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World History, Advanced Placement

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WORLD HISTORY, Advanced Placement

General Description

Prerequisite: Willingness to invest the time necessary to perform at a rigorous academic level.

AP Modern World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. Students investigate significant events, individuals, developments in four historical periods from approximately 1200 CE to present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time.  Fees: Optional AP Exam Fee (Approx. $100.00)


The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the year in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. 

In this class homework will be flexible in order to allow students the ability to balance academic and personal schedules. Students wishing to maximize the chance of a successful outcome on the National Board Exam will need to read significant portions of the textbook in order to expand on in-class learning. Students should be able to complete most of the balance of the course work during class time provided time is used effectively.

Theory of Action

Enumclaw High School Social Studies Teachers are passionate about the wide-ranging subject matter that we teach. We believe History, Psychology, Civics, Contemporary Issues and the various interest-based classes we offer promote an informed citizenry ready to participate in the future of our country. The Social Studies Department is committed to developing authentic learning experiences in our various curricula designed to engage students through promoting a deeper understanding of the world around us.