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AP World History
Greetings Students,
Welcome to Advanced Placement World History. You have chosen to embark on a challenging but rewarding
academic journey and I look forward to helping you reach your goals. While you have taken the first step by
signing up for the class, you will need to continuously move forward. As we are required to cover everything
that has ever happened in the world…ever, the completion of summer work is an essential next step. The
summer work serves the purpose of allowing us to complete all the work required by the College Board by
March in order to have time to review the material for the Exam in May. It is essential that all students
complete their assignments, and do so in a thorough and punctual manner. All parts of this assignment will be
due the 1st class period of the year.
A Special Note About Plagiarism: Plagiarism, the act of taking credit for the academic work of someone else,
will not be tolerated. Whenever you are asked to write in this course it is under the expectation that the work
you do is your own. Paraphrasing, with the inclusion of proper citation, is acceptable. You may not copy
directly from any source. All direct quotes must be properly cited using MLA guidelines. Failure to honor these
academic standards will result in disciplinary action.
1. Read
at (There is a new one for 2016!!!!) (you
will find the pdf file at the bottom of the Course Overview section). This will provide you with an
overview of the historical thinking skills (HTS) this course is intended to enhance as well as the themes
of world history that provide the framework for the course. You will be quizzed on the HTS and themes
during the first week of class.
2. Read “Why Study History” Peter Stearns (
Write a thesis statement for why the study of history is important.
Read the 4 chapters given to you in our end of the year meeting or located on You
are also being given a list of topics from each chapter. With each topic except for chapter 4 make your own
questions using Analyze, Explain, How or Why (or any combination thereof) and answer those questions in a
solid 8 sentence paragraph. Listed below are two examples.
Explain the first humans.
The first human-like beings were considered to be the hominids, indigenous to South Africa three to
four million years ago. Amongst the earlier hominids were a group known as the Australopithecines, or
“Southern Ape Man.” This group of hominids stood and walked on two legs, allowing them to move faster and
more efficiently than other species. They were also the first hominids to make use of stone tools. Another
group of Hominids were the Homo Habilis. Unlike the Australopithecines, Homo Habilis had brains fifty
percent larger and was therefore more advanced in their survival abilities concerning hunting and gathering
foods, and was also the first tool making hominids. A more advanced group was discovered know as Homo
erectus. They made more advanced tools and were the first hominids to leave Africa and into Asia and Europe.
Analyze the Neolithic Revolution.
At the end of the ice age began the Neolithic age, meaning new stone. though it was a slow and
unnoticeable process, significant changes were made to lifestyles of people, and more advanced survival skills
allowed an easier life amongst people. People learned how to grow and raise their own food instead of
traveling and hunting to get it; they started to adapt agriculturally rather than hunting and gathering. People
grew vegetable, fruits and others to harvest as food supplies, while animals were for both food and clothing
materials. Even in the Neolithic age, many were still nomads and still hunted and gathered. Due to the growth
of crops on a regular basis, many decided to settle down in one area to oversee the crops and therefore
provide themselves with constant food supplies. This brought forth Neolithic farming villages, otherwise
known as towns. Once people settled in a farming village, they built houses and other structure to store food,
and from then on, the role of men and women significantly changed.
Summer Assignment topics to be made into Questions
Chapter 1
1. The First Humans
2. The Emergence of Homo sapiens
3. The Hunter-Gatherers of the Paleolithic Age
4. The Neolithic Revolution, c. 10,000-4000 B.C.E.
5. Early Civilizations Around the World
6. Causes of Civilization
7. Civilization in Mesopotamia
8. The City-States of Ancient Mesopotamia
9. Empires in Ancient Mesopotamia
10.The Culture of Mesopotamia
Egyptian Civilization: tithe Gift of the Nile” (this is only a topic, do not make it a
1. The Impact of Geography
2. The Old and Middle Kingdoms
3. Society and Economy in Ancient Egypt
4. The Culture of Egypt
5. Disorder and a New Order: The New Kingdom
6. Daily life in Ancient Egypt: Family and Marriage
7. The Spread of Egyptian Influence: Nubia
8. New Centers of Civilization
9. Nomadic Peoples: Impact of the Indo-Europeans
10.The Phoenicians
11.The Hebrews: The “Children of Israel”
The Rise of New Empires (this is only a topic, do not make it a question)
1. The Assyrian Empire
2. The Persian Empire
Chapter 2
The Emergence of Civilization in India: Harappan Society (this is only a topic,
do not make it a question)
