Thursday, December 20, 2012

Current material

Current Expectations for MWH
1) Polio Movie
What is Polio?
How is it spread?
Why did it become worse in the 40s/50's?
Can it be TREATED?
What were the two ideas for preventing it?
What charity fought it?
Connect to scientific revolution.

2) Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
Starting on p. 185

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chapter 4 test.

Test Review
p. 142, questions 1-18
p. 114 questions 1-4 and 11-14
From Guns Germs and Steel:
How does GEOGRAPHY help Europeans  have an advantage in developing and sharing ideas?
How does GEOGRAPHY help Europeans have an advantage in immunity to disease compared to the native americans?
How did Geography NOT help the Europeans in Africa?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Current work.

Chapter 4, section 1, pages 119-125.  9 Questions at end of section.
Understanding of video of "Guns, Germs, and Steel.'

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

freshmen, wed-mon

freshmen (periods. 1-4)
Pick a famous explorer from chapter 3 or 4
Write a 'national geographic article of their explorations'.
Must include
- Interviews with sailors
- Journal Entries
- Pictures/ Drawings
- Maps of Explorations
- List of Accomplishments
- Sources

Thursday, October 4, 2012

South America Phyiscal Map

Open your book to Page A11.
Label and color as follows:

Rivers/Bodies of Water:
Rio de la Plata
San Matieas Gulf
Gulf of San Jorge
Strait of Magellan
Orinoco River
Salado River
Sao Francisco River

Andes Range
Crisobal Colon
Mt. Huascaran
Mt. Aconcagua

Color Elevations Like Page A11 in Book
Make a land elevation Key.
Show where North is

current events

Here is one
Here is another

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The week outline.

Tuesday, Oct 2nd
Do 2 current events and we'll discuss.
Discuss Chapter 1, part 1.

Finish Discussion Chapter 1, part 1
Start South America Map

The week outline.

Tuesday, Oct 2nd
Do 2 current events and we'll discuss.
Discuss Chapter 1, part 1.

Finish Discussion Chapter 1, part 1
Start South America Map

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Test review

Test Review
P. 30.  All questions.  Turn in with test.  20 points.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Enlightenment and Democratic Revolutions

1 Enlightenment
2 What did isaac newton do, and how did he inspire people.
3 What is the social contract
4 What are the natural rights
 5 What did Rousseau Want?
6 What did montesquieu want?
7 What are separation of powers.
8 How did the French and Indian war affect the Colonists?
9 What is a representative Government
10 What is a federal system?

11 Who is Louis XVI
12 When did French Revolution Start?
13 What was the Reign of Terror
14 What is the United Nations, and what is it's Goal?

15 How were the French Revolution Similar, and Different?
16 Write 3 slogans to be used at a pro-democracy rally for the American Revolution, or the French.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Monday MWH

Friday, September 14th p. 18

Battle of Hastings
Why did Henry II, rule England and most of France
Why was a jury trial a big deal.
What is common law
What is the Magna Carta
What did Magna Carta say of taxes?
What is due process of Law
What is Parliament
House of Lords and House of Commons
How did power of purse increase Parliament's power
Divine Right
What 3 issues caused conflict with James the First of England
Who was Oliver Cromwell, and why was he unpopular
What was the restoration
What was the GLORIOUS revolution
What is a constitutional monarchy.
What is a bill of rights

Monday Sept. 19 2011
Bell ringer, 2 Current Events
Map Time
Homework Time:

Page 37
Define the Following Terms
Renaissance Man

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chapter 1-1

Section 1. Prologue
Bell Ringers.
What is better, democracy, or monarchy. Why.
Current Event: Space Junk

1. Government
2. monarchy
3. aristocracy
4. oligarchy
5. democracy
6. Solon
7. Cleisthenes
8. Pericles
9. direct democracy
10. Greek philosophers
11. Socrates
12. Plato
13. Aristotle
14. Legacy of Greece
15. Republic
16. 12 tables
17. senate
18. roman law – 3 principles
19. written legal code
20. legacy of rome

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chapter 1, Section 2

1 polytheism
2 Judaism
3 10 commandments
4 do the geography skill builder on p. 14
5 Christianity
6 Spread of Christianity -- How -- who?
7 What is Islam
8 What is the Legacy of Monotheistic Religions
9 What is the legacy of GREECE and ROME
10 What is the Roman Catholic Church
11 Renaissance
12 What is the Reformation
13 What issues did Protestants and Catholics differ on (p. 17)
14 What is the Legacy of the Renaissance and Reformation

Couple questions about Greece and Rome

Was Athens a Democracy under Pericles? Why?
Which is better.  Monarchy, Democracy, or Republic.  And Why.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to THE WORLD

Modern World History EXPECTATIONS

MWH Welcome
Modern World History: Luke Smith

Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,

I’m writing to present the material and expectations for the course in Modern World History. I’m looking forward to teaching you, and I hope that the class will be challenging and rewarding for you.

