• World History II Homework

    Posted by David Sherrin on 10/3/2017

    Nightly Homework Assignments and Projects

    7 - Your research paper artwork and small-group roundtable presentation will be on June 7/ (Ecuador)_and June 10 (Chile, Brazil). Presentations will take place in the ILAB. Counts for FINAL EXAM. You can find the instructions on page 2 of your research paper assignment.

    8- Also, you must resubmit your research paper with revisions on June 7 (Ecuador) and June 10 (Chile, Brazil). All revisions must be done in red ink. You must resubmit your 1st draft and rubric with my corrections/suggestions. Your revised paper can be up to 9 pages in length. Your final grade can go up 1/2 letter, stay the same, or go down 1/2 letter depending on the quality of the revisions.

    9 - We will have an ungraded role-play conference on 6/12-13. The Conference will take place in the Little Theater. It will just count for participation that you are ready with a 2 minute pitch and an organization to support (and why) 



    - Q4 Project #1 is due on May 28-May 31. Must be an essay. See project tab for additional resources.

    • If you use magical camera, needs to be 3rd person
    • Needs a real title!
    • Use evidence from primary and secondary sources to support your argument





    Please take 2 minutes to do Ryan Braun's survey for psychology class.


    3 - Homework due Monday, 3/25 (Ecuador) and Tuesday, 3/26 (Brazil/Chile): Choose your favorite job to help your family (dishes, cooking, cleaning room, dusting, etc.) and do it. While you're doing it, listen to the Daily's podcast on Jair Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil. Send me by email: a) a selfie of you doing the job; b) a one-paragraph reflection on your biggest takeaway from the episode.


    Holocaust Virtual Memorial Museum

    -Germany Quiz - Monday, March 18 (Chile, Brazil) and Tuesday March 19 (Ecuador), multiple choice, only document analysis. Little studying required. You can have your MUSEUM packet out during the quiz.

    Here are the main terms you need to know: functionalist, intentionalist, Goldhagen, Lebensraum, Operation Barbarossa, Wannsee Conference, Kovno, Riga, Black Plague, Weimar Republic, Weimar Republic problems, Kristallnacht PLUS the terms from the textbook reading pgs. 965-970.

    -Day 8 Homework due Wed, 3/13 (Chile, Brazil) - Read textbook 965-970. Take notes in Museum packet (Define terms + Berlin Airlift). Here are some great slides you may want to look at.

    *Why did those five countries get security council seats in UN (why not Germany)? What happened to Germany and Berlin after World War II? Why?

    *Why did Berlin become a likely spot for later Cold War conflicts?


    -Day 7 Homework due Wed, 3/13 (Ecuador)- Watch the Joseph Brandman testimony in class. Homework: read the end of Joseph and Myra's story in the US and the Holocaust exhibit. Then, choose one final exhibit to look at: The Destruction,  Jewish Children in the Holocaust, US and the Holocaust, or Anti-Semitism today






    Day 6: Visit the Choices exhibit: 1) Read the introduction; 2) Read Joseph and Myra's story. 3) Choose 2 artifacts to examine from the period; 4) Share out.  Homework: Finish gathering and reading your 5 background articles for your research paper (see above)

    - Day 5: Visit the War exhibit. 1) Read the introduction; 2) Read Joseph and Myra's story. 3) Choose 1-2 artifacts to examine from the period; 4) Share out.

    Homework (Brazil/Chile due Wednesday 3/6 and Ecuador Thursday 3/7) - Finish the War Exhibit, look at a third artifact




