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Advanced Placement World History is for the exceptionally studious high school student, who wishes to earn college credit in high school through a rigorous academic program. This class approaches history in a non-traditional way in that it looks at the common threads of humanity over time by examining currents of trade, religion, politics, society, and technology, and it investigates how these themes have manifested themselves in different places and at different times. This course is designed to empower students to master a broad body of historical knowledge, to demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, to use historical data to support an argument or position, understand historiography and differing schools of opinion, interpret and apply data from original documents, including cartoons, graphs, laws, and letters to name a few, to effectively use analytical tools for evaluation, to understand cause and effect and compare and contrast, and to prepare for and successfully pass the AP World History Exam. This course will require students to act as historians, analyzing historical evidence to determine its validity and relevance to a given historical question. Students will identify point of view and the nature of bias in certain primary sources; in addition, students will be able to formulate generalizations, interpret data, as well as analyze and weigh evidence from conflicting sources of information. Rigorous preparation is a vital and necessary part of the Advanced Placement curriculum. Extensive amounts of reading, writing, and critical thinking will be required. One of the most challenging changes for many sophomores in AP World History is the quantity of reading that will be assigned and must be completed. Reading assignments will be followed by reading quizzes. It is imperative for students to develop and maintain consistent study habits due to the rigor and intense pacing of the course. These include the following College Boards Historical Thinking Skills. These skills include: 1. 2. 3. 4. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence Chronological Reasoning Comparison and Contextualization Historical Interpretation and Synthesis

The Course: Periodization

Periodization Period 1: Period 2: Period 3: Period 4: Period 5: Period 6: Period Title Technological and Environmental Transformations Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies Regional and Transregional Interactions Global Interactions Industrialization and Global Integration Accelerating Global Change and Realignments Date 8000 BCE to c. 600 BCE c. 600 BCE. to 600 CE c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450 c. 1450to c. 1750 c. 1750 to c. 1900 c. 1900 to the present

The Five Themes of World History

The themes serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework. The AP World History course requires students to engage with the dynamics of continuity and change across the historical periods that are included in the course. Students will be taught to analyze the processes and causes involved in these continuities and changes. In order to accomplish this task we will focus on the FIVE overarching themes which serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework. The themes also provide ways to make comparisons over time and facilitate cross-period questions. 1. Interaction between humans and the environment Demography and disease Migration Patterns of settlement Technology 2. Development and interaction of cultures Religions Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies Science and technology The arts and architecture 3. State-building, expansion, and conflict Political structures and forms of governance Empires Nations and nationalism Revolts and revolutions Regional, trans-regional, and global structures and organizations 4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems Agricultural and pastoral production Trade and commerce Labor systems Industrialization Capitalism and socialism 5. Development and transformation of social structures Gender roles and relations Family and kinship Racial and ethnic constructions Social and economic classes Instructional Methodologies and Instructional Methodologies and Practices Lecture and Discussions: Use of LCD projector for online and digital files often incorporated Daily Reading Quizzes: questions derived from assigned chapters, multiple choice, matching MultipleChapter Assessments: given upon completion of several chapters; multiple choice and essay Primary Source Documents: from the texts and stand alone

Whole Group Essay Instruction and Sampling: document-based (DBQs) and Free ResponseCompare and Contrast, Continuities and Change Over Time Small Group Essay Instruction and Sampling: document based (DBSs) and Free Response, Compare and Contrast, Continuities and Change Over Time Individual Essay Instruction: document based (DBQs) and Free Response Compare and Contrast, Continuities and Change Over Time Projects Course Text and Other Readings Main text: World History, Duiker/Spielvogel, 4th Edition, Thomson Supplementary Readings: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Diamond, Jared,