Mr. Langan's Classroom Website
Greetings, this website is intended as a valuable resource for my students. You can find most class materials under each classes tab as well as supplemental material. Below you will find various links to videos or readings that I have collected to give you perspective and guidance as lifelong learners. These resources are to be considered general guidance and completely voluntary for anyone to partake in as they wish. Each of my courses also has a specific reading list that is suggested reading for students taking those courses. I have hard copies of many of these titles in my classroom library, that I will gladly lend you, if any of you are old fashioned and prefer the real thing in your hands as you read.
AP SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
The Summer Assignment for AP US History and AP World History is designed to help stimulate your mind for the types of discussions we will be having during the course. It is my belief that having you complete in-depth research or a highly detail-oriented assignment over the summer without being instructed on how to properly conduct research or complete an assignment to the standard expected in the course is largely a waste of time. The idea of a summer assignment is not to give you bust work but to keep your brain simulated for a rigorous and enlightening study of history. I have selected two wonderful readings for each course you are to read and ponder about prior to the first day of class. You should expect that you will be called upon to share your insights from the readings and reflect on what these readings propose about the study of history.
THEMES OF HISTORY
Morality and Justification
Nationalism and Sectionalism
Conflict and Compromise
Technology and Progress
Incentives and Determent
- Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
- Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- The Republic by Plato
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- American Crisis by Thomas Paine
- Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Generation Me by Jean M. Twenge
- Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
- The Pentagon's New Map by Thomas Barnett
- Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
- The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
- Why We Fight
- Food Inc.
- Living on a Dollar
- Most Likely to Succeed
- A Place at the Table
- He Named Me Malala
- The Smartest Guys in the Room
FRANKLIN'S THIRTEEN VIRTUES
Benjamin Franklin espoused these thirteen virtues, and made a weekly planner to keep track of how well he did each day of living a virtuous life. Franklin believed that everyone could practice each and every virtue every day. Keep a weekly planner a check off that you have practiced each virtue as you go about your daily activities.
Temperance. Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoiding trifling conversation
Order. Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or your self. Waste nothing.
Industry. Lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly. Speak accordingly.
Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Moderation. Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.