    • Day 4: Visit the Early Nazi Rule 1933-38 gallery. 1) Read the introduction; 2) Read Joseph and Myra's story. 3) Choose 1-2 artifacts to examine from the period; 4) Share out.
      • Homework (Brazil/Chile due Tuesday 3/5 and Ecuador Wednesday 3/6) - Night at the Museum (Kristallnacht) -- look at Intro, Joe and Myra's story, and TWO artifacts.
    • Day 3: Visit the Historiography gallery. 1) Read the introduction; 2) Each member of group choose ONE historian's profile to read. Read the excerpt and ONE book review. Take down notes. 3) Share out in group and take down key information about other member's historians.
      • Homework (Brazil/Chile due Thursday 2/28 and Ecuador Friday 2/29) - Night at the Museum (Nazi Party Rise to Power) -- look at Intro, Joe and Myra's story, and TWO artifacts
    • Day 2: Visit Weimar Republic exhibit. Read introduction, Joseph's Story and Myra's Story and discuss with your group of three students (10 minutes). Then, each student choose two artifacts to look at. Make sure they're different from each other's. Come back together and share out about one of your artifacts. Take notes on one of the artifacts shared with you. 
      • Homework for Thursday (Ecuador) - Read Ryan Braun's research paper on Trench Warfare (pgs. 3-10 of Germany packet). Mark on paper three things he did really well. Identify his thesis. Be ready to discuss something you learned!
    • Day 1: Visit exhibits "Jewish Life Before Holocaust" and "Weimar Republic" and look at any three artifacts in each exhibit. Fill out corresponding sheets in visitors guide.
    • Homework for Tuesday (Brazil/Chile) and Thursday (Ecuador) - Read Ryan Braun's research paper on Trench Warfare (pgs. 3-10 of Germany packet). Mark on paper three things he did really well. Identify his thesis. Be ready to discuss something you learned!


    Final Exam Research Paper: Post your Final Exam Research Paper topic here by Thursday, 2/14 end of the day. The project assignment is in the folder. Make sure to also create your googledrive folder within your class folder and begin storing key resources you find.

    If you have trouble choosing a topic, use the "Sherrinator" created by Jake Rompala. Just click "run" and see topics come up.


    Russia Project: Q3 Project #1 is due on Wednesday 2/13 with the latest hand-in with no penalty being Wednesday, 2/27. You choose your focus question about Russia or Germany and you choose whether to do art or an essay.

    Here are a few additional resources for the project that are optional but helpful:



    Homework for Tuesday, Feb. 12: Read pages 29-33 of your packet (How Castro held the world hostage) and answers questions on pg. 29.



    Homework for Thurs, Feb 7: Read pages 34-38 of your packet and answer (briefly) the questions in the packet.

    Homework for Wed, Feb. 6: Read textbook pages 962-971 AND write another pen pal email from sometimes between 1950-1965. Make sure you discuss: 1 thing happening in your personal life, 1 important thing happening in your country + your overall feelings/experiences related to the Cold War.

    Homework for Tuesday, Feb. 5: Read these two articles about Khrushchev.  Optional also read this wonderful article about Soviet contribution to WWII,




    Homework for Thursday 1/31: Two assignments...1) Read and annotate Stalin's “On Industrialization,  "A Peasant Rebellion in Stalin's Russia" and "Peasant Rebels Under Stalin" (pgs. 3-6 of your packet). Look for evidence whether the Soviet Union was a strong or weak state and whether or not Stalin was a totalitarian ruler. Be ready for a full-period discussion of those readings. The questions we will discuss are on page 7 in your packet. 2) Send a new pen pal letter to your friend in the year 1944. You are now 30 years old. Talk about something important happening in your country + something important in your personal life. Your letter should now be at least a paragraph. Make sure you are continuing the same email thread.




    Email from character about WWII


    1) Homework for Tuesday, 1/29: Read 874-879 of your textbook. Make sure to define key terms AND send a new pen pal letter to your friend in the year 1924. Talk about something happening in your personal life PLUS something interesting happening in your country. Continue the same email thread with your pen pal.

    2) Please fill out Course Selection form by Friday, January 25.

     Reminder: AT qualifier is Tuesday, Jan. 29 after school in cafeteria


     Send a quick 2-3 sentence email to your pen pal (include me) about your life in 1919.





    Key upcoming dates:

    Due Friday 1/11 (Ecuador) or Monday 1/14 (Brazil/Chile): Here is the evaluation form for your group's participation...fill out after you complete the project.

    **Short quiz on Tuesday, January 15 on Today and Tomorrow’s Lecture

    ***Non-Graded in-class writing on January 22

    ****AT Qualifier Exam on January 29 after school 3:10 in cafeteria



    Also, optional, you may find these two articles very interesting:

    How much do you know about Ghana?

    Fastest growing economy

    Due Thursday 1/10 (we will not work on this Thursday during class): Abina newspaper group mini-project. We will work on it before break. See packet for details. Here are some project art format ideas. Here are the original newspapers. Make sure you look at the right date if you want to view the original paper.

