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AP World History

Welcome to AP World History!  This is an exciting new opportunity at Belmont High School.  AP courses are college-level classes that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging course work and a taste of what college rigor.

This year we will explore five themes of world history, including interaction with the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present.  That's 10,000 years of history in about 140 days!  Woot!

The emphasis in the classroom will not be on the retention of facts.  Class time will be used to apply historical thinking skills including the ability to craft arguments from evidence.  
You will describe.  
You will analyze. 
You will evaluate events from a chronological perspective.
You will work harder than you have in your academic career thus far...unless you've already had Mr. Hayward's honors physics. 

Advanced Placement World History Course Syllabus

Applicable Information

Teacher:         Tonya Angwin
            E-Mail:           tangwin@sau80.org
            Web Pages:    You are here!
            Support:          I am available for extra help everyday after school, Block ¾, as well as during Power Hour.

Course Description

The AP World History course content is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in six different chronological periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present.  The periods are:
Period Title
Technological and Environmental Transformations (to c. 600 BCE)
Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies(c. 600 BCE to c. 600 CE)
Regional and Transregional Interactions (c. 600 CE to c. 1450)
Global Interactions (c. 1450 CE to 1750 CE)
Industrialization and Global Integration (c. 1750 to c. 1900)
Accelerating Global Change and Realignments (c. 1900 to the present) 

Course Curriculum Content

Historic Themes
Historical Thinking Skills

·         Interaction between humans and the environment
·         Development and interaction of cultures
·         State-building, expansion, and conflict
·         Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
·         Development and transformation of social structures

·         Creating Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
·         Chronological Reasoning
·         Comparison and Contextualization
·         Historical Interpretation and Synthesis


Instructional Materials and Supplies

Instructional Supplies

World Civilizations:  The Global Experience.  Stearns.  Sixth edition.

Expectations for Academic Success
Late Work Policy
·   Read and take notes daily.
·   Ask questions.
·   Participate constructively as class member.
·   Proofread written assignments and edit where necessary.
·   Review multiple sources of information.
·   Work to improve continuously.

Students are expected to submit work on or before the scheduled due dates.  Class time will not be used for printing on due dates.  Work passed in one day late will receive a maximum of 80%.  Work passed in after that will receive a maximum of 60%.

The AP curriculum is nationally determined and much information regarding this program is available at www.collegeboard.com. 


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