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 Adv. Placement World History

 Welcome to Advanced Placement World History!

AP World Syllabus 2012-2013.pdfAP World Syllabus 2012-2013.pdf

REMINDER:  "Suggested" summer reading for this course is This Fleeting World by David Christian
Okay, I admit it.  I wanted this to be required summer reading.  Somehow the word "required" changed to "suggested" as it was published on the larger district website, so I must modify my expectations.  Still, this book is available at amazon and it is short!  If you prefer to wait patiently, we are trying to purchase a classroom set of the books. I will let you know if and when they arrive! BIG NEWS: I have just been informed that our books will arrive the first week of February, so I will go ahead with the assignment discussed below.


Week of 8/27/12:  For Monday, please bring your book to class, today and everyday.  For Tuesday, please read the "Prologue" in your textbook, Ways of the World by Robert Strayer (or just Strayer for short)  pages i-viii.  What is world history?  Why and how do we study it?  You should be able to identify Strayer's main points in the reading. For Wednesday, please read the "Big Picture" discussion regarding turning points in early world history, pages 3-7 and take a look at the timeline on pages 8-9.  For Thursday, please read Strayer pages 11-20 and make sure you are comfortable with the map of early migrations on pages 14-15.  For Friday, please read pages 20-24 and the "Reflections" section on pages 31-32. Over the weekend, please read Strayer, pages 49-56 AND "Worst Mistake" by Jared Diamond

Week of 9/4/12:  For Tuesday, read Strayer 49-56 AND Jared Diamond's "Worst Mistake." For Wednesday, please read Strayer, pages 56-67. How did agriculture spread and what kind of social structures developed as it spread?  For Thursday, please read the visual sources "Art and Life in the Early Agrarian Era" on pages 76-83. We will discuss these primary sources together. You will also receive your first "test boost" assignment, due the day of the test (next week).  For Friday, please read pages 85-98.  What is the connection between the emergence of civilization and the erosion of equality?  Over the weekend, please read pages 99-113.  Consider what makes a "state" and how states obtain and maintain power.  Also, compare civilization in Egypt and Mesopotamia.  You will continue this comparison with primary source readings next week.  There will also be a test next week on the emergence of humans and their early civilizations, Strayer, chapters 1-3.  

Week of 9/10/12:  For Monday, please read Strayer, pages 99-113.  For Tuesday, please read the documents from Mesopotamia and Egypt found on pages 115-125.  For Wednesday, please prepare for a test on the "Foundations" unit, that is, the material in chapters 1-3 of Strayer.  Your first test boost assignment is also due at the beginning of class.  For Thursday, please read the "Big Picture" section for the second unit, found on pages 133-141.  For Friday, please read pages 143-154.  Over the weekend, please read pages 154-168.

Week of 9/17/12:  For Monday, please read pages 154-168, comparing classical Rome and China.  For Tuesday, please read the documents on political authority found on pages 170-179.  For Wednesday, please read the visual sources on Qin Shihuangdi (pp 180-187) AND the first part of chapter 5 on Eurasian cultural traditions (pp 189-193).  For Thursday, please read pages 193-202. For Friday, please finish the chapter by reading pages 202-215.  Over the weekend, please read the documents considering various views of "the good life," pages 217-226. Also, you should have received your test boost for chapters 3, 4, and 5 by now.  Please see me if you still need it.

Week of 9/24/12:  For Monday, please read the documents found on pages 217-226.  For Tuesday, please read 237-246.  For Wednesday, please read 247-260.  For Thursday, please read the documents found on pages 262-271.  For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 4, 5, and 6.  I will collect your test boost on Monday.  Over the weekend, please prepare to write a full comparison essay in class.  The essay question will deal with Eurasia in the classical era.  Also, your test boost assignment is due at the beginning of the hour on Monday.

Week of 10/1/12:  For Monday, please bring your test boost to class and be prepared to write an essay.  For Tuesday, no new reading (really!)  For Wednesday,  please read 281-290 on Africa and the Americas during the classical era (and after!). For Thursday, please read  290-300.  For Friday, please finish the chapter by reading pages 300-305.  Over the weekend, please read the documents on Axum.  Answer questions #1 and #2 on page 315 for a "reading quiz replacement" grade. 

Week of 10/10/12:  For Wednesday, please read the documents on pages 307-315.  Also, please have the chapter 7 chart completed.  For Thursday, no new reading, but you must hand in your optional "reading quiz replacement." (Questions 1 and 2 on page 315) during class today if you want credit.  For Friday, please prepare for a "half-test" on Africa and the Americas 500BCE-1200CE. (This is a change from what I posted earlier, due to a field trip)  Also, this would be a good time to make sure you have no missing assignments! Over the weekend, please read pages 325-341 (Yes, this is rather long, but a few of the pages have no reading. You can do it!)

Week of 10/15/12:  For Monday, please read pages 325-341.  For Tuesday, please read pages 341-351.  For Wednesday, please read pages 351-355.  Also, this is the last day I will accept makeup assignments or essay rewrites.  For Thursday, please read the documents from travelers found on pages 356-366. For Friday, please read the visual sources on cultural exchange in Central Asia, pages 367-377.  Over the weekend, no new reading. 

Week of 10/22/12:  For Monday, no new reading.  For Tuesday, please read 379-390.  For Wednesday, please read 390-397.  For Thursday, please read pages 397-404.  For Friday, no new reading.  Over the weekend, please read the documents on Japan found on pages 406-416.  (There will be a test on chapters 8 and 9 next week!)

Week of 10/29/12:  For Monday, please read the documents on Japan found on pages 406-416.  For Tuesday, please prepare for a test on chapters 8 and 9 (m/c).  For Wednesday, please prepare to write an essay on the material covered in chapters 8 and 9.   For Thursday, please read pages 425-434.  For Friday, please read pages 434-445.  Over the weekend, please read pages 445-453.

Week of 11/5/12: For Monday, please read pages 445-453.  For Tuesday, please read the visual sources, "Reading Byzantine Icons."  For Wednesday, please read pages 473-480.  For Thursday, please read pages 480-488.  For Friday, please read pages 488-495. Over the weekend, please read pages 495-500.  

Week of 11/13/12:   For Tuesday, please read 495-500.  For Wednesday, please read the documents, "Voices of Islam" found on pages 502-511.  For Thursday, please read 521-529.  For Friday, please read pages 529-535.  Over the weekend, please read 536-548 (yes, it is a bit long).  

(Short) Week of 11/19/12: For Monday, please read pages 536-548. For Tuesday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 10,11,and 12. I generally do not assign work over school breaks. However, you may want to take this opportunity to read This Fleeting World, if you haven't already done so and you have borrowed or purchased a copy of the book. We are in the process of purchasing a classroom set of the books, so eventually I should have more than one book to lend to you! You will have a written assignment based on the book, due after winter break.  

Week of 11/26/12: For Monday, welcome back! You may wish to begin reading Finney's article, "The Other One Third of the Globe." This is an academic article and will require some pretty serious concentration on your part! This is not just my own cruel form of torture. The College Board requires every APWH class to examine at least one academic article. As you advance in the study of history, there are more of these. By Thursday, please read "The Other One Third of the Globe" by Finney, available on JSTOR. If you have the resources, you should print a copy and annotate as you read. If you read it online without printing it out, you should take notes. Be sure you can identify the central argument, the main supporting points, and the structure of the article. For Tuesday and Wednesday, please prepare to write an essay on material from chapter 12 in class. For Thursday, please come to class having read Finney's article. If you have a print version of the article, please bring it. If you miss class, please write a response to the following: 1) What is the author's main purpose? 2) Summarize and respond analytically to one of the five sections of the article. 3) List five vocabulary words that are somewhat new to you, with definitions. 4) And finally, what was your favorite anecdote or "take away" from the article? For Friday, please read the visual sources pages 560-567. Over the weekend, please read 569-575.

Here, at last, is your assignment for the "summer reading" book. You will write a summary and response to your reading of David Christian’s This Fleeting World.  Format this as an essay. In the introduction, state the author’s main point or his main goal in writing the book. For three body paragraphs in the essay, you will take each section of the book (there are three) and you will write a summary and an analytical response to each section. In each case, summarize briefly and identify how that section of the book supports the author’s overall point or purpose. Finally, write a conclusion, restating the author’s purpose and offering a general evaluation of how well the author carried out his task. In your paper, always write in the third person and in the active voice. I will not announce a due date until I find out how we can procure the books. Please see me if you have any questions! BIG NEWS: The books will arrive the first week of February. You will be able to check them out from our library. Of course, you can still purchase one on your own if you wish, but now that I know we will have at least 30 in our very own library, I can designate a due date for this. You must hand in your book review, typed in 12pt. TNR font and 1" margins, at the beginning of class on April 2, 2013. Late papers that come in at any time over the following 24 hours will receive a 30% penalty and I will accept no papers after the 24 hours has expired. I will go over the format for citations in class. Again, see me if you have any questions.

Week of 12/3/12: For Monday, please read pages 569-575. For Tuesday, please read 575-584. For Wednesday, please read pages 584-594. For Thursday, please read pages 595-599. For Friday, please read the documents on pages 601-607. Over the weekend, please read the visual sources, pages 608-617. There will be a quiz on chapter 13 and you will also write another DBQ next week.

Week of 12/10/12: For Monday, please read pages 608-617. For Tuesday, please prepare for a half test on Chapter 13. For Wednesday, please read the "Big Picture" section of the new unit. For Thursday, please come mentally prepared to write a DBQ in class. For Friday, please read pages 625-631. Over the weekend, please read pages 631-639. 

Week of 12/17/12: For Monday, please read pages 631-639. For Tuesday, please read pages 639-650. For Wednesday, please read the documents on state building in the early modern era, pages 652-663. For Thursday, please read the visual sources, pages 664-671. For Friday, no new reading. Enjoy your break and I'll see you next year! 

WELCOME BACK!!

Week of 1/7/13: We will be reviewing for final exams this week!

Week of 1/14/13: Final exams! Also, please read pages 673-682 over the weekend.

Week of 1/22/13: For Tuesday, please read pages 673-682. For Wednesday, please read pages 682-688. For Thursday, please read pages 689-698. For Friday, please read the documents on the slave trade found on pages 700-710. Over the weekend, please read the visual sources section, pages 711-719. 

Week of 1/28/13:  For Monday, please read pages 711-719. For Tuesday, please read 721-727. For Wednesday, please read pages 727-737. For Thursday, please read pages 737-747. For Friday, please read pages 749-759. Over the weekend, please read the visual sources 761-769. Please prepare for a test on chapters 15 and 16 on Tuesday, February 5.

Week of 2/4/13: For Monday, please read the visual sources on global Christianity, pages 761-769. For Tuesday, please prepare for a test on chapters 15 and 16 (multiple choice and essay). For Wednesday, please read pages 771-775 AND pages 779-784. For Thursday, please read pages 784-793. For Friday, please read pages 793-804. Over the weekend, please read the document on "Claiming Rights" found on pages 806-816.

Week of 2/11/13: For Monday, please have your completed chart ready to show me and be sure you have read the documents found on pages 806-816. For Tuesday, please read the visual sources, pages 817-823. For Wednesday, no new reading. For Thursday, we begin the Industrial Revolution. Please read pages 825-832. For Friday, please read pages 832-846. Over the weekend, please read pages 846-854.

Week of 2/19/13: For Tuesday, please finish the chapter on the industrialization. For Wednesday, please read the documents on socialism found on pages 855-866. For Thursday, please come with your completed chart on industrialization and be ready to discuss!. For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 17 and 18. Over the weekend, please review chapters 17 and 18 (Atlantic Revolutions and the Industrial Revolution) so that you will be ready to write an essay on this material. 

Week of 2/25/13: For Monday, please prepare for to write an essay on the material from chapters 17 and 18. For Tuesday, please read 877-882. For Wednesday, please read pages 882-894. For Thursday, please read pages 894-903. For Friday, please read the documents from the Opium War, found on pages 905-914. Over the weekend, please read pages 923-932.

Week of 3/5/13: Now adjusted for the snow day...For Wednesday, please read pages 923-932. For Thursday, please read pages 932-940. For Friday, please read pages 941-948. Over the weekend, please read the documents on the Indian response to empire, found on pages 950-959. Note: Next week, you will take a multiple choice test on Tuesday and write an essay on Wednesday, covering the material in chapters 19 and 20.

Week of 3/11/13:  For Monday, please read the documents found on pages 950-959. For Tuesday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on the material in chapters 19 and 20. For Wednesday, please prepare to write an essay on that same material (chapters 19 and 20). For Thursday, please read pages 969-973 AND 977-981. For Friday, please read pages 981-988.  Over the weekend, please read pages 988-996.

Week of 3/18/13: REMINDER--AP REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE MONDAY 3/18 in the counseling office. For Monday, please read pages 988-996. For Tuesday, please read pages 996-1008. For Wednesday, please read the documents found on pages 1010-1017,  "Ideologies of the Axis Powers." Also, feel free to read through the visual sources on WWI propaganda. For Thursday, please read pages 1029-1037. For Friday, please read pages 1038-1045. Over the weekend, please read pages 1045-1058.

REMINDER: Your book review of This Fleeting World is due on April 2. Get it done this weekend and return the book so someone else can use it, please! 

Week of 3/25/13: For Monday, please read pages 1045-1058. For Tuesday, please read the documents on Stalinism found on pages 1060-1070. For Wednesday, please read the visual sources found on pages 1071-1079. For Thursday, please prepare for a test on chapters 21 and 22 (M/C only). Over the weekend, please finish your book review! 

Week of 4/2/13: For Tuesday, have your book review printed out (12pt, TNR font, 1" margins, and properly formatted Chicago Manual of Style footnotes) and ready to hand in AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS. For Wednesday, please read pages 1081-1094 (yep, long). For Thursday, please read pages 1094-1108 (yep, long). For Friday, please read the documents on debating development in Africa, pages 1110-1121. Over the weekend, please read pages 1133-1144. 

In case you are wondering, you will take your first full-length College Board m/c test when you return from break on Monday, April 22.

Week of 4/8/13: For Monday, please read pages 1133-1144. For Tuesday, please read pages 1145-1158. For Wednesday, please read pages 1158-1165. For Thursday, please read the documents, "Contending for Islam" found on pages 1167-1178. Also, look over the visual sources just because they are interesting!  For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 23 and 24. Remember, you will take a full AP World History m/c test the day you return from break.

Important dates for the rest of the year:

April 22-first full m/c (if you score below 70% without the curve, you will need to complete key terms)
April 26-start working on your key terms, if required....you should try to complete approximately 30 terms each night
April 30-topic for food history project due
May 2-rubrics quiz
May 3-free response essay
May 7-free response essay
May 9-free response essay
May 14-second full m/c (this will be part of your final exam grade) ALSO all key terms due by this date
May 16 in the morning- AP WH EXAM
May 23-food history bibliography due
May 23 until the end of the year-presentations and papers due, individual dates TBD
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