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Advanced Placement World History
Summer Assignment 2015
Welcome to AP World History! Over the course of the year we will engage in a rigorous and sweeping
survey of 10,000 years of the history of humankind. You will also learn to synthesize historical
information and write three different types of essays in preparation for the AP World History Exam in
mid-May, 2016.
The primary purpose of this summer assignment is to help you acquire the base knowledge necessary for
instant immersion in AP World History once the 2015-16 academic year begins. There are four sections
to the summer assignment. Be sure to read each section carefully and follow the instructions precisely.
Please remember that you are responsible for your own pacing. Therefore, you should review all sections
early in the summer and develop a “game plan” with benchmark dates for yourself.
NOTE: If you do not already have a box of colored pencils, you should purchase a box for the geography
section of the assignment as well as the school year.
If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]
Due: September 8th
Worth: 100 points
PART I: Physical Geography, Global Regions, & Early Civilizations
Familiarity with the world and its physical features is an important part of this class. You will have a
map quiz the first week of school that demonstrates your mastery of basic physical geography,
regional delineations, and the general locations of major river valley/classical civilizations.
**Rivers, deserts and mountain ranges will NOT be included on the first quiz
A) Complete the Early World Civilizations Map – follow the instructions AND label ALL listed
B) Complete the Map activity below using the blank map
Map Activity
Locate and label each item on a map. If there is a color noted, use a colored pencil to lightly shade or outline.
You can also use the following websites to test your knowledge of the items: , and
(Note: these review sites contain more information than the items listed for this map assignment/test). You may
complete the activity using multiple maps if you would like.
Suggested reference websites for the physical geography maps:
HRW World Atlas:
Continents (label)
1. North America
2. South America
3. Australia
4. Europe
5. Antarctica
6. Asia
7. Africa
8. Greenland
Peninsulas and other
landforms (striped lines)
Arabian Peninsula
Horn of Africa
Iberian Península
Yucatán Península
Rift Valley
Asian Steppe
Oceans , Seas, Bays, Gulfs, etc..
1. Atlantic Ocean
2. Pacific Ocean
3. Indian Ocean
4. Arctic Ocean
5. North Sea
6. Baltic Sea
7. English Channel
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 Sea
25. Hudson Bay
26. Cape of Good Hope
29. Gulf of Mexico
Rivers (Green)
1. Nile River
2. Tigris River
3. Euphrates River
4. Amazon River
5. Mississippi River
6. Rio Grande River
7. Indus River
8. Yellow River
9. Yangtze River
10. Ganges River
12. Mekong River
13. Congo River
14. Rhine River
15. Danube River
16. Niger River
Deserts (Tan or Yellow)
1. Gobi
2. Kalahari
3. Sahara
5. Mojave
6. Arabian
Mountain ranges (Brown)
1. Himalayas
2. Hindu Kush
3. Andes
4. Sierra Madre
5. Alps
6. Appalachian
7. Rocky
8. Atlas
9. Pyrenees Mountains
10. Ural Mountains
Regions – (Color code and
consult the reference map
North Africa
West Africa
East Africa
Central Africa
Southern Africa
Middle East
Reference Map
East Asia
Central Asia
Southeast Asia
South Asia
Latin America (include regions
of Mesoamerica and the
Western Europe
Eastern Europe
North America
With pencil, dot the:
-Prime Meridian (0 degrees
-International Date Line (180
degrees Longitude)
- Equator
Part 2: Mankind
Use the links below to watch Mankind Episodes 1 and 2 and complete the attached questions
PART 3: Source Analysis
A) Analyze the interactive maps below.
B) Read the excerpt from Dr. Milo Kearney’s book The Indian Ocean in World History. After reading, consider the knowledge you gained
from parts 2 and 3 to answer the following question. Be sure to distinctly explain what his theory is.
 To what extent is Dr. Kearney’s theory of the role of the Indian Ocean in world history accurate?
AP World History Summer Assignment
Each score category contains a range of student responses which reflect the descriptions given below.
Student Response
and Analysis
Student successfully
responds to all parts of
question using specific
evidence (when
indicated) that is
relevant to the prompt.
Student answers most
parts of the question
correctly, but response is
vague or fails to include all
Student fails to answer
question correctly but
does include some
relevant evidence OR
student answers
question with no
Response is not related
to the question, but
approaches critical
All project
requirements were
fulfilled ON TIME
(100% completed when
class met on the due
Some project requirements
were fulfilled ON TIMEminor details were
emailed at a later time or
added after class met
Most of the project was
submitted late with
major pieces of the
requirements not
present or present with
an incorrect
The whole project was
submitted late and/or
major pieces of the
requirements not
present or present with
an incorrect
PART 1: ________
PART 2: ________
PART 3: ________
PART 4: ________