Advanced Placement World History: Modern 2020-2021

    Perry High School

    Mr. John Prothro


    Course Outline and Expectations

    Our study of World History includes brief review of the geography of the continents and then examines our earth’s history from 1200 C.E. to 2020 C.E.

    In AP World History: Modern, you will develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, including interactions over time. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparison among major societies.


    By May, you will have mastered these tenets of any rigorous history class:

    1) Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence

    2) Chronological Reasoning

    3) Comparison and Contextualization

    4) Historical Interpretation and Synthesis


    The following tenets will be addressed specifically in this world history class:

    1) Seeing global patterns and processes over time and space while connecting local developments to global ones

    2) Comparing within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global processes

    3) Considering human commonalities and differences

    4) Exploring claims of universal standards in relation to culturally diverse ideas

    5) Exploring the persistent relevance of world history to contemporary developments


    All of these concepts will be practiced throughout the course and tested in the essay portion of the AP Exam in May.

    Mastery of these skills is both the challenge and reward of this course!

    Required Materials 

    1. One three ring binder - minimum of 1 inch or spiral notebook

    2. Pen & Pencil

    3. Highlighter

    4. Loose leaf paper


    Course Requirements

    -Actively participate in class discussions and complete all assignments thoroughly and promptly


    Keep a well-organized and complete binder or spiral notebook


    Form study groups of 3-4 for tests and other large assignments


    Come for help if necessary (before school or during lunch)


    Attend mandatory sessions (at lunch/ or after school) for practice AP examinations or study sessions


    Complete the AP World History Examination in May


    Homework and Examinations

    All assignments are designed to enhance students’ mastery of the skills needed to succeed on the AP test in May.

    Students will receive homework most class days and may be subsequently assessed on that homework; it will often be in the form of essays and reflections.


    Homework must be handed in at the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted


    Expect the unexpected, problems with your computer, flash drive and

    printer problems will occur.  Please remember that none of these is a valid excuse for not completing an assignments.

    Additional assessments will be given in the form of weekly/biweekly quizzes and exams.


    Exams and quizzes will take place on a scheduled basis and will

    be timed.  Exams are designed to facilitate students’ success on the AP Exam in May and will, therefore, include multiple-choice questions,

    Change-Over-Time essays, Comparison essays and Document

    Based Question (DBQs)

    Knowledge in an AP class is cumulative in nature; therefore, review questions will be

    incorporated at every opportunity.

    A student’s performance on exams and quizzes will determine the need for

    assistance before school at lunch or after school. Added practice exams, and increased parental involvement are greatly valued.


    Late work

    Students must be on time to class in order for their homework to be considered on time. All assignments are to be complete by the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.

    Late work is only accepted due to an official EXCUSED absence or tardy.

    A student will have the same number of days as the absence to make up missed homework. Quizzes and exams must be made up within the week of the absence.



    Plagiarism is copying or imitating the language, ideas or thoughts of another person and passing them off as one’s original work. Plagiarism is a serious offense of intellectual dishonesty and will not be tolerated. Students who plagiarize and students who allow others to plagiarize their work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. In addition the student’s parent(s)/guardian will be contacted.


    Absences and Tardiness

    A student with inconsistent attendance cannot succeed in this class.

    This class is demanding and fast-paced. Students are expected to be present and attentive every day. Emergencies and school-sanctioned events will occur, however students are still held responsible for completing every assignments. Students should seek reliable classmates or my website for any missed notes.


    Grading Scale:






    B+ 87-89.9%

    B 83-86.9%



    C+ 77-79.9%

    C 73-76.9



    D+ 67-69.9%

    D 63-66.9%

    D- 60-62.9%


    Grade Components

    Class Work/ Homework/ Projects....... 45%

    Tests/Quizzes............................... 35%

    Participation.................. 20%


    Advanced Placement Grading Scale


    AP Grade & Qualification*


    Extremely Well Qualified


    Well Qualified




    Possibly Qualified


    No Recommendation

    * Earning College Credit and/or Placement


    Course Schedule

    The Five Themes of AP World History

    Theme 1- Interaction between humans and the environment


    Theme 2 -Development and Interaction of Cultures


    Theme 3 -State-building, expansion and conflict


    Theme 4 -Creation, expansion and interactions of Economic Systems


    Theme 5 -Development and transformation of social structures


    Subject Area and Time Chart (Periodization) for the AP Exam

    Period I:  Technology and Environmental Transformation to 600 B.C.E. 5%


    Period II:  Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies, c. 600 B.C.E. to c.600 C.E. 15%


    Period III

    Regional and Trans-regional Interaction, c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450 20%


    Period IV

    Global Interactions c 1450 to c. 1750 20%


    Period V:  Industrialization and Global Integration c. 1750 to c. 1900 20%

    Period VI:  Accelerating Global Change and Realignments






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