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ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY - SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2016
Welcome to Advanced Placement World History. Over the course of the
school year we will explore 10,000 years of human history, learn valuable skills,
and take the AP Exam in May. Students are charged with the role of historian and
will engage in a plethora of activities that encourage critical thinking and hone
their ability to debate established historical interpretations and express their
educated views using primary source documents. You will be issued a textbook in
August and it is highly recommended that you purchase McGraw Hill's 5 Steps to
a 5 AP World History as it will come in handy throughout the school year.
Since the curriculum is so extensive, it is imperative that we start this
summer, thus your summer assignment. This packet contains three assignments
that will assist in building your fundamental knowledge of World History and are
intended to lay the foundation for the first unit and subsequent material covered
during the course of the year. ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE ON THE FIRST DAY OF
SCHOOL (August 22nd). Should you have any questions regarding the assignments,
please email me at damonwood@cusd.com
See you in August!
Mr. Wood
AP World History Teacher
Clovis High School
Part I: Vocabulary -- Due first day of school, August 22nd.
Directions: The terms that follow are vocabulary words that apply to many different cultures
and as such will be repeated throughout the course. IN order to become familiar with the
words and their meanings, define them as they relate to the study of World History in a few
sentences. This assignment must be handwritten.
1. Absolutism
2. Agriculture
3. Aristocracy
4. Bias
5. Bureaucracy
6. Chiefdom
7. City-State
8. Civilization
9. Commercial
10. Demography
11. Divination
12. Domesticate
13. Dynasty
14. Empire
15. Epidemic
16. Genocide
17. Globalization
18. Indentured Servant
19. Interregional
20. Kingdom
21. Maritime
22. Medival
23. Merchant
24. Metallurgy
25. Migration
26. Monotheism
27. Nation
28. Neo-Confucianism
29. Neolithic
30. Nobility
31. Nomad
32. Pandemic
33. Papacy
34. Pastoral
35. Patriarchal
36. Periodization
37. Polytheism
38. Prehistoric
39. Primary Source
40. Revolution
41. Rural
42. Scribe
43. Secondary Source
44. Secular
45. Serf
46. Shaman
47. Slave
48. State
49. Steppes
50. Urban
Part II: World Geography – Due first day of school, August 22nd.
Neatly label the world maps with the land and water features listed below in the colors indicated in
parentheses. Use the numbers next to the terms and that should help you fit them on the map.
Map One -­­ 15 regions used in the AP World History Course (You may need to google this)
Map Two − Continents, Oceans, Seas, Bays, & Lakes
Map Three − Deserts, Rivers
Map Four − Mountains & Other Important Places
During the first week of school, we will have a geography quiz on some of these terms. I encourage
you to go to www.ilike2learn.com and or http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm to play
geography review games to practice.
AP World History Regions
Oceans, Seas, Bays, Lakes (Blue)
1. North America (Royal Blue)
2. Latin America (Orange)
3. Western Europe (Brown)
4. North Africa (Light Green)
5. West Africa (Light Purple)
6. Central or Equator Africa (Pink)
7. Southern Africa (Teal)
8. East Africa (Gray)
9. Middle East (Dark Green)
10. Eastern Europe (Sky Blue)
11. Central Asia (Moss Green)
12. South Asia (Yellow)
13. East Asia (Blue)
14. Southeastern Asia (Red)
15. Oceania (Maroon)
Continents (Red)
16.
North America
17.
South America
18.
Australia
19.
Europe
20.
Antarctica
21.
Asia
22.
Africa
Deserts (indicate with striped
green lines)
23.
Gobi
24.
Kalahari
25.
Sahara
26.
Thar
27.
Sierra Madre
28.
Mojave
29.
Arabian Desert
30.
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Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Indian Ocean
Arctic Ocean
North Sea
Baltic Sea
English Channel
Norwegian Sea
Mediterranean Sea
Adriatic Sea
Aegean Sea
Black Sea
Caspian Sea
Great Lakes
Red Sea
Persian Gulf
Arabian Sea
Bay of Bengal
South China Sea
East China Sea
Yellow Sea
Sea of Japan
Caribbean
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Horn
Bering Sea
Rivers (Blue)
56.
Nile River
57.
Tigris
58.
Euphrates
59.
Amazon River
60.
Mississippi River
61.
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Indus River
Yellow River (Hwang He)
Yangtze
Ganges River
Congo
Volga
Danube
Rhine
Niger
Mountains & Other Important
Places (Black)
70.
Himalayas
71.
Caucasus
72.
Andes
73.
Hindu Kush
74.
Ural
75.
Alps
76.
Atlas
77.
Pyrenees
78.
Balkan Peninsula
79.
Iberian Peninsula
80.
Asia Minor
81.
Anatolia
82.
Sinai Peninsula
83.
Strait of Gibraltar
84.
Panama Canal
85.
Yucatan Peninsula
86.
