The concept of AP World History is to focus on the big ideas, concepts, themes, and trends of history. Instead of focusing on minor events and occurrences, we will focus on the big ideas that have shaped world history and our world today. To get your mind thinking in this direction, as you read Guns,Germs and Steel you will create a written and illustrated summary of the "Big Ideas” for each chapter you read.
Format for “Big Ideas”
For each assigned chapter, including prologue and epilogue, summarize AND illustrate the big ideas. One page per chapter is sufficient. For the illustrations, you can use your own artwork, symbols, collage-type cutouts or computer printouts. Words can be melded into the art in any way you choose. Some chapters may have more artwork, some may have more words – get the main idea so it makes sense to you. Make sure the words areyour own. Evidence of plagiarism will result in a grade of ZERO for thisproject.
Focus on the big ideas and don't get bogged down in the science, unless you are really interested. One way to practice getting the main idea is to verbally explain the main idea to someone after each chapter.
Read 5 of the following 9 chapters in the book: