World History 2 Take-Home Final (Due Date – Monday, December 18 at Noon)

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Take-Home Semester Final

World History 2

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Due Date – 12 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017

 INSTRUCTIONS: Choose any TWO of the following FIVE numbered prompts and write a comprehensive response to each. 

  1. THEME – Inventions

Choose ANY TWO inventions from among those we discussed in class this semester. For EACH invention you select, you should do the following:

  • Explain what the invention is. How did this invention improve upon how things were done prior to the creation of this invention?
  • How did the presence of this invention impact the lives of TWO distinct groups of people? Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.

2.  THEME – Actions of Individuals

Choose the actions taken by TWO distinct individuals we studied this semester. For EACH individual you select, you should do the following:

  • Describe the action taken by the individual. Be careful, clear, and thorough in your explanation.
  • How did this person’s action(s) impact the lives of TWO distinct groups of people? Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.

3.  THEME – Turning Points in History

A turning point is an event that radically changes the direction of history or introduces pathways that were not present before. While making sure that you are not simply re-creating your response to another question on the final, you should do the following:

  • Explain what the turning point is.
  • Explain WHY this event/invention/action should be considered a turning point by discussing the turning point’s impact on TWO distinct groups of people. Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.

4. THEME – Speaking Truth to Power

History is full of examples of people who take the courageous/foolish action of speaking out against the powerful forces that control much of the society in which that person lives. These examples of “speaking truth to power” do not always yield the same results.

Choose ANY TWO examples from history that involve someone speaking out against powerful forces of his/her time. For EACH example you select, you should do the following:

  • What situation was the protagonist of your story facing? What were the political/social conditions that the protagonist was confronting with his/her words/actions?
  • What happened to this person as a consequence of his/her actions? Why do you think those in power reacted in the way that they did?
  • To what degree was the protagonist successful in creating/inspiring the change that he/she set out to achieve? Evaluate whether the consequence the protagonist suffered was “worth” the results that came out of the effort.

5.  THEME – An interesting contrast

Part of what we do in history is to judge/evaluate the actions of historical figures. Because we cannot help but exist in the time and circumstances in which we live, we can sometimes fall into the trap of evaluating past actions against the background of our moral sensibilities.

Explore this idea by examining the stories of Cleopatra and King Henry VIII of England. For EACH of the two figures, start off by doing the following:

  • Give a summary of the actions that each ruler took that make each of them noteworthy figures in history. (What did they do?)
  • How are the two leaders alike? Think about what they are doing and why they are doing it?
  • Why might these two leaders be judged differently from each other? Do you believe that one leader is treated more “fairly” than the other? Why would this be true?

Art Dec. 12-15

Science Display Boards and Scrapbooks

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In collaboration with Science Class and Language Arts Class, students have been asked to apply Elements and Principles of Art to their Science Display Boards and their Language Arts scrapbook. Both projects should be turned in for grading this week.

World History 2 – Nov 28 to Dec 1

A fun-filled week is in store examining the royal families of Spain and England during the sixteenth century.

The exploration will be in support of our coverage of the various impacts of the Protestant Reformation and will examine the “close” family ties of the Spanish Hapsburgs and the relation by marriage and then intense rivalry with the Tudors of England. As an appetizer we will look into the six wives of King Henry VIII of England.

The end of the semester is approaching, so final exams for the semester are just around the corner.

Español del 27 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre

Martes y miércoles tendrán tiempo para trabajar en sus proyectos de Lazarillo de Tormes. Recuerden que tendrán que cumplir con los siguientes partes:

Resumen del tratado asignado

Vocabulario (10 palabras)

Lista de arcaismos (10 con el equivalente en español)

proyecto creativo

Elaboración de prueba

Jueves empezaremos con las presentaciones tratado II y III.

Viernes continuaremos con las presentaciones si no tienen que exponer sus proyectos de ciencias.


Profesora Jazmín Avilez


NPH Giving Tree

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Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) is an international organization that takes in abandoned and orphaned children, providing a home and education. Here in Honduras, the NPH organization provides for over 500 children in at large ranch near La Venta and home in Tegucigalpa for severely handicapped children. While many children at the ranch have aunts, uncles, or grandparents that come to visit them and can provide some Christmas gifts, some children at a ranch have no family to visit. It is these children, whom we would like to provide for this Christmas. In the secondary building, second floor, a NPH Giving Tree bulletin board will be set up. If you wish to participate, choose a paper tree that has a child’s information about his/her size for shoes and socks.
Purchase the new items and return them to Mrs. Agurcia’s Room (Secondary Building, Rm. 7) by Tuesday, December 5th,unwrapped, with the tree tag taped to it. Thank you for giving this Christmas!
If more information about NPH’s work in Honduras, please visit

World History 2 – Makeup Exam for Boys on Basketball Trip

Due Date – 28 November


  1. Explain how the fall of Constantinople ended up leading to the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. To do this effectively, you will need to construct a multiple-paragraph response that addresses EACH of the following issues:


  • Why did the fall of Constantinople act as a contributing cause to the Age of Exploration? To do this effectively, you will want to relate the motivations to explore to the principles of mercantilism.
  • What technological improvements needed to be made in order for Europeans to undertake these voyages of exploration? Specifically name two or three of these and identify the culture that came up with this invention.
  • Explain the various factors that enabled a small force of Spanish soldiers to defeat Mexico’s greatest empire. You should be considering causes that are technological, biological, and cultural.
  • Since you picked up an extra reading today, for your second question you should examine the lives of Galileo and John Wycliffe and explain what they had in common with each other even though one is a man of science and the other is a man of God. Your analysis should run deeper than just saying “they both said things that the Catholic church didn’t like.” Instead your answer should be focusing on issues such as truth, humanism, and power.