AP World History Summer Assignment
Dear Future AP Students –
Welcome to AP World History! Congratulations on deciding to challenge yourself by signing up for this
course. I am very excited about our upcoming year together and am looking forward to getting to know all of you
in August. AP World History is a great course that will provide you with a thorough background in world history.
At the same time though, it is a rigorous, college level course. We will begin our course of study in the year
8,000 B.C.E. and finish the school year looking at modern day issues. This is a lot to cover in one school year!
While there will be plenty of support for students both in class and during REACH, this course still requires a
great deal of prep work (aka homework). Expect weekly reading assignments and quizzes over those assignments
as well as nightly homework. In preparation for our busy year, you are expected to complete the following
assignments over the summer! Failure to complete the summer assignment could result in removal from the
course or a grade deduction.
Please feel free to email me over the summer if you have questions.
Assignment One – WORLD RELIGIONS
The influence of major religions and semi-religious philosophies on societies will provide a reoccurring theme
throughout the course. It is important for you to be familiar with each religion as we proceed. Please follow the
1. Visit the following sources:
• BBC Religion & Ethics Website http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/
• Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0113529.html
2. Complete the religion charts (attached) by finding and taking notes on the following information:
Symbol—Draw in and name the appropriate symbol for each religion
Founder/Founding story—Name the historical founder (if any) and/or how the religion started
Place & Date of Origin—When and where the religion began
Modern Extent—Where most adherents live today (country, continent)
Holy or Sacred Texts—List the most common book used by the religion. Make sure to look at the
Teachings—Summarize the core beliefs and teachings of each religion (i.e. Islam’s 5 Pillars)
Role of Women—Explain the accepted role of women in each religion
Assessment – You will be assessed on the above information on a quiz on during the 1st or 2nd week of school.
The charts you make will be used as study guides and will not be formally graded.
Assignment Two – GEOGRAPHY
Directions: Label one of the attached the world maps (whichever you prefer) with the land and water features
listed below. You may come up with your own key for the information or make multiple maps.
1. North America 1. Amazon River 8. Niger River
2. South America 2. Congo River 9. Nile River
3. Australia 3. Danube River 10. Rio Grande
4. Europe 4. Euphrates River 11. Tigris River
5. Antarctica 5. Ganges River 12. Yangtze River
6. Asia 6. Indus River 13. Yellow River
7. Africa 7. Mississippi River
Oceans and Seas
1. Arctic Ocean Mountain Ranges
2. Atlantic Ocean 1. Alaska Range
3. Indian Ocean 2. Alps
4. Pacific Ocean 3. Andes Mountains
5. Southern Ocean 4. Appalachian Mountains
6. Adriatic Sea 5. Atlas Mountains
7. Aegean Sea 6. Himalaya Mountains
8. Arabian Sea 7. Hindu Kush Mountains
9. Baltic Sea 8. Rocky Mountains
10. Barents Sea 9. Ural Mountains
11. Bay of Bengal
12. Bering Sea Deserts
13. Black Sea 1. Atacama Desert
14. Caribbean Sea 2. Gobi Desert
15. Caspian Sea 3. Great Sandy Desert
16. Coral Sea 4. Kalahari Desert
17. East China Sea 5. Namib Desert
18. English Channel 6. Sahara Desert
19. Great Lakes 7. Syrian Desert
20. Gulf of Mexico 8. Mohave Desert
9. Thar or Great Indian Desert
21. Mediterranean Sea
22. North Sea
23. Norwegian Sea 1. Latin America 8. Central Asia
24. Persian Gulf 2. North Africa 9. South Asia
25. Red Sea 3. West Africa 10. East Asia
26. Sea of Japan 4. Central Africa 11. Southeast Asia
27. South China Sea 5. East Africa
28. Yellow Sea 6. Southern Africa
7. Middle East
Assessment – You will be asked to identify certain regions of the world on a quiz during the first week of school.
