World Map

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other. -Thor Heyerdahl


Soviet Propaganda

And, consequently, the art of propaganda or public information becomes one of the most powerful forms of directive statesmanship. -John Grierson


WWII Pacific

The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' . . . It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness. -President Harry Truman


Domino Effect

You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly. So you could have a beginning of a disintegration that would have the most profound influences -Eisenhower



A true world outlook is incompatible with a foreign imperialism, no matter how high-minded the governing country. -Wendell Willkie

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Legacy Project

B) Semester Final is either the Final Exam or a Legacy Project. All students wishing to do a Legacy Project must get approval from Mr. P prior to St Patrick's Day (March 17th, 2011).

C) All students not doing a Legacy Project will take a semester Final Exam. The Final Exam is multiple choice. Questions for the multiple choice exam will be cumulative. Thus, any content covered during the first semester can appear on the Semester Final Exam.

D) The Semester Final will be at the end of semester. Students taking the Final Exam will take it at the end of the school year. Students doing a legacy project will turn it in the day the students (not doing a legacy project) take the Semester Final Exam.


1) Blank Proposal Application & Sample of filled out Application
2) Contract
3) Update Form & Calendar
4) Legacy Project Ideas - if you can't come up with ideas of your own
5) Sample WWI Vocab - Gives ideas on how to do Legacy Vocab.
6) Sample - WWI Play - Gives ideas on how to do Legacy Play.



Each semester students will have a choice of taking either the Final Exam or doing a Legacy Project as their ‘semester’ final. The semester final (exam or project) will equate to 20% - 25 % of the student’s semester grade. There is an application and qualification process that involves doing a legacy project. All students who do not apply or qualify to do a Legacy Project will partake in Final Exam process as a means of fulfilling their semester final obligation for the course. Written below are the specifics for both the Legacy Project and Final Exam.


There are several purposes for students to apply to do a legacy project.

1) Students want to create a project to assist & inspire future students’ learning.
2) Students actually want to make a difference and contribute to the betterment of Mr. P’s class.
3) Students prefer to create a project versus taking an Exam for a final. 

All student interested in doing a Legacy Project for their semester final must apply and qualify to do a legacy project. To apply and qualify for the Legacy Project, students must submit at least 3 typed proposals to Mr. P. In addition, students are required to schedule a brief meeting with Mr P after school to explain their legacy project proposals. Basically, students are to ‘sell’ their legacy project idea to Mr. P. Students will “qualify” to do a legacy project, if students convince Mr. P of the usefulness of their Legacy Proposal(s). Students should bring their 3 typed legacy proposals and explain them to Mr. P. At the after school meeting, students MUST do the following:

A) Be prepared, articulate and brief (Mr. P is a busy guy and doesn’t like to waste time)
B) Quickly & clearly explain to Mr. P your Legacy ideas (Mr. P has to be able to understand what it is)
C) Explain how it will be beneficial to future students, Mr. P, etc.
D) A typed working schedule that explains how you will be completing the project
E) Samples that demonstrate your ability to do certain kinds of work (i.e. your artwork, video equipment, computer skills or previous projects your done). 

The deadline to apply and qualify for doing a Legacy Project as a student’s “Final” for the Fall semester will be October 31st (Halloween) and for the Spring semester March 21st (Equinox). If a student does not apply and qualify by this date, the student will then, by way of default, partake in the Final Exam process at the end of the semester. If a student qualifies and agrees to do a Legacy Project, then he/she is committed to doing a Legacy Project. They will not be allowed to change from doing a Legacy Project to taking the “Final Exam.”

GROUP or SOLO WORK: Mr. P highly recommends that students work solo on their legacy project. Once again, he advises students do NOT work with other students. However, students might be allowed to work with others if they can justify the need to have more than one person do the project. Yet, the group work limit is 3 students. Students may also work with students in Mr. P’s other World History classes. Most importantly, if students qualify to work in a group it is entirely their choice and responsibility to do so. Mr. P will NOT, once again, will NOT hear any grievances or feel any sympathy pertaining to group work problems. Group work is a choice of the students. Again, Mr. P suggests students do NOT work in groups. Yet, students are old enough to make their own decision on such matter.


A Grade:

Most likely any legacy project that will be or is actually used in Mr. P’s class achieves an “A” grade. If Mr. P will not use it in the future, it probably is NOT going to get an “A” grade. Legacy projects rarely take 1 day or 1 weekend to complete. Students with a desire to achieve an “A” should put in a fair amount of time and effort to complete their legacy project. However, time and effort does NOT necessarily equate to an “A” grade. Students can work very hard and still not achieve an “A” grade. The project should be of the utmost quality. It should also be ready for classroom use. Usually any needed adjustments that Mr. P has to do will deduct from the grade of the Legacy Project. All students witness how Mr. P runs the class on a daily basis. Students should become aware of what is “needed” and what “works” with regards to legacy projects. Also, “A” legacy projects are well labeled, packaged, easily stored or accessed. Presentation of the Legacy Project is memorable. It is NOT just another boring final presentation. Fellow students believe the project is useful and of quality.

B Grade:

Usually a good legacy project but does not do all the requirements listed for an “A” grade. Most likely, a “B” grade results because Mr. P will have to “adjust” the project so that it can be used in class. “B” rate Legacy Projects lack the originality, usefulness and quality in comparison to “A” rate Legacy Projects. Presentation of the project is above average and is somewhat memorable.

