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AP World History
Teacher: J. Hilliard
Email: [email protected] (the best way to contact me)
Course Textbook: Stearns et al. World Civilizations: The Global Experience. Upper
Saddle River(NJ): Prentice Hall, 2007. (replacement cost: $84.97):
Textbook Website: Access code: ___________
College Board AP World History website:
Outside Readings: - A History of the World in Six Glasses (by Tom Standage), Envisioning Women
in World History (Volume II) & group reading assignment from one of the following for a book test and
video production: King Leopold’s Ghost (by Adam Hochschild), Salt (by Mark Kurlansky), Sweetness
and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (by Sidney Wilfred Mintz), Nine Parts of Desire:
The Hidden World of Islamic Women (by Geraldine Brooks), & A Daughter of Han (by Ida Pruitt).
Supplemental Reader (class set only): Overfield, Andrea. The Human Record: Sources of Global
History. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. Volumes I (to 1700 AD) and II (Since 1500). 2001.
Supplemental Workbook (optional, but recommended): 5 Steps to a 5 – AP World History
(McGraw–Hill – $17.95)
Course Objective: AP World History is for the exceptionally studious high school sophomore who
wishes to earn college credit in high school through a rigorous academic program. This class
approaches history in a nontraditional way in that it looks at common threads of humanity over time –
trade, religion, politics, society and technology – and it investigates how these things have changed
and continued over time in different places. It should be challenging, interesting, and help to bring
about a better understanding of the world we live in today. Emphasis will be placed on preparation
for the AP World History exam given in May. Higher expectations will be the standard for all
assignments, tests, and quizzes.
Specifically, the following five AP World History themes will be used throughout the course to
identify the broad patterns and processes that explain change and continuity over time:
 Interaction between humans and the environment
 Development and interaction of cultures
 State-building, expansion, and conflict
 Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
 Development and transformation of social structures
College Board AP World History Exam: Thursday, May 14 - Four (4) sections: 70 multiple choice
questions (55 minutes) & three (3) essays (130 minutes) including a document based question, a
change-over-time essay, & a comparative essay.
AP World History
Course Content: The pacing and depth of study is subject to change at the teacher’s discretion
Unit 1 Foundations: c. 8000 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
3 Weeks
- The World History Environment & Periodization, Development of
Agriculture and Technology, Structure of Early Civilizations, Rise of
Classical Civilizations,
Origins of World Belief Systems, Interactions in the Late Classical Period
 Ch. 1-5 of World Civilizations, The Human Record, Volume I
& Comparison essay practice
Unit 2 600 C.E.-1450
3 Weeks
- The Rise and Spread of Islam, The Expansion of China, Changes in
European Institutions, Interregional Trade and Exchange, Empires in
the Americas
 Ch. 6-15 of World Civilizations & The Human Record, Volume I
Unit 3 1450-1750
3 Weeks
- Empires and Other Political Systems, Hemispheric Exchange, Systems
of Slavery, Cultural and Intellectual Changes
 Ch. 16-22 of World Civilizations, The Human Record, Volume I
& Document Based Question (DBQ) essay practice
Unit 4 1750-1900
3 Weeks
- The Industrial Revolution and Social Changes, Demographic and
Environmental Developments, World Trade, Political Revolutions,
Western Imperialism
 Ch. 23-27 of World Civilizations & The Human Record, Volume II
Unit 5 1900-Present
4 Weeks
- World Wars and Depression, The Cold War and the Postwar Balance of
Power, End of the Cold War and Nationalist Movements, Global Trade,
Technological Developments, Social Changes, Demographic and
Environmental Developments
 Ch. 28-36 of World Civilizations, The Human Record, Volume II
& Change over Time essay practice
Week 17-18 AP Exam/Final Exam Prep & Final Exam
Attendance/Make-up Work: Students who are absent, and have an excused admit slip or parent
note, have the same number of days they were absent plus one to make up and turn in any missed
assignments. Assignments that were due during an absence are due immediately upon your return or
the assignment is considered late. Tests/quizzes can be made up on Tuesday or Thursday mornings
(7:30-8:15) for two weeks after returning from an excused absence or with a parent note. A student
who has an unexcused absence will not be allowed to make-up any missed assignments or
assessments. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed lessons and to see the teacher to
make any necessary arrangements. No tests or quizzes will be given prior to an absence. Please
refer to the Hillgrove Student Handbook for further information. A copy of the excused absence
procedures for World History can be found in each student’s notebook.
Grading Procedure: Unit Tests: 45%, Quizzes & Reading Assessments: 25%, Classwork &
Homework: 20% (this category will include several completion & discussion grades), & Final Exam: 10%.
