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SSW4120T: AP WrHist+ (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: AP World History+
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content:

This academically rigorous advanced placement course is commensurate to an introductory college-level course with an emphasis on non-Western history. The course relies heavily on college-level readings and primary source materials. A special emphasis will be placed on historical writing through expository essay and document-based questions (DBQ). The scope and rigor of this AP World History course will help prepare students for the College Board AP European History Exam along with further educational pursuits. Students will develop skills in note taking, analyzing sources, making inferences, drawing conclusions, researching, and presenting information. The two-semester course aligns with College Board requirements.

These topics will recur in different contexts throughout the course. These topics can be used to organize essays or guide discussions:

  • Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
  • Development and Interaction of Cultures
  • State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Development and Transformation of Social Structures

DoDEA World History Standards

Course Objectives:

Throughout the course, students will

  • Improve expository writing skills
  • Build understanding of principle themes, events, and figures in World History
  • Analyze and organize data and historical evidence
  • Identify and analyze point-of-view in historical sources
  • Demonstrate higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous format
  • Cultivate skills that will help them in other educational pursuits

Course Outline

  • Module One: Human Transformations, 8000 BCE to 600 BCE
  • Module Two: Organization of Human Societies, 600 BCE to C00 CE
  • Module Three: Writing the Document Based Essay
  • Module Four: Regional and Transregional Interactions, 600 CE to 1450 CE
  • Module Five: Writing the change over time essay
  • Module 6: Global Interactions
  • Module 7: Semester review and Test
  • Module 8: More Global Interactions, 1450 – 1750 CE
  • Module 9: Industrialization and Globalization, 1750 to 1900
  • Module 10: Global conflict and modern times, 1900 to present

Essential Software:


  • World Civilizations: The Global Experiences
  • Stearns, Adas, Schwartz, Gilbert
  • 5th Edition, 2007
  • ISBN: 9780132206990
  • Publisher: Pearson

Recommended Resources and Supplemental Texts:

This course offers a virtual textbook with information gathered from a variety of College Board approved textbooks. The textbook for this course incorporates political, economic, and social history in a balanced and comprehensive way. The on-line information includes graphs, maps, family trees, sidebar biographies of key historical figures, and the widespread use of color to convey and highlight information. Icons direct students to key information and themes that frequent the story of Europe’s past. Students have the option of printing the virtual textbook. In addition to the online narrative available to all students enrolled in this course, students are encouraged to access the following textbooks and study materials.

Sources are presented in order of preference, with the first source the most highly recommended text.

Adas, Michael, Marc J. Gilbert, Peter Stearns, and Stuart B. Schwartz. World Civilizations: The Global Experience. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. All editions published from 1996 to the present.

Bentley, Jerry and Herbert Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw-Hill. All editions published from 1999 to the present.

Bulliet, Richard, Daniel R. Headrick, David Northrup, Lyman L. Johnson, and Pamela Kyle Crossley. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. All editions published from 1997 to the present.

AP World History Test Prep Guide (various publishers).

Sherman, Dennis, David Rosner, A. Tom Grunfield, Gerald Markowitz, and Linda Heywood. World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: McGraw-Hill. All editions published from 1997 to the present.

Stearns, Peter, Stephen S. Gosch, and Erwin P. Grieshaber. Documents in World History. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: Longman. All editions published from 1998 to the present.

Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)