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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Eight stages of #Genocide. Know the signs. It’s on you to prevent the next one. #NeverAgain
DID YOU KNOW? #EthnicCleansing is not limited to acts of #genocide, and can happen in much more subtle ways. For example, before the death camps, the original Nazi plan to get rid of the Jews was by mass #deportation, and by trying to encourage “self-deportation” by making life difficult for Jews in Germany. However, ethnic cleansing can very easily turn into genocide. We study history to enable us to see the signs of wrong turns by recognizing their similarity with the past. Always keep you eyes open, remain attentive, and MOST importantly, if and when you see things start to go in the wrong direction, TAKE ACTION to correct our course! If you don’t do it, who will? Why else are we teaching you this? Just so you can feel upset? No, it’s because you are the future, and you are the ones who have to guide the world in the right direction. We are all counting on you.
Did you know? 🥖 🍞 🌾 Really shows how important bread was, and still is to many people around the world. In modern developed nations (for lack of better terms), people are trying NOT to eat bread, but for most of history, crunching on carbs was the primary goal of each day. You may have heard the line of a famous prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread...” Not sushi 🍣. Not Chipotle 🌯. Bread 🥖. That prayer is known, interestingly, as “The Lord’s Prayer”. Think about it. 🤔💭 #Bread #Carbs #Lord #Lady #Etymology #AngloSaxon #OldEnglish #LordsPrayer
Oh I would so go for this! Would you? These guys have spent centuries creating an environment perfect for quiet contemplation, reflection, and study. What better place to prepare for exams? #LearnFromHistory #Monasticism #Scriptoria #Abbey #Monastery #Belgium ⛪ 📚 🇧🇪
#AbsolutePower Latest cover of Time Magazine depicts Trump as an Absolute Monarch. Very relevant to our final unit of the year! Now these references will be even more meaningful for you guys. #Consolidation #Absolutism #LouisXIV #JamesI #PeterTheGreat #SuleymanTheMagnificent #AkbarTheGreat #Augustus #ShiHuangdi
From Global Khan to AP World Sultan! (It rhymes if you pronounce it right!) #CaseyTheLawgiver #CaseyTheMagnificent
Congratulations to all the participants in the #ScienceFair, especially Group 7 with the amazing Archery Project! Great work guys! 🏹 #PewPewPew

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