High School Social Studies
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1st hour: Geography
2nd hour: Geography
3rd hour: AP World History
4th hour: AP World History
5th hour: Prep
6th hour: AP World History
7th hour: Geography
Advanced Placement World History
Teacher: Ryan Speiden
High School: Richwoods High School
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.
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.
Students are required to bring a writing utensil to class every single day. Students are also required to keep a spiral notebook or binder where they will be taking notes during lectures and from the book. Students may alternatively take notes on their laptops. Notes should be organized and neat. 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).
- Social: Development and transformation of social structures
- Gender roles and relations
- Family and kinship
- Racial and ethnic constructions
- Social and economic classes
- Political: State-building, expansion and conflict
- Political structures and forms of governance
- Nations and nationalism
- Revolts and revolutions
- Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations
- Interaction between humans and the environment
- Demography and disease
- Patterns of settlement
- Cultural: Development and interaction of cultures
- Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies
- The arts and architecture
- Economic: Creation, expansions and interaction of economic systems
- Agriculture and pastoral production
- Trade and commerce
- Labor systems
- Capitalism and socialism
- 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
- Historical argumentation
- Appropriate use of relevant historical evidence
- Chronological Reasoning
- Historical causation
- Patterns of continuity and change over time
- Making historical connections
- Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence
- Analyzing content and sourcing
- 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.
- Electronic devices (including, but not limited to: cell phones, iPods, calculators) are not to be used in class. I will write you up for being on your phone.
- 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.
Quarterly and semester grades are based on total points, as follows:
- Summative Assessments: 65%
- Formative Assessments: 15%
- Two Quarterly Tests: 10%
A= 100-90% B= 89-80% C= 79-70% D= 69-60% F= 59% and below
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.
- 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. There will be a summative chapter assessment every five school days. These assessments will be based on content knowledge of the chapter. The schedule for these assessments is on my district website. However, the schedule will need to be changed because of unforeseen events. The dates are approximate.
Every quarter we will have at least one College Board style assessment. The questions will be Stimulus Based Multiple Choice (SBMC) questions. We will practice SBMCs throughout the year.
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. As the year continues, you will have opportunities to write with a partner on some essays. You do not have to work with a partner after the first two essays. You may write individually.
Some chapter assessments will be open-note or partner quizzes, but most will be normal assessments.
We will complete one to two summative group assessment each quarter. You will be able to pick your partner(s). If your partners do not work, please let me know. We will be working on these projects in class, and I will be looking for group members not participating.
AP World History is being reformatted this 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.
You may retake up to three tests per semester. Retakes can be completed in the mornings before school in September and October. After October, retakes may be completed in the morning or after school.