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Why you should take AP World History

It gives reasons why should take the class and how it would suit you. It also tells you what we do in the class and what to expect from taking an AP class.
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Keith Pohlman

on 2 March 2016

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Transcript of Why you should take AP World History

Timeline of
the Course
1750 to 1900
8000 BCE to 600 BCE (foundations)
600 BCE to 600 CE
600 to 1450
1450 to 1750
Quotes from other students
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Warning!
AP & honor classes all have a great deal of homework.
This isn't something you can avoid.

Some days you may have to go from school,
to extracurricular activities, to
homework, to bed.

This means not much 'free time.'
Final Note
AP World History
And now the BIG question:
Should I take AP World History?

You should probably take the class if:
Why You Should Take AP World History
What You Should Expect
I commonly enjoy history classes.
I have an interest in the history of other cultures, including those from Asia, Africa & the Americas
It is rare for me to miss more than four days in a school year.
I make it a point to finish reading assignments.
I am willing to attend after-school & weekend review sessions to prepare for exams.

Depending on how serious you are about your education I would certainly advise taking AP World History.
If you only have the option of normal history and AP history, and ENJOY learning, take AP.

Keep in mind the following....
You will read all chapters of the textbook by the end of the year.
Expect to read at least 30 pages a week,

plus any extra assignments the teacher will give you.
You will need to learn
time management!
Much of the learning will
have to be done by yourself.
This is a
College credit class
which means it will be like
college classes!
If you don’t understand something or have an issue with the class, you need to talk to your teacher about it. This means you may need to come to school early, stay late, e-mail, & work with your classmates outside of class.
Advanced Placement World History will cover history from 8,000 BCE to the present time.
AP Exam

After taking a few AP classes now, I've realized the key to understanding the course is
fully understanding the significance rather than the mere facts.
Once you start to do this it makes many aspects much easier.
If you understand the significance of an event or person then most things regarding them seem to fall into place.

Another huge
difficulty
that comes with AP courses is the
amount of content covered.
Enough that you
cannot expect to get a decent grade in the class if you merely "skimming" the reading or "winging" the tests.
(Caleb FitzGerald. Orange County High School)
The exam consists of two sections, the
70-question multiple choice
section and the
three Free Response essay questions.
The Free Response section of the Exam is divided into the the
DBQ:
an essay that makes you
analyze documents, the C&C:
an essay that makes you make
comparisons and contrasts
between civilizations, and the
CCOT
: an essay that makes you
analyze the changes and continuities of a region over a long period of time
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Practicing how to write each of these essays is an important part of acing the exam!
Begin your review for the AP World History Exam about two months before the test. While there will be time for a review in class, the majority of the this will be done on your own or in groups.
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•5 - Extremely well qualified to receive college credit
•4 - Well qualified to receive college credit
•3 - Qualified to receive college credit
•2 - Possibly qualified to receive college credit
•1 - No recommendation to receive college credit
While each AP class is different, in this course you will cover 1 chapter each week, with a quiz each week & a unit test (5-11 Chapters) each month










A good thing about this class is that you do a lot of discussions, writings, . This may be a stretch for some of you to get out of your comfort zone, while others will be able to hone their skills of constructive conversation.
•1900 to present
Transition from the late paleolithic to the neolithic periods, the introduction of agriculture, the rise of city life, the creation of civilization and the life-span of the world's first major civilizations. (5% of test, 5% of classtime)
Classical Civilizations: China, India, Greece, Rome
Decline of Classical Era

15% of test, 15% of class time
Islamic World, Developments in Europe,Armenian World, China's Expansion, Nomadic migrations and plagues.
Post-Classical World
The Early Modern Era
Overseas expansion, rising empires,coercive labor systems, Asian affairs
Political revolutions, the industrial revolution, the rise of nationalism, the spread of imperialism.
Industrialization and Global Integration
20% of test, 20% of class time
I have a
very busy schedule, which will make it difficult for me to fit in my class.
I am involved in Volleyball, piano, extensive church activities, and I plan quite a bit of service and volunteering into my time. I am involved in several clubs and I enjoy spending time with my family.
Advice for others and myself: you must not procrastinate. It is essential that you do your work on time.
(Ashton Cloud. Jamestown High School)
I will and suggest that others
constantly look over the material that we are learning.
Doing this will ensure that all of
the content is a mainstay in the brain and can easily be recalled during the test.
(William Wyatt)
How is the test scored?
20% of test, 20% of class time
20% of test, 20% of class time
Accelerating Global Change and Realignments
20% of test, 15% of class time
Taking a weekly trip to the library is reasonable for a college level course.
I like to discover the common links between people and events throughout history.
When I do not understand a concept, I ask questions.
When learning new skills, I am not afraid to fail and then learn from my mistakes
I understand that I will have
summer work (Reading two books and writing essays)
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