Advanced placement world history syllabus

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INSTRUCTOR: Professor Moon-Brumley

Advanced Placement World History is an exceptional course for studious high school students whom wish to earn college credit in high school, while earning the required World History high school credit. This is a rigorous academic course which utilizes a nontraditional approach to history. History is viewed through common threads of humanity over time- political, religious, intellectual, militaristic, economical, and social changes.


This course highlights the impact of geography, culture, trade, religion and technology during various historical periods. We will incorporate the Advanced Placement World History themes and the “Habits of Mind”, as outlined in the Course Exam Description provided by the College Board, to foster critical thinking and analysis of current issues. The course covers an expansive time period, from 8000 B.C.E. to the present, in an effort to focus on human encounters and interactions which have shaped our world today. The long-term objective is to guide students in the development of their own skills of analysis while encouraging them to be life-long learners and ultimately demonstrate an understanding of the “big picture” of world history. It is expected that this course will prepare all students to take the Advanced Placement World History Exam in May, 2016.


Primary Text

  1. Bentley, J, Ziegler, H. Traditions and Encounters the Global Perspective of the Past

Supplemental Text

2. Various primary sources

Outside Reading and Resources

3. AP World History Released Exams (College Board)

4. AP World History Essay Questions, Rubrics, and Student Samples (College Board)

The Advanced Placement (AP) exam will be conducted at Miami Killian Senior High School in May. Taking the exam and scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the exam is the only way that students can earn college credit for the course. Results of the exam do not affect the academic high school credits earned in this course. The World History exam offered by the College Board will be seventy multiple choice questions, a document-based question essay (DBQ), one Change and Continuity over Time Essay (CCOT), and one Comparative essay. The exam is three house and five minutes in length and the essays are graded on a one to nine scale. Most colleges accept a score of 4 or 5 and some colleges accept a score of 3, for college credit. Preparing for the AP exam begins in January with quizzes reviewing content covered from the start of the academic year. Rigorous review begins in early March with study projects. Study projects are projects assigned to students to assist in studying for the AP exam and examples of study projects would be major events cards, major characteristics of time periods cards, timelines and time periods, power point presentations. Students will also complete a full length exam followed by discussions and test-taking strategies.


The materials you will need for class are important tools which you should have with you everyday. Failure to have your materials for certain activities will result in a reduction of your participation grade. The following materials are imperative for this course:

1. 1 binder

2. 5 dividers

3. 3 Blue or 3 Black pens- in the event one runs out of ink or you lose one

4. 3 red pens – peer grading

5. 2 Pencils- occasionally for map skills only

6. Colored Pencils

7. 3 highlighters- different colors for differentiation

8. Lined notebook paper

  1. Correction tape- please no correction fluid


AP World History is organized into major periods/units in which an immense variety of topics and ideas are explored. These are the following units and the percentage of coverage on the APWH exam.

Foundations: circa

  • PERIOD 1: 8000 B.C.E - 600 B.C.E:

Technological and Environmental Transformations 5%

  • PERIOD 2: 600 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.:

Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies 15%

  • PERIOD 3: 600 C.E.-1450:

Regional and Trans-regional Interaction 20%

  • PERIOD 4: 1450-1750:

Global Interactions 20%

  • PERIOD 5: 1750-1914:

Industrialization and Global Integration 20%

  • PERIOD 6: 1914-the present:

Accelerating Global Change and Realignments 20%
The APWH course addresses historical thinking skills and Key Concepts and Themes which will require:

  • Constructing and evaluating arguments: using evidence to make plausible arguments.

  • Using documents and other primary data: developing the skills necessary to analyze point of view and context and to understand and interpret information

  • Assessing continuity and change over time and over different world regions.

  • Understanding diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of view, and frame of reference.

  • Seeing global patterns and processes over time and space while connecting local developments to global ones

  • Comparing within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global processes

  • Considering human commonalities and differences

  • Exploring claims of universal standards in relation to culturally diverse ideas

  • Exploring the persistent relevance of world history to contemporary developments.


During this course, students will be required to complete a variety of assignments to assist in enhancing students’ knowledge base, & skill set. Students can expect 12-25 grades each 9 week period. The various required student work will be classified into the following groups and given the following academic weight.

Class work &

Specified Homework: 1 letter grade Essays: 2 letter grades

Chapter Quizzes: 2 letter grades Mock Exam 3 letter grades

Unit Tests: 3 letter grades Notebook: 2 letter grades

PowerPoint projects: 2 letter grades Poster Projects: 2 letter grades

Current Event: 1 letter grade Group activities: 3 letter grades

Miami-Dade County Grading Scale will be followed:

A= 90 – 100 A = 3.50 – 4.00

B= 80 – 89 B = 2.50 – 3.49

C= 70 – 79 C = 1.50 – 2.49

D= 60 – 69 D = 1.00 – 1.49

F= 0 - 59 F = .99 and below



Excessive absences will affect a student’s ability to participate in group activities which may result in poor participation grades. It is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to determine missed class activities and assignments, complete a make up work request form (Signed by the instructor), complete and submit make up work on the appropriate day. Students with an excused absence, verified with necessary documentation, will have the same number of days absent to complete make up work (unless stated otherwise based on the discretion of the instructor). Other than excused absences, NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. If a student has missed an exam or quiz, the student is expected to make up the test or quiz the following Tuesday after school. If the student fails to make up the test, or quiz on the following Tuesday, the student will earn a zero for the final grade on the test or quiz. The make up test or quiz will have a different format but cover the same material as the test or quiz administered during class time. Students are expected to review for the exams when absent and be prepared to take the test or quiz when it is assigned, whether or not they are present for the class review.


