Ap World History Civilization Project Essay

Welcome to AP World History

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretative issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms the organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.

The AP World History is exam is on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in the morning.


Mrs. Fontan's AP World History Class

Important documents, such as the course syllabus (in progress), are located under World Documents to the left. 

Please check my Canvas page for other needed resources, including updates on class notes, assignments, and assessments. 


Friday, March 9 & Monday, March 12, 2018

1. Reading Quiz

2. Discussion on Capitalism and Marxism

3. Finish Revolutionary Document Tasks

HW: “British India” pg 733-743 & Ch 25 Intro, “Political Consolidation…”, “Reform & Reaction” Pg 744-765


Wednesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 8, 2018

1. Reading Quiz

2. SAQ Peer Review

3. Revolutionary Documents

HW: Intro, “China’s World Inverted,” & “The Rise of Modern Japan” Pg 714-733


Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2018

1. Reading Quiz

2. Napoleon and Beyond

3. French Revolution SAQ

4. Peer Review

HW: “New Paradigms of the Industrial Age” & “Challenges to Reform…” pg 702-713


Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, 2018

1. Reading Quiz

2. Haitian Revolution Graphic Story 

3. Discussion on Latin American Revolutions

HW: Read and take notes on Intro, “Industrial Revolution: Origins…” & “Reform & Revolution”  Pg 682-701


Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, 2018

1. Separate desks and turn off cellphones- have these ready to turn in. You will need a pencil for the test. 

2. Period 4 Test- 50 min

3. Work on reading assignment or French Revolution questions

HW: “The Latin American Wars of Independence” & “Rev. Outcomes and Comparisons” pg 669-681; Complete questions from "What Caused the French  Revolution"



Period 4 Test for Tuesday and Wednesday next wel ek. Test will not be cumulative. 

Friday, February 23 and Monday, February 26, 2018

Turn in American Revolution Timeline

1. Reading Quiz

2. The French Revolution

3. What Caused the French Revolution Questions

HW: “The Latin American Wars of Independence” & “Rev. Outcomes and Comparisons” pg 669-681

Complete questions from "What Caused the French  Revolution" (READING AND QUESTIONS WILL BE DUE THE CLASS PERIOD AFTER THE DAY OF THE TEST)


Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22, 2018

1. Reading Quiz

2. Events leading up to the American Revolution 

4. Timeline of Events

5. Stamp Act

HW: Read and take notes on “The French Revolution” & “The Haitian Revolution” pg 655-669

Make up work: Sugar DBQ BDAY


Monday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 20, 2018

1. Period 4 MC Test

2. Complete Mindset Questionnaire: 

A Day

B Day

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 22, pg 648 to 655 through the American Revolution (also review the pages on the Enlightenment from Ch 21.)


There will be a Period 4 Review Session after school WEDNESDAY, February 14 till 3:15.


Thursday, February 15 & Friday, February 16, 2018

Period 4 Test

HW: Read and take notes on  “The European Enlightenment” pg 640-647 from Voyages- we will use the Voyages textbook from here forward.


Tuesday, February 13, and Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1. Turn in Sugar DBQ Essays

2. Discussion on Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals

3. The Gunpowder Empires Article

4. Period 4 Quilt Review

HW: Period 4 Vocabulary and Crash Course Videos due next class. PERIOD 4 TEST next class!


Friday, February 8 & Monday, February 12, 2018

1. CNN News (Friday's stories)

2. Discussion on Japan

3. Sugar DBQ Essay

4. Review Quilt

HW: Crash Course #22 & 218


Wednesday, February 7 & Thursday, February 8, 2018

1. Find your Sugar DBQ Thesis statement-trade with assigned partner and review. Write down editing advice. 

2. Analyze Sugar DBQ Documents

3. Bucket 23Documents- rewrite thesis

4. Complete Sugar DBQ outline

HW: Complete Crash Course #229 & 23


Monday, February 5 & Tuesday, February 6, 2018

1.Warm-Up: Answer the questions based on your knowledge of history and your experience in the game last week...

-How did European powers prevent one Empire from gaining too much power?  

-How much did the boundaries change?  What nation (in history) had the greatest advantage in colonizing?

-How would the changing boundaries of Europe impact the lives of the peasants of a nation?  

