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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu. What is World History AP?. The philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), stated that individuals could never see things objectively as things-in-themselves because individuals always understood the world

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The philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804),

stated that individuals could never see things

objectively as things-in-themselves because

individuals always understood the world

through a culturally formed point of


  • Culture is learned.
  • It is the framework through which
  • individuals view their world

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Definition: Culture

A particular society at a particular time

and place and all the knowledge and values

shared by that society


World History, as a teaching field, developed over

  • the past twenty years.
  • By studying civilizations and societies,
  • particularly paying attention to cases
  • where societies have come into contact with
  • others as well as emphasizing the forces
  • that help define contact, World Historians
  • focus on the world as a whole and how diverse
  • societies fit into that whole.
  • World Historians try to move beyond the narrow
  • confines of one perspective.

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Can the study of World History help individuals

view the world from a less culture-centric

point of view? Perhaps it can!

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Of course, to study something as intellectually

enormous as the history of the world, periodization

must be used.

Definition: Periodization

A way to subdivide the continuous flow of

world history into categories of time and common


Periodization allows students of world history to

create a framework for understanding the past as

well as the flow and sequence of events.

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The Time Periods:

Foundations/Classical Civilizations

(1000 BCE - 500 CE)

2. Postclassical Civilizations

(500 CE - 1450 CE)

3. Early Modern

(1450 CE - 1750/1800 CE)

4. Long 19th Century

(1750 CE – 1914 CE)

5. Contemporary

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A note about historical dating:

  • World Historians use BCE and CE as opposed
  • to BC and AD
  • BC (Before Christ) and AD (anno Domini or
  • “in the year of the Lord) are Christian
  • terms.
  • BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common
  • Era) are terms that remind students of
  • the global context and many diverse cultures
  • of the World History curriculum.

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So, how does a learner remain calm and

balanced in the midst of so much content?

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Helpful suggestions for academic mastery:

Read regularly

- History is the written record of past events.

- Students of history must read regularly.

- Reading reinforces class lessons and

increases mastery of content.

2. Interact with the material

- Students of history ask questions.

- They analyze the impact of ideas, people,

and the events of the past.

- Students of history participate in their

learning of the past.

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3. Students of history record facts, ideas,

observations, and questions for future


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Excerpt Adapted from

The Cornell Method:

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for

condensing and organizing notes .

Rule your paper with a 2 ½ inch margin on the left side

Leave a 6 inch area on the right

Leave a 2 inch area on the bottom

Record notes on right (6 inch area)

Skip a few spaces in between new points

Write cues in the 2 ½ inch margin

Write summary comments in the bottom area

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The Advantages of the Cornell Method:

Allows learners to record critical facts while

creating cues and summaries to aid

understanding and memorization

2. Allows learners to interact with materials

by requiring reflection and analysis as

opposed to merely copying information

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Grading Policy:


35% of total grade


15% of total grade

Examinations, Projects, Essays and Quizzes:

50% of total grade

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What will constitute the Homework component

  • of the grade?
  • Chapter Readings
  • Analytical writing exercises

On average, learners will be assigned

one chapter per week.

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Isn’t the assessment of participation subjective?

No, there are measurable markers to

assess participation.

Does the learner record information during

the lesson?

2. Is the learner prepared to learn?

Does the learner have the appropriate

materials for learning?

4. Is the learner ready to learn from bell to bell?

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The Facts about Exams and Projects:

Exams are unit-based.

Exams are critical because ultimately,

success on the AP examination will

determine if college credit is given.

However, learning is greater than an

an exam. Therefore, projects and essays

are included in the examination category.

4. Projects are opportunities for learners

to demonstrate mastery in alternative


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But beyond the assessment is the journey

and the journey will take learners through

time and cultures. The journey will take

learners places.

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How do World Historians differ from historians

of other regions and/or time periods?

What are some of the concerns of World Historians?

World Historians frequently examine three C’s –

Change, Comparison, and Connection. How does

the examination of these three C’s support world

historians in achieving their academic objectives?

Describe the Cornell Method of note-taking. What

are the advantages of this method of note-taking?

What habits of mind can assist learners in

achieving academic mastery in the World History


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