FAQ

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.

ISSUE RESOLUTION
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.

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In 1939, 20,000 Americans filled Madison Square Garden for a Nazi rally. Somebody just made a mini documentary about it. It’s called “A Night At The Garden”. (1) You can check it out at @anightatthegarden. (Only 7 minutes Long!) From the images here, you can see that it was billed as a “Pro American” rally. (2) I imagine they had a very specific idea about who they considered to be “American”. They don’t have images of Hitler and swastikas. Instead, they have American flags and a giant George Washington. (3) They want to convince you that being a Nazi is about the most American thing you can do. Thankfully, many Americans did not agree. (4) But also, many did. Always remember, the Germans were not especially predisposed in their nature to hatred, violence, and genocide. It was, rather their economic, political, and socio-cultural conditions that were easy for someone like Hitler to exploit. That means that this can happen anywhere some or all of those conditions exist. Poverty, ignorance, fear for the future, anger over the present, and a predisposition to dislike minorities make a population easy pickings for any aspiring fascist dictator. It can happen anywhere. It can happen here.
On #ThisDayinHistory 1945, a series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the “Florence of the Elbe” to rubble and flames, and killing as many as 135,000 people. It was the single most destructive bombing of the war—including Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and all the more horrendous because little, if anything, was accomplished strategically, since the Germans were already on the verge of surrender. More than 3,400 tons of explosives were dropped on the city by 800 American and British aircraft. The firestorm created by the two days of bombing set the city burning for many more days, littering the streets with charred corpses, including many children. Eight square miles of the city was ruined, and the total body count was between 35,000 and 135,000 (an approximation is all that was possible given that the city was filled with many refugees from farther east). The hospitals that were left standing could not handle the numbers of injured and burned, and mass burials became necessary. Among the American POWs who were in Dresden during the raid was novelist Kurt Vonnegut, who conveyed his experience in his classic antiwar novel Slaughterhouse Five. #Dresden #WWII #History
#NeverAgain means anytime anywhere to anyone. For the full story, check out the article through the link in bio. #Uyghur #Uighur #CCP #China #EastTurkestan #Xinjiang #ConcentrationCamp #EthnicCleansing #XiJinping
Being a #monk is hard work! If just a few minutes of hand copying texts can cause hand cramps, imagine doing it for hours every day! That’s what #monks did in the #scriptoria, or writing rooms, inside #medieval #monasteries. But it served an important purpose. At a time when literacy was in serious decline and books were hard to come by, monks played an important role in preserving not only religious but also #secular knowledge, like that of Classical #Greece and #Rome! Thank Medieval Monks!
Let studying be your #SecretFire against the shadow.
Patience in response to ignorance, even unjustifiable ignorance, is truly powerful. Even if you feel a person is blameworthy for their ignorance, even if you feel their injustice and arrogance makes them undeserving of your time, patient teaching is still the only way for them to learn and grow and change. . . Here, Dr King breaks it down simply for an audience of people who have been blind to the obvious and blatant realities of deep racial disparity that was built into the fabric of our society. He puts it so simply, because it really is that simple, but he gets straight to the point. He makes it clear. . . Patience is not passivity. Patience is not surrender. Patience is true strength. . . #Bootstraps #RacialInequality #MLK #PatientPedagogy
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -MLK . . . Don’t just think of MLK as a famous American hero loved by the nation. It’s only now that he has a national holiday (and some people still don’t like him). It’s important to remember how disliked he was by so many Americans, and how unpopular his views were in his time. And this was not very long ago. Not at all. Those who are vilified and demonized today for standing up for what is right may be the heroes of tomorrow. Depends how it all goes down. Just don’t forget to broaden your perspective. Sit back to look at the whole timeline. The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. #MLKDay #DrKing #KeepDreaming #KeepFighting

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