AP World History Summer Assignment 2016 Welcome to AP World History. I look forward to meeting you in the fall. These assignments build your fundamental knowledge of World History and lay the foundation for the first unit and subsequent material covered during the course of the year.
For many of you, this is your first AP class. To be successful, you need a strong work ethic, good study and note-taking habits, and motivation to tackle readings in the textbook as well as primary sources. Due to both the breadth and depth of curriculum (10,000 years of human history), it is imperative that you complete all the assigned class and homework reading as we cannot address every historical topic in our class lectures and discussions. You should be prepared to spend four to six hours a week outside of class on AP World History. The purpose of this summer assignment is to get a jumpstart on our course of study. Please be prepared to discuss Period One: Technological and Environmental Interactions when we return to school in August. Our first test on Period One is typically within the first three weeks of school. The summer packet includes research and note-taking on early human civilizations, historical thinking skills questions, a quotation about history activity, and guided questions based on a non-fiction book selection, The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage*. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the public library, and the Grady library. This book provides a different perspective on periodization in history, a critical skill for AP World students.