Ap world history final project

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Name: ________________________________ Period: _____
Group Members: ________________________ ________________________
After taking the AP World History Exam, our focus in the class has been all about global trends/issues of today and predictions regarding the future. Therefore, for this project, you will assume the role of a futurologist. You will make three predictions for the future. Your predictions will have to be based on current trends/developments and research. You will present your predictions on the day of the final. The predictions could be as broad as you want or they could be very specific (example: future of the planet as a result of global warming vs. the future of Arab-Israeli conflict). You can concentrate on one particular aspect of the future (example: impact of technology) and make three different predictions based on this aspect, or you can make three different predictions on three different topics (example: future of nationalism, space mining, migration crisis in Europe.
Important Note:
I realize that it is very difficult to come up with three truly unique predictions. So, another option is to take a prediction/idea that was made by somebody else, acknowledge it as not one of your own, of course, and provide evidence to support this prediction. Please read the attached BBC articles, so that you can get some ideas regarding this option. There is also a list of links on my website (the same list is attached to this handout) that might help you with your research as well.
How to introduce/present your ideas to the class?
This is going to be a PowerPoint presentation (if you would like to use PhotoStory, Prezi, or any other software program for your final product, consult with me first). So, for each of your ideas, you should offer:

  1. Clear definition/explanation of your idea and each of its main components

  2. Provide an in-depth foundation for your idea (example: history and/or evidence of current technologies that will allow your idea to eventually become a reality)

  3. Discuss the impact of your idea on the future in general or a specific aspect of people’s lives in particular

Important Details:

  • This project counts as 10% of your overall grade in this class

  • You may work on this project by yourself or as a group (no more than 3 people)

  • No one is excused from the final (this project is the final). However, students with an “A” average may present this project early and be excused from showing up to school on the day of the final.

  • You will be required to demonstrate work in progress over the next few weeks (it is part of your grading rubric see next page)



Possible Points:

Points Earned:

1. Content:

  • Ideas are engaging and creative

  • Plausibility of each idea is explained in an effective and convincing manner

  • Historic background / present-day trends that provide foundation for your ideas are explained

  • Explanations include relevant facts and statistics

  • Sources/references are clearly stated / explained

  • Future impact of ideas is analyzed in your presentation

  • Ideas, evidence, and discussion of impact are convincing and well-developed


2. Organization:

  • PowerPoint presentation is organized and easy to follow

  • Slides include information as well as relevant visuals

  • Information in slides (mostly) serve as an outline of your presentation

  • Layout/font/graphics, etc. of the slides are not distracting

  • Sources are acknowledged in the presentation


3. Presentation Skills:

  • Presenters do not simply read from their slides during the presentation (explain and elaborate!)

  • Proper demeanor and eye contact are maintained during the presentation

  • Questions are answered in a competent manner


4. Work in Progress / Group Work

  • At the end of each class leading up to the presentation day, students demonstrate their work in progress. (I will initial this grading rubric at the end of each planning / preparation period)

  • Students are productive and focused while working on this project in class


Dates and Teacher Signatures:



Teacher Comments:

Research Resources For the Project

(1) THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2014 (first link) and 2013 (second link) and Beyond.




(2) BBC.COM Web Page on the Future (variety of links on wide variety of topics)


(3) FUTURETIMELINE.NET – Speculative timeline of future world history (Tons of links and resources. If you spend time browsing this website, it is almost impossible not to stumble upon idea(s) for your project.)


(4) TOMORROW’S WORLD – Neat infographic about various predictions for the future and the odds on them actually happening.


(5) 110 PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT 110 YEARS – an article from Popular Mechanics that lists ….wait for it….110 predictions for the next 110 years. Most of them do not have references attached. So, if you decide to use any of the unreferenced predictions from this article, you’ll have to do some additional research.


Pay special attention to references (sources from which information in your source is based on)! They need to be CREDIBLE!!!

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