College Board Example List – AP World History Resources

New Review: Perfection Learning Patterns of World History

Perfection Learning's Patterns of World HistoryLearning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s Patterns of World History, Combined Volume, With Sources, 2nd Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses. Content is available in print and eBook formats and includes additional online resources. Using broad historical patterns as an organizational structure (e.g., path breaking technological innovations), the text presents a narrative of world history that supports contextual understanding of the events and innovations that have shaped the world.

Core content is presented in six parts organized in terms of chronological periods: (1) From Human Origins to Early Agricultural Centers: Prehistory-600 BCE, (2) The Age of Empires and Visionaries: 600 BCE-600 CE, (3) The Formation of Religious Civilizations: 600-1450 CE, (4) Interactions Across the Globe: 1450-1750, (5) The Origins of Modernity: 1750-1900, and (6) From Three Modernities to One: 1914 to present. Each part begins with a two-page overview of the period and and its key patterns, a timeline, and a set of “Thinking Like a Historian Questions” to guide students’ reading (e.g., “How was each religious civilization of the period 600-1450 unique? How were these civilizations comparable?”).

Chapters end with a “Against the Grain” essays that provide opposing or contradictory narratives related to the period of study (e.g., Thor Heyerdahl’s theory that early Polynesians were descended from Peruvians) with questions to support analysis and discussion. End-of-chapter activities include “Patterns of Evidence,” which presents a set of textual and visual primary sources. A short introduction frames the context for each source, and each source is followed by several “Working With Sources” document-based questions.

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New Review: Perfection Learning’s World History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination

Perfection LearningLearning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s World History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, which is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses. Content is available in print format. Core content is presented in six chronological periods that match the periods identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP World History (e.g., Period 4: Global Interactions, 1450-1750).

Each period is broken into chapters that cover the history of particular regions during the period (e.g., “Chapter 17: Africa in the Early Colonial Period”).  Chapters include a “Historical Perspectives” feature and the paired features: “Think As a Historian,” and “Write As a Historian.” Historical Perspectives provides two or more historians’ differing perspectives on historical developments (e.g., “Was Alexander great?”).  Think As a Historian and Write As a Historian are short activities addressing historical thinking skills and their use in written arguments.

Chapters end with sets of stimulus-based multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions formatted to reflect the AP exam. Each period ends with one document-based question and several long-essay questions. The text ends with a full practice exam that reflects the AP U.S. World Exam in length and format.

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For over 85 years, Perfection Learning has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.

In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.

 

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Edition

BFW's Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3eLearning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction addresses the major developments in world history, including the emergence of global religions, industrialization, and the rise and fall of totalitarian systems.

 Ways of the World opens with a set of articles to help students use the text and its resources. Core content is organized in six chronological parts that match the historical periods in the College Board’s course framework for AP World History: (1) First Things First: Beginnings in History, to 600 B.C.E., (2) Second-Wave Civilizations in World History, 600 B.C.E. – 600 C.E., (3) An Age of Accelerating Connections, 600 C.E. – 1450, (4) The Early Modern World, 1450 – 1750, (5) The European Moment in World History, 1750 – 1900, and (6) The Most Recent Century, 1900 – present.

 Parts are made up of chapters that emphasize broad themes that connect periods and cultures (e.g., global trade).  Each chapter begins with an individual’s perspective (e.g., Nelson Mandela), an outline of content, and a “Map of Time” chronology. The instructional narrative is written at an advanced level and includes a variety of reading supports. Chapter openers include a “Seeking the Main Point” question that helps focus students on an important theme addressed by instruction (e.g., “In what ways did the Industrial Revolution mark a sharp break with the past?”).  Margin notes contain “Guided Reading Questions,” “AP Exam Tips” (e.g., “Effects of the Atlantic Revolutions on women’s rights are ‘must know’ information for the AP exam.”), and “Practicing AP Historical Thinking” notes that provide point-of-use guidance in applying historical thinking skills. Chapters end with a “Reflections” essay, review activities, and a “Working With Evidence” source analysis activity.

 

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New Review: W.W. Norton’s Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present, AP Edition

Norton's AP Worlds Together, Worlds ApartLearning List has reviewed W.W. Norton’s Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present, AP Edition.  Worlds Together, Worlds Apart is a comprehensive product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses. Resources are available in print and eBook formats. Instruction is thematic and addresses the movement of goods, people, and ideas and religious, political, and cultural exchanges.

Content is organized chronologically in 21 chapters that begin with origins of humanity and conclude with an epilogue addressing contemporary events. Four central themes are interwoven throughout chapters: (1) trade and cultural exchange, (2) transformations and conflict, (3) shifts in power, and (4) the role of gender and environment in shaping history. Each chapter opens with a set of “Before You Read This Chapter” notes that include learning objectives, new vocabulary, and a set of “Global Storylines” that frame the context for content.

Vivid visual elements, such as maps, artwork, and photographs, are interspersed throughout the text and include clear captions that explain their significance. Margins contain flags that alert students to content related to learning objectives. Instruction includes “Current Trends in World History” and “Analyzing Global Developments” features that present historical data and recent research in world history. Each chapter includes a “Going to the Source” feature that presents a set of five to seven primary source documents that address one of the chapter’s themes (e.g., Religion and Change in the Nineteenth Century). A set of “Analysis Questions” guides students’ interpretation, analysis, and comparison of the documents and prepares them to respond to a “Long Essay Question.”

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New Review: McGraw-Hill’s Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Updated 6th Edition.

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Learning List has reviewed McGraw-Hill’s Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Updated 6th Edition.  This comprehensive resource supports instruction in high school Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats with additional online resources. Instruction emphasizes overarching themes (e.g., Interaction Between Humans and the Environment) to help students make connections across regions, cultures, and periods in time.

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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New Review: Cengage Learning’s The Earth and Its Peoples, AP Edition

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Learning List has reviewed Cengage Learning’s The Earth and Its Peoples, AP Edition. This comprehensive resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) world history courses and is available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

The course presents balanced coverage of the world’s regions and focuses on the shared experiences and challenges that unite people and cultures across time. Each chapter contains a set of essays that address patterns of development across the world’s societies and cultures:

  • Environment + Technology essays explore how human interaction with physical and social environments has led to innovations that have facilitated development and growth, and led to global change.
  • Diversity + Dominance essays consider the political, social, religious, and economic institutions that have affected human experiences, shaped dominant cultures and traditions, and informed diverse societies, customs, and beliefs.
  • Material Culture essays highlight the role of everyday objects and processes in shaping our understanding of the past.

Online student materials include “CourseMate for World History” and the “Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP World History Examination.”  CourseMate contains maps, videos, quizzes, practice activities, interactive vocabulary flashcards, additional primary source documents (e.g., The Code of Hammurabi), and other materials. Fast Track to a 5 provides a diagnostic test to gauge students’ readiness for the AP exam, study guides with practice quizzes for the world’s regions, and two practice tests formatted to reflect the AP exam with multiple choice and free response questions.

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