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AP World History

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Holy Innocents' Episcopal School


Christopher Yarsawich, Unknown, Daniel Garcia, Jacob Crase, Gwen Vergouwen, Mia Morrison and Cheryl Davis, Erica Roberson




The breadth of world history poses challenges to create opportunities for students to have a deep conceptual understanding. The AP World History course addresses these challenges by providing a clear framework of six chronological periods viewed through the lens of related key concepts and course themes, accompanied by a set of skills that clearly define what it means to think historically. æThe scope of the course begins with the Paleolithic migrations and goes through the beginning of the 21st century and moves at a faster pace through the content of World History than a College Prep or Honors level course. The courseÍs organization around a limited number of key concepts instead of a perceived list of facts, events, and dates makes learning about each historical period more manageable.æThe three to four key concepts per period define what is most essential to know about each period based upon the most current historical research in world history.æThis approach enables students to spend less time on factual recall, more time on learning essential concepts, and helps them develop historical thinking skills necessary to explore the broad trends and global processes involved in their study of AP World History. To foster a deeper level of learning, the framework distinguishes content that is essential to support the understanding of key concepts from content examples that are not required. Throughout the framework, possible examples of historical content are provided as an illustration of the key concept, allowing for a variety of optional instructional contexts that help students achieve deeper understanding. In this way the framework provides teachers freedom to tailor instruction to the needs of their students. The themes and key concepts are intended to provide foundational knowledge for future college-level course work in history. Command of these course themes and key concepts requires sufficient knowledge of detailed and specific relevant historical developments and processes „ including names, chronology, facts, and events „ to exemplify the themes and key concepts. However, the specific historical developments and processes taught in an AP World History course will vary by teacher according to the instructional choices each teacher makes to provide opportunities for student investigation and learning for each key concept and theme. æ For a complete version of this course description, as well as details about the historical thinking skills, course themes, key concepts and exam information, please visit:

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