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AP World History

Hello - and Welcome to AP World History. AP World will address all the topics the regular and Honors classes cover, but in a more in-depth, rigorous level. The purpose of this class is to offer an AP level class for sophomores to get them started in building academic skills that will help them with the rigors of upper level AP courses. The course will focus on developing writing and critical thinking skills by writing essays and reading and analyzing historical documents. 

Current Assignments

Chapter 27 Flashcards - Due Monday

These flashcard terms are designed to help students study for essays/chapter tests/reading quizzes/flashcard quizzes.


Flashcards must be handwritten on 4x6 cards (they provide students more space than 3x5 cards). These flashcards will become useful study tools at the end of the class when preparing for the AP Exam in May.


Students will not be allowed to use cards with terms printed/glued or cut out from the provided list or lists that have just been printed. 


**Extra points will be awarded for students who provide 1 connection to one of the AP World themes for each of the flashcards (they must show me their flashcards at the completion of their flashcard quiz to receive these points).** 

Assigned: 01/21/22 Category: Assignment Points: 0 Due: 01/21/22

Grading/Review European Scramble for Africa DBQ - Due in Class

Students will look at student sample from the College Board for the essay they wrote earlier in the week. This will help them see what type of information they should have included in their essay. They will then read 3 student responses from the college board and use the College Board rubric to grade the essays as critically as possible.


Students will use the rubric they were given earlier this week to grade sample essays from the College Board. Students should be critical of the work they are looking at and do their best to determine if the essay would be given a point. Students must carefully read the rubric to determine if criteria was met to get a point. Students must keep in AP readers are not allowed to give partial points, so it is either 1 or a 0 for each category.


Since students will be grading the same question they created a writing guide for earlier in the week. This will allow them to see what college board expects for their writing.


CB Prompt:

Analyze African actions and reactions in response to the European Scramble for Africa. 

Assigned: 01/21/22 Category: Assignment Points: 0 Due: 01/21/22

Detailed list of the CED Illustrative Examples


Make sure you are familiar with these for the test - these are specific things that College Board will test on.

Essay Rubrics


Rubrics will be used weekly to understand how to earn points on essays. 


AP US History Scoring Calculator


You can use this scoring calculator to manipulate scores for the different sections of the test. This will allow you to see what types of points you will need to get what scores you are hoping for. 

AP US History Score Standards


This chart was published by college board a few years ago to help students understand what scores they need to achieve a 3 or 5 on the AP exam.

Writing Assistance


The attached files will help you with writing AP essays

AP World CED - Course Description and Essential Questions


Use this as a review guide to study for your test

Period Cram Packets


Informational Cram packets by time period

Chapter Review Link


Use the link to review content for each chapter of the book. The link will take you to a website that has chapter summaries, questions, review powerpoints and review questions. This link works for ALL chapters of our book, just simply replace the chapter number in the URL to view a new chapter (example below). 


This link will take you to chapter 3


if you replace the 3 and put a 4, it will give you the webpage for chapter 4


Most Common Essay Topics on the Exam by Period


Period 0

  • Neolithic Era
  • River Valley Civilizations


Period 0

  • Han
  • Rome
  • Gupta (India)
  • Trade Routes: Silk Roads, Afro-Eurasian


Period 1/2

  • Mongols
  • Sudanic/Sub-Saharan Africa (Mali, Songhay, Ghana)
  • Islam (spread of religion)
  • Christianity (spread of religion)
  • Islamic Caliphates
  • Byzantine Empire


Period 3/4

  • Islam
  • Silver Trade
  • Columbian Exchange & triangle trade
  • Spanish in Americas/Caribbean (empire building & labor systems used)
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Migration & trade networks: Indian Ocean, Silk Roads, Trans-Saharan, Afro-Eurasian, Americas


Period 5/6

  • Industrialization & Imperialism (Japan, Europe, China, Ottoman, Russia)
  • Scramble for Africa
  • Revolutions: American, French, Haitian, Mexican
  • Labor system
  • Gender roles (East Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Trade networks: Latin America, east Asia, Eastern Europe, South & Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North America


Period 7/8/9

  • Communist Party (China, Russia, Southeast Asia)
  • Green Revolution
  • Globalization/global economics
  • Trade networks: Indian Ocean, Trans-Saharan, Silk Roads
  • Islam in South Asia & North Africa
  • Effects of WWI (influenza, East Asia, Middle East, South Asia/India)
  • National identities (Middle East, Southeast Asia, US, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia)

Writing Assistance


The attached files will help you with writing AP Essays

AP World