Confucius, or "孔夫子" (Kong Fu Zi), b. September 28, 551 BCE
While we do not study Confucius on 9/28, we will be getting into Chapter 5 this week which will cover many of his teachings.
In the Chinese-speaking world, 9/28 is set aside as a sort of "teacher's day." While classes resume for the most part, students in places like Taiwan give their teachers gifts as a form of celebration. There is also a special dance performed at many Confucius temples, one of which is in Taipei, the capital:
As we will discuss on Thursday, the influence of Confucius cannot be overlooked. We will be comparing various Chinese cultural systems which like their European and Indian counterparts, seek to provide answers and order to the world of Period 2.
Unit 1 test grades should be in this weekend.
Since I realize this is the first AP class for many of you, I have a feeling the Unit 1 test (and grades that follow) may come as a bit of a surprise if you're used to getting A's in social studies without putting in the extra work. If you did well though, congrats!
I am making this post to remind you of a few resources and to reflect on what you are expected to do in this class. Here are 5 things to keep in mind:
1. Review your test-taking strategies and practice questions online.
The time limit is a killer on the AP exam. In order to get ready for it, we will have plenty of timed tests. This is a good resource to learn about how to answer the questions better, but keep in mind there is no magic bullet. The best way to do well on these tests is to know the material.
A great resource to study for the test and to practice questions is GetaFive.com. We may even use it this year as we get closer to May 12.
2. You might fail one or two major unit tests. Re-assessments are a thing. Use them.
You can re-assess (or in our case, make corrections and discuss with the teacher) two tests during the semester. It's worth doing for a few reasons: 1.) the tests prepare you for the AP exam in May, and 2.) the tests are a big part of your grade.
Map tests and timeline tests also even out your grade, as well as any projects or mini-projects we might have.
3. The study guide is your friend. The website and blog are, too.
The teacher wants you to do well on the tests, seriously! It's tough, but knowing the study guide well and knowing the terms is a good start. Even better: check the website every day. Read the blog posts and don't ignore what Mr. Fahler mentions before class starts as to new resources you can use to be successful.
4. Staying organized is essential.
SPICE, OPTIC, SOAPSTone, oh my. Seriously though graphic organizers, which we will use more as we move into more detailed information, will come in handy. In addition there are numerous study guides (two of which I recommend in the syllabus) and materials to help online.
If you aren't the type of person who stays organized without nagging, change your habits in order to keep up. Oh, and yes I do expect you to keep notes, handouts, etc. throughout the year as we move closer to May 12. Just because I don't grade you for keeping them doesn't mean I don't expect you to use them as resources in the future.
5. You are undergoing a tough challenge. Keep going!
As we get closer to Thursday, here are some study resources for Unit 1:
Last, but certainly not least - Unit 1 Study Guide Answers - for the longer study guide - you should be able to answer my SG questions with this.
In addition, I'll post the Chapter 3 lecture from Mr. Duez. You can find his site here. You can find Chapters 1 and 2 on this post.