Course Details

World History AP is for the exceptionally studious high school sophomore who wishes to earn college credit through a rigorous academic program. This class approaches history in a non-traditional way in that it looks at the common threads of humanity over time: trade, religion, politics, society, economics, and technology and it investigates how these things have changed and continued overtime in different places. Students who take the World History AP course are expected to take the APWH exam on May 14th, 2015 during the morning session. 

The course is designed to help students

  • Construct and evaluate arguments, and plausibly use historical evidence

  • Analyze and use primary source documents and evidence

  • Evaluate change and continuity over time with an emphasis on process and causation

  • Understand diverse interpretations of events through context and point of view

  • Evaluate and understand patterns and interactions from local to global levels

  • Analyze comparisons within and among societies

  • Become aware of similarities and differences among peoples and understand cultural diversity

  • Answer correctly AP-style multiple choice questions

  • Effectively compose the three types of APWH essays: the document-based essay (DBQ), the change-over-time essay, and the comparative essay

 Main Textbooks:

  1. Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on past. 5th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2011.

  2. Stearns, Peter N. World History; the basics. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Helpful Web Pages

1. Traditions and Encounters (Textbook) Login Page- Please use the code provided in class to register and create your username and password. Click on new user and enter the code. Please adhere to the deadlines of the reading calendar using this textbook. The web address is

http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

2. Traditions and Encounters Resources- This site is a must for AP students.  It provides chapter outlines, practice quizzes, interactive maps, and games to challenge your understanding of World History.  This site is an addition to the textbook. The website is

http://glencoe.mheducation.com/sites/0024122010/index.html

3.History Teacher's website:http://www.historyteacher.net/
Ms. Pojer's website has some wonderfully accurate and interesting Power Points that can include sound effects and music.  If you are a "history buff",  I recommend a visit as her Power Point interests vary.

4. Jay Harmon's website: http://harmonhistory.com/apwh.html
Jay Harmon authored AP World History Crash Course and serves as a AP instructor to AP Teachers. I have greatly benefited from his instruction and recommned both his website and crash course resources. I would suggest reading the other teacher websites and the document searches. It can be very helpful in reaching your goals of AP history.

5. Annotated Bibliography: http://www.easybib.com/

This site is great for creating a bibliography.  It offers MLA style for free.

6. World History Timeline: http://www.timemaps.com/history
This site is great for keeping the general trends of history in perspective of time. The maps are interactive and provide a visual of change over time. They provide a snapshot of history.

7. AP College Board- https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-world-history For any questions regarding the AP exam, please visit this website. 

8. AP Practice Exams- http://www.appracticeexams.com/ap-world-history This is a great resource to review for the AP exam!  It includes flash cards, practice exams, and other review materials.  This is a must for those taking the AP exam.

9. Registering for the AP Exam At Liberty High School. https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/480502 This site will allow students at Liberty High School to register for the AP exam. 

10. AP EXAM CALCULATOR- Please use this site to figure out what you can expect from the AP and what you need to do to get a passing score. This site offers the updated 2017 exam. https://www.albert.io/blog/ap-world-history-score-calculator/

https://www.albert.io/blog/ap-score-calculators/?utm_source=sendy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=final-outbound  

11. AP Crash Course World History Videos- See this page for studying, practice, or fun! I highly recommend. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9 

Student Feedback

What do former students say about World AP?

“Often people are intimidated by the word “AP”, but the reality is, if you don’t procrastinate and put effort into your work, it’s a fun and beneficial class.”

 “AP World is the only history class I’ve taken that I truly apply to life outside of class. Often in modern news and media I will hear of events/history, and this class has helped me put them into context of world history.”

 “AP World is a fantastic class. Between the skills you learn and the way Kurtz pushes you into deeper thinking, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t take it . College credit is a bonus too.”

 “There really is no reason not to take it. You learn relevant content and have the opportunity to ear college credit.”

 “This is a very easy AP course. It would be a mistake to not take it and get college credit.”

“AP World is a fun class to take because you get to learn a lot of different interesting things.”

 Which dispute in World History had the greatest impact on your life?

"A dispute in World History that had a big impact on my life is the European expansion. I've always thought that Europe in history was superior to all the other countries/empires in the world because of everything I've learned in the past (Christianity, voyages, industrialization, technology, etc.) especially for the thirteen colonies which was the basis for the United States. Now, learning about the rest of the world, I've realized that there were so many other powerful countries/empires that have contributed greatly to our world, such as the Mongols and the Arabs. Nonetheless, Europe "borrowed" technologies from the Arab and Chinese such as the sail, compass, and guns. Europeans are credited for all of its expeditions because it had the power, wealth, and resources for it, while other countries didn’t. Overall, this dispute has made me realize, and World History made me realize, that not only the British Empire contributed to the world.” 

Top 12 Reasons to take AP World

  1. Take a class taught in a collegiate style
  2. Be part of an energized learning environment
  3. Learn about our World’s History in a meaningful way that applies to our daily lives!
  4. Develop your own perspectives about World history
  5. Strengthen public speaking and persuasive writing skills
  6. Challenge yourself with meaningful content
  7. Build rigor in your transcript
  8. Possibly earn college credit
  9. Possibly reduce the cost of college
  10. Answer some of the big questions about our world.
  11. Avoid the traditional lectures of history
  12. EARN THE RIGHT TO CALL Mr. Kurtz . . PETER!!!

 

Projects

Students in the AP classes worked on a project called Art in History after completing the AP and SBAC exams. As one student stated, "many times the history and culture of the arts are ignored in our history classes." (Kendra Selby) This project provided the students of Liberty an opportunity to explore a replica of an artifact from a different place and time of history. Students learned about the artifact and its period and then painted it in the fashion they wanted. The best part was they also got to keep the artifact and share it with others. 

Below are some pictures:  

Art in History options for 2015 included in the order they appear: Persian Krater circa 4th century BCE, Aztec Quetzalcoatl figurine from circa 16th century CE, Ming Dynasty pillow circa 16th century CE, and a Bantu African Kuba mask circa 15th century CE. The students added some of their own flare to the objects as seen below.

SPIDERMUN 2017!

Project based learning can be one of the most rewarding learning experiences students can have in a classroom. The development of a simulated world conference in a historical period provided the unique educational project for students to learn empathy, history, emotional intelligence, public speaking skills, research skills and writing skills. Project based learning can also be a fun experience especially when student led. SPIDERMUN could not have occurred if it were not for the tireless efforts of our chairs. Below are some pictures.

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