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    If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light does not illuminate, and that no one is writing this response—aka, truth ceases to exist, as observed in reality. Truth is that which corresponds to reality. Since we know that…

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    Why Should I Study History?

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    History is everything. That may seem grandiose and perhaps a bit of an overstatement, but upon reflection, anything and everything is encompassed in the discipline of history. Science, mathematics, and language all owe their disciplines in some form or fashion to History. But why should we study History itself? It is a serious question with which many students have wrestled (or griped). Peter N. Stearns, in an excellent article in the American Historical Association website, provides two key elements of the importance of history. The following…

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    AQUINAS: SCHOLAR AND SAINT

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    ABOUT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS – Patron Saint of Catholic Schools and Scholars FEAST DAY: January 28th Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous saints of the Catholic Church, called the ‘Doctor of the Church’—being both theologian and philosopher. It seems fit to have such a man as the patron of a Catholic Christian school. At the heart of Aquinas’ work is the merging of both faith and philosophy, Christ and Aristotle. To many in the church of his time, this was a heretical…

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    Why Art? How AP History Uses Art

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Art is perhaps one of the most fundamental human expression in history. From primitive cave drawings to postmodern paintings, art is an elemental expression of how people and cultures see themselves and the world around them. Through analyzing images, students are introduced to concepts far deeper than textual primary sources. Images carry and depict arguments concerning gender, class conflict, politics, and/or religion. For these themes, multiple-choice questions and DBQs (Document Based Questions) ask students to think critically about various mediums of art. Students must understand…

Writing and Test Tips

How to Read More Quickly and Effectively

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Sail through the barrage of information out there [and all of the AP Textbooks and articles] by using some key reading and skimming skills. 1. Read different materials at different speeds: Skim or speed-read less important items, and save critical or difficult works for when you are most alert and have time. 2. Pick out the main ideas of a book by reading its cover flaps and scanning the table of contents. Use the index to quickly locate key words. 3. Survey the layout of…

A Sentence by Sentence Guide to Writing an FRQ

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Essay Outline   Introduction: 1st Sentence: – introduce your topic or restate the question in a sentence. 2nd sentence: lead toward your thesis 3rd sentence:  Your thesis (may take more than one sentence) I.Opinion a.       Reason 1 i.      Fact or explanation ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological) b.      Reason 2 i.      Fact or explanation ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological) c.       Reason 3 i.      Fact or explanation ii.      Explain how it leads to reason 2 (cause/effect, chronological) A simple thesis will only list the three reasons while a sophisticated thesis…

How to Write an FRQ and an Appropriate Essay

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Essay Writing Outline and Guide Students write essays in school to answer a question.  Their answer is an opinion stated in the form of a thesis.   Next, students prove their opinionated thesis statement with evidence and careful reasoning (which is called an argument).  This argument leads the reader to a conclusion that matches the writer’s original thesis. The Parts of an Essay The Thesis Essays must include a thesis.  The thesis is a one, two or three sentence answer to question.  Thesis statements can be…

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If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?

While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light does not illuminate, and that no one is writing this response—aka, truth ceases to exist, as observed in reality. Truth is that which corresponds to reality. Since we know that…

The Coronation of Napoleon

Why Should I Study History?

History is everything. That may seem grandiose and perhaps a bit of an overstatement, but upon reflection, anything and everything is encompassed in the discipline of history. Science, mathematics, and language all owe their disciplines in some form or fashion to History. But why should we study History itself? It is a serious question with which many students have wrestled (or griped). Peter N. Stearns, in an excellent article in the American Historical Association website, provides two key elements of the importance of history. The following…

Thomas-Aquinas

AQUINAS: SCHOLAR AND SAINT

ABOUT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS – Patron Saint of Catholic Schools and Scholars FEAST DAY: January 28th Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous saints of the Catholic Church, called the ‘Doctor of the Church’—being both theologian and philosopher. It seems fit to have such a man as the patron of a Catholic Christian school. At the heart of Aquinas’ work is the merging of both faith and philosophy, Christ and Aristotle. To many in the church of his time, this was a heretical…

“Birth of Venus” by Botticelli

Why Art? How AP History Uses Art

Art is perhaps one of the most fundamental human expression in history. From primitive cave drawings to postmodern paintings, art is an elemental expression of how people and cultures see themselves and the world around them. Through analyzing images, students are introduced to concepts far deeper than textual primary sources. Images carry and depict arguments concerning gender, class conflict, politics, and/or religion. For these themes, multiple-choice questions and DBQs (Document Based Questions) ask students to think critically about various mediums of art. Students must understand…

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Recommended Tools for the Coming AP Test Cram!

The Clock is winding down. The AP HISTORY tests are upon us! For most of you, you have less than 80 days to finish your textbooks are start cramming for the big test. And while one could read over all of those chapters and through the whole textbook again, there is another (and perhaps easier) way! Test prep books are concise and give a lot of condensed information in a few short pages. They also provide study tips, test taking strategies, and practice exams (a…

“Jerome” by Caravaggio

Four Historical Thinking Skills: Tools for AP Students

There are various historical skills that AP and history students need to develop and implement. The following list is derived from the AP World History Crash Course by Jay P. Harmon The four historical thinking skills are crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, and historical interpretation and synthesis. These skills are not only useful in writing history essays but also in choosing the right answers to multiple-choice questions on the AP World History exam A. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical…

Art in History

“Birth of Venus” by Botticelli

Why Art? How AP History Uses Art

Art is perhaps one of the most fundamental human expression in history. From primitive cave drawings to postmodern paintings, art is an elemental expression of how people and cultures see themselves and the world around them. Through analyzing images, students are introduced to concepts far deeper than textual primary sources. Images carry and depict arguments concerning gender, class conflict, politics, and/or religion. For these themes, multiple-choice questions and DBQs (Document Based Questions) ask students to think critically about various mediums of art. Students must understand…

“Descent from the Cross” by Rogier Van Weyden—Women on the left

How to Analyze Art Effectively

You don’t need to be Picasso, or even an artist, to analyze good art. Nor do you need an art history degree to analyze artwork. You can get great joy and insight from gazing at a piece of art and making some simple observations that will let you delve deeper into what simply may look like a giant blob. You can analyze artwork with a few simple tips. 5 Steps to Analyzing Art 1. Figure out what the artwork is. Some artwork is pretty straightforward….

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