    *Additional key information:

    1) Look to include about 20 additional facts or information from your research into your story

    2) Include a separate sheet of paper with your final project that lists those facts, each with a citation, and includes a works cited page.

    Homework for Tuesday, 12/18: Please fill out this brief survey about the project if you haven't done so. 

    • Read Letter to the Reader (page XV), pages 115 and pages 142-146. Write out a brief response (a few sentences) to these two questions: 
      • -Why is historicization important for Trev's work with Abina?
      • -Is Abina actually a true story?

    Homework for Monday, 12/17 (Brazil/Chile): Please fill out this brief survey about the project 

    Finish chapters 3 and 4 of Abina. Read pages 125-126 and bottom 127-131. Here are some guiding questions to prepare for our discussion:

    1. How was pre-colonial Gold Coast slavery different from American slavery? What system is it more similar to in European historical societies?
    2. How did Trev use Abina’s testimony to situate her life story geographically (to place her within the country’s geography)? Focus on Adu Bofo and the Anglo-Asante War.
    3. Why does Trev suggest that her marriage to Yaw Awoah may have been a “cover?”
    4. How did Trev create James Davis’ and William Melton’s character personalities?



    Homework for Tuesday, 12/11 (all classes): Read textbook pages 773-778, 782-784 on colonialism in Africa. Define key terms and names in your notebook; be prepared (in discussion) to answer main ideas questions and critical thinking questions 6 and 8 on 778.




    Homework for Tuesday, Dec. 3 (all classes):

    1) Read pages 33-47 (Gandhi's Strategy for Success). Identify the three important reasons for success, according to the authors, as well as important evidence. 

    2) Go back to your college website (from Haitian Revolution) and now find a professor who specializes on modern Indian history or colonial British history. Send an email introducing yourself and your project question that you chose. Make sure to cc me on the email. Ask the professor if s/he has any sources that s/he recommends to help with the question and/or if s/he has an ideas to move you in the right direction


    Dear Professor ________,

    I see from your bio that you are an expert on ___________. I am a 10th grade student at Scarsdale High School and I created the question ________________ for my India Colonialism and Resistance project. Given your expertise, I'm wondering whether you could point me to any helpful articles or books on this topic. Additionally, if you have any ideas that you could share with me in a few sentences about this topic, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm interested in knowing what issues current historians are debating on this topic.  

    Many thanks,


    Homework for Thursday, 11/28 (all classes): Write two paragraphs (by hand or print out). I will collect for a homework grade. One paragraph should be an historiography on colonial India. Here's a piece by Niall Ferguson you can skim in case you're interested (optional). The other should be an introduction paragraph using the Switcharoo Surprise. By this point, it would be helpful for you to have determined your question about India. 




    Homework for Wednesday, 11/27 (all classes): 

    1. Make sure you've read and annotated in your packet until page 32. You might want to use the quiz study guide to take notes. Focus on the main argument and key information for piece on Gandhi's resistance movement. For the Nehru biography, make sure you know: Amritsar Massacre, Indian National Congress, Round Table Conferences, Government of India Act, Gandhi-Irwin Pact. 
    2. Read essential textbook pages 887-889 and make sure you know these terms: Amritsar Massacre, Muslim League, Gandhi, civil disobedience, Satyagraha, Salt March.
    3. Post your first idea for your India project on this document.



    Homework for Tuesday, 11/27 (all classes): Make sure you have read and annotated pages 15-25 in your India packet (readings on clothing and colonialism)

    Homework for Tuesday, 11/20 (all classes): Read "Blighted by Empire" (pages 4-11 of your packet). Look for Shashi Tharoor's argument and key reasons/evidence he uses to support it. If you're interested, here is the rest of the interview. Additionally, an optional extension reading is "British Presence in India" pages 12-14 of packet. This is another good background reading to help tell the "story" of the colonialism.


    Homework for Monday, 11/19 (Brazil/Chile): Read pages 791-795 of textbook (ch. on India). Make sure you take notes on the key terms in bold.



    Homework for Friday, 11/16 (Ecuador): Read "Blighted by Empire" (pages 4-11 of your packet). Look for Shashi Tharoor's argument and key reasons/evidence he uses to support it. If you're interested, here is the rest of the interview. Additionally, an optional extension reading is "British Presence in India" pages 12-14 of packet. This is another good background reading to help tell the "story" of the colonialism.





