AP World History

This unique course is offered exclusively at BPHS to select global history students who wish to challenge themselves. Students will complete additional coursework in preparation for the AP World History exam in May. Students will use an additional textbook and complete AP assignments; some assignments will be completed online with Google. Students will also occasionally need to meet outside of class in the Virtual AP Classroom. Upon completion of the AP exam, students will prepare for the New York State Global History and Geography Regents Exam.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • actively explain, synthesize, compare, contrast and argue any topic of world history from Neanderthals to modern day;
  • earn college credit for the AP World History exam;
  • master the New York State Global History and Geography Regents examination.

Required Texts

  • “Glencoe World History” by Jackson J. Spielvogel
  • “Pearson World History” [couldn’t find on Amazon; not sure of author]
  • “5 Steps to a 5: AP World History 2017 (10th Edition)” by Peggy Martin

Required Supplies

  • Loose-leaf binder
  • Writing implement
  • Textbook (each day in class)

Course Format and Procedures

This course meets for 80 minutes every other day. Students are expected to come to class prepared with a notebook, Chromebook, pen and any assignment that is due. The class will take AP tests on Google Chrome. Many assignments will be assigned through the class Google website. There will be reading assignments that are to be completed over summer vacation, in preparation for the course.  Some review-style classes will meet over winter break, over spring break and have mandatory attendance over weekends and evenings as the May AP exam date approaches.

Grading Procedures

Grading will be based on a cumulative total of points/quarter. Quizzes, tests and projects will be worth more than homework and class work. Students will receive numerical grades for quizzes and tests, but not for homework. Successful completion of homework can make or break a student’s quarter average.  Homework will be completed on time; late homework will not be accepted. All assignments not handed in will appear on a list in the front of the room, every two weeks. It is a student’s responsibility to check the list and make up any missing assignments. Failure to make up missing assignments will result in a zero for that assignment. Class participation will make up approximately 20% of each quarter grade.  Students will take a test on the summer reading chapters during the first month of school. Because students are now completing college-level work, they will have their average weighted to a college-level average. As with a college course, students are expected to read every day. The college rule of thumb: every hour in class requires three hours of outside preparation.

Student and Parent Resources

  • After-school help is available every day, unless school business conflicts.
  • Use class Google website for due dates and review class time.
  • John Green World History Review video clips.
  • nysedregents.org

Course Outline

Unit V: Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)

  • Scientific revolution and Enlightenment
  • Political revolutions
  • Reaction against revolutionary ideas
  • Global nationalism
  • Economic and social revolutions
  • Japan and the Meiji Restoration
  • Imperialism

Unit VI: Crisis and Achievement (1900-1945)

  • Scientific and technological achievements
  • World War I
  • Revolution in Russia: causes and impacts
  • Between the wars
  • World War II

Unit VII: The Twentieth Century and Beyond (1945-present)

  • Cold War balance of power
  • Economic issues
  • Chinese communist revolution
  • Collapse of European imperialism
  • Conflicts and change in the Middle East
  • Collapse of communism and the Soviet Union
  • Political and economic change in Latin America

Unit VIII: The World Today: Connections and Interactions (1980-present)

  • Economic trends
  • Conflicts and peace efforts
  • Social patterns and political change
  • Science and technology
  • The environment

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.