Course Supplies: supply of #2 pencils, pen(s) (blue or black ink), colored pencils, loose leaf paper
(college rule), 3 ring binder (1inch), & 3 dividers
AP World History
AP Exam & Final Exam: Students may exempt the final exam if they take the AP exam for this class.
Students who take AP World History during the fall semester must sign up for the AP test during the
fall in order to be exempt. If a student signs up for an AP exam but does not take the exam, his/her
transcript will be amended to reflect a grade of zero for the final exam in that course. Students who
take an AP class in the fall but wait to sign-up for the AP exam in the spring cannot go back and
exempt the final exam.
Candy/Drinks/Gum/Cough Drop Policy: Candy (including breath mints), or food is not allowed to
be consumed in the classroom. Beverages and gum are permitted as long as students dispose of
their trash properly. Cough drops are permitted as long as students show them to the teacher
beforehand. A teacher assigned detention will be assigned for not adhering to this policy.
Cell Phone Policy: Students shall not use, display, or turn on cellular phones, video phones, or
electronic devices during instructional time for non-instructional purposes without the expressed
permission of the teacher. If this happens the phone will be confiscated for a period of time.
Restroom Pass Policy: At no time during the semester will a student be denied the right to use the
restroom, but since it is necessary to keep interruptions in the classroom to a minimum a restroom
pass policy is required. Excessive use of restroom passes is unacceptable and will result in a teacher
assigned detention. A detention will also be assigned for each restroom pass used during the first and
last fifteen minutes of class. To avoid these consequences, students should use the restroom during
class changes. Any exception to this policy will require a parent note to the teacher at the beginning
of the semester stating the circumstances.
Progress Reports: Students who have a “D” or an “F” will receive a progress report at the end of the
six or twelve week grading periods. Each student is expected to have it signed by a parent and return
it the following class period.
Late Work Policy: All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late work will not be accepted
– no exceptions. Printing/computer/internet issues are not an acceptable excuse for turning an
assignment in late. Parents: please do not have students called to the front office during class to pick
up work.
Miscellaneous: Extra credit is not available. Students will need to focus on each assignment, quiz, or
test as they come and give their absolute best effort on each one. It is also each student’s
responsibility to keep any graded papers, tests, or quizzes in their possession in case a question
arises in regards to a specific grade.
Classroom Expectations:
1. Be on time and be prepared for class.
2. Be academically honest (no copying/cheating)
3. No sleeping or eating in class.
4. Respect each other and each other’s property.
5. Cell phones off and put away during instructional time.
Advanced Placement Student Agreement: Advanced Placement courses offer students intense,
high-quality instruction that prepares them to meet standards for college-level learning. AP course
completion and exam results provide students a significant advantage in the college admissions
process by indicating a student’s ability to succeed in a rigorous curriculum.
AP World History
This agreement identifies conditions that typically provide for student success in Advanced Placement
Participation in an Advanced Placement course indicates a student’s willingness
to do the following:
Satisfy course prerequisites with passing grades
Maintain good attendance
Assume responsibility for learning
Prepare for class daily
Participate fully in instructional activities
Make-up missed assignments and tests promptly
Seek all available tutorial help when necessary
Take the AP exam in May
Advanced Placement teachers support student learning through:
High instructional standards
Student-focused instruction
Regular review of work and assignments
Learner support beyond regular class meetings
Advanced Placement courses are developed by the College Board in partnership with colleges and
universities; course content cannot be modified. While the above conditions create a favorable
environment for student success in an AP course, they do not provide a guarantee of any particular
Movie/video Information: Throughout the semester several movie clips, and on rare occasions an
entire movie, will be shown to supplement our current unit of study. These movies are rated PG, PG13, or NR (Not Rated). In order for your child to view these clips and/or movies Cobb County policy
requires a signed permission slip from a parent. If you have any questions or concerns about the
following list, please email me at [email protected] or you can write a concern or comment
on this form and I will contact you as soon as possible.
Lawrence of Arabia
Monty Python & the Holy Grail
World at War – Documentary/Series
Hotel Rwanda
Thirteen Days
Hiroshima: (BBC Documentary)
Martin Luther
All Quiet on the Western Front
History Channel: History vs.
Hollywood: The Last Samurai
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Joe Hilliard - World History
[email protected]
*The Best of Saturday Night Live
-Steve Martin (Middle Ages skit)
-John Belushi (Samurai skit)
Engineering an Empire (History
French Revolution(History Channel)
Great Explorers (History Channel
Rulers of the Ancient World
(History Channel Series)
Crash Course History videos
AP World History
AP World History Syllabus
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