    Homework for Wed, 11/14 : 734-740 on Reforming Industrial World (take notes PLUS write down 2 questions you have about the chapter)


    Homework for Tuesday, 11/13 (Brazil/Chile) : Read 723-728 on Industrialization (take notes PLUS write down 2 questions you have about the chapter).   


    Homework for Thursday, 11/7: Read 692-697 on Nationalism (take notes PLUS write down at least 2 questions you have about the chapter). You shouldn't spend more than 30 minutes or so on this so pace yourself accordingly. Take notes on main idea of each section, possibly focusing also on terms in bold.

    Homework for Wednesday, 11/6: Read the epilogue (conclusion) of Avengers of the New World. Look for examples of RICE (restate argument, importance of topic, connections to other topics, extending knowledge with new questions). 



    The Haitian Revolution project is due on Friday evening (or Tuesday evening with no penalty). Here is the link to the graphic history. Additionally, a professor responded to one student's email with the suggestion of this fantastic article. You might want to read it. It raises an additional great question for us to consider (which you can include in your discussion): Which is the greater (or more revolutionary) revolution: the French or Haitian?

    Here are a few additional resources that could help in filling in some gaps in your knowledge or adding some new ideas:

    Some tips for your panel discussion: 1) Make sure everyone participates actively in the discussion; 2) you should know what you're going to say ahead of time, have a clear direction of who will say what...but make sure not to read your comments. You can have notes, but don't read a full-blown script; 3) Ask each other questions that will allow your main points to come out; 4) Record again if you're unhappy with the volume, etc.





    Your major French Revolution project will be due on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Click on that link for the project. Here is the rubric for the essay and the rubric for the creative project. Here's the rubric for perspective pieces. I have rubrics for everything. Here's the rubric for brownies.

    Here is an example of a great perspective piece.

    Here is a link to writing resources for a formal essay, including sharp introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions. You need to post your project option choice + your central guiding question on this document. Remember, if you are writing the essay your Body Paragraphs need to be in past tense, even if your magical camera "hook" is in present tense. 


    1) I care about capitalization and titles. Make sure you have a title for your work. And, remember French Revolution and Third Estate (each estate) are capitalized as proper nouns as well as key events like Storming of the Bastille or August Decrees.

    2) If you are looking at "change" then you need to show the "before" and the "after." If you are looking at "success" then you need to define "success." What does it mean to be successful in a revolution?

    3) For in-text citations, use author last name and page # of packet. Ex. "dkljfdj" (Sherrin 18). Bibliography: Most of the primary sources have the source information at the top for you to plug into easybib or other citation creator. If you are citing anything in the role-play, cite it as: Sherrin, David. French Revolution Packet # __. Scarsdale Publications, 2018.


    Homework due Thursday, 10/25:  Make sure you've read textbook pages 656-665 PLUS pages 24-25 of the packet. This is essential reading for your project. As a review or an additional source, you may also consider watching this wonderful History Channel documentary on the revolution before the project is due. It could provide some helpful ideas. For super fun, watch this Sesame Street parody of Les Miserables (optional)

    Homework due Tuesday, 10/23: Read source 1 Page 15 and source 2 on pg.16 -- fill out Corroboration Chart and Historical Thinking Chart. You need to post your project option choice + your central guiding question on this document

    Homework due Thursday 10/18: Read pages 9-11 of packet 3. Be prepared to discuss the questions on the bottom of page 9. Also, do the two sources on pages 10-11 corroborate (agree) with each other on what happened? Why or why not? Homework due Tuesday, 10/23: Work on your French Revolution project

    Homework due Wednesday 10/17 (all classes): Finish your body paragraph AND make sure you've done pages 3-4 in PACKET 3


    Update: Tuesday, 10/16 will be quiz #2 (on the French Revolution). Here is a study guide.

    Homework due Tuesday, 10/16: Quiz on Tuesday. See above.  

    Homework due Friday, 10/12 (Ecuador) or Monday, 10/15 (Chile/Brazil): Read the primary source description of today's role-play. Make a six-box comic of the event following the instructions on page 32. Don't spend more than 30 minutes on it.



