ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY: SYLLABUS
This is a one year course about the creation of the world in which you live. The purpose of this course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Periodiazation and specific themes provide organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study. The course offers balanced global coverage, with Africa, the
The material and rigor of AP World History is similar to a college-level course. For each time period, knowledge of major developments that illustrate or link the five thematic areas, and of major civilizations is expected. Knowledege of year-to-year political events is not required. Furthermore, you will be required to analyze historical texts, make comparisons throughout world history, use primary and secondary sources, and discuss different interpretations of history. This course is aligned with the AP College Board course description for AP World History and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for world history. Please see the College Board's AP website for further course information (http://www.collegeboard.com)
The Five Themes of AP World History:
These are five themes outlined in the AP World History course description that we will be using throughout the year to help organize our learning:
1. Interaction between humans and the environment
2. Development and interaction of cultures
3. State-building, expansion, and conflict
4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
5. Development and transformation of social structures
Mr. Roseman's Classroom Rules:
1. Be prepared to start class when the bell rings.
2. Come to class prepared to learn.
3. Raise your hand to speak.
4. Follow directions the first time they are given.
5. Do nothing to keep Mr. Roseman from teaching and anyone, myself included, from learning.
6. RESPECT ALL!
Stearns, Peter N. World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 5th Edition, Longman Publishing Group.
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***The companion site for the textbook is found at http://wps.ablongman.com/long_stearns_wcap_3/0,8222,1005788-,00.html. It includes chapter summaries, multiple choice and true/false reviews, short answer and vocabulary prompts, and further aids to help you get the most out of the reading.
*The course includes instruction in a number of primary sources, maps, works of art, and graphs. Specific primary sources will be introduced throughout each unit of study.
Grading will be completed by determining the student’s actual score over the total maximum points possible for the assignment. For example, if the total points possible to be gained from a test is 200 and the student earns 176 of those points, their true score will be an 88 (176/200 = 88). The student’s final quarter grades will be determined by taking the final average of all grades given during those applicable weeks.
A = 93-100 B = 92-85 C = 77-84
D = 70-76 F = 0-69
*There is no EOC test for world history.
*The College Board exam for AP World History, administered in May, will not be figured into the student’s grade for AP World. Students’ grades from the May exam will be mailed home during late summer.
Expect to receive some form of grade every day. The following are the basic types of tasks you will be required to complete:
Most nightly reading assignments are between 10 and 20 pages from the textbook and/or primary sources. Those students who have been successful in the past were regular readers of the textbook. Complete all reading assignments!
2. Quizzes: Expect quizzes on a regular basis as they are meant to focus students on preparing for class
and to clarify any misconceptions of basic information. They may be announced or un-announced. Prepare for these by reading the texts, completing homework, paying attention to class lecture and discussion, and reviewing all notes that you take. Grade values for quizzes vary with a usual range between 10 and 20 points.
3. Writing Assignments/Charts/
4. Tests: Each unit or sub-unit that we complete will conclude with a test that spans two days. The first day of the test will involve writing an essay. There are three types of essays that will be used to demonstrate students’ comprehension of material: compare and contrast, continuities and change over time, and document based question essays. The proper construction of these essays will be taught during the course of the year. The second day of testing involves a rigorous selection of multiple choice questions (70 to 100 questions). The questions asked are drawn from both the assigned readings, in-class lectures, and discussions. Failure to prepare for tests will certainly reflect in students’ grades. Tests are valued at a total of 200 points (Essay = 100 points + Multiple Choice = 100 points).
⇒Essay Grade Scale:
Use the following chart to determine your numerical grade on
all in-class essays.
9 = 100
8 = 94
7 = 88
6 = 82
5 = 76
4 = 70
3 = 64
2 = 58
1 = 52
0 = 46
Cheating, including plagiarism, at any time on any assignment will result in zero credit for the assignment as well as administrative and parental referral. Cheating is not worth it!
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Do not give excuses that you did not complete an assignment.
Do not ask for extra credit if you have not completed all tasks as assigned. Extra credit assignments are rarely given.
Use the bathroom before coming to class! In order to leave class for any reason, you must have your daily planner – no exceptions. Do not interrupt a lesson to ask to leave the classroom unless it is an absolute emergency! Class time is valuable!
1. a 3-inch 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper (only to be used for APWH)
2. pencils and black/blue pens (do not ask me for these)
3. textbook, assigned readings, and homework
4. a jacket/coat/parka -- it tends to get cold in Mr. Roseman's room