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
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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
through a culturally formed point of
A particular society at a particular time
and place and all the knowledge and values
shared by that society
Can the study of World History help individuals
view the world from a less culture-centric
point of view? Perhaps it can!
Of course, to study something as intellectually
enormous as the history of the world, periodization
must be used.
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.
The Time Periods:
(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)
So, how does a learner remain calm and
balanced in the midst of so much content?
Helpful suggestions for academic mastery:
- 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.
3. Students of history record facts, ideas,
observations, and questions for future
The Cornell Note-taking System
Excerpt Adapted from http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html
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
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
35% of total grade
15% of total grade
Examinations, Projects, Essays and Quizzes:
50% of total grade
On average, learners will be assigned
one chapter per week.
Isn’t the assessment of participation subjective?
No, there are measurable markers to
Does the learner record information during
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?
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
But beyond the assessment is the journey
and the journey will take learners through
time and cultures. The journey will take
The journey will take us around the world.
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