Welcome to AP World History! Week 1

An Inquiry Into the Nature, Reasoning and Scale of Story-Telling, HISTORY & Historiography

Welcome to AP World History with Mr. Cameron! After introducing some basic course logistics like the syllabus and course website, we’re going straight into engaging some historical reasoning skills & disciplinary practices that will stick with us throughout our semester.

Day 1 – Tuesday:  One piece of methodology inherent in this course relates to how we conceptualize the THEMES of history.  Let’s spend a bit more time with the THEMES of AP World History by Categorizing the SECSE themes!!

Day 2 – Wednesday: Analyzing historical evidence: Why Study History – Historical Reasoning Activity (and the PPT…).  Also: QUIZ: How Good Are You At Detecting Bias?  Mr. Cameron looks forward to spending more time with primary and secondary source analysis; more on that next week.

Day 3 – Thursday: The historical reasoning skill of contextualization.  In an effort to help us understand the chronological RANGE of APWH, we need to consider the timeline of human events leading up to the point where AP College Board wants us to begin our curriculum with Big History, the Cosmic Calendar and our APWH Focus using the BIG HISTORY TIMELINE.  Where do humans fit in within the broad context of life on earth?? …within the broader context of our universe?


Day 4 – Friday!  Historical reasoning skills are handy even while addressing a subject that many of us take for granted: what does earth look like?  But let’s problematize the whole concept of geography and cartography, shall we??  See: Geography & Cartography as Historiography. Let’s recall the major physical and topographical features of our lovely planet; then we may begin with an inquiry into a discussion of CARTOGRAPHY and METHODOLOGY as tools of historiography.  

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Looking Ahead to Next Week:

Throughout the course we will organize ourselves into groups to tackle the many regions of the World addressed in this class.  At the beginning of each Unit, students will organize themselves into “Regionally-Specific” groups.  Click your class period to sign-up: PERIOD 1PERIOD 3PERIOD 4.  The work your regionally-specific group will complete for each Unit is outlined here in this Regionally-Specific Group Presentation SKELETON, and graded using this RUBRIC.  Here is the Encyclopedia of World history, the document you will use to select your two regionally-specific primary sources that you might address in your group presentation.  Finally, students will be expected to outline a textbook chapter to provide further substance to their coursework and group presentations; here are some ideas on how to organize your notes you take from the Bentley textbook.