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 - SYLLABUS
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.
PART II - OVERVIEW OF WORLD HISTORY
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.
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
Chapters 5 - 8
Chapter 9 - 12