Monday, September 1, 2014

Required Supplies for 2014-2015

Both Global II or US History courses for the 2014-2015 school year require these supplies in class each day:
  • A binder (loose-leaf.)  A 1-2 inch binder for just my class is fine, or you may have a section in a much larger binder for my class.  However, if you have no dividers in a binder you are using for "everything" you will be considered unprepared.
  • Plenty of loose-leaf paper.
  • Several black ball point pens (not gel pens, you cannot use those on the Regents Exam so you shouldn't use them in class.)  You can use blue if you choose, but black is best for the Regents Exam so you might as well start getting used to their rules.  Don't bother with pencils either - you can't use them on the Regents, so you can't use them for any graded work, in or out of class. 
  • A highlighter (any color, as long as it's a working highlighter.)

I have been to several different "dollar stores" in the area during the last week and each of them had the supplies listed above.  The paper, highlighters, & binders there are no different than they are anywhere else, so unless there is a great sales going on at Staples, Target, or any other larger store, don't waste extra money or time on line in those places.  In my experience "dollar store pens" don't always work well, so be sure to get an extra pack if you buy them from there.  No supplies will be handed out in class so be sure to have extras on just in case that happens!

All supplies are due in class no later than Monday, September 15th.  This will be a test grade.  Either you're in class with all required supplies as listed & described above or you are not -
100 or 0.


Please note:  It is not the responsibility of your classmates - or their hard-working parents - to supply you with a pen &/or paper in class.  I do not hand out any supplies.  I am asking you to have the basics you need for your other classes &, likely, things you already have at home.  Being prepared is one of your main roles as a student!

Welcome Back!

While we all hate to see summer vacation end, a new school year is always exciting as it gives a new start & another chance to do the very best you can. 

You're getting older, you're one year closer to going out into the world on your own - this is your time to make the most of what's left of your High School career, head toward your goal of graduation & college (or work), and develop the skills you will need to have a career you love & a comfortable lifestyle as an adult.

I look forward to helping you have a productive & successful school year to assist in those goals.  History is not always easy, but if you are determined to do your best, do your work, be in class, and do your part you are already on track to an outstanding average.

I look forward to meeting you on Wednesday!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Required Supplies for all Courses, 2014/2015



In case you have found this site and are in my Global II or US History classes for the 2014-2015 school year, here is a list if the supplies you will need to have with you in class each day:
  • A binder (loose-leaf.)  A 1-2 inch binder for just my class is fine, or you may have a section in a much larger binder for my class.  However, if you have no dividers in a binder you are using for "everything" you will be considered unprepared.
  • Plenty of loose-leaf paper.
  • Several black ball point pens (not gel pens, you cannot use those on the Regents Exam so you shouldn't use them in class.)  You can use blue if you choose, but black is best for the Regents Exam so you might as well start getting used to their rules.  Don't bother with pencils either - you can't use them on the Regents, so you can't use them for any graded work, in or out of class. 
  • A highlighter (any color, as long as it's a working highlighter.)
If you or your parents are like me you/they won't want to wait on huge lines the first weeks of school to get your supplies.  I have been seeing a lot of sales in many stores  already as well.  You are expected to be in school, prepared with at least a notebook or binder with paper and pens on the first day.  This is true for every teacher you have on your schedule.


Please note:  It is not the responsibility of your classmates - or their hard-working parents - to supply you with a pen &/or paper in class.  I do not hand out any supplies.  I am asking you to have the basics you need for your other classes &, likely, things you already have at home.  Being prepared is one of your main roles as a student!
 I look forward to seeing you next week!  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Global II: Thematic & DBQ





The test was as expected. 


The multiple choice was the same info but worded differently, there were more non-European questions, the documents were much easier than I expected.


That said, if you wrote about Nelson Mandela in the Thematic Essay and said he ended apartheid, you are in for some trouble.  I must have said 200 times that F.W. DeKLERK ended apartheid, and kids always get it wrong, so STAY AWAY from Mandela on essays.  Same for Hitler.  This was a PERFECT essay for Stalin & the Ayatollah, like I kept telling you to study & do! 




We might have grades by next Thursday.  Do not email me before then or I will ignore all of your emails.




I wish you much luck on your remaining exams!  I hope you did well today!  Let me know what you wrote about & your outside info for your DBQ as well as what you did for your Thematic!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Global II: This is it!


This is it.


  • Go to bed by 9, no electronics.
  • Get up ON TIME.
  • Don't miss the bus.
  • Don't be late.
  • Remember your penS, ID, & seat #.
  • Eat breakfast (and I don't mean cookies.)
  • Study time is over.  You did or you did not, it isn't a "cram test" so "it is what it is" (as Mr. Ramo likes to say.)


 
Remember the plan:
5 min: box out (outline) Thematic
5 min: box out (outline) DBQ (without reading documents)
50 min: Multiple Choice (on BOCES Sheet, not in booklet)
20 min: Do Documents (directly in Regents booklet)
5 min: Finish DBQ outline
45 min: Write DBQ essay
50 min: Write Thematic essay


I will walk up & down reminding you of this as time elapses.
 

US History: Uh oh...

As a side note to today's exam, my Dad was soooo mad Betty Friedan was part of the essay!  :)


If you were in one of the classes that heard my college graduation story, you know why he was so mad!  If you remember, I told you "don't write about this on the Regents!"  Prophetic, right?  ;)


Here's another tip...if you wrote about Brown v. Board of Ed you are in trouble on that Thematic Essay.  Big and bolded after the suggested list it stated you could NOT use that case.  I guess it was too close to the civil rights stuff they had in the documents.  I warned you they did it with Global a few years back...


The test was as expected.  The multiple choice was the same info but worded differently, the documents were much easier than I expected, I told you to learn some cases and the background of them (like Plessy & train cars in LA & deliberately violating Jim Crow to get the case heard...and if you wrote Plessy but not that you have another potentially big problem on your hands.)  I kept saying Reform Movements & Cases, and that's what you pretty much got. 


We talked a lot about the connections between women's rights & the Civil Rights movement, so I hope you remembered stuff that wasn't in the documents & made the connection.


We might have grades by Tuesday.  Do not email me before then or I will ignore all of your emails.


I wish you much luck on your remaining exams!  I hope you did well today!  Let me know what you wrote about & your outside info for your DBQ as well as what you did for your Thematic!

Monday, June 16, 2014

US History: This is it!

This is it.


  • Go to bed by 9, no electronics.
  • Get up ON TIME.
  • Don't miss the bus.
  • Don't be late.
  • Remember your penS, ID, & seat #.
  • Eat breakfast (and I don't mean cookies.)
  • Study time is over.  You did or you did not, it isn't a "cram test" so "it is what it is" (as Mr. Ramo likes to say.)


 
Remember the plan:
5 min: box out (outline) Thematic
5 min: box out (outline) DBQ (without reading documents)
50 min: Multiple Choice (on BOCES Sheet, not in booklet)
20 min: Do Documents (directly in Regents booklet)
5 min: Finish DBQ outline
45 min: Write DBQ essay
50 min: Write Thematic essay


I will walk up & down reminding you of this as time elapses.
 


Good luck tomorrow!  I'm routing for you!