AP World Rubrics and Links

What is AP World History About?

This AP course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. APWH emphasizes relevant factual knowledge with a focus on the big picture. Major themes and human interaction between the periods of 8000 B.C.E. through the present will be addressed.  Students are expected to sit for the AP World History exam administered, Thursday, May 11, 2017.  Please keep in mind this course will move very rapidly through history and a great deal of work is required.

Notebook Organization

It is advised you work out of a spiral for daily notes then transfer them to your large notebook. Notebooks will be graded monthly and you may or may not have internet access. You must have a large 3 ring notebook and it should be set up with dividers as follows: 

Section 1​ – Class Notes – must indicate chapter or topic with either highlighter, colored paper or tabs/post­its.

Section 2​ – Exam Information – Print the course description on http://www.apcentral.collegeboard the World History home page from the current course description. 

Section 3​ – Misc. – maps that we did in class, charts, short answer questions, long answer questions, DBQ's, etc...

Reading Assignments and Note Taking


This being an Advanced Placement social studies course, reading is essential and reading assignments will be given often. Prepare for 30 to 60 minutes of reading per assignment. This is a college level course, therefore the material and expectations are also that of a college level. 

Note Taking: 

Read one paragraph of the text at a time.

Summarize the paragraph in no more than 3 bullets- *bullets do not have to be complete sentences*

When you come upon a vocabulary  word: stop and define it fully using all of the vocabulary requirements on your sheet of notes.

Once you complete the note taking process, take an index card and rewrite the vocabulary word and definition on the card.

Try your best to condense the information to make it easier to remember.

Always have your vocabulary cards completed the day of the vocabulary quiz.

Creating Index/Vocabulary Cards

- Vocabulary Word on one side and all other information on the other side
- Time- location/civilization/empire
- Basic Definition
- Significance
–Why is it important?
–How does it relate to the people directly and/or directly?

–Can this be related to another group of people and if so how?


What? (basic definition w/ time)

Where? (empire/peoples/civilization)

When?  Big picture impact.

What other things/people/events can it be connected to?

Why is this important?  How did it impact the government/people/empire?

THINK - Significance



Paleolithic Era
- Before 10,000 BCE
- “old stone age”, humans foraged for food, scavenged meat, gathered plants

- Economy and Society of Hunting and Gathering Peoples

        - Contemporary hunting communities- Amazon, South Africa, SE Asia, deserts of Africa + Asia
        - Show econ and social dynamics of early people
        - Hunting and gathering econ influenced humans during the Paleolithic era.


After each assigned reading be prepared for a quiz the following class. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class, either orally, through the use of the Kahoot website or on index cards. Quizzes will be based on content, maps, charts and vocabulary.

Vocabulary cards will be collected on the day of each vocabulary quiz. There will be approximately 1-2 vocabulary quizzes per week. Vocabulary cards are meant to be used as a study tool. Sharing them will only impede your success. DO NOT throw away your cards.

Current Events

1. While watching the news in class, choose just one event you wish to further research. Write down important information (date, location, important people, etc) so that you will be able to find two other legitimate sources on that very same story. Examples of legitimate sources would be accredited news agencies such as The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press, etc. 

2. Write a brief summary explaining who, what, where, and when of the event after reading each source.

3. In detail, compare and contrast the event and how each may or may not have reported the same information (statistics/facts), same context, same audience, the tone of the articles, and any other similarities or differences that you might have noticed.

4. Finally, create a Venn diagram comparing the current event with one similar that has occurred in world history. Include time frame, historical figures, social responses, political processes, etc.

5. Attach links of the articles to your current event assignment. Failure to do so will result in one grade lower.

*Even if class is missed and a current even is due, you are still held responsible. below is the link to access CNN student news.

Important Links