Horn of Africa
87.
Sri Lanka
88.
Mesoamerica
89.
New Zealand
90.
Australia
91.
Suez Canal
92.
Siberia
93.
Manchuria
Part III: Introduction to the Pre-Classical Civilizations
For this section of your assignment, you will learn more about four of the major civilizations established
in the Foundation period through the Crash Course World History playlist, hosted by John Green (The
Fault in Our Stars). Watch the following videos and answer the questions in the space provided.
 Crash Course #1: Agricultural
Revolution o Watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yocja_N5s1I&index=1&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9
o Answer the following questions:
1.
How do we have evidence of Hunter-Gatherers (H-G) and their lifeways? (New word that
means
“ways of life”, do not use “lifestyle”).
2.
What do most early civilizations have in common?
3.
What advantages did H-G have over early agriculturalists?
4.
Where did agriculture emerge? Which food crops are associated with which areas?
5.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of agriculture?
6.
What impact does agriculture have on the environment?
7.
What other lifeway emerged besides being a H-G or a farmer (agriculturalist)?
8.
What were the advantages and disadvantages to Pastoralism (being a herder)?
9.
What advantages do you think that Eurasia had with its zoological set of animals compared to
the Americas?
10. Evaluate John Green’s thesis that “the greatest evolutionary advantage an animal species can
have is being useful to humans.” Agree/disagree, why?
11. If H-G had a “better and healthier” lifeway, why did people become agriculturalists?
12. What point do you think John Green is making about the use of the word “savage”? How might
this
also apply to concepts of being “civilized” or “uncivilized”?
13. What do historians say are the drawbacks to complex civilizations and agriculture?
14. What other impacts do complex civilizations have on the environment?
15. What does John Green say about “revolutions”?
Crash
1.
Course
#2:Indus
River
Valley
Civilization
o
Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ndRwqJYDM&index=2&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9
o Answer the following questions:
How is the concept of “civilization” a useful construct? When is it not a useful construct?
2.
How does John Green define what constitutes a civilization? How does this compare to other
definitions of civilization you have learned?
3.
Where did the earliest civilizations emerge? Why there?
4.
Why was the Indus Valley a prime location? How did the environment impact the people who
lived there?
5.
How do we know, what we know, about the IVC?
6.
How did they use technology to interact with the environment to improve their quality of life?
7.
What evidence exists of long-distance trade and with whom?
8.
What appears to be unique about the IVC, based on your knowledge of other civilizations?
9.
What theories do historians have about the fate of the IVC? As historians, what evidence might
one look for to support or disprove these three theories?
 Crash Course #3:
Mesopotamia o
Watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohXPx_XZ6Y&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9&index
=3
o Answer the following questions:
1.
John Green begins by discussing one of the most obvious consequences of agriculture…what is
it and what are the most immediate consequences for those societies?
2.
Gilgamesh…Rural vs. Urban: explain what John Green is talking about?
3.
Historically speaking, why do you think cities tend to win? But did cities always win? Explain.
4.
Why do you think early cities devoted resources to building monumental architecture, like
ziggurats?
5.
How might the environment of Mesopotamia influence or shape people’s perceptions of their
gods?
6.
What is the significance of the emergence of palaces? How did kings gain power over priests?
How did they keep it?
7.
CUNEIFORM: What three points does John Green make about the advent of writing?
a)
b)
c)
8.
How did the environment of Mesopotamia shape the economy of the society?
9.
What factors led to the downfall of the Mesopotamian city-states and to what effect? (A causes
and effects question)
10.
What was Hammurabi’s most significant contribution?
11.
Compare new city-states with the old city-states of Mesopotamia. Identify 3 specific similarities
and 3 specific differences. State a reason for at least one similarity and one difference.
12.
Who provided the basis for the development of territorial kingdoms? How? Why does this
“base” prove to be unsteady?
13.
What legacy did the Assyrians leave?
14.
What are the challenges of empire and what is the usual result?
15.
How did Assyrian kings attempt to legitimize their rule?
 Crash Course #4: Ancient Egypt o Watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Wvw6BivVI&index=4&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9&
spfreload=10
o Answer the following questions:
1.
What point is John Green making about the different “lenses” we use when we study history?
2.
How did the Nile River shape the worldview of the Egyptians? How did this compare to the
Mesopotamian worldview?
3.
How was Egyptian Civilization different from most other River Valley Civilizations? Why do you
think this was?
4.
What does the construction of the pyramids represent? (not “what was the purpose of the
pyramids?”)
5.
What was the motivation for building the pyramids? (not “what was the purpose of the
pyramids?”)
6.
What changes took place in the transition from the Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom?
7.
What protected Egypt from outside peoples? How were the Egyptians eventually conquered by
Semitic peoples of the Middle East?
8.
What changes took place in the transition from the Middle Kingdom to the New Kingdom?
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