You should use the map that you create to help you study. The completed map(s) that you finish over the summer
will be not be formally graded.
Assignment Three—NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION SHORT ANSWER
Use the websites below to answer the questions. Each question must be answered in your own handwriting on
your own piece of paper. Practice good penmanship as it will be needed on the AP exam!
1. What does the term “Neolithic Revolution” refer to? What happened during this event?
2. Did this revolution occur overnight?
3. What event led to the Neolithic Revolution?
4. What does the term “Neolithic” actually mean?
5. What does it mean to “domesticate” something?
6. What plants were the first to be domesticated?
7. What animal was the first to be domesticated?
8. What are of the world would NOT have large domesticated animals to use as beasts of burden?
9. In what area of the world did the Neolithic Revolution first occur?
10. Would it spread by independent means or by diffusion?
11. What economic activity did farming replace?
12. How did this economic activity differ from farming?
13. How did hunters and gatherers live? What would a community be like for them?
14. Why would farming be a more beneficial way of life?
15. Name six ways farming changed the lives of early man.
16. Why did farming, for the most part, replace hunters and gatherers?
17. Are there still hunters and gatherers in the world today?
Speculate on GENDER roles. . .
18. Who would have hunted?
19. Who would have gathered?
20. Therefore, which gender probably made the transition to farming?
21. Why would women lose power in an agrarian society?
22. Define the term “patriarchal”.
Assessment - The above information will be graded by the MYP Humanities Knowledge Rubric.
Assignment FOUR— SUMMER READING FOR AP WORLD HISTORY
For the last part of your summer assignment choose either a historical fiction or nonfiction history book from the
list below to read. You may want to research the books before buying one to make sure it is something you want
to read. You may also check one out from the local library. While reading you need to keep a dialectical journal
(sample below) and after reading write a two page reflection and analysis of the book you choose (see below for
A History of the World in 6 Glasses or An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Guns, Germs, and Steel or Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Salt or Cod by Mark Kurlansky
Historical Fiction Options
The Beautiful Ones are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kewi Armah
Tree of the Red Stars by Tessa Bridal
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagasarian
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar by Emily Reute
Mila 18 or Exodus by Leon Uris
A dialectical journal is just another name for a double-entry journal or a reader-response journal. It records a
dialogue between the ideas in the text and the ideas of the reader. For each chapter of the book, write the title or
chapter number and a brief summary (a few sentences). In the response section, record your ideas and thoughts,
which could include questions, connections, feelings/reactions, etc.
Example Dialectical Journal Format
Title of the Summary of the section Your Reflective Response
This section is about….. My thoughts are…..
After finishing the book write a two page paper reflecting on (likes, dislikes, etc) and analyzing the book. For the
nonfiction books, after your reflection explain the author’s thesis (main point). How did the author prove his
point? What types of information does he use? Does the author make a good point? Do you agree with the
author’s thesis? In what ways is the book biased? Is the author leaving out information or viewpoints that should
be included? For the historical fiction books, after your reflection explain what a person can learn about history
from reading the book. How does the author portray the time period or historical event in the book? What does
the book tell you about politics, culture, religion/philosophy, geography, etc? Do you agree with the way the
author portrayed the historical period/event? How is the book biased? Does it seem accurate? What information
or viewpoints are missing?
Assessment - Your reading log and paper will be graded by the MYP Humanities Thinking Critically and
Achievement Level: Achievement Level: Achievement Level: Achievement Level:
7-8 5-6 3-4 1-2
information and ideas by
Criterion D: using a style that is
appropriate to the appropriate
Communicating audience and purpose; to the audience and
structures information purpose; structures
and ideas in a way that is information and ideas in a
appropriate to the way that is
specified format; appropriate to the
documents sources of specified format;
information using a documents
recognized convention.. sources of information
using a recognized
Judaism Christianity Islam
Place/Date of Origin
Role of Women
Place and Date of
Role of Women
Taoism Confucianism Shinto
Place and Date of
Role of Women