-Based on the simulation how did Absolute monarchs choose to spend the money and resources of a nation?

-Overall, how do you think the game did in simulating mercantilism and colonization? Strengths v weaknesses

2. Parody Project Presentations

3. Sugar DBQ Intro

HW: Complete Crash Course Questions on #19 and #25


Thursday, February 1 & Friday, February 2, 2018

1. Ch 27 Reading postponed, due Monday/Tuesday...it is now posted on the website- my apologies!

2. Age of Conquest Game

HW: PARODY PROJECTS DUE MON/TUES & Read and take notes on Ch 27 



Tuesday, January 30 & Wednesday, January 31, 2018

1. Ch 26 Reading Quiz

2. America's Activity

3. Short Answer Practice

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 27


Friday, January 26 & Monday, January 29, 2018

1. Define and work on connections for Protestant Reformation, Jesuits, Catholic Reformation

2. Finish discussion on Reformation

3. Colonies in the Americas Activity 

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 26: Tradition an dChange in East Asia


Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25, 2018

1. Housekeeping- Books and AP Exam Registration

Exam Registration: https://tinyurl.com/cmhsAP2018   

Textbook Form: https://goo.gl/forms/pNsgBLJ2t7kZTkrY2

2. Continue Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution

3. Introduce Parody Project

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 25: Africa and the Atlantic World

Columbus Day Debate- January 30 & 31

Parody Project Due February 5 & 6


Monday, January 22, 2018

Complete the "Guns, Germs, and Steel" Reading from Jared Diamond and the accompanying questions that are located under the Period 4 module on Canvas. 

These need to be completed by class on Wednesday/Thursday


Wednesday, January 10 & Thursday, January 11, 2018

1. Ch 23 Reading Quiz

2. Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution

3. Introduce Parody Project

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 24: New Worlds: The  Americas and Oceania for January 22/23

Columbus Day Debate- January 26 & 29

Parody Project Due February 1 & 2


Monday, January 8 & Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 1. Complete  A Day Google Form for Zheng He DBQ thesis statement 

                     B Day Google Form for Zheng He DBQ

2. Discussion on European Exploration

3. Introduce Debate on Columbus Day (January 26 & 29): EXIT SLIP: Should Columbus Day be renamed? Who/what should be honored on this day? Why do you believe this change should occur OR why should there be no change and Columbus Day continue to be observed?

HW: read and take notes on Chapter 23: The Transformation of Europe


Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5, 2018

1. Ch 22 Reading Quiz on Chromebooks

2. Document Video & Continue work on Zheng He DBQ

HW: Complete analysis of all DBQ documents, Bucket and write thesis statement

Next reading due January 10/11- Chapter 23: The Transformation of Europe


Tuesday, January 2 & Wednesday, January 3, 2018


1. Grab a chromebook...read Voyage of Zheng He Background Essay and answer questions. 

2. Zheng He Video

3. Begin working on Zheng He Documents and questions (answer on separate sheet of paper).

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 22: Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections


Tuesday, December 16 & Wednesday, December 17, 2017

1. Turn in Crash Course Questions (if completed-these are not mandatory)

2. MC Period 3 Test

3. Long Essay Question Test

HW: Read and take notes on pg 459-473 only of Bentley 21: Expanding Horizons

The Period 4 Guide is posted, so that you can get ahead on reading and assignments during the break. 



Friday, December 15 & Monday, December 18, 2017

1. Get a chromebook and go to Canvas- Period 3 Module

2. Complete the Migration Activity (write your answers on the packet provided)-Due by the beginning of class on Tuesday-use your time wisely in class so that you are able to get this assignment, your extra credit, and studying for the test completed!

HW: PERIOD 3 TEST ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY!!! Complete the Crash Course review for Period 3 by test day.



Wednesday, December 13 & Thursday, December 14, 2017

1. Turn in Pop Action Figures

2. Genghis Khan!

3. Mongol Documents- Building an argument

HW: Crash Course Period 3 Review (Extra Credit) Please bring headphones for your assignment on Friday & Monday



Monday, December 11 & Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1. Crusade Debate

2. Finish Pop Action Figures

HW: Complete Pop Action Figures


Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8, 2017

1. Period 3 Quilt

2. Pop Action Figures

HW: Prepare for the Crusades Debate (Analyze Primary Sources that are on the website). What were the true motivations behind the Crusades?


