• 2020 Summer Reading Assignment

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    Welcome to AP World History Modern. 

    To be successful in AP World, you will need to stay
focused and work hard. You should be prepared to spend three to four hours a week outside of class on AP World History during the course. If this does not seem realistic for your schedule, then you may want to reconsider taking this course. The AP Exam at the end of the school year will be comprised of stimulus-based multiple choices questions where questions will appear in sets of 2-5. In the multiple choice, you will be asked to analyze historical texts, interpret primary and secondary sources, images, graphs and maps. The remaining portion of the test is writing. Throughout the year, we practice writing Short Answer questions, Document Based Questions, and the 3 Long Essays without stimulus.  Clearly, AP World is a reading and writing course disguised as a History course.

    Texts for class

    To prepare for this assessment in May, we will be working with a textbook as well as support text on a regular basis.  We will be using a textbook titled Ways of the World by Robert W. Strayer.  You will be using this text in the classroom as well as receiving a copy of the text in an online format for class and source reading at home.  In addition, each student will be required to purchase a copy of the AMSCO World History: Modern.  This is available thru the school district or outside sources, should be purchased as far ahead of the school year as possible.  Please be sure to secure your copy of AMSCO as soon as possible as this Summer Reading assignment utilizes the AMSCO text and some of the Summer assignment is due on the first day of school.

    Summer Assignment              AMSCO text required.

    In this assignment, we will be looking at the exam, at the course as a whole and, in the second part of the Summer Assignment, the beginnings of its historical content.  As you compete this assignment, you will be providing a sample of your writing.  The historical content and the ability of use it as a historian assess both reading and writing skills.  As you complete this assignment you will be doing both. 

    Part I:  The first part of the Summer assignment, due on the first day of school, will familiarize you with the year-end assessment called the AP World History Exam.  This more than 3-hour test is a requirement of the course in our school.  You will find a description of the design and skills required for this test beginning on page xviii of the AMSCO text.  Read this carefully as we will have a simple assessment on the particulars of the exam in the first week of school just to be sure we are all aiming at the same target.

    After reading about the exam structure, we will address the events of the world prior to the historical content of this course.  The Prologue: History before 1200 CE begins in page xli in the AMSCO text.  The Prologue is broken into three sections:

    Part 1: Human Development to c. 600 BCE,

    Part 2: The Classical Era, 600 BCE to 600 CE,

    Part 3: Postclassical Civilizations 600-1200 CE. 

    Read each of them and then answer the six questions under the Reflect on the Prologue questions found on page lxii of the AMSCO text.  You may type these into a Google doc or may write them out by hand, but you should work independently to create a well worded answer using proper writing format as you’ve been taught in History class in the past.

    These will be turned in on the first day of school as you register for the class in Google Classroom.

    Part II:  In the second part of the Summer assignment you will be reading about the first time period we will be studying in this course and answering questions from the text.  This portion of the text is called “Unit I: The Global Tapestry from 1200 to 1450 CE” and begins on page 1 of the AMSCO text.  This unit contains seven (7) Topics and Learning Objectives, each of which has a series of questions at the end.  Your Summer assignment will be to answer the questions at the end of each of these seven units in your own handwriting.  Similar to the design of the AP exam, these questions follow the same format in each of the Topics; multiple choice questions, short-answer questions and a long answer question titled “Reflect on the Topic Essential Question”.  For the purposes of brevity, you will NOT have to answer the second short answer questions labeled #2.  You should plan on answering all the rest of the questions; Multiple Choice, Stimulus based Short Answer and Long Answer section entitled “Reflect on the Topic Essential Question”. 

    Each Topic’s questions should be labeled with your name and the Topic’s title.  Each Topic should be done on a separate sheet of paper or stapled papers.  These will be due at the end of the first full week of school. 

    Late work will be accepted at ½ credit.  Please be aware that not knowing about the summer assignment will NOT be accepted as a viable excuse for late work.

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