Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the expectations and requirements for the AP World History Course?

A: AP World History is a college-level history course, and as such, the expectations and requirements are more rigorous than in the standard Regents Global History course. You can find a full description of expectations and requirements in the AP World History Syllabus. Even more detailed information about the course in general can be found under the ABOUT tab at the top of this page.


Q: When do students take the AP World History exam, and what does it entail?

A: As AP World History is a two-year course, students sit for the exam during May of their sophomore year. Details of the exam can be found under the ABOUT tab at the top of this page.


Q: Oh no! I have a zero for a homework or classwork assignment on PupilPath, but I’m pretty sure I did it and should have received credit. What is going on, and what do I do now?

A: If you believe that you properly submitted an assignment, and then you see on PupilPath that the assignment is marked with a zero, you may assume that I made an error. This is entirely possible. However, there are several possible explanations, so you should go down this list to rule out other possibilities.

You did not do the assignment. Do the assignment, and turn it in.
You did the assignment, but turned it in late (including excused lateness due to absence). Since I usually input grades about once a week, it may take a few days for the grade change to be reflected on PupilPath, so wait a week, and if it still remains a zero, you should then consider other possibilities.
You submitted the assignment, but it was incomplete. When the assignment is returned to you, it will be marked with “INC” at the top. You should complete the assignment and resubmit it for half credit.
You submitted the assignment, but forgot to write your name. Stop by after school during office hours or at another time I am available to check through the “No Names.”
You completed the assignment, but you forgot to turn it in. Sometimes you think you turned it in but you didn’t. Check your binder and backpack to make sure.
You turned it in and did everything right, but I made a mistake entering the grade on PupilPath. When the assignment is handed back, it should have a Casey stamp indicating that I have already graded it. If you know it was incorrectly marked as zero on PupilPath, simply take the returned assignment and place it back in the “Pensa Pagoda.” Then I can gladly correct the mistake on PupilPath.
You think you didn’t receive credit for the assignment, but you did. Double check PupilPath to make sure the grade hasn’t been entered since the last time you checked, and make sure you are looking at the right assignment.

If your assignment is incorrectly marked as half credit as if it were late, but you were actually absent, make sure that you wrote “ABSENT” on the top of the paper to let me know.


Q: Do I have to type my essay? Do I have to print it? Can I just handwrite it? What if I don’t have access to a device to type it?

A: Yes. No. No. If you know in advance, come to me in advance. If it is a sudden issue, let me know as soon as you know, and we can work something out. We are fortunate to have multiple opportunities to access computers at school, so there is almost certainly a way to enable you to type your essay.


Q: Do we have homework tonight?

A: Almost certainly yes.


Q: What do I do if I don’t know what the homework is? If I don’t see it on PupilPath, does that mean I am excused from doing it?

A: Check PupilPath. If for some reason it isn’t there, check the recent posts on MrCaseyHistory.com. If it isn’t there either, send me an email to pcasey@maspethhighschool.org to inquire about the homework, and do so at a reasonable hour, ideally before 7pm. If I then fail to get back to you at a reasonable hour, you will be excused and given an extra day to do the homework, as I would be at fault. However, you must go through all of the steps, or else you will be responsible for having the homework in on time.


Q: Am I ever going to be a Moderator for a debate?

A: Probably, but not definitely. When I make debate groups, the first thing I do is make sure that everyone who has already been a moderator is placed as a debater. Except in rare circumstances, no one will be a moderator twice. However, due to math (which is not my strongest area so I’ll leave it at that), there will sometimes be a few students who never get to be a moderator. So that might end up being you. Them’s the breaks.


