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Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: IPWH
This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in World History. Students investigate noteworthy events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, from approximately 8000 BCE to the present. Students act as historians by analyzing sources, comparing historical events/people/places, using reasoning about contextualization, causation, continuity, and change over time, and developing historical arguments.
The AP World History course cultivates skills in four categories: Analyzing Sources and Evidence, Making Historical Connections, Chronological Reasoning, and Creating and Supporting a Historical Argument.
Historical inquiry often focuses on the study of change and continuity over time and geography. Historical themes help students discern patterns in human society, and advance skills in periodization, comparison, and critical analysis. Throughout the year, students will participate in activities that draw upon primary and secondary sources, and further elucidate themes that span the course. To help remember these themes, we will use the acronym SPICE:
Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Other Textbooks (selected chapters):
Mitchell, Joseph R. and Helen Buss Mitchell. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World History, Volume 1: The Ancient World to the Pre-Modern Era. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Mitchell, Joseph R. and Helen Buss Mitchell. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World History, Volume 2: The Modern Era to the Present. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Primary Source Collection:
Andrea, Alfred J., and James H. Overfield. The Human Record: Sources of Global History, Volume I: To 1500. 8 ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2015.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry. Discovering the Global Past, Volume II: Since 1400. 4th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.