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.


April 2018
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Omar ibn Said (1770–1864) was a writer and Islamic scholar, born and educated in what is now Senegal, who was enslaved and transported to the United States in 1807. There, while enslaved for the remainder of his life, he wrote a series of works of history and theology, including a posthumously famous autobiography. Omar ibn Said was not “a slave”. Omar ibn Said was a scholar who was enslaved. Slavery was his condition, his circumstance, but not his identity. Always remember this when learning about and thinking about slavery. Extend the same recognition to all men and women who were enslaved by other men and women.
Always listen to #Gandalf. 🧙🏻‍♂️
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
During the Ming Dynasty, China’s economic strength was on full display in the Indian Ocean in the form of trade missions led by the admiral #ZhengHe. The Chinese trade junks rivaled any contemporary Western ships by leaps and bounds. Even after the end of the trade missions, China did not cease to be a major economic power. Today, China is an economic force to be reckoned with, and as we saw from the news this morning, with a #TradeWar beginning the USA 🇺🇸 and China 🇨🇳, they are not afraid to put those junks back in the water.
Marches were held today across the country and across the world to speak out against gun violence in schools and throughout American society. Regardless of whether or not you support government action to end the plague of gun violence in America, recognize that we are witnessing history unfolding. You are living through it. “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” #MarchForOurLives
Happy Paddy’s Day! The history of Ireland 🇮🇪 goes all the way back before the Neolithic Revolution so it does, and connects to much of what we’ve been learning this year, as well as much of what you’ll be learning next year. St Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and who is most remembered for spreading the message of Christianity to the pagan isle ☘️. This picture was taken up in County Antrim in the north of Ireland, the part that’s still under British rule. It’s been a long back and forth to say the least, and we’ll be learning a bit about it in class this year and next. 🇮🇪

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