• AP European History 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 our class page, and once you have reached My Teacher Page, click on the AP European 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.



    A World Lit Only By Fire

    By William Manchester


       Advanced Placement European History truly begins with the Renaissance and the Reformation.  It is here that the College Board puts much focus, and it is heavily emphasized on the exam.   Analyzing this time period is critical to understanding European history, for the issues that are first brought to light here have never really left European, and by consequence, modern culture.   To examine this area, you will read A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester.

       We will divide our exploration of the book into five (5) parts, corresponding to four parts in the book.  You are expected to read the assigned pages by the due dates listed below, and submit your responses to the study questions online.

       On the first few days of class, we will hold a “Fishbowl Discussion” on the book and the topics it raises.


    Reading Responses

          On my teacher webpage you will the questions for each of the assigned readings by the assigned its due date.  Each corresponding response should be at least 3 – 5 sentences in length.  Part II E, the essay, has different requirements and they are outlined below.

        Click on the appropriate part to answer the questions.


    Part II A:         The Medieval Mind    (pp. 3-28)                                         Due July 15th

    Part II B:         The Shattering          (pp. 31 – 86)                                     Due August 1st

                                        [The Renaissance – Social Problems & Corruption in the Church]

    Part II C:         The Shattering          (pp. 86 – 131)                                   Due August 15th

                                        [The Renaissance – The Arts & Learning]

    Part II D:         The Shattering          (pp. 131 – 219)                                 Due August 31st

                                        [The Protestant Reformation]


    Part III - 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