AP World History Summer Work Page

There are three parts to your summer assignment, and this work is designed to: (1) give you a jump start on the school year, (2) help you examine world history from a more scientific background, (3) provoke you to think about the world from a different perspective.

Part I requires you to download and print out the class syllabus from My Webpage.Part II is due before first day of class, and Part III has staggered due dates throughout July and August. If you did not receive the book, A History of the World in Six Glasses in class, you must pick it up from the Main Office at the High School to complete the summer work.


     Your first task is to download the syllabus for the class from My Teacher Page, read it over, and have you and your parents sign it before the first day of class. The syllabus contains all of the rules for the class, an overview of the units to be covered, the name of the textbook, and an estimated schedule for the various readings and units.



    To access the syllabus, go to the URL address listed above, or follow the links from the district home page. Once you have reached My Teacher Page, click on the AP World History link on the left, and scroll down to the Syllabus. It is in PDF format, and you can access it from any of the school's computers.



     An integral part of this class will be your participation, both in-class and on-line. The AP World History Blog has been created for just such a purpose. On the blog you will respond to questions that I have posed and have the opportunity to pose questions of your own, ask for help or clarification from other students, and work collaboratively toward acommon goal. To begin your "blogging," you will have several steps to complete for this part of your summer assignment.

    1. Go to our class home page, and click on the "AP World History Blog"on the left.

    2. To post a comment, you will need to sign in to the school website, by clicking the "sign in" button in the upper right corner of the screen. You will need to use your school login and password to do so.

    3. On or after August 15th, a question will be posted on the blog by me that you must comment on by August 31st. Each comment must be at least a paragraph long (minimum 5 sentences) and deal with the relevant question.

  • If you have trouble creating an account, please email me.



A History of the World In Six Glasses

By Tom Standage

In the 21stcentury, history means far more than a list of dates, and names. It is about the political and social history civilizations. Leaders, rulers, and religious figures are still important, but they are not the only story in history. In to this new field of social history, many historians have stepped, and Thomas Standages A History of the World in Six Glasses presents a unique, enjoyable history of humanity through the liquids we drink today. Together we will explore his thesis.

           We will divide our exploration of Standadge's thesis into four parts, You are expected to read the assigned chapters by the due dates listed below, submit your responses online, and be prepared to discuss them on the first few days of class. There will be one - two tasks assigned for each part.

Reading Responses

            On my teacher webpage you will answer questions from each of the assigned readings. These are to be submitted by the due date for each of the corresponding readings. Each response should be at least one paragraph long.

The assigned questions are found under the Response Papers tab on the left side of My Homepage. Click on the appropriate part to answer the questions.

Part A: Beer and Wine in the Classical Period                                 Due July 15th

          Chapters 1 - 4

Part B: Spirits and Coffee in the Early Modern Period
             Due July 31st

           Chapters 5 - 8

Part C: Tea and Coca-Cola in 19thand 20thCenturies                Due August 15th

           Chapter 9 - 12

Part D: Analysis of the Book                                                       Due August 31st

Chapter Summaries
For each chapter you need to print out and complete A History of the World in Six Glasses Chapter Page.  It is due the first day of class.  There should be six (6) pages completed in all.
Part IV - Periodizing Your Life
Periodization, meaning how we divide up time, is a key concept in AP World History.  Your summer work book divides history into periods by drinks, but we usually divide history up into centuries and ages.   Personally we most commonly divide up hour days by hours, your school day is periodized by class periods, and our lives by our age starting from our birth date.  How we choose divide up time says as much about we what we value and think is important, as it does the book ends and contents of the "period."    Think about it, we divide our school career grades, as well as by buildings: elementary school, middle school, and high school.  But that is not the only way you divide your life.  
Your task is to divide your life lived so far into three "periods" and create a poster board visual of it for the first day of class.  It should include: a visual of yourself during each "period," descriptors and artifacts for each "period," and a title with your name.   You will then present it to class, and me, the first of school.