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AP World History Online Class for High School Students

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Mesoamerican Pyramid for Study in Online AP World History ClassTake AP World History online and earn 1 credit toward your high school diploma (and qualify for free college credits). It's free for Wisconsin students.

AP World History

Description:

Advanced Placement World History (WHAP) uses the outlines of World History provided by the College Board to study world history from 8000 BCE (the Neolithic Revolution) to present day. The first semester starts with the foundation of complex societies (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, the Americas) up to roughly 1450 (the Age of Discovery). The second semester starts with the Age of Discovery and runs through present day.

Our study of world history will divide history into five time periods, which we will study using "major trends" that define each era. As we study these trends, we will also look at changes and continuities in world history and look at themes such as interactions, gender relationships, social structures, political power, technology, demography and intellectual/religious ideas. To help us analyze and evaluate these themes, changes and continuities, we will use the "habits of minds" all historians use to help them think through and understand how history has happened and how to draw conclusions from it. Each of these ideas will be discussed in detail in the syllabus.

What all this means to you is a truly global study of history from about 8000BCE through the present day. We will not be memorizing the names and dates of kings, battles and wars. Instead, we will explore how the world has changed, and in some cases not changed, as cultures interacted and ideas spread. To achieve this goal, you need to be able to read, write and debate world history at a freshman college level.

Learning Targets:

  1. Writing: Develop a thesis, support with multiple forms of evidence, and provide analysis with an explanation in written form.
  2. Reading: Identify main ideas, analyze supporting details, and evaluate inferences within discipline-specific readings.
  3. Content: Apply content in order to evaluate relationships and draw conclusions.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

10th Grade  11th Grade  12th Grade

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