Thursday, December 16, 2010

HoA - How your quizzes were graded

As I read your essays from the most recent quiz, I assigned your work a grade based on this 2005 I.B. Paper 3 Markscheme:

[0 to 7 marks] for unsupported general comments.
[8 to 10 marks] for denial or agreement supported by limited material.
[11 to 13 marks] for narrative framework with explicit focus on the question.
[14 to 16 marks] for well-focused arguent showing sound knowledge of causes.
[17+ marks] for thorough evaluation of claims to be the primary cause of the chosen war.

I then used the following conversion to determine your grade:
E = 0-4 marks
D = 5-7 marks
C = 8-11 marks
B = 12-14 marks
A = 15-20 marks

Period 1 - Current Events Day!

Post links to your current events articles in the comments section.

Monday, December 13, 2010

APGov Homework

There is no APGov homework this week except to prepare for the Chapter 18 (Economic Policy) Exam.  Dates of exam:
Period 3 - Friday, December 17th
Period 5 - Friday, December 17th
Period 6 - Monday, December 20th

HoA - Homework

Week of December 13 - December 17

Monday: A.H. pp. 183-192; Quiz on Friday
Wednesday: Submit Current Event; Prepare for Friday Quiz
Friday: No  Homework

Tuesday: A.H. pp. 183-192; Quiz on Monday
Thursday: Prepare for Monday Quiz

Friday, December 10, 2010

T.A.R.P. and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

This episode of the PBS series Frontline explores one of the main effects of the Subprime Crisis: the failure of the banking sector in 2008.  It includes lots of great interviews and explains how the U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve, White House, and Congress acted together (although not always effectively) to try to keep the American financial system from collapse.  Notice that many of the people interviewed have regrets about some of their actions.

APGov: Chapter 18 Exam

The Chapter 18 exam will be held on December 17th and 20th.  An exam review will be held in Room 3011 on the afternoon of the 16th.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Period 4 - Current Events Day!

Post links to your current event in the comment section.

HoA - Homework

Week of December 6 - December 10

Monday: America's History pp. 151-167
Wednesday: America's History pp. 169-177; Quiz Friday; Current Events Day Friday
Friday:  America's History pp. 177-183

Tuesday: America's History pp. 169-177; Quiz Thursday
Thursday: America's History pp. 177-183

Crisis of Credit - Visualized

You've learned about how the Fed buys and sells Treasury bills to effect the money supply.  Back in 2008/09 the Fed also began to buy Collateralized Debt Obligations.  What are those?  Watch this video to find out!

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I.B. Info from Mr. DeMagistris

Mr. Demagistris is coming to our classes this week and next to describe the I.B. Diploma Programme application process.  I.B. applications are due on Friday, January 21st.  You application must be turned in to Room 1305 (Mr. DeMagistris's room).

APGov Homework

Week of December 6 - December 10

Monday: Sabato pp. 662-666
Tuesday: No Homework

Tuesday: No Homework

Monday: Sabato pp. 662-669
Wednesday: No Homework

APGov - Ben Bernanke on 60 Minutes

The Chairman of the Federal Reserve was on 60 Minutes last night.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ranking the Pre-Revolution Events

APGov Homework [UPDATED 12/2]

Week of November 29 - December 3

Monday: Sabato pp. 652-655
Tuesday: No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 655-659
Thursday: No Homework
Friday: Sabato pp. 659-662

Monday:No Homework
Wednesday: Sabato pp. 655-662
Friday: Sabato pp. 663-669

Tuesday: No Homework
Thursday: Sabato pp. 655-662

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Period 1 - Current Events Day!

Post a link to your current events article in the comment section.  I'm especially interested to see if anyone can post a wikileaks story with a Latin America angle.