    Homework due Wednesday, 10/9: For Ecuador, read Declaration of the Rights of Man on page 21-22. All classes: Take a quick look at The Declaration of the Rights of Woman. Be prepared to discuss: How does this document compare to the Declaration of the Rights of Man? Why does the author write this declaration? Also, tomorrow we will have a debate! The main questions are: What should we do about the monarchy? What should we do about the Church? Who should be counted as citizens? Think about where you stand on these issues.


    Tomorrow we will have a debate! The main questions are: What should we do about the monarchy? What should we do about the Church? Who should be counted as citizens?


    Homework due Friday, 10/5 (Ecuador) or Monday, 10/8 (Chile/Brazil): Write a zippy introduction with Hook, Transition, Topic, Thesis using the magical camera. You can write in packet or type. You will hand it in. Here is a link to my site and resources for writing.

    Homework due Wednesday, 10/3:   1) Read Textbook pgs 654-655. Be prepared to discuss: What does the textbook get right? What does the textbook miss or ignore about the early French Revolution? 2) Read and annotate pgs. 13-14 of packet #2. 3) Read Rousseau, PACKET #1, pages 10-13. Annotate your document to prepare to discuss the guiding questions.



    Homework due Friday, 9/28 (Ecuador) or Monday, 10/1 (Chile/Brazil): Read and annotate Docs A, B, C on pages 33-36. Look for answers to the guiding questions on pg. 33.

    Homework due Thursday, 9/27: Read pages 25-26 in French Revolution Packet. Annotate the documents to find answers to the guiding questions on pg. 26. Write your own questions in your annotations. Make a nametag (table tent) for your character if you haven't yet done so.




    Homework due Wednesday 9/26: If you did not have time in class, make sure to read pages 16-17 and answer questions on page 15. Additionally, read/skim pages 594-602 in your textbook. Try to time yourself so you spend about 30 minutes on this homework which means you might be skimming more than reading. Only write down 5-10 words for each definition. It is better if you do the work tonight but okay if you need two nights to do it. Make sure you have a solid understanding of these terms: Absolute monarchs, divine right, Louis XIV, Descartes, L’etat c’est moi, Palace at Versailles, connection between Louis’ wars and taxes

    Homework due Tuesday, 9/25: Prepare for the quiz on early modern intellectual movements. Here is the study guide. Make sure you have read textbook pages 629-639. Brazil and Chile classes will have Monday's class period to use for the reading so please bring your textbook on Monday. I will not be there but you will have an aide and will have the period to read and/or study.

    Homework due Thursday, 9/20: Read Locke’s “Second Treatise of Civil Government” (pgs. 6-8 of packet). Be prepared to talk about study questions. Also, our first quiz (multiple choice) will be on Tuesday, 9/25. It will cover the information from the Powerpoint lecture, the Locke reading, and textbook pages 629-639. I will hand out the textbooks on Thursday or Friday.


    Learning about your character: Read your Character Descriptions here (for some of the characters) AND/OR do a quick look online. If you look online, focus on their background and what they do before the French Revolution. Don't read about their role during the revolution.


    1st Project (25 points) due Thursday, 9/13: Print out your travel brochure (one page) or send me a link to your promotional video (1-3 minutes) for your country's culture in the year 1700 or before. Here is an example of a professional travel video and an example of a travel brochure. You may want to consider using Wevideo (or another program like imovie) if you want to make a movie. There are templates on both Microsoft Word and Pages (Mac) for making brochures.

    For this project, you should spend 1-2 nights reading and researching and then another couple of nights putting together your product. Remember, you can't include everything so pick and choose what is interesting about the culture.


    1) If you are having trouble finding good sources, try searching for particular cultural characteristics. For example, "traditional Armenian food" or "medieval French architecture" or "traditional Korean clothing."

    2) It is okay to talk in the present tense about the place even though it is in the past...since this is a travel brochure trying to bring people to this place. For example, "Ming China has the most lovely clothing..."

    3) Since it is a travel brochure, this is the ONE time you can talk to the reader. "Come taste the marvelous food of..."

    4) Works Cited/Bibliography should be a separate page or document. You don't need to cite pictures.


    Homework U1L1 due Wednesday, 9/5: Conduct a brief ethnography...choose a place somewhere in Scarsdale (or Westchester) where you see people. For 15 minutes, carefully observe what they do and write down notes in detail on the blank page in your packet describing what people are doing. Do not worry about the format. 



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