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Welcome to AP World History - Mr. Trainor, Instructor


“History must serve, however imperfectly, as our laboratory, and data from the past must serve as our most vital evidence in the unavoidable quest to figure out why our complex species behaves as it does in societal settings...History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be...The past causes the present, and so the future.” – Peter Stearns, American Historical Association, 1998.

“History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” – Mark Twain


This class is designed to introduce you to the study of history.  Throughout the semester we will cover important events in early world history as well as the skills need to understand the world around you today. 

Please click here for the course overview, and here for the class policies and grade breakdown.  

Homework should be completed based on the following criteria:

First name, last name                                                                           Date

Homework #                                                                                        Period

Please also note these guidelines adapted from Ms. Garcia:

  • These must be hand written in black or blue ink.  Typed homework's WILL NOT be accepted.
  • If assignments exceed one page in length, these must be brought to class stapled.
  • Assignments should be neat
  • Make sure that the material presented in each and every assignment is clear and easy to read (for you and your teacher!!!)If you use a regular ballpoint pen, you may be able to write on the back of the sheet. Let’s save some trees!
  • Once again... Make sure the assignment is NEAT! Wrinkled, stained, battered homework sheets are not given favorable marks!

How the HW is Graded:

Check Plus - 100% of the credit for that assignment.
Check - 85% of the credit for that assignment.
Check Minus - 65% of the credit for that assignment.

See below for the study guide for Exam#1.  This exam will consist of MC questions and primary source document analysis. 


Study Guide:

Difference between a primary and secondary course document

All four Historical Thinking Skills - Comparison, CCOT, Comparison, Contextualization and Causation

Periodization and the six WHAP time periods

AP World regions/sub-regions

The five WHAP themes

Content indirectly covered on the exam:

Ancient Rome

Ancient Greece

Mauryan India and the Castes System

Maya belief system

China under the Sui and Tang 

Chola and Vijayanagar Kingdom's

Primary Source Document analysis using HIPP

Historical Context
Intended Audience

Point of View

HW#10, due Wed. 9/27.  Define the word REVOLUTION.  Answer the following question:


1.  Are we living in revolutionary times today?  In what sense(s)?

HW#9, due Wed. 9/20.  Instead of writing the full DBQ essay that we discussed in class, I want you only to develop a thesis to the prompt and submit it to the below Google Form corresponding to your class.  For a concise overview of helpful tips in writing the DBQ see this guide made by another WHAP teacher and tailored to the new exam.  

Period 4

Period 5

Here are the links to the overviews for period 5 and period 6, which we will be covering over the span of this year.  You should print out all overviews and keep them for reference throughout the year.  

HW#8, due Tues. 9/19.  Please print out and bring this overview of period 4 to class. 

HW#7, due Mon. 9/18.  Please print out and bring this overview of period 3 to class.

HW#6, due Fri. 9/15.  Please bring in your summer assignments and be prepared to hand them in.  Also, please print out these overviews of periods one and two from the College Board. 

Finally, as announced in class we will be spending some time on Day of Empire over the next two weeks.  You will be broken up into groups of more than five and each group will perform a skit in class using the book and matching it to the themes covered in AP World History.  Please see here for the directions and rubric.  If you want to self-select your groups, each group must have a group leader and that person must fill out the Google Form below corresponding to your period.

HW#5, due Thurs. 9/14.  Please complete this geography worksheet.  Bring it to class tomorrow and be prepared to share.

HW#4, due Wed. 9/13.  Please read this piece on what historians actually do. Next, answer these questions based on the graphic organizer comparing how different textbooks divide time for the purposes of studying history.  Please print out the worksheet and bring it to class for discussion.  

HW#3, due Tues. 9/12.  This assignment is about time and our relationship to it.  I want you to create a timeline of your life!  Please fill out this worksheet and then write a one-page essay about your life.  Staple the worksheet to the essay and bring both to class.  

HW#2, due Mon, 9/11 - Check out this overview and timeline of the attacks on September 11, 2001 from the 9/11 Tribute Center.  After reviewing the events you are to interview a parent/guardian, first responder, teacher or other adult who can recall the events of 9-11-2001.  Be prepared to discuss your interviews in class.  Suggested questions are below:


1.  Where were you on the morning of 9/11?

2.  How did you first hear about the attacks?

3.  How do you feel that the world has changed as a result of the attacks?

4.  How do you think the world has remained the same since the attacks?

5.  What do you see as the most important lesson that students should learn about 9/11? 

HW#1, due Fri. 9/8 - For this assignment we will start familiarizing ourselves with the key elements of the AP World History exam.  Click here for the exam description and complete the following document scavenger hunt:

1.  Find the first description of the History Reasoning Skills.  After reading about each skill list them in your notebooks and rank them in order of how challenging you think they will be for you with 1 being the least challenging and 4 being the most challenging. Explain your ranking in a paragraph under your list.

2.  Find the Thematic Learning Objectives.  Read the descriptions of each (the descriptions are 1-2 paragraphs under the heading for each theme)  Which theme do you find the most interesting?  The least interesting?  Explain your choices in a short paragraph. 

3.  Find the historical periods.  There are six different historical periods.  Why do you think the test-makers chose to divide all of history in this way?  

Finally, please complete this form.  Print it out and bring it to class.