My curriculum is centered on the state standards for World Cultures and for other relevant Social Science standards. Daily lessons will include instruction in World History ranging from the Greeks and Romans to the present, while developing geography skills, and encouraging an understanding of current events. This class is a core class, and as such the expectations are high for all students.

Instructional techniques will include research, writing, map skills, ‘hands on’ projects, group work, and lecture as we work towards becoming better informed of the world around us. Students will develop not only an understanding of history, but a better ability to teach themselves, think critically, analyze, organize their thoughts, and communicate. I will focus on technical skills: note taking, essay writing, debate, and public speaking. Also, I hope that all students will grow as individuals towards becoming good citizens, and successful people in whatever career path they follow.

Following is a list of class policies and expectations for all students. I would greatly appreciate if you and your parents/and or guardians could review the list and sign.

Please print, and  sign this, and return it tomorrow. OR write a brief note stating that you have read this. Thanks.  This is your first assignment.

I’m looking forward to the school year. If either you (the student) or your parents have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Thank you,

Luke Smith

Printed Parent Name_____________________________

Parent Signature _______________________________

Student Signature ______________________________

Parent Email:__________________________________

Classroom Policies and Expectations for Honors World History

This is the general list of class expectations. This should be basically the same as all other classes. If you have any questions about any of the specific points, please do not hesitate to call. I’m asking you to sign the list so that everyone involved knows the general expectations.

Attendance. Attendance is required. Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up work. 

Tardiness. A student is tardy if they are not in their seat, ready to work, when the bell rings.  The official policy is 1 detention starting on the 3rd tardy.

Behavior: The classroom is a professional environment. Students are expected to be prompt, to participate, and to be polite and respectful towards each other and towards the teacher.

Electronic devices: In keeping with the new summit policies MOST electronic devices are banned. MP3 players, and phones, will be confiscated.

You will be expected to speak, write and think every single day.

Class Materials: Each student must have the following EVERY DAY.

A 3 ring binder dedicated to the class.
A set of colored pencils (8 is plenty).
Pencil, and Pen (Blue or Black)
a ‘fine tip’ or ‘roller ball pen’ for maps.

If students cannot afford the materials for whatever reason, the FAN office can provide the material. The student can talk to the FAN office directly, or talk to me.

Late Policy: Late work is not acceptable. The department policy is 1 letter grade off for each day late. After the 3rd day, the work will not be accepted.

Grading: I will provide examples of work for students so that expectations are clear. Work will generally be graded within 24 hours. Grades will be posted 2-3 times per week. I will provide an individual grade report for every student weekly, and for any student or parent/guardian that requests it as frequently as requested.

Homework: There is very little homework.  You can use time at home to finish up incomplete reading, late work, and REVIEW and STUDY for the upcoming test.

There is very little homework, but there will be some.  I understand that students have other classes, and lives outside of school. If students have legitimate needs for extensions, they should see me as soon as possible. If the students contact me in advance, I will make every reasonable accommodation.

Cheating and Plagiarism: The penalty for cheating or plagiarism is that the work will be marked as a zero. I will also contact the parent or guardian and request a conference.

