World History through the Arts
& Essential Skills

September 12, 2013


The Big Bang


National History Day


Visit to WPTV

An 1850
Success Story

Highly Effective Brains!

Learning Styles


Multiple Intelligences

The Teen Brain




Interviewing Veterans



New Syllabus

WH Textbook

The Creators
p 148--153

Palm Beach History:
The Styx




To know thyself requires a bit of research into how thy self got to be thy self. Here's an article from Discover Magazine
that may help us decode ourselves...

World History--Becoming Human
From the Big Bang to Martin Luther, hammer in hand, nailing 95 theses on that door in Wittenberg, Germany. That's our class. This week we're asking the question, "When did humans first appear on Earth?"

Students are asked, as part of their extended study, to visit the website and view the video. The video will be referred to in class and you'll be asked to use information from the video in a J/S entry.

Students will listen and watch as Dr. Donald Johanson, the very same person featured on page 8 from Chapter 1, Section 1 of our textbook explains and leads an anthropological investigation into our earliest ancestors.

In class we'll be using our Journal/Sketchbooks (J/S) for the first time to begin recording our journey through two million years of human history.

Why are Essential Skills an integral part of this class?
The World History class at Oxbridge Academy is a challenging course that focuses on integrating and incorporating 21st Century Skills across all curricular disciplines. Descriptions of what constitute essential 21st century skills are plentiful. As society changes, the skills needed to deal with theEssential Skills: Don't leave school without them! complexities of life also change. The 21st century skills framework was developed using the latest research from a variety of sources and include:

   (1) technology literacy
   (2) financial literacy
   (3) health literacy
   (4) employability skills
   (5) civic literacy  

Within this 21st century skill framework there are common strands, or learning skills, that will allow students to thrive in the world of work and to be productive entrepreneurial citizens. Tony Wagner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a guest at an Oxbridge sponsored symposium held this past summer at the Palm Beach Convention Center, labels these "survival skills" as (1) critical thinking and problem solving; (2) collaboration and leadership; (3) agility and adaptability; (4) initiative and entrepreneurialism; (5) effective oral and written communication; (6) accessing and analyzing information; and (7) curiosity and imagination. Wagner proposes that schools use academic content to teach these skills at every grade level, and be accountable for a new standard of rigor. (Wagner, 2008.)

Dennis Yuzenas. Essential Skills teacher.





Dennis Yuzenas,
World History teacher

Dennis Yuzenas at:





"Trust, but verify!"
--Ronald Reagan


"Where you stand
depends on
where you sit..."

--AFK Organsky
U of Michigan












For the past twelve years Dennis Yuzenas has used this website to extend his classroom.

Paradigms are mental models that filter incoming data. So what? Our competing successfully in the coming years is dependent on our accepting, no, EMBRACING change. Our paradigms can prevent us from seeing and dealing with the one constant of our future: Change.

One problem: People generally don't like change. Why change if what you've always done has served you well in the past? Change is scary. Change can be, to misquote Martha Stewart, "A bad thing."

Our study of Paradigms begins with Thomas Kuhn and ends with Thomas Friedman. Along the way we'll see how using our understanding of Paradigms will equip us to compete in the 21st Century.

In class this week we will view a video from a fellow named Zig Ziglar. He'll give us the formula that successful people use to achieve great things. Here it is:

Here it is: The secret to success. It's no secret.

How are we graded in WHttA ?
All class assignments will be graded using rubrics that students will access at the time projects/class work is assigned.

It is expected that assignments will be submitted when due. It is understood that there are extenuating circumstances that may preclude this from happening. Students will conference with the teacher when this situation arises. A case by case review will be in effect. Otherwise, a grade reduction of 10% per day may be imposed.

Great Links of the week:  
According to my page diagnostics, only seven students have accessed the links below (Between 6 pm August 31 to 10 pm
Mr. Y and the Rosetta Stone. A tortured tale of survival. Sunday, September 10, 2012,) Interesting stat...

The link to ALL the TED Talks!

National History Day

If you're someone that wants to develop your Essential Skills personal skill set go here:

To bring forth creative inspiration, your first objective is to settle yourself within a motivational and relaxing environment that naturally stimulates the creative thought process. For further insights and ideas on how to create this environment, have a read of Developing Smart Study Habits.


Your Brain!: