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AP World History

AP World History Syllabus


Sawyer Cooper       


Course Goals:   

  • Demonstrate understanding of many cultures, time periods and trends from the entirety of human history.
  • Write well-supported essays on historical topics with clarity and precision
  • Analyze both primary and secondary documents from multiple perspectives and draw conclusions based on evidence
  • Prepare and sit for the World History AP exam in May for possible future college credit.

Course Expectations for StudentsThe successful APoW student:

  • reads assigned materials prior to discussion in class and take notes as needed.
  • participates actively in class by asking questions, suggesting theories, working enthusiastically with classmates, and staying informed about his/her progress on a regular basis.
  • completes work on time.  Late work will bear an increasing penalty based on due date.  “On time” work is handed in immediately upon request by the instructor.  Later in the day (or later in the class period) is still considered late work.  Work assigned during excused absences is granted the district policy of 2 days for each day absent as being “on time”.  If assigned before the absence, work is due upon return to class.  Unexcused absences will automatically result in half-credit for work due, work completed in class, and work assigned during the absence.


Course Expectations for Instructor:  The successful AP instructor:

  • provides guidance in the content and skills required for a successful AP Exam experience.
  • is accessible for individual assistance in preparation strategies.
  • provides moral support as students learn new strategies and content.  This includes feedback and learning experiences that are not punitive in nature, but encourage responsibility and growth from the student. 
  • designs classroom activities to maximize student learning and time usage.
  • prepares for class with diligence, including timely return of classwork to students.
  • keeps the grade book up-to-date, and is transparent regarding rationale and expectations for assessed activities. 

THEMESAPoW  information is organized around five themes.  These “big picture” ideas will be emphasized throughout the course and are posted above the white boards

  1. Interaction between humans and the environment
  2. Development and interaction of cultures
  3. State-building, expansion and conflict
  4. Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems
  5. Development and transformation of social structures.  


PERIODS :  APoW chronology is broken into time periods to assist students in understanding historical patterns.  Each period illustrates a large-scale historical trend, and students will be able to articulate how each period differs from others.  These periods are weighted in the following manner on the AP Exam:

  1. 8000 BCE – 600 BCE  5 %

Technological and environmental transformations

  1.   600 BCE – 600 CE 15%

        Organization and reorganization of human societies

  1. 600-1450 CE 20%

    Regional and transregional interactions

  1. 1450-1750 CE 20%

    Global interactions

  1. 1750-1900 CE 20%

    Industrialization and global integration

  1. 1900-present 20%

    Accelerating global change and realignments


REGIONS:  The APoW globe is divided into geographic regions, to assist students in overcoming the Eurocentrism of most World History courses.  European history will comprise no more than 20% of our content.  Study will focus significantly on Africa, Asia and Latin America.


            HISTORICAL REASONING SKILLS: Factual content is not to be memorized, but to be considered a tool through which students can practice the thinking skills utilized by professional historians.  These skills include:

  1. Analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources.
  2. Historical argumentation and the use of evidence, using both text and non-text sources.
  3. Comparison, contextualization, and evaluations of relative significance. 
  4. Chronological reasoning, including causation and patterns of continuity and change. 


55 Multiple Choice Questions 55 Minutes 40 % of score

3 Short-Answer Questions 50 Minutes 20 % of score

1 will be based on a stimulus, 1 will use a secondary source,

Document Based Question 45 Minutes 25 % of score

Long Essay Question 40 Minutes 15% of score

LEQ format possibilities are Comparison, Causation,  or Change/ Continuity Over Time.