AP World History Syllabus

Advanced Placement World History Syllabus




The AP World History course provides a perspective and understanding of history as a foundation which students can analyze the complexities of today’s global interdependency. It investigates the interactions and events of human histories in a balanced worldly ecumenical approach. The basic parameters of our AP World History course are impacted by the six historical thinking skills; which are outlined in the course descriptions provided by the College Board. The course outcomes allow students to think critically and metacognitively to be fully engaged in the learning process.

 The course will be broken down on units of study based on historical themes. AP World History will use the approach of analyzing global events and interactions from the 1200s to the present. The primary goal of the course is to provide a student-centered learning environment and engage the student in a comprehensive curriculum. The culminating objective is for students to demonstrate a complete picture of world history. It is expected that students who want to take the AP exam will be prepared for that challenge.


Every student enrolled in an AP course will be expected to keep up with the fast pace of the course.  World History covers an exceptionally large amount of information and outside reading is a MUST!  Take good notes from classroom lectures and from your reading and spend time every night going over those notes.  If you have questions, ASK!  I do not know what you do not understand.  And of course:  STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!


The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59

Daily Assignments/Quizzes/Homework                40%
Tests                                                                                        60%
Total                                                                                       100%


1.  5 Subject Spiral Notebook to take notes
2.  Index Cards to create flashcards for review
3.  Pen/Pencil/Map Colors
4.  Highlighters to highlight notes for review

 TEXTBOOKBentley, Jerry H., et.al., Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 6th ed. New York, NY. McGraw-Hill,2017.

AP World History highlights five overarching themes that should receive approximately equal attention throughout the course beginning with the Foundations sections. The themes serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework.

Theme 1 – Humans and the Environment                                                                  

Theme 2 – Cultural Developments and Interactions

Theme 3 – Governance

Theme 4 – Economic Systems

Theme 5 – Social Interactions and Organization

Theme 6 – Technology and Innovation



Historical thinking skills are central to the study and practice of history.  There are six historical thinking skills that will be utilized to improve your overall grasp of history:

1.  Developments and Processes
     Identify and explain historical developments and processes.      
2.  Sourcing and Situation
     Analyze sourcing and situation of primary and secondary sources.
3.  Claims and Evidence in Sources
     Analyze arguments in primary and secondary sources.
4.  Contextualization
     Analyze the context of historical events, developments, or processes.
5.  Making Connections
     Using historical reasoning processes (comparison, causation, continuity and change), analyze patterns
     and connections between and among historical developments and processes.
6.  Argumentation
     Develop an argument. 

The course will have nine basic units and four Chronological Periods:

1.  The Global Tapestry                                                                                  8-10%
                                                                     c.  1200 to 1450  
2.  Networks of Exchange                                                                              8-10%

3.  Land-Based Empires                                                                                 12-15%
                                                                      c.  1450 to 1750
4.  Transoceanic Interconnections                                                           12-15%

5.  Revolutions                                                                                                  12-15%
                                                                      c.  1750 to 1900 
6.  Consequences of Industrialization                                                  12-15%

7.  Global Conflict                                                                                             8-10%

8.  Cold War and Decolonization             c. 1900 to present            8-10%

9.  Globalization                                                                                                  8-10%


1)  Comply with Sharyland’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy                                                                                                                            2)  Be on time to class                                                                                                                                   
3)  Respect yourself, your fellow students and the teacher                                                                       
4)  Comply with the Sharyland Dress code and Rules of Conduct                                                                                
5)  Late assignments will NOT be accepted (minor assignments)                                                                                         
6)  You are allowed one day to turn in make-up work for each day absent (up to 5 days)                                         
7)  Always do your own work, to the best of your ability!!!


Tutoring is available most mornings between 7:15 A.M. and 7:55.  There will be NO afterschool tutoring as I will not be on campus. 

AP Tutoring will be available in the spring either on Saturdays or after school as we get closer to the AP test.



The World History AP EXAM is scheduled for: Monday, May 10, 2021