Thank you,

Luke Smith

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Final Questions

Modern World History

1)   (p. 7-11)Compare and Contrast the Greek Democratic system with the Roman Republic.  Which do you think is better, and WHY?
2)   (p. 16-17)  How did the Renaissance change the world? How did the reformation?  What is the lasting legacy of the Renaissance and the Reformation?
3)   (P. 40-41)  Explain Renaissance art.  Describe the lives and Art of 2 renaissance artists.
4)   (p. 97-100) Describe some noted voyages/voyagers of the 1400s.  What drove the explorations of these explorers?
5)   (p.120-124) List 3 spanish explorers, and their explorations.
6)   (p. 137-141)  Explain the Colombian exchange. Give examples.  What were positive, and negative impacts of the Colombian exchange.
7)   (p.190-194)  Summarize the efforts and successes of 2 major contributors to the Scientific revolution.
8)   (p. 196-200) Read the section dealing with the environment, and explain the following ‘POWER MUST BE A CHECK TO POWER’
9)   (p. 215-220) What was the situation that led to the French revolution.  Was it avoidable? Why or Why not
10)                  (p.  230-231)  Describe Napoleon’s changes to government.  In your opinion, was Napoleon a good ruler? Why or why not.
11)                  What is Nationalism?  How could it break a country apart? How could it put a country together? (p.258)
12)                  P. 283 What was the agricultural revolution, and what were it’s effects?
13)                  P.p. 295-299 What was the industrial revolution, and how did it affect cities?
14)                  P.303 What is the difference  between capitalism and socialism?
15)                  P.340-345 What is imperialism, and what drove it’s growth
16)                  What is an example of imperialism
17)                  405-407 What are the causes of WW1?  What is the spark?
18)                  412-414 Describe the nature of WW1 technology and it’s effects?
19)                  420-…  How did the treaty of Versailles lead to WW2
20)                  p.476 What is Fascism.  How did it rise? Name two countries, and 2 leaders.

21)            Summarize Germany’s expansion under Hitler in early WW2?

22)              498 – 500 Describe Japan’s expansion, and America turning Tide.  Explain what the turning point of the war in the pacific was.

23)             p.532 What were the differing goals of Soviets and US.

24)            p. 542-546 Pick either Korea or Vietnam, explain how it demonstrated the cold war.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

China Test

1 Why did the British want to sell opium in China?

2 Why did the Chinese  Lose opium wars?

3 Explain the Taiping rebellion

4 What is a sphere of influence?

5 What was the Boxer rebellion

6 Explain sun's 3 principles of nationalism, people's rights, and people's livelihood.

7 What is the Long March?

8 Explain what Jiang Jieshi and Mao ZeDong views were

9 What were the Communes, how did they work out?

10 How did the Great leap forward work out

11 What is Tiananmen Square, and what happened there.

12 Using movie information, textbook, and class discussion, compare, and contrast changes in modern china with changes in europe during the industrial revolution.  For workers, farms, and the country.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Finish Essay
Enter timeline points
Discuss China

Thursday, April 19, 2012

1) Explain the differences between US and USSR after WW2 in their view of Germany? How did they have different plans to make Europe Safer? What did this lead to?

2) What made it a cold war? Give some examples where it was not so 'Cold'.

3) Give a brief summary of the Korean war.

4) Give a brief summary of the vietnam war.

5) Try to explain our involvement in South America and the Middle East. Pick one example, and give a detailed explanation of it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Sudan

Summarize the things that divide the sudan.
Summarize the article.
Look at the bottom of this article, and summarize each illustration.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Classroom discussion of 1st, second, third world.
If you weren't here for discussion, answer these questions and bring them into class.

Group 1 – First world
What countries are you?
What are your strengths?
Why are you better than the 2nd world?
What can you provide to the 3rd World?
How can you get what you want

Group 2 – Second world
What countries are you?
What are your strengths?
Why are you better than the Nato/Nations
What can you provide to the 3rd world?
How can you get what you want

Group 3 – third world
What countries are you?
What are your strengths
What do you have?
What do you want?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cold War Timeline.

We are making an full class project Timeline of the Cold War.

Each person must make 5 Small (half sheet or less) illustrated events from the cold war, with explanation, and a DATE.

Pick 5 events, different from the people seated around you. Each event must have a picture, a brief description, and an explanation of the event's importance. Be sure to use VOCABULARY from your textbook and our discussions. Color, neatness, appearance are secondary to content, but do matter.

Use your textbook, or other resource (for instance, google 'COLD WAR EVENTS') to get a list of events to research the list of terms to choose from. Enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Modern World HIstory MOnday April 2

1 What are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd worlds
2 Where is the 3rd world usually?
3 What were the cold war strategies of the US and USSR? List 5. Complete sentences
4 What are nonaligned nations
5 Copy the chart on page 549
6 Answer the geography skillbuider on page 550

Answer this question:
Make the following argument. The 1st world Western Nations are BETTER than the 2nd world (communist powers) because....

