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AP World History Course Info

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Jocelyn Harty

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Transcript of AP World History Course Info

Tools for Learning History
Think about the
Thinking Skills
Using historical evidence to construct
Themes
Social Structures
(Social)

State-Building
(Political)

Interaction with the Environment
(Interaction)

Culture

Economics
The AP Exam
Section
One
Thinking Like a
Themes &
AP World History
I hope you are ready for a great year, full of learning, collaboration, and success!
Like Miley said, it's all about the climb.
Your Tools

BIG
picture
It is impossible to know the entire history of the world (even if you are John Green). Thus, we learn the broad story of humanity by using
marker events
that make a difference in the course of history and to distinguish them from the multitude of details.
Think about themes
Think about chunks
Think comparatively
Important to organizing and understanding history is thinking about themes.
These themes are unifying threads that may be separated, even though they often intertwine.
Periodization
requires you to think cross-culturally about a time period and analyze interactions among societies, as well as changes within societies.
The study of world history becomes more manageable by "chunking" it into different time periods, a process called
Periodization
.
Often, the marker events are cross-cultural events (think WWII).
You may compare many categories:
Societies or regions
Belief systems
Economic systems
Revolutions
Demography
Another way to think about history is to analyze through
comparison
that makes use of the big picture, themes, and chunks.

If you think about how two societies are different as well as similar, you gain a
better understanding
of both then you would if you just learned about them separately.
Think about change over time
Every time you tell a story, you are making connections among its various parts. In the same way,
history is more meaningful if you make connections across time periods.
Think about:
What happened in the beginning?
What are the major
turning points
in history?
What changed as a result of these major events?
What characteristics stayed the same?
Historian
Periodization
Yes, there are such things as skills for thinking
Chronological reasoning
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Synthesis
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Periods
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Comparison & Contextualization
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Technological and Environmental Transformations

Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies

Regional and Transregional Trade

Global Interactions

Industrialization and Global Integration

Accelerating Global Change and Realignments
to 600 CE
600 BCE- 600 CE
600 CE- 1450
1450- 1750
1750- 1900
1900- present
Multiple Choice
Short Answer Qs
55 MC Questions
4 SAQ Sets
105 minutes
60% Total Score
Section
Two
Free Response
DBQ
LEQ
Two essays
90 Minutes
40% Total Score
55 minutes
15 min reading
40 writing
25% of total score
35 minutes
Give you TWO prompts from a choice of 4 different skills
C&C
CCOT
Periodization (aka Turning Points)
Cause and Effect
15% of total score
~ Ms. Harty
Same in
Kind
, Different in
Time
comparisons gives you synthesis.
55 Questions
Stimulus-based (reading passage, graph, chart, image) with 2-3 questions around each stimulus.
55 minutes
40% total score.
4 Question Sets
Each question set has multiple components
50 minutes
20% of total score
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