying you will turn it in to me on Wednesday. If you read it, I think you deserve the extra credit. Good luck and I'm glad to see you are using this!!

Thursday, October 28, 2004


This is for everyone who doesn't quite understand what is going on. The quizzes are to make people read the book. If I don't hold you accountable for reading when we are doing other things in class then no one will. I am not making anyone do "twice" the work, I am simply trying to get students to study and learn a few good study habits. Putting off reading, homework, projects or anything else until the last minute will not cut it in this class, or any other Pre-AP or AP classes. If you don't stay on top of your work, both in and out of class, then you will get behind, and not be able to catch up. What is being done now.. is no different than any other year. The workload is the same. Nothing has changed. Students should already be reading Ch. 7 and working on the vocab. words even though they are doing oral presentations next week.

Does this help at all?


Here is the login site if it is needed. If you need more help let me know.




Please make sure and at least begine the vocabulary for chapter 7. Remember projects are due on Monday Nov. 1. Everyone must have their project here!

Outline, poster,map, oral presentation( notes)
Make sure the religion is covered completely. Any extras would be great, the more information, the better the grade. The more effort, the better the grade. You will have to take notes over other presentations and there will be a test over all of them. Ask questions and be prepared to answer questions!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Since the next two days will be spent working on projects and next week will be spent doing presentations, we will combine chapters 6 and 7. If you have questions I suggest you you read and do vocabulary.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Ch 6 notes

Shall we see if this works? Hopefully you are now learning that you must read in order to understand what is going on. The quiz tomorrow will be short and to the point. Guess what it is over?


Just checking this once more to make sure it is up and running. I can not stress to you enough to READ! If this and the other forum are up and running and at your finger tips, there is no reason not to use them to the fullest!

GEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ I love my work! Do you?

Finishing Ch6

Just a few questions you might want to know and look up.

1. The difference in clans and tribes.
2. Motives for Arab conquest.
3. Universal elements of Islam.
4. Who were the Umayyads?
5. Weaknesses of the Adversary Empires.
6. Cause of the Sunni/Shi'ite split.
7. Decline and fall of the Umayyad Empire.
8. Rise of the Abbasid Empire
9. Ecomonics of both Urban and Rural areas.