Tuesday, December 5 & Wednesday, December 6, 2017

1. Turn in Ch 19 Notes

2. Discussion on the Middle Ages/Crusades/Hundred Years War

3. Causes & Effects of the Crusades

HW: Finish Trade Map Project (Due Thursday & Friday) and begin preparing for the Crusade Debate (Monday & Tuesday)- What are the true motivations for the Crusades? 


Friday, December 1 & Monday, December 4, 2017

1. Ch 17 Reading Quiz

2. Comparison of Medieval Europe and Japan

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 19: Increasing Influence of Europe


Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30, 2017

1. No Quiz...moved to Friday/Monday

2. Engineering an Empire: The Byzantines

3. Influence of Byzantines on Russia

HW: Read and annotate Muslim and European Reactions primary sources

Trade Map Project due Nov 7 & 8


Monday, November 27 & Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1. Ch 16 Quiz

2. Sui, Tang, Song

3. Trade Routes Project

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 17: Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration


Monday, November 20 & Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1. East Asia Reading Quiz

2. Thankful Historical Hand Turkeys

3. SPICE East Asia 

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 16: Two Worlds of Christendom


Thursday, November 16 & Friday, November 17, 2017

1. Sub-Saharan Africa Quiz (Get your chromebooks)

2. Ibn Battuta and Sub-Saharan Africa

3. Trade Map Project

HW: Read and take notes on CH 13- Empires in East Asia


Thursday, November 9 & Monday, November 13, 2017

1. Pick up your chromebook and begin reading the 2 Barron's Articles: Culture, Science, and Technology & Economic Systems 600-1450

2. Group Discussions on Technology and Trade

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 18: States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa


Monday, November 6 & Wednesday, November 8, 2017

1. NO QUIZ! Finish the Americas- The Incas (Aztec Article)

2. Rise of Islam

3. SPICE Dar al-Islam

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 15 (India and the Indian Ocean Basin)


Thursday, November 2-Friday, November 3, 2017

1. Grab Chromebooks- Reading Quiz

2. Finish Maya Creation Stories

3. Discuss Aztec & Inca

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 14 (online) or 13 (hard copy) on Islam


Tuesday, October 31-Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1. American Civilizations of the Olmec and Maya

2. Maya Creation Story

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 20


Thursday, October 26-Monday, October 30, 2017

1. Maya: The Blood of Kings

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 6


Wednesday October 25, 2017



Friday, October 20- Monday, October 23, 2017

1. Any money for AMSCO???

2. Discussion on the Romans

3. Continue working on Long-essay practice

HW: Test on October 25- Period 2 (will be cumulative, so plan to see some questions from Period 1), will include a Long Essay (look over rubric); Crash Course Video Questions & Period 2 Vocab w/connections will be due the 25th


Wednesday, October 18-Thursday, October 19, 2017

1. Greek City-States: Athens v Sparta

2. Essay Practice

HW: Test on October 25: Period 2 Vocab due with Connections, Crash Course Video Questions Due


Monday, October 16-Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Autopsy of a Civilization Presentations

HW: Complete Crash Course Reviews by Friday.


Thusday, October 12- Friday, October 13, 2017

1. Instructional Fee Letter (to purchase AMSCO text)- $20 due by October 26. Info on AMSCO book

2. Autopsy of a Civilization- Take notes (these will be collected)

HW: Complete at least 2 of the Crash Course reviews by Monday


Tuesday, October 10-Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1. turn in Chapter 12 Notes

2. Pick up a chromebook and save the LEQ Rubric to your Google Drive.

3. Discuss LEQ Rubric and work on sample Long Essay Question

HW: Finish Autopsy of a Civilization Projects- DUE NEXT CLASS!!! Look over the rubric and make sure you have EVERY PART FINISHED!

The Period 2 Guide has been updated and there are new dates for the test, vocab, and Crash Course Videos. Please make sure you have checked these. 


