WH AP Course Syllabus


Mr. Meiners Rm 214

E-mail:  jmeiners@sharylandisd.org



The AP World History course provides a perspective and understanding of history as a foundation which students can

analyze the complexities of today’s global interdependency. It investigates the interactions and events of human histories in

a balanced worldly ecumenical approach. The basic parameters of our AP World History course are impacted by the four

historical thinking skills; which are outlined in the course descriptions provided by the College Board. The course outcomes

allow students to think critically and metacognitively to be fully engaged in the learning process.


The course will be broken down on units of study based on historical periodization. AP World History will use the approach

of analyzing global events and interactions from the foundations of history to present. The primary goal of the course is to

provide a student-centered learning environment and engage the student in a comprehensive curriculum. The culminating

objective is for students to demonstrate a complete picture of world history. It is expected that students who want to take the

AP exam will be prepared for that challenge.


AP World History highlights five overarching themes that should receive approximately equal attention throughout the

course beginning with the Foundations sections. The themes serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping

students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework.

Theme 1- Interaction between humans and the environment

Theme 2- Development and Interaction of Cultures

Theme 3- State-Building, expansion and interactions of Economic Systems

Theme 4- Creation, expansion and interactions of Economic Systems

Theme 5- Development and transformation of social structures



History is a sophisticated quest for meaning about the past, beyond the effort to collect information. Analysis of historical

information requires awareness of names, chronology, facts and events. Devoid of factual and detailed information,

historical thinking is not likely. The four Historical Thinking Skills listed below provide a solid foundation for thinking



1. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence

2. Chronological Reasoning

3. Comparison and Contextualization

4. Historical Interpretation and Synthesis




The course will have six basic units:


1. Foundations- 600 B.C.E. (Technological and environmental transformations) 5%

2. 600 B.C.E. - 600 C.E. (Organization and reorganization of societies) 15% 3

3. 600-1450 (Regional and Trans-regional interaction) 20%

4. 1450-1750 (Global interactions) 20%

5. 1750-1900 (Industrialization and Global Integration) 20%

6. 1900- Present (Accelerating Global change and Re-alignment) 20%



Stearns, Peter, et.al., World Civilizations: the Global Experience. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Prentice Hall, 2003.




1)  Comply with Sharyland’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy

2)  Remain in your assigned seat at all times, unless you have permission otherwise

3)  Act mature while in the classroom.

4)  The bell does NOT excuse you - the room must be clean and organized before anyone can leave

5)  Late to class = need a tardy slip

6)  Respect yourself, your fellow students and the teacher

7)  Comply with the Sharyland Dress code and Rules of Conduct

8)  Late assignments will NOT be accepted (minor assignments)

9)  You must have the hall pass to leave the classroom.  One student out of class at a time!!!

10)  You are allowed one day to turn in make-up work for each day absent

11)  Always do your own work, to the best of your ability!!!



The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59


Daily Assignments/Quizzes/Homework                                         40%

Tests                                                                                        60%

Total                                                                                       100%


  1. 1-1/2 inch binder (optional)

  2. notebook or PowerPoint slides printed out 

  3. Pens or pencils


    The World History AP EXAM is scheduled for: May 11, 2017

Link to District Grading Policy:  file:///C:/Users/jmeiners/Downloads/Grading%20Procedures%20revised%204.17.17.pdf