Traditions & Encounters begins with a preface that introduces students to the course’s features, the AP themes for world history, historical thinking skills, the format and types of questions on the AP exam, and how the exam is scored. Subsequent content is organized in seven parts. Each part addresses a chronological period (e.g., The Formation of Classical Societies, ca. 500 B.C.E. to ca. 500 C.E.) and is made up of chapters that focus on particular phases or developments of the period (e.g., The Unification of China). Content is presented using an engaging and highly readable writing style.
Chapters include features titled “Sources from the Past” and “Reverberations.” Sources from the Past presents a primary source document from the period for students to analyze. Reverberations provides a brief discussion of how momentous events, ideas, and processes (e.g., “Urbanization and Patriarchy”) affect different regions and historical periods. Reverberations content helps students make connections across chapters.
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