Friday, October 6-October 9, 2017

1. Move desks to make a discussion circle. YOU CAN DO THIS!

2. Get notes ready for the Debate


HW: Read CH  12 for Tues/Wed & Watch and answer questions for Crash Course- The Persians & Greeks, Alexander the Great, and Rome- due18 &  before Period 2 Test on Oct 18 & 19


Wednesday, October 4-Thursday, October 5, 2017

1. Ch 11 Quiz

2. World Religions up to 600 CE

3. Prep for Emperor's Debate on Friday

HW: Research and bring notes to have the debate over who is the greatest emperor from Period 2; Ch 12 due Oct 10/11

Emperors in the debate are: Darius, Cyrus, Alexander, Octavian/Augustus Caesar, Ashoka, & Han Wudi



Monday, October 2-Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1. CH 10 Quiz

2. Discussion on Classical India

3. Work on Projects

HW: CH 11 (The Romans) Due 10/4-5 


Thursday, September 28- Friday, September 29, 2017

1. What is you learning style surveys

2. Building Connections- Siddhartha Gautama

3. Introduce Emperor's Debate- October 9th & 10th.

4. Work on Projects

HW: Chapter 10 (The Greeks)-Due 10/2-3


Tuesday, September 26-Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1. Ch 9 Quiz/turn in Ch 8 Notes

2. Discussion of Qin and Han Dynasties

3. Work on Autopsy Projects

HW: Chapter 10 (The Greeks)-Due 10/2-3


Friday, September 22-Monday, September 25, 2017

1. No Quiz today- notes will be collected for HW grade.

2. Autopsy of a Classical Civilization project

3. Finish Persian SPICE

HW: Read and take notes on Ch 9 (and 8, if you didn't have access). Listen to "World History in 100 Objects Podcast"- "Pillar of Ashoka"


Pillar of Ashoka Podcast


Wednesday, September 19- Thursday, September 20, 2017

1. Last Civilization Presentation

2. Persia Quiz

3. Discussion on Persia

4. Persian SPICE!

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 8


 Monday, September 18-Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1. Turn in Period 1 Vocab

2. Period 1 Test

3. Work on Period 2 vocab or Unit 7 Reading assignment

HW: Read and take notes on Unit 7 for Wednesday


Thursday, September 14- Friday, September 15, 2017

1. DEBATE!!  Which era in human history was more beneficial to mankind, the Paleolithic or the Neolithic Era?

2. Present Evolution of a Civilization Posters

TEST ON MONDAY/TUESDAY! Period 1 Vocab due as well!

Tuesday, September 12-Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1. Warm-up: NO QUIZ! Yippee! Work with your partner- choose 2 civilizations from Period 1 and compare and contrast...Use SPICE as a guide of specific areas to look at how they compare to you each other. 

2. Work on Evolution of a Civilization

HW: Be prepared for Paleolithic v Neolithic Age Debate and finish Evolution posters for class tomorrow!


Friday, September 8- Monday, September 11, 2017

1. Chapter 5 Reading Quiz

2. Go over Unit 1 Guide and Vocabulary

3. Evolution of a Civilization Project

HW: Finish reading and annotating (take notes) Jared Diamond's Article


Wednesday, September 6- Thursday, September 7, 2017

1.Ch 4 Reading Quiz (15 min)

2. Period 1 Vocab

3. Ch 2/3 Presentations Round Robin

4. Discussion on Indus River Valley

5. What the Ancients Knew: India

HW: Read and take notes on Chapter 5 (China)


Friday, September 1-Tuesday, September 5, 2017

1. Reading Pop Quiz (15 min)

2. CH 2 & 3 Presentation Work time (45 min)

3. CH 2 & 3 Presentations

3. Begin reading and annotating the Jared Diamond Article-Due by Sept 8

HW: Read Ch 4 for next class, bring handwritten notes (Ch 5 is uploaded if you want to get ahead)


Wednesday, August 30-Thursday, August 31, 2017

1. AP Coursework Quiz

2. High 5 Jigsaw for Prehistory

3. Begin reading and annotating the Jared Diamond Article

HW: Read assigned Chapter- 2 OR 3 and take handwritten notes to use for class assignment.


Monday, August 28, 2017-Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome to AP World History class!

1. Complete the Interest Inventory handed to you as you enter class. Listen for instructions on how to turn this in.

2. Discuss Syllabus and coursework/exam for AP World History

3. World Map Activity

4. Begin coursework scavenger hunt

HW: Signed Syllabus submitted by Wednesday/Thursday, complete coursework scavenger hunt and study for quiz next class. 


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