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									                                AP WORLD HISTORY SYLLABUS


Sterns, Peter N. and Adas, Michael. World Civilizations: The Global Experience. 4. USA: Pearson, 2003.


Cary Vipond- Social Science Department Chair-Loudoun County High School


LONG RANGE UNIT PLAN (Approximately 2-3 days per chapter)

UNIT                           CHAPTERS              MONTHS                                WEEKS              BLOCKS

c. 8000 BCE-600 CE             1-2                   late August to September              5                  10

600 to 1400                    3,4,5                 October to November                   6                  18

1450-1750                      6-22                  November to January                   7                  17

1750-1914                      23-27                 January-February                      7                  11

1913 to Present                28-36                 March to May                          8                  13

Review                         1-36                  May                                   1                  1

Geography/Project                                    mid May to early June                 5                  13

B.C.E. Before Common Era (corresponds with Before Christ)    C.E. Common Era (corresponds with Anno Domini)


     1.    The dynamics of change and continuity across the world history periods covered in this course, and the
          causes and processes involved in major changes of these dynamics.
     2.   Patterns and effects of interaction and societies and regions: trade, war, diplomacy, and international
     3.   The effects of technology, economics, and demography on people and the environment (population
          growth and decline, disease, labor systems, manufacturing, migrations, agriculture, weaponry.)
     4.   Systems of social structure and gender structure and gender structure (comparing major features within
          and among societies, and assessing change and continuity.)
     5.   Cultural, intellectual, and religious developments, including interactions among and within societies.
     6.   Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes towards states and political identities
          (political culture,) including the emergence of the nation-state (types of political organization.)

UNIT 1: Foundations: 8000 B.C.E to 600 C.E
       Read, take notes, and discuss chapters 1-2 (Neolithic Revolution, Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
      Emergence of civilization and the importance of religion
      River Valley Civilization comparison essay
      Nature and decline of Classical Civilizations
      Document analysis (APPARTS)
      Legacies of River Valley and Classical civilizations
      Unit test (50-70 multiple choice questions with 5 choices)

UNIT 2: 600 to 1450 C.E.
       Read, take notes, and discuss chapters 3-5 (Islam, Africa, Asia)
      Spread of Islam and impact
      Compare political units, trading cities, trade routes, warrior cultures, and arts and sciences
      Document analysis (APPARTS)
      Comparison essay- political units, trading cities, trade routes, warrior cultures, and arts and sciences
      Achievements of Chinese civilizations
      Impact of Mongols on China, Russia, Islamic world
      Feudal Europe and Feudal Japan
      Christendom
      Comparison essay- Influence of Mongol rule in China, Russia, Islamic world
      Comparison essay- Feudalism
      Comparison essay- American civilizations
      Unit test (50-70 multiple choice questions with 5 choices)

UNIT 3: 1450 to 1750 C.E.
      Read, take notes, and discuss chapters 6-22 (Gunpowder empires-rise of the west, Americas, Asia, Africa)
      Renaissance, Reformation, and exploration
      Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, absolutism
      Document analysis (APPARTS)
      Columbian Exchange, Triangular Trade, and Slavery
      Change Over Time Essay- Atlantic Slave Trade 1400-1750
      MIDTERM EXAM (All material covered will be tested)
      Unit test (50-70 multiple choice questions with 5 choices)

UNIT 4: 1750 to 1914 C.E.
       Read, take notes, and discuss chapters 23-27 (Mercantilism, Industrialization, Imperialism, Nationalism, revolution)
      Industrial Revolution and its impact
      Economic theory (Capitalism and Socialism/Communism)
      American Revolution
      French Revolution and Napoleon
      Latin American Revolutions
      Document analysis (APPARTS)
      Imperialism and its impact
      Comparison essay- China and Japan’s reaction to European Imperialism
      SPRING BREAK- AP free response exam at home
      Unit test (50-70 multiple choice questions)
UNIT 5: 1914 TO Present
       Read, take notes, and discuss chapters 28-36 (World Wars, Cold War, Africa, rise of the rest)
       WWI
       Russian Revolution
       Global Depression
       Document analysis (APPARTS)
       WWII
       Holocaust and Genocide
       African/Asian independence movements
       Document analysis (APPARTS)
       Change Over Time Essay
       Cold War (Africa, Asia)
       Globalization
       Unit test (50-70 multiple choice questions)


        Constructing and evaluating arguments: using evidence to make plausible arguments.
       Using documents and other primary data: developing the skills necessary to analyze point of view,
        context, and bias, and to understand and interpret information.
       Assessing issues of change and continuity over time, including the capacity to deal with questions of
       Understanding diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of view, and frame of


       Seeing global patterns and processes over time and space while also connecting local developments to
        global ones and moving through levels of generalizations from the global to the particular.
       Comparing within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global processes.
       Being aware of human commonalities and differences while assessing claims of universal standards, and
        understanding culturally diverse ideas and values in historical context.


QUESTION TYPE                 # OF QUESTIONS                   TIMING                            % OF EXAM

Multiple Choice               70                               55 Minutes                               50%

DBQ                           1                                60 Minutes                        1/3

COT Essay                     1                                40 Minutes                        1/3    50%

Comparative Essay             1                                40 Minutes                        1/3

130 Minutes for the free response portion . You have to time yourself_____

The Acorn Book provides the content to be mastered for the multiple choice section as well as the rubrics for the
three essays. You may order the Course Description from AP Central or print it out from the website.



This is a college level class and we will be moving at a quick pace. You are responsible for doing A GREAT DEAL OF
WORK outside of class. Your score on the AP test will in the end, be determined by your efforts.

It is expected that every student arrive to class on time. Each student will have all of the necessary materials that
are needed for the day’s assignment (blue-black-red-green pen, pencils, notebook, and text) are required every
day. Each student will be expected to remain seated and participate when asked. Disruption, such as
inappropriate behavior and language, will not be tolerated in the classroom. I am committed to providing an
excellent learning environment in my classroom, and I will discourage interruptions.


Your grade in this class reflects the total effort you give to the subject of Advance Placement World History. I
feel it is important that you give at least as much effort toward homework assignments, research projects, and
oral participation as you do in studying for tests.

        Homework-       25%
        Tests-          25%
        Writing-        25%
        Quiz-            25%

Unit exams are given at the end of each unit. They are comprised of 50-70 multiple choice questions with 5
choices (A-E). Students will have one class period to complete the test or roughly 80 minutes. Exams can also
come in the form of Essays that are timed just as they would be during the AP exam. The timed essay must also
be completed during class. Mid-term and final examinations are given at the end of the first and second
semesters. The examinations count 20% of the second semester grade. The grade for the year (final grade) is
the average of the first and second semester grade.


Late assignments will be docked 25 points per day late.


Five weeks prior to the AP World History Exam, I will hold morning review sessions focus on the major comparisons
and snapshots listed in the Acorn book. Each week focuses on a different unit or periodization.

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