Course identification: title: ap world History and Pre-ap english 10

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COURSE IDENTIFICATION: TITLE: AP World History and Pre-AP English 10

ACADEMY: Humanities

ROOM: HU 109


PHONE: 896-5600 EXT.: 5772



TEXTBOOKS: Adas, Stearns, etc..: World Civilizations 4E, McDougall-Littell World Literature, and Writer’s Inc.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course meets the requirements for English 10 and AP World History. Students will study world history from the foundations period (8,000 B.C.E) through the present. Students are expected to take the AP World History test in May. Writing pieces and literature selections reinforce the concepts and content of the social studies component of the course. Students will apply reading, research, writing, and speaking skills to demonstrate learning in analytical pieces.

Habits of Mind:

  • 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, context, and bias, and to understand and interpret information.

  • Developing the ability to assess issues of change and continuity over time.

  • Enhancing the capacity to handle diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, bias, and frame of reference.
  • Seeing global patterns over time and space while also acquiring the ability to connect local developments to global ones and to move through levels of generalizations from the global to the particular.

  • Developing the ability to compare within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global processes.

  • Developing the ability to assess claims of universal standards yet remaining aware of human commonalities and differences; putting culturally diverse ideas and values in historical context, not suspending judgment but developing understanding.


  • Impact of interaction among major societies (trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy).

  • The relationship of change and continuity across the world history periods covered in this course.

  • Impact of technology and demography on people and the environment (population growth and decline, disease, manufacturing, migrations, agriculture, weaponry).

  • Systems of social structure and gender structure (comparing major features within and among societies and assessing change).

  • Cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within societies.

  • Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities (political culture), including the emergence of the nation-state (types of political organization).





1 – 5

Aug. 10 – Sept. 8

Unit One: 8,000 B.C.E. – 600 C.E. Foundations

History Readings Stearns Chapters 1 - 5
Literary Readings

  • Summer Reading: Ishmael and The Kite Runner or The Poisonwood Bible

  • The Ramayana

  • “Daedalus and Icarus”

  • Sacred literature excerpts


  • Weekly Multiple Choice (history)

  • Literary Essays

  • Literature STAARS

  • Essential questions and IDs

Literary Analysis:

  • Ishmael (tone or theme)

  • The Ramayana (elements of an epic)

  • Daedalus and Icarus

Historical Essays

  • COT: The Kite Runner or The Poisonwood Bible

  • DBQ: Treatment of Women

6 - 14
Sept. 11 – Nov. 3

Unit Two: 600 – 1450 The Postclassical Period

  • Islam: Rise, Expansion, and Trade

  • Economic and Government Systems: Feudalism, Neo Confucianism

  • Nomadic Invasions

History Readings Stearns Chapters 6 - 15

Literary Readings

  • 47 Ronin Story by John Allyn


  • Weekly Multiple Choice (history)

  • Literary Essays

  • Literature STAARS

  • Essential questions and IDs

Literary Analysis:

  • 47 Ronin Story (Imagery)

  • Haiku Analysis (poetry structure)

  • Sacred literature (various)

Historical Essays

  • COT: Empires

  • COT: Islam

  • CC: Feudalism

  • CC: Mongols

14 -18
Nov. 6 – Dec. 8

Unit Three: 1450 – 1750: The World Shrinks

History Readings : Stearns Chapters 16 - 20

Literary Readings

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in-class)

  • An Epic of Old Mali excerpt

  • Indian Givers: excerpt

  • other short stories


  • Weekly Multiple Choice (history)

  • Literary Essays

  • Literature STAARS

  • Essential questions and IDs

Historical Essays

Literary Analysis:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (imagery)

  • An Epic of Old Mali (the epic hero)

  • Nonfiction response

Dec. 11 – 14

Semester Exam

  • Will include material from the Foundations period through 1750

  • Will include all literary concepts covered this semester

  • History: Multiple Choice and Essays

  • English: Essay

Grading will be weighted in the following manner: History: essays 40%, multiple choice 40%, participation and preparation 20% Literature: tests and essays 40%, STAARS 40%, participation and preparation: 20%

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