AP World History Course Overview: AP World History focuses on developing students' abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.
Textbook: The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History Edition (AP Edition) Fifth Edition, Bulliet, Crossley, Headrick, Hirsch, Johnson, Northrup ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-8608-7
Class Format: Class-time will include Interactive Lectures, Socratic discussions, and other lessons as appropriate. Tests will consist of Multiple Choice & Long Essays. Many of the essays will be at 7:00 during the school week. Classes will be a combination of traditional lectures, group assignments, and other activities.
Is this the right class for you? Recommended Grades, AP Government: 80% or greater (unweighted), On-Level Government: 85% or greater, Recommended PSAT Scores, Critical Reading: 50 or higher, Writing: 50 or higher.
Do you like History? If the answer is no, this may not be the best class for you. AP World History is a challenging course that moves at a fast pace. It requires significant internal motivation. Being well organized is important. The rewards can be great; however, it is a course that will challenge you. The average semester grade in AP World History is 83%.