AP World History

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  • Oct. 4th is the last day to register for the AP Exam

    Students register at www.totalregistration.net

    World History AP Exam is on Thurs. May 16, 2019

    Helpful Information: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/


    AP World History Syllabus

    2018-2019 School Year


    About the Course


    AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. (Taken from the Advanced Placement Course Description in World History by the College Board)


    Course Objectives


    1. Students will prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement Examination in World History.
    2. Students will study the major core concepts in world history.
    3. Students will learn the basic skills of historical research. They will be able to devise simple research projects, interpret data and generalize from results and evaluate the validity of research reports.
    4. Students will be able to apply historical concepts to their own lives. They should be able to recognize the effects of historical principles when they are encountered in everyday situations.
    5. Students will develop critical thinking skills. They will become aware of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any historical perspective without careful, objective evaluation.
    6. Students will build their reading, writing, and discussion skills.


    Course Textbook


    Bulliet, Richard W. The Earth and Its Peoples: a Global History (6th ed.). Wadsworth, 2014.





    Early River Valley Civilizations

    Classical Greece/Rome

    Classical China/India

    World Religions

    Fall of the Classical World

    Rise of Islamic Empires

    Trade Networks

    Mongols and European Resurgence

    World Economic Developments

    European Expansion

    Gunpowder Empires

    Atlantic Revolutions

    Industrial Revolution

    European Imperialism

    World at War –WWI & WWII

    Decolonization & Contemporary Issues




    Each student is to have a notebook and bring it to class each day. Notebooks may be collected at any point in the semester so please keep them as neat as possible. Along with reading the textbook, taking notes is the primary way you will learn history. The points below may help you in your note taking.

    1. Take complete, date class notes.
    2. Your notes should be more than just what items are listed on the whiteboard or PowerPoint.
    3. Put the notes in your own words. Do not write down something you do not understand without asking about it!
    4. Leave some blank spaces on each page to make additions and/or clarifications.
    5. Review your class notes each day while they are fresh in your mind. Expand them, clarify them, and add examples so they will make sense when you go back to study them later. Note anything that does not make sense and ask questions in class the following day.
    6. Before class look over the notes from the proceeding day. This is especially important if a topic is presented over multiple days.
    7. If you are absent on a day when we take note, you are responsible for obtaining the notes from other students.


    Getting Help


    Please do not be afraid to get help if you do not understand something. The ultimate responsibility to learn is yours and I am always willing to help you in any way I can. To get help you can:

    1. Ask questions before, during, and/or after class.
    2. See me before or after school. If possible, try to coordinate a time with me so I can make sure I am available.
    3. Arrange to meet with me during my off period.
    4. School email: dchimes@alvinisd.net

    Other Helpful Hints to Succeed in AP World History


    These are ideas to help you succeed in the course other than those already stated.

    1. A large portion of history is learning various themes, events, individuals, and concepts. One way to help learn the items is to create vocabulary flashcards. On one side is the term, name, or concept; on the other side is a definition or an explanation. The flashcards will help you in the following ways:
      1. Making the cards helps you learn the information.
      2. You can easily separate the terms you know form those you need to work on. This makes for efficient studying.
      3. You can look at the terms and practice the definitions, or you can look at the definitions and practice the terms.
      4. The cards provide an excellent review, which will be very useful for the tests and the AP Exam in May.
    2. Form a study group with other students. This is an excellent way to help each other. Beware that working in groups does have some disadvantages. Before forming a group, make sure each member is willing to put in their fair share of the work. I would be happy to meet with any group that wants to discuss ways they can work together.
    3. There are various websites which are designed to help students who are learning European history. Some sites include explanations of concepts and even practice tests you may take. I will be happy to give you URL’s for the sites I am aware of that offer help for students.

    It is my sincere hope that years from now, you will remember this course as one of the best you ever took; a course that challenged you and encouraged you to learn all you could about a most fascinating subject – world history. I look forward to working with you this year. Good luck!!!!