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Introduction to Advanced Placement World History

The AP World History course (WHAP) reflects a commitment to what history teachers, professors, and researchers have agreed is the main goal of a college-level world history survey course: learning to analyze and interpret historical facts and evidence to achieve understanding of major developments in world history.

To accomplish this goal, specific concepts, skills, and understandings are taught and practiced, which are required by representative colleges and universities for granting college credit and placement. Students practice the reasoning skills used by historians by studying primary and secondary source evidence, analyzing a wide array of historical facts and perspectives, and expressing historical arguments in writing.

Readings, content, and the overall curriculum has been selected to enable students to explore the AP course learning objectives while meeting state requirements.

The WHAP examination is approximately three hours and 15 minutes long, constising of 4 parts.
Section I of the exam consists of 55 multiple-choice stimulus-based questions (55 minutes; 40% of the exam), and 3 short-answer questions (40 minutes; 20% of the exam). Section II consists of 1 document-based question (60 minutes; 25% of the exam), and 1 long-essay question (40 minutes; 15% of the exam) in which students may choose between three choices)

To ensure
the most interesting and effective learning environment, as well as the most optimal preparation for the WHAP examination, this course will be divided into six periods of time:
I .
Technological and Environmental Transformations (to 600 B.C.E.)
Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies (600 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.)
III. Regional and Interregional Interactions (600 C.E. to 1450)
IV. Global Interactions (1450 to 1750)
V. Industrialization and Global Integration (1750 to 1900)
VI. Accelerating Global Change and Realignments (1900 to present)

Formative as well as summative assessments are given when appropriate to detemine student understanding of content, mastery of skills, and overall progress. Since human patterns are repeated and history builds on itself, cumulative summative assessments will be administered approximately at the end of each quarter. Grades are accrued on a point basis through test scores, quizzes, projects, and class participatiomn.

Required Text:
Ways of the World: A Global History, 3rd ed., Strayer, Robert W., Nelson, Eric W., Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2016.

Recommended Study Guides (always get the most up-to-date version:

World History: Preparing for the AP Examination, Perfection Learning, AMSCO
AP World History Prep, Kaplan
Cracking the AP World History Exam, Princeton Review
AP World History Crash Course, REA

Daniel E. Snyder.
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Revised: July 20, 2017