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Course SummaryThis AP World History Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach AP world 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 world 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 AP world history, from foundational history concepts and major belief systems to the Roman Republic and globalization. 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 AP world history course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the Neolithic agricultural revolution or Greek myth and religion. 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 historical methodology includes key terms like primary and secondary sources, oral tradition, and the Hegelian dialectic.
As you work on your AP world 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 Athenian philosophy 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 Carolingian architecture and trade networks in the Middle Ages.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from periods of world history to essay writing strategies for the AP 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 the fall of Rome or the Dark Ages? 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 Frankish history, 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 Renaissance, you can point your students to the transcripts on humanism, the formation of nation states, the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, and related topics 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 the role of class struggle in historical change to the issues facing contemporary society.
- 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: What were some of the Industrial Revolution's impacts?
Below is a sketch of the AP world history syllabus modeled on a 30-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||AP World History: Foundational Concepts||Periods of world history, causes of historical change, the world's major geographical regions, historical methodology|
|Week 2||AP World History: Major Belief Systems||Liberation theology, atheism and agnosticism, monotheism and polytheism, Taoism, legalism|
|Week 3||AP World History: Ancient Times||The Neolithic agricultural revolution, population migrations after the Great Flood, early villages and cities, tools of empire creation|
|Week 4||AP World History: Ancient Middle East||The Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi's code, ancient Egyptian social structure, Iron Age empires, Mesopotamian kings|
|Week 5||AP World History: Ancient China, Africa, India, & America||The Qin and Han dynasties, ancient West Africa, Andean civilizations, Harappa culture, the Mauryan Empire|
|Week 6||AP World History: Ancient Greece||The Minoans, Greek myth and religion, Greek art and architecture, the Presocratics, Spartan history, the Peloponnesian War|
|Week 7||AP World History: Hellenism and Athenian Philosophy||Athenian democracy, the philosophies of Socrates and Plato, Aristotelian logic, the Cynics and Epicureans|
|Week 8||AP World History: The Rise of the Roman Republic||Roman myth and religion, the Punic Wars, the Pax Romana, hierarchy in the Roman Republic, Stoicism|
|Week 9||AP World History: The Fall of the Roman Empire||The Aeneid, the Julio-Claudian and Nervan-Antonine dynasties, the conversion of Constantine, the Code of Justinian|
|Week 10||AP World History: The Dark Ages||The invasion of Germanic tribes, early church conflicts, the birth and spread of Islam, Byzantine art and architecture, Frankish history|
|Week 11||AP World History: Early Middle Ages||Feudalism, Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire, monasticism, Carolingian art and architecture, Medieval military technologies|
|Week 12||AP World History: The Medieval Warm Period||Medieval agricultural developments, the Great Schism, William the Conqueror, the investiture conflict, Romanesque art, the Crusades|
|Week 13||AP World History: The High Middle Ages||Mendicants, the Magna Carta, Gothic painting and sculpture, Thomas Aquinas, guilds, peasants' daily life|
|Week 14||AP World History: Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE)||Chinese dynasties, rulers in feudal Japan, the Kush and Axum civilizations, African culture in Ghana and Mali, the Aztecs and Maya|
|Week 15||AP World History: The Late Middle Ages||The Western Schism, Dante's The Divine Comedy, the 100 Years' War, Joan of Arc, the Black Death, 14th century peasant revolts|
|Week 16||AP World History: The Renaissance||Renaissance humanism, the House of Medici, Renaissance economy and government, the Wars of the Roses, the Spanish Inquisition|
|Week 17||AP World History: The Age of Exploration||Spain and Portugal's famous explorers, the encomienda system, the Italian Wars, Machiavelli's The Prince, the Ottoman Empire|
|Week 18||AP World History: The Reformation Across Europe||The rise of the vernacular, Martin Luther's 95 Theses, the French Wars of Religion, the Council of Trent|
|Week 19||AP World History: The Elizabethan Era||England's Golden Age, Shakespeare's life and works, the 30 Years' War, the 80 Years' War, the Habsburg dynasty|
|Week 20||AP World History: The Enlightenment||The American Enlightenment, the work of John Locke and Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's philosophy, advances in astronomy and physics|
|Week 21||AP World History: Political, Technological, and Intellectual Developments (1750-1914)||The 'Spring of Nations', the French Revolution, independence movements in Central America, the unification of Italy and the unification of Germany, The Communist Manifesto|
|Week 22||AP World History: Colonialism||The Holy League, Baroque art, the influence of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, the English Civil War, the colonization of Africa|
|Week 23||AP World History: Imperialism||Social and economic impacts of the Industrial Revolution, European imperialism in Asia and Africa, Japan's acquisition of Korea and Taiwan|
|Week 24||AP World History: World War I||Causes of World War I, U.S. involvement, the Peace of Paris, the rise of Communism and the creation of the Soviet Union, the Great Depression|
|Week 25||AP World History: World War II||The attack on Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, European and Pacific Ocean theaters of World War II, the D-Day invasion, the atomic bomb|
|Week 26||AP World History: The Cold War and Other 20th Century World History||The descent of the Iron Curtain, conflicts in Korea and Cuba, the Vietnam War, the partition of India and Pakistan|
|Week 27||AP World History: A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond||The fall of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Gulf War, conflict in the Balkans, globalization and free trade|
|Week 28||Portions of the AP World History Exam||Tips for answering multiple-choice questions, strategies for responding to document-based essay questions and free-response essays|
|Week 29||How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam||Brainstorming techniques, tips for improving sentence structure and clarity, the effects of word choice, uses of active and passive voice|
|Week 30||Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay||Essay and paragraph structure, thesis statements and topic sentences, transition sentences, proofreading techniques, writing revision|
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