This is an AP course that will follow the College Board’s syllabus for world history:
“In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.”
Through the themes, this course emphasizes the big picture of world history since medieval times. However, to find success in interpreting and analyzing historical sources, students must retain information and be able to call upon enough specific details about that history. My goal is to help students find that fluency with facts and then to lead them to practice those interpretation skills with discussion and reflection. Students who take the AP exam can receive college credit for this course.
The AP course syllabus contains 9 units:
We spend three weeks on each unit, with a tenth and final unit spent solely on review and exam preparation.
- Unit 1: The Global Tapestry (1200-1450)
- Unit 2: Networks of Exchange (1200-1450)
- Unit 3: Land-Based Empires (1450-1750)
- Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections (1450-1750)
- Unit 5: Revolutions (1750-1900)
- Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization (1750-1900)
- Unit 7: Global Conflict (1900-present)
- Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization (1900-present)
- Unit 9: Globalization (1900-present)
- Unit 10: Review
Exam readiness is also woven into every unit. The units follow a pattern. We spend the first week reading, introducing and outlining the chapter. The second week is spent on more in depth responses to the information in the unit, including practice of close reading of primary sources, practice with writing skills, consideration of different perspectives on history, occasional group projects, and creative responses. The final week of each unit culminates in a practice style exam with all the components of the AP exam itself, only focused on the themes and topics from that unit. That includes multiple choice questions, short response questions, an essay, and a document-based question essay.
- Learn to analyze primary and secondary historical sources
- Develop historical arguments
- Make connections between different times and places in modern world history
- Increase their understanding of cause and effect in historical contexts
- Develop a strong thesis statement in a well-organized essay
Who should enroll?
Students in grades 9-12 who are:
- Interested in history
- Interested in a challenging social studies course
- Capable of writing a short, organized essay and reading at a strong high school level
There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students should be able to read and retain a college level history textbook and be able to write a simple, thesis-based essay.
I’m happy to welcome students taking their first AP course or their tenth.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Students may be asked to scan or take pictures of certain assignments for submission
Evaluation and Feedback
My goal as an educator is always to help your student move forward in their skills with reading, writing, and critical thinking, especially as applied to history. Students start in different places. This is why I give extensive feedback on key writing assignments and make myself available to talk students through tricky assignments if they ask for help. The back and forth of the classroom is a big part of how we learn.
Classes are live and interactive. Assignments are marked and returned in a timely fashion and include specific feedback for the student in the case of free-response questions and essays. I respond to student messages promptly and make myself available for students to schedule short help sessions for assignments and try to reach out to students who are struggling with work.
Rubrics are provided for all writing assignments. Grades reflect the three components of each unit: chapter outlines, response assignments, and exams. There is also a small participation grade and an opportunity for extra credit in each unit.
Communication is through Canvas. Parents and students are encouraged to reach out with any questions. Additionally, I provide a short narrative progress report at the end of each quarter.