May 2020

IG: @globalkhan

Where’s North America?! This map was drawn in 1532 by a German cartographer. Even 40 years after Columbus, this was Europe’s perception of the Americas. South America isn’t that bad, but up North? Yikes! Although, to be fair, Asia’s not looking all that great and, wait... where’s Australia?
“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.” . Today is the birthday of #MalcolmX, #ElHajjMalikElShabazz, a hero of the #CivilRights Movement in America. He was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39. He would be 95 today. May 19th is Malcolm X Day. Why is there no official Malcolm X Day on the calendar? Perhaps it’s because he had a style that could not be sanitized. #AmericanHistory #BlackHistory #MalcolmXDay
Don’t let the maps lie to you. 🗺 ❌ 🌍☑️
The Indus Valley Civilization was the largest and perhaps the most advanced of the ancient river valley civilizations. These recently unearthed texts, discovered by a toddler, seen to provide translations of texts written in the otherwise indecipherable Harappan script. These accounts shed light on what life was like in this vast civilization, both at its height and during its collapse. While the cause of the decline is still debated by experts, many point to evidence that suggests that the Indus Civilization had, in addition to the Indus River, a second major river, knows as the Saraswati River or the Ghaggar Hakra River. Experts believe that the mountains to the north, which served as the source of both rivers, experienced an earthquake that shifted the course of the water flow, leading to the Saraswati River drying up, causing drought and famine, and its water being diverted into the Indus, which led to flooding, as well as East into the Ganges River, which, in the centuries to come, would emerge as a new center point of civilization on the subcontinent. . . . Check out the last one for a good giggle 🤭 😆 🏊🏾‍♂️🤽🏾‍♂️
Remember when it used to be possible to do your assignments on real paper using an actual pen or pencil? 📝
There are some approaches to teaching history that simply cannot be accomplished remotely. For everything else, there’s Google Classroom. . . . This portrait was taken on May 8th, 2017, during one of my favorite activities, possibly my number one favorite activity, of the entire year: a full class re-enactment of a day in the life of #KingLouisXIV at the Palace of #Versailles. It requires a lot of set up: having students pre-write content-rich speeches for the king, buying some apple juice or iced tea as a stand in for breakfast broth, plus multiple small bags of chips and some candies (for the monarch’s meals and desserts), I need to remember to bring my purple fleece blanket for the cape, but thankfully I have a beautifully ornate crown made by a student for a previous project, I have to tape to the wall my full size color hand cut and taped laminated paintings of Louis XIV, and of course, I have to dig out my elk antlers and mounting board. When class begins, students work on the Nunc Agenda while I hand out tiny slips with different roles as members of the Versailles royal court and tasks associated with various cues, instructing them not to turn them over yet. Then, I ask one student to step outside, and I give her/him a slip, letting her/him know that they have been chosen to be King Louis and experience a day in his life. It is only at this point that I abruptly and rapidly start explaining the process to the class, making sure each person knows their role and when to act and has their associated props as needed. With everyone still pretty confused, I throw on the baroque music, and pull up the PowerPoint of Versailles images to go with each scene of the re-enactment, alternating with videos I took when I visited in 2014 (some images from that too, others from Google). Then I ask the two bedroom courtiers to go retrieve the king, and then the Rube Goldberg machine begins. The most satisfying part is how, despite the whole routine never being practiced or seen before, it all pretty much comes together live, each student responding to the cues of the one before, and everyone gets the experience or being both performer and audience simultaneously.
I came across this fascinating currency twice yesterday and had to share it with you guys. This is a five pound note from #Gibraltar, the tiny #British overseas territory located at the southern tip of Spain, just across from #Morocco in North Africa. On (well, the day before) #ThisDayInHistory, (April 30, 711), #Umayyad troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad, landed at Gibraltar to begin the Muslim conquest of #Visigothic #Hispania (#Spain & #Portugal). The name "Gibraltar" is the #Spanish derivation of the #Arabic name "Jabal al-Ṭāriq" meaning "mountain of Tariq." #SpanishHistory #IslamicHistory #MuslimHistory #HistoriaDeEspaña #TariqIbnZiyad #IberianHistory #IberianPeninsula
Spotted by a fan last night on a window in Vancouver. #Covid19 #DarkTimes #LOTR #Gandalf #Frodo #Tolkien #allwehavetodecideiswhattodowiththetimethatisgiventous
It’s a... GIRAFFE! 🦒 The famous Muslim Chinese mariner #ZhengHe presented Emperor #Yongle and the #Chinese court with a #giraffe after arriving from an expedition to Bengala (now #Bangladesh) in 1412. Instantly awestruck by the strange and graceful animal, the emperor sparked a trend of painting giraffes among the #Ming. Each giraffe painting is marked with "The Eulogy of the #Qilin (Chinese unicorn), an Auspicious Omen." See more awesome Asian Art like this at @asianartmuseum <— Follow!

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