AP World History
Welcome to AP World History! I look forward to meeting you next fall and embarking on an exciting and in depth exploration of the
history of our world.
To prepare for this journey, we need you to begin reading the AP World History text. We have approximately 33 weeks during the school
year to cover 33 chapters of the text. Covering some of the text over the summer allows us time to focus on specific issues during the
school year. Additionally, this will allow our class some much needed review time for the AP test in May.
1. Over the summer months, you will be required to read chapters 2-5 of your AP World History textbook. The five chapters
combined equal approximately 120 pages of college level reading. .
2. After you complete each chapter reading, you will be required to create 3-4 pages of original Cornell notes on each chapter.
Practicing this will serve you well, as we will be building and using your notes throughout the year in your AP World History
Toolkit. Listed below are the specific requirements for each of the required chapter notes.
a. Four Chapters = 3-5 pages of notes per chapter. Please check the grading rubric on the back of this handout!
Make sure you don’t overdue it. Writing 7-8 pages of notes will not be a useful study tool.
b. All of your notes must be handwritten, as neatly as possible. (Typed notes will not be accepted)
c. Paper size must be 8.5” x 11”. It is recommended that you use the AP History Cornell Notes Format that is available
for download on Mr. Tucker’s website. Paper smaller than 8.5” x 11” will not be accepted.
d. All chapter notes should be stapled separately. No spiral notebooks or binders please!
e. All of your notes must be original or rephrased from the text. Obviously copying key words, sub-chapter
headings, etc… is okay. However simply copying large areas of text, definitions from the glossary, timelines etc…will
not be accepted. If you do so, your notes will be considered plagiarized, and you will receive a zero on this portion of
your summer assignment.
f. Your notes should be your summary of the main concepts and terms from each chapter. Make sure to skip no more
than 1 line when organizing your notes. Excessive spacing will result in the loss of points for this portion of
the Summer Assignment.
g. You may use the suggested format for organizing your notes that is included in the Summer Assignment Appendix.
This can be adjusted though to fit your particular note-taking style.
3. Document Based Question (DBQ) - Once you have completed the reading and your chapter notes, you will be asked to
respond to the Summer Assignment DBQ (Document Based Question). The DBQ is one of the major parts of the AP Exam,
where you will be asked to examine and analyze 8-10 primary documents / images. Your next step will be to use them to
answer the question posed to you. Listed below are the basic requirements for your DBQ.
a. Your DBQ must be typed.
b. Your DBQ must be in 12 point font. The font styles you may use are either Times New Roman or Arial.
c. Your DBQ essay response should be 3-4 pages long. Page margins should be no bigger than 1” at the top and bottom
of your paper, and 1.25” on either side.
d. Your thesis statement in your introduction should be bolded.
e. Please simply staple your DBQ together. Again, no binders or sleeves please!
f. Include analysis of all of the documents in your response.
g. Follow the suggested format, and helpful hints for writing the DBQ that are provided in the Summer Assignment
DUE DATE / GRADING
By choosing to take AP, you are expected to complete this assignment. Your AP Toolkit and DBQ response will be due the first day of
class, Wednesday August 17, 2011. Your summer assignment will be worth 20% of your 1 st semester grade. On the back of these
instructions is the grading rubric for your summer assignment. If any part of your project is found to be plagiarized or copied
you will receive a zero for the summer assignment.
MID-SUMMER CHECK IN / EXTRA CREDIT
You will have the opportunity to add some extra credit to your grade while completing your summer assignment. If you can show Mr.
Tucker that you have completed 2 chapters of reading, along with all the corresponding Cornell Notes required, you will be able to add 50
extra credit points to your summer assignment grade. All evidence must be received by Mr. Tucker Monday July 11th, from 10am-
12pm at the SVHS Main Office.
QUESTIONS / SUGGESTIONS /
Please take time to enjoy your summer. But don’t wait until the last minute to start your summer assignment. AP World History is going
to be fun and challenging, and I want you to start the fall semester successfully. To that end, I would suggest spending a week on each
portion of the assignment. Breaking the project up in to small pieces will help you complete the assignment on time, and will keep your
stress level at a minimum.
If you have any questions regarding the summer assignment, please feel free to contact either Mr. Tucker via email at
email@example.com These instructions and other support material will be available on Mr. Tucker’s website
Grading Rubric – Summer Assignment
AP World History
“A” 200-180 Points “B” 179-160 Points “C” 159 – 140 Points “D or lower” 139 – 0 Points
All 2 Required Elements turned in All 2 Required Elements turned in & All 2 Required Elements turned in 1 or more Required Elements missing
& complete complete & partially complete or incomplete
- Cornell Notes for all 4 chapters - Cornell Notes for all 4 chapters - Cornell Notes for 3-4 chapters - Cornell Notes for less than 3 chapters
- DBQ - DBQ - DBQ - DBQ
Cornell Notes Cornell Notes Cornell Notes Cornell Notes
- Neatly written on 8.5” x 11” paper - Neatly written on 8.5” x 11” paper - Neatly written on 8.5” x 11” paper - Sloppy handwriting / Written on paper
- Notes are stapled separately and - Notes are stapled separately and - Notes are stapled separately and smaller than 8.5” x 11” paper
organized by chapter organized by chapter organized by chapter - Notes are unorganized, not stapled
- 4 -5 pages of detailed notes per - 3-4 pages of detailed notes per - 2-3 pages of detailed notes per together
chapter chapter chapter - Less than 2 pages of notes per chapter
- Each set of chapter notes includes - Each set of chapter notes includes - Each set of chapter notes includes - Each set of chapter notes includes and
and identifies all of the following and identifies most of the following and identifies some of the identifies very few of the following
areas: areas: following areas: areas:
o Chapter Thesis o Chapter Thesis o Chapter Thesis o Chapter Thesis
o Section & Sub-Section o Section & Sub-Section o Section & Sub-Section o Section & Sub-Section
headings headings headings headings
o Main ideas, figures, and o Main ideas, figures, and o Main ideas, figures, and o Main ideas, figures, and
events events events events
o Significant historical o Significant historical dates o Significant historical o Significant historical dates
dates and time periods and time periods dates and time periods and time periods
o Key Vocabulary o Key Vocabulary o Key Vocabulary o Key Vocabulary
o Themes of World History o Themes of World History o Themes of World History o Themes of World History
o Historical Significance o Historical Significance o Historical Significance o Historical Significance
o Chapter Reflection/ o Chapter Reflection/ o Chapter Reflection/ o Chapter Reflection/ Summary
Summary Summary Summary - Excessive spacing to “stretch the
- All notes are rephrased or - All notes are rephrased or - All notes are rephrased or notes” is evident
summarized by the student. NO summarized by the student. NO summarized by the student. NO - Any evidence of copying directly from
COPYING! COPYING! COPYING! the text will result in a zero for the
DBQ DBQ DBQ
- Typed - Typed - Typed DBQ
- 12 point font, double spaced - 12 point font, double spaced - 12 point font, double spaced - Sloppy handwriting
- Uses evidence from the all - Uses evidence from most of - Uses evidence from some of - Font or spacing is too large, trying to
documents to support your documents to support your “stretch” the paper
documents to support your
conclusion conclusion - Uses evidence from the few
conclusion - 2.5 Pages documents to support your conclusion
- 4 Pages - 3 Pages
- Somewhat addresses the prompt / - Less than 2 pages
- Addresses the Prompt directly - Addresses the Prompt / Question
Question - Does not addresses the prompt /
and clearly directly Question
Overall Effort is somewhat
Overall Effort is clearly evident Overall Effort is evident evident Little or No Effort