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Ch 1: Foundational Concepts: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Foundational Concepts chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basic concepts of world history in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Foundational Concepts chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPeriods of World HistoryDates and defining characteristics of the six main periods in world history
TuesdayCharacteristics of Civilization Definition and key characteristics of civilization
WednesdayHistorical Change and ThemesCauses and consequences of historical change, reoccurring themes in history and societal connections and roles
Thursday Climate, Geography and Mapping Influence of climate and geography on settlement choice and major areas of the world
FridayHistorical Methodology Procedural and interpretive methods used in world history

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundational Concepts: AP World History Lesson Plans
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Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

2. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

4. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

5. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

6. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

7. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

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