College Board Example List – AP European History Resources

New Review: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning’s Voyages in World History

Cengage VoyagesLearning List has reviewed National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning’s Voyages in World History. This comprehensive resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) European History courses.  Materials are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components. The course incorporates the theme of movement, including the travels of individuals, the trade of goods, and cultural shifts.

Voyages in World History covers the periods from the first “modern human behavior” (ca 150,000 B.C.E.) to contemporary events in 32 chapters structured by the unifying theme of movement and travel. Instruction addresses the role of religion in shaping political, social, and cultural history. While Voyages is a world history text, it includes material related to European history.

The text provides the following essays with discussion questions to help students connect themes and develop historical thinking skills:

  • Movement of Ideas Through Primary Sources compares two original sources presenting different perspectives of the same ideas.
  • Visual Evidence in Primary Sources examines a historical artifact, work of art, or image to shed light on what cultures valued and to discover information about people’s everyday lives.
  • World History in Today’s World considers how the events of the past shape our world and why history is relevant to students’ lives.

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s A History of Western Society Since 1300, for the AP Course (McKay), 12th Edition

BedfordBFW's A History of Western Society (AP European History), Freeman & Worth’s A History of Western Society Since 1300, for the AP Course (McKay), 12th Edition, is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) European History courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction emphasizes social and cultural history and the experiences of ordinary people. Learning List has reviewed the product’s print resources.

Core content is organized in four periods that match the College Board’s approach to periodization (e.g., Period 3: c. 1815 to c. 1914). Each period opens with a short overview of the period, discussions of key concepts addressed by instruction (e.g., “Nationalism and Revolutions in a Changing Europe”), and a set of “Understanding AP Themes” questions to guide students’ reading (e.g., “Why did European countries create or expand empires overseas in the nineteenth century?”). The questions reference the relevant thematic learning objectives in the College Board’s course framework.

Periods 2 through 4 contain a “Life” chapter (e.g., “Life in the Emerging Urban Society: 1840-1914”) that explores everyday life and the experiences of ordinary people living during the period.  Life chapters include a “The Past Living Now” essay that explores connections between contemporary life and historical developments and events (e.g., the development of modern sewage systems).

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s A History of Europe in the Modern World (Palmer), AP

McGraw Hill's A History of Europe (Palmer)Learning List recently reviewed McGraw Hill’s A History of Europe in the Modern World (Palmer), AP Edition. Available in print and digital formats, this comprehensive course supports instruction in high school Advanced Placement (AP) European History. Instruction emphasizes Europe’s role in modern global exchanges, nation building, transnational commercial systems, colonial empires, and cultural transitions.

 

Europe in the Modern World begins with a “Geography and History” article that explains how geography shapes cultural understandings and its role in framing the study of European history.  The text’s first chapter is titled “The Rise of Europe” and summarizes modern Europe’s roots in the ancient and medieval worlds. Subsequent chapters are organized chronologically and focus on specific historical periods (e.g., “The Growing Power of Western Europe, 1640-1750”).

 

Instruction illustrates how primary and secondary sources reflect cultural understandings and assumptions. For example, some chapters include a “Historical Interpretations and Debates” feature that presents two very different perspectives on an event, individual, or cultural change of the period (e.g., the Industrial Revolution’s effects on work and domestic life). The course also underscores the experiences and developing roles of women in European history.

 

Europe in the Modern World’s end-of-chapter and test bank questions are formatted to reflect the types of questions on the AP World History exam. Additional online components, available separately from the publisher, support student self-study and preparation for AP exams (e.g., ONboard).

 

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