Current Events You will be completing a current events assignment every week in this course. This purpose of the assignment is to follow a theme in world history for a full school year and be able to analyze the changes and continuities of that theme. Assignment: Chose one of the themes of the AP World History course listed below: 1. Interaction between humans and the environment • Demography and disease • Migration • Patterns of settlement • Technology 2. Development and interaction of cultures • Religions • Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies • Science and technology • The arts and architecture 3. State-building, expansion, and conflict • Political structures and forms of governance • Empires • Nations and nationalism • Revolts and revolutions • Regional, trans-regional, and global structures and organizations 4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems • Agricultural and pastoral production • Trade and commerce • Labor systems • Industrialization • Capitalism and socialism 5. Development and transformation of social structures • Gender roles and relations • Family and kinship • Racial and ethnic constructions • Social and economic classes Procedure: Find one article per week that relates to your theme. (Your selection of articles must in global in scope and use a variety of sources from different regions of the world - see internet sources below.) Read the article carefully. Record the proper citation for the source of your article. Staple a printout of the article into your journal. Write-up: Summary: Write a thorough and accurate summary of the major points of your article. Relation to Theme: How does this article relate to your theme? Historical Connections: Discuss any historical connection to your article. This could be the historical background to the event or a similar event that occurred in history. POV: Discuss the frame of reference of point of view of the article. Discuss any indications of bias. Share: your own reactions or insight of the article. End of quarter reflection: At end of each quarter, write a reflection on the changes/developments in your theme thus far. This will be graded each week and will count as a test grade! Internet Sources in English South and Central Asia The Indian Express, Bombay, India http://www.indianexpress.com/ Kashmir Observer, Kashmir, India http://www.kashmirobserver.com/ The People's Review, Katmandu, Nepal http://www.yomari.com/p-review/ Himal Mag, Katmandu, Nepal http://www.himalmag.com/ Afghan Daily, Afghanistan http://www.afghandaily.com/ The Frontier Post, Peshawar, Pakistan http://www.frontierpost.com.pk/ East Asia China People's Daily, China http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/ Japan Times, Japan http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam http://www.vnagency.com/vn/ West Asia/Middle East Egypt Today, Egypt http://egypttoday.com/ Jerusalem Post, Israel http://www.jpost.com/ The Palestine Chronicle, Palestine http://www.palestinechronicle.com/ Latin America and Caribbean Buenos Aires Herald, Buenos Aires, Argentina http://www.buenosairesherald.com/ Jamaica Observer, New York, NY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ Granma Internacional, Cuba http://www.granma.cu/ The News Mexico, Mexico http://www.thenewsmexico.com/ Africa The East African, Nairobi, Kenya http://www.nationaudio.com/News/EastAfrican/ current/ Daily Nation http://www.nationaudio.com/dailynation/today Independent Online News, Capetown, South Africa http://www.to/co.za Sunday Times, Johannesburg, South Africa http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/ All Africa.com http://allafrica.com/ Europe and Russia International Herald Tribune, Paris, France http://www.iht.com/frontpage.htm Irish Independent, Ireland http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/ Daily Telegraph, UK http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Prague Post, Prague, Czech Republic http://www.praguepost.com/ The Muslim News, UK http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/ The Jewish Chronicle, UK http://www.thejc.com/ German Times, Germany http://www.germantimes.com/ The Moscow Times, Moscow, Russia http://www.moscowtimes.ru/indexes/01.html United States New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/ Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/ USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/ Australia and New Zealand The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia http://www.smh.com/au/ New Zealand Herald http://www.nzherald.co.nz/ Current Events Rubric 100-90 89-80 79-70 69-or below Has completed all required entries, including citation and copy of article. May be missing one of the required entries, including citation and copy of article. May be missing two of the required entries, including citation and copy of article. Is missing three or more entries, including citation or copy of article. Thoroughly and Accurately accurately summarizes summarizes the the article. article. Most articles are briefly Article summaries are summarized. incomplete. Some articles relate to All articles relate to the Most articles relate to the chosen theme. chosen theme. the chosen theme. Approach to global Strong approach to Adequate approach to view of theme is not global view of theme. global view of theme. consistent. Few articles relate to the chosen theme. Approach to global view of theme is not evident. Discussion of historical Discussion of connection in all historical connection entries. in most entries. Discussion of historical Little or no discussion connection in some of historical entries. connection in entries. All entries discuss frame or reference, point of view, and possible bias. Most entries discuss frame or reference, point of view, and possible bias. Some entries discuss frame or reference, point of view, and possible bias. All reactions are thoughtful and insightful. Most reactions are thoughtful and insightful. Little to no entries discuss frame or reference, point of view, and possible bias. Some reactions are thoughtful and Few or no reactions insightful, some are thoughtful and inconsistency in effort. insightful or reactions Articles reflect a Articles reflect a not included in entry. consistent effort consistent effort Articles reflect an throughout the quarter throughout the quarter. uneven effort Articles reflect no (one entry per week) throughout the quarter. consistent effort End of quarter theme throughout the quarter. End of quarter theme reflections End of quarter theme reflections demonstrate effort and reflections demonstrate End of quarter theme demonstrates thorough careful thought. some effort and careful reflections effort and careful thought. demonstrate little or no thought. effort or thought.