1. A Land of Diversity
2. Harappan Civilization: A Fascinating Enigma
3. A Lost Civilization?
4. The Arrival of the Aryans
5. The Early Aryans
6. The Mauryan Empire
7. Caste and class: Social Structures in Ancient India
8. Daily Life in Ancient India
9. The Economy
Escaping the Wheel of Life The Religious World of Ancient India (this is
only a topic, do not make it a question)
1. Hinduism
2. Budclhism: The Middle Path
3. The Rule of the Fishes: India After the Mauryas
4. Literature
5. Architecture and Sculpture
6. Science
Chapter 3
1. The Dawn of Chinese Civilization
2. He Land and People of China
3. The Shang Dynasty
4. The Zhou Dynasty
5. Political Structures
6. Economy and Society
7. The Hundred Schools of Ancient Philosophy
8. The Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.E.)
9. The Role of the Family
12.The Humble Estate: Women in Ancient China
13.Metalwork and Sculpture
14.Language and Literature
Read Chapter 4 and be prepared for a quiz on the first day of school!
Part III: World Geography—Due first day of school
The map below depicts the major world regions used in the AP World History Course. You MUST become familiar with these
large regions as a prerequisite to a serious exploration of World History.
1. What are the names of the fifteen APWH regions on the map? You will need to do an Internet search in order to discover
this information. Write the answers in the chart below. Also, for each region on the map, write down the name of one country
in that region.
Colors and Tips
1. Royal Blue
2. Orange
3. Brown
4. Light Green
5. Lavender (Light Purple)
6. Pink
7. Teal (greyish-green, South)
8. Grey
9. Dark, Forest Green
10. Very light blue (North)
11. Moss Green (above yellow)
12. Yellow
13. Blue
14. Red
15. Maroon
Region Name
One Country within Region
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. Use more than one map to identify these places.
For instance, use 1 map for continents and deserts, and 1 map for seas, rivers, oceans, bays, and lakes, and 1 map for the
mountains and other important places.
Continents (Red)
1. North America
2. South America
3. Australia
4. Europe
5. Antarctica
6. Asia
7. Africa
Deserts (indicate with striped
green lines)
1. Gobi
2. Kalahari
3. Sahara
4. Thar
5. Sierra Madre
6. Mojave
7. Arabian Desert
8. Great Sandy Desert
Oceans, Seas, Bays, Lakes (Blue)
1. Atlantic Ocean (1N North and 1S
2. Pacific Ocean (2N North and 2S
3. Indian Ocean
4. Arctic Ocean
5. North Sea
6. Baltic Sea
7. English Channel
8. Norwegian Sea
9. Barents Sea
10. Mediterranean Sea
11. Adriatic Sea
12. Aegean Sea
13. Black Sea
14. Caspian Sea
15. Great Lakes
16. Red Sea
17. Persian Gulf
18. Arabian Sea
19. Bay of Bengal
20. South China Sea
21. East China Sea
22. Yellow Sea
23. Sea of Japan
24. Caribbean
25. Hudson Bay
26. Cape of Good Hope
27. Cape Horn
28. Gulf of Guinea
29. Ionian Sea
30. Bering Sea
Rivers (Blue)
1. Nile River
2. Tigris
3. Euphrates
4. Amazon River
5. Mississippi River
6. Rio Grande River
7. Indus River
8. Yellow River (Hwang He)
9. Yangtze
10. Ganges River
11. Irrawaddy River
12. Mekong
13. Congo
14. Volga
15. Danube
16. Rhine
17. Niger
18. Brahmaputra
19. Zambezi
20. Dnieper
Mountains & Other Important
Places (Black)
1. Himilayas
2. Caucasus
3. Andes
4. Hindu Kush
5. Ural
6. Alps
7. Atlas
8. Pyrenees
9. Balkan Peninsula
10. Iberian Peninsula
11. Asia Minor
12. Anatolia
13. Sinai Peninsula
14. Strait of Gibraltar
15. Panama Canal
16. Yucatan Peninsula
17. Horn of Africa
18. Sri Lanka
19. Mesoamerica
20. Madagascar
21. New Zealand
22. Australia
23. Suez Canal
24. Siberia
25. Manchuria
During the first week of school, we’ll have a geography quiz on some of these terms. I
encourage you to go to and/or Seterra Online to play geography review games to
Part IV: Turning it in
Students will turn in the Thesis Statement and each chapter individually on
The class id and password are:
Class ID: 12628744
Enrollment Password: falconwhap
DUE: August 5th 2016 on
Contact Info:
Mr. Rob Lauer