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Course SummaryThis AP European History Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach AP European history. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this AP European history course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of European history, from an overview of major events during the Renaissance period to the challenges of today. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific European history course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' or the work of Charles Darwin. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on England's Golden Age under Elizabeth I includes key terms like Elizabethan Religious Settlement, land enclosure, Globe Theatre and Henry Hudson.
As you work on your European history lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the First Industrial Revolution if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the growth of Protestantism and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the Great Depression to how to answer questions on the AP European History exam, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on causes of World War I or Eastern Europe after World War II? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about the music and literature of the 1920s, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on the rise of powerful nation states, you can point your students to the transcripts on the Treaty of Lodi, the Spanish Inquisition, the monarchs of France, the writings of Niccolo Machiavelli to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from Adolph Hitler's military strategies to key facts, like where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the Enlightenment? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: How did a Bible in the language of the people, and not in Latin, contribute to the Protestant Reformation?
Below is a sketch of the European history syllabus modeled on a 27-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Overview of the Renaissance||Renaissance timeline, the economy of this period, exploration in the New World|
|Week 2||Renaissance Philosophy, Art and Literature||Cicero's influence on Renaissance thought, the works of artists including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo|
|Week 3||Reformation Roots and Teachings||The teachings of the Catholic Church, differences in beliefs between reformers and the established church, Martin Luther, Protestant sects|
|Week 4||The Reformation's Effects Across Europe||How the Reformation spread across Europe and its impact on government and politics|
|Week 5||Wars of Religion||The Peasant Wars, the 30 Years' War, Catholics vs. Huguenots|
|Week 6||The Age of Expansion||Exploration, technological advances such as the compass, Spanish conquests of Central and South America|
|Week 7||The Rise of Monarchical Nation States||Growth of powerful kings, the Holy Roman Empire, Machiavelli's The Prince, Dutch art, the Industrial Revolution|
|Week 8||English History (1450-1700)||Wars of the Roses, the English Reformation, monarchs including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, New World settlement, the English Civil War|
|Week 9||The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment||The evolution of logic and scientific reasoning, theories concerning the universe, Galileo and the church, philosophy, political thought|
|Week 10||18th Century Powers||Rise of the Romanovs in Russia, Great Britain, Austria, France, Poland|
|Week 11||The French Revolution||Overview of the revolution, Marie Antoinette, political factions, the Reign of Terror, aftermath of the revolution|
|Week 12||The Napoleonic Empire||Napoleon's biography and how he rose to power, the rise of nationalism in Europe, the Battle of Waterloo|
|Week 13||19th Century Revolutionary Movements||Revolutionary movements in Italy, Greece, Russia, Portugal and Spain, the Crimean War|
|Week 14||The First Industrial Revolution||Events leading to the growth of manufacturing, industry in Great Britain, urbanization and growth in the urban working class|
|Week 15||Unifications of Nation States in the 19th Century||Political happenings in Italy, Germany and Austria, territorial changes for France and Russia, developments in the Ottoman Empire|
|Week 16||Europe 1871-1914||Important thinkers including Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin and Friedrich Nietzsche, Judaism and Anti-Semitism, the Second Industrial Revolution, women's rights, imperialism|
|Week 17||World War I||Social and political causes of World War I, the Treaty of Versailles|
|Week 18||Russia After World War I||The Russian Revolution, Stalin's leadership|
|Week 19||The 1920s and 1930s||Germany during this period, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression|
|Week 20||The Rise of Fascism||Definition of Fascism, Italian and German Fascist movements, the Spanish Civil War|
|Week 21||World War II||The war's beginnings, Britain in the war, Hitler's military strategy, the Holocaust, how the atomic bomb drops changed warfare, post-war Europe|
|Week 22||Post-war Europe||The Marshall Plan, the Iron Curtain, the Cold War, meta-disciplines|
|Week 23||Cold War Europe||Tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Troubles in Ireland|
|Week 24||Europe After the Soviet Union||Development of the European Union, the fall of Communism, the new Russian republic|
|Week 25||The AP European History Exam||How to answer multiple-choice questions, document-based essay questions and free-response essay questions|
|Week 26||How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP European History Exam||Tips for composing a solid essay including practice methods|
|Week 27||Developing and Writing Your AP European History Exam Essay||A look at how to compose an essay quickly, ways to proofread, how to revise an essay|
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