Ryan Speiden

    High School Social Studies

    Cross Country

    Room 404




    1st hour: Geography

    2nd hour: AP World History

    3rd hour: AP World History

    4th hour: Geography

    5th hour: Prep

    6th hour: AP World History

    7th hour: Geography




    Advanced Placement World History

    Teacher: Ryan Speiden

    High School: Richwoods High School

    Email: ryan.speiden@psd150.org



    Course Description

    Advanced Placement World History will cover history from Classical Civilizations to the present time. The course is designed to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement World History Exam. The AP World History Exam presumes at least one year of college-level preparation. The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies over time. This course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.


    Required Textbook

    Bentley, Jerry and Herbert Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017.


    Textbooks will be distributed at the beginning of the year. Students will be expected to read one chapter a week. Students will return the textbook at the end of the year. It is the students’ responsibility to return the textbook in the condition it was issued. The cost of the book will be the responsibility of the student if the book is lost or stolen.


    Required Materials

    Students should keep their notes in a spiral notebook or binder.  In addition, you will have numerous handouts that you should plan on keeping for months.


    AP World History Themes

    These six AP World History themes serve as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period of society into a larger framework. Themes also provide ways to make comparisons over time. (Spice-T).

    1. Social: Development and transformation of social structures
    • Gender roles and relations
    • Family and kinship
    • Racial and ethnic constructions
    • Social and economic classes


    1. Political: State-building, expansion and conflict
    • Political structures and forms of governance
    • Empires
    • Nations and nationalism
    • Revolts and revolutions
    • Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations
    1. Interaction between humans and the environment
      • Demography and disease
      • Migration
      • Patterns of settlement


    1. Cultural: Development and interaction of cultures
    • Religions    
    • Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies
    • The arts and architecture


    1. Economic: Creation, expansions and interaction of economic systems
    • Agriculture and pastoral production
    • Trade and commerce
    • Labor systems
    • Industrialization
    • Capitalism and socialism


    1. Technology: Human adaptation and innovations through technological advances
      • Inventions and innovations
      • Industrialization and science
      • Science and Math
      • Weapons and tools


    Examining the Historical Thinking Skills

    The set of four historical thinking skills and their components provide an essential framework for learning to think historically, and they apply equally to all fields of history.


    • Creating and supporting a historical argument
      1. Historical argumentation
      2. Appropriate use of relevant historical evidence
    • Chronological Reasoning
      1. Historical causation
      2. Patterns of continuity and change over time
      3. Periodization
    • Making historical connections
      1. Synthesis
      2. Comparison
      3. Contextualization
    • Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence
      1. Interpretation
      2. Analyzing content and sourcing


    Course Policies

    • Attendance is critical to student success. Absences can result in missed information, which can affect the student grades.
    • Please be on time. Tardiness interrupts the education process, not only for the student, but for the teacher and other students as well.
    • Reading the textbook is an expectation for this course.  It is not feasible to cover all the material in your textbook during class; it is the student’s responsibility to keep up with the textbook readings or any other assigned readings.
    • Some chapters may not have a lecture component. There are multiple lectures online if you would like to hear one.


    Student Evaluation

    Quarterly and semester grades are based on total points, as follows:

    • Summative Assessments: 65%
    • Formative Assessments: 15%
    • Two Quarterly Tests: 10%


    Grading Scale

    A=  100-90%        B=  89-80%        C=  79-70%        D=  69-60%           F= 59% and below


    Plagiarism Policy

    Respect the time & creative effort of those whose information you use. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated. Cheating, plagiarism, copying others’ work or sharing answers is unacceptable. Students will receive a zero on any plagiarized assignment, and the incident will be referred to administration.


    Course Information

    • This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.
    • The district policy is that a student has two days to make up work from an excused absence.


    Essays and Multiple Choice

    The AP World History course will be divided into five units. We will practice essay writing each unit for each type of essay on the College Board exam (Long Essay, Document Based, Short Answer). We will also practice and discuss SBMCs, and have unit exams with SBMCs The tests taken in class and the essays written in class will simulate the actual way the AP test will be administered.


    Schedule and other important information.

    We will read one chapter a week.


    We will begin working on essay writing in September. This is a skill we will constantly be coming back to. I will encourage you to write your first essays with a partner. The writing will mostly take place in class.


    AP World History has been reformatted last year by the College Board. This year the College Board assessment for college credit will be over the years 1200-Present. However, College Board has emphasized that students will need to understand multiple continuities in history and encouraged teachers to take time at the beginning of the year to cover Classical civilizations and religions.


    Description:  The Geography course at Richwoods is focused on the development historical thinking skills and content knowledge, the use of maps, and the analysis and application of secondary and primary source documents. We will study the Human Geography and Physical Geography of the following places:


    ●     North America

    ●     South America

    ●     Europe

    ●     Asia

    ●     Middle East

    ●     Africa


    Students will discuss, analyze, evaluate and apply their knowledge in association with maps and primary and secondary sources.


    Social Studies Skills:          

    1.    Historical causation

    2.    Patterns of continuity and change over time

    3.    Comparison

    4.    Contextualization

    5.    Interpretation

    6.    Synthesis

    7.    Reading multiple types of maps

    8.    Using and gaining information from maps


    Class Needs:  Students will need their books and Microsoft Teams.


    Attendance: If you miss a day, the work you need to makeup will be posted on Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions over assignments, please contact me.


    Grading Scale:          A          100- 89.5%      B          89.4- 79.5%     C         79.4- 69.5%    

    D         69.4- 59.5%     F          59.4- 0%


    65% Summative assignments (tests, quizzes, projects, some lengthy assignments)

    15% Formative assignments (daily assignments)

    10% Quarter assessment

    10% Quarter assessment


    Trust: I will trust you until you give me a reason not to, and starting on day one, you have my respect, so I expect to have yours.



    Most days we will begin class with a warm-up. The warm-up will either be an interpretation of a quote and a few questions over previous days’ material.

    After the Warm-Up, most days we will take around 10-20 minutes worth of notes.


    After notes, we will work on a skill (using a map, analyzing a primary or secondary document, answering questions, analyzing vocab, etc)


    This class is designed so that all students can pass. However, if you do not complete the work you will not pass. Work completed after the due date will be penalized by 10 percent each day.



    I do not have very many specific rules. You know the difference between right and wrong; appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior. The general rules that I have are:

    1. Treat everyone with respect.

    2. Do your best on assignments.

    3. Be prepared, positive, punctual. Above all else, BE PROFESSIONAL.

    Parents, if you need to contact me, please feel free to email at ryan.speiden@psd150.org.


    The World at 1900