Excessive tardies will require a parent call, detention, or an administrative referral. Students whom are late to class the day a test or quiz is scheduled will not receive additional time. Students who are more than 20 minutes late to class are considered absent for the sake of testing/quizzing and will be required to take a make up test or quiz.

The purpose of the World History notebook is to teach organizational skills while helping students become creative, independent thinkers and writers. The notebook will be one of the most important tools that you bring to class each day. Failure to maintain an appropriate notebook for this course will reduce your grade. The notebook guidelines for this course will be set up as follows:

Front: Syllabus

Section 1: Agenda (Objectives, & Benchmarks) / Quick Starts (Bell Work)

Section 2: Class Notes- in chronological order by chapters. Place chapter study guides and timelines between chapter notes and unit study guides between the various units.

Section 3: Essays- Drafts and Final papers will be placed in the front of the divider, then Essay handouts. Essay notes will follow.

Section 4: Handouts- graded assignments which have been returned, information provided regarding

APWH, plagiarism, Maps, study skills, etc.

Section 5:Vocabulary

6. Maps
**NOTE: Each day at the start of the period, you will be given 3- 5 minutes to copy the Daily Agenda, the objectives and benchmarks, and new homework. Also, you are expected to copy and answer the Quick Start Question and submit homework into the homework bin. Your notebook is subject to grading anytime during each 9-week grading period and will be graded at least bimonthly.


Cheating, copying, or plagiarizing from work done by anyone else WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Any student involved in such activity, (either providing information or receiving information) will receive a zero for that assignment and will be issued a disciplinary referral. Unless specified, all assignments are to be completed individually. Any work done as a group should proceed as a study group, group whose primary purpose is to discuss concepts, not answers. Examples of behaviors which will be considered cheating/plagiarizing, (but not limited to), are, talking during any test or quiz (whether you have or have not completed the test/quiz), providing or receiving other students work and passing it in as your own, plagiarizing essays and papers (either one sentence, one paragraph or entire essay). Students are expected to cite references/sources and papers.


Although World History is a truly fascinating subject, guidelines are necessary to aid in content mastery of the vast amount of information which will be covered throughout the year. As a member of this class, you will comply with the guidelines below to maintain the decorum necessary for learning to occur.


  1. Always refrain from throwing, hitting or kicking anyone or anything.

  2. Always be on time and prepared for class.

  3. Always be respectful and tolerant to everyone in the class.

  4. Always refrain from eating, chewing gum, and drinking in class.

  5. Always have School ID visible on your person and wear appropriate school uniform.

  6. Always refrain from the use of non- academic electronics in class. (including but not limited to ipods, mp3, cellular phone, calculators when not needed, and portable gaming devices )

  7. Always refrain from arguing with the teacher



Failure to comply with the above mentioned guidelines will result in disciplinary actions. Every violation of the guidelines will be recording in the Discipline log. Since everyday is another change to begin anew, violations will be recorded only for a 9 week grading period. The following disciplinary actions will be taken for class guidelines violations:

  1. First offense: student’s name and behavior will be placed in the discipline log and remain there for the entire 9 week grading period.

  2. Second offense: student’s name and behavior will be placed a 2nd time in the discipline log and remain there for the entire 9 week grading period. Parent contact will be made, and the student will be issued a school detention and student will receive an automatic “B” grade for conduct.

  3. Third offense: student’s name and behavior will be placed a 3rd time in the discipline log and remain there for the entire 9 week grading period. Parent contact will be made, and the student will be issued a school detention and student will receive an automatic “C” grade for conduct.

  4. Fourth offense: student’s name and behavior will be placed a 4th time in the discipline log and remain there for the entire 9 week grading period. Parent contact will be made, student will be issued an administrative referral, and student will receive an automatic “D” grade for conduct.

SUBSTITUTE POLICY: if your name is left by the substitute, the following steps will be taken:

  1. First time- a 30 minutes detention will be assigned and your parents will be contacted. This will result in an automatic “B” in conduct.

  2. Second time- an hour detention will be assigned and your parents will be contacted. This will result in an automatic “C” in conduct.

  3. Third time- Your parents will be contacted and a referral will be issued. This will result in an automatic “F” in conduct. ***NOTE: This substitute policy is for the entire year, not 9 week period.


Students- If you have any concerns regarding assigned work or class activities, it is best to speak with me after school. I am available by email. Parents/Guardians- At any time during the school year, should you have any questions or concerns, I may be reached Monday through Friday at 786-512-9090. If I am unavailable to take your call, please leave your contact information and reason for your call. For the quickest response time and my preference for contact, please email me at I thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. I look forward to a very rewarding school year!

NOTE: This syllabus is a general outline for this course. This syllabus is subject to change as needed.

Advanced Placement World History (Gifted) &

Advanced Placement World History Syllabus Confirmation
Student should read carefully, sign, and return have read the course syllabus and understand the type of program in which I am currently enrolled. I also understand that in order to obtain a passing grade for this course, I must meet the expectations set for this course.
Student’s Name (Please Print)
__________________________________________________________ Period: ________

Student’s Signature

____________________________________________________ Date ________________
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should read carefully, sign, and return.

I have read the course syllabus and understand the type of program in which my child is currently enrolled. I will encourage my child to participate fully in the activities of this course and will support the discipline procedure necessary to maintain a learning environment.

Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print)

______________________________________________________ Date _____________

Parent/Guardian Name (Signature)


Home phone: _______________________________
Work phone: _______________________________
Email: _______________________________
**Please note**

This Syllabus Confirmation sheet is a homework assignment. Students are to return ONLY the signature page 7 by August 26, 2015. Students are to keep the Syllabus in the front section of the first divider in their notebook. Thank you!

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