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AP World History Course
Description
2016-2017
What is AP?
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AP stands for Advanced Placement
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An AP course is intended to be the equivalent of a 100 level college course
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AP examinations are given a mark of 1-5, with “5” being the best
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Students may earn college placement and / or credit depending on their score
on the AP exam.
What is AP?
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You will be given a score of 1-5 on the examination.
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5 = Extremely well qualified
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4 = Well qualified
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3 = Qualified
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2 = Possibly Qualified
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1 = No Recommendation
What is AP?
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A score of 3, 4 or 5 is considered a passing score.
What is AP?
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Depending on the score, you may receive college credit for an AP examination.
What is AP?
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Each university sets its own policy.
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Generally speaking, Ivy League schools will give credit for a 4 or a 5 on a
History examination.
What is AP?
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Students may also earn an extra 2 points from an AP course when calculating
GPA.
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In AP, an “A” is worth 6 points, not 4
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In AP, a “B” is worth 5 points, not 3
Expectations
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Students should expect to work hard in an AP class—much harder than in a
regular or even an honors class.
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Students should expect to do research, to write effective essays and how to
study in order to be successful at the university level.
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Students should expect to be engaged in serious discussions about historical
events and processes
Material
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•One 1-2 inch three-ringed binder
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•6 subject dividers. You must keep an organized notebook
Resources
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-Bulliet, Richard et al. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. 3rd Edition.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
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- Andrea, Alfred and Overfield, James. The Human Record: Sources of Global
History, Volumes I and II, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005
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- Cracking the AP World History Exam, by The Princeton Review 2017
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-Irish, John P. Historical Thinking Skills. A Workbook for World History. New
York: W. W. Norton, 2016
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-World History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. DeMoines,
IA: Amsco School Publications. 2017
Material
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•One 1-2 inch three-ringed binder
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•6 subject dividers. You must keep an organized notebook
Material
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•Before tab 1: Class Syllabus
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•Tab 1: Class Notes
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•Tab 2: Handouts
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•Tab 3: Vocabulary
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•Tab 4: Stimulus Based Multiple Choice
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•Tab 5: Document Based Questions
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•Tab 6: Long Essay Questions
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•Tab 7: Short Answer Questions
Material
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•One Spiral Notebook- 400 pages (Homework Notes)
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•1 set of colored pencils
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•Black or blue pens
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• #2 pencils
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•Highlighters
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•Loose leaf paper
Assessments
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Students may expect (announced or unannounced in advance) quizzes during any
module
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Students may expect short answer questions (SAQs) during any module
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Students may expect either a long essay queston (LEQ) or document based
question (DBQ) during any module
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Each unit will culminate in a major examination with Stimulus Based Multiple Choice
questions and either a long essay queston (LEQ) or document based question
(DBQ)
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Students will write a research paper in the second term.
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.Knowing how to write a research paper is a survival skill for university. Students will go
through a multi-week process.
The AP World History Curriculum
Framework
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There are four dimensions to the Curriculum Framework
Historical Thinking Skills
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Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence
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Analyzing Evidence Content and Sourcing
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Interpretation
Making Historical Connections
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Comparison / Contrast
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Contextualization
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Synthesis
Historical Thinking Skills
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Chronological Reasoning
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Causation
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Patterns of Continuity and Change over Time (CCOT)
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Periodization
Argumentation
Thematic Learning Objectives
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Interaction between humans and the environment (ENV)
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Development and interaction of cultures (CUL)
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State building, expansion and conflict (SB)
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Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems (ECON)
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Development and transformation of social structures (SOC)
Geographical Coverage
Five Regions (Each region will be 20% of the course)
1)Americas
2) Africa 3) Europe 4) Asia
5) Oceania
Geographical Coverage
Concept Outline
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AP World History is divided into six chronological periods
Concept Outline
Chronological
Period
Period Title
Percentage Number
of the AP
of
Examination Multiple
Choice
Questio
ns
One: 10,000 BCE
to 600 BCE
Technological & Environmental
Transformations
5
3
Two: 600 BCE to
600 CE
Organization & reorganization of
Human Societies
15
8
Three: 600 CE to
1450 CE
Regional and Transregional
Interactions
20
11
Four: 1450 CE to
1750 CE
Global Interactions
20
11
Five: 1750 CE to
Industrialization and Global
20
11
Recommended Supplemental Workbook
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Cracking the AP World History
Exam, by The Princeton Review
2017
The AP History Examination
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The College Board has redesigned AP World History, AP European History and
AP United States History so that all three share the same examination format.
The AP History Examination
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There will be a Multiple Choice section with 55 questions.
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You will have 55 minutes to answer the questions.
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This will count for 40% of the final grade on the examination
Sample Stimulus Based Multiple Choice
The AP History Examination
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You will be asked to write:
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Four Short Answer Questions (SAQs)
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One Document Based Question (DBQ)
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One of two Long Essay Questions (LEQ)
The AP History Examination
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You will have 50 minutes to answer the four SAQs, which will count 20% of the
final grade on the examination.
Sample Short Answer Question
The AP History Examination
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You will have 55 minutes to write the DBQ which will count 20% of the final
grade on the examination.
Sample Document Based Question
The AP History Examination
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You will have 35 minutes to write the LEQ, which will count 15% of the final
grade on the examination
Sample Long Essay Question
“Gladly would he learn, and gladly teach”
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I have taken as my personal motto this line from “The Prologue” of Geoffrey
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, describing the Clerk
“Gladly would he learn, and gladly teach”
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I enjoy teaching students very much
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I enjoy teaching my subject—history– very much
“Gladly would he learn, and gladly teach”
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The least stressful part of my day is when I am in class, with my students.
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I am looking forward to this school year very much, and I expect to enjoy myself
teaching you.
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I hope that you will enjoy yourself in this class as well.