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AP World History Course Info
Transcript of AP World History Course Info
Think about the
Using historical evidence to construct
Interaction with the Environment
The AP Exam
Thinking Like a
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.
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
that make a difference in the course of history and to distinguish them from the multitude of details.
Think about themes
Think about chunks
Important to organizing and understanding history is thinking about themes.
These themes are unifying threads that may be separated, even though they often intertwine.
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
Often, the marker events are cross-cultural events (think WWII).
You may compare many categories:
Societies or regions
Another way to think about history is to analyze through
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
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.
What happened in the beginning?
What are the major
What changed as a result of these major events?
What characteristics stayed the same?
Yes, there are such things as skills for thinking
Comparison & Contextualization
Technological and Environmental Transformations
Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies
Regional and Transregional Trade
Industrialization and Global Integration
Accelerating Global Change and Realignments
to 600 CE
600 BCE- 600 CE
600 CE- 1450
Short Answer Qs
55 MC Questions
4 SAQ Sets
60% Total Score
40% Total Score
15 min reading
25% of total score
Give you TWO prompts from a choice of 4 different skills
Periodization (aka Turning Points)
Cause and Effect
15% of total score
~ Ms. Harty
, Different in
comparisons gives you synthesis.
Stimulus-based (reading passage, graph, chart, image) with 2-3 questions around each stimulus.
40% total score.
4 Question Sets
Each question set has multiple components
20% of total score