• International Studies II

    Syllabus-AP World History

    Mrs. Seibold

    Room B210


    Course Description:

     The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of 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 international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretative issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Units attached to time periods form the organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.

    Advanced Placement Exam

    The AP World History Examination is approximately three hours and fifteen minutes long and includes both Part A,  a 55-minute multiple choice section and 40 minute short answer session and Part B, a 100 minute session during which time two essays must be composed. 

    Section I: Part A      

    Multiple Choice — 55 Questions | 55 Minutes 

    Section I Part B: Short Answer | 3 Questions | 40 minutes 

    Section II Part A: Document Based | 1 Question | 60 minutes (includes a 15-minute    reading period)

    Section II Part B: Long Essay | 1 Question | 40 minutes 

    Multiple Choice: 40%

    Short-Answer: 20%

    Document-Based Essay: 25%

    Long Essay: 15%


    Units:  AP World History will involve the following units:


    Regional and Interregional Interactions (ca. 1200 to ca.1450)

    1. The Global Tapestry
    2. Networks of Exchange


     Global Interactions (ca. 1450 to ca. 1750) 

    1. Land-Based Empires    
    2. Trans-Oceanic Interconnections 


     Industrialization and Global Integration (ca. 1750 to ca. 1900)

    1. Revolutions
    2. Consequences of Industrialization 


    Accelerating Global Change and Realignments (ca. 1900 to the present) 

    1. Global Conflict 
    2. Cold War and Decolonization 
    3. Globalization  


    1. A three subject notebook for class notes
    2. A three-ring binder with pockets 
    3. Pens/pencils
    4. Text: World Civilizations, The Global Experience, 4/e, AP Edition, Peter N. Stearns, et al 

    Companion Website: http://www.ablongman.com/stearns

    1. Three dividers


    All materials should be brought to class daily! 

    Grading policy 


    The final course grade will be based on the four marking period averages. Your marking period grade will be calculated according to the following percentages.


    1. Tests- Percentage of grade: 40

    These tests will often involve student’s ability to answer questions involving vocabulary terms, multiple-choice questions, and reading skills. 


    1. Essays- Percentage of grade: 30

    Writing skills are an important part of this course. Each day late is 20% deduction.


    1. Quizzes Percentage of grade: 20

    Quizzes will normally be announced and follow different formats.


    1. Assignments Percentage of grade: 10

    Assignments will be checked approximately 10 times a marking period at the beginning of class. To earn a grade of 100 a student must be prepared for class and have assignments prepared for class. Each time an assignment is missing or incomplete or a student is unprepared they will not receive the points for the assignment. LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    1. Projects Counted as a Test Grade



     It is your responsibility to make up work that is missed during absences. You need to see me to make arrangements to get missed work. The best time is to do this is during the activity period or after school. You will not receive credit for missed assignments and tests you do not make up in a timely manner upon your return to school. Constant reminders regarding missed work will not be given.



    Late homework will not be accepted.  If you are in school, but will miss class due to a doctor’s appointment or class activity, your homework should still be handed in that day.  


    Class rules

    1. Come to class on time
    2. Be prepared
    3. Show respect to those around you
    4. Seek out help when needed

    Final Note


    AP World History is a marathon, not a sprint.  Success in this curriculum depends on work ethic, attitude, participation and perseverance. Day by day your knowledge base and your skill base will strengthen.  I am available for help during Activity Period, and after school as needed. Stay positive and stay focused!

    Your first assignment is to sign this form and get the signature of your parent as well.

    ___________________________________          ___________________________________ 

    Student signature parent or guardian

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