Make this argument: The spread of communism is better than the spread of capitalism BECAUSE:

Evaluate the two statements, and give an opinion about your answer based on the following: Which one would be better for the 3rd world (developing nations).

7 Who is Fidel Castro. What did he do, and who did it anger/
8 What was the bay of pigs?
9 Explain the Cuban Missile Crisis
10 Who was Somoza
11 Ortega
12 Khomeini.

Answer questions 3-9 on page 553

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cold war points for discussion.

Why do you think Stalin didn't want to follow the Yalta plan?
What is the 'war on terror'
How is the cold war different than the war on terror?
What are the options other than 'Containment' and the Truman doctrine?

Get in groups of 4.
Each person will create a political cartoon for one of the 4 parts of this section.
Turn in. Graded on presentation/quality, clarity of thought, and originality. 10 pts.

P. 542
what is the significance of the 38th parallel.
What were the goals of North Korea
What happened in the UN, and why (2 sentences)
Who is Douglas MacArthur, and why important
What was Inchon
Chinese and Korea
Who is Kim Il Sung
Who is Ho Chi Minh.
Dien Bien Phu
What is Domino Theory
Who is Ngo Dinh Diem.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Cold War.

What is the fundamental conflict between America and USSR?
Explain the Yalta Plan?
Draw a graphic (picture) of how the UN Worked
Make two columns. ON the left, USSR goals,and reasons, on the Right, USA
What was the Iron Curtain.
What is containment?
What is the Truman Doctrine?
What is the Marshall plan. Look at the Graph
-what country received the most aid from the US?
-Why did Great Britain and France receive so much aid?
What is the Cold War?
Warsaw Pact?
Nuclear Arms race?
Make a time line of 7 key cold war events.

Monday, March 12, 2012

chapter 16, p. 514

examples of destruction
'interpret the chart', p. 515
impact to economy
growth of communism? (why, where)
nuremberg trials- describe in 3 sentences


paragraph about:
change to emperor
change in government

would use of a biological weapon against an enemy be justified?
what would the world be like with another Hitler today?

test thursday, 15&16.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

p. 506 The allied Victory

What did Stalin want?
Where did Churchill want to attack?
El Alamein
Operation Torch?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Stalingrad - Why attack? Why defend?
What turned the tide for the germans?
What happened in Italy to mussolini
Examples of total war (p. 509)
How were japanese-americans treated in US?
D-Day. When. Where. What.
Battle of Bulge
V-E Day
Leyte Gulf and the Kamikazes
Iwo Jima
Atomic Bomb
Aug 6, Aug 9. Death Toll.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Holocaust

What was the Nazis racial view of Europe?
Nuremberg Laws
Why did Western nations close their doors to Jewish Refugees
Final Solution
Concentration Camp
List the death total of the concentration camp

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Japan strikes in the pacific

Japan's goals for Southeast Asia?
Isoroku Yamamoto
December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor
Summarize the Tide of japanese victories with a small timeline.
Bataan Death March
Doolittle's raid
Coral Sea
Douglas MacArthur
Island Hopping

Monday, February 27, 2012

ww2 paper

ww2 paper
ww2 research topics

pick 1
right a 3-5 page research project on one of the following
3 sources
2 may be internet. no wikipedia.

life in america
women in america
zoot suit riots
holocaust (narrow it down)
battle of leningrad
a famous general
famous spies
victory gardens
french resistance
Germany's V2

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


points for discussion

nonaggression pact
winter war with finnland
phony war
Ardennes and Maginot Line
Charles de Gaulle
Winston Churchill
Battle of Britain
-why did britain win
Italy attacks north aftrica. Why
War in Africa
Br. Vs Italy
Germany vs. Britain
Erwin Rommel
War in the Balkans. What was hitler setting up.
Operation Barbarossa
Soviet defense strategy
Siege of lenningrad
Russian Winter
Neutrality Acts
Cash and Carry
Lend-Lease acts
Atlantic Charter

Friday, February 17, 2012

World War I quiz

List and define the 4 main causes of WWI. (8 points)

What was the spark that started the war?

What was the von Schlieffen plan? Did it work? Explain?

Describe trench warfare. 1 paragraph.

What were Wilsons Goals for peace (14 points).

