Course Description: The course is based on the global interactions of the world and human interactions from 8,000 BCE to present day, using the six World History Themes outlines in the AP World History Course Description consistently throughout the course. Students will refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context, make comparisons across cultures, use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks. This course imposes a heavy reading and writing load throughout the year, and the demands on students are equivalent to a full-year introductory college course.
Tutorials and Make-up:
Morning: Meetings are scheduled in counseling and elsewhere, so consequently, my availability changes. Availability will be posted on the board, and the student can speak with me or send me an email to schedule a morning time that will work for both of our schedules.
Afternoons: Tuesday immediately after school. Department make-up is Wednesday afternoon immediately after school. The room number will change each week and will be posted on the white board in the classroom and also outside my door.
Six AP World History Themes:
1. The relationship in change and continuity from 8,000 BCE to the present.
- Patterns and effects of interaction among societies and regions: trade, war, diplomacy, and international organizations.
- Impact of technology, economics, and demography on the people and the environment.
- Systems of social structure and gender structure.
- Cultural, religious and intellectual developments.
- Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including the emergence of the nation-state.
Habits of Mind or Skills: (Developing these skills is how we mostly spend class time)
The World History AP course is organized according to the following time periods and our studies visit each world region repeatedly throughout the year. This year’s World History AP Exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Foundations Period – Pre-history through 600 BCE
Age of Empires – 600 BCE through 600 CE
Regional and Transregional Interactions – 600 CE through 1450 CE
Early Moderns in Global Interactions – 1450 through 1750 CE
Modern Period and Industrialization – 1750 through 1900 CE
Twentieth Century to Present in Global Realignments – 1900 to Present
WHAP students can expect to read several pages nightly in preparation for class. The students read ahead of the class, so in order to participate meaningfully in class activities and understand the discussions, students need to have read and understood the assignments.
Major: 50% of the total 6 weeks average will include, but is not limited to tests, essays, projects, and Socratic Seminars. Student may expect 2-3 major grade assessments per grading period.
Minor: 50% of the student’s 6 week average will be comprised of 7-10 minor assignments which include, but are not limited to quizzes, daily assignments, and homework.
Re-testing: If a student receives less than a 70 on a major grade test, the student should notify the teacher of the wish to re-test and schedule a tutorial at the teacher’s convenience prior to the re-test. The tutorial and the re-test must occur within a week of the grades being posted to Skyward.
Late Work: All assignments are due as scheduled.
Late work on daily assignments and homework will remain a zero in the gradebook. Get your work in on time.
Late major grade assignments will be given a 10 point deduction per calendar day. If a student is absent when a major grade assignment is due, it needs to be submitted when the student returns to school, not to WHAP class.
Make-up Work: If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check Its Learning for lesson plans and missed work, and to complete the assignments for class upon the student’s return.
After a student has been absent, if the student needs further instructions, the student may always email me.
It is the student’s responsibility to schedule make-up tests or quizzes as soon as possible.
A long-term major grade assignment should be submitted the day the student returns to school, not to class. If a student’s absence is excused for a school activity for which the student has advance notice, the student should be prepared for class with the completed assignment upon return.
We use Remind.com and a Google website. Please email me, if you would like to have the link for Dowens Online and the code to join Remind.
Communication contributes to
understanding. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Let’s work
together for successful year!