C Grade:

Results when the Legacy Project will NOT be used in the classroom. It does NOT fulfill the general standards of a “B” grade. Presentation of the project is average and is NOT memorable.

D Grade:

“D” stands for Disappointment. This project is obviously substandard to what is expected of Legacy Projects. It appears to be done quickly and with substandard care. It will NOT be used in the classroom. Presentation is unprepared, robotic and/or boring.

F Grade

Produces an overall gross Legacy Project. There is a sense of making a mockery out of doing the Legacy Project. Unorganized and poor presentation. If anything, this project serves as a sample of what NOT to do for a Legacy Project.


The Final Exam will take place the day of the scheduled final in late January for the fall semester and in June for the spring semester. The Final Exam will consist of approximately 100 multiple choice questions. The questions will be related to the unit topics covered during the semester. Students are welcome to pick the Final Exam as their semester final.

180 – 200 correct; 90% - 100% = A
160 – 179 correct; 80% - 89% = B
140 – 159 correct; 70% - 79% = C
120 – 139 correct; 60% - 69% = D
0 – 119 correct; 0 - 59% = F

P-Ville Info

Become enlightened about P-ville from Elders of the Past. Use the path the elders have drawn out for you or pave your own route for P-ville. Whatever the case, be sure to do something! Be sure to make P-ville a better place by the time you leave in June than what it was when you first arrived in September to P-ville. 

1) P-ville Intro
2) Daily Announcements by Mac & Nina
3) Director of Integrity (DoI)
4) Director of MVP (DoMVP)
5) Director of Economy (DoE)
6) Director of Technology (DoTECH)
7) Director of Maintenance (DoM)
8) Director of Chief of Police (DoP)
9) Director of Stocks (DoS)
10) Director of Beautification (DoB)

11) What other Director of... videos are needed?
a) Director of Directors (DoD)
b) Supreme Council (including a video viewing
c) Director of Quotes (DoQ)
d) Director of Randomness (DoR)
e) Director of SWEN (DoSWEN)
f) Director of Foreign Affairs (DoFA)
g) Director of Special Events (DoSE)
h) Director of Treasury (DoT)


Get studying your geography!

Below are a variety of Geo Related Power Points and Worksheets to prepare you for the Geo Exam on Thursday February 24, 2012. More information about the Geography Exam and Geo Unit will be given in class.

1) ULTIMATE GEO POWERPOINT - This pretty much has it all. This is used in class, great practice exams & lots of info. This big file will take a few minutes to download.
2) Religions - Maybe not on Ultimate Geo Power Pt, so check it out here.
3) Population Density - Maybe not on Ultimate Geo Power Pt, so check it out here.

Colorful Map Packet Study Guide
 - These are scanned map packets done by legendary students Grace Cho, EriKa Roos and Connie Chen. Be happy here folks! You do NOT have to spend the time coloring in and identifying locations on a blank map packet thanks to these girls. So use that time to study study study! You can use this power point to study geography locations and statistics. Mr P highly recommends using this to study for the Geo Exam. If you cannot download it, then bring a USB to class and copy off the student computer. Or have a friend download and send it to you via email. Good luck!

Do you need help studying? Go to Legendary Sketch's Geo Page! Over the years, students mention this website as being a huge help. Check it out. (She's a super student from the past that was awesome enough to leave behind this website for you. Ask Mr. P about her!)

Don't have Powerpoint? Only want to get a hold of one page? (...or 2... or 3.... or....)
Pg 1 (Locations pg 1)
Pg 2 (Locations pg 2)
Pg 3 (World map)
Pg 4 (Africa map)
Pg 5 (Asia map)
Pg 6 (Europe map)
Pg 7 (N. America map)
Pg 8 (S. America map)
Pg 9 (Australia map)
Pg 10 (Middle East Locations pg 3)
Pg 11 (Middle East / Central Asia map)
Pg 12 (Israel / Palestine map)
Pg 13 (1 Page Geo Stat Sheet) - 2nd semester includes questions on Geo Stats such as population, world religions, etc.

GEO PRACTICE GAMES These are online websites that offer Geography Games for practice. Mr. P's Geography Exam will only feature locations listed on the map packet he hands out to students. Still, Mr. P believes it is good to review these Geography websites. Have fun!

a) Globe Game


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Latin America Background

2 Superpowers Face Off

Cold War Overview

Soviet Union Dissolution

Wall Comes Down

Star Wars

Middle East

Berlin Wall

Cuban Missile Crisis

Communists In China

Arms Race

Iron Curtain

Vietnam War


Sorry No PowerPoint!

Cold War Thaws

Korean War


CW Map and Timeline

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Revolutionary India

Totalitarian Methods

Stalin's Totalitarian State

Vladimir Lenin

Revolution in Russia

Russian Revolution Vocabulary

Pacific Battles

Pre-War Pacific

Pearl Harbor

Rise of Japan

Aggression Begins

VE Day and Aftermath

WWII Battles

Atomic Bomb Facts

Rise of Dictators

What is Fascism?

Age of Uncertainty

Spectrum of Time

War Affects the World

Flawed Peace

New Weapons


Entangling Alliances



Imperialist Maps


Analyzing Imperial Motives

Misc Imperialism

Nationalist Wars

What is Imperialism?

Nationalism and Disunity

French Revolution

Post Napoleonic Era

Autocracy & Democracy


Rise of Christianity

Friday, June 15, 2012



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