How was the treaty of Versailles a failure.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Militarists in Japan
Mussolini in Ethiopia
Hitler in the Rhineland
Axis powers
Spanish Civil War
Francisco franco
Third REich
Munich Conference
Nazi / Soviet nonaggression Pact

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A worldwide depression

What is the Main Idea?
Why does it matter now?

How did WWI have a lasting effect:
How did European Governments change after WWI?
What is a coalition government, and why were they weak?
What happens when your government is too weak?

What is the Weimar REpublic, and why was it weak?
What is inflation, and why was it bad?
What was Charles Dawes' plan?
What was the Kellogg-Briand pact?

List 3 reasons the US economy was weak?
What is unequal distribution of wealth, and why is it bad?
What is overproduction why bad?
What is buying on margin (stock). Why bad. What happened.

What is the Great depression. List some effects.
How dis it spread?
How did Great Britain, France and Sweden deal with depression
Who is FDR? What is the new deal?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chapter 15

Write Down the Main Idea AND why it matters now.

Describe the new scientists and what they did.
Describe the new literature. 2 writers, describe their writing.
Name and describe 2 new philosophers.

How did art change? Name 2
How did music change?

How did women's roles change?

How did technology change-- 5 examples.

Monday, January 30, 2012

end of ww1

-Finish chapter discussion
-Write a letter from the position of the following.
*soldier from any country
*civilian in any country
*German Sub commander
Do a Rough draft, share and revise, and turn in a neat, presentation worthy final copy.
-end of chapter review
1-18, and 2-4 of critical thinking.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


How is it a world war?
Why does US get in the war?
(3 steps)
What makes it a total war?
What is rationing?
What is propoganda?
What was the role of the women in the war?
What happened in Russia
What turned the tide for the allies?
What is an armistice?
3 lasting effects of the war?

p. 424
Who are the Big 4 (and their countries)
14 points
self determination
treaty of versailles. define. explain.
how did the treaty punish germany?
What happened to the lands of the Central powers?
How was it a peace built on quicksand?
What angered Italy and Japan?

p. 426 Interpret the maps

Friday, January 20, 2012

Europe plunges into War

p. 411
What are the central powers
what are the allies
Why did the Italians change sides
What is the western front
What is the Schlieffen Plan?
What happened at Marne?What is the most important battle of the war, and why?
Explain trench warfare?
What is no man's land?
List and explain the new weapons of war.
Describe the eastern front.
What was bad for the Russian army.
what were it's strengths?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marching Towards war

P. 407

Causes of the War
-what is it?
-list the rivalries, and why?
Imperialism. Explain
Tangled Alliances

What was the Triple alliance?
Who is Kaiser Wilhelm? What did he do?

What is the Triple Entente?

What is the Balkan region? Why was it unstable.

Who is Franz Ferdinand?
Who is Gavrilo Princip?
What happened next?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Indian Independence Continued

Indian Independence Continued

p. 563
What did GBR do in WW2 to anger India?
What 2 religious groups (mainly) are in India
What is the Congress Party?
What is the Muslim League?
Who Is Muhammad Ali Jinnah?

p. 564
what is Partition?
how many died

What is Kashmir

Who is Jawahjarlal Nehru

p. 566
Who is Indira Gandhi
What happened to her

What is the biggest conflict India faces?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gandhi Reading.

P. 453
Why did Indians help British fight in WWI?
What are the Rowlatt acts?
What was the Amritsar Massacre

Who is Mohandas K. Gandhi
What is his strategy.
What does Mahatma mean
Civil disobedience?
What is a boycott, and example
REsults of Gandhi's work
What was the Salt march.
What happened when India got limited self Government?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Imperialism, Continued

British Imperialism in India

P. 350 Legacy of Colonial Rule
List 5 negative effects of imperialism
List 4 positive effects of imperialism

P. 357
When does GBR move into India
What is East india Company.
Jewel in the crown?
List 4 Crops GBR got from India
Negative (3) and Positive (3) effects of Colonialism

P. 359
What causes SEPOY Muntiny
What is the Raj?

P. 361
What are 2 NATIONALISTIC responses to British Rule.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


The Scramble for Africa
Imperialism (define). Why did it happen.
What was africa like in mid 1800's (and earlier)
David Livingstone and Henry Stanley?
What did belgium want with Congo?

340) Forces driving imperialism?
-national pride
-social darwinism (racism)
-Cecil Rhodes (who, what)
-forces driving imperialism (tecnology and society)